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John Armer
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From: Lancaster, UK
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 - posted December 19, 2017 05:06 PM      Profile for John Armer   Email John Armer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
OK, I know this has been argued to death, but I want to make an observation... I'm involved with a little film club in my town where we watch mostly silent movies on the third Tuesday of every month. We usually watch a feature, sometimes with a short in front if the film's less than an hour and a half long. This month we had a change though - we watched 6 short comedy films over the course of the evening. And for the first time, two of them were on Super-8 and not DVD or Blu-ray as we usually watch.

The first one was a Mack Sennett film - THE BOWLING MATCH, followed by Al St John's THE IRON MULE, Max Davidson in PASS THE GRAVY, Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd in ON THE LOOSE, Arbuckle and Keaton in THE GARAGE, finishing with Harry Langdon in ALL NIGHT LONG. The first and last films were projected on Super 8; the middle four were projected on DVD.

I usually project Super-8 films in my living room but these were shown in a little cinema. I was surprised just how good the Super 8 films looked, they went down really well (the Langdon was the most popular and I really wasn't sure how well he would be received). The DVDs looked digital - sharper but less analogue and the Super 8 looked more, well, film-like. People commented on it too, and one person preferred the image quality of the Langdon we watched over the DVDs.

By the way, any idea who released ALL NIGHT LONG? it's a nice print but in a generic box. I've a feeling it may be a Blackhawk.

I have a feeling there will be more films projected there in the future!

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Joseph Randall
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 - posted December 19, 2017 06:26 PM      Profile for Joseph Randall     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I believe Blackhawk released ALL NIGHT LONG, but if yours is from them it would be clearly marked with Blackhawk titles at the beginning.

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Steve Klare
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 - posted December 19, 2017 09:51 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I did a show about two weeks ago where I ran a 600 footer and followed with projected DVD. The image quality was good in both cases. Where I have to be careful is image brightness. I've gone from one to the other as if I was just changing reels and it makes Super-8 look kind of dim. The video projector is bright enough it looks good even when it's daylight outside.

What I do about it now is stick an intermission in between. It makes the difference much less obvious. I'm sure a Xenon machine would do a lot of good too.

-actually the biggest problem we had was until about a day before we were expecting about 6 people and at the last moment it roughly doubled. (So much for "RSVP"...). We got very creative rearranging the furniture and it worked out OK.

(If I took the dining room table down I could do about six more!)

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted December 19, 2017 11:56 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Steve

All about converting your garage to small movie palace? [Wink] [Smile]

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Steve Klare
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 - posted December 20, 2017 08:43 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
More like a movie phone booth! (Single car garage!)

I've made a couple of goofs in my life, and one of them has to be buying a house without a full basement!

What was fun the night we had that show is a friend who had never been before was utterly shocked that I was showing real film. Her husband got it right away though. (His hobby is fixing up old motorcycles...)

One of the advantages of also showing projected video is it answered "Why don't you use video" even before it was asked!

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Joe Caruso
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 - posted December 20, 2017 09:51 AM      Profile for Joe Caruso   Email Joe Caruso   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
ALL NIGHT LONG was a Blackhawk - Steve, I'm sure taking down the dining room table would go over wonderfully [Smile] Bazinga - Shorty

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