On Wednesday, you knew it was going to be big. Game of Thrones and two different posters for The Dark Knight Rises were just the tip of the iceberg. The Mondo Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was a must visit during the convention, featuring hundreds of eager fans rabidly anticipating the next of several random surprise releases. Lines caused major problems with security and with the schedules of Con attendees desperate to get one of these posters but, mostly, people left happy. Some of the highlights included a Lord of the Rings trilogy set by J.C. Richard, Princess Mononoke by Olly Moss, Lego Lord of the Rings by Kevin Tong, several Adventure Time pieces and even a surprise visit by Guillermo Del Toro to autograph Mimic by Jay Shaw.

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Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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I’ve always rather liked the theatrical cut of Guillermo del Toro‘s Mimic, though admittedly somewhat less than his better (read: less compromised) pictures. It doesn’t show any signs of being forcefully expanded from a short, some of the character and plotting work is brilliant and the atmosphere is often very powerful and pervasive. All the same, Del Toro knows the film that we don’t, the unmade one, and he was there every step of the way as the battles behind the scenes were being waged. As such, when he says he’s “VERY HAPPY!!” with the in-progress Director’s Cut, I can’t help but be ABSOLUTELY OVER THE MOON!! too.

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Del Toro Double Coming to DVD

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Update: As Brendon suspected, this was an April Fools gag. He seemed to be the only suspicious voice out there, and it turns out he was right to be doubtful.

Not only have Criterion announced their edition of Guillermo Del Toro‘s debut feature Cronos, but Dimension have scheduled a release for the Director’s Cut of Mimic too, to take place on July 8th. Cronos is currently out of print in R1 but the theatrical cut of Mimic can be picked up very easily everywhere.

The Cronos news broke on the Criterion e-mail news letter with the publication of their latest “Wacky Animal” cartoon, which you can see at the head of this post. Twitch seemed to be the first to run the press image of the Mimic disc which I’ve reproduced below the break with a (short) list of all known special features.

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