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Adrian Winchester
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 - posted August 02, 2010 05:51 AM      Profile for Adrian Winchester   Email Adrian Winchester   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I don't think I've ever seen a Barry Wiles release so I wondered how their print quality in general compared to DCR and others releasing similar material? I'd paticularly welcome a comment on their b/w prints as I was tempted by a copy of 'Train Time' that I've just seen on the Debonair List, although it might have gone by now.

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Barry Attwood
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 - posted August 02, 2010 10:15 AM      Profile for Barry Attwood   Email Barry Attwood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Adrian,

I know most of there B/W releases were of very good quality, and the one or two colour releases I've seen have been quite good too (for there day, early to mid 1970's).

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Adrian Winchester
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 - posted August 02, 2010 01:18 PM      Profile for Adrian Winchester   Email Adrian Winchester   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Barry, in view of your observations I've proceeded with buying the film.

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Steve Ellison
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 - posted October 12, 2010 07:44 AM      Profile for Steve Ellison   Email Steve Ellison   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As Phoenix Films, I was the main selling agent for Barry Wiles British Transport Films, and can honestly say that they were all exceptional quality. Funnily enough, just this morning I've seen a copy of 'Snow' at an exhorbitant price on eBay...its also advertised as a 'rare' colour print the seller saying that 'most available are black and white'...in fact I don't ever remember a Black and White print being released, at least not by Barry Wiles.

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Adrian Winchester
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 - posted October 12, 2010 08:39 AM      Profile for Adrian Winchester   Email Adrian Winchester   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Steve,
Thanks for your input. Could you estimate about how many BTF Barry Wiles released? I presume the company had some sort of contract with BTF, but do you know if this was at the same time as DCR, or did DCR take over after Barry Wiles stopped releasing films? I have a print of 'Snow' which I'm sure is polyester stock (which applies to many 1980s DCR prints) so I suppose DCR may have obtained some negatives from BW.

I obtained the BW print of 'Train Time' mentioned in my first post, and it's quite good, although printed a bit too dark.

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Steve Ellison
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 - posted February 08, 2017 11:51 AM      Profile for Steve Ellison   Email Steve Ellison   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
...and 7 years later.....a reply for you! I've got a Barry Wiles British Transport catalogue...I'll count them for you! Promise to reply before March as well!! DCRs releases all came after Barry Wiles stopped the BT deal. Barry subsequently went on to run the actual BT Film Library but I've not heard from him for many years. Initially he was a schoolteacher in Sittingbourne.

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