From: United Kingdom
Registered: Jun 2003
posted September 18, 2015 08:10 AM
This is actually a promotional short for the movie as opposed to a 400 digest. There is a talk at the beginning by Walter Mirisch the producer of the movie outlining how the film came about plus around a sleek 10 minutes digest of the movie. You can actually cut 4-5 minutes of this footage from this digest as additional material into the 2x400 cutdown. John Williams rousing score is problematic but with careful editing you can do it.
posted September 18, 2015 10:41 AM
Have to agree with you, David -- setting aside this particular film, "400-foot digests" were never really "400 foot" as advertised. They were usually 16 to 17 minutes, with some even clocking in below that. Same went for the "200-foot" digests, with those actually clocking in around 150 to 165 feet. Funny thing is the prices for these digests seemed to be based on the size of the reel, not the actual amount of footage itself.....hmmmmmmmm........
From: Southern England
Registered: Apr 2008
posted September 18, 2015 05:46 PM
This was a good promo/digest that I have had since new but has now faded red. One of the worst faded prints I have in fact. Anyone seen better prints of this. I'd try getting another copy if I thought there was a chance it could be better.
posted September 19, 2015 07:10 AM
We have both the 2 x 400 footer and also obtained the promo, We inter spliced it in the correct order and it makes a great full 800 footer, only around 50-100 foot of duplication was left. Unfortunately, the parts from the 400 footer have faded, so annoying yet the 2 x 400 is still very very good, although there is very slight fade but overall the colours are all good. We now have to consider removing the "extra Bits" in order to keep it all good. A pity really. The introduction at the start from Walter Mirish really does add to it all so we may leave this part in at the start, apart from anything when it goes from this intro with faded colour into the main film it makes the 2 x 400 stand out.
I have both the 2x400ft and the promo - I haven't seen the promo for a while but if memory serves me right after the Walter Mirsch introduction- there is an extended ship scene - a few scenes in the home of Donald Pleasance , the attack of Renfield and the death of Renfield with duplication of the climax and maybe Lucy's death . Could someone give me an indication of where you spliced the extra footage into the 2x 400ft ?