Saturday 24 September 2011

Pain, Lines Not The Same and Automobiles

We've all seen our favourite films be released and re-released on DVD and Blu-ray, and I'm sure that by now we're all used to seeing every iteration being tagged with some humourous tagline or another (apparently Extended, Director's Cut and Special Edition just don't cut it anymore), but couldn't they have come up with a better one than "All Flights Cancelled. You're Scre" for Planes, Trains and Automobiles, a film that's not only one of John Hughes' best comedies, but arguably one of the best films of the 1980's?

The most recent US re-release of the film was titled the 'Those Aren't Pillows!' edition, which whilst hardly a relevant gag to put on the cover of a DVD, at least evokes happy memories of picturing John Candy's chubby digits nestled between Steve Martin's rosy cheeks. For the new UK Blu-ray release though, not only have they chickened out of writing the word 'screwed' on the cover (ooooh, scandal), they've failed to get the correct quote from the film anyway. As always, a quick search on the IMDb shows us the truth...

I'm assuming that is the scene the cover is alluding to, otherwise what's the point of the whole "You're Scre" line? Seeing as it's the punchline to one of the greatest exchanges in movie history (yeah, I said it), it might have been reasonable for them to place "you're fucked" on the cover, with a simple asterisk used the save the blushes of those of a sensitive nature. Or maybe, when you've got two massive stars in John Candy and Steve Martin and a iconic director in John Hughes, along with one of the longest and most instantly recognisable titles in movie history already on the cover, they should know when to just leave it alone.

If you like your Blu-rays with unnecessary bumph on the cover, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is out to buy from Monday. Luckily, the film inside is still awesome.

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