A Glourious Unreleased Basterds Poster

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 29th, 2009 at 10:37 am,

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The imagery of World War II is truly indelible. So many people creating and reacting to so much havoc would make even the most steadfast of wills flinch.

This summer, Quentin Tarantino and company treated us to Inglorious Basterds, which was the seed not only for a great summer movie review, but for a listing of “The 5 Best Films Where Nazis Get Owned!”

The imagery conjured in many WWII films has been at least as powerful as those captured during the actual fight for right in Europe – and now, a new poster has appeared online that offers you even more introspection into the realm of Nazis, Basterds and old-school flavor.

The difference? The imagery in this poster has never been used. Check it out:


inglourious basterds unused poster A Glourious Unreleased Basterds Poster

Head over to Poster Wire for the full-sized version.

This poster, illustrated by veteran artisan James Goodridge, offers a classic, straight-forward feel and is cast in the light of the original Indiana Jones-posters (doesn’t get much better than that). The tones of color, the expressions, the slightly “illustrated” flair all offer something to revel in and sparks the imagination.

I find it strangely ironic that something so glorious went unused for Hollywood feature film that had the title “Inglourious” in it. This poster really does convey pretty much everything that the movie covers.

Tell us what YOU think about the poster and also tell us what YOUR favorite movie posters of yesteryear were in the discussion section.

Source: Poster Wire via  First Showing

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  1. Over the last couple of years, unused/unreleased posters and trailers seem to be better than what the official releases were. This rocks!


  2. Decent interview with Goodridge on that Posterwire site. Nice to see hands-on illustrators are still getting any work at all in these days of “any monkey with Photoshop can fling a few floating heads together with a bit of lens flare and call it a poster.” Saul Bass would be rotating in his crypt. Which studio would have the guts now to commission and use something as striking and unique as his designs for The Man With The Golden Arm, or Anatomy Of A Murder?

    Faves of mine would have to be the Hildebrandt brothers’ heroic-fantasy poster for Star Wars, the iconic shark-&-swimmer for Jaws, and the total `70s airbrushed look of the one for A Clockwork Orange, with a knife-wielding Alex bursting out of the “A”. These three show exactly what impression it’s possible to convey about a movie without recourse to literalism. Basic join-the-dots formulaic photomontage has a tough time competing with that, IMO.

    I can still remember seeing the poster for Westworld as a kid, with Yul Brynner drawn more scarily smashed-up than he ever was in the actual movie, with the tagline “Nothing can possibly go worng”! Priceless. In a similar (ahem) vein, there’s Michael Ironside having a rough old day on the poster for Scanners. Again, hand-drawn.

    Here’s a stupid question: out of interest, when and why did the (now-universal) trend for squashing up the lettering beneath the image start? Always wondered who dictated that.

  3. I think that the poster captures the essence of the movie, with its touch of a spaghetti western, very well.

    My favorite last year was the poster for Cthulhu, which I thought was beautiful and a bit chilling, at the same time.

  4. Here we go again – I’m going to keep thinking of new ones to add…

    Trainspotting. Commonplace now, but the first time I’d ever seen different posters for the same film highlighting and naming each individual character.

    The Christopher Reeve Superman, with that soaring metallic “S” against the simple background of the sky. Which encouraged one of the finest incidents of defacing I’ve ever seen in an underground station: someone had simply written “L” one side, and “D” the other. “You’ll believe a man can fly.” Made me chuckle anyway…

  5. I gotta say this poster is better than the actual movie

  6. oh my god! brad pitt is the most single absolute worst actor i have ever seen. he stinks, he can’t act to save his life.