Really good trailers off the top of my head:
Garden StateTree of LifeThe Social NetworkThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher teaser)Little ChildrenWhere the Wild Things Are (teaser)Sin CityEyes Wide ShutA Serious ManNo Country for Old MenTrue GritThe Shining
Hmm, there are more, those are the obvious ones. I’ll have to go digging into my archives to find the more obscure stuff. Love me a good trailer, but most are very bad.
“Crazy Nutter draws more.”
That bare-bones Warner Bros. set of Kubrick films was a major disappointment. I ponied up coin at the time because that weas all that was available. Now I am trying to overcome my refusal to get caught in the studios’ double-dipping schemes, even though I realize the newer ubrick releases are much better in terms of transfer and supplements.
I like your idea about giving away the white boxes with those abominable snapper cases. I really despise the way Warner’s old cardboard snapper cases refuse to line up properly on the shelf. And if you try to pluck one title off the shelf, the snapper hinge snags on the adjacent titles and 2-3 movies flip out onto the floor. Damn snapper cases.
Agreed on all counts. At the point at which I bought the bare-bones Kubricks, I didn’t know the difference between a bad transfer and a good. But it was an early DVD era release where they didn’t have to put much effort toward beating VHS.
I don’t typically double-dip. Hell, at this point I don’t buy DVDs. But the Kubrick set got a lot of mileage off of me so it really was like buying a new car after the old one was just too worn out. Runs smoother, is cleaner, looks better, and will last me probably until they stop producing DVD players.
Seriously ? Holy Mountain is one of my all time favourites, it’s the absolute perfection – from scenarios that competes with Kubrick ones to a marvelous ending. Really, you need to see it (re-see it, in case of Polaris).
I just learned from one of my students, who happens to be a screenwriter, that Hollywood execuitives are now expecting to see “trailer moments” in submitted scripts. In other words, they want screenwriters to intentionally craft dramatic, funny, or action-filled scenes that could be included in a film’s trailer, well before the picture is even green-lit.
Maybe this was always an UNCONSCIOUS process used by movie dramatists, who you would expect would want to highlight certain scenes as part of a character arc or narrative flow, but to have executives impose this sort of pre-thinking on an artist’s imagination seems counterproductive to me.
That’s not surprising. I already feel like the onus is increasingly on the director to submit not only a script but a promotional package for their work in order to get greenlit. This is for a variety of reasons, one of them being it pre-packages much of the work the executives have to do, another being that hey, crowdfunding, now we’re used to directors shooting their own trailers, welcome to the ‘democratization of filmmaking’. I love humanity! We’re so awesome at stuff like this!