Earlier today, the word started spreading, and soon enough we were all paying attention: “sometime soon”, a Mondo-related announcement was going to drop via our friends over at Ain’t It Cool News, and…well, and nothing: that was pretty much all we got by way of a hint. Mercifully, the wait for AICN’s announcement didn’t last long, and now we all know what the big secret was: this week, Mondo will drop a Steven Spielberg double-header—a poster based on Jaws (by Laurent Durieux) and another based on E.T. The Extraterrestrial (by Mike Mitchell).
Wanna see these new prints, find out where they’re dropping, when, and what each one’s gonna cost ya? Meet me on the other side, folks.
This week on Blu-ray, director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus comes to home video packed with special features that delve deeper into the film’s questions, Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial finally comes to Blu-ray, and two Alfred Hitchcock classics get the HD treatment. We’ve also got a couple of major titles that were released last week. Briefly:
Hit the jump for all the details.
Steven Spielberg’s cross-hitting family classic E.T. needs no introduction. Do I need to summarize the plot? – How a lonely boy discovers an abandoned wide-eyed friendly alien and their resulting burgeoning friendship. It’s the rare film that exceeds the barriers of twenty-four frames per second. I can say Reese’s Pieces or bike or phone home without any sort of context and millions will know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a juggernaut – and it’s been so for over thirty years. It’s a picture that wears its heart on its sleeve – and it remains the most true and personal of Steven Spielberg’s ridiculously compelling oeuvre.
So it’s crazy to think E.T. hasn’t yet been released on Blu-ray. That slight will be corrected Tuesday October 9th, as the picture finally gets the Blu-ray treatment. And in honor of such an occasion and to celebrate E.T., Producer Kathleen Kennedy and Star Henry Thomas (Elliott) spoke with select press for over ninety minutes about the affect E.T. had on their career, the shooting process, working with Spielberg and dealing with the phenomena the film became. In addition, Kathleen Kennedy discussed her new role as chairman of Lucasfilm, Jurassic Park 4, an upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s B.F.G. and Spielberg’s next Lincoln. For the full interview, hit the jump.
We told you yesterday that this weekend was on track to become the lowest-grossing frame of the year and the lowest-grossing frame since September 2008. Unfortunately, nothing came along to change that gloomy portrait after Sunday’s estimates were released. No film, including first-place holdover The Possession, managed to break ten million and only one new film reached half that amount.
||The Expendables 2
||The Bourne Legacy
||Odd Life of Timothy Green
||The Dark Knight Rises
|| 2016 Obama’s America
Universal Pictures has announced a 25-film Blu-ray collection to commemorate the studio’s 100th anniversary, and it’s a genuinely great box set. The “Universal 100th Anniversary Collection” includes 25 of the studio’s finest films, a 15-track music CD chock full of iconic film scores, a “100 Years of Universal” 72-page collector’s book and more. Though the inclusion of HD versions of films like Dracula, Jurassic Park, The Sting, Back to the Future, Jaws, Do the Right Thing, and To Kill a Mockingbird alone would have been worth the purchase, the box set includes a number of vintage cartoons and shorts as well as a collection of featurettes covering the studio’s entire history.
The 25-disc Blu-ray set and 26-disc DVD collection (Schindler’s List is included in the DVD set only) will be available for a limited time starting November 6th. A price has yet to be announced, but I don’t expect it’ll be cheap. Hit the jump to read the full rundown of films and special features.
We have a couple pieces of Blu-ray news for you this afternoon regarding a couple of Steven Spielberg flicks arriving on the format for the first time. First up, Universal has released a trailer for the Blu-ray of Jaws. The new trailer runs down the features of the new disc such as the 6x resolution upgrade from the DVD, the new 7.1. audio mix, and a new documentary about the film.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and see the ridiculous packaging for the upcoming E.T. Blu-ray Special Edition. Jaws hits Blu-ray on August 14th in the U.S., and on September 3rd in the U.K. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial hits Blu-ray in the U.S. in October.
If you’re just joining us here at poster-enthusiast HQ, Limited Paper is an ongoing column keeping you up to date on all poster-related shenanigans from around the world (but mostly the States). For the past few weeks, we’ve been running Limited Paper as a weekly column, a once-per-seven-days affair packed to the breaking point with pictures, poster drop news, speculation, and “Things Worth Getting Excited About”. This week, we’re rolling out a new version of Limited Paper (yes, already), and what better way to ring in that new version than some extremely exciting Mondo-and-Breaking Bad-related news?
So. Ya wanna find out how you can get your grubby mitts on Dan McCarthy’s amazing E.T. The Extraterrestrial print? Wanna know when The Beyond’s vinyl release drops? Looking for some hot Kahn-on-paper action? How about the newest part of Gallery1988’s Breaking Bad series? Meet me after the jump, my fellow poster collectors.
If you thought only one Steven Spielberg classic was coming to Blu-ray this year, you were sorely mistaken. A digitally remastered version of Jaws will be released in the Blu-ray format this August (with bonus features galore), but Universal has just announced that Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will also be hitting Blu-ray for the first time this October. The disc will boast a digitally remastered version of the 1982 theatrical movie (ie. not the version with digitally inserted walkie-talkies) along with an all-new interview with Spielberg, never-before-seen footage from the set, and more. Hit the jump for details, including a full rundown of the bonus features and an announcement trailer.
Last month, we reported that the Alamo Drafthouse would be spending this summer honoring the summer of 1982 by holding screenings of Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, and TRON, with all the movies being presented in 35mm. Tomorrow, a limited number of badges—priced at $80—will go on sale here at 11am CST and provide admission to all these movies. The Drafthouse will also be selling tickets to the first movie in the series, Conan the Barbarian, which will play on May 11th.
In addition to the terrific movies that have already been announced, the Drafthouse has added 11 more movies to the summer series: Vice Squad, Escape 2000, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Secret of Nimh, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Class of 1984, Friday the 13th: Part 3 in 3D, Halloween 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Last Unicorn. The badges won’t cover these movies, so you’ll have to buy tickets. Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes info on when you can buy tickets for each movie (and you better come to Rocky III since we’re co-hosting it!). We’ve also included a look at Dan McCarthy’s gorgeous E.T. posters, which will be sold at the E.T. screening with any leftovers being sold online).
The summer movie season keeps getting bigger but rarely does it get better. There are always some standouts, but in 30 years time, will we have nine movies that will all be remembered as classics? I’m not sure, but it’s only been done once before in the last 30 years, and that was in the summer of 1982. From May through July, the world received (in chronological order) Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Blade Runner, and TRON. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Alamo Drafthouse is paying tribute to the summer of 1982 by letting audiences relive it in the summer of 2012. The Alamo will re-release the film on the same day that it was released in 1982, and a geek site will co-host a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin. So for example, we’re co-hosting the screening of Rocky III on May 25th. Select films will have big events with special guests and new Mondo posters. Hit the jump for all of the release dates along with Alamo’s trailer for the summer of 1982.