Have Your Say: About Original Non-original Movie Poster Art...

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Have Your Say: About Original Non-original Movie Poster Art...
When I buy DVD's or Blu-rays, the cover art normally doesn't concern me all that much... unless we're talking about a super-special edition, in which case I'll see if it warrants a Pretty Packaging article.

Newly commissioned covers can be cool, of course, but more often than not they are like fan-art, either not reaching the quality of the original posters or overdoing it (and often spoiling half the film to boot). Sure, many posters for Alien beat the original artwork, but a lot of them rely on everyone knowing by now what the monster looks like. Arrow UK had this thing going where they let people on their forum choose the commissioned art for their new releases, but that almost invariably resulted in the lewdest design winning the battle. So in general, I'm perfectly happy to just see the original poster art, as used during the film's theatrical release.

Exceptions always occur though. I mean, check out the art above, for French distributor Carlotta's upcoming Ultra Collector release of Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise. In my opinion it's damn awesome, and I'd sure want this on MY wall (preferably as a blacklight poster)!
It's not the first time Carlotta scores with their commissioned cover art: the first of their Ultra Collector Releases looked pretty fine as well. Also, many people will have fond memories of some non-original VHS covers of that platform's hay-day. And I haven't even mentioned Mondo yet...

So our question of the week is: what is your favorite "new" (as in: not-used-in-theaters-originally) film poster? Which piece of art which struck the right tone and style?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

(Oh, and feel free to post links towards the images.)

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the hong Kong cavaliersJanuary 24, 2017 2:15 PM

I don't usually like any of the new design they come up with , the first thing I look forward when I order a movie from shout factory or even Arrow video for that matter is the reversible sleeves in order to have the original poster art .
Not to say they are not nice or anything but the original sleeves are just enough memberberry's for this old soul

ManateeAdvocateJanuary 24, 2017 2:20 PM


Unflinching_EyeJanuary 24, 2017 8:28 PM

I like Arrow and Scream Factory's releases because they give you both. It's a very respectful presentation.

Unflinching_EyeJanuary 24, 2017 8:56 PM

Criterion's VIDEODROME dvd is still one of my fave presentations, simple and effective. Their DAZED AND CONFUSED is a beauty too.

As far as recent alt posters go, that Sam Wolfe Connelly EXORCIST poster is a standout. Dan Mumford's FORCE AWAKENS posters are gorgeous. Nicolas Delort's posters for Aguirre and Fitzcaraldo. Nikita Kaun's EX MACHINA and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Ape Meets Girl's JAWS. Matt Ryan Tobin's HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. John Barry Ballaran's FULL METAL JACKET.

As far as a designer doing great things with original stills, I'll always recommend my friend Silver Ferox:


I could go on and on. There's too much amazing alt art being produced right now.

Ben de KlosFebruary 20, 2017 10:22 AM