Laurent Durieux Embraces The King Of The Monsters In Dark Hall Mansion’s Next Seminal Film Series Print

Dark Hall Mansion has just announced the next print in their Seminal Film Series and this time out they are re-partnering with Laurent Durieux on a gorgeous print that will instantly take you back to 1954.

Dark Hall Mansion BannerThe aim of Dark Hall Mansion’s DHM Seminal Film Series is the very bridging of cinema as art and art as cinema. To create beautiful art prints for some of the most resonant American and international films, distilling film and imagery while beholden to no specific screening or advertising obligations.  Our aim right from the onset was to honor the tradition of vintage film posters while simultaneously releasing our commissioned artists from most studio commercial constraints. The single goal, to create stunning pieces that are stand alone works of art, the very essence of each film distilled and rendered in such a fashion that anyone, even on the most cursory of viewings, will at once appreciate the prints for their visual beauty or in the historical context of what made these films so relevant in the first place. Gerard Pallares – President/ Dark Hall Mansion

Dark Hall Mansion is pleased to bring back one of our favorite artists, Laurent Durieux, for our next officially licensed limited edition print release in the DHM Seminal Film Series, the original 1954 Japanese landmark film, “Godzilla.” On sale this Friday, August 28th!

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Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Warner Bros Entertainment, will release one of the most influential and classic of all Sci-Fi films, “Godzilla.” First appearing in 1954, “Godzilla’s” impact and influence on worldwide culture is both inescapable and undeniable, yet it’s Laurent’s treatment of the film’s serious underpinnings that moved us in his conceptualization and rendering of something different, something serious and more resonant via his piece. Godzilla’s origin is inextricably tied to nuclear radiation and with Laurent’s depiction of Godzilla’s symbolic rise from the unmistakable shape of a nuclear blast’s mushroom cloud, the horrors of nuclear war and nuclear weapons proliferation are powerfully driven home. We were taken with Laurent’s quiet pastoral landscape that splits time via a distinct before and after moment, one that was very real and very much on the minds of Japan’s society in 1954, just nine years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and one that is still very much with us and on the minds of all today.

GODZILLA-Standard edition“Godzilla”

24″ X 36″

Standard Edition of 350 $65
“Godzilla” Select Foil Edition of 20 (based on STD artwork) $150

The essence of DHM’s Seminal Film Series is to showcase an artist’s work in print in a manner this is visually striking, compelling, and hopefully at times, provocative. We feel Laurent has done just that with his “Godzilla,” his pieces here not just entertain but provoke thought and consideration. His Standard edition’s color palette evocatively underscores his visual’s powerful thematics while his Variant edition has a darker intensity harkening to the film’s black and white origins, its visuals strikingly offset with only Godzilla’s name rendered via kanji.

GODZILLA-Variant edition
“Godzilla”

24″ X 36″

Variant Edition of 125  $100
“Godzilla” Select Foil Edition of 20 (based on Variant artwork) $150
“Godzilla” Select Giclee Printed on Canvas Edition of 15 (based on Variant artwork) $275

We reached out to Laurent about this project and he was kind enough to take the time out of his busy schedule to enlighten us about this project in this exclusive interview.

BLURPPY – Godzilla is one of those iconic characters that has been done in numerous films and is a favorite topic for many artists.  What is it about this character that resonates with folks some 60+ years after he first hit the screen?

Laurent_Vacation(Laurent working on vacation in Finland. It’s safe to say he’s never too far from his sketch pad.)

Laurent Durieux – Well I can’t really speak for others, but as far as I’m concerned, I’ve always been fascinated by the early days of Monster/Science fiction movies, the early days of special effects most particularly. In retrospect, they are naive in the execution, yet I’m sure when they hit the screens some 60 odd years ago (or 80 years ago as it was the case for “King Kong” or even further in time with “Trip to the Moon” by Georges Méliès in the 1902), they must have been so scary, fascinating and “realistic”. And that’s what touches me in a way; the many different generations of visual wizardry and ingenuity and how the respective audience responded to it back in the days. Who knows, one day, 50 or 60 years from now, we’ll be “smiling” looking at Jurassic Park and find it “cute”? As for the character itself, Godzilla really is the japanese alter ego of my favorite Monster, “King Kong” but with a twist that I will elaborate in the next question and which I find extremely interesting.

BLURPPY – What was your approach and process like for this print?

Laurent Durieux – The hardest part for me was to come up with an image that would go beyond just a city destroying monster flick. I believe that though Godzilla’s first goal was to scare the audience in a entertaining fashion, the movie theme goes deeper than that just that. The movie was released in 1954, so 9 years only after both Hiroshima and Nagazaki nuclear blasts. Imagine that! So for me, Godzilla (who became a destroying monster because of the submarine nuclear tests) conveys an entire and more poignant message. What if “Godzilla” was some sort of catharsis about the atomic horror the Japanese have suffered? A way for the Japanese to turn the page and move on. It also most definitely is a way of saying, Hey Nuke power is dangerous when it goes out of control, it backfires at the humanity in most devastating ways, trust us, we’ve been there!

Laurent1So rather than depicting a monster spitting flames and destroying the city, I wanted to emphasize this angle, the historic/social interpretation of the movie. Naturally “Gojira” was born out of a nuclear blast and that’s exactly what I drawn. I wanted to depict a contrast of the quiet landscape of the ancestral Japan with the modern day horror at its worst.

BLURPPY –  Personally I find myself being drawn to the person walking, carrying the lantern, is there any special significance for this person?

Laurent2Laurent Durieux – Me too! The lantern in Japan is used mainly for celebration, 2015 is the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagazaki disaster. So I wanted to include that in the poster as a subtle hidden message. I love the way the man holding the lantern is walking quietly, he is not running or panicking, he seems to be serene about this. It also emphasize the contrast. The bottom of the image is an ode to the wonderful work of japanese woodblock prints artists and more precisely to Hazui Kawase who is my absolute favorite. Again, tradition is very important in Japanese culture and I wanted to somehow show that in the image too. Tradition vs Modernity, pretty much how it still is today in Japan.

BLURPPY –  Out of all they years and many versions of Godzilla, what is your favorite and why?  The Tojo Company version, or the Legendary Pictures take?

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Laurent Durieux – I couldn’t say as I haven’t seen the recent remake. I’m usually opposed to any sorts of remakes as they are rarely better than the originals. For the reasons I explained in my first answer, I will always be attracted to the more expressionists and first takes on a subject. Also, like it was the case for all of the Universal Monsters movies Laurent_Durieux_logowhose posters I designed a couple of years ago, I had never seen Godzilla before. I’m a bit embarrassed admitting it but that’s the truth. I am grateful to have been asked to work on such a fantastic movie as it has allowed me to discover yet another seminal movie and hopefully bring a fresh take on it.

Huge thanks to Laurent Durieux for speaking with us about this project.  Be sure to follow him on FACEBOOK, his OFFICIAL WEBSITE and check out his OFFICIAL STORE as you never know when he will have goodies in there.

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All DHM officially licensed Seminal Film Series limited edition “Godzilla” prints go on sale THIS FRIDAY, Aug 28th, at 9:30 AM PST on their OFFICIAL STORE PAGE.

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Dark Hall Mansion Announces A Sensational Sale & Teases A New Durieux

Dark Hall Mansion is getting ready to give fans an chance to make their walls very happy and do it at a fantastic price.  On Tuesday, August 25th from 9:30 AM PST to 5 PM PST they will be selling all prints in their store for 25% off.

alexrossAlex Ross – Yellow Submarine

king-kong-lavenderNicolas Delort – King Kong

Dave-Perillo-Will-The-Real-Martian-Please-Stand-Up-Poster-2015Dave Perillo – Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

Dark Hall Mansion’s store has sensational work from names like Nicolas Delort, Alex Ross, Shag, Kilian Eng, Tom Whalen, Dave Perillo, Laurent Durieux and Max Dalton and for just over seven hours on August 25th, you can pick up their work for an astounding 25% off.

variant-fp-forbidden-planet-copyKilian Eng – Forbidden Planet

dhm0812_peanuts_thanksgiving_REG2Tom Whalen – A Boy Named Charlie Brown

dhm-max-jimi-stdMax Dalton – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

As an added bonus, if you purchase a standard edition from Dark Hall Mansion during their sale, you’ll have the option to advance purchase their surprise Laurent Durieux Std edition as well and they will ship together for a single shipping fee! If you purchase a Variant on-sale item, you’ll have the right to purchase the Variant Durieux mystery print. (FYI – the 25% sale price does NOT apply to the Durieux mystery print.)

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.19.03 PMNot to brag but we have seen the mystery Durieux print and we have been sworn to secrecy so we can’t tell you TOO much about it but we can tell you this…. it’s officially licensed, a major studio property, it’s a full 11-colors, measures 24″ x 36,”  and is hand numbered, and screen printed.

Laurent_Durieux_logoIt’s absolutely stunning BUT…..if you change your mind and decide NOT to get it,  DHM refund you the Durieux edition’s cost. (Let’s be honest though, as soon as you see it there is NO way you are NOT going to get it!)

(To request a Durieux refund you must do so by 11:59 PM PST WEDNESDAY Aug 26th. There will be NO refunds after that time since any refunded Durieux purchases will be offered via the general Durieux print sale, FRIDAY Aug 28th, at 9:30 AM PST in the DHM store.  For a Durieux refund, just drop us an email at: info@darkhallmansion.com by 11:59 PM PST, WEDNESDAY evening, Aug 26th , with the word DURIEUX REFUND in the subject line and your order #. That’s it.)

Stay tuned to BLURPPY.COM on Tuesday, August 25th.  As soon as DHM’s sale is over at 5:30, we will finally be able to share the mystery Durieux print with you as well as an exclusive with Laurent about the piece.

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.32.21 PMWe’ve only shown you a few of the amazing items in DHM’s store and you can see more HERE. This sale is going to go fast so if there is something in there that you want, JUMP ON IT!  Chance are things will NOT last long.  Any questions, please feel free to ask IN ADVANCE at: info@darkhallmansion.com as, again and to be clear: ALL ON- SALE ITEM PURCHASES ARE FINAL.

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20th Century Fox & Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Give Bond Fans The Ultimate Collectible

On November 6th the world’s most infamous spy goes rogue and launches into a brand new mission. When a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a path around the world, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.  “Spectre” will be James Bond’s 24th adventure and to celebrate, fans will have a chance to pick up a brand new, must-have Bond Collectible.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing special edition Blu-rays, DVDs and collectible box-sets on September 15th, ahead of the November 6th global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 8.02.03 PMTwo new featurettes are included based on interviews with renowned Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. “The Shadow of SPECTRE” concentrates on the history of SPECTRE, the fictional global criminal syndicate and terrorist organization. The second featurette, “The Story So Far”, recaps and relives the significant moments from the previous three Daniel Craig Bond films.

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Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbooks headline the new home entertainment offering for Bond fans. The collectible set includes six films featuring the SPECTRE organization (From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, For Your Eyes Only) and the three recent Daniel Craig titles (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall) each featuring packaging inspired by the films’ iconic opening title sequences.

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The Ultimate James Bond Collection features all 23 iconic Bond films together in one Blu-ray box-set, which includes a 24th space for SPECTRE and, for the first time, digital copies of the collection.  Also included is a new bonus disc exclusive featuring “Everything or Nothing”, a 90-minute documentary on the untold story of 007 and a pocket-sized James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters book including the best posters from Dr No through to SPECTRE.  This collection will be exclusively available at Amazon.com.

Dedicated Actor Packs with new packaging will also be released on Blu-ray & DVD.

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Uprite Ergo’s Sit2Stand Workstation Campaign Will Change The Way You Work….In A Good Way

If you are like us and sit at your desk for more than 8 hours a day, every day, then this Kickstarter project from Uprite Ergo is one that you should look into.

Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand 2Less than 50 years ago, most Americans led physically active lifestyles that involved continuous movement in physically challenging working environments. In recent years, however, sitting at a desk has become the predominant way to make a living, and this ever-increasing sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll. According to Harvard Medical School, sitting at a desk or workstation for hours on end can lead to back issues, increased blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer. Not even regular exercise can truly offset the negative effects of sitting for 8-12 hours a day.

UE Sit2Stand In Use-1Luckily, there is a solution: the height adjustable workstation from Uprite Ergo™. While height adjustable desks have been available for a few years, the Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand Workstation has raised the bar in performance, reliability and affordability.

“We’re excited to launch what we feel is an elegant, affordable solution to sitting all day,” Uprite Ergo founder John Mosher said. “The stylish, easy-to-use Sit2Stand workstation can help transform a sedentary office routine into one that includes more healthful standing.”

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Current height adjustable desks require you to completely replace your existing desk and can cost upwards of $2,000. Even recently introduced desktop workstations are expensive, bulky, ugly or a combination of the three. They take up the majority of the available desk space and often need to be clamped on, positioning it in an unusable or awkward space.

UE Sit2Stand FinishesUprite Ergo’s Sit2Stand Workstation, on the other hand, provides an affordable sit/stand solution that occupies a small desk-top footprint. An adjustable column allows for a fast and simple transition from a sitting workstation to a standing one, while a locking lever ensures your monitor and keyboard are completely stable and secure. A combination of durable anodized aluminum and scratch resistant phenolic board work surfaces are available in silver/white and black/black and ensure a tough, sleek and attractive design.  

UE Sit2Stand Keyboard TrayIn addition to the keyboard tray, our design also features a sliding work surface that allows for easy note-taking while in a seated or standing position. The Sit2Stand Workstation will come in three versions: a standard version for most standard monitors, a heavy-duty version for heavier monitors and all-in-ones like the iMac and finally a dual monitor version. 

UE Sit2Stand VersionsIt is easily adjustable so you can set at the ergonomically correct sight level. Because there are no clamps, you can set the Sit2Stand Workstation anywhere on your desk or work surface.  Uprite Ergo’s platform base allows the unit to sit on top of existing desks, negating the wasteful need to purchase a new desk.

Feature highlights

18” vertical travel accommodates the majority of individual end-user heights
Locking actuator to allow stable and effortless height adjustment
Small footprint for maximum desk space utilization
On-board cable management system
Metal surfaces made of robust and stylish anodized aluminum
Work surfaces made of scratch resistant phenolic board
Industry standard VESA mount (75mm and 100mm) – Compatible with VESA compliant Apple iMacs, LED Cinema Displays, and Thunderbolt Displays (Apple VESA Mount Adapter Kit must be purchased separately)
Dual monitor unit accommodates up to 24″ monitors

UE Sit2Stand Work SurfaceThese features make the Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand Workstation the best solution for a sitting/standing workstation. Now, Uprite Ergo is seeking early adopters of their revolutionary product through Kickstarter. The campaign launched on August 18, 2015. You can find more information here at upriteergo.com.

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Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane With earBOOKS: “Push > Start: The Art of Video Games

Last month we shared one of earBOOKS latest releases, “Movies: Sound! Camera! Action!”  Now we get to share another sensational title from them titled: “Push > Start: The Art of Video Games.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.50.26 PMHaving grown up when PONG first demanded all our free time, this book is a nice visual pilgrimage through the years of video games. The book takes us on a pixelated  journey and reminding us of an exciting time in pop culture as the computer age began to give us fun and life long memories.

Pac Man, Space Invaders, Tetris, Super Mario Bros. are video games veterans and more than just reminiscences of an untroubled childhood. Challenging stories and characters, visual quality and aesthetic experience make them successful examples of popular interaction design. They so become more than a mere video game and can be regarded as a multimedia art form.

ps1“Push Start” outlines the graphical evolution from its beginnings, through the golden age of arcade video games, to the latest generation of game consoles. Fascinating artwork and screenshot prints of the most famous video games and the corresponding cult sounds on a 10-inch vinyl create an expanding universe of game culture in which the worlds of emotion, reality and art collide.

It starts in 1952 with OXO and ends with 2015’s Halo 5.  There are a TON of games you are sure to know such as Asteroids, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider.  That being said, there are even MORE games that we never even knew about like: Wonder Boy, Balloon Fight, Teddy Boy Blues and Vectorman, just to name a few.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.15.04 AMWith 380 pages and 200 glorious photos, the book sports an awesome 3D cover and has six chapters and two sections:

  • Video Game Index

A – EARLY GAMES

B – ARCADES

C – 8-Bit

D – 16-Bit

E – 3D

F – HD

  • Video Game Platforms

Each page is a full-page spread with an image from a specific video game along with info that includes the year the game was released, the platform it came out on, the developer and the designer.

ps4Looking at the art of 1981’s Star Strike compared to 2013’s Bioshock Infinite, you can see that we’ve come a long way.  A lot of folks still prefer the 8 and 16 bit of the past over the stunning new graphics of today but this book has something for any gamer.

ps5We really enjoyed the Video Game Platforms section as well.  It was great seeing old systems that either we had or systems that our buddy down the block had.  (We had the 1979 Intellivision, 1983 Nintendo NES, 1989 Gameboy – which I STILL own, 2006 Nintendo WII, 2011 Nintendo 3DS, and 2012’s Xbox One.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.59.44 AMearBOOKS has included an awesome added bonus to this already sensational book and it comes in the form of 10″, lime green vinyl.  It features remixes of  themes for Vampire Killer, Super Mario Bros, Dr. Willy, Master Ninja, Space Harrier Main theme, Let’s Go to Pao Pao Island!, Guile’s theme and Korobeiniki.  (Fret not, if you do NOT own a turntable they have also included a digital download code.  Here are a few for your listening pleasure.)




This is a must have book for gamers of any age.  CLICK HERE to order your copy of earBOOK’s “PUSH > START: The Art of Video Games.”  Follow earBOOKS on TWITTER for updates on new releases.  You should also head over to their OFFICIAL WEBSITE to see the rest of their impressive offering.

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Art V Cancer Announces Not 1, Not 2, Not 3, Not 4 But 5 New Prints Up For Grabs

Since it’s inception, Art V Cancer has combined their love and passion for art along their desire to help eliminate the disease that has touched so many lives around the world.  Today, Friday, August 21st they are releasing five new prints with most of the proceeds going to cancer research.

Artists Ben O’Brien aka Ben The Illustrator, Tony Hodgkinson and Oli Frape  have each turned in some fantastic new images that wil make your walls look better with most of the proceeds from the sales going to a fantastic cause.

TEENWOLFoffcialversion800blog ‘TeenWolf’ by Ben O’Brien aka Ben The Illustrator

Giclee Edition of 25

Printed on Somerset Textured White Archival Paper

Numbered/unsigned

Finns-World_final800blog“Finn’s World” by Tony Hodgkinson

Giclee Edition of 25

Printed on Somerset Textured White Archival Paper

Numbered/unsigned

20000-Leagues-Under-the-Sea_800blog“20,000 Leagues” by Tony Hodgkinson

Giclee – Regular Edition of 25

Printed on Somerset Textured White Archival Paper

Numbered/unsigned

20000-Leagues_image-only_cropped800blog“20,000 Leagues” by Tony Hodgkinson

Giclee – Variant Edition of 25

Printed on Somerset Textured White Archival Paper

Numbered/unsigned

Butstilltheycome_800“But Still They Come” by Oli Frape

Giclee – Edition of 25

Printed on Somerset Textured White Archival Paper

Numbered/unsigned

All prints are $32 and Art V Cancer is offering FREE POSTAGE on all prints until end of Aug (31st inc).  These prints go live 6pm BST Fri 21st. (10am PST, 1pm EST) on their OFFICIAL STORE PAGE.

Art V Cancer bannerBy buying a poster from Art V Cancer, we promise to donate a large proportion of our profits which equates to at least £10/$15 per print to Cancer Charities (only a small amount will be used to cover costs of running/developing Art V Cancer).

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