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Old 08-16-2013, 06:50 PM   #14761
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Bruce Campbell was supposed to the lead character but the studio wanted someone else.
He did... in a way. When he screams "JULIE!!!", that was Bruce. He was also a Fake Shemp.

It was Crimewave syndrome all over again, the only difference being that this was great. Crimewave, not so much.

Also, I meant the cover art.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #14762
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Eh, everyone on the forum seems to be an armchair artist.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:53 PM   #14763
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Plenty of reaction (mostly negative) in the Darkman thread. I wish they'd avoid a cartoonish and cluttered collection of unconvincing likenesses - for once! - and take a hint from Criterion's general work: classy, elegant and frequently focusing on one perfectly chosen and representative image or symbol from the movie. But I guess they know what their target audience expects and wants by this point.
Criterion's Repo Man cover was perfect. My only regret was that this wasn't more similar to the They Live art... If it was, it (sadly) wouldn't have been so "Meh". Besides, the original poster, in my opinion, is one of the most gorgeous pieces of movie art in existence. Once it gets out of storage next month, it will happily presented on my wall, right next to Eating Raoul and The Howling.

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #14764
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I'm probably the only one who likes it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #14765
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They are all starting to look the same. Not saying its bad work, just looking very similar to the others.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #14766
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They are all starting to look the same. Not saying its bad work, just looking very similar to the others.
Yeah. It seems like the artist crossed the Lifeforce art with the Prison art, then threw in a dash of They Live art.

Not all look the same. The John Carpenter ones all stand out, as do the box sets.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #14767
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Thats artwork reminds me of the watchmen lol
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #14768
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Thats artwork reminds me of the watchmen lol
That might have been the point.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #14769
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They are all starting to look the same. Not saying its bad work, just looking very similar to the others.
Yup, before this cover was revealed, I had an image in my head of what it would look like, and it was pretty similar to this. With Criterion (and, though to a lesser degree lately, MoC) you really never knew and were constantly being surprised and/or impressed by their art choices. Scream covers are generally pretty predictable. Again, they obviously have a particular style and uniformity that is working for them, but there isn't much creativity or innovation in it. Ultimately, the inclusion of original art renders any issues I have over their covers moot, but I've started to be more selective with which posters I pay for. I wish they'd branch out and utilize a few more artists at least - there's a million out there!

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Old 08-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #14770
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I found a copy of Phantasm 2 w/ slipcover surprisingly at the used movie store near my house for 7.99$, should of bought but decided to pass because Im only really familiar with the first one (love the atmosphere and music the rest is meh to me). Ive seen small parts of the sequels on cable throughout the years but don't remember much, does part follow the story of the first or is it a completely different story? Should of just bought it since its so cheap but Ive been trying to cut down on blind buys.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #14771
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I wish they'd branch out and utilize a few more artists at least - there's a million out there!
Wasn't Darkman done by a new artist?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #14772
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The Darkman cover isn't horrible, but it's not great either. It just doesn't 'pop' enough; it's rather bland, if you asked me.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:13 PM   #14773
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Wasn't Darkman done by a new artist?
I honestly don't know, I had just assumed it was one of the two or three guys they usually use. It certainly didn't look unique enough to make me think it wasn't one of them.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #14774
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I found a copy of Phantasm 2 w/ slipcover surprisingly at the used movie store near my house for 7.99$, should of bought but decided to pass because Im only really familiar with the first one (love the atmosphere and music the rest is meh to me). Ive seen small parts of the sequels on cable throughout the years but don't remember much, does part follow the story of the first or is it a completely different story? Should of just bought it since its so cheap but Ive been trying to cut down on blind buys.
As I have said before, the Phantasm movies are a continuous story that begins in the first, and ends in the fourth, using clips from the first. All four have Mike and Reggie, along with the Tall Man, and all except for the second have Jody.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #14775
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I'm not a fan of the Darkman art. Although, I'm not a HUGE fan of most of the new art. I think some is good but I prefer the original poster art.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:16 PM   #14776
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I honestly don't know, I had just assumed it was one of the two or three guys they usually use. It certainly didn't look unique enough to make me think it wasn't one of them.
Ghoulish Gary Pullin did it, instead of Nathan, Captain Controversy, the Prison/From Beyond guy, or TheDudeDesigns. Come to think of it, who did Phantasm 2?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:20 PM   #14777
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I like Arrow's artwork compared to Scream Factory, but that's me
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #14778
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I like Arrow's artwork compared to Scream Factory, but that's me
I like Arrow's artwork now, but always go with original art with their releases as well. As an added bonus, the reverse covers don't have those insane ratings logs.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:29 PM   #14779
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I honestly think the new artwork they come up with is a waste of money. Just put the original theatrical poster on the cover and be done with it. Then, they could put that money they've saved towards making sure that all of their BDs include ENG subtitles.

I highly doubt the new art has increased sales, whatsoever. But including ENG subs with all of their releases would, I think.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #14780
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While I'm not much of a fan of the Darkman art (or the movie for that matter) I will say that I actually do like that these releases all look similar. If there's one thing I enjoy it's similarity between like products, and while these certainly all have very different covers, there is enough going on in them to immediately recognize them as Scream Titles. I enjoy the basic Criterion set up (The numbered spines, White C, etc) but often find their covers very much lacking.. but again, I enjoy the similarities and they far outweigh the problems I may have with individual cover art.

If this is going to be the ongoing theme for Scream Factory titles I'm all for it. Strange/new yet familiar Slip cover art, with classic poster art on the flip side. It allows each movie to be it's own entity and yet it also allows them all to feel a part of a series. It's the best of both world's really... Like putting your scream titles all together? then the art work will blend nicely. Like your titles alphabetically? Then the individual art works just as well.
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