Monday, August 28, 2006
Hey, look what my father-in-law gave me!
Eight mm and Super Eight mm movies ! Three minute cut-downs of feature-length movies!
In the DVD age, young people might scratch their heads and wonder why I'm so impressed. Back in the day....old school...hardcore, this was what movie collecting was all about.
Sweet, sweet nostalgia!
You'd go to the camera department of a department store and there would be a display of these things. Of course, if you were a real buff, you'd order entire silent films on Eight or Super Eight from Blackhawk Films or from Sears.
I always wanted to order these amazing looking films I had read about...Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu...but that never happened.
By the 1980s when people were starting to make student movies with Super 8, you could even get Super 8 sound prints of films. The prints had a magnetic sound track so you had to be sure you did wave any magnets around them!
I know it hard to believe that anyone would make an evening's entertainment out of these edited films ( there were also cut-downs that ran about 10 minutes), but people did. In the home movie world having these little films gave you the feeling that you were a collector, and exhibitor.
The cost? These still have the price stickers on the back: $1.99 in 1970s dollars.
I still have my cut-downs of Captain Marvel and some W.C. Fields films. My father-in-law also gave me two projectors so I will be running all of them.
Anyone want to come over for a movie show?
© 2006 by G. Michael Dobbs. My words alone.