Wednesday, April 23, 2008
More Judging a DVD By Its Cover
I always meant to do another one of these. I like the idea of a Marvel movie boxset but there will never be a complete one because the movies have been produced at various different studios. However Fox has made more than any other and has a notable library of Marvel films including Daredevil, Elektra, the X-Men trilogy, and both Fantastic Four movies. This set includes all seven of those movies but only in their single disc configurations. What's interesting is what isn't represented on the box. The set also includes the four episode first volume of the short lived animated series Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes. It doesn't fit in with this selection of live action movies and if you do want the show on DVD, you're much better off buying the complete first season set. George Romero created the definitive zombie movie and a sequel that stands up to the original. He then made two more zombie movies that were underwhelming by comparison. For his fifth outing Romero is trying something different. Diary of the Dead is a faux documentary consisting of amateur handheld camera footage, a style that is most often associated with The Blair Witch Project and the recent Cloverfield but has been around much longer than either of those movies. I've heard mixed things about Diary but as this artwork shows at least one person thinks it's a masterpiece, but that person is a disc jockey. The only other thing I have to say about the art is that referring to yourself as "extreme" is a sure sign of lameness. This collection of X-Files TV episodes is pretty plain looking. The DVD is basically just a cash-in for the new X-Files movie coming out in a few months. It comes with a movie ticket for the movie which is a big selling point, but I'd rather they advertise that fact on a sticker on the shrinkwrap, not on the artwork itself. For reasons I'm not entirely clear on Warner never got around to releasing Batman Begins on Blu-Ray Disc, even though they released it on HD-DVD. This kinda works out for them because now they can use the release of Batman Begins on Blu-Ray to promote the release of The Dark Knight. Besides the stand alone Blu-Ray they're also releasing this elaborate gift set which includes post cards and a certificate towards a movie ticket to Dark Knight. I want it but I don't even have a Blu-Ray player. This is great. Why such a plain cover? They're trying to mislead people into thinking this isn't the Batman movie from 1966. That sucks because Adam West and Burt Ward should be on the cover. FYI the red bat symbol is from the classic George Bariss designed Batmobile. Ichigo and Renji sure look like they're really enjoying themselves despite the fact they should be trying to kill each other. There's probably a joke to be made about these guys rubbing their giant swords together but AFOS is too classy for that type of humour. This coverart for the first live action Death Note movie is alright. It's basically the same as the Japanese artwork but with more text, which makes the Japanese artwork slightly better.