- Actors: Drew Struzan, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox
- Directors: Erik Sharkey
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Kino Lorber films
- Release Date: Nov. 19 2013
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B00EO2I6L0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,003 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster
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Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is a feature-length documentary highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters. Telling the tale through exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many other filmmakers, artists and critics, the journey spans Drew's early career in commercial and album cover art through his recent retirement as one of the most recognizable and influential pop culture artists of all time.
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This is the biography of the worlds best movie poster magician. Known for his iconic poster imaginary form the Lucas/Spielberg heyday of the 70’s-early 2000’s.
His iconic artwork is recognized worldwide. I rather enjoyed this documentary especially when Filmmakers such as Spielberg and the like would talk about how when they found out that Drew was going to do the poster artwork that the pressure was on because they knew they had to step up their game in order to live up to the expectations that the posters would undoubtedly stir up.
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It was even more amazing to see Drew's reaction upon seeing that he had fans. Actual fans. How numerous they were and how appreciated he was.
I don't usually get emotional, but being an artist myself, it was really comforting to see that an artist can get beyond "starvation mode". You just have to work at it. There's light at the end of the tunnel. It's all going to be okay.
This was some great insight on experience, some brief and fleeting talk about techniques... This was really helpful, and inspirational, and makes me want to stop using the digital medium for a little while.
Thank you Drew. For everything.
Will be watching again. :)
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is an in depth look at both the man and his work, told through incredibly candid interviews with not just Struzan himself, but his colleagues, the filmmakers with and for whom he worked, and the fans of his work (who in many cases also appeared on his posters.) The film moves quickly through Struzan's early life and career where he worked on album covers and launches into his film work.
While the film highlights the more recognizable work on the big properties, lingering on things like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, the Muppet movies, and Back to the Future films, there are plenty of honorable mentions and glimpses of this other poster art.
The documentary continues to heap praise on Struzan as it moves through his work, and while it touches on the some of the negatives in his career, like a partner who ripped him or the studio demands and Photoshop, it is does not go so far as to be an expose or an indictment. Instead of dwelling too long on that negativity, we get a celebration of the man and his work and, told with the exuberance his fandom. The filmmakers are so effervescent it almost challenges Drew's own quiet and humble nature. In fact, when Struzan appears at Comic Con it really does overwhelm him. Ultimately, there's no surprising reveals or deep revelations, but as it stands it really is a fan's peek inside the world of an iconic artist.
The DVD itself is pretty basic, including a trailer, comic con panel and some additional interviews. A blu-ray edition would have been a nice option, if only to better showcase the art.
I would suggest one of Struzan's books to accompany the film, as the 16:9 film ratio just doesn't do the art justice, nor do the short peaks at the work as they appear on screen. Make sure you can flip through and linger on each image and take it all in to really appreciate what the artist manages to commit to paper.
Legendary movie poster-artist Drew Struzan was an unwanted baby, an unwanted child and an unwanted student. He says he didn't miss being happy because he didn't know what happiness was supposed to feel like. He was only content when he was able to draw. He drew on toilet paper, old flyers, and discarded newspapers. He enrolled in art school and was thrown out for failure to pay his tuition. He simply went around to the rear, entered the back door and went on with his studies.
His faltering career was shared by a young woman who flirtatiously lobbed a ping-pong ball at him and never looked back. Decades later, they are still married and he now knows what happiness feels like.
Some of the interviews are with:
* Dylan Struzan - his wife couldn't give him grocery money, he'd buy paint!
* Christian Struzan - his son is proud of his father's enormous legacy.
* George Lucas - who has a major collection of his work, including the "Star Wars" series.
* Harrison Ford - says Drew inspired him to be as good as his posters. "Indiana Jones" was one of the iconic results.
* Steven Spielberg - insists Drew's posters make the story better. Just look at "E.T."
* Michael J. Fox - watched Drew's original poster become a triptych as the franchise grew.
* Guillermo del Toro - loves Drew's ability to simplify. He did the poster overnight for the remake of "The Thing."
* Frank Darabont - used Drew for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile."
* Steve Guttenberg - says "Police Academy" owes its sequels to Drew.
* Thomas Jane - Drew tried to teach him how to draw for a movie role but failed miserably.
* Joanna Cassidy - was surprised by the quality of his "Blade Runner" posters.
* Alice Cooper - used Drew for an award winning album cover.
* Thousands of adoring fans at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
You will be stunned to see how many of his posters are classics.