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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,269 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." --

"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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I stumbled upon this book a few months ago and finally decided to buy it.
Alternative Movie Posters would make an excellent gift for any film buff and is one of the most enjoyable art books I have seen this year.
I think that, once you see these, you will take a new look at the movies that are portrayed.
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8 of 8 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 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 S. M. Robare on December 13, 2013
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So many of the posters and ad campaigns for modern film are boring and uninspired, designed by committee and lacking any heart, soul or art. But there is a fascinating response to this bland design in film art, and in his new book Matthew Chojnacki explores this phenomena. Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground dives into the limited run screen prints, glycees and digital prints created for revival and festival screenings of movies that have been cropping up over the last decade. There’s been a movement to bring the intimacy and limited edition of band gig posters to the film world where thousands of artists celebrate screenings with interesting conceptual designs.

For those of us that don’t want to do battle with the shopping cart at Mondo (trying to land a copy of their popular, insanely fast selling screen prints), or who can’t afford to keep up with all of the amazing artwork with these alternative posters, Chojnacki’s book is a great archive highlighting the work of over a hundred different artists from all over the world. Much like he did with his previous book, Put the Needle on the Record, he really does an amazing job curating this collection of independent artwork. Whether it’s double page spreads highlighting a specific artist or using these opposing pages to compare and contrast between artists, focusing on a particular style, medium, or similar concepts, there was a lot of care put in the arrangement of the designs.

There are over 200 posters spanning the gamut of the past 80 years of film, from stark expressionistic takes on M through to unbelievably creative spatial collages for The Dark Knight Rises. For lovers of film and design Chojnacki’s Alternative Movie Posters is a welcome raft in the sea of uninspired corporate design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Middleton on November 29, 2013
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As author Matthew Chojnacki notes in his introduction, "film posters aren't quite what they used to be." Traditionally, they were the primary source of advanced promotion for movies, and these one-sheets often became highly desirable as collector items.

By the 1990s, however, movie posters started getting less attention from studio marketing teams, possibly because, with the advent of the Internet, there were many more avenues of promotion available. The "art" of movie poster design slowly faded away, resulting in mass-market, soulless presentations that primarily featured the actors starring in the film--and not much else. As Chojnacki rightly notes, these one-sheets no longer conveyed the spirit of the story.

Today, it's most likely that studios relegate movie poster design to advertising agencies, who are solely focused on selling films based on the actors who appear in them (I imagine they employ kids who are adept at using Photoshop, but not really artists in the truest sense of the word). Which is why, when I first became aware of this book, I thought it was a brilliant idea to take a look at what today's artists are doing with film poster design--which started out as sporadic fan art, but quickly developed into a cohesive, underground movement. Online art houses, such as Mondo, have championed the modern one-sheet, and posters offered through these galleries often sell out in minutes.

But after further consideration, I decided that such a collection would really just make for an interesting website--and not so much a printed book. To be honest, I thought, "Who would buy it?" It was only after I began leafing through a copy that I really started to appreciate what this book offers.
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