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Star Wars: Episode 4

Today in History: STAR WARS Strikes Back (again and then again)

We all appreciate the impact “Star Wars” has had on pop culture. It can’t be overstated. Whle “Jaws” may have been the first major

Star Wars: Episode 4
Star Wars: Episode 4

“summer blockbuster” in 1975, “Star Wars” came along and nearly doubled it’s lifetime box office (and I’m just talking about the very first Star Wars movie, now referred to as “Episode 4″ in the franchise canon). It’s soaked into our identity and vernacular. Everybody knows what a lightsaber is–even kids who’ve never even seen one of the movies. If you go up to someone and say, “Long ago….” there’s a good chance they’ll come back with, “…in a galaxy far, far away.” It both influences other media and infiltrates it. There were a ton of no-name knockoff space operas in the years that followed, trying to cash in on the Star Wars fever. Of course, without the talent and passion behind them they were easily forgotten. And Star Wars is routinely mentioned in music (Weird Al has at least two or three songs about Star Wars), been the central theme of TV shows (remember when Leonard and Sheldon broke into Skywalker Ranch on “The Big Bang Theory”?)…it’s one of the most ubiquitous films of all tme. Maybe THE most.

The original theatrical run of Episode 4 was just not enough for people. VCR’s and movie rentals were still a few years ahead of the mainstream and people wanted to see this movie over, and over again. So on August 13th, 1982, two years after the seconf film (The Empire Strikes Back!) was released, Star Wars burst into theaters again, blasters blazing. It included the trailer for the third (and supposedly final) film, “Return of the Jedi.” During this run it grossed over $15 million. A five year old movie that everybody had already seen. People just couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker, stanring off into the burning Tatooine sunset. They needed to relive Han Solo asking, “Who’s scruffy looking?” And everyone needed more R2-D2 and C-3P0 in their lives (we still do).

That would be amazing enough except that Star Wars got ANOTHER WIDE THEATRICAL RELEASE! Almost twenty years after the original run George Lucas gave us the (fan-loathing and overly retconned)

The Empire Strikes Back!
The Empire Strikes Back!

Special Editions. These were digitally remastered, had a ton of extra scenes added, other scenes and musical cues tweaked, it made a ton of money, I don’t care for them at all. So let’s move on to the release of the VHS Special Edition Boxed Set. This happened, AGAIN on August 13th, the summer of 1997. This was where George Lucas and  the fans he’d given so much to broke up. The Special Editions were released with no plans to offer the original theatrical versions (the ones that he didn’t mess around with). Star Wars fans were (and still are) furious. They mostly did not like the additions and changes and didn’t understand why they couldn’t get cleaned up restorations of the originals (evenutally they were included, bare bones

Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi

and with no re-mastering as secondary discs with the special Edition DVD release). Star Wars fans are passionate, to say the least, and were crestfallen. There’s even an entire documentary about the rift between Lucas and his fans (The People VS. George Lucas).

With Disney having taken over the franchise and the first film under the new regime due out this Christmas, hopes are high that the movies will get back to their glory days. It’s doubtful though, that they’ll ever be able to recapture the magic of that first run, of that first film (or that second run for that matter). So while you’re thinking nostalgic thoughts about enjoying Star Wars with your dad as a kid, playing with your action figures and making the little guns go “pew pew!” why don’t you head on over to Posterservice.com and check out our selection of Star Wars posters. Maybe pick one (or all of them) up, frame them with posterframes from Frame USA and relive those Alderaan days and Tatooine nights (and get ready for the onslaught of new movies).

Fancy Frame

LET’S GET FANCY

Iggy Azalea isn’t the only one who can get fancy around here. Occasionally we all want to show off with a bit more pizazz and panache. This applies to our home and office decor as much as it does to our clothes, and specifically, the frames we hang. Sometimes, depending on the art we’re framing, a modern or rustic look just isn’t enough. Those styles are both very fashionable and can be utilized more broadly, but when the picture is something extra special, you have to go big or go home with your picture frame.

For those art pieces that you want to treat like royalty, Frame USA has a number of picture frames that are ornate enough to give

Modena Antique Gold
Modena Antique Gold

you that “wow” factor, without overpowering the image it holds. Perhaps you’ve picked up something at an antique shop, like an old map, or print. It’s unique but not something that holds a lot of sentimental value (yet). A good choice might be our Modena frame. These frames have an “aged” look and are available in “Antique Gold,” “Antique Bronze,” and “Antique Silver.” They’re perfect for something that has an air of history to it.

But maybe what you need is something with a bit more grandeur. A picture frame that doesn’t just compliment the art, but

Presidential Aged Pecan
Presidential Aged Pecan

also tells people how important that art is to you. Family portraits or pictures of loved ones who are no longer with us deserve to be framed in something more regal. Our Presidential picture frame is an excellent choice for these kinds of pictures. The Presidential series has a 2″ wide profile with a steeply sloped outer edge and curled “rope” along the inner edge. It comes in three colors, “Aged Gold,” “Aged Bronze,” and “Aged Pecan.” It’s a picture frame that demands respect for both itself and the artwork cradled within it.

“Both of those are beautiful, American made picture frames,” you might be saying, “but what I have needs something that says, ‘all eyes on me.'” You want a frame with a lot of intricate detail that stops just short of going over the top. For the original watercolor you commisioned or the limited edition print, signed and numbered by the artist, you want people to “ooooh,” and “aaaah.” We have you covered with two different frames. The most ornate in our collection. The first is our Napoleon picture frame. The Napoleon, much like it’s namesake,

Napoleon Antique Gold
Napoleon Antique Gold

is a conqueror, taking charge of any room it’s placed in. It combines the beading of the Modena with the rope of the Presidential and adds a flourish with a striking inner scoop. Like the other two series it has three colors, “Antique Gold,” “Antique Silver,” and “Black with Gold.” However, if you want to crank the fanciness level up to 11 while still staying tasteful, we have one more picture frame for you to consider. For maximum drama try our Victorian picture frame. With a delicate intertwining of carved embellishments, the Victorian

Victorian Walnut with Gold
Victorian Walnut with Gold

stands above the rest as a frame that leaves no doubt that you are making a deliberate, bold statement. Luxurious and maybe a bit aloof (but still alluring) the Victorian frame comes in “Antique Gold, and “Walnut with Gold.”

So even if your usual style is more low key and laid back, it doesn’t hurt to get a little fancy every now and then. After all, you deserve it.

Portrait of Hong Kong

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marc Allante

In today’s blog we’re going to spotlight an artist that we at Frame USA/Posterservice have had the pleasure of working with: Marc Allante. His print “Achilles” is one of our most popular posters and anytime we get new art from him we’re always pleased and excited.

Marc was born in Hong Kong and is currently based there where he is represented by the Avenue Des Arts gallery. He has lived in Sydney and London as well and it’s this blend of eastern and western cultures that informs his unique vision.

A self taught artist, Marc creates his images by combining traditional Chinese inks with European watercolor and pen techniques. He has a distinct style, often incorporating a paint drip and spatter look. His subject matter is varied with animals and architecture comprising much of his most striking work. In particular he has a way of capturing the energy and joy of birds in flight. He also incorporates silhouettes to create romantic imagery like his popular “Two Step.” 

He’s a versatile artist whose voice continues to change and develop in new and unexpected directions. Check him out at his website Marcallante.com to see his full portfolio and where he will be exhibiting. While you’re at it, follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@marcallanteart) .You can also come over to Posterservice.com and search “Marc Allante” or go to our Art Posters section to see the 24×36 posters we currently carry. If you are looking for art to put in picture framds that encompass beauty, color and joy, you’ve found it in Marc’s work.

Portrait of Hong Kong
Portrait of Hong Kong
Marc Allante's Two Step
Two Step
Achiles
Achilles
Doctor Who

The Doctor & His Box Soars to New Heights in The U.S.A

Move over Clara, The Doctor has a new companion and they’re the millions of fans in the United States of America.

The tale of a humanoid alien and his adventures through time and space started back in 1963 as a British science-fiction television program on BBC called Doctor Who. 52 years and 12 doctors later Doctor who is a rising trend all across the world. Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) span all ages, and all generations. The original program that started it all featured 26 seasons of ‘on the edge of your seat’ entertainment before it was canceled in 1989. This show was unique, it was created to be educational; to teach children about history and science. 16 years after the original program was canceled, in 2005, something that all fans wish when their obsession goes off the air, Doctor Who was relaunched by Russell T Davies.

Fandom-Doctor Who
Doctor Who The Exploding Tardis
Item #: PSA009559
Fandom Doctor Who
Doctor Who To Victory
Item # PSA009379
Fandom Doctor Who
Doctor Who – Tardis Comic Cover
Item # PSA009797

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This classic television show started in the UK but has taken over American’s hearts with the reboot. In the 10 years that the new Doctor Who has been in production there has been a huge wave of merchandise for Whovians to obsess over. Action figures, posters, Apparel, toys, home decor, Doctor Who has it all thanks to companies out there, such as LEGO, that saw the trend and never stop running with it. LEGO has created Doctor Who Sets, and just recently a video game where The twelfth Doctor joins Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle in battle to save the world. The announce of this new game came right at the same time the season 9 trailer was released. The very first second that the trailer was released it went viral. The news of the video game released is currently trending on social media. All of it got us thinking that we had to way in on this cult show.

Doctor Who
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DOCTOR WHO KEEP CALM I’M THE DOCTOR
Doctor Who
Item: PSA009794
DOCTOR WHO – DAVID TENNANT 10TH DOCTOR
Doctor Who
Item: PSA009821
DOCTOR WHO – BLUEPRINT

When people who have never seen the show encounter a Whovian, it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of shouting and hand gestures and talk of stone angels who steal your soul and of course a madman in a blue box. However when those non-believers become a Whovian they understand just how impossible it is to describe this cult television show to someone they once were. I know because I was a non-believer for a long long time and I looked to my Whovian friends with a side eye every time they talked about it, but now i’m the one going to conventions and freaking out over new seasons. So trust me (and the millions of other people who call themselves Whovians), If you’re looking for a new show to start up: Choose Doctor Who.

Doctor WHo
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DOCTOR WHO – PETER CAPALDI
Doctor Who
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DOCTOR WHO – MATT SMITH 11TH DOCTOR

How Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

In case you didn’t know, we’re pretty big fans of America. We’re an American made company that manufacturers high quality picture frames. All of our picture frames are manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Birthday celebrations are something that almost everyone enjoys but when it comes to the birth of this great Nation, the celebrations across the country get pretty crazy: parades, cookouts and even fireworks! So we wanted to let our customers know what our employees are doing to celebrate today for the Fourth of July.

Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

we’ll end up grilling out and watching Independence Day for maybe the 100th time. Oh, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler will definitely be had by all.” – Erin Corley

“I’ve got tickets to see one of my all-time favorite guitar players and guitar great Steven Stills in Alexandria,,Virginia at a cool venue called the Birchmere.   Stills is part of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and he is incredible also as a stand alone artist.    He was also in a group called Buffalo Springfield which sang a well-known song “Stop, Hey What’s That Sound….”   He will be playing a retrospective concert of his career.   I plan to go with former Posterservice and Frame USA President Dana Gore!” – Daniel Regenold

“Typically the Kombrinck family packs up our folding chairs and finds a fireworks festival at any one of our local parks. We camp out around dusk eating funnel cakes and people-watching till the show starts. Then we sit back and watch the sky explode with color.” -Kelley Kombrinck

“we have family come to us. We have the best seats for the fourth, right in our back yard.  You see my neighbors (2) put on a fireworks display that most city or towns can’t compare too. Goes on for 2 hours. But the best part is I get to see my sister-in-law, and nephew.” – Jill Gugel 

“I’ll be taking my family up to the in-laws’ house Saturday morning for blueberry scones and a parade – both annual traditions in the family. That evening, if we’re lucky with the weather, trees in our line of sight, and with my daughter’s ability to stay awake that far past her bedtime, we’ll be able to see a fireworks display from our house.” – Zach Moning

“We like to sit out at the lake and watch fireworks going off all around us.” – Anne Decker

“For me, I just love relaxing with family and friends” -Kelly Ackerman

“Family BBQ! My Uncle is from Texas and makes the best brisket I can find anywhere around!” -Mark Jungkunz

“This year my husband and I will have a BBQ in our backyard, then head to Red White & Blue Ash to watch fireworks with our twins.” -Taylor Harris

“Grill out with family in Blue Ash and then the Fireworks in blue ash and showing art on fountain square a part of Art on Vine series  the next day” -David Estep

“We go  to Brookville  In to our cabin and have our own fireworks display.” -Cathy Chapman

 

As you can see our employees celebrate the Fourth of July in a wide variety of ways. However you celebrate the Fourth of July always remember what the holiday is really about and remember Be Safe!!

Movie

Thoughts on Remaking Classic Movies

We’re a poster company so of course we love movies we have a variety of posters of from classic movies for all generations. These movies were so iconic they have made a lasting impression on the world to the point where they are talked about to our children and our children’s children. There is no set of guidelines to determine whether a movie will last for years to come, it just sort of happens.

Movie
Wizard of Oz Home
Item #: PSA009607
Movies
Scarface- Classic
Item #: PSA009776
Movie
Jaws – One Sheet
Item #:PSA009814
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Star Wars – Episode 4
Item # PSA009826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past couple of years there has been a trend in the movie industry of remaking or expanding on classic movies years after the initial release. It seems like right now this trend is at its highest. The past couple of months there have been a few that have been making headlines. Jurassic World has shattered the box office, The Terminator Genysis came out July 1st and looks to be a thriller. Soon we will have a new Star Wars and Ghostbusters staring some pretty hilarious ladies. The main movie that sparked our interest in this trend was Terminator. We’re pretty big fans of the original movies so when we heard that another movie was coming out and that Arnold Schwarzenegger was to pick back his role up we were skeptical but intrigued.

Movie
Terminator
Item #: PSA033158
Movie
Terminator 2 – One Sheet
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Movie
Terminator 2 – Collage
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Movie
The Terminator – I’ll Be Back
Item #: PSA034047

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we have yet to see the film so we can’t tell you how it is, it did get us thinking on whether recreating or expanding on classic movies is a good thing or if it is a bad thing. The verdict is still out but here are some pros and cons of the whole thing.

One of the biggest pros is it allows all the original viewers of these movies to relive their time with the classics, even if the recreation falls slightly short of their expectations. When Toy Story 3 came out the theater wasn’t filled with children it was filled with adults who grew up watching the previous movies, who grew up with Andy and his toys. When Jurassic World came out people remembered cowering in their seats at the carnivores chomping away and how awesome it would be if we all could have a pet dinosaur. That emotion that you feel during a movie is what hooks you and makes you enjoy the expansion or the remake. It brings you back to your childhood where times were simple.

The con is that the children of today’s world (who don’t have wise parents, aunts and uncles, or grandparents to enlighten them) won’t ever see the classics. Why choose the broken down pick up when you could have the shiny new Ferrari? Its their loved ones excitement for the classic that makes them jump on board and be pulled in.

The classics don’t have the technology that the newer movies have, although it may have been awesome when you first saw the movie (and probably still is in your eyes) but kids seeing these movies that have special effects not created on the computer but rather by crafty camera angels and green screens are only seeing cheesy movies that don’t grab their attention.

The one thing that the remakes and the expansions do provide is for a way for our kids,nieces, nephews, granddaughters and grandsons to connect with us by letting them see a form of something we love in a medium that they enjoy.

What do you think? Should classic movies be remade or expanded upon?

Tell us in the comments!
The Walking dead

Walk-through The Walking Dead

We first mentioned The Walking Dead fandom in a post earlier this week, but Frame USA and especially Posterservice have been fans of the series since the beginning.

The Walking Dead Background

This fandom first started out  from a comic book written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Tony Moore back in 2003. The comic book chronicles the travels of a character named Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse. 7 Years later, that very comic book was used as the beginning of one of the biggest television series to date called none other than, The Walking Dead. As many TV shows and movies that are based on books go, the show followed the comic books pretty closely for the first season. As the characters developed in the series the TV Show strayed away from the comic books to form its own story line. Around that same time Telltale Games developed a video game series loosely based on the comic book. These three forms of media were the beginning, but definitely not the end, of The Walking Dead Franchise.

 

The TV show is currently filming their sixth season. The TV channel behind the series, AMC, just released a behind the scenes look at that upcoming season. To get all the fans ready for it we wanted to share all of our walking dead posters that we have available.

Fandom Walking Dead
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The Walking dead
Item # PSA009572
Fandom Walking Dead
Item # PSA009829
The walking Dead
Item # PSA009876
The Walking Dead
Item #PSA009672
The Walking Dead
Item # PSA009739
The Walking Dead
Item # PSA009779
The Walking Dead
Item # PSA009799
The Walking Dead
Item # PSA009801
Fandom Walking dead
Item # PSA009874

Calling all Fandoms—We’ve got something for you!

If there is a TV show or movie that you’re absolutely obsessed with and find yourself talking about it every second you get, you’re not alone. In fact in the entire world there are people equally obsessed with that same show and annoying their family and friends with constant references that they know nothing about(…yet). For those unaware that they’ve been a part of a group, this phenomenon has been coined as Fandom.

According to Merriam-Webster.com A fandom has two definitions, it is all the fans (as of a sport) and it is also the state or attitude of being a fan. Here at Posterservice we like to cater to the wide range of fandoms out there with Posters!

We’ve compiled our favorite posters from some of the most popular fandoms for your enjoyment. Check them all out and if you stumble upon a fandom you know nothing about, we’ll just go ahead and say you’re welcome now for introducing you to some pretty awesome stuff.

Doctor Who

Fandom Doctor Who
Doctor Who To Victory
Item # PSA009379
Fandom-Doctor Who
Doctor Who The Exploding Tardis
Item #: PSA009559
Fandom Doctor Who
Doctor Who – Tardis Comic Cover
Item # PSA009797

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walking Dead

Fandom Walking Dead
Walking Dead Daryl
Item # PSA009657
Fandom Walking dead
The Walking Dead Season 5
Item # PSA009874
Fandom Walking Dead
The Walking Dead – Jailhouse
Item # PSA009829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars

Fandom Star Wars
Star Wars – Episode 4
Item # PSA009826
Fandom Star Wars
Star Wars – Episode 5
Item # PSA009827
Fandom Star Wars
Star Wars – Episode 6
Item # PSA009828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game of Thrones

Fandom Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones – All Men Must Die
Item # PSA009759
Fandom Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones S4 Jon Snow
Item # PSA009753
Fandom Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Characters
Item # PSA009617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack on Titan

Fandom Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan – Attack
Item # PSA009812
Fandom Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan – Swords
Item # PSA009858

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen 

Fandom Frozen
Frozen – Group
Item # PSA009761
Fandom Frozen
Keep Calm and Let it Go
Item # PSA034011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the many fandoms that we have posters for. Click the button below to see the rest of our TV & Movie posters!

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Let’s Talk About Posters: Rack Track Program

After being in business for over 30 years we have come to a conclusion: College students really like posters (shocking, right?). While the college students are off soaking up the sun and definitely not thinking about calculus or physics (for the most part…), the employees at their colleges are starting to get everything ready for the NEXT school year. Part of that preparation includes the purchasing of their customers favorite things: POSTERS! That’s where we come in, one of the busiest time of the year for Posterservice is starting this week. We have put together a whole bunch of packages that are 100% made for bookstores and other stores that market to college students. We thought we would kick off the back to school season with a video starring none other than your favorite poster guy: David Estep.

David is the go to person when it comes to knowing  what all the programs we have to offer our customers when it comes to posters. One of our most worthwhile program is our Rack Track program. I won’t try to sum up what this program is all about — because it’s much more entertaining to watch a video about it!

Posterservice’s Rack Track Program

If you can’t possibly imagine starting the new year off without becoming a participant in our Rack Track Program, give one of our trained specialists a call at 1-800-577-5920 and place your order today!

Frame USA’s New Product: Introducing The Beach White Series

We weren’t kidding when we mentioned that we were introducing a whole bunch of new products. Just the past two months alone we have introduced our Frame an Album, The Noble Series, and The Cambridge Series. With all these new product additions we sure could use a little R&R. What better location than to relax and have the stress melt away than a beach!

Don’t go packing your bags just yet (although it really is tempting) you’ll miss the best part!

Since most of us can’t actually escape to a private little island we thought we would at least bring on a frame that sets our dreams afloat.

Introducing the Beach White Series

    Beach White Narrow

 

This series is what any great beach getaway consists of, clean lines, pearlescent white finish and a choose your own adventure game. So we may have fibbed on that last part, but with the Beach White series you do have the option of choosing between a narrow profile and a wide profile. The narrow profile measures in at around 1 1/2″ wide where as the wide profile comes in at around 2 1/2″. Either route you choose will have you setting sail to your very own private island (without the outrageous price tag attached).

Beach White Wide Beach White Narrow   Beach White Wide Corner   Beach White Narrow Corner

If you’re not too thrilled about having your friends mistake your home as a vacation home, don’t fret The Beach White series has a clean beveled edge that takes a modern relaxed twist on the typical beach style frame.

After being around this serene new  series, we’ve almost convinced ourselves that we can hear the waves crashing on the rocks and the sun on our faces

If you’re looking for a picture frame to add relaxation and warmth to a room then set sail to paradise with Frame USA’s Beach White Series Today!