What if the purpose of this crappy looking box art wasn't to repulse customers...but to repulse retailers instead? How many retailers probably took a look at this thing and opted not to carry it at all because they found the crappy looking box art so repulsive themselves and thus concluded so too would their customers?
Lo and behold, the more retailers that opted out of carrying this thing inevitably resulted in extremely limited distribution. Which is what Universal Studios wanted all along?
I have studied this extremely wacky and eccentric corporation (Universal Studios) long enough to know that when it has come to..."Battlestar 1978"....products, they (Universal Studios) tend to always do two things contradictory at the same time when releasing...."Battlestar 1978"....products. (1) Release..."Battlestar 1978"....products, and (2) release them in such a way where they are always screwed up (repulsive) in some way limiting mass distribution. The kicker being...they can always....About Face...(after feigning a legitimate release) and say..."You see?? You see?? Hardly any of these...."Battlestar 1978"...products sold which proves to us (Universal) that there just isn't an audience for a new..."Battlestar 1978"....production."
Read the books Universal Studios has tried and failed to censor on Amazon.com...
And read these books at another location where Universal Studios executives and its stealth marketers won't be able to post negative, misleading (stealth marketed) reviews of the books via them purchasing candy and Rogaine Foam on Amazon.com (allowing them access to the Amazon book review section) and not actually buying and reading the books. I'll leave the other 150 global locations under wraps for now.