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May 06 2009

Package Art for Dollhouse Season 1 Blu-rays and DVDs. It's a nice cover. Shiny!

Been waiting ages to see this. I can't wait to get my hands on season 1 of Dollhouse on DVD.
Season One.

I know, I know. It'd be suicide (I guess) to put out a DVD saying "the complete series" right now. But still. Season One.

Kinda disappointed they went with that promo art for the box cover. It's a cool design, I was just hoping for something I hadn't seen before.
Been waiting ages to see this too. I was checking TvShowsOnDVD everyday for this.
I am so, so happy they went with a promotional photo for the art and not some botched up Photoshop job (RE: Terminator S2 DVD art). I hope it comes it a shiny slip cover as well. Can't wait to get the Blu-Ray.
Not at all what I was expecting - thought they would go for the pink-city-lights-melding-into-half-naked-Eliza motif. I suppose this is kinda cool though.
Looks nice. One more reason to hype the DVD right now.
Simple, neat and tidy design (with a good quote). I like it.
I really don't like this cover art, but oh well. I hope they come up with something better for season 2 (optimism: I has it), like something with the rest of the cast.
I do wonder though if this was the original. They did some pretty extensive photoshopping.
In this day and age everything is photoshopped.
Trust me. I work in the professional photography industry.
Good catch wiesengrund... you can definitely see where they started the photoshopping when you look at the top threadline of her tank top. They recreated about 35% of Eliza!
Well, it's not as noticeable as what they did to her on the Tru Calling Season 2 DVD.

I'm always more interested in the back of dvd cases. So I can't wait to see that.
Was thinking they'd end up using this as the cover art. While I like the image itself and it's a totally slick choice, really wish it were something different that included the OTHER people on the show. :/
Has this always been, "Joss Whedon's" Dollhouse?

I know it was always, "Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon" and "Kurt Busiek's Astro City" but if the title is Dollhouse, I think it's kind of lame for them to use his name on the cover to sell more copies. It reminds me of the Astonishing X-men trade paperback with GIANT block letters spelling Joss' name in a larger font than the title of the comic.

(I think that might be my super power; unlimited powers of nitpickability. And yes, I'll probably end up buying 3 copies.)
No Llama? :(

And the "spy design" letter for the special edition sounds like it's printed on clear plastic.
Eliza looks amazing in the Tru Calling Season 1 cover art. I think that's one of my favorite pictures of her. I wish they didn't photoshop her so much for the Dollhouse set, she's gorgeous enough as it is.
Kinda disappointed they went with that promo art for the box cover. It's a cool design, I was just hoping for something I hadn't seen before.

I was thinking the same - would have been nice to see something new. Still it looks great, I was just hoping for brand new pics.
FYI, a push started yesterday on Twitter to get DVD sales figures on Amazon up. I'm tracking the rankings hourly. The DVD is now number 39 on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" (biggest gainers), jumping 44% in the last 24 hours. Buying the DVD gets regularly pimped out of here now.
I do wonder though if this was the original. They did some pretty extensive photoshopping.
wiesengrund

Good catch wiesengrund... you can definitely see where they started the photoshopping when you look at the top threadline of her tank top. They recreated about 35% of Eliza!
NathanG


35% more in exactly one region.
I can't believe they photoshopped cleavage in there.
I guess Fox Home Entertainment got confused about the series involving implants.
Is it possible that the DVD release can influence the future of the show in any way? Will the decision about renewal be made soon, before the DVD's release? If not, could strong sales or pre-orders influence whether it is picked up again?

Just think, Fox might have completely changed their minds about axing Firefly if they had realised how many copies the DVD boxset went on to sell, and how profitable potential future seasons could have been, even if ratings were never huge. I hope Dollhouse doesn't have to become another story of "what if?"
i actually expected this cover, but hoped it would be something new that included the whole cast, because for me the show is not just about eliza being awesome, but about these very lovely characters that i would like to meet in real life.

anyway, i still like it. i will like anything that has to do with the show. the cover really could have been worse.
Razor: Honestly, I have no idea, at least at this stage. But the attention and the perception generated by strong DVD sales -- and the surge in sales we've created just in the last 24 hours (less, actually) -- certainly can't hurt.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2009-05-06 18:57 ]
The art is predictable, but boy I like that critic's quote.
Like others have said, it looks cool, but I wish they hadn't just recycled the promo art, which I was never that fond of to begin with. I like the dollhouse font, the addition of Joss's name, and the quote from Time, just don't think that picture is very exciting. Although it looks better on the cover than it did elsewhere because there's less white space.
This one would have been good. But perhaps it's a little overcrowded.
Yeah I really like that one and was disappointed it doesn't seem to have been used much.
I'd completely forgotten about it until I did a search for Dollhouse promo pics just there now. It's really growing on me.
I don't really have any issue with the photo, but the typography makes me want to shoot myself in the eyes. The "Joss Whedon's" and "Season One" sections look so very much like a Microsoft Word document gone wrong. At the very least, they could've worked on the alignment slightly.

Apart from the boobtastic Photoshopping of Eliza, I'd say this cover would take about five or ten minutes of pretty laid-back work.

Honestly, though, the photo they chose doesn't seem to lend itself to having much type. I'd say that's the reason why that promotional version of it that was linked has such small type, at the bottom of the image.
This one would have been good. But perhaps it's a little overcrowded.

This is the first time I noticed that the people repeat.
There were several images in the "posters" gallery on the FOX site that I really liked and haven't really seen around much or at all.
Yeah, the repeating is great. I don't dislike the main graphic they're using, but some of those others are way more interesting.
I like it. It gives you a taste but leaves plenty of room for your own expectations & interpretations of the cover (as well as the show). Much like the show itself, actually.

Anyone know if there's a difference between the CC DVD & the regular DVD?
Well, the Joss letter on FUNKY SPY PAPER, for one.
bonzob

I [...] just don't think that picture is very exciting. Although it looks better on the cover than it did elsewhere because there's less white space.


"Less white space"? *chuckle* Best. Euphemism. Ever.
That funky spy paper is sounding an awful lot like transparencies. Which is not lessening my jealousy even a little.
I like the photo (reminds me of Nip/Tuck actually) but it would be kinda cool if they did a complete cast one with the dolls amongst the manequins and other people (Adelle etc) dotted around.

I feel sorry for the manequin whose ear was removed. Harsh.
korkster, the SDCC limited edition will have different cover art. I'm not sure what it will be at this point.
Dollhouse has jumped to 13 on Amazon's "Movers & shakers" (biggest gainers) DVD list. A whopping 96% increase over 24 hours.
Whoo, the DVD is now up to #16 in Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Television.
It should be noted that the DVD push via Twitter (to start with) began less than 24 hours ago. So get the push out there elsewhere, too. Blog about it. Pimp it on your Facebook profiles. In just 24 hours, we've made it jump dramatically in the Amazon rankings.
korkster, the SDCC limited edition will have different cover art. I'm not sure what it will be at this point.

They should hold a contest.
I plan on ordering the DVD from Amazon, but I've got some obstacles to overcome by not living in the US and not having a credit card to order. But I will somehow get around the problem, so count me in for another DVD sales push.
Dollhouse DVD now 9th on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" list. That's a 102% increase in 24 hours.
Thanks for the info, TamaraC. But this is great news. Now I'll have to get both! :)
I think it should be a poster that comes with the SDCC DVD.
Okay, okay - I joined in. Somehow Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog is shipping too...not sure how that happened!
I do love that picture, Simon. And it rocks some Sugarshock! love as well.
I'm ordering too!
The 28th? I can't wait that long to see the 13th episode! :(
Overlay of the two designs, in case you want to see exactly where/how they altered it. (Basically, the left strap of her tank top -- her left, not ours -- became the cleavage.)

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2009-05-06 22:33 ]
*Snort.* Yeah, 'cause no matter how beautiful and lush, it's just not enough, is it? (I say this as one who spends days photoshopping fashion photos, so I really do know how much it's done.) But adding cleavage to someone like Eliza and for one of Joss' shows? Pretty absurd, if you ask me. Coals to Newcastle.

And yeah, there were a slew of really well-done posters in the same series as the one Simon links to above - but I don't see the others up there now, unless I'm just missing 'em. I've save the link and downloaded the posters at home, so I'll check a little later. I really liked some of them, but they didn't seem to use them much...

(Oh, and nice tracking, b!X.)
Oh, I like the picture Simon linked to. Repeating dolls = very nice. The dvd cover is fine, but I'd also like to see Victor other cast members.

Also, yay for b!X and the DVD push. I'm off to pre-order.
b!x, I have been emailing them and posting at the facebook page (I don't have a twitter thing). But I have feeling they won't listen.
Dollhouse DVD is now 8th on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" list, having risen 120% over the past 24 hours.
Dollhouse DVD is now *5th* on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" list. That's up 139% over the past 24 hours.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2009-05-07 00:49 ]
I tweeted. I feel I've done my duty. If Dollhouse gets season two, I'm taking the credit. You're welcome, guys!
I tweeted, but i don't know very many people on there so I don't know how much it would help.
I'm starting to get the feeling it's gonna be two double sided dvds. [}( FOX did that with the first season of Bones and I've never forgiven them for it.
Except that the same site previously reported 4 discs.
Oh, it's fine. I just wish we could have a cool group shot. Love Eliza, but I REALLY love the ensemble. That's the best part.
Hopefully the use of all that white might make the box art stand out from any other series, aside from maybe Chuck?

At first I thought the only difference between blu-ray and DVD was that they decided to make the logo go vertical but I just noticed they also shift everything a little to the right. For whatever reason I like the vertical logo and blu-ray cover in general... Maybe since the blue case and bumped up color contrast really make it pop?

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