From: Rochester, NY, USA
Registered: Mar 2014
posted April 06, 2017 08:43 AM
Was wondering how prevalent the 16mm digests were in the 70s? Occasionally I see U8 ones in 400ft versions, which, essentially would be the equivalent of the 200ft 8mm ones as far as length. How were the quality of them and did they ever release 800ft versions? Any other companies release 16mm digests then?
From: New York, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted April 06, 2017 11:34 AM
Castle Films released many of their 200' digests in 16mm. After becoming Universal 8, they continued the practice with 800' 16mm releases. Many of the U-8 digests were of lesser print quality than the earlier Castle prints.
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From: Southend on Sea, Essex, UK
Registered: Feb 2015
posted April 07, 2017 06:32 AM
I wonder how well they were advertised and available as I don't recall seeing new one's in their hey-day. Possibly cost had much to do with it and the greater availability and choice of Super 8.
From: Croydon, London, UK
Registered: Aug 2004
posted April 08, 2017 09:40 PM
I'd guess that some of the 200' and 400' U8 releases may have never appeared on 16mm, but it's hard to be sure unless there's a definitive list somewhere. E.g. I've never heard of a 16mm print of the one reel version of 'Jaws', but perhaps someone else has?