The Disney Movie Insider Club is back in correct form! No guesses are needed to figure out why certain items were no longer offered. on eBay, some of these goods were being auctioned off for money–especially with anything concerning Star Wars. In what they previously offered, not everyone was all that excited for gift certificates, and with the pandemic happening, they can’t be redeemed.
The updated version of this rewards program looks good. New items are added every Wednesday to encourage regular visits, and I’m certainly going to be keeping my eye out on Marvel and PIXAR related products. Also, putting limitations on how many orders of the same item can be picked up per member is finally implemented.
New rewards include Mulan merchandise! I’d be tempted to grab the FUNKO Pop and poster, but the movie was not perfect. I have more of an affinity with the animated version. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we should see swag for Marvel’s Black Widow, and PIXAR’s Onward and Soul. Plus, those collectors wanting to pair up the last two Avengers together, we should see posters for End Game to make anyone’s Marvel Cinematic Universe man cave complete.
Darryl Gasbarri is a chap who knows his material. He’s been a fan of the genre since the 80s. To know its origins which includes Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and the influence German Expressionism had on the Universal Monsters from the Golden Age of Hollywood is just as important, but it’s his fondness for lower budget B movies of other eras that keeps him going. He recalls the days where he and his pals would meet to watch anything they could find at the video rental shop. To reflect those times, his store carries an eclectic stock of material from this era, which includes light up VHS tapes! (for display only) But the list does not end there. There are movie props hanging from the ceiling and a human spine in the middle of the store. A morgue this place is not, but a curious shop with taxidermy items (supplied by Cranium of Curiosities) it can easily become!
“When I got older and I was getting more into the scene, I found it was very difficult to get things that I wanted to own,” laughed Gasbarri.
AMC Theatres loves giving away collectible posters to reward fans who love seeing their favourite movies multiple times. This American-side chain is offering a set of three posters showing the three groups who will soon be fighting it out in Captain America: Civil War. While this tactic seems to leave other theatre chains in the dust, hopefully these other movie houses will have their own promotional campaigns to reward (comic book) film aficionados.
Matt Ferguson is providing the artwork for this set. Marvel Entertainment aficionados may recognize his style, as he’s provided the layout and design of the home video release box sets of this company’s films. They can be found in the packaging of both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 disc sleeves. His artwork on these multi-disc sets is certainly marvelous. To have one creative mind behind most of this company’s movie line-up is encouraging. On his Twitter page, he reveals how these prints must be arranged.
In the artwork, one print shows Captain America, Winter Soldier and Scarlet Witch together. Another reveals Iron Man, War Machine and Black Panther. The third piece shows Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Vision. The colours suggest each side’s allegience. Blue is the Captain’s signature colour, red is to symbolize Iron Man’s red suit and the grey represents neither. However, could the arrangement also imply neutrality? Hard to say until the film releases May 4th. To optain these prints, attendees must attend the screenings on May 8, May 15 and May 22.
In addition to the exclusive art by Kevin M. Wilson for IMAX’s official poster for 10 Cloverfield Lane, this company has announced more AMC Theatre exclusives for fans and perhaps poster collectors alike. They want fans to see the movie three times, and on each day will be the release of another poster to form a sense of dread. The stairs are endless.
The style continues in what was started with The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, and goes James Bondish, ala The Saint (the old TV series with Roger Moore) with bold primary colour of blue perfectly recaptured. In the prints, red and green are added. Having the characters ascend stairs to represent what lurks above instead of hiding below — a theme that will no doubt be explored in this thriller.
Monsters are said to be lurking about and humanity is gone. That’s unless the survivors have bunkered up. John Goodman looks great in the trailers for this piece and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the cat needing release. Just what is out there? This movie will see early release come Thurs, March 10th.
Most fans who attend first screenings which are part of IMAX’s poster rewards program (formerly known as Fanfix and 12:01 Exclusive) are going to feel slighted should the current trend of AMC Theatres getting the exclusive continues. As a collector who knows supply and demand is at the heart of how any collectible market works, just why one movie theater chain is mainly distributing these items is questionable. Before, in the early part of last year, Cineplex Canada, Regal Theatres and AMC were on board for Interstellar. Three prints were offered and each theatre chain had only one or two of the set. By trading through forums or purchasing the missing pieces through eBay, a complete set can be attained. This method was fair to everyone interested in obtaining this triptych.