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Alternative film posters outshine originals

Jack Nicholson’s crazed face as he smashes through a door in The Shining, Daniel Day Lewis watching an oil well go up in flames in There Will Be Blood – these are the poster images that helped to make the classic films famous.

But just because something’s the original, it doesn’t make it the best — as anyone who’s compared the Bob Dylan version of All Along The Watchtower to Jimi Hendrix’s wondrous cover will testify.

Created for Mondo, the collectible art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain in Texas, these posters (see our gallery below) are strictly limited editions, mostly produced to promote special “event” screenings. And, as a result, they’re already sold out. As Mondo promise they’ll never be reprinted, your best chance is eBay. Or Christie’s.

There’s one other option for news of upcoming screenings (and thus, posters) — glue yourself to Mondo’s Twitter feed and align your body clock with Central Standard Time. Life-altering, but worth it.

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