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Luis Caramelo
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From: Funchal
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 - posted September 25, 2011 06:37 AM      Profile for Luis Caramelo   Email Luis Caramelo   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
hi! friends,i got a question maybe some one can help,there,s a
super 8 version the 39 steps in 4x 400ft black in white from
alfred hitchcock,the original running time it,s 81 minute,does
the super 8 version it,s the full lenght or an slight abriged one...
thanks to all

luis caramelo

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted September 25, 2011 03:05 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I wish I could answer that fully, but here's what I know ...

I once had a Thunderbird (or was it Niles?) print of this, and it was on 4X400ft with the ending on a 200ft reel. However, I found that the full film would fit on 4X400ft, but every reel literally filled to the very brim, and that would make a cool 82 minutes.

Unfortunately, every print of this film that I have run into on Super 8 has had decent grain, but terribly hsrd to focus. Not a grand print. Anybody have a decent printing of this?

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Bill Phelps
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 - posted September 25, 2011 07:01 PM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Luis....I have 2 prints of 'The 39 Steps'

One is "Thunderbird" and the other "Niles" Both are 5 reels (400') and are uncut. Maybe you are missing a reel? The "Thunderbird" print has good contrast but has some lines and the "Niles" print is perfect but a bit washed out. So I've decided to keep them both for now.

Hope that helps, Bill [Smile]

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted September 25, 2011 07:31 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
By the way, the late 70's British remake of this classic can be found on optical sound super 8. I know as I have a prinbt of it, and it has lovely color and is extremely sharp. It stars Robert Powelkl and David Warner.

Of course, it was compared to the original classic, but I personally thinbk it stands alone and is my personal pick as the better version.

No dishonor to Hitchcock, of course.

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Michael De Angelis
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 - posted September 25, 2011 09:20 PM      Profile for Michael De Angelis   Email Michael De Angelis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Luis,

81 minutes is the correct running time, as referenced theatrical listings.

The only difference was at 86 minutes and on the back of VHS video tape box.

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Luis Caramelo
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From: Funchal
Registered: Feb 2011


 - posted September 26, 2011 08:23 AM      Profile for Luis Caramelo   Email Luis Caramelo   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
thanks to all friends,let,s see if i can find a good print

all of you are the best...

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