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Behold A Nice Trailer For A Cool Looking Drew Struzan Documentary!! Spielberg, Lucas, Darabont, Del Toro, And More!!


There's a new documentary coming out about the life and profession of Drew Struzan - easily one of the greatest movie poster artist of all time, and perhaps the single greatest movie poster artist of the last several decades. Very much looking forward to seeing more of this...

I can't believe Thomas Jane is smack talkin' MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. What the hell? Someone needs to go give him lip about such his heinous lapse in Geekosity...but I'm not going to...because I'm pretty sure he could beat the crap out of me.  

We'll let you know when DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER finds a release date/distribution pattern.  Until then, spread the word about this interesting looking it's about an artist who has profoundly impacted public perception of many movies that are beloved to the readers and operators of this site. 

Meanwhile MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, which recently enjoyed a special screening at The Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin, debuts on Blu-ray in October.  Take that, Jane!



Glen Oliver




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  • July 17, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by SuperLoserFish

  • July 17, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    This is going to be awesome.

    by eric haislar

    All of his posters are amazing.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Is not a bad flick. It's nothing like He-man. But it is fun and entertaining.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    His work is so antiquated now...

    by Dan

    Considering everyone uses floating ugly heads instead of real imagery.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The Gutte!

    by nephilim138

    This looks cool. Way cooler than the dvd for sale on his site that is ridiculously priced and only covers 1 poster from start to end.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    - Spileberg -

    by Jonathan

    Who? >_<

  • it just sucks that it had no budget, if you listen to the commentary on that, they gave him no time to make it, cut the shit out of the budget and just all around treated the goddard like shit during the making of that. I'd say he still made it fun for what it turned out to be.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Struzan is the polar opposite of that Mondo shit

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Struzan is genuine perfection

  • July 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Nice to see Harry appears in the trailer..followed by a lovely image..

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

    of him and Belle from Beauty & The Beast.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    New doc?

    by dvdmike

    They have been saying this was coming out for the last 5 years!!!!

  • July 17, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I just want step by step instructions on how to paint like this

    by Han Cholo

    Art, especially traditional art and technique is being lost to crutches like photoshop. Drew is one of the few I've seen who can still draw better than anyone can photoshop.

  • So, like others said earlier in the commercial, he meant that the painting itself inspires such a movie so amazing in your head that the real film would probably never live up to that.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    This is Lucas's masterpiece

    by Daniel Caputi

    Believe it, homies.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Craig

    All he said is he'll "probably never see that movie." I took it to mean that the movie failed to deliver on the promise of the poster.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Before the dark times...before the photshop

    by shane peterson

  • July 17, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    People are defending Master Of The Universe, now?

    by Jay


  • July 17, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by Jay

  • July 17, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I don't get why studios don't want paintings anymore

    by Tacom

  • July 17, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Why pay someone alot of money to paint soemthing that takes hours and hours when you can do it in photoshop in a day.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    100% agreed with darthblart, Jane

    by kellycub

  • July 17, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Jane's point was missed

    by kellycub

    I don't think he's ripping on MOTU, he's saying whatever is on film will never live up to the badass-ness of the poster

  • July 17, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Hell yes!!! Can't wait for this/

    by Farrokh

  • July 17, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Still can't believe I haven't bought his artbook yet. ;)

    by Farrokh

  • July 17, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Digital art is all the studios want because it's fast to do

    by nephilim138

    There is no other reason why it replaced traditional art

  • July 17, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by xcornealiousx

    All things considered Fox still looks pretty dang good. This doc looks awesome! As a child in the 80s into 90s this mans art work was all I needed, movie trailer be damned! I want some Willow up in this piece!

  • Most posters today are just composited photos with the contrast turned up. I'm not too fussed whether it's pixel or paint, just as long as it has artistic value. I know it's just an advertisement for a film, but I don't care. We deserve it!

  • July 17, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Who's doing the poster for this documentary?

    by I Max U Mini

  • July 17, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I'm ALL about this!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    In my mind, the likes of commercial artists such as Drew Struzan, Norman Rockwell, Robert McGinnis, Haddon Sundblom, James Bama and Alex Ross stand tall right along side masters like Rembrandt and Cararavaggio as among the greatest to even touch brush to canvas! Afterall, throughout history most truely great artist's truely great work was commissioned (particularly by The Church), in order to sell an ideal. Struzan is perhaps my most beloved.

  • July 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    They! Got! Guttenberg!

    by daggor


  • July 17, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    @i_max_u_mini - It'll be a photoshop of floating heads!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile


  • July 17, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Do you remember?

    by DocPazuzu

    Remember going into the lobby of a movie theater and the movie posters were like actual magic windows into the films themselves? Remember the awe you could feel simply from a framed, printed piece of paper advertising a "disposable" product? The art form seems largely lost today and it wasn't that long ago that it died. What the fuck happened?

  • And THAT'S the magic of Struzan!

  • July 17, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Sadly a lost art

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Struzan is a master. I remember growing up in the 80's looking at his and other amazing posters. Even the covers at the video store (when renting videos was new and awesome) were compelling. Scary covers like the cover of the original Halloween, or Videodrome, or any other of a gagillion genre titles I endlessly gaped at as a kid. Now it's all about sticking the stars' fucking mugs on the poster and coloring it blue or orange. There's no feel, no taste of what you're in for. Just who's in the film. Studio fuckheads- that's what the credits part of the poster is supposed to tell us.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Take note, marketing deparments. This is how it's done. What a legend.

  • July 17, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Dolph is the only REAL Frank Castle!

    by Raymar

  • July 17, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    THREE O'CLOCK HIGH (1987) is my favorite Struzan poster

    by beamish13

    I've got a mint condition one in my office. Wonderful poster, incredible film

  • July 17, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Doc Pazuzu

    by yeshallbejudged

    You are so right - those memories and the art itself still elicit so much nostalgia. That and the memory of watching some of those classics in beautiful art deco style theaters with corintnian colums etc - not the multiplex hamster boxes of today. Goddamn the investment bankers in charge of the entertainment industry now!

  • July 17, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Why is it everything Lucas says sounds false and half assed? ...


  • I speak from experience. Drew Struzan is a master - can anyone think of a younger artist who paints in the same style who could pick up his mantle one day? I'm not talking about the Mondo stuff, which is better than photoshop, but too clinical, arch and stylised for my taste. (Unless we're talking about that Mondo IMAX John Carter poster. Wow!)

  • July 17, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I don't get the "photoshop is much faster" argument.

    by one9deuce

    A feature film takes a year or YEARS to make. And they are VERY expensive, especially compared to a couple of decades ago. He only takes a few weeks to complete an illustration, and Struzan's fee is a drop in the bucket relative to the overall marketing budget. WTF Hollywood?!

  • July 17, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Loved/love his work

    by DementedCaver

    Walking into the cinema and seeing posters like this makes you stop and look at them for a bit. Darn near like being in an art gallery, but these pieces of art sell a movie much like a trailer. I surely remember just about all...if not all of the selections that they showed in this trailer. They are just that memorable...although I recall a bunch of fairly average to bad ones also. Done by other artists of course. :D

  • July 17, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Today's movie posters are just as lifeless as the movies themselves.

    by BlutoBlutarsky

    Drew Struzan's artwork is a sign of times past. Movies today may have larger budgets than ever, but far less thought, heart, and creativity goes into them. Every week, we're assaulted with another "most anticipated movie of the year". A new "blockbuster" every week. Most aren't worth the film they're printed on. They just empty headed, over hyped, in one end/out the other, instantly forgettable pieces of trash. So it stands to reason that the posters for today's movies would be just as generic. You only need to look at Struzan's work to be catapulted into the world of that film, and have all the memories of seeing it for the first time come flooding back. There's heart in his work that can't be captured by the photoshop work of today.

  • Everything waxes and wanes sir....we are only in a temporary phase. All will be good again. Or in the least, there are still some bits of poster magic yet to come...there will be posters that will have some 10 year old out there in awe and wonder. Perhaps there are a few of them now. ....and has this guy retired yet...I don't know...unless he died I think he can do some more of his magic yet.

  • July 17, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    QUI GON FTW!!!

    by StarWarsRedux

    Great to see TPM featured so prominently in there. That opening shot of Drew painting from a reference shot of Liam is priceless, very Norman Rockwell painting-himself-painting-himself.

  • July 18, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Holy sh...

    by Jeff

    Didn't realize Struzan painted the absolutely classic poster of "The Shawshank Redemption." Wow... I'm almost tearing up as I look at larger versions of it. Powerful, beautiful stuff. I'd definitely like to see the new film about him and his work.

  • July 18, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Drew Struzan EMAILED ME

    by obriensg1

    When his book came out I wrote an email on his website that just said 'hey thanks for all the great posters and legacy. I wish I weren't in my mid 20's so I could have grown up with more, but I do own a couple of those 'Indiana Jones'. I also suggested that some of the early versions or rejected artwork (for films like Sahara etc... near the end of his career where they went with a photo shop job), could be sold on his website or at Comic Con. Postcards, posters, lithographs, etc... He emailed me back, thanked me for my kind words and suggestions and said he wasn't a marketer or a seller, just an artist and his book was his version of getting the work out to the people who enjoyed it, or something to that effect. I was blown away that this guy, who probably saw my email to him sandwiched in between George Lucas and Frank Darabont, took the time to reply. Not suggesting you all do the same, but it was a nice gesture from a seemingly good man.

  • Buying this as soon as it's released

  • July 18, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    If I had the money

    by KGersen

    I would buy every piece of work from this Master of the Art that I could lay my grubby paws on. My nerd-soul would be in paradise.

  • July 18, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    He'll always be my favourite movie poster artist, ever

    by dirksteele

    I am perpetually blown away by all of Drew's work; his 'Oeuvre' book is an essential purchase for any movie geek, or just those who appreciate incredible art. Every time I open my copy I just get lost in every detail. It's hard for me to choose a favourite, but I'd say the Temple of Doom poster is my top Stuzan. Anyone who's interested in his technique should pick up his DVD detailing him painting the Hellboy poster from pencil sketch to finished painting - incredible! He talks with so much passion, you can really tell he is connected to the art he makes, despite it being for a commercial purpose. I'm a graphic designer so I use Photoshop every day, but I'm still firmly in the camp that despises pretty much every modern movie poster. Soulless, poorly made, boring, unoriginal...everything a poster shouldn't be. I live in hope that we'll see a resurgence or another Drew one day but I'd say we won't!

  • July 18, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Howard Terpening and Bob Peak

    by SeattleBuff

    i really like Stuzan's work, but these two guys have fashioned my favorite movie posters--particularly Terpening's body of work. but Peak designed the gorgeous MY FAIR LADY poster that is beyond perfect...

  • July 18, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Link for Terpening...

    by SeattleBuff

  • July 18, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    steve guttenberg is back!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    In a Drew Struzan documentary...oh

  • July 19, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The Guttenberg was on an episode if Party Down.

    by DarthBlart