Monday, August 3, 2009

Judging A DVD By Its Cover 11

The cover art for the single disc edition DVD of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is what it is. It's a general group shot of the cast. You've got Wolverine in the center with Gambit, Deadpool, Sabertooth and Silver Fox on his sides. There's an explosion in the background. It's what you'd expect from this type of film but it isn't terrible.

The two-disc DVD edition isn't bad either. You get the cool solo close-up shot of Wolverine. Again, it's not earth-shattering but it works. None of the X-Men films have had especially great DVD artwork. In fact I'd go so far to say that X-Men Origins: Wolverine seems to have the best cover art of the series so far.

The cover art for Star Trek is somewhat controversial. I don't think it's too bad. I prefer simple iconic images over the collage of head shots we usually get for cover art on major movie releases. I think it's the "swoosh" effect that really turns people off. Again I have to say I kind of like it because it is unconventional.

And hey it could be a tiny bit worse. Check out the U.K. artwork. It's almost the same but with Kirk, Spock, and Uhura's faces photoshopped right into that swoosh effect. Plus it has an ultra-simplistic looking logo.

Some of the original Trek films are being re-released including Star Trek: First Contact. The cover art is nothing special. I wouldn't have gone with the blue tint myself, because you lose the impact of seeing Data with human skin grafted onto his face. Also I know Jonathan Frakes directed the film, but why put Will Riker on the cover? The Borg Queen or Zephram what's-his-name would've been far better choices. There's also a pretty blatant error on this cover. This is the eighth Star Trek film, not the seventh. Someone didn't study their Roman numerals. Hopefully they fix this before it's released.

Okay this one is really silly. This DVD is a double feature that includes The Batman Vs Dracula, a movie based off of The Batman animated TV series. The second feature is The Batman Superman Movie, based off of The New Batman Superman Adventures. So what image did they go with to market these two unrelated movies? One of Batman based on his appearance from Batman: The Animated Series! What's worse is that it's a particularly ugly illustration of Batman.

Stargate is being re-released on home video for the 158th time, this time as a 15th anniversary Blu-Ray edition. The cover art is new and looks pretty sharp. Okay the ships blasting the pyramid is a little goofy, but otherwise I like it. What's more notable is the fact that they're calling this Stargate "The Movie" and it has the tagline "The film that unlocked a universe". It just goes to show that these days the movie really lives in the shadow of the TV series that have spun off of it.

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