Blurppy’s Final 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If you have all your holiday shopping done….GOOD FOR YOU!  We are jealous beyond belief and have to battle the crowds for at LEAST another day.  That being said, we have a few FANTASTIC, must-have, last minute suggestions that should accommodate everyone on your list.

The book “Saul Bass: A Life In Film & Design” from Laurence King Publishing is hands down, the BEST book on one of the most prolific artists and designers of the 20th century.

Saul_Bass_3D_cutout_copySaul Bass transformed graphic design for films in a way that still resonates to this day.  His work is legendary and held in the highest regard by artists all over the world.  His best known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Perminger’s The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder.


Saul Bass movie poster for Otto Preminger movie "Anatomy of a Murder"

SB3He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns fof the century,including: AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines, Girl Scouts of America, The Getty Museum and Minolta.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.16.06 PMDesigned by Saul Bass’s daughter Jennifer and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham, who knew Saul Bass, this book contains more than 1,400 illustrations, many from the Bass archive and never published before, providing an in-depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 3.53.48 PMThis hardcover tribute to Saul comes in at an impressive 440 pages and really gives fans a fantastic look at the life/ work of a revered artist & legend.  Just looking at W.I.P.s give you better insight in to how some of the most recognizable images in media came to be.


Marvel is on what we would call, “a roll.”  Movie after movie, we find ourselves captivated and transported into the heart of the Marvel Universe. “Ant-Man” is now available on 3D Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Blu-ray®, DVD, Digital SD, On Demand and Digital 3D, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 4.03.08 PMPaul Rudd and Michael Douglas turn in fantastic performances and Michael Pena made us laugh every time he was onscreen.  As you would expect, this one has some fantastic extra’s:

Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide – Set your watch and count down the action in this fast-paced behind-the-scenes look at how to pull off a heist movie, including Scott Lang’s hilarious heist “family,” Ant-Man’s costume, plus amazing stunts and effects.

Let’s Go To The Macroverse – Shrink down to size in this fascinating look at creating the world from Ant-Man’s perspective, from macro photography through the subatomic.

WHIH News Front – A hard-hitting collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart’s interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more.

– Gag Reel

– Deleted & Extended Scenes

– Audio Commentary By Peyton Reed And Paul Rudd

This one is perfect for family movie-marathons and will appeal to everyone in the house.



Want some fun activities for you and your kids in the kitchen?  Well Downtown Bookworks has a book that is just for you.  “The Official DC Superhero Cookbook” has over 60 recipes from simple sandwiches and sides to more complicated entrees and colorful desserts.


1This deluxe edition is packaged with a 128-page, wir-o bound (lay-flat) cookbook along with 3 cookie cutters, logo stencils, and character cut-outs for awesome food styling. Whether you’re preparing an everyday family meal, or a themed party, or packing a lunch box for a picky eater, it’s easy to make every dish extra special.


Ridley Scott has a plethora of amazing movie credits to his name but his latest, “The Martian” is his highest grossing film ever and that’s with good reason.


Critically acclaimed, the film stars Academy Award winner Matt Damon in one of his most memorable roles to date.

During a mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. But Watney is still alive. Against all odds, he must find a way to contact Earth in the hope that scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, THE MARTIAN provides a realistic glimpse into life in outer-space that will have you on the edge of your seat! In addition to wowing audiences around the world, the film is one of best reviewed of the year and has been named one of the best movies of the year by such groups as National Board of Review, which also awarded top honors to Ridley Scott for Best Director, Matt Damon for Best Actor and Drew Goddard for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD release will have more than 90 minutes of special features including an exclusive newly produced in-world retrospective starring Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean covering the “true” story behind the daring rescue seven years after the events of the film occurred. The Martian also includes two making of documentaries, a gag reel and more. Now you can become part of the universal phenomenon that has taken the galaxy by storm in the comfort of your own home.

Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction 
Learn how the producers brought an acclaimed novel, a master director and a stellar cast together for THE MARTIAN.
Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes
Matt Damon and his ensemble of incredibly talented actors discuss their roles in THE MARTIAN.
5 Theatrical In-World Pieces
Ares III: Farewell
The Right Stuff
Ares: Our Greatest Adventure
Leave Your Mark
Bring Him Home
Ares III: Refocused
Seven years after the events of Ares 3, take a deeper look at the true story behind Mark Watney’s daring rescue
Gag Reel
Production Gallery



Marc Hagan-Guirey is a kirigami (cut-and-fold) paper artists who took his passion for a hobby and turned it into something pretty spectacular.  In a new book by Laurence King Publishing called “Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami,” we 20 kirigami designs based around haunted houses and scenes from horror films

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.44.27 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.46.40 PMEach project features step-by-step instructions and a template that you remove from the book. You then follow the lines on the template, cutting and folding to make your own kirigami model. All you need is a scalpel, a cutting mat and a ruler.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.49.25 PMClear cutting tips help you with the tricky stages and give you an order in which to complete your work, while photos of the finished model show you the final design. Projects are ranked from beginner to advanced.



Disney has released an fantastic collection of magical masterpieces with “The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki.”

Collected_Works_Of_Miyazaki-small[1]Experience the majestic works of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema. Hayao Miyazaki weaves his unique style of artistry and epic adventure into astonishing tales of triumph, bursting with imagination and wonder.  For the first time, enjoy all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature-length masterpieces in one spectacular 12-disc collection, complete with hours of captivating bonus features and the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away(2002, Best Animated Feature Film).

Films include:

1979 – Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
1984 – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
1986 – Castle in the Sky
1988 – My Neighbor Totoro
1988 – Kiki’s Delivery Service
1992 – Porco Rosso
1997 – Princess Mononoke
2001 – Spirited Away
2004 – Howl’s Moving Castle
2008 – Ponyo
2013 – The Wind Rises

Bonus Features Include:

“Yuki no Taiyo” (Yuki’s Sun) – A 1972 TV pilot based on an original manga by Tetsuya Chiba, directed by Hayao Miyazaki who was also in charge of storyboards and key animation.

“Akado Suzunosuke”(Little Samurai) – Three episodes (Episode 26, 27 & 41) of the hit 1972 anime series with storyboarding and more by Hayao Miyazaki.

Director Hayao Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference, Uncut Version

Fans of Miyazaki’s legendary work will the thrilled with the collector’s edition book featuring “The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki” by Tomohiro Machiyama, which explores the themes and techniques of this revered Japanese filmmaker, and selected text from Hayao Miyazaki’s initial notes and creative proposals for the production of each film.



Joe Hill has made quite a name for himself and that is saying a lot given his lineage. IDW Limited has come up with a very cool, limited edition offering that includes 2 of Hill’s best, “NOS4A2” and “The Wraith.”

JH_1The book is signed by Joe Hill and Charles Paul Wilson III and is hand-numbered to 999. This new collection includes the 172-page graphic novel prequel, Wraith, as an essential part. JH_2

Exclusively for this collection, Wraith series artist Charles Paul Wilson III has created 26 new illustrations (13 color, 13 black and white), a new full-color wraparound dust jacket, and a detailed map of Christmasland featured in the end pages. Mr. Wilson will also be personalizing each Christmasland-themed signature plate with a small original sketch inside a gruesomely twisted advent calendar. This 852-page oversized hardcover is packaged in an ornate hand-built cloth slipcase and features a debossed cloth cover.



During the holidays, families get together and spend a LOT of time on couches watching films, drinking hot chocolate and eating way too much.  If you are looking for a fun, animated family feature, give Sony Picture’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” a shot.

HTThis film crushed it at the box office bringing in over $430 million.  It is currently available on digital HD and will be on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on January 12th.  The Hotel Transylvania sequel reunites ‘Drac’s Pack’ of loveable characters, led by “Vampa” Drac (Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups) as they try to put Mavis (Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers) and Johnny’s (Andy Samberg, TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) son Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp to bring out his vampire side.

But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad (comedy legend Mel Brooks) is about to pay the family a visit to the hotel.  And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania, it doesn’t take long for things to get batty!

Special features include:

DVD Special Features (also on Blu-ray & Digital)
– Fifth Harmony Music Video: “I’m In Love With A Monster”
– Character Sketch Gallery
– Feature Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert
– Feature Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky
Blu-ray & Digital Exclusives*
All DVD Bonus Features Plus…
– Sing Along with Monster Scary-Oke!
– Deleted Scenes
– Make the Scary, Silly Sounds of Hotel Transylvania 2
– How to Throw The Ultimate Monster Party
– How to Draw Your Favorite Characters
– The New Guys: Meet Vlad, Dennis, Kakie and More


Chronicle Books has just released a wonderful new book called “The Art of Sanjay’s Super Team.”  This 128 page book gives fans a peek behind the curtain of Pixar Animation’s groundbreaking short film, “Sanjay’s Super Team.”

1aWhen long-time Pixar animator Sanjay Patel as asked to develop an idea fo an original short film, he knew he wanted to tell a story that came from his experience as a first-generation Indian American. Giving viewers peek into the world of Hinduism within a seven minute short, while trying to maintain a meaningful and cohesive story was a complicated endeavor.

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“Sanjay’s Super Team” blends many exciting elements including traditional 2D and 3D animation, alternate realities, ancient temples, deities, cosmic action sequences along with a story about family, identity, and tradition.  The book highlights key moments of story, character and environmental development from the filmmakers perspective.

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 11.17.16 PMWith a foreward by chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter and a preface by character designer and illustrator, Chris Sasaki, this book is a perfect companion piece for fans of the amazing Pixar animated short film.



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