History Main / FloatingHeadSyndrome

23rd Nov '17 10:18:43 AM nombretomado
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* All the ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{DVD}}s released during the 2000s suffer from this.
* ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'', 2000s {{DVD}} release -- taken to the minimalist extreme; the original posters also had a dash of this.

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* All the ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{DVD}}s UsefulNotes/{{DVD}}s released during the 2000s suffer from this.
* ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'', 2000s {{DVD}} DVD release -- taken to the minimalist extreme; the original posters also had a dash of this.
23rd Nov '17 10:17:20 AM nombretomado
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A term referring to the tendency for FilmPosters and {{DVD}} cover art to have a black background with the faces of the lead actors above the name of the movie. Sometimes it is a simple one or two heads staring at you with other, film-specific, art in the foreground. Other times it is the entire cast in various stages of intensity... and nothing else. When done with the {{villain}}, it is EvilOverlooker. Often overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.

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A term referring to the tendency for FilmPosters and {{DVD}} UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} cover art to have a black background with the faces of the lead actors above the name of the movie. Sometimes it is a simple one or two heads staring at you with other, film-specific, art in the foreground. Other times it is the entire cast in various stages of intensity... and nothing else. When done with the {{villain}}, it is EvilOverlooker. Often overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.
21st Nov '17 6:25:41 PM PaulA
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* When the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures started, there was no requirement for the cover to literally depict a scene from the book, and the cover from the first book in the series included the Doctor's head floating in midair. Years later, when the last book was being written, there was a thought that it should have [[BookEnds a similar cover]]. Since it was now the convention that the cover ''should'' depict a scene from the book, the author added a sequence where the Doctor's HugeHolographicHead appeared over London. Then that scene wasn't used for the cover after all.

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* When the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures started, there was no requirement for the cover to literally depict a scene from the book, and the cover from the first book in the series series, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTimewyrmGenesys Timewyrm: Genesys]]'', included the Doctor's head floating in midair. Years later, when the last book book, ''The Dying Days'', was being written, there was a thought that it should have [[BookEnds a similar cover]]. Since it was now the convention that the cover ''should'' depict a scene from the book, the author added a sequence where the Doctor's HugeHolographicHead appeared over London. Then that scene wasn't used for the cover after all.
6th Nov '17 5:17:07 AM LB7979
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* Film/TurkishDelight: Not on the poster picture as seen on the movies' [=TvTropes=] page, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight_(1973_film)#/media/File:Turkish_Delight_(film).jpg on the DVD cover]]: the two main characters' heads are really floating and tacked-onto the background.
6th Oct '17 8:17:00 PM dsneybuf
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* Utilized in [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/Marypoppins.jpg this poster]] from the original release of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', which in contrast to later home video covers, emphasizes the flashy musical aspects over the fantasy aspects. This Syndrome was also utilized on DVD covers from [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/mary%20poppins%20dvd/doleted/Disney/MaryPoppins1998.jpg 1998]] and [[http://www.popentertainment.com/marypoppins.jpg 2009]].

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* Utilized in [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/Marypoppins.[[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:36734398.jpg this poster]] from the original release poster]] of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', which in contrast to later home video covers, emphasizes the flashy musical aspects over the fantasy aspects. This Syndrome was also utilized on DVD covers from [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/mary%20poppins%20dvd/doleted/Disney/MaryPoppins1998.[[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mary_poppins_masterpiece_dvd.jpg 1998]] and [[http://www.popentertainment.com/marypoppins.[[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:MaryPoppins_45thAnniversary_DVD.jpg 2009]].
30th Sep '17 8:57:06 PM nombretomado
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* Yahtzee writes on the subject on [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/8631-Extra-Punctuation-American-Box-Art-Sucks this]] Extra Punctuation, touching on ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', ''{{Ico}}'', ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' and others, as part of a column bemoaning how American cover art is almost invariably of poorer quality than its international equivalents.

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* Yahtzee writes on the subject on [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/8631-Extra-Punctuation-American-Box-Art-Sucks this]] Extra Punctuation, touching on ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', ''{{Ico}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' and others, as part of a column bemoaning how American cover art is almost invariably of poorer quality than its international equivalents.
27th Sep '17 7:20:20 PM Willbyr
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* [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] had his own version of this within the comic pages, known to some fans as [[FanNickname the "Floating Heads of Guilt"]], which would appear whenever Peter was pensive or on the verge of death, showing the faces of his friends, his loved ones, and, one time, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a casual friend named Josh]].

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* [[SpiderMan [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] had his own version of this within the comic pages, known to some fans as [[FanNickname the "Floating Heads of Guilt"]], which would appear whenever Peter was pensive or on the verge of death, showing the faces of his friends, his loved ones, and, one time, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a casual friend named Josh]].



* All the ''StarWars'' {{DVD}}s released during the 2000s suffer from this.

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* All the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{DVD}}s released during the 2000s suffer from this.
13th Aug '17 12:45:07 AM KJMackley
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A term referring to the tendency in modern FilmPosters and {{DVD}} cover art to have a black background with the faces of the lead actors above the name of the movie. Ubiquitous once the age of photo editing software came about, since it meant studios no longer had to commission an artist tens of thousands of dollars to paint a poster for them, when they could just take stock photos of the lead actor and have interns superimpose them onto black.

When done with the {{villain}}, it is EvilOverlooker. Often overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.

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A term referring to the tendency in modern for FilmPosters and {{DVD}} cover art to have a black background with the faces of the lead actors above the name of the movie. Ubiquitous Sometimes it is a simple one or two heads staring at you with other, film-specific, art in the foreground. Other times it is the entire cast in various stages of intensity... and nothing else. When done with the {{villain}}, it is EvilOverlooker. Often overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.

The style became ubiquitous
once the age of photo editing software came about, since it meant studios no longer had to commission an artist tens of thousands of dollars to paint a carefully crafted poster for them, when they could just take stock photos of the lead actor and have interns superimpose them onto black.

When done
any background. The same basic principle can exist with more than just a floating head, as full body group pictures splashed across the {{villain}}, poster in different sizes and scaling creates a similar style except a lot more crowded.

In many cases, the main film poster may be more creative because of the larger size
it will be displayed at, but the vhs/dvd/blu-ray will have a more generic "main actor heads against a black background" design so that a potential consumer can see who is EvilOverlooker. Often overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.
in the movie at a glance.
13th Aug '17 12:17:12 AM KJMackley
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* Almost all of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies do this. ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' goes for the EvilOverlooker instead.

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* Almost all of the Most ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies do feature this. ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' An iconic ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' poster features the [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] beneath a pillar of rainbow light with Kirk, Ilia and Spock's head floating above it. Both ''Film/StarTrekViTheUndiscoveredCountry'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' feature similar "heads in a pillar of light," while one poster for ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' had a poster replicating TMP's almost exactly. ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' goes for the EvilOverlooker instead.
8th May '17 2:42:35 PM Golondrina
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* A slipcase edition of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' was simply a flaming Earth with WillSmith's head floating above it. Thankfully, the ''actual'' cover remains the same.

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* A slipcase edition of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' was simply a flaming Earth with WillSmith's Creator/WillSmith's head floating above it. Thankfully, the ''actual'' cover remains the same.
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