Repro Hammer Quads
Hammer has announced the release of a series of repro British quads posters from some of their classic Horror films from the 50s to the 70s. Titles include Curse of Frankenstein, Countess Dracula, Vampire Circus and culminating with the release of Dracula in 2008 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film.
Now that all sounds fine but there has been considerable discussion and concern on some of the forums and various other sites about the fact that the posters will be almost exact replicas to the originals with little or no identifying marks on the front of the posters.
Part of the publicity for these posters states:
"Each title in the series has been scanned from an original poster at a very high resolution. They are then digitally restored. All the creases and fold marks are removed along with any pin holes, tears, dirty marks, etc.."
I would have thought that the sensible approach would have been to include some identifying mark on the front of the poster which would clearly indicate that it was a repro without detracting from the image. Perhaps they could have included the date, or a notation that the poster was an officially authorised Hammer reproduction. Apparently, they may have a stamp on the back but no mark at all on the front.
Collectors would be well aware that many hundreds of reproduction posters have been sold on internet auctions as original. Many are deliberate attempts to deceive whilst others are simply an example of a lack of knowledge from the seller. One striking example has been various Portal reproduction posters that were printed about 30 years ago. Although these are not the size of the standard movie posters, they still get misprepresented on a regular basis, despite the fact that many have the name "Portal" on the base of the poster and sometimes the zip code.
The Portal posters are often described in terms such as...
"this is a very old poster that was recently found in my grandfathers attic. He has had the poster for many years and, although it is showing some signs of age, it displays remarkably well. Although I am not a poster dealer, I have been told that this is a very rare original piece etc etc, blah, blah"
Many dealers over the years have cringed as they see these repros sell for huge prices to unsuspecting buyers.
Well now, Hammer will be producing replica British Quads. I wonder how many will eventually turn up on eBay or other sites represented as originals. Unscrupulous sellers might fold them, and perhaps remove the stamp from the back, throw in a few pinholes and add some writing on the back to make them look original. They could also linen back them and, although I havent actually touched the repros, I imagine that it might be difficult to tell the difference between the repros and the originals once they have been backed. Goodness knows, they might even start turning up at major auctions.
I suppose Hammer have the right to do what they like when producing these quads but surely they could have added a date to the poster without detracting from the quality.
Let me know what you think.
On my radio programme tomorrow between 12 and 3pm on 94.1fm I will be paying tribute to the music of Johnny Mercer, one of the most prolific of all the great songwriters and winner of four Academy Awards. He will also be the subject of my Movie Quiz at 1.15pm. Here is a sample of some of the music I will be playing....
AUTUMN LEAVES NAT KING COLE
I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU ROSEMARY CLOONEY
SATIN DOLL DON BURROWS
SUMMER WIND FRANK SINATRA
DEARLY BELOVED HELEN MERRILL
MOON RIVER HENRY MANCINI
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE SAMMY DAVIS JNR
TANGERINE RAY BROWN /HERB ELLIS
I'M OLD FASHIONED JANET SEIDEL
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE TONY BENNETT
I REMEMBER YOU CHARLIE PARKER
MOON RIVER ANDY WILLIAMS
TOO MARVELLOUS FOR WORDS LEE KONITZ/GERRY MULL
SKYLARK ANITA O'DAY
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE JIMMY SMIT/WES MONTGO
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY PERRY COMO
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES HENRY MANCINI
GOODY GOODY HELEN WARD/BENNY GOOD
LAZY BONES JULIE O'HA/GEORGE WAS
IN THE COOL COOL COOL OF THE EVENING DEAN MARTIN
JEEPERS CREEPERS DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET
ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE JOHNNY MERCER
I have been sorting through my inventory of Movie Posters and have found a number of rare Country of Origin daybills and one sheets for Australian Films. I will be adding more to the site regularly when I get the time but the category on Australian Film posters will soon contain a large collection of posters from the best of Australian cinema. One thing that has struck me as I have gone through the collection is that a number of posters from the 70s and 80s feature quite impressive artwork that does not rely on photgraphic images. Some examples include
Chain Reaction and
plus a truly exceptional one sheet for the cult Motorcycle/Biker classic Stone
Not much is known about the artists on many of these posters. If you do have any information on them please let me know.
In an interview last night Liberal Party Power Broker Michael Kroger suggested that the electorate was "bored" with the Government and with the Prime Minister and that this attitude was working heavily against the government in the polls leading up to the Australian Federal election. He thought that the current mood was analagous to similar feelings about Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair towards the end of their politcal careers. Basically, the length of time in power became an issue, irrespective of how effectively they were performing.
The Liberal Party appear to be using Kroger in an increased role in attempting to promote the chances of the Government and he seems to be appearing very regularly as a "Liberal Party Spokesman".
There is no doubt that he and the party are correct in viewing that time in power is having a negative influence on the electorate in a similar way that the "Its Time" campaign swept Gough Whitlam into power and Bob Hawke won an election that could have been won by a "drovers dog".
The interesting thing about all this is that the Liberal Party had its opportunity to relieve the "boredom" by introducing new leadership. There is no question that Peter Costello was the heir apparent and that he had been given some assurances, however vague and disputed, that he would take over the leadership at some point in the past couple of years.
Costello may not be the most popular politician around at the moment but he would have no doubt injected a fresh look to the Liberal Party and probably made some changes to the fairly stale looking front bench that might have given the party a much better chance at this election. There can be little argument that Peter Costello has been an effective treasurer and he has shown some vision in his suggestions for various other reforms.
This election may come down to a man and a party who thought that the leadership was invincible. That is an arrogant approach that ignores a history that shows that all leaders have a use by date in terms of popularity, irrespective of how well they perform. Perhaps that is a good reason why US presidents can only serve two terms.
Michael Kroger's comment that the electorate is bored with the Government and the PM is an indication of how worried the Government are and, if they lose the election, consider how many Liberal Pary heavies will suddenly leave politics. A loss in this election could produce devasting results for them.
They may well regret not giving John Howard the "tap on the shoulder" when they had the chance.
eBay now has a page highlighting some individuals who have been prosecuted recently for various offences like shill bidding, fraud etc. Attempts at fraud on eBay either through phishing emails or other means is becoming more and more brazen.
The Australian Federal election is looming just around the corner and the Liberal Party are looking accident prone and dishevelled after years in power.
The government continues to try to spread doom and gloom with threats that interest rates will be higher under a Labor Government but meanwhile, interest rates continue to climb under the Liberals.
The Liberal Pary had their chance to bring in a new fresh leadership team in time for this election but they chose to stick with a leader who couldnt see the signs that it was time to quit while he was on top.
Things are not looking good for the Liberal Party and it is looking like all Kevin Rudd needs to do is sit back , relax and let the Goverment self destruct.
Stan Zemanek passed away recently after a long illness. To those outside Australia who are reading this, a word of explantation. Stan Zemanek had a reasonably successful career as a "shock jock" - a talk back radio personality who made a living out of being agressively rude and arrogant on Sydney Radio. You probably have similar types wherever you are in the world. There are a number of these species on Radio Stations like 2UE and 2GB in Sydney and the king of them all is John Laws, the man with the golden microphone who commences his programme with the rather immodest intro of "Hello World this is John Laws".
These "shock jocks" are often paid obscene amounts of money to be controversial and opinionated as broadcasters. They generally follow a formula whereby they control the content completely and manipulate the calls that they receive. Stan Zemanek was fond of using various endearments to describe his listeners with adjectives like "boofhead" "bludger" and worse. He had his array of stooge followers who would ingratiatingly shower praise on him and agree with anything he said and he was always happy to give them airtime but anyone who disagreed was generally abused and ridiculed. No chance whatsoever for any intelligent debate. Just follow the formula of entertainment by ridicule. Alan Jones is another who is a master of this craft using his fader and dump buttons to get rid of callers who dont agree with him.
Now, I guess there is nothing really that wrong with this providing that these guys are not taken too seriously. The worrying thing is the fact that Alan Jones has been referred to as the "most influential man in Australia". His opinions have been said to influence an election. You must be joking. The man is a great broadcaster and entertainer but the fact that so many take him seriously is a real worry.
Zemanek wasn't in the league of Jones and Laws but he did follow the fairly simple and successful formula. This is not unlike the reality shows that are so popular on TV these days. The public love to see another person ridiculed. Its all basically entertainment. I heard John Laws say recently that he does not consider himself to be a journalist despite the fact the he expresses opinions on many subjects including current affairs and politics. The reality is that these guys are simply entertainers and should not be taken too seriously. The trouble is that it appears that they are taken very seriously indeed when they express their outspoken opinions on anything that is controversial. They are masters at stifling debate and promoting their own views.
From what I hear, Stan Zemanek may have been a pretty good bloke who was devoted to his family and his career. That aside, the thing that I found completely over the top was the extroadinary eulogies and adoration that were given to him after he died. For Petes sake, they even televised his funeral. The fact is that the guy was a late night talk back host who made a living out of taking cheap shots at his callers. He had a moderate career on television in a similar role in "Beauty and The Beast". Of course, he was the Beast.
To talk about Stan Zemanek as a "great Australian" is a huge stretch. He may have been a wonderful husband and father but his career as a "shock jock" should never have elevated him to the heights that were seen shortly after his death.
I'm sorry if I offend, but my memory of Stan Zemanek's programme is of an arrogant, rude, crass and boorish individual who made his living out of taking nasty cheap shots at his callers in the name of "entertainment".
Let me know what you think.
Occasionally TV shows from the 50s would be shown in cinemas in Australia as either compilations or shorts prior to the main feature. Movie posters for these series are virtually unheard of but I recently discovered a number of posters that were printed exclusively in Australia for episodes from various Television series. I have found posters for the British TV series "Scales of Justice" plus some more for "20th Century Fox presents" TV show and posters for the very popular 50s TV show "My Friend Flicka". I doubt that posters for these TV shows would exist in any other country.