Those Serenity covers look great. I love the simplicity of the top one, but the second one also looks good, especially the back image.
The official cover is just so lame. Unbelievably bad. It says nothing whatsoever about the movie and is simply designed to appeal to the lowest common demoninator (ooh look - a sci-fi space action movie with big explosions).
I wish all of the talented people on this board were designing the covers for real as a living. The fact that fan-made covers in a number of cases are so much better than by 'professional creatives' being paid to do this says a lot.
And you know the other thing I really like about the fan-made covers...
THE ABSENCE OF QUOTES !
I don't need Ebert & Roeper telling me they gave a movie two thumbs up, or the San Francisco Gazette to tell me it's "a triumph" to make me buy a dvd. I detest the four stars, 3.5 out of 5 marks (I've seen this for real on a cover - can't remember which), 27 Who Cares Award Nominations method of marketing a DVD. Put those details on the TV or magazine ads if you must but don't sully the fine artwork of covers with them. Even Lord of the Rings DVDs required people to be told how many Oscar nominations it had.
Okay, enough of the rant. Rikter, I look forward to printing out the cover(s) and replacing my Serenity cover with something much better.
Did you ever see the European poster styles - I really liked the coloring of these:
Serenity European Poster 1
Serenity European Poster 2
Serenity European Poster 3
Oh yeah, the Dune Fanfiltration Landscape cover is gorgeous. Love the style of the Star Trek In Thy Image DVD - does anyone have hi-res printable covers for the entire Star Trek movie series - I always preferred these more subtle UK-style covers for the movies as opposed to the US movie poster ones.