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PostSubject: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:08 pm

Any chance that anyone on this board collects or owns movies in these formats?

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:40 am

I wouldn't say I'm a collector, but I have some old 8mm reels in my possession that were handed down to me from family members.

Since I work in the audio/visual field, I've somehow become the "go-to" guy in the family to have these things transferred to dvd even though I don't know what I'm doing. I'm also the one that has to explain all the different remote controls for my father.

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:19 am

I used to shoot a lot of stuff on an old bolex 16mm camera. Then edit it on a moviola. Used to love working with that format. Unfortunately I was always quite lazy with the light meter. I still have some old reels from an aborted music video I was shooting. Someday I should get those processed.

The only stuff I have that isn't my own is that Andy Warhol film where they cut the eyeball.
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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Any movies you'd sell, MetalGuy?

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:39 pm

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Any movies you'd sell, MetalGuy?

Nah, it's all family stuff. My dad as a little kid playing with his train set, my brother-in-law in terrible plaid pants, stuff like that.

The one we found very interesting/funny was footage of my in-laws bringing my then new-born wife home from the hospital. My mother-in-law holding the baby in her arms, front seat, no seatbelt or car seat. I'm pretty sure my father-in-law had a smoke dangling from his mouth as well. Oh, how times have changed. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:46 pm

^^^ I'm sure my Mom probably still has a stash of our old home movie reels from "Back in the day" too. When my brother and I were kids, every so often my parents would declare that it was "movie night," which was quite a production... my Dad would have to drag this big-ass movie screen out of the closet and set it up in the living room, then try to remember how to thread the film into the projector, and we'd watch a bunch of movies of my Dad as a kid at Boy Scout camp, my Mom as a kid on a family vacation, trips my parents took together before my brother and I came along, etc.

I know what kind of films Kmorg's talking about though. Back in the 70s I used to see ads in comic books where you could order 8mm films of old B&W monster movies, kung-fu flicks, and 50s TV shows... I never ordered any but one of my friends had a couple old monster reels laying around, we watched'em a couple of times. It was kinda weird watching Godzilla destroy Tokyo without any sound.

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:52 pm

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I know what kind of films Kmorg's talking about though. Back in the 70s I used to see ads in comic books where you could order 8mm films of old monster movies, kung-fu flicks, 50s TV shows, etc. Never ordered any but one of my friends had a couple. It was kinda weird watching Godzilla destroy Tokyo without any sound.

Like "stag films" of the 50's and 60's Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:07 pm

Fat Freddy wrote:
^^^ I'm sure my Mom probably still has a stash of our old home movie reels from "Back in the day" too. When my brother and I were kids, every so often my parents would declare that it was "movie night," which was quite a production... my Dad would have to drag this big-ass movie screen out of the closet and set it up in the living room, then try to remember how to thread the film into the projector, and we'd watch a bunch of movies of my Dad as a kid at Boy Scout camp, my Mom as a kid on a family vacation, trips my parents took together before my brother and I came along, etc.

I know what kind of films Kmorg's talking about though. Back in the 70s I used to see ads in comic books where you could order 8mm films of old B&W monster movies, kung-fu flicks, and 50s TV shows... I never ordered any but one of my friends had a couple old monster reels laying around, we watched'em a couple of times. It was kinda weird watching Godzilla destroy Tokyo without any sound.

I remember I talked by Dad into buying the 8mm version of "The Giant Behemoth". Imagine my disappointment when the entire film only ran for several minutes.

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:37 pm

Fat Freddy wrote:
I know what kind of films Kmorg's talking about though. Back in the 70s I used to see ads in comic books where you could order 8mm films of old B&W monster movies, kung-fu flicks, and 50s TV shows... I never ordered any but one of my friends had a couple old monster reels laying around, we watched'em a couple of times. It was kinda weird watching Godzilla destroy Tokyo without any sound.


Yeah I remember those ads too. I always wanted to get some of them but of course that never happened. I probably would have been disappointed much in the same way as Toho.
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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:38 pm

tohostudios wrote:

I remember I talked by Dad into buying the 8mm version of "The Giant Behemoth". Imagine my disappointment when the entire film only ran for several minutes.

Ouch! Yeah, I would imagine that those magazine ads never mentioned that the films were basically "highlight reels."

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:52 pm

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tohostudios wrote:

I remember I talked by Dad into buying the 8mm version of "The Giant Behemoth". Imagine my disappointment when the entire film only ran for several minutes.

Ouch! Yeah, I would imagine that those magazine ads never mentioned that the films were basically "highlight reels."

That's exactly what they were. But now I find out (after researching just for this tread!) that most DVD copies of "The Giant Behemoth" omit the scene where said behemoth sinks a ferry because it shows dead bodies floating around. That's the ONLY scene I remember from the 8mm film!

Apparently I was already warped even at the age of 10 or so.

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PostSubject: Re: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm reel-to-reel movies.   Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:02 am

Yeah, the highlight versions are the most common ones, hut you can get complete movies also. You just have to change reels every now and then. Heck, there's even a company that makes brand new ones, even today, so even some modern titles can be found on 8mm reels. Oh, and most if them are with sound.

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