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Osi Osgood
Film God

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From: #399R K.O.A. Mountian Home, ID. 83647
Registered: Jul 2005

 - posted December 12, 2005 11:18 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey folks, I thought that this would be a fun topic for the end of your year. How did your collection build or slow down this year? What is the prize jewel (that would make everybody drool), this year.

(Personally, I'm still envious of Kevin Faulkner finding a copy of Close Encounters, Scope ..... RRRRRRR!)

As for my collection, I added about TWENTY TITLES to my optical sound collection, and only one of them has slightly faded color (whew) that and I just added two more to finish the year in optical sound super 8 ... "2010" (Yeah, I know it's a scope print from Derrann too, but me and my optical fetish!) as well as a cult favorite of mine, "Bugsy Malone"!

That, and I added to my collection the "Crown Jewel" that I longed for, a mint condition Scope print of STAR WARS, a FIRST DAY PRINT when it was released by DERRANN! (Signed on that day by none other than David Prowse, Darth Vader! Giggle)

Oh, and assorted cartoons, crown jewel of that collection being a mint condition Standard 8mm print from the late 40's of "Tugboat Mickey", on ansco film stock, and not a hint of color fade at all after almost 60 years!!

So, come one, I know that your just dying to share your good fortune with all of us out here in "Forum Land". Lets here from you!!

"All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "

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Gary Crawford
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Manassas, VA. USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted December 12, 2005 01:41 PM      Profile for Gary Crawford   Email Gary Crawford   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've had a tremendous year in 16mm...and a pretty decent one for Super 8. I managed to get a brand new elmo st800 and a really nice elmo st1200hd ( mag and optical) on ebay for really bargain prices. For my five year old daughter I bought super 8 derann features of The Little Mermaid and Cinderella...very good prints. For myself, it's been a good year for comedy shorts.....several charlie chases , Laurel and Hardy's and Three Stooges. A good year indeed.

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Chip Gelmini
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Brooksville, FL
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted December 12, 2005 02:28 PM      Profile for Chip Gelmini   Email Chip Gelmini   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Gone With The Wind, Godfather, Titanic, ID4, 2001 A Space Oddessy & 2010 The Year We Make Contact as features for me this year, the last 4 on this list in scope, too!


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Jean-Marc Toussaint
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From: France
Registered: Oct 2004

 - posted December 12, 2005 02:28 PM      Profile for Jean-Marc Toussaint   Author's Homepage   Email Jean-Marc Toussaint   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The year was excellent. Some good chats on this forum, loads of 2nd-hand films, mostly cutdowns (thanks to Ebay, some of our members, dealers used lists and my 2 visits to the BFCC), a few new releases from CHC and Derann (Knick-knack, Kong trailer, Matrix extracts). I also got my paws on a superb Star Wars print. Finally found the perfect short-throw zoom lens for my two 16CLs. Welcomed a second GS1200 (brought back to life by Maestro Grassi) and discovered the joys of re-recording soundtracks.
Of course, I had to part with some of my machines, accessories and films to cover for the new arrivals but that's part of the game. One of my Eikis is now being pampered by a good friend and my Beaulieu 708 will soon find a new home. Still can't part with the 800 series Eumigs, though...
As I am no longer looking for heavy equipment (well, if I can get my hands on another swing away scope bracket...) , next year will probably be quieter and mostly aimed at looking for films.

The Grindcave Cinema Website

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Jan Bister
Darth 8mm

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From: Ohio, USA
Registered: Jan 2005

 - posted December 12, 2005 08:21 PM      Profile for Jan Bister   Email Jan Bister   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This has been an exciting year for me as well... stumbling into 16mm collecting by accident, for one thing, I really only bought that Eiki SSL-0 to use as a motorized super-8 rewind but it was in such good condition (at a bargain price!), and then I came into some very cool 16mm films courtesy of Chris Drumma... one of which turned out to be in scope, leading me to obtain a scope lens... back to super-8, of course my 1600ft. mod, and adding on to my collection of slapstick comedy shorts (Lloyd, Keaton, L&H) plus two L&H features at great prices... some cartoon gems as well, including WB's Rabbit Seasoning and some Heckle & Jeckle in surprisingly good color as well... I've also ended up with quite a few projectors, some of which are dead parts units, others work great but have the potential for interesting modifications (how about a Bell & Howell Filmosonic 600 with an EFR lamp, for example [Big Grin] )... Last but not least, I love my Da-Lite ceiling-mounted screen [Cool]

Call me Phoenix. *dusts off the ashes*

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Joe Caruso
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 - posted December 14, 2005 12:48 PM      Profile for Joe Caruso   Email Joe Caruso   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

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Barry Johnson
Master Film Handler

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From: United Kingdom
Registered: Jul 2003

 - posted December 14, 2005 01:54 PM      Profile for Barry Johnson   Author's Homepage   Email Barry Johnson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A Standard 8 colour feature,8x400ft spools,slightly faded of Rogers & Hammersteins 'FLOWER DRUM SONG'-originally issued by Derann about a hundred years ago!!!!

Standard8 rules!!

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Tony Milman
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: United Kingdom
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted December 14, 2005 03:03 PM      Profile for Tony Milman   Author's Homepage   Email Tony Milman   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Had it all this year I guess, a nice 16mm of Richard Gere in Breathless for the wife to enjoy, acouple of nice prints like Some Like it Hot and North by North West but some others that were scratched too much to really enjoy like Foreign Correspondent and my first ever Vinegar print that one of the dealers almost bought off me for £20!

Quite a year really.


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Ugo Grassi
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From: Avellino (Italy)
Registered: Dec 2003

 - posted December 14, 2005 03:30 PM      Profile for Ugo Grassi   Email Ugo Grassi   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you Jean Marc for "Maestro Grassi"!! [Smile] [Smile]
Your second GS1200 had a lot of problems (claw worn, little bracket for the heads broken, recording feature out of working, one of the channel didn't work etc...) Really: to refurbish it was very very funny!!!


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James N. Savage 3
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From: Washington, DC
Registered: Jul 2003

 - posted December 15, 2005 06:47 AM      Profile for James N. Savage 3   Email James N. Savage 3   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
"When I was seventeen, It was a very good year"........
-Frank Sinatra

Osi- this is a great topic.

Actually, this has been a very enjoyable year for me with collecting super 8. With all the good quality releases from Derann and CHC, lots to choose from.

As far as new purchases go, no new features, but some great extracts, trailers, and short subjects. Its nice to have good choices.

May all my forum brothers have a very good year in 2006!


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Alan Rik
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From: New York City, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted December 15, 2005 08:51 PM      Profile for Alan Rik   Email Alan Rik   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This was a breakthrough year for me! I learned how to re-record Super 8 Soundtracks using Pal DVD's. Watching films is SO much more enjoyable now.
I also picked up "Grease" in Scope, "Little Shop of Horrors", "Toy Story", many cool Godzilla and Bruce Lee titles (Thanks Andreas!) and one very cool Leicina Special Super 8 Camera. Sharpest Super 8 footage I have ever shot. (Thanks again Andreas!)
This is also the year I took apart my GS and did the capacitor mod to create better recordings (Thanks Kev!), and to fix the voltage regulator board. (That was scary!)
It was a pretty expensive year...but a great one too!! [Smile]

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Scott G. Bruce
Expert Film Handler

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From: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Registered: May 2005

 - posted December 15, 2005 11:39 PM      Profile for Scott G. Bruce   Email Scott G. Bruce   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Being new to the hobby, I can only say how my last six months was in Super 8. Pretty amazing, really, and quite the learning curve.

Started what is shaping up to be a very satisfying collection of sci-fi/horror features, the result of some shrewd bargain-hunting (with help from Forum members) and dumb luck on ebay. These include: The Vampire Bat (1932), White Zombie (1932), The Devil Bat (1940), Mighty Joe Young (1949), War of the Worlds (1953), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and The Beast from Haunted Cave (1959). Also picked up some feature-length releases of two Flash Gordon serials from the 1930s ("Rocketship" and "Mars Attacks the World"), as well as three Fleischer Superman cartoons and numerous WB cartoons.

Oh yes, in recent months I bought my first projectors: a CHINON SP-330MV (Thanks, Jan!) and an ELMO ST-800. All humming along nicely.

Plenty to wish for in 2006: features of KING KONG, THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, and other classics of the genre; and, of course, an ELMO 1200 of some sort. Fingers crossed!

Thanks to everyone on the Forum for your inspired help and generosity. This is a tremendously cool hobby and you guys make it even better. SGB

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

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Michael Clark
Film Handler

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From: Alexandria, VA U.S.A.
Registered: Mar 2005

 - posted December 16, 2005 09:27 AM      Profile for Michael Clark   Email Michael Clark   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I discovered Super 8 this year so am still quite new. Am STILL waiting the delivery of an Elmo ST1200D Optical/Mag projector from e-bay, but I'm gradually coming to the realization that I may not get it. [Frown]

Anyway, I got some really great features this year - "Wizard of Oz", "Notorious", and the beginning of my Elvis film collection with "Blue Hawaii", "Roustabout", "GI Blues", "Paradise Hawaiian Style", and a soon to be received copy of the "Elvis '68 Comeback Special".

My goals for 2006 are to finally get a good Elmo ST1200 projector, and to obtain the following films: "Meet Me In St Louis", "Somewhere In Time", and more Elvis! [Smile]

Happy New Year everyone!! [Smile]


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Kurt Gardner
Expert Film Handler

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From: San Antonio, TX
Registered: Aug 2005

 - posted December 16, 2005 11:57 AM      Profile for Kurt Gardner   Author's Homepage   Email Kurt Gardner   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
NEW Toy Story, NEW Jungle Book, The Pickwick Papers, The Snowman, eight Laurel and Hardys, two Roger Rabbit cartoons, The Railway Children, cutdowns of Carrie, Grease and Airplane!, a couple of Little Rascals, four Lowell Thomas Remembers... My favorite, though, is getting a mint Castle Film edition of the 200' Bride of Frankenstein -- the first film I ever had when my Dad bought me an 8mm projector for Christmas when I was nine. Just like "A Christmas Story"!

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