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Eberhard Nuffer
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From: Stuttgart, Germany
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 - posted August 04, 2009 11:26 AM      Profile for Eberhard Nuffer   Email Eberhard Nuffer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Doug,

thanks a lot!
Does anybody else have some informations about the cartoons and the 50ft versions?

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Eberhard Nuffer
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 - posted November 13, 2009 04:39 AM      Profile for Eberhard Nuffer   Email Eberhard Nuffer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Following our "Americom" article in "Cine 8-16", a reader has told us, that F10 "Zorro the Avenger" was even imported to Germany in 1974, where it was sold as "Zorro, der Rächer" - with the original record in English language. We have still not found out if it is the American or the Spanish version, but we will print his letter (along with a nice cover scan of "Zorro" he has sent us) in the following issue.

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Lee Whelann
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From: Kent, England
Registered: Dec 2009


 - posted December 17, 2009 02:24 PM      Profile for Lee Whelann   Email Lee Whelann   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Guys, thats interesting reading. I've been trying to find out more about these fantastic looking and feeing disks.

Has anything else come up about these since the last post??
In my recently acquired collection I have 13 of these disks and 9 have the accompanying films including Zorro the Avenger.
Would be good to find out a little more about them.

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David M. Ballew
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 - posted February 11, 2012 03:04 PM      Profile for David M. Ballew   Email David M. Ballew   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Just for the sake of asking, does anyone have an MP3 of the soundtrack to Americom's "Cosmic Monsters"?

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James N. Savage 3
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 - posted February 11, 2012 05:43 PM      Profile for James N. Savage 3   Email James N. Savage 3   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi David-

I do have the "Cosmic Monsters" film with record. I'll try to convert it to MP3 later this week for you.

James.

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David M. Ballew
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 - posted February 28, 2012 11:39 PM      Profile for David M. Ballew   Email David M. Ballew   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi, James,

Did you have any success with the "Cosmic Monsters" MP3?

Either way, thanks for the reply and the effort!

"Mike"

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James N. Savage 3
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Hi David-

Not yet. I have an LP converter that I will hook up to a computer at home. Once I get it all hooked up, I'll try to do the transfer. Maybe a week or two (busy work schedual). Hang in there, I'll PM you when its ready.

James.

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William Olson
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I still have "The Curse of Frankenstein" 200' digest film in it's original packaging with record. I haven't run the film and synced the record in decades but I'm glad I still have it. Glad to see others out there remember Americom.

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Dominique De Bast
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Zorro The Avenger is the 1962 version with Frank Latimore.

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Dominique

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Luigi Castellitto
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From: Campobasso, Italy
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 - posted June 10, 2019 04:53 PM      Profile for Luigi Castellitto   Email Luigi Castellitto   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A curiosity: I have "Horror of Fu Manchu", be careful, in SUPER 8. The synchro has never been good, even of 2,3 seconds difference image/sound. Ok, all Americom aren't precise, but I have my own idea: having the Americom released films in both format, 8mm and Super 8 , is it possible that the difference of frames/audio between the two formats (56fps for R8 and 18 fps for S8) influenced the Super 8 version? Which is of lesser synchro because the flexdisc is the same? I guess it's the same because I don't think they electronically slowed disc for both Super and 8mm, too much work for that little difference.
To the advantage of the R8 because it was the most published...
How about?

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Brian Fretwell
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I have "The Big Noise which was very difficult to sync as for quite long passages it has only train noises (wheels over track). Having seen a recent TV showing of the film, apart from the completeness of the sequence, I wonder why they used this part as the release as the ending would have been easier to keep in sync when playing.

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Luigi Castellitto
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 - posted June 11, 2019 08:46 AM      Profile for Luigi Castellitto   Email Luigi Castellitto   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Brian, Americom that you have is 8mm or Super8?

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Brian Fretwell
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Super 8.

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Luigi Castellitto
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Anyone have any tricks to get the Americoms in sync a bit? [Smile]

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