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Oliver F. R. Feld
Master Film Handler

Posts: 412
From: Berlin, Germany
Registered: Jan 2010


 - posted December 30, 2018 04:50 AM      Profile for Oliver F. R. Feld   Email Oliver F. R. Feld   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
In addition to my thread „Wanted: XANADU“ I wanna start this thread.
My wonderful cutdown 2-reeler XANADU had to leave my collection because of the strong smell and the material which is of shape now.
But I found some more titles: JAWS 2, THE STING reel 2 and one Pierre Richard title: all of them from piccolo film, Germany.
My marketing film and ufa cutdowns have no sign of vinegar yet.
Do You think it is a piccolo film problem?
What is Your experience?

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Greg Perry
Film Handler

Posts: 84
From: midwest
Registered: Dec 2015


 - posted December 30, 2018 10:09 AM      Profile for Greg Perry   Email Greg Perry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Oliver,
I have had a couple of 200 ft. Techno Film cartoons with strong vinegar smell. Neither had the warping or deformity of advanced VS though. I sealed in bags and froze them to try and halt the decay. But when thawed both still had the strong vinegar smell so I tossed them in the trash. Neither title was rare so that was fortunate.

FWIW, I have not encountered any other S8/8mm vinegar smell in any film distributed by other companies. But I do have another Techno Film cartoon without any signs of VS.

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