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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Gate of Hell, why not use something from the film itself? The film is more colorful than any cartoon you could slap on that cover. I agree with domino, don't like that Richard III cover.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:58 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
Why is everyone jizzing over the Richard III cover? Long-held loyalty to Arial font?
That's not Arial.
I don't see what the big problem with the cover is.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:18 pm 
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No Arial found anywhere on that cover. The Shakespeare and Olivier credits appear to be in Futura, however.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:24 pm 
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I knew it! Wes Anderson is dominating Criterion even when they're not releasing his films!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Is the Gate of Hell cover by Robert Risko? That's one well I never thought Criterion would dip into.

Richard III is awful for all the reasons already mentioned plus purple.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Matt wrote:
Richard III is awful for all the reasons already mentioned plus purple.
But no one has mentioned any reasons pro or con, unless "reasons" include "it's beautiful" or "it's ugly"


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Yes, where are the usual well-reasoned arguments traditionally found in the Cover Art thread


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:35 pm 
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White Futura text on a black background. Futura anywhere outside a Wes Anderson movie or the 1990s. Purple. Ugly woodcut that seems to have nothing to do with the style or content of the movie (except "dudes a king lol"). Unbalanced composition. Much better previous cover (even if it led people to believe it was a movie about the Klan).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:38 pm 
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According to Sam Smith, the Richard III cover is from an old poster


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:38 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
Yes, where are the usual well-reasoned arguments traditionally found in the Cover Art thread
People often give reasons. (I purposely didn't say "well-reasoned arguments," which is something different.) Just as often not, of course, but it's more interesting when there's some substance given to the usual comments of "that's ugly/beautiful".


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:43 pm 
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I might like the Richard III cover once I see it in person. Or I might just be even more distracted by the use of Futura. I like purple things, so there's that.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:00 pm 
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I always come to this topic thread to see the new releases, where I can quickly scan all the new covers at once. In those first few milliseconds of taking in the cover for Gate of Hell I thought Criterion had broken the (unwritten) "no animated movies" rule.

I quite like Gate of Hell's illustration, but not having seen the film yet I wonder if its the "right" cover on the "wrong" movie.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:19 pm 

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I dig Richard III because I feel like that could be a book cover.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:26 pm 
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The Richard III poster is on the Wikipedia article for the film:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:37 pm 
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It's from Janus Films re-release.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:17 pm 
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Repo Man is the most Swimming Horses cover they've ever done. it's horrid. Gate of Hell is just bizarrely WRONG in every way in addition to looking like shit. the original poster for Richard III is great...not sure how they managed to screw that up so badly. Etaix suggests it's a series of films starring an actual circus clown, which is creepy. the only one that doesn't suck is Naked Lunch, but only because they left it alone. The Eclipse is nice overall - especially the shots for THE THICK-WALLED ROOM and BLACK RIVER.

Very excited for Gate of Hell and the Kobayashi set. The rest not so much. Not a good month at all. blech.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:32 am 
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I know Criterion is big on trying to make a film cover there own with original artwork and all, but how many would take the poster in this case, or at least a screenshot of the film:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:18 pm 
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I've never really cared for those 50s era Japanese posters (see also, the old MoC Mizoguchi covers)--they're just so hella busy.

I think the trouble with Gate of Hell is that it's so close to being a good cover and one totally incongruous thing makes the whole hideous. The intent was obviously to mimic a ukiyo-e woodblock, which would suit the film, and some parts of the poster get it--that hand and the print on the kimono look great!

And then that face.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:00 am 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Very odd having the tagline on the spine for Pina.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:59 pm 
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It's maybe a little more than just a tagline. That's presented as the full title of the film during the closing credits.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:16 pm 
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swo17 wrote:
It's maybe a little more than just a tagline. That's presented as the full title of the film during the closing credits.

Oh, okay. Good to know. I still haven't seen it. Still seems odd but makes sense now.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:48 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:53 am 
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The Narayama photos aren't showing up.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:48 pm 
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Fixed.


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