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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1st edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764345664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764345661
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the 26 best coffee table books of 2013 (#13) -- The Daily Beast

Featured in USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Huffington Post.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide mentions: The A.V. Club, Fast Company, Under the Radar, and The Verge.

"Cool one-sheets abound." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Terrific." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"An eye-candy fest." -- Spin

"Coffee table book of the year." -- Indie Book Awards

"Visually inspiring. We're blown away." -- Nylon Guys Magazine

"The collection of talent assembled here is phenomenal." -- Geek Magazine

"If you've ever seen a movie poster and thought, 'I can do better than that!' this is the book for you. See it as a challenge or an inspiration." -- Mental Floss Magazine

"Incredible designer posters." -- The Verge

"Stunning." -- Fast Company

"Your new favorite coffee table book. A visual feast for film nerds." -- Movies.com

"Spectacular. Gone is the cookie-cutter design, and in its place are singular works of the imagination that evoke the spirit and heart of the film." -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"You gotta have it." -- Poster Collective

"A thrilling spectacle. Unexpected and imaginative new twists on iconic movies and their posters." -- Creative Bloq

"A must have! These posters breathe with pure art and creative concept." -- YouTheDesigner

"An extraordinary compilation showcasing a diverse range of styles, from cartoonish to highbrow." -- San Diego City Beat

"Beautiful. Film design without studio rules." -- De Filmkrant (The Netherlands)

"Incredible works of art." -- Best Movie (Italy)

"The return of classic design to film posters." -- Brainstorm #9 (Brazil)

"Two-dimensional images can still evoke awe, fascination, terror, and excitement, and this book tackles it." -- Rappler (The Philippines)

"Shows the intelligence and pop culture savviness of these artists and their ability to reflect the essence of a film in one single image." -- Le Journal Graphic (France)

"A crushingly cool masterpiece of pop culture.  You'll swoon over this volume" -- Fangoria.

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This surely has to be the definitive book on Alternative Movie posters.
Vic Rattlehead
Matthew Chojnacki has collected examples of some of the best in Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground.
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I stumbled upon this book a few months ago and finally decided to buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 26, 2013
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Movie posters nowadays seems to be all about realism, photography and special effects. A book like Alternative Movie Posters is a breath of fresh air with the art and graphic design inspired posters.

The posters featured are not official, hence the book title. They are created for film fests, theatres, art galleries, periodicals and even specifically for this book.

More than 100 poster designers featured, and each has around 1 to 2 pieces of artworks featured. Most are drawn and there's an amazing variety of illustrative art and style. Quality of art is top notch. The selection is also very well done with a nice mixture of cult movies and hollywood blockbusters.

The highlight of the book is the concept that goes behind the creation of these posters. Some are straightforward, but there are also many that are visually smart and will make you do a double-take.

It's really quite fascinating to see all the artists and with their alternative designs. Additionally, there are also commentary from the artists on their designs, influence, favourite films, preferred medium and other info.

The book's a 208-page hardcover. Paper is thick and low gloss. The artworks are wonderfully reproduced.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben J Korgen on February 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a high-quality collection of poster art representing artists who let their imaginations run free without the tempering forces of convention. It offers an idea-triggering mine of outrageousness that should thrill art students and others who like to break boundaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vic Rattlehead on November 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The big (and best) book of alternative movie posters.

This surely has to be the definitive book on Alternative Movie posters. With 208 in color and large on the page I doubt if anyone will publish anything better. The author really has done a huge amount of research to pull all this detail together and nicely. With a smart, fresh visual perspective, alternative movie posters celebrate classics like Star Wars, Raging Bull, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining as well as cult favorites: The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, and Pink Flamingos.

"Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground" presents a selection of artists such as: Tim Doyle, Rocco Malatesta, Jesse Philips, Joshua Gilbert, just to name a few.

As I've said already, I doubt there will be a better, more comprehensive book on Alternative Movie posters than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBIZZLE on June 26, 2014
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Great Book. I stumbled upon this book a few months ago and finally decided to buy it. Im glad I did. This book contains artists' versions of movie posters for popular fims spanning all through the years. Some great work inside this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige Lorenzo on June 7, 2014
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I got this book for my film buff boyfriend for Christmas and it was PERFECT! He loves all kinds of movies from obscure films, to artsy foreign features, to big blockbusters, and this book has everything! The book also has awesome little information boxes that go with each poster discussing facts and details about the author and the mediums used to create the posters. We use it as a coffee table book and all my friends have opened it at some point and spent time ogling the pictures. A must have for any film lover!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Baerkircher on May 12, 2014
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The artwork is fantastic in this book, and the accompanying text is fascinating - it is clear that the author did extensive research on the pieces he included in the book. I had the honor of meeting the author, and learned even more about the artwork from him - so glad I bought this book!! BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By megHan on March 13, 2014
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I am a huge fan of art and movies so, when I came across this book, I just could not resist. I agree wholeheartedly with the author's intro - movie posters these days (except for a small few) are quite sad. They don't put the time and effort into them - into portraying the movie - like they once did. This book is full of absolutely amazing pieces of art - some simplistic, some elaborate - and the added artist bios were a lot of fun to read, especially the "behind the poster" sections. These artists really captured the movies in a truly beautiful way. This is the kind of movie art that I want in my home (and what's awesome is the author provides the websites where you can find these guys).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves movies, whether you are old enough to remember the awesome movie posters from the 70s and 80s or not. I think that, once you see these, you will take a new look at the movies that are portrayed.

Note: I got this from NetGalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 13, 2014
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As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was from NetGalley. Despite that kindness I give my scrupulously candid thoughts below.

In general I'm not a fan of coffee-table books because I hate nothing more than dusting coffee-table books. This one caught my eye, however, because it has a delightful artistic feel to it and I was, for the most part, not disappointed. This book contains about 200 "alternative" movie posters from classic movies ranging from Pee Wee's Big Adventure to Hitchcock classics.

On the positive side, the art is wonderfully varied and in most cases I wanted to see some of these movies based solely on the poster they inspired. These designs are clever, artful, well-executed and encapsulate the themes of their topic movies wonderfully. They've also included a good blend of genres in the movies represented from outright horror to comedy.

The only negative I would point out is that there is some amount of repetition. Several movies had 2-3 posters included so this pads the numbers a bit.

In summary, a wonderful and handsome coffee-table volume for the movie buff. Many of these I'd have a hard time resisting the temptation to cut them out and frame them to hang on the wall. I'd proudly display it on my coffee table despite the sad truth that I would have to dust it once in a while.
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