Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Has anyone else been noticing just how truly horrendous a lot of the artwork from the big studios is getting for their home market? The tendency to not use the original, and almost always superior, theatrical posters has been going on for awhile but some of the latest photoshoppe nightmares (such as this one for the upcoming And Justice For All disc are truly disturbing.
Everything about a lot of these new discs just shows a total lack of respect to the artists and the films. Of course, this has always been a problem on the home video market but I have never seen quite so many sloppy and ill conceived cover designs as I am now. It just baffles me how so studios with millions upon millions of dollars on hand for promotion can't be bothered to care a little bit more for the looks of their products, when small companies like Severin and Blue Underground with limited funds at best can keep continually coming up with some of the most beautiful packaging on the market.
I suppose it all does come down to really caring about the films, which is something many of the large studios seem to have none for (especially their older catalogue films)...but for God's sake couldn't they have at least made Al Pacino's head look like it belongs on his body?
Oh well, I suppose the trend will continue, and apparently I am not the only one disturbed by it as a Google search for 'bad DVD artwork' brought over 200,000 hits. The new And Justice For All disc will be out in a couple of months and I will buy it for the new bonus features...but I won't be displaying this ill conceived artwork anywhere in easy view.