Dark Hall Mansion & Tom Whalen Give Sci-Fi Fans A Fantastic New Print For The 1956 Classic”Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

“Suddenly, while you’re asleep, they’ll absorb your minds, your memories….”

invasion-of-the-body-snatchersIn 1956, the black and white, sci-fi classic, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” gave folks a lot of sleepless nights.  In the film, Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his hometown, Santa Mira, California, to find that many of his patients are suffering from a mysterious but similar malady. They are coming to him insisting that family members and loved ones are impersonators, devoid of emotion, and not the people they used to know.

invasion-body-snatchers-1956Miles at first tends to believe a fellow psychiatrist’s diagnosis that it’s all a case of mass hysteria. But after discovering a half-formed replica of his friend Jack, and later giant seed pods in his greenhouse, Miles and his girlfriend Becky confront their worst fears – that these mysterious pods are in fact replacing the humans of the town when they sleep. In the midst of the invasion, Miles and Becky try to escape and warn the authorities.

invasion-otbsDark Hall Mansion and Tom Whalen are paying homage to this classic with a sensational, officially licensed print.  Here is what they had to say about the latest edition to their impressive, Seminal Film Series.

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Paramount Pictures, brings one of, if not the, quintessential 1950s Sci-Fi classics to life via artist Tom Whalen’s arresting and contemporary take on the 1956 masterpiece that is “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Strikingly hued in bold colors, Tom’s piece elegantly captures this brilliant allegory of post-war McCarthyism and the inherent terrors of unchecked, rampant paranoia. A film at once highly entertaining and exceedingly daring and ahead of its time, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” didn’t so much as question as openly provoke viewers to wake up to the world then about them.

A world perhaps not as far removed from our current society as we’d like to think. Tom’s Standard edition print is as visually compelling as it is lovely, a unique and clever take on the film’s disturbing alien pod leaf anchors his central imagery while iconic of-era silhouettes accuse and corral the film’s principals, hinting at once of aliens and/or one’s neighbors. Streaking pods and ghosted space elements marry visuals in a restrained, powerful and contemporary piece, all in keeping with DHM’s Seminal Film Series aesthetic that seeks to keep credits to a minimum wherever possible, allowing the artist’s work to dominate front and center for fans. Tom’s Variant edition elevates Sci-Fi palette hues, achieving a deep and moody piece that distinctly contrasts with his Standard, with both editions faithful to the film’s unique tone and undercurrents.

mondo_irongiant(Standard Edition of 280 – $65)

(Standard Foil edition of 10 – $150)

Offered in a standard or variant edition, these screen prints measure 24″ X 36″ and are a must-have for any fan of sci-fi excellence.  Both versions of this stunning print will also be offered in an extremely limited, but highly desirable foil edition.

mondo_irongiant(Variant Edition of 50 – $100)

(Variant Foil edition of 10 – $150)

These prints go onsale Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:30 AM PST in the OFFICIAL DARK HALL MANSION STORE.  You can view all editions of these prints on DARK HALL MANSION’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE or on their OFFICIAL BLOG.

Be sure to follow Dark Hall Mansion and Tom Whalen on TWITTER for updates on upcoming projects.  Both parties continuously raise the bar with their pop culture themed art.

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Pre-order The Massive Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set NOW!

As Ant-Man storms into theaters today Marvel brings us news that they are also beginning to take pre-orders for their mega-13-disc set featuring all the movies in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

marvelThis limited edition set contains all six films including:

  • Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)”
  • Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s “Ant-Man” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • This Marvel fan’s dream features collectible, specially designed disc holders and exclusive Marvel memorabilia!

We are total suckers for limited edition cases and given that we absolutely LOVE all these films, this one is a no-brainer!  CLICK HERE to preorder your copy of the limited edition collection of Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

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Sideshow Collectibles & Hot Toyz Remind Us That Heroes Don’t Get Any Bigger With This “Ant-man: Sixth Scale Figure”

My son will not stop asking me, “Can we go see Ant-Man? Can we go see Ant-Man?”  Well lucky for me, it opens this weekend and we can’t wait to check it out.  Hopefully I can keep this new offering from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys off his radar because I will surely be bombarded with a new chant, “Can we get that awesome Ant-man statue?  Can we get that awesome Ant-man statue?!”

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Here is what Sideshow Collectibles had to say about this tiny titan over on their OFFICIAL WEBSITEMarvel’s newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man opens in theatres worldwide today! Our new hero, Scott Lang, will don the Ant-Man suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. He must help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, save the world against Yellowjacket who uses the same technology as a weapon for evil.

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To celebrate the release of this new film, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are excited to present Ant-Man Sixth Scale Collectible Figure! The movie-accurate Ant-Man Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the film and features a newly developed helmeted head sculpt with an authentic likeness of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.

SSC-ant-man-07SSC-ant-man-06When closed, the helmet features LED light-up eyes. The Ant-Man also includes a specially tailored Ant-Man suit, an Ant-Man miniature figure, detailed accessories and a specially designed figure stand. 

SSC-ant-man-17We LOVE that LED feature on the helmet and the overall detail on the whole figure is breathtaking.  CLICK HERE to preorder this figure today!

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Dark Circle Comics Re-Introduces “THE WEB”

Adding to an already impressive lineup of books that include THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX, THE SHIELD and THE HANGMAN, Archie’s superhero imprint Dark Circle Comics today announced plans for the latest re-imagining of a classic property with THE WEB.

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Written by bestselling novelist Dave White (the Jackson Donne series of PI novels) and featuring art by artist Szymon Kudranski (Batman: The Dark Knight, Spawn), the series stars Jane Raymond, a 14-year-old high-schooler in suburban New Jersey who idolizes a hero known The Web. Finding herself with mysterious powers much like her idol, Jane’s struggle to balance her new life as a superhero while also dealing with family issues will put this new hero to the ultimate test.

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CLICK HERE to head over to CBR and read their interview with writer Dave White and learn more about the re-imagining of this classic character from the 1940’s.

THE WEB hits comic book stores early 2016.

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This November AMC Takes Fans “Into The Badlands”

“There is no God in the Badlands”

San Diego Comic Con may be done but the ripples that were cast are still branching out into the geek universe.  AMC premiered a trailer to their upcoming, western, martial arts, action series and it’s now available on YouTube.

ITB-Poster-Logo-1200x707The series is called “Into The Badlands” and after you watch the trailer you will see why we are so amped about it.  The official synopsis goes as follows.

1436656005325Into the Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a great warrior (Sunny) and a young boy (M.K.) who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. After cities fall into ruins and survivors return to the fields, a new society forms where the strongest prosper and the weak serve.

IntotheBadlandsA high-octane fantasy story filled with martial arts action and a “Tarantino” touch, this series is about an unlikely band of adventurers who embark on a quest through this futuristic world in search of a better life.

Created by AMC Studios and produced by Oscar-nominated Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Erin Brockovich, A Fish Called Wanda, Django Unchained, Contagion), and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero)

Series is written by the creators of hit drama Smallville Al Gough and longtime writing partner Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Spider-Man 2), who will also serve as show runners and executive producers.

We are loving the vibe of this one and can’t wait to see how things unfold in season one.  Here is a bonus videos showing the intense training the actors are undergoing with martial arts coordinator,  Master Dee Dee.  If the name Master Dee Dee doesn’t’ ring a bell, chances are you have absolutely seen his handiwork.  He is the man behind some of the most seminal martial arts films in in the past 10 to 15 years including Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , Once Upon A Time In China, and The Matrix to name a few.

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LEGO STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles – Coming This September To DVD

After surviving San Diego Comic Con and being inundated at every turn with LEGO this and Star Wars that, even MORE awesomeness is on the way.  On September 15, 2015, Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles hits DVD in stores everywhere.

LegoStarWarsTheNewYodaChroniclesDVDYour favorite Star Wars heroes are back with four complete episodes (plus a bonus alternate ending!) that unleash the lighter side of the Force.

After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons – last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi – to further Luke’s training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic adventures in LEGO® STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles!

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LEGO® STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles touts an impressive voice cast including: Eric Bauza (Spongebob Movie, Ben 10: Omniverse, Batman: Assault on Arkham) as Luke Skywalker/Porkins Pilot; Michael Daingerfield (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Catwoman) as Han Solo/Admiral Ozzel/Biggs Pilot; Anthony Daniels (Star Wars Franchise) as C-3PO; Trevor Devall (Kid vs. Kat, Johnny Test) as Emperor Palpatine/Admiral Piett/Admiral Ackbar.

Episodes:

Escape From The Jedi Temple
Race For The Holocrons
Raid on Coruscant
Clash of the Skywalkers

Bonus Feature:

Alternate Ending: Clash of the Skywalkers – In this alternate version, will Luke win against the Sith Lord or will Vader be victorious?

The Force has never been so funny and can be yours on September 15, 2015 when Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles DVD comes to a store near you.

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