When it comes to limited-run posters, Mondo’s one of the biggest names in the game. The reason why? They get some incredibly talented artists to create images based on some of the greatest movies of all time. Tomorrow, they’ve got another trio of offerings that will surely fly off the virtual shelves.
As detailed over on their blog, quick clickers with disposable income will have the chance to purchase a Predator poster by Ash Thorp, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus by JC Richard and Jock’s interpretation of John Carpenter’s The Thing.
As per usual, the best way to keep up on when the posters go on sale, follow @MondoNews on Twitter.
Just last week we talked about a new film about legendary martial arts master Yip Man called Ip Man: The Final Fight and how popular the Wing Chung teacher has been in film lately. Now we’re seeing all kinds of commercials for another called The Grandmaster presented to U.S. audiences by none other than Martin Scorsese and The Weinstein Company.
Directed by Wong Kar Wai (Fallen Angels, My Blueberry Nights), The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Yip Man. He’s joined by Ziyi Zhang, Hye-kyo Song, Cung Le and Chen Chang. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.
“Wong Kar Wai has turned martial arts into a modern dance,” Scorsese said of the film which opened the Berlin Film Festival by way of Deadline. To get a brief look at said dance, check out the TV spot followed by a more extended international trailer.
That’s not all the Grandmaster-y goodness, though. Yahoo! Movies also showed off a series of new images along with the film’s poster and a Mondo-exclusive one created by artist Vania Zouravliov that’s going on sale the day of the film’s release.
The Grandmaster opens on August 23.
Mondo, the seller of fantastic short-run posters by some of the greatest artists around, announced a trio of pieces that will go on sale some time tomorrow. Above you can see Martin Ansin’s Conan The Barbarian poster featuring a very ripped, much younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger than we’re used to seeing these days. There’s also legendary poster artist Drew Struzan’s take on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and William Stout’s King Kong.
The pieces vary in dimensions, edition size and price, but if you want to get your hands on one or all of them for the initial asking price, you’ve got to follow @MondoNews on Twitter to find out exactly when they go on sale. And be quick about it, hundreds of posters can disappear in a matter of minutes. Good luck!
I tried getting over it, but I just can’t. As regular readers will hopefully remember, I’m a big fan of both Gremlins movies. I even watched both of them leading into Christmas again this year. Heck, I watched Gremlins twice because I realized after I finished it the first time that director Joe Dante and company did a commentary track that I had never listened to before, which spawned me to watch the sequel with a similar commentary.
So, when I saw that Mondo would be selling the above, awesome Gremlins poster drawn by Ken Taylor I was pretty excited, I even mentioned it in my increasingly sporadic Casting Internets section last week. In an effort to get my hands on one of the posters–I liked the above basic one better than the variant–I started following Mondo on Twitter and kept my eyes peeled. In fact, I only left my computer for about 10-15 minutes to take a shower. And guess what? That’s when the poster went on sale. Blam, I missed it.
Now, I don’t usually get too excited about these things. The reality of the situation is that I don’t actually have space to put up cool posters like this. I don’t currently have an office and as cool as this poster is, it wouldn’t really fit in our living room. I’ve been cutting way down on the amount of geeky stuff I purchase mostly because of space and financial restrictions, but I figured this poster would be worth it to buy now and hold on to for that fateful day when I actually have an office or man cave.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. By the time I got back to my computer it had sold out. It was about 10 minutes. The Gremlins 2 poster was still available, but it just didn’t strike me as much as the other one. I know I should be over it by now. I had a wonderful Christmas with my wife and daughter–her first. I’ve had some great time off with family and friends. And yet, it still gnaws at me a bit. I made the mistake of looking them up on ebay yesterday and they’re going for hundreds of dollars. Ugh. Well hopefully, this post will help get the disappointment out of my system. I mean, there’s way bigger things in this world to worry about than a poster, right?