Gorgeous Unused Painted Poster for Inglourious Basterds

August 26, 2009
Source: PosterWire

Inglourious Basterds Poster

Every time we come across an illustrated or painted poster for a movie these days, it's like coming across a priceless gem that we just have to stop and admire. Thankfully, a few of these posters have actually been used in their respective marketing campaigns - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Hellboy II, both drawn by Drew Struzan. Thanks to PosterWire today, we have a rare glimpse at a poster made by illustrator James Goodridge for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds that was never used. It's a sad story but at least it has a happy ending, as Goodridge has allowed everyone to check out the poster in all of its beauty (below).

James Goodridge - Inglourious Basterds Poster

This poster truly is a work of art and I'd even be willing to pay good money for a full-size printed version of it to frame. PosterWire also has an interview with James Goodridge, who tells a somewhat depressing story about making this and finishing it even though they never ended up using it. "Bottom line: This was the one project this year I thought I’d never get the opportunity to work on after seeing the early teasers so I was really excited to work on it. Yes, I wish the image had been used but I’ve been working in this arena long enough to know that, until it’s printed, nothing is certain." At least we got to see it, as it truly is glorious!

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looks fanatastic. i hope they used it for their dvd/bluray releases as a cover or bonus item.

Buggy166 on Aug 26, 2009


I think Hollywood forgets how much Impact a Poster can have. This is Beautiful.

Ripper on Aug 26, 2009


That's so much better than the one they used. The traditional hand-painted movie poster is a dying breed, sadly...

Mathieu on Aug 26, 2009


god i want that

DoomCanoe on Aug 26, 2009


I agree with all of this.

IK! on Aug 26, 2009


Indiana Jones like imagery contained within a running woman with the Star of David necklace?--- a bit heavy handed. Can see why they didn't go for this one. Totally sends out conflicting message.

dougo162 on Aug 26, 2009


ugly as hell

bigbob on Aug 26, 2009


Tyler Stout teamed up with Quentin Tarantino and produced an awesome grindhouse style poster that I think is much more fitting for the movie: Don't get too excited though, they're all sold out. Don't get me wrong, I think this painted poster is crazy beautiful, but I think the one in this link really fits the film to a T.

Andrew on Aug 26, 2009


Looks like a Drew Struzan poster. This is better than any poster they actually put out for the movie.

Fuelbot on Aug 26, 2009


I would pay to have my own full size copy of that too so if it ever goes on sale please someone post an update here.

peloquin on Aug 26, 2009


they really should have used this.

Al on Aug 26, 2009


That makes me want to see that movie even more. They totally should have used that. Where can I get a copy to hang on my wall 🙂

bracomadar on Aug 26, 2009


yeah cover for Special Edition DVD for sure.

Branden on Aug 26, 2009


Great but no text?

Crapola on Aug 26, 2009


hot damn that is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! they really need to go back to illustration sometimes! it works with the classic feel of this film..sergio leone would be proud...

Lando on Aug 26, 2009


PS typeface would be added digitally dependent on what language would be needed.

Lando on Aug 26, 2009


Ich muss sagen das mir der Film nicht ganz so gut gefallen hat. Ich hätte mehr erwartet.

Paul on Aug 26, 2009


PLEASE be the DVD case cover art, this is fucking fantastic!

Xerxex on Aug 26, 2009


reminds me of the classic indiana jones posters. looks great

cheater on Aug 26, 2009


Cool as hell, id buy it. Its like indiana jones - ish

Nikhil Hariharan on Aug 26, 2009


At #6. You clearly have not seen the movie, or are just ignorant!!!! The girl is Jewish and is the main reason for the story in the film. Some people just don't learn.

Matty on Aug 26, 2009


Maybe the DVD cover art? Would make for a nice limited edition case or something Also, if you people aren't aware of Drew Struzan before now, then you're not fucking film fans. Struzan is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the last several decades.

Squiggly_P on Aug 26, 2009


I'm not crazy about this movie, but why the hell didn't they use that fantastic artwork?!

snickers on Aug 26, 2009


Who are the idiots who chose the other poster design over this, its absolutely perfect.

shadow on Aug 26, 2009


people. they didn't use this artwork because they know all the fanboys will pay MORE money to have this "limited edition" version after seeing the movie... the studio probably paid the artist a standard commission to make this illustration and then decided not to use it so they wouldn't have to pay full price for what they would deem a "usable" piece *wink* all the while retaining the rights to the artwork and able to sell it off at a bigger profit for the studio/producers/BASTERDS. this is america – learn the rules.

it's glorious, bastards. on Aug 26, 2009


@25 - Interesting idea, but I don't think that was the reason. Photoshopped poster campaigns rule in Hollywood these days.

snickers on Aug 26, 2009


Something like this:

snickers on Aug 26, 2009


I'd prefer Drew Struzan ^^

Jackal on Aug 27, 2009


The Greatest Illustrations in History by Master Drew Struzan

paulogabriel on Aug 27, 2009


Amazing art indeed.

Fisherr on Aug 28, 2009


This poster was used for an ad in today's New York Times.

James on Oct 2, 2009


Yopu people are idiots who say that you can understand why they didn't use it. I'll tell you why, becuase they're dick heads who don't know what makes money. And don't YOU ever work in a crerative industry either. Send out the wrong message, my ass. The one they did use was crap, pure and simple. Why did the studio even ask for it if they had no intention of using it. Didn't they see the original sketches. I'd rip their heads off.

Alice on Oct 30, 2009


wow, you just exposed the corporate world of decision making! You must be a hollywood insider with all that stuff you know and how you know so much more than professionals in the field! You are right, we are all idiots!!! thanks for clearing that up. pure AND simple!!

replicant on Oct 31, 2009

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