Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DVD Doppelgängers: Alien Uprising Vs. Hancock

Last week I was in a video store and saw this DVD of Alien Uprising.

Something about this cover seems awfully familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on where I've seen it before...

Oh yeah. Now I remember.

Jesus, look at those two covers. They're virtually identical! The same extreme closeup filling the space, the same grizzled skin texture, even the same gold-lensed eye gear with a cityscape reflected in them. Hell, it would have been easier if the designer had just xeroxed the Hancock cover and called it a day.

There's no way you can convince me that this wasn't intentional. Go on, try it. Try and convince me. You can't do it, I say.

In addition to the swiped layout, I'm a bit puzzled by the title as well. The film concerns a group of friends whose night of partying is interrupted by extraterrestrials attacking the Earth. An uprising is an act of resistance or rebellion. Aliens coming from the sky is an invasion. Wouldn't Alien Invasion have made more sense? It's called a dictionary, guys. They're free all over the interwebs.

Also, that prominent "and Jean-Claude Van Damme" callout is a bit suspicious. I've not seen the film, but I'm betting this is one of those deals where they can only afford to hire a name actor for one day, and shoot all of his scenes in that short time. I'd be very surprised if he's in the film for more than twenty minutes, tops.

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