This ad for the DVD/PSP release of KUNG FU HUSTLE is, at first glance, no different than any other in-page video ad I've seen. Before I get into the video aspect of the ad, I'd like to first focus on the creative execution. The ad itself, in its initial state, is a little too cluttered for my liking. To borrow from the Jerky Boys, "My eyes, they were going crazy." Lots of messaging and assets were competing for my attention, which made it hard to focus on the video. The release date should have been more prominent as well, because ultimately, that is the key messaging here. It just doesn't stand out.
But onto the video...I definitely liked the concept of the video's spinning expansion when interacted with. It definitely fit in with the crazy, slapstick choreography of the film. However, and I'm sure it may have been the only spot available, the video should have told me something that the ad itself didn't. Maybe it should have explored the DVD's special features or exclusives? What I'm getting at is that the video, a :15 spot, did not work with the rest of the ad to make a stronger selling proposition. It seemed to be in there to be in there. As a marketer, I demand more, and as a consumer I need more. Unfortunately, we're normally locked into using already completed :15/:30 spots in these ads...I'll use this as a platform for requesting more content for ads like this, so we can truly recognize their true potential. Also, when viewed in Firefox, for some reason, the quality of the video was significantly worse, which was rather disappointing.
I'm a member of the key audience for this product, as this is a film that I wanted to see, but did not get a chance to see in theaters. Now available on DVD & PSP, this just did not complete the sell for me that started with the theatrical release. I give it two out of five Yuen Wo Pings.
-- Ian Schafer, CEO, Deep Focus