Yesterday I stumbled across a free rental coupon for Redbox, the $1/day rental machine in McDonald’s. I’m a sucker for a free movie, so I started browsing the available movies and came across this: 20 Years After. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale (my favorite), kind of like Children of Men with the whole nobody’s been pregnant thing, except the Clive Owen character is a radio DJ instead of whatever Clive Owen is in Children of Men. Oh, and 20 Years After sucked while Children of Men is amazing.
I wasn’t expecting much from the movie, but the trailer looked OK and it had Azura Skye who had a small but powerful role in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But the movie was a mess—I got what I paid for.
But that’s not the interesting part. Redbox showed different DVD cover art than what’s showing up everywhere else. Here’s the side-by-side comparison:
The real version is on the left, Redbox on the right. Redbox kind of makes it look like a porno. For the record, the girl featured on the cover is pregnant for most of the movie and I don’t think she ever touches a gun (no wolves either). I’d love to know where Redbox got that image. It’s hilariously wrong. The idea of somebody expecting a sexy, gun-toting vixen fighting her way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland and instead getting a pregnant girl who plods along with her hand on her back like pregnant women do is awesome. Talk about bait and switch.