COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 02 Jul 2014, 19:24

Tricky question, because the German one is indeed in widescreen 1.78 but the resolution or color grading (too dark) doesn't seem that good, and the others are 4/3 although I discovered the US edition seem to switch or crop in 1.78 when on a 16/9 TV (or is it an HD TV)... But there isn't one that stands out. Avoid the French one (dubbed) though.
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 20 Aug 2014, 11:30

Japanese 35mm trailer

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 15 Oct 2014, 16:01

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Dida on 16 Oct 2014, 12:04

Ha ha, cool. I had this VHS at that time...
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 22 Feb 2015, 14:18

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 27 Feb 2015, 17:39

From the Japanese distributor Nippon Hereald 1990-1991 line-up catalog:

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 12 Apr 2016, 10:54

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby savagesketch on 12 Apr 2016, 18:42

This has to be D's most overlooked film. No, it's not great, but you can tell it was a project where D was attempting to flex some real acting muscle. I remember it getting dumped on video without any promotion, reviews, etc. Oddly enough, it seems like it's continued sitting there without any further discussion.

I remember it being released at an interesting time in D's career... His box office appeal (at least here in the US) was waning, yet it was also before SILT and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, so he still had some cred. Surprised that one seemed to have came and went, only to get forgotten instantly...
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 12 Apr 2016, 19:10

At the time Dolph was quite proud to be part of it and happy he had more to do than shooting a machine gun.

There are two notable factors to take into account regarding COVER-UP:
1/ since it wasn't a "proper" Dolph Lundgren action film, the interest was less and distributors probably didn't believe in it as much

2/ unfortunately the Gulf War conflicts coincidently started right after it was made and in France for instance, the theatrical release was pushed back of six months to avoid any fuss about it. Since it didn't do well in Europe and Asia were it was released first, Live Entertainment then dumped it in VHS and LD in America were Dolph's star had already fadded (a few months after THE PUNISHER DTV release and after RED SCORPION and I COME IN PEACE had both flopped there)... Saddly premonitory, the US home video release date was September 11, 1991...

The movie sure has its flaws and issues but I think it has its charm and is a very unsual gem in some ways (the mood and contemplative moments, the beautiful score, the setting, and a kind of mystical last act). Maybe it's for nostalgic reasons (saw it twice in the theater here) but I have quite a soft spot for it. Very inspired by Hitchcock on this one, the director Manny Coto (who got hired a week before filming after writer William Tannen -HERO- left) later went on to produce shows like 24.

savagesketch wrote:yet it was also before SILT and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, so he still had some cred.
Shot about 8 months later, SILT flopped initially. But Dolph's titles back then were all strong titles to sell at the film markets until about 1995-1996. What I still don't figure is how come he didn't get or didn't take studio offers after UNIVERSAL SOLDIER which not only was a success but where he clearly stole the show (unless it's the Miramax MEN OF WAR theory that they didn't believe Dolph could draw people as a "good guy")...
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 10 Jul 2016, 20:12

Released in France theatrically on this day in 1991, 25 years ago...

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I've seen it twice on the big screen.

Notice how the French distributor gave him a gun on the final poster, while COVER-UP is one of the rare films Dolph doesn't use any weapon.
(He didn't have one in the first version of the poster that remained on the press kit cover: http://www.dolph-ultimate.com/gallery/c ... -press.jpg)
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby bomaz on 18 Aug 2016, 13:03

Watched a couple of days ago for the first time in like 15 years.
And well, despite a crappy french dvd, the movie is still kinda good. Dolph's character is really interesting to see, and the plot is really enjoyable (and scarily up to date). It's globally solid, with nice action here and there (even if it's not the focus of the movie). I really would love to see Dolph picking again this kind of characters.
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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 20 Aug 2016, 23:43

Such a gem and so underrated I will always root for the underdog that is COVER-UP... :wink:


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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 13 Dec 2016, 19:29

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 28 Dec 2016, 01:40

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Re: COVER-UP (Manny Coto, 1990)

Postby Jox on 18 Apr 2017, 20:54

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