Buying and collecting movie posters is great fun whether you are a buying for the first time, a dedicated collector or just looking for a gift for the most ardent film fan.
Below you will find a detailed explanation of the most terms used to describe the movie posters available from Starstills:
An original movie poster is one that is displayed in cinemas/movie theatres to advertise films coming soon and on release. They are of extremely high quality and are very, very different to cheap mass production posters found in high street chain stores.
A reprint poster is one that has been reproduced from the original poster.
Double-sided posters have the same artwork on the front and backside. The artwork on the back is reversed (in lighter shading). These posters are displayed by cinemas in "light boxes". Because of the reverse artwork on the back, the double-sided printing gives a more life-like look to the poster when a light is placed behind it.
Double sided movie posters are relatively new. Older and vintage movie posters will be single sided. Single sided movie posters are still produced today and are even distributed alongside double sided version. Single sided does not mean they are not original.
UV Coated/High Gloss:
Movie posters that are ultra violet (UV) coated have a thin film of high gloss giving an incredible eye catching varnish effect.