Welcome to the fourth part of /Film’s Ultimate 2014 Film Geek Holiday Gift Guide. We hope we can help you find gifts for your pop culture-loving loved ones and friends (or, maybe even yourself).
This guide includes a ton of cool gifts, including a wide range of books, graphic novels, toys, collectibles, music, movies, games, art and other fun gifts, the majority of which were released this year. I’ve also tried to include a wide range of prices, from small stocking stuffers to blu-ray box sets to huge expensive collectibles for most of us to drool over. Everything included in the guide is something I either recommend, have been recommended by trusted friends, colleagues and readers, or something that just looks damn cool.
Monday we published the first installment which focused on books, Tuesday we featured the best graphic novels and Wednesday we featured the best toys, collectibles and games. If you missed either installment you can still access them by clicking the links in the the previous sentence. We’ll be posting the final installment on Black Friday. Today we bring you a look at some of the coolest Blu-ray sets and art screenprints released this year that your pop culture-loving loved ones and friends might enjoy as a gift this Holiday season.
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Step one in releasing a special edition Blu-ray release is a kick-ass new cover. And with the explosion of pop culture art happening in almost every major city, there are plenty of talented artists who are up to the task.
Sony knows this and they recruited the premiere pop culture art gallery, Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988, to curate brand new covers for 16 different classic films. Artists like Tom Whalen, James Flames, Joey Spiotto, Anthony Petrie, Jeff Boyes and others created covers for films such as Superbad, The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver, Tommy, Drive, The Raid Redemption, and Stripes, and several others. Below, see all 16 Gallery 1988 Blu ray covers. Read More »
The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters seemingly reached its climax last week when a new film was finally announced. And while the news was not what most expected to hear, the timing couldn’t have been better. All year, fans had been celebrating the 1984 comedy classic with art shows, events, screenings, donuts and more. A new movie, reboot or not, seemed like perfect cherry on top.
Now it looks like we’re putting some marshmallow on top of that cherry. A brand new Stay Puft Ghostbusters vinyl has been revealed that not only looks, but also smells like marshmallows. The deluxe double-12″ single set also includes some cool lenticular images, two songs and more. The limited edition release is now available for pre-order. Read more below. Read More »
The fact that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was such a big box office hit was a huge surprise on its own. It was only eclipsed by the success of its soundtrack. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard charts and is certified Gold, with sales over 500,000. Pretty impressive for an album consisting only of previously released songs. In fact, it’s the first such album to ever hit #1.
Now, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack gets taken up a notch. Mondo is releasing it on vinyl with art by the awesome Tyler Stout. The Guardians of the Galaxy vinyl is currently available for pre-order and comes with a randomly inserted handbill.
Below, see the front and back cover art as well as all the handbills. Read More »
The films of Edgar Wright are known for their eclectic musical choices, but it’s the pop song choices that are typically revered. The scores are highly underrated, to the extent the score for Wright’s first film, Shaun of the Dead, has never been available anywhere in any format.
That changes this weekend at MondoCon in Austin, TX. Mondo will release the Shaun of the Dead score by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead on vinyl as part of a carnival style, record-tossing booth. There are two editions, too, both with cover art by Jock.
But that’s not all. Previously announced, Mondo will release LPs of Nathan Johnson‘s score to Rian Johnson‘s Looper and Alex North‘s abandoned score for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both have art by Jay Shaw.
Below, check out looks of all the LPs and read more information about them. Read More »
Ridley Scott‘s 1979 masterpiece Alien taught us that in space, no one can hear you scream. 20th Century Fox has just announced the specs and box art for their brand new, 35th anniversary Blu-ray for Alien. Check out art and press release for the Alien 35th anniversary Blu-ray below. It’s out October 7.
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Years ago, Steven Spielberg was known for being resistant to Blu-ray. His lesser films got released, but his classics took a long time to make it to the format. Even today, several of Spielberg’s movies aren’t available on Blu-ray. That’ll change in October though when Universal releases the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection. It includes Blu-rays of Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, 1941, E.T., Always, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, four of which have never been on Blu-ray before. (Duel, Sugarland, 1941 and Always). See the full box art and read the details below. Read More »
X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn’t even been in theaters a week but the Blu-ray is already available for pre-order. Amazon has posted some looks at the release, which will be available in multiple versions. One will be a special collectors’ set including Magneto’s helmet. Check out images of the X-Men Days of Future Past Blu rays below. Read More »
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John Williams has written multiple iconic scores in his time, and one of the best is getting the Mondo Vinyl treatment. Mondo just revealed they’ll release two different versions of Jurassic Park, one featuring artwork by JC Richard and another by Dan McCarthy. Both editions, limited to 500 a pieces, will cost $35 and go on sale June 11, almost exactly one year out from the release of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.
Below, check out the full track list and artwork from each Jurassic Park vinyl edition. Read More »
The Ghostbusters are joining Record Store Day. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the theme song is being release at the annual event. It’s the latest piece of awesome in the ongoing 30th anniversary of the classic comedy. Soon, there will be an official traveling art show, official Lego set and maybe even a new movie. Few will be as collectible, however, as this 10-inch, glow in the dark pressing of the Ray Parker Jr. theme song. It’s limited to 1,000 pieces and will be on sale April 19. Read More »