From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jun 2013
posted July 30, 2015 05:10 AM
Derann-Buckingham Film services- Perry's Movie and others. In Belgium I found films and material in flea markets but it is now seldom to see anything intersting there. Argenteuil's Film Fair in France (Paris) has been a good source and still is even if it has shrunk. With Internet, I discovered other companies such as theoldfilmcompany, the super8warehouse and labs and filmstock sellers.
posted July 31, 2015 01:21 PM
Ken Films and MGM, as I only bought digests at the time, until I found out I could buy full length features and discovered a fairly unknown super 8 company ... Derann, (note, ridiculous joke).
-------------------- "All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "
I used DCR quite a lot and became very friendly with the family. I also used Dave Hurst from Stamford Bridge - great guy. I did all the illustrations for his 8mm hire catalogue - I wonder what has happened to him? I would think he has probably passed away now.
Also, Roger Lilley of Movieland - another nice chap I designed the logo for his "Movieland International" back in 83. Great days.
From: Penistone Sheffield UK
Registered: Oct 2012
posted August 01, 2015 08:27 AM
DCR Dave West was a pleasure to deal with. I bought I think 4 features from him and a number of shorts.
Dave Hurst from Stamford Bridge DJ Hurst Hire. Had a couple of years with block bookings every two weeks. Yes a great guy. Yes he has passed away. I recall chatting to him his wife had died recently. I bought quite a lot of films from him too when he closed the library. He sadly had the big C. He had moved to Scarborough by this time.
I think most of the people were all gentlemen & honest. I miss those days.
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-------------------- I love the smell of film in the morning.
From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted August 01, 2015 01:16 PM
Since I got into sound about 2002, my biggest seller has to have been Derann (both new and used.) Since 2011, basically anywhere I can find them.
For silent days (1977-2002 with a lot of breaks) I have one probably nobody else here does. There was this little company up in Massachusetts that did 8 and 16mm railroad films called Sunday River Productions. In their own way they were kind of a tiny Blackhawk: very subject oriented with a fondness for vintage archival film. On the other hand they managed to make enough money that in the later years they produced their own films which are really beautiful to watch (-and quite often hear too).
I was young, busy and pretty poor: I had to concentrate on just a few films, so this is where mine came from.
They're still with us, on DVD. I have a couple of 'em: not quite the same. What nearly killed this company was the VHS era. They were able (or was it "forced") to drop their prices, but there wasn't enough new business to keep them profitable so they almost went under.
What's interesting in that time is I saw an ad in a magazine and bought one Blackhawk silent. It's the only new Blackhawk I will ever own among dozens of used ones since.
-------------------- All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...
From: Burnaby, B.C. Canada
Registered: Feb 2017
posted April 05, 2019 12:45 AM
Back in the 80's My first choice was L.A. Films. Great service and provided a mailing list! With upcoming releases included! I also ordered from Reel Images, also offering a full catalogue. Before that I was photocopying the order forms in Ring Magazine and Famous Monsters of Filmland to start my collection. This year I will take a trip back in time to revisit these prints which have been in storage for 40 years. Hopefully some still as I remember them.
From: Elkins Park, PA, USA
Registered: Jun 2012
posted April 05, 2019 07:06 AM
I started back in 1973. All the films I collected is from camera shops! The film companies were Ken films, castle, Disney, Columbia. The main four! I did not know about the other film companies until a film collector I knew told me about the magazine called the shutterbug! That magazine had every film company out there! Than I was Hooked! I had catalogs coming in like crazy! Those were the days!
posted April 05, 2019 09:27 AM
Well, Red Fox was the first company I bought films from; but if we're talking about first purchases for me it was regular 8mm silent 50 footers from Ernie's Camera shops in Pottsville and Shenandoah Pa., along with Two Guys department store in Allentown back in the early 1960s...Yes Leon, those were the days!
From: Elkins Park, PA, USA
Registered: Jun 2012
posted April 05, 2019 12:01 PM
I do remember those little 50 footers! I had tons of those things! And they were in every camera shop! And they cost 1.89 each! I remember well! Again those were the days!