Phone Booth spoiler on the cover!

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Phil7101, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Phil7101

    Phil7101 Guest

    Why on Earth have they put a massive last-two-minutes-of-the-film SPOILER on
    the cover? If you've seen it, you'll know what I mean, if you haven't...well
    just somehow try not to actually look at the cover before you watch.
    Phil7101, Jul 4, 2003
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  2. I see what he's talking about.
    Spoiler space....

    While I would even argue that the front cover could be considered a spoiler
    (it was obvious that Kiefer was the voice, but that gives away that he will
    actually make a physical appearance in the movie), the back is even worse.
    Anyone who looks at the back cover will know that Kiefer is going to wind up
    in front of an ambulance at some point in the movie. Once the movie gets
    going, it won't be too tough to somewhat telegraph the ending from there...
    Brandon Fisher, Jul 4, 2003
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  3. I'd hardly call that a surprise. I look at like this, if they put
    Charleton Heston's face on the cover of "Beneath the Planet of the Apes"
    that doesn't ruin the movie just because he doesn't make a physical
    appearance until the end; since we know from the start he's in the
    movie. Similarly, presumably most people know (if they've seen any
    advertising) going in Kiefer's in the movie. That fact was in no way
    hidden. Moreover, 99.99999989% of people know the picture on a
    DVD/video box is not necessarily a scene ripped from the movie;
    particularly if it consists of head shots of the cast. Now if this was
    "Se7en" then I'd agree, don't put the killer's face on the box...
    Arthur Lipscomb, Jul 4, 2003
  4. Phil7101

    Scott Lemon Guest

    Actually, I had no idea he was in it. I had read a little bit about the
    movie, knew that Colin Farrell starred and had a vague idea of the plot, but
    even the voice didn't give it away as Sutherland. When he appeared in front
    of the ambulance I only half-recognized him - I didn't know he was in the

    That fact was in no way
    Yeah, but they don't include head shots of people who only do voices, do
    Scott Lemon, Jul 5, 2003

  5. I had a similar experience. I didn't recognize his voice either. I
    intentionally keep myself in the dark before seeing most movies. But
    Kiefer was out doing publicity for the movie. His presence in it wasn't
    kept secret; not even close IMHO. And the thing at issue, isn't is
    Kiefer in the movie, but do we *see* him in the movie. I can't think of
    a single movie where I went in wondering if I would see one of the cast
    members on screen or not. This whole thing seems like a non issue to
    me. I am anti spoiling movies for others. I usually avoid spoilers
    myself; but I can't see how I would be spoiled by knowing in advance
    that I'm going to see Kiefer at some point during the movie. When I
    watched the movie seeing him did *not* come as a surprise to me.

    But Kiefer didn't *only* do a voice over did he? We *see* him in the
    Just the other day I saw promo posters for some animated films. The
    actors only do voices, but they showed their faces on the posters.

    This is how I look at it, someone reads the paper, which has an add that
    reads, "Go see Phone Booth, staring Kiefer Sutherland" then watches the
    tonight show or David Letterman and sees Kiefer doing an interview
    saying "Go rent my movie Phone Booth staring me, I'm in it..." Before
    walking out the door a commercial comes on that says, "Go rent Phone
    Booth staring Kiefer Sutherland." This person walks to the video store,
    picks up the box and says, "My god! That's Kiefer's face on the box, I
    now know I see him at some point during the movie, it's ruined!" Now if
    someone has kept his or herself so in the dark, that they have
    absolutely no idea that Kiefer's in the movie, then when they rent it
    they should have no expectations to be ruined. They're certainly not
    going to say, "My god! That's Kiefer's face on the box, I now know I
    see him at some point during the movie, it's ruined!"
    Arthur Lipscomb, Jul 5, 2003
  6. The "Phone Booth" logo on the cover reminds me of a box of laundry detergent
    for some reason.

    Remove "moc" to reply.
    Sydney Assbasket, Jul 6, 2003
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