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    National Lampoon's Vacation cover art

    I just grabbed this movie on blue ray out of one of those bins at a certain evil box store...this must have been mentioned on here somewhere...but what the hell happened to the cover art!?

    and holy sh!t..., how on earth does the guy that stitched together the new cover have a job in design at all? pixilated fuzzy foreground mountains with crisp higher contrasted background mountains ect..

    maybe someone here knows the reasoning..

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    I think the better question is why you'd buy that film in the first place.

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    its has boobs in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I think the better question is why you'd buy that film in the first place.
    You'd definitely be in the minority disliking that movie. It's right up there with Caddyshack and Ghostbusters for most people when it comes to classic comedies.

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    I've actually never seen it but I saw NL's Van Wilder and a couple of others and they were all trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I've actually never seen it but I saw NL's Van Wilder and a couple of others and they were all trash.
    Dude...
    Remind me to never talk to you about any movies pre 1990, apparently.

    The Vacation movies should not be lumped in with any of the other National Lampoon movies (with the exception of maybe Vegas Vacation). It's Chevy Chase at his absolute prime.
    Christmas Vacation? Hello? How is that not a yearly tradition in your house?

    If it isn't you are missing out.

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    Still better than most movie covers these days. At least something's HAPPENING in it. At least we can get an inkling of an idea of what the movie is about..!

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    LOADED WEAPON ONE!

    classic!
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    EDIT: didn't see you'd already attached it, here's a bigger version anyway.

    For comparison, the original Boris poster:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    Dude...
    Remind me to never talk to you about any movies pre 1990, apparently.

    The Vacation movies should not be lumped in with any of the other National Lampoon movies (with the exception of maybe Vegas Vacation). It's Chevy Chase at his absolute prime.
    Christmas Vacation? Hello? How is that not a yearly tradition in your house?

    If it isn't you are missing out.
    PFFFT

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/...912010301/1023

    The Ebert has CONDEMNED your yearly film to average. You shall now walk with shame!

    (please don't hurt me )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    The Vacation movies should not be lumped in with any of the other National Lampoon movies (with the exception of maybe Vegas Vacation)..
    (*ahem* ANIMAL HOUSE *ahem*)

    It's really sad that NL is just known as a crappy brand name for crappy movie comedies today. In the seventies, both the magazine and its other media spinoffs were absolutely revolutionary.

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    That Boris work is..and yes despite the mass over use and watered down effect the word has these days, I cant think of a better word for this particular movie cover/poster..but... EPIC lol

    Dusty, lol we do the Christmas vacation thing every Christmas as well lol,

    So maybe some one can explain why with all the great artists out there that fewer movie covers utilize their talent instead opting for what looks like some computer class work their 12 year old nephew through together? and on that note the same with novels...every time i go into a book store i see less and less art and more bad photo clusters?,

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    It's cheap and quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I think the better question is why you'd buy that film in the first place.
    This will be my entry into the "What made you depressed today" thread...

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    Time to send that on over to the Photoshop Disasters blog, I think.
    'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Select View Post
    That Boris work is..and yes despite the mass over use and watered down effect the word has these days, I cant think of a better word for this particular movie cover/poster..but... EPIC lol
    I wonder if Vallejo was deliberately parodying himself... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadlyhazard View Post
    PFFFT

    http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/...912010301/1023

    The Ebert has CONDEMNED your yearly film to average. You shall now walk with shame!

    (please don't hurt me )
    Ebert thinks video games can never be considered art. The man's opinion means exactly jack shit to me.

    (*ahem* ANIMAL HOUSE *ahem*)
    Touché! I always forget that was a NL movie, too.

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    The National Lampoon vaction movies were the only other movies I considered Chevy Chase funny in (Fletch wasn't funny to me and I only had the opportunity to parts of Caddyshack admittedly - but seeing how Harold Ramis was involved....)

    ...on the other hand I never found Adam Sandler funny at all, it's like he's this guy that's surrounded by funnier people in his movies.

    But yeah I loved the illustrated covers old movies had.

    http://fusedfilm.com/wp-content/uplo...s-poster04.jpg
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    ...on the other hand I never found Adam Sandler funny at all, it's like he's this guy that's surrounded by funnier people in his movies.
    Adam Sandler is like a plantar's wart. Just when you think you've gotten rid of it, it comes right back, stronger than ever.

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    well hard to top this for great poster art for a shlocky movie

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    ^

    I have that framed on my wall. Alongside Big Trouble in Little China.

    I like the alternative as well, really overdramatic but awesome anyway.

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    Anybody have an artist's credit for the AOD poster? I feel like I should know it, but I don't.

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    The name John Bolton crops up quite a lot

    Hmmm scratch that actually...I'm not too sure after all.

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    I think there's a guy who has a sketchbook here that illustrates movie posters. I forget his name, but it's very cool to see his process. If anyone knows, can you post it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Anybody have an artist's credit for the AOD poster? I feel like I should know it, but I don't.
    Michael Hussar!

    Does that sound right?

    http://www.toshistation.com/hist200307.asp

    Definitely looks like it was Hussar. Also just popped into his website.

    I wish I was Michael Hussar, at least we share a first name.

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    Mike Butkus does a lot of movie posters and is a regular on this site.. also he may not be human but some kind of drawing cyborg from the future. but he may know who did if it wasn't him, he updates his thread regularly with all kinds of greatness.

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    According to this it's John Bolton, but it doesn't look typically him, so I don't know.

    http://www.dynamite.net/htmlfiles/vi...ml?PRO=C104735

    This one's kind of cool:

    National Lampoon's Vacation cover art

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aly Fell View Post
    According to this it's John Bolton, but it doesn't look typically him, so I don't know
    Yeah I know, it's confusing. I think that is a mistake of the website Aly, they are crediting Bolton with that cover, but he is actually the artist of the comic interior and an alternative cover for the comic.

    The toshi station link contained a photo of the original from an auction. It was painted on wood and sold for over 15k. They explicitly state it was Hussar. Apparently, Hussar is quite the recluse.
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    Yes, you're right, this is the John Bolton one:

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