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FAQ Movie Posters by Country

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions and Info about Movie Posters by Country.

Original USA Movie Posters from the United States of America

UK British Posters from the United Kingdom - England

Dutch Posters from the Netherlands

Belgian Posters from Belgium

German Posters from Germany

French Posters from France

Italian Posters from Italy

Greek Posters from Greece

Posters from various Foreign Countries - Thailand - Australia - Japan - China - Turkey

Video Posters from various Countries

Martial Arts Posters - Kung Fu - Karate

Erotic and X-Rated Posters - Sexy - Sexploitation - Sleaze

Original Movie Posters from the United States of America:
All posters in the USA film posters category are original US movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
The most widely used movie poster is the One Sheet. This poster type was introduced and standardized in 1909 by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company. The One Sheet measured 27x 41 inch and was printed by a very select group of lithographers via a stone lithography process which offered beautiful soft tones. With the loss of stone quarries during World War I, lithographers substituted lime stone which did not produce the soft tones of stone. By the 1930's, offset printing was introduced, and movie posters began to take the look of the times.
By the mid-1970's, paper changed and the movie poster went from a cheaper grade paper to one that was clay coated, giving a glossy, shiny finish to the poster. Posters on the clay coated paper have a smooth feel to the touch while non-clay coated paper has a coarser feel. The NSS number is normally found on the lower corner.
The One Sheet is still widely used by movie studios in their advertising campaigns. While some 27x41 inch size One Sheets are still being issued, the trend appears to be to downsize it to 27x40 inch, eliminating the white borders, causing the artwork to cover the poster from edge to edge.
Most current posters are being released with the print reversed on the back side. This is known as double sided printing. While they are a lot more expensive to print, they can be displayed in lightboxes which gives them a three dimensional effect.
The One Sheet is still the most sought after size and style of movie art among collectors. It is the centerpiece of the movie paper industry, and normally commands the highest dollar in relation to other sizes and styles. While older collectors still desire and pursue the older titles, newer collectors seek newer posters, particularly those that are unique in some way or reflect a certain lifestyle or message. For example posters from certain genres or directors, double sided posters, teasers and advance style posters, lenticular posters, mylar posters or other special effects/events film posters are extremely desirable among the new wave of collectors. This of course can be explained by every generation growing up in a different time under other circumstances in an different atmosphere with movies to match.
Please check out our FAQs for more info on American and other movie posters.
The following are some of the common sizes of original USA movie posters:
One Sheet - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm. The most popular movie poster size, printed on paper stock and what you see these days in most movie theaters. Issued folded until the early eighties. Until approximately 1984, the One Sheet measured 27x41 inch, usually with a border. Since the mid 1980’s, some One Sheets started measuring 27x40, normally without a border. This type of poster is often displayed in a marquee case or lightbox.
Insert - measures 14x36 inch, tall and narrow, printed on heavy card or light stock, in a very frameable size, used mostly in the lobby of movie theatres. Has often a better print (and value) than the One Sheet.
Half Sheet - measures 22x28 inch, approximately half the size of a one sheet, printed horizontal, which is landscape style, on heavy card stock. They sometimes have the most appealing print.
Three Sheet - measures 41x81 inch, three times the size of a one sheet and usually printed on lower-quality paper stock, sometimes in two pieces and cut horizontally. The Disney Studios, and a few other studios, experimented with the size and have been known to put out some of their 3 sheets in 41x78. This was more common in the 60's and 70's.
Six Sheet - measures 82x162 inch, approximately six times the size of a One Sheet, very large printed on paper stock posters for display in large movie theatres and therefore much rarer than all other sizes. They come in two to four pieces.
Twenty Four aka 24 Sheet - measures around 246x108 inch, twenty four times the size of a one sheet, used mostly for billboard advertising or on the sides of large buildings. They come in a number of pieces and are issued primarily for major motion pictures.
Window Cards were printed on a heavier, cheaper card stock and displayed in locations outside of the theatres (stores, telephone poles etc.). They were printed in large numbers and theatres purchased them in bulk, therefore they were printed using a cheaper process and lack the color, detail and splendor of other movie art. The artwork may or may not be the same as that of the one-sheet. The standard and midget window cards have a top blank border of approximately 4 to 6 inches, which was used by the theatres to write, staple or glue in/on the dates and show times of the featured film and theatre information. The Jumbo window cards do not have this blank area.
Mini Window Cards - measures 11x14 inch, printed on cardboard.
Window Card - measures 14x22 inch, were usually used for off-site advertising, printed on card stock and came flat.
Jumbo Window Card - measures 22x28 inch, a very rare size.
Reissues and reprints are quite common and difficult to distinguish. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc. Posters before the early 80's were almost always folded and usually had a flat instead of glossy finish.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Original Movie Posters from the United Kingdom - England:
All posters in this category are original UK movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find UK and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original British movie posters:
British Quad aka Quad Crown - measures 30x40 inch, 76x102 cm, and is the common and most popular of the British sizes. The quad poster is printed horizontal, which is landscape style, and looks like a large US half sheet, but on paper stock like a US one sheet. Posters before the early 80's were folded and had a flat instead of glossy finish.
Mini Quad - measures 12x16 inch and is a smaller version of the Quad. These are the equivalant to the US mini sheets.
Double Crown aka D.C. aka UK One Sheet - measures 20x30 inch, 52x76 cm, not as common as the UK Quad and mostly found folded.
British One Sheet aka UK One Sheet - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm, just like the American One Sheet. The British One Sheet is mostly printed for use in other countries such as Canada, African states and other countries, will mostly be found folded.
British Half Sheet - Measures 22x28 inch like the American half sheet, can be found rolled or folded and is not as common as the Quad. The easiest way to tell the difference between the US and British half sheets is by looking for the British Board of Film Seal.
- British UK Board of Film Seal.
British Door Panel - measures 20x60 inch like the US Door Panels.
British Bus Stop poster aka 4 sheet - measures 40x60 inch. Nowadays also refered to as a '2 sheet' because it's two times the size of a 'Quad' which has become the primary size.
British Three Sheet - measures 40x81 inch, are equivalant to the American Three Sheet, usually issued in 2 pieces.
British Six Sheet - measures 80x81 inch, are equivalent to the USA Six Sheet, usually issued in 4 pieces.
Reissues and reprints are quite common but not always difficult to distinguish. There is usually new artwork for the reissue and it often clearly states it's a reissue. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc. Posters before the early 80's were folded and had a flat instead of glossy finish.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Dutch Posters from the Netherlands:
All posters in this category are original Dutch movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find Dutch and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
The movie industry in the Netherlands has always used a mix of promotional materials from various countries (UK, USA, Italy, Belgium, Germany etc.) in addition to the items they produced themselves. The self-manufactured items are available in various sizes with mostly small sizes similair to the Belgian and French posters untill the late eighties. Nowadays, since the early nineties, they use a mix of US and Dutch One Sheets with occasionally also smaller sizes produced by smaller movie companies and distributors. The Netherlands also prints posters, usually One Sheets, and lobby card sets in cooperation with Belgium.
Posters before the early 80's are almost all folded. Older promotional materials, around the sixties, usually have a censory board stamp in ink.
Dutch posters often provide art variety with the option of the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector.
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original Dutch movie posters:
One Sheet aka Dutch One Sheet aka Eén Vels - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm, just like the American One Sheet, issued folded until the early eighties. Nowadays also printed in cooperation with Belgium.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used.
Reissues and reprints are quite common and difficult to distinguish. Naturally, the war years, 1937 to 1945, delayed the issue of the movies of that period. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc. Posters before the early 80's were almost always folded and usually had a flat instead of glossy finish.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Belgian Posters from Belgium:
All posters in this category are original Belgian movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
A lot of people consider Belgian movie posters to be the most beautiful and best executed of all film posters.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find Belgian and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
The Belgian posters are printed horizontal which is landscape style or vertical which is portrait style. Since Belgium is bilingual, uses two languages, the titles and information of the films are usually printed in Dutch (Flemish) and French, but sometimes also in English and even German. The non-french speaking part of Belgium speaks Flemish (in Dutch, Vlaams) which is a local dialect of Dutch. The Flemish dialects is spoken in the north of France, west of Belgium (this part is called Flanders, the Flemish nation) and south-west of the Netherlands. The original title of the movie is usually printed somewhere in the design often in parentheses.
Often the posters still bear the original revenue or tax stamps in ink and/or paper form and theatre stickers or showing times. This can also be used as a method of authentication.
Almost all Belgian posters are issued flat or rolled.
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original Belgian movie posters:
Small Size - usually measures around 14 inches wide and the length from 19 to 22 inches, 35x55 cm. Before 1945 they were usually around 11/12x17 inch, 30x40 cm.
Large Size - usually measures around 22/24x33/34 inch, 60x85 cm, but before 1939 they are approximately 25x34 inch.
One Sheets - equivalent to the USA one sheet, they measure around 27x40/41 inch. This style and size is usually printed for use in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Reissues and reprints are quite common but not always difficult to distinguish. There is usually new artwork for the reissue and sometimes there's not. Naturally, the war years, 1937 to 1945, delayed the issue of the movies of that period. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc.
There are a couple of ways to spot the reproductions and reissues. There are 2 markings normally found on originals:
The phrase "Imprime en Belgique" somewhere on the poster. When a poster only has "Printed in Belgium" on it, it's a reproduction.
The address and/or name of the printer, sometimes with their phone number - usually on the bottom right.
This phone number is also important. Sometimes they don't appear on older posters but when they do, they should be around 5 or 6 digits. If it has more than 6 digits on an older poster, then it is definately a reissue and maybe even a reproduction.
Reissues can also be detected because the originals have the studio logos, but re-issues were normally issued by a different company and have their name or logo printed on them instead of the studio. This is very similar to identifying Mexican posters.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

German Posters from Germany:
All posters in this category are original German movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find German and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
In order to understand the history of German movie posters, you must keep in mind the political situation in Germany through the past decades.
All movie posters before 1945 carried a big release stamp with the year of publication on it.
They were all printed mostly as lithographs and came in various (large) sizes. Posters from this time period are hard to find.
After the end of World War II in 1945, Germany was under allied occupation. Until 1949 American movies were distributed by the MPEA and would bear the appropriate stamp. This MPEA material is almost impossible to get.
In the eastern part of Germany that was under Russian occupation, movies would be distributed by SOVEXPORTFILM, the Russian export organization, which would show mostly Soviet movies, as well as the first East German DEFA productions.
In 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundesrepublik Deutschland, was founded in the West, and the communist German Democratic Republic, Deutsche Demokratische Republik ( DDR ), in the East. So between 1949 and 1990 there were two different German states, each with its own movie industry and promotional materials. East Germany would soon develop a rather unique "artistic" style, somewhat in the tradition of Polish or Czech posters.
The common size of 23x33 inch (A1) was only fully used after WWII, when offset printing was used. Most German posters are printed vertical which is portrait style, but there are also posters printed horizontal which is landscape style. In German this landscape style is called Quer (is diagonal, in German) or Querformat.
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original German movie posters:

East German Posters:
A1 aka DIN A1-Poster - 23x33 inch, 59x84 cm.
A2 aka DIN A2-Poster - 16/17x23/24 inch, 59x84 cm.
A3 aka DIN A3-Poster - 11/12x16/19 inch, 30x48 cm.
A0 aka DIN A0-Poster - 33x46/47 inch, 84x119 cm, a very rare size.
A00 aka DIN A00-Poster - 46x65/66 inch, 118x166 cm, also a very rare size.

West German Posters:
A1 aka DIN A1-Poster - 23x33 inch, 59x84 cm, this is the most common size.
A2 aka DIN A2-Poster - 16/17x23/24 inch, 59x84 cm, a rare size.
A0 aka DIN A0-Poster - 33x46/47 inch, 84x119 cm, also a rare size.

- German MPEA Stamp used untill 1949
- German FSK Stamp used between 1953 and 1958
- German FSK Stamp used after 1958

There are several ways to date West German posters:
From 1946-1950, posters carried an MPEA (Motion Picture Export Association) stamp.
Posters from 1947-1953 did not carry an FSK stamp.
Posters from 1953-1958 carried a FSK stamp.
Posters from 1958 until now also have a FSK stamp, but in a different design.
German posters can also be an original EA (ErstAusgabe, first release in german), teaser or advance VA (VorAnkündigungsplakate, advance notice poster) or reissue WA (WiederAusgabe, reissue in German). Distinguishing originals from re-releases can be difficult. There are some points to consider:
Many U.S. movies from the 1930's and 1940's were not shown in Germany until the 1950's or sometimes even later. As they are undated it often takes some experience to tell an original from a reprint and a first release from a rerelease. The FSK stamp, the paper stock and the studio logo are ways to help identify a poster. The paper quality changed over the years, becoming somewhat "smoother" in the 1960's. Almost all German posters were shipped folded.
Fortunately bureaucracy was highly favored with the communists, so all East German movie posters are dated. The date is either clearly stated on older posters, while on newer releases it would be slightly encrypted (for example stating Ag500-189-85, the first part naming the paper stock used, followed by release # and year). Distribution in the East was exclusively in the hands of Progress-Film, so all posters will bear their logo, thus making them easy to identify.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

French Posters from France:
All posters in this category are original French movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
A lot of people consider French movie posters to be the most beautiful and best executed of all film posters.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find French and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
Most French posters are printed vertical, which is portrait style, and the art usually differs from the original American One Sheets or the artwork used in other countries. Quite often the French changed the original title of the movie so it is not just a French translation. The original title of the movie is usually printed somewhere in the design often in parentheses. Almost all small French posters are issued flat or rolled and the bigger sizes folded.
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original French movie posters:
Grande aka Affiche aka 1/One Panel - measures 47x63 Inch, 120x160 cm, printed on thick paper stock and issued folded in one piece. Most common poster.
Affichette aka Petite Affichette aka French One Sheet aka Medium - measures 24x33 inch, 60x80 cm, printed on light stock. Not as common and is not used much any longer.
Petite aka Mini aka Small French - small, measures 15/18x21/24 inch, 40x53/60 cm, size may vary considerably, printed on light stock and primarily for posting on walls. Usually has one center fold line, but alsp comes flat or rolled.
New Grande/Large aka Train Station and Kiosk Grande/Lange - measures 47x69 inch, 120x175 cm, New breed of posters seen in display cases, often double sided and comes rolled.
Other known sizes: 63x94 inches, 160x240 cm, and 24x63 inches, 60x160 cm.
Reissues and reprints are quite common but not always difficult to distinguish. There is usually new artwork for the reissue, but sometimes there's not. Naturally, the war years, 1937 to 1945, delayed the issue of the movies of that period. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Italian Posters from Italy:
All posters in this category are original Italian movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
The Italian movie industry has always been very commercially orientated and has spawned various strange and obscure genres like: peplum, gothic horror, mondo, spaghetti westerns, giallo, nuns, devil possession, Emanuelles (Laura Gemser), nazis, cannibals, roman orgies, zombies, barbarians, post-apocalypse and various other exploiation genres.
A lot of people consider Italian movie posters to be the most beautiful and best executed of all film posters.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find Italian and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original Italian movie posters:
Foglio - equivalent to the one sheet, it measures around 28x39 inch.
2 Fogli aka 2 Folio, 2 sheet or Due - usually measures 39x55 inch, around 100x140 cm, and issued folded.
4 Fogli aka 4 Folio, 4 sheet or Quattro - measures around 55x78/79, around 140x200, issued folded and normally comes in 2 pieces.
Locandina aka Italian Insert - measures around 13x28 inch, around 33x70 cm, similar to the USA insert, but on paper/light stock.
Photobustas aka Fotobustas or Italian Lobby Cards - measures around 14x20 inch until the late 50's, then size changed to around 18/20x27/28 inch, around 50x70 cm. Photobustas are Italian posters that look a bit like giant lobby cards and usually come in sets of 8, 10, 12 or 16.
Reissues are quite common and sometimes difficult to distinguish. There is usually new artwork for the reissue and sometimes there's not. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Greek Posters from Greece:
All posters in this category are original Greek movie (or video) posters as used in cinemas/theatres to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatres or theatre owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
While many one sheets for current release films are printed massively in the USA, many foreign countries still make their own posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
For the classics the price of a foreign release poster will often (but not always) be higher than or equal to that of the American originals. In the case of newer titles the harder to find Greek and other foreign posters are more valuable.
We (almost) only have foreign posters with images that are better or at least as good as the American poster for the same movie. In most cases they are ten times better, particularly in the case of the Belgian, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Dutch and French posters. A lot of international posters provide art variety with often the text (credits, cast, title etc.) in the English language, thus more exciting to the US collector!
Greek posters are small in size, easy to frame, and printed on heavy stock. They look a lot like Belgian posters and were probably used as Window Cards. The Greek posters are printed horizontal which is landscape style or vertical which is portrait style. The titles and information of the films are usually printed in Greek, but sometimes also in English. The original title of the movie is usually printed somewhere in the design, sometimes in parentheses.
Almost all Greek posters are issued flat, but there are a few titles that were factory folded.
Original posters from the original country of release of the film are the most valuable and collectible!
The field of foreign posters is still a subject of debate, but their investment value has been proven in many cases.
The following are some of the common sizes of original Greek movie posters:
Small Size and Medium size - usually measures around 14x19/22 inch.
One Sheets - equivalent to the USA one sheet, they measure around 27x40/41 inch.
Reissues and reprints are not quite common but are difficult to distinguish. There is usually new artwork for the reissue and sometimes there's not. To verify a particular release you must look at various marks such as the current condition and state of the poster, the distributors, studio logos, artists, printers, etc.
Reissues can also be detected because the originals have the studio logos, but re-issues were normally issued by a different company and have their name or logo printed on them instead of the studio. This is very similar to identifying Mexican posters.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Posters from various Foreign Countries - Thailand - Australia - Japan - China - Turkey:
All posters on this page are original movie (video) posters as used in theatres and stores around the world to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatre and store owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in regular stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
The most widely used movie poster nowadays is still the One Sheet. This poster type was introduced and standardized in 1909 and measures around 27x41 inch.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used as many foreign countries still make their own movie and video posters for films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
Most current posters are being released with the print reversed on the back side. This is known as double sided printing. While they are a lot more expensive to print, they can be displayed in lightboxes which gives them a three dimensional effect.
Please note that not all foreign posters are listed in this category. Please visit our our other categories for more interesting collectables.
Please check out our FAQs for more info on foreign and other movie posters.
The following are some of the common sizes of original film posters sorted by country:

One Sheet - measures around 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm. The most popular movie poster size, printed on paper stock and what you see these days in most movie theaters and video stores around the world. Issued folded until the early eighties, but nowadays mostly rolled. This type of poster is often displayed in a marquee case or lightbox when printed double sided.

Canada:
Canadian One Sheet - measures around 27x40 inch. The most common size.

Japan:
Japanese B0 - measures around 40x58 inch, consisting of two B1 sheets.
Japanese B1 - measures around 29x40/41 inch. This is often a double size version of the B2, sometimes presented horizontal with different artwork.
Japanese B2 - measures around 20/23x29/30 inch. The most common size.
Japanese B3 aka Nakazuri (=hanging outside) - measures around 14x20/21 inch, about half of B2.
STB aka Tatekan - measures around 20x58 inch, two sheets of B2 posters.
Japanese B5 aka Chirashi - measures around 7x10 inch. Small promo poster, similar to US Herald or a flyer, quite often has information printed on back.

Thailand:
Thai One Sheet - measures around 27x40 inch. The most common size.

Hong Kong:
Small Size - measures around 20x30 inch.
Medium Size - measures around 26x38 inch. The most common size.
Hong Kong 2 Sheet aka Large size - measures around 39x59 inch, 100x 150 cm, used in bus stations and subways.

Australia:
Australian One Sheet - measures around 27x40 inch.
Mini Daybill - measures 10x30 inch. These were a product of of the paper shortage in WWII. Four of these could be produced from a 30x40 production sheet.
Australian Daybill - measures around 13/14x28/30 inch since the 1980s. Printed on paper stock. The most common and very sought after type of poster from Australia because of their size and artwork. Early daybills were 15x40 inch, half of the 30x40 inch production sheets. Starting with WWII, the size was reduced to 13x30 inch so three could be cut from the 30x40 inch production sheets. Quite often Australian Daybills have the printer across the bottom border.

Sweden:
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Spain:
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Turkey:
Turkish One Sheet - measures around 27x39 inch, is the most common size.

A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used in video stores and theatres around the world.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Video Posters from various Countries:
All posters in this category are original video posters as used in stores to promote/advertise the movie either for rental or sale. Available through store owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in regular stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
Many foreign countries still make their own video posters for American films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers. Almost all posters are completely in English, including the Title, the Tagline and the Credits. When there's Foreign text on the posters it is usually one sentence or a few words about the release date or the soundtrack.
The most widely used movie poster nowadays is the One Sheet. This poster type was introduced and standardized in 1909 and measures around 27x41 inch.
The One Sheet is widely used by movie studios in their advertising campaigns. The trend appears to be to eliminate the white borders, causing the artwork to cover the poster from edge to edge.
Most current posters are being released with the print reversed on the back side. This is known as double sided printing. While they are a lot more expensive to print, they can be displayed in lightboxes which gives them a three dimensional effect.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used.
Please check out our FAQs for more info on video and other movie posters.
The following are some of the common sizes of original video posters:
One Sheet - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm. The most popular movie poster size, printed on paper stock and what you see these days in most movie theaters and video stores. Issued folded until the early eighties, but nowadays mostly rolled. This type of poster is often displayed in a marquee case or lightbox.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used in video stores around the world.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Martial Arts Posters - Kung Fu - Karate:
All posters in this category are original Martial Arts, Kung Fu and Karate movie (video) posters as used in theatres and stores around the world to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatre and store owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in regular stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
Martial Arts movies are films which feature hand to hand combat, usually using various Asian combat systems like Karate and the Chinese fighting styles popularly known in the west as Kung Fu. Martial arts is also know as Chop-Socky aka Chopsocky. "Chop-socky" is a slang and scornful term for martial-arts movies.
All-Time Classics: Enter the Dragon is the last and most memorable movie starring the late Bruce Lee. This movie popularized the martial arts genre in America and was the first collaboration between Hong Kong and Hollywood.
The most widely used movie poster nowadays is the One Sheet. This poster type was introduced and standardized in 1909 and measures around 27x41 inch.
The One Sheet is widely used by movie studios in their advertising campaigns. The trend appears to be to eliminate the white borders, causing the artwork to cover the poster from edge to edge.
Most current posters are being released with the print reversed on the back side. This is known as double sided printing. While they are a lot more expensive to print, they can be displayed in lightboxes which gives them a three dimensional effect.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used as many foreign countries, like China and Japan, made and still make their own movie and video posters for this genre of films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
Please note that not all our martial arts posters are listed in this category. Please visit our our other categories for more interesting collectables.
Please check out our FAQs for more info on this genre and video, foreign and other movie posters.
The following are some of the common sizes of original martial arts, kung fu and karate posters:
One Sheet - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm. The most popular movie poster size, printed on paper stock and what you see these days in most movie theaters and video stores. Issued folded until the early eighties, but nowadays mostly rolled. This type of poster is often displayed in a marquee case or lightbox.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used in video stores and theatres around the world.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

Erotic and X-Rated Posters - Sexy - Sexploitation - Sleaze:
All posters in this category are original movie (video) posters as used in theatres and stores around the world to promote/advertise the movie. Available through theatre and store owners only.
These posters have a better print quality on higher quality paper than the commercial prints that are for sale in regular stores.
These posters are very collectable and gain in value every year.
This part of our site is dedicated to the art of X-rated, sexploitation and erotic movie posters from the 1960s and 1970s till now. These posters provide insight, not only into the sex industry, but also into the more liberal society of that period or they simply serve to amuse, excite and arouse.
Sex sells! Since moving pictures were invented, distributors and theatre owners realized that nothing really promotes a movie better than sexual advertising. Some films are hardcore and leave nothing to the imagination, others are softcore, you can not tell whether the actors are getting it on faking it. Both hardcore and softcore contain a sub-genre called sexploitation. The defining factor that makes a sexploitation film is the reliance of sex to be the underlying crutch of the plot no matter what the theme of the movie is.
Even though most of these adult movies have faded into cinematic history, what remains as a lasting legacy are the posters.
Before the days of the VCR, people actually went to movie theatres to watch dirty movies. The rise of home video made watching porn more convenient and spawned a new breed of film posters for video releases. The primary focus is now cable and video marketing so there's a lot less advertising material available than before.
The 1960s and 1970s are considered to be the Golden Age of the pornographic movie in the US and around the world. The period's higher production budgets generated an improvement in film quality and plot.
Several all-time USA classics: Deep Throat (1972), Behind The Green Door (1972), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976) and Debbie Does Dallas (1978).
Several all-time European classics: Emmanuelle (1974) and The Story Of O (1975).
Several contemporary classics: Henry and June, this film was so controversial they invented a new rating for it!
Several all-time sexploitation classics: Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS series, Black Emanuelle series and Love Camp 7.
In this period a lot of these movies were among the box-office hits and films even the critics admired.
Until the 80's and the growing video market, X-rated theatres had their own distribution of films and advertising materials outside of the mainstream movie studio distribution. These materials were very similar to the main stream advertising packages but on a smaller budget. Usually the advertising program would consist of a one sheet, (sizes would vary from 24x36 to 27x41) and a type of pressbook.
Since an X-rated movies were and are rarely shown in a mainstream theatres this type of art is harder to find than conventional material.
This genre of movie posters is sought-after by "special interest collectors", but also "adult star fans" and appreciators of female beauty.
The most widely used movie poster nowadays is the One Sheet. This poster type was introduced and standardized in 1909 and measures around 27x 41.
The One Sheet is widely used by movie studios in their advertising campaigns. The trend appears to be to eliminate the white borders, causing the artwork to cover the poster from edge to edge.
Most current posters are being released with the print reversed on the back side. This is known as double sided printing. While they are a lot more expensive to print, they can be displayed in lightboxes which gives them a three dimensional effect.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used.
Many foreign countries made and still make their own movie and video posters for this type of films, with sometimes very different often even superior art, and printed in smaller numbers.
Please note that not all our x-rated and erotic posters, memorabilia and other collectibles are listed in this category. Please visit our our other categories for more interesting collectables.
Please check out our FAQs for more info on this genre and video, foreign and other movie posters.
The following are some of the common sizes of original x-rated and erotic posters:
One Sheet - measures 27x40/41 inch, 70x105 cm. The most popular movie poster size, printed on paper stock and what you see these days in most movie theaters and video stores. Issued folded until the early eighties, but nowadays mostly rolled. This type of poster is often displayed in a marquee case or lightbox.
A lot of other, usually smaller, sizes were and are also being used in video stores and theatres around the world.
Generally we tend to underrate the conditions of our posters.
We realize that everybody has his or her own standards of grading and therefore advise that, if you have any question as to what something looks like, to please mail us and we'll try to give a more detailed description.

If a man is pictured chopping off a woman's breast, it only gets an R rating,
but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman's breast, it gets an X rating.
Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness? - Sally Struthers