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

The scuttlebutt on Criterion, Eclipse, and Janus Films. Lists and polls are STRONGLY discouraged.
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Re: Criterion & Eclipse Cover Art & Packaging Babble-on Vol. 7

#2151 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:15 pm

Ashirg wrote:
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Covers of previously released films -
Thanks for attaching those... as I was clicking through to each individual film's page to grab the images, I didn't notice they hadn't updated them with the new covers

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#2152 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:17 pm

The new Chungking Express cover is a severe downgrade

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#2153 Post by swo17 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:26 pm

Those aren't really covers though, just placeholders for the website

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#2154 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:30 pm

Sure, I guess they're "covers" in the sense that they represent the movie in the accompanied book or whatever is the closest one gets to a 'cover' in a box set. I still don't see the need to change it, but then again, I could probably say that about everything in this set.

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#2155 Post by soundchaser » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:30 pm

therewillbeblus wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:30 pm
Sure, I guess they're "covers" in the sense that they represent the movie in the accompanied book or whatever is the closest one gets to a 'cover' in a box set. I still don't see the need to change it.
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#2156 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:37 pm

Yep, I added to that before you posted, after realizing it's just another nail in the coffin

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#2157 Post by TheKieslowskiHaze » Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:26 pm

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On my Fellini set, the insert that houses the discs has scratches or some other imperfections. I e-mailed Mulvaney about it; hoping for a replacement insert.
So Criterion told me to ask the seller for a replacement first, which I did. Barnes and Noble sent me a whole new set, which arrived today. There is no bubbling on the package, as there was on my original.

The disc housing insert on the replacement has a few, tiny visual imperfections. Just some white spots. I'm thinking this is a not wholly uncommon thing, as I saw some pictures on twitter that showed other disc inserts with some white spots.

But the spots were particularly bad on my original; they're barely noticeable on my replacement. I'm quite happy with the replacement.

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#2158 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:56 pm

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#2159 Post by HinkyDinkyTruesmith » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:05 pm

Frankly, the Celine and Julie cover is hilarious.

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#2160 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:09 pm

Defending Your Life is perhaps the worst cover in the history of this label, and that's saying something considering some of the landmarks along the way

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#2161 Post by HinkyDinkyTruesmith » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:12 pm

Nothing will ever top (or bottom) the Cluny Brown cover for me.

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#2162 Post by soundchaser » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:12 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
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Defending Your Life is perhaps the worst cover in the history of this label, and that's saying something considering some of the landmarks along the way
Isn’t it just the theatrical poster moved around a bit? I mean, it is bad, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t appear to be entirely Criterion’s fault this time.

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#2163 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:15 pm

Unless there was some contractual obligation to use that image and tagline(s), I don't see any excuses here. Movie's great though!

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#2164 Post by The Narrator Returns » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:15 pm

Based on that and Lost in America, Brooks seems to have a preference for just using the theatrical art.

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#2165 Post by criterionsnob » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:21 pm

All of the text above the star names, as well as the billboard itself need to be excised. Then it would merely be one of their most boring covers, instead of one of their worst.

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#2166 Post by Dylan » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:26 pm

I have no clue what to make of the Celine and Julie Go Boating cover. I personally don't think it represents the film at all, but I've only seen it once so perhaps I'm missing something? I'd be especially curious to read a positive take on it.
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#2167 Post by black&huge » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:27 pm

except for Celine and Julie (which isn't that great but is good) all of March's covers are bad but especially lazy. The abundance of cover art for 2021's releases that just use stills from the films is just awful not to mention supplements getting fewer and barer. I think all those boxset releases really drained the staff.

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#2168 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:28 pm

What a month when the boring cover for Secrets and Lies is the best one

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#2169 Post by Brian C » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:28 pm

Does this mean that New Yorker edition of CELINE AND JULIE isn’t coming after all?

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#2170 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:30 pm

Brian C wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:28 pm
Does this mean that New Yorker edition of CELINE AND JULIE isn’t coming after all?
RDRR I get it but Rosenbaum said he assumed as much years ago on a Reddit AMA and figured his extras were never gong to materialize

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#2171 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:30 pm

I have a bit of a fondness for Defending Your Life as I actually got a copy of the theatrical poster after working up the courage as a kid to ask someone at the local video store if they had any posters they wanted to part with! I was given the one for this film randomly and had it on my bedroom wall for a number of years in the early 90s. It will be nice to finally see the film itself to see if it manages to live up to the poster!

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#2172 Post by bearcuborg » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:32 pm

Dylan wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:26 pm
I have no clue what to make of the Celine and Julie Go Boating cover. I personally don't think it represents the film at all, but I've only seen it once so perhaps I'm missing something? I'd be especially curious to read a positive take on it.
It’s the scene where they’re eating the candy, right?

Eh, I’ve never been a huge cover art guy either way, but I don’t mind this one. Fantastic month, I’ll be getting most of these even though I already have them.

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#2173 Post by HinkyDinkyTruesmith » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:36 pm

Dylan wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:26 pm
I have no clue what to make of the Celine and Julie Go Boating cover. I personally don't think it represents the film at all, but I've only seen it once so perhaps I'm missing something? I'd be especially curious to read a positive take on it.
I think it is empirically a bad cover––ugly to the eye, disorienting, seemingly without reason––but I appreciate that it has the same disregard for convention than the film does, plus done with a superficial amateurishness that's fitting for the film's aesthetics.

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#2174 Post by goblinfootballs » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:44 pm

Dylan wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:26 pm
I have no clue what to make of the Celine and Julie Go Boating cover. I personally don't think it represents the film at all, but I've only seen it once so perhaps I'm missing something? I'd be especially curious to read a positive take on it.
Looks more like a cover for Daisies.

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#2175 Post by Dylan » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:48 pm

HinkyDinkyTruesmith wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:36 pm
I think it is empirically a bad cover––ugly to the eye, disorienting, seemingly without reason––but I appreciate that it has the same disregard for convention than the film does, plus done with a superficial amateurishness that's fitting for the film's aesthetics.
Very interesting. Yes, I think you've nailed what seems to be the intentions of the cover. Personally... what made me first want to seek out and watch this film, many years ago, was seeing the enchanting image of Juliet Berto in the magician's outfit. That is still the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this film, so I always kind of imagined a Criterion cover for Celine and Julie being an original painting (maybe in style of a mid-20th century paperback cover) that depicted that scene.
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