Series: Illustrated History of Movies Through Posters, Volume 20
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Bruce Hershenson; Pstr edition (July 1, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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This is a TERRIFIC book, at a terrific price, filled with - you guessed it - terrific, clean, sharp, colorful images of some of the best science fiction and fantasy movie posters ever created. In that respect, it meets and exceeds a five-star rating.Alas... I'm still disappointed by it. Here's why. I already have a lot of the Bruce Hershenson books, as well as a number of other movie poster books. This book is Volume 20 in Hershenson's series, yet to those who have earlier volumes, it's a bit misleading to call it that. For earlier volumes, Hershenson took care to try not to duplicate images that had already appeared in the volumes that preceded it. There were occasional duplications, but even those were sometimes welcome to get the images in various sizes (for earlier volumes, the reproduction size would vary from 1 poster on a page to as many as 9 posters on a page). One of the great advantages of this volume is that ALL the posters are presented at full page size, 1 per page. There's even a wide margin at the spine side of the page so you don't have to force the book open wider to see the inside edge of the poster art. (Two thumbs up for that design feature!) My complaint is that the selection in this book - 60 posters - is almost entirely duplicated from earlier Hershenson volumes, AND are generally the same posters for the same movies that all the other poster books have printed ad nauseum over the years.In that respect, the "60 Great" movie poster books are really "Best Of" collections, which is why I think they should not have been numbered as part of the continuing series. Like a "Greatest Hits" collection from a band, these are spectacular collections, just don't be expecting anything other than the most familiar titles.Bottom line - it's unquestionably well worth having, but if you're an old hand at movie poster books, don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
I got this in the hopes of cutting out the artwork and framing the images in 8.5x11 frames, to fill in the open spaces on the walls of my man-cave. It turned out to be one of my best scores ever! Each poster is rendered in nearly full page format and the images are all crisp and colorful. The movies included range from King Kong (1933) all the way up to The Iron Giant (1999). I was especially impressed with the amount of attention given to the Universal Studio's sci-fi films of the 50's, as that is my personal favorite era of sci-fi/monster movies. From big-budget films like Star Wars & Alien all the way down to the bottom of the barrel b-movies like The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes and Astro Zombies. The artwork is amazing! Top to bottom! This is a total win! I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
cool book to own if you're a fan of classic sci fi movies, all the posters are now full page, my only gripe is that some of the posters were scanned from folded posters and you can see the creases, surely they could've gotten better posters especially for some of the not as old movies like Star Wars & ET, or they could've at least edited out the creases in Photoshop
I thought the book was great. Just what I had been looking for. The images were sharp and the color processing first class. Anyone who is interested in sci-fi movies, books, or memorabilia would to do well purchasing this book. It took me back to those wonderful days at the drive-in.
All of Bruce Henderon's books are worth a dozen times what he sells them for; flawless, stunning reproductions of great movie posters. Buy them ALL! this is my favorite, though.
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