Criterion & Eclipse Cover Art & Packaging Babble-on Vol. 7

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#1026 Post by Omensetter » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:11 pm

Yeah, I'm honestly baffled how that Some Like It Hot cover gets approved. Not a fan of the movie, but it's awful in such in an obvious way.

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#1027 Post by Big Ben » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:25 pm

The funniest thing about the Some Like It Hot cover is that we all missed Lemmon and Curtis on Monroe. How fortuitous that it was pointed out and no one had to find this out when it was in their hands.

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#1028 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:40 pm

Unfortunately I saw them right away, and given contractual agreements that we know Criterion is beholden to from MGM licenses, you all should've known Lemmon and Curtis were on there somewhere!

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#1029 Post by Ashirg » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:41 pm

I saw Curtis, but missed Lemmon. For some reason, I get Shelley Winters vibe from this Monroe photo...

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#1030 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:43 pm

Ha! On that way, way side note, I've been reading some Hollywood gossipy histories and Winters was apparently as well known as "Dick and Liz" for her ribald personal life. I literally never figured her as a sex symbol from her on-screen work, but apparently she was!

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#1031 Post by Gerald Christie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:02 pm

Honestly, they should just go with the original film posters and call it a day. I do like the Magnificent Ambersons one, but the one for SLH is just weird, tacky and just plain photoshop. Plus, what an unflattering angle for poor Marilyn.


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#1033 Post by alacal2 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:01 am

Attack Of The 80-Foot Monroe. Nobody's perfect.

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#1034 Post by Zot! » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:36 am

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#1035 Post by Feego » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:34 am

I'm very surprised that Monroe, Curtis and Lemmon's names are not on the Some Like It Hot cover. They appear on every previous VHS, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray cover, so I figured it was a contractual obligation.

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#1036 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:40 am

Hopefully they'll use that as an excuse to save face and redesign the cover

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#1037 Post by FrauBlucher » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:08 am

Feego wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:34 am
I'm very surprised that Monroe, Curtis and Lemmon's names are not on the Some Like It Hot cover. They appear on every previous VHS, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray cover, so I figured it was a contractual obligation.
Or maybe they reached out from the afterlife and collectively said do not put our names on that cover.

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#1038 Post by Finch » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:30 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:40 am
Hopefully they'll use that as an excuse to save face and redesign the cover
Still wouldn't buy it.

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Criterion & Eclipse Cover Art & Packaging Babble-on Vol. 7

#1039 Post by movielocke » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:46 pm

Feego wrote:I'm very surprised that Monroe, Curtis and Lemmon's names are not on the Some Like It Hot cover. They appear on every previous VHS, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray cover, so I figured it was a contractual obligation.
I never react too much to cover art and mostly just skim the covers on my phone on announcement day. So I just went back to look at the cover on my computer. Didn’t notice the boys before. Doesn’t bother me, quirky, playful design fits the film.

My guess is that if any of the three have their names written out, all three must be written out. If any of the three have their image used, all three must have their image used.

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#1040 Post by Graphist » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:07 pm

Really happy for Some Like It Hot finally (re)joining the collection. That cover though…

Ok, I am glad they kept the original typography for the title. But why is it crowded like that? It definitely needs more room to breathe. And why, why Curtis and Lemmon look like paper cutouts?! I too did not notice them at first and was questioning their absence from the cover. But when I saw them I wished they were not there.

The cover for True Stories that is based on Tibor Kalman’s designs is intriguing and probably partially would explain the sloppy head photoshop cutout. I haven’t seen the film and look forward to checking it out.

And this will probably be the first release to include a CD with music, right?

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#1041 Post by Blutarsky » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:56 pm

True Stories I am guessing will be digipack right?

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#1042 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:28 am

Feego wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:34 am
I'm very surprised that Monroe, Curtis and Lemmon's names are not on the Some Like It Hot cover. They appear on every previous VHS, laserdisc, DVD and Blu-ray cover, so I figured it was a contractual obligation.
The two Criterion LDs (CAV and CLV, with different cover designs) and the very first LD release from Fox Video didn't have the names on the cover either.

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#1043 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:37 pm

Criterion have put up a video on Richard Haines and his Tom Jones cover


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#1045 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:17 pm

Ah, the most memorable imagery of the film... the inside of a nearly hatched chicken egg...

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#1046 Post by ModelShopAbschied » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:27 pm

Graphist wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:07 pm
Ok, I am glad they kept the original typography for the title. But why is it crowded like that? It definitely needs more room to breathe. And why, why Curtis and Lemmon look like paper cutouts?! I too did not notice them at first and was questioning their absence from the cover. But when I saw them I wished they were not there.
Just to throw out a more glass half-full suggestion about the way Curtis and Lemmon are styled on the cover: it's possible (using that word very lightly) that the designer may have been trying to play into the whole "they're not real women" aspect. They're cheap fakes of women, so next to Marilyn (real woman) they should look like cheap fakes. They're gazing up at her in a romantic-daydream/sexualized way, but those could also be looks of admiration because she's something that they'll never be more than a "paper cutouts" of — she's real, they're not.

To be clear, none of the above is intended as a serious, hardline interpretation, haha. It just popped it my head when I read the "paper cutouts" part of your post, and I felt like a little contrasting positive thought towards this cover art couldn't hurt. (Regardless of how unlikely and conjectured the thought is, ha.)

But you're absolutely right about it being crowded. That's the most jarring thing about the design to me. And it looks like someone's hand slipped and screwed the proportions up or something, then saved it without noticing.

And I also noticed both Curtis and Lemmon when I first saw it — but after seeing the several folks ITT who didn't notice them, I took a second look and couldn't help but see it as just a weird blob of body parts. If I leaned back a little bit it would look like a Cronenberg throwaway.

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#1047 Post by kcota17 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:06 pm

Some Like it Hot cover has been updated.

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#1048 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:11 pm

Somehow worse*!

*maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's still lousy

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#1049 Post by kcota17 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:14 pm

At least Marilyn looks more flattering!

But the black and white promo image with ugly orange text mix doesn’t help.

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#1050 Post by Bumstead » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:24 pm

Criterion just can't win, can they?
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