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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Recap

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We had such a fun time at San Diego Comic-Con this year. As always, it was that perfect balance of excitement and chaos that keeps everyone coming back for more. It was great to meet new fans, catch up with old friends, and get out with a few purchases of our own.

We were so pumped to give you guys a sneak peek at our upcoming toy releases and have special guests come by for poster signings. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth – we hope you had as much fun as we did.

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, we will be selling a few remaining prints, as well as the Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch records, that premiered at SDCC online. Stay tuned to our newsletter for all release information! You can check out a full list of our releases here.

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The Joker by Jason Edmiston

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Awesome photo from our friend Jeremy Tominberg

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Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch vinyl records

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Guillermo del Toro & Jock signing the Pan’s Labyrinth print  

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Jay Shaw

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Rocket Raccoon (Variant) by Kevin Tong & Tree Hugger by Mike Mitchell

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Kevin Tong stopped by to sign his Rocket Raccoon print

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Mike Mitchell signing Tree Hugger

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First look at our Alfred Hitchcock 1/6th scale figure

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We debuted some new pins at the booth

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Star-Lord by Francesco Francavilla

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Variant) by Tyler Stout

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SDCC 2014: Release Information!

We’ve arrived in San Diego for SDCC 2014! We have a lot of cool things in store for this year – posters, vinyl, toys (#WeMakeToysNow), free stuff. There’s already been a few reveals for this year’s releases, but we also have a bunch of other projects in the works that you should come by the booth to check out! You can find us at booth #835 this year.

Here’s a day-by-day look at all SDCC 2014 release announcements! We wanted to put them all in one place for you guys.

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Iron Giant

This week we announced that we’ll be making toys! Stop by our booth to get a first look at some of our upcoming releases, including Iron Giant, Lil Mikey, and a few new ones. These will not be available for pre-sale at SDCC. We will be releasing them online as a pre-order at a later date, but we wanted to give you guys a chance to see them in person.

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We’ll be giving away Iron Giant masks designed by Jason Edmiston. 

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Lil Mikey TMNT figure designed by Mike Mitchell.

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Sneak peek at another toy we’ll be announcing soon. 

Wednesday / Preview Night (Batman Day!)

We have a lot planned for the 75th Anniversary of Batman! In addition to the Batman: The Animated Series 7-inches (featuring five different sleeves with artwork by Matt Taylor, Tom Whalen, Gary Pullin, Mike Mitchell, and Alan Hynes), we have a series of posters that we will be releasing as well. We’ve already announced Jason Edmiston’s portrait of The Joker, but there’s more to come! These will be available at our booth today, Wednesday (7/23), when doors open for Preview Night, aka Batman Day!

Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch
Theme Composed by Danny Elfman

Side A Main Titles End Credits Side B End Credits (Alternate Beginning) End Credits (Alternate Ending)

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Artwork by Matt Taylor
 Pressed on translucent purple vinyl

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Artwork by Alan Hynes
Pressed on ice blue vinyl

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Artwork by Gary Pullin
Pressed on brown clay vinyl

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Artwork by Tom Whalen
Pressed on translucent orange vinyl

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Artwork by Mike Mitchell
Pressed on Bomb Black Vinyl

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The Joker
By Jason Edmiston

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Batman
By Gianmarco Magnani 

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Robin
By Gianmarco Magnani 

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Harley Quinn
By Matt Taylor

Thursday / Day One

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Sunset Overdrive
By Matt Taylor

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Pan’s Labyrinth 
By Jock

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Variant)
By Jock

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Heavy Metal
By Kilian Eng

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Heavy Metal (Variant)
By Kilian Eng

Friday / Day Two

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The Last of Us
By Jay Shaw & Olly Moss

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Rocket Raccoon (Variant)
By Kevin Tong

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Groot
By Randy Ortiz

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Tree Hugger
By Mike Mitchell

Saturday / Day Three

 

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Ghost in the Shell
By Kilian Eng

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Drax
By Phantom City Creative

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Gamora
By Vance Kelly

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Star-Lord
By Francesco Francavilla

Sunday / Day Four

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Variant)
By Tyler Stout

Can’t wait to see you guys this week! It’s going to be a blast.

Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch

We are so excited to announce our Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch records featuring five different sleeves by some of our favorite artists. These will be available starting on San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Batman. We’ll be at booth #835. See you guys there!

Batman: The Animated Series 7-Inch
Theme Composed by Danny Elfman

Side A
Main Titles
End Credits
Side B
End Credits (Alternate Beginning)
End Credits (Alternate Ending)

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Harley Quinn
Artwork by Matt Taylor
 Pressed on translucent purple vinyl

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Mr. Freeze
Artwork by Alan Hynes
Pressed on ice blue vinyl

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Clayface
Artwork by Gary Pullin
Pressed on brown clay vinyl

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Man-Bat
Artwork by Tom Whalen
Pressed on translucent orange vinyl

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The Joker
Artwork by Mike Mitchell
Pressed on Bomb Black Vinyl

Now Shipping: GRAVITY 2XLP

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First off, we want to thank everyone who pre-ordered the GRAVITY 2XLP for their patience. We strive to produce the best sounding vinyl possible, and we learned with this release that sometimes that takes a little longer than you can plan for. The good news is they are now shipping! A good portion of you should begin receiving tracking information for your records today. In the meantime, we wanted to show you some photos of what you will be receiving.

We decided on a Blue Sky / Cloud Cover variant for our randomly inserted chase this time around, and it came very nice.

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Kevin Tong, who designed the package has a few words and process information about the project on his website here.

Photo Credit: Billy Garrett

Mondo & Bleeding Skull Video present: CARDS OF DEATH

CardsOfDeath10When I first came down to Austin, TX I was obsessed with the Alamo Drafthouse. I watched and got exposed to a ton of movies there, but a major part of my “education” came with just hanging out and watching shit with friends. One of the people I watched the most movies with (and ate the most candy with) was Zack Carlson. I remember the first time I went to his place he had walls and walls of VHS, DVD, etc. It was like the best video store I had ever seen. I remember I watched and was introduced to a lot of my NOW favorite films. Later, I met Joe Ziemba and found his site BLEEDING SKULL and was gifted a copy of his great book about shot on video films of the 80’s and 90’s.

We are super excited to begin our collaboration with Zack and Joe for their premiere VHS release: CARDS OF DEATH. These guys are truly experts and I hope that if anything, we can recreate that great feeling of finding something new that I had going over to Zack’s and digging through his movies and reading Joe’s book.

For a long time, we at Mondo were doing posters for movies that we hoped you’d give a watch. Now, by helping Bleeding Skull with their endless pursuit of unearthing these lost films, we can bring these to you directly. I really hope you enjoy and please write and let us know what you think!

- Justin Ishmael

Read a note from Zack & Joe from Bleeding Skull! below:

We are Joseph A. Ziemba and Zack Carlson, collaborators on the trash-horror film website, BLEEDING SKULL.COM! Together, with the help of our friends at MONDO, we’ve launched BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO. Specializing in ultra-obscure, no-budget horror and exploitation movies from the 1980s and early 1990s, BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO is a VHS and digital streaming label that is dedicated to sharing unreleased (or barely released) movies with the world. Our inaugural title is CARDS OF DEATH. Completed in 1986, the film has never been released in the United States until now. CARDS OF DEATH will be available June 24, 2014 on VHS.

Over the past fifteen years, we’ve been obsessed with discovering, collecting, and reviewing the world’s rarest exploitation films. Joe is the founder of BLEEDING SKULL.COM, the co-author and designer of BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s TRASH-HORROR ODYSSEY (Headpress, 2013), and an art director/ film programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Zack is a film producer and co-author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUNKS ON FILM (Fantagraphics Books, 2011). After discovering an unreleased 1980s horror movie by one of our favorite filmmakers in the trunk of a used car, we knew that something had to be done. With Mondo’s help, we’re devoted to preserving and sharing these discoveries on the format that they were originally meant to be seen.

Each BLEEDING SKULL VIDEO! VHS title is authentically packaged to represent its respective era, from classy big boxes to photocopied clamshell cases. Every release also includes an issue of MINIMUM UNDERDRIVE, an in-depth ‘zine that features interviews, rare photos, and artwork specific to each movie. All of our releases will be available online at: BLEEDINGSKULLVIDEO.COM and MONDOTEES.COM.

CARDS OF DEATH: Written and directed in 1986 by Hollywood veteran W.G. MacMillan (who appeared in the Dirty Harry sequel THE ENFORCER,) this shot-on-video scuzz-sex-slice-and-dicer has long been described as the “holy grail of slasher movies,” mostly for its sheer rarity among VHS collectors. Though it was an American production, CARDS OF DEATH was released on VHS exclusively in Japan before disappearing completely, without even a listing on IMDB. The BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO release of CARDS OF DEATH marks the first release of the movie on home video in the United States. Watch the trailer below:

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Cards of Death
VHS. Includes Minimum Underdrive zine. On Black cassette & randomly inserted Blue cassette. $25
1986 / Color / 90 Minutes

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Jurassic Park OST Listening Party

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Hey, everyone. On Monday June 9th, from 6PM to 8PM we will be hosting a listening party for our upcoming Jurassic Park vinyl soundtrack at our gallery location in Austin, TX

At this event, both versions of the record will be available for sale – Version A, retiring artwork by JC Richard pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, with randomly inserted “Dilophosaurus” colored vinyl, and Version B, featuring artwork by Dan McCarthy pressed on 180 Gram Amber Vinyl.

Also premiering at the listening party event will be a limited run Giclee of Dan McCarthy’s artwork featured in the gatefold of the LP

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Jurassic Park
by Dan McCarthy
Edition of 225
15″x30″ Giclee
$60

Please come out and support our first listening party! The gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St, in Austin TX.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at gallery@mondotees.com

Reminder: The soundtrack will be available for sale exclusively through our website www.mondotees.com on June 11th at a random time. Please follow us on Twitter @mondonews for more information

 

GRAVITY Pre-Order UPDATE

Hey All, sorry for the silence on this subject: We experienced some delays in the production of our GRAVITY vinyl. I wish there was a more detailed explanation I could provide, but the truth is that vinyl production is a very timely process and we unfortunately miscalculated the arrival of our finished product. I was hoping that by now I would have an exact ship date to share with y’all, but for now all I can say is we are approximately three weeks behind schedule.

Kevin’s fully realized artwork came out amazing, and we can’t wait for you to see it. More details on the variant colors, and packaging soon. I will have another update next week, and on-going updates until we have the finished product in hand and shipping labels printed. Thank you all for your continued patience.

MONDO VIDEO: THE VISITOR & MS. 45 on VHS

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THE VISITOR VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted Orange Cassette

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MS. 45 VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted White Cassette

As premiered at Texas Frightmare in Dallas this past weekend we will be releasing two incredible, personal favorites of ours VHS this Friday May 9th: THE VISITOR & MS. 45. Both feature amazing new artwork by Jay Shaw, and are limited to 500 copies. Check out the trailers for both, and read all about them.

In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in the battle against a demonic 8-year old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. THE VISITOR fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all ’70′s psychedelic mind warps. Its baffling all-star cast included Shelly Winters (Night Of The Hunter,) Glenn Ford (Superman,) Lance Henriksen (Aliens,) Franco Nero (Django,) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch.)

Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic MS. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoe Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population.

Out friends at DRAFTHOUSE FILMS did the dirty work of getting these classics back on the big screen last fall (you can check out both of them on VOD or pick up Blu-Ray or DVDs on their site www.drafthousefilms.com) We at Mondo Video are super thrilled to be able to pay our own tribute to both of these classic films. Both go on sale this coming Friday.

THE VISITOR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP

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I lived in Kansas City up until 2006 or so. Moving to Austin to work at the Drafthouse was one of the best things that ever happened to me. When I first got down here, I went to like EVERY screening at the Colorado St location. That’s where I first met Tim League, Zack Carlson, Rodney Perkins, Eric Vespe, Lars Nilsen, etc. There were A LOT of guys that knew A LOT more than me at the Drafthouse and it was awesome because I was constantly getting clued into films and other things that I might like.

Here are the top 5 movies i heard about when I first got down (in no particular order)…

1. GOKE: BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL
2. THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE
3. STUNT ROCK
4. SNAKES
5. THE VISITOR

Whenever one of these would be on a Weird Wednesday or (then) Terror Thursday, you could definitely see a charge go through that cinephile community. When THE VISITOR came on the schedule, it was like a rockstar walked into the room. This was something special and I really didn’t understand. If you’ve ever tried to explain THE VISITOR to someone who hasn’t seen it, you’ll know that it’s pretty much impossible without sounding insane.

When I finally watched it, I was completely confused. It took several viewings to really get it to make sense (is that possible?,) but the thing that made sense from the first frame was the music. So, when Tim League mentioned that Drafthouse Films was getting THE VISITOR, it was a natural reaction to ask for the okay to put the soundtrack out.

This is a very special score, and I hope you give these SoundCloud tracks a listen. Heck, I found myself playing and replaying them when we first uploaded it. Like with our DEADLY SPAWN release, here is a movie that isn’t very well known, but the music is remarkable. Help spread the word that this exists and that good music is still out there to be found.

We will be premiering this record for sale at TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND up in Dallas. They will be available on our webstore beginning May 9th.

- Justin

THE VISITOR
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Franco Micalizzi
Artwork by Jay Shaw
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted Sunburst Vinyl
Featuring eight tracks never before released on vinyl
$30
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Photos by Billy Garrett.

JURASSIC PARK Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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You may have caught a couple of teases in the last few months and maybe saw that Phil Tippet photo (Thanks for the shout out, Phil!) but we are pleased to officially announce that we will be releasing the beloved soundtrack to JURASSIC PARK by John Williams on 2XLP Vinyl on June 11th, 2014, the 21st anniversary of the films theatrical release.

There are two different versions. One, with artwork you might be familiar with by JC Richard that we are referring to as Version A. Version A, is pressed on 180 gram Black Vinyl, with randomly inserted “Dilophosaurus” colored Vinyl.

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JURASSIC PARK – Version A
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by John Williams
Artwork by JC Richard
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted Dilophosaurus Vinyl
$35

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Version B, featuring all new artwork by Dan McCarthy, is limited to 1,000 copies and is pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Amber Vinyl.

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JURASSIC PARK – Version B
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by John Williams
Artwork by Dan McCarthy
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Amber
$35

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If you are an Austin local, We will be hosting a listening party at our Gallery where you can come and purchase the record a few days early.

One thing of note: We are the exclusive vendor of this record. These will not be distributed to record stores so if you want a copy you have to grab one on our site beginning on June 11th.