This is topic That'll be the Day & Stardust in forum 8mm Forum at 8mm Forum.

To visit this topic, use this URL:;f=1;t=009890

Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on April 06, 2015, 01:38 PM:
When I collected films first time around, I used to have both the films mentioned above.

I used to love "That'll Be The Day" as a 4x 400ft print. Cannot quite recall who released it now.

Anyhow question is, does anyone still have a print of this excellent film to tell me whether or not the colour is even remotely acceptable today?

I look out for it and on very odd occasions, I have seen the odd copy, but would only consider buying if the colour can, in some instances, be holding up ok.

I must admit even my copy that I had previously in the 90's wasn't brilliant and was also quite grainy but it wasn't shifting towards red, just a little Brown as though by now they could be almost sepia?
Posted by Keith Ashfield (Member # 741) on April 06, 2015, 03:01 PM:
Andrew - I think it was released by Derann as a 4 x 400ft and a 400ft digest. I am not sure but I think they also did "Stardust" but I could be mistaken on that.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on April 06, 2015, 03:24 PM:
I have the 400 ft versions of both. Both were from Derann. According to an old catalogue both had 1 and 4 reel versions That'll be the Day to be available from late 1978 and Stardust early to mid 1979.

[ April 07, 2015, 05:43 AM: Message edited by: Brian Fretwell ]
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on April 06, 2015, 03:46 PM:
Andrew im with you on this one. I also had both, Derann did indeed do the 4 x 400ft of that'l be the day but stardust was only done as a 400 footer. I sold stardust because i thought the digest wasn't very good and ended early in the film. But i sold that'l be the day purely to raise money at the time. The quality was ok and the colour on mine was very good but i have also been looking for a good feature of that.l be the day to put back in my collection, the print was a little grainy but they were all like that.
Its one of those features i wish i hadn't sold.
by the way, i may be wrong on stardust only being a 400 footer but i cant recall ever seeing a feature version of it on 8mm.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on April 06, 2015, 04:11 PM:
No you're right Tom, should have elaborated but I will now instead, I knew Stardust was only ever available as a digest whereas That'll Be The Day" was always an abridged feature.

Yes, as I said, I knew it was grainy, I saw it first time around, but I was just wondering if there was any hope on holding out to find another before obtaining the double Bill full length on Blu Ray for a tenner!

It will be perfect watching it that way, but as you know we don't strive for perfection in the cine world, just a fantastic nostalgic watch with plenty of grain, loads of noise and set up hassles as well as trying to perfect a 30 to 40 year mag stripe to give us something resembling a lossless toneally perfect track like that of the modern day digital variety.

If I can find one relatively unscathed for no more than fifty quid, I guess I will take a gamble on the grain and sepia issues and work the track to the best that can be achieved from the guage.
Posted by David Skillern (Member # 607) on April 06, 2015, 04:26 PM:
Hi Andrew,

I had a copy of "That'll be the day" - the 4x400ft print - which was great with a brilliant cast - David Essex, Ringo Starr and the late great Billy Fury and I stupidly sold it several years ago and like you Andrew - I've been trying to find another print.

Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on April 06, 2015, 04:36 PM:
Looks like I am in queue of at least 3 then David for that one illusive mint print (still in original boxes) that may, or may not, be still out there! [Wink] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Adrian Winchester (Member # 248) on April 07, 2015, 07:51 PM:
My 400' of 'That'll be the Day' was quite nice when I got it but is badly faded now. I can't be 100% certain that there are no low fade prints of either title but I doubt it as I can't recall it being offered new in 1983 or later.

I have two 16mm prints of 'Stardust' with good colour so I'll be selling one eventually, but it will be lacking the second half of the end credits.
Posted by Kevin Hassall (Member # 2352) on April 08, 2015, 07:42 AM:
i had that'll be the day but gave it to my friend colours were ok he was driving me nuts over it so i had a couple of elvis for it i regret it now arghhhhhh
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on April 08, 2015, 08:29 AM:
Which friend..let's hunt him down for it! Ha ha ha [Big Grin] [Wink]

No seriously though, I'd love to find another even with just half decent colour so long as it wasn't full of emulsion scratches from a dodgy ST! Original boxes would be nice also, they looked great for this film.

Visit for free equipment manual downloads. Copyright 2003-2019 Film-Tech Cinema Systems LLC

Powered by Infopop Corporation