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Original Movie Newspaper Ads - RossMan Digital Collection

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The RossMan Digital Collection is a fan curated archive of original movie newspaper ads.

What started out as simple project a year and a half ago, to add a little extra to my homemade bonus discs, has turned into a collection of over 10,000 ads and growing everyday.

Initially, I started collecting ads of the big franchise series such as, Star Wars, James Bond, the Alien films and so on. But I have now started doing individual films as well. While the main interest is genre films such as sci-fi, horror and fantasy, I have done series for others such as the Bad News Bears, Muppets and Dirty Harry, to name a few.

Each series, released on MS, tries to capture as many ads as possible documenting the theatrical history of each film. Including advance preview, re-release and television broadcast ads in addition to the initial release ads. All of which include the exact date, city and newspaper they come from. Some series include a few easter eggs as well!

The ads coming from MANY different sources, including some personal scans of my own, are always archived at the highest possible quality available. None of the actual newspaper ads in my collection come from ANY social media accounts.

The collection includes ads from as early as 1931 all the way up to 2015… when available. Movie newspaper ads started to dry up post 2010, as the advertising moved online. Read more about it here:
https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2009/04/movie-newspaper-ads-going-going-gone.html

Below is a list of the previous RossMan Digital Collection series released (in order) so far:

James Bond series [1963 - 2015]
Star Wars series [1977 - 2015]
Jaws series [1975 - 1987] Now at version 2.0 for it’s 45th anniversary! Over 270 ads and counting!
Indiana Jones series [1981 - 2008]
Muppets series [1979 - 2014]
Peanuts series [1969 - 1980]
Alien series [1979 - 2012] Now at version 2.0 for it’s 41st anniversary! Over 200 ads and counting!
Gremlins series [1984 - 1990]
Airport/Airplane series [1979 - 1982]
Love Bug series [1969 - 2005]
First Time On TV series [1974 - 1998]
King Kong series [1933 - 2005]
Bad News Bears series [1976 - 2005]
Robocop series [1987 - 1993]
Thing series [1951 - 2011]
Godzilla series [1956 - 2000]
Planet of the Apes series - [1968 - 2014] Sample: https://imgur.com/vpdqd3w
2001 series [1968 - 1984]
Rambo series [1982 - 2008]
Toy Story series [1995 - 2010]
The Abyss [1989]
Nightmare on Elm Street series [1984 - 2010]
The Fly series [1958 - 1989]
Poltergeist series [1982 - 1988]
Scream series [1996 - 2011]
Friday the 13th series [1980 - 2009] Now at version 2.0 for it’s 40th anniversary! Over 300 ads and counting!
Universal Monsters series [1931 - 1956] Sample: https://imgur.com/awOFnT1
Halloween series [1978 - 2009] Over 400 ads and counting!
Die Hard series [1988 - 2013]
Home Alone series [1990 - 1997]
Strange Brew [1983]
Dirty Harry series [1971 - 1988]
Thelma & Louise [1991]
Mad Max series [1979 - 1985]
Mr. Mom [1983]
WarGames [1983]
Superman series [1951 - 2013] Over 400 ads and counting!
Conan the Barbarian series [1982 - 2011]
The Shining series [1980 - 1997]
1941 [1979]
Blues Brothers series [1980 - 1998]
The Legend of Billie Jean [1985]

It takes many countless hours (not to mention $ as well) to search, compile and do extremely minor edits as needed. For example, a Star Trek series has been in the works since I started and is nowhere near completion. With the number of films in that series, I expect it to be over 1,000 ads by itself.

Also, if anyone wants to include any of the above for use in a DVD or Blu Ray project, please feel free to do so. Just credit me please. Or DM me if you would like to request a series for a project.

Many series are planned for the future including the Terminator films, Dune, Blade Runner, Exorcist films and a whole lot more. Collections have started for some possible TV series such as Simpsons, X-Files, Lost and Made-for-TV ads, as well as possible director collections such as Carpenter (Sample: https://imgur.com/b5mSZYG), Kubrick, Coen Brothers and more.

Some previous series will also be updated in the near future as the first ones done, like James Bond and Star Wars, are not as thorough as later ones like Superman.

I’m willing to share the above privately via DM if anyone can help me with any of the following:

Leads or help with access to newspaper archives I don’t currently have access to, esp any archives for Japan.
Copies of ADigitalMan’s fan edits of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
Better quality version of “Heroes & Sidekicks: Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom” TV special than the YouTube version
US Theatrical cut of “Until The End Of The World”
2012 updated version of the “Bond Girls Are Forever” documentary
Any episodes of AMC Backstory not currently available on MS.
Custom Blu Ray covers

I will update this thread when a new series is released. I have also created Twitter accounts for previews and updates:

@DigitalRossMan
@HaddonfieldNA

Follow along!

E-Mail: rossmandigital@gmail.com

SHAMELESS PLUG!
Hey, anyone wanna give me a job doing this for a living?! or a similar archival position?
I’m looking at you Criterion, Arrow, Shout/Scream, Kino…

Special thanks:

Charles de Lauzirika - for setting the Blu Ray gold standard with special editions - @Lauzirika
Jamie Benning - for your awesome Filmumentaries http://filmumentaries.com/
Petr Harmácek aka Harmy - for your amazing Despecialized Edition’s
NJVC - for the perfect set of Blu Ray’s https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Despecialized-Editions-Custom-Bluray-Set/id/49995/page/1
Cameron Beyl - for the extraordinary Directors Series https://vimeo.com/channels/directorsseries
Nissen - for all his fantastic custom blu ray covers!

You guys have lifetime access! DM me for links!

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Awesome idea and work!

50 Cent is just an imposter

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The Alien series has now been updated to version 2.0!

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Do you think you could dig up something from The Shining for the 40th anniversary next week?

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

Where were you in '77?

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SilverWook said:

Do you think you could dig up something from The Shining for the 40th anniversary next week?

Funny you should ask… already in the works!

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New in the RossMan Digital Collection:

The Shining Series 1980 - 1997

Happy 40th!

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I want to check out that Filthy McNasty’s joint! 😄

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

Where were you in '77?

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New in the RossMan Digital Collection:

Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Featuring over 70 vintage newspaper ads including various TV broadcast ads and easter eggs!

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Happy 45th birthday to the original Jaws!

The Jaws Newspaper ad series has now been updated to version 2.0.

Now including over 270 ads for the entire franchise from 1975 through 1987.

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New in the RossMan Digital Collection:

The Blues Brothers Series 1980 - 1998

Over 100 vintage ads including TV broadcast ads and various easter eggs!

Happy 40th to the original Blues Brothers film!

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New in the RossMan Digital Collection:

Fair is fair!

Happy 35th anniversary to:

The Legend of Billie Jean

Over 75 ads including easter eggs from Corpus Christi!