Blade Runner by John Alvin. Everyone knows what that poster looks like….John Alvin is known for a number of images, although sometimes not by name. The prolific and genius movie poster artist called it “the promise of a great experience”, when he created the key art for over 200 movies. If you remember, when recalling a movie, the poster instead of a scene from the film, that’s a great movie poster. John Alvin did that many many times. The Lion King, E.T., Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Blazing Saddles, and of course, Blade Runner, are just a few of the posters he created.
Blade Runner 2049 is releasing to overwhelmingly great reviews. Seeing it and writing about the film for Cinema Siren, I couldn’t help but think John would have loved the new movie as much as he did the one in 1982. He talked about it a lot to me during our friendship. One thing that the new movie has done is yet again reinvigorated interest and appreciation for the classic sci-fi film and its poster.
So, we have a few images created by John Alvin that those of you who love traditionally illustrated movie posters and the great movie from 1982 can buy and have for yourself. There are two limited editions, and in several versions. Neither is signed by John Alvin, but they are both gorgeous, and capture the cyber punk aesthetic and emotional power of the film.
We also have one of the “I’ve Seen Things “ that was sent to John for approval before they created the edition. He had intended to keep it and frame it for his own studio, and so he signed it. It’s the only signed piece from the edition, and is oversized. It might be best purchased by someone within driving distance, although, for what will be fairly expensive endeavor, we can ship the framed piece anywhere. The size of it is 40 x 53 inches. We also have one original graphite from 1982 used in the making of the finished poster. If you’re interested in that, give us a call. It’s pricey, but a piece of film history. Several collectors recognized the importance of John Alvin’s work as part of film history when his key art for E.T. went at auction for $400,000. There are movie lovers all over the world, after all!
The edition called “No Choice, Pal” has been created with the estate of John Alvin, and has a number of versions. Delivery takes about 4 to 6 weeks, although will get faster as we continue on our path to doing more publishing for both John’s work and the work of our other artist partners.
Here’s the info on “No Choice, Pal”:
Giclee on paper: edition size 1982, 6 APs, 6 PPs. size 14 x 19, image size 10 x 15. Retail $125.
Giclee on canvas: edition size 263 with 6 APs, 6 PPs. size is 19 x 23.75, Image Size: 15″ x 19.75 Retail $495.