posted July 21, 2017 02:36 PM
Today i recieved our copy of Waterloo, not expecting a pristine copy but the advert did state near mint with some Eastman colour shift, happy with that, (as the screenshots did look more than acceptable), when i opened it i found four spools, (1600ft) no cans (i should have asked) Considering the "near mint " description i was disappointed to see a load of white powder on two reels, it will need a dam good clean, but at first glance i thought i spotted a few staples. Fortunately it wasn't, its little pieces of a stick on aluminium tape which literally blocks one sprocket hole after the number 3 countdown on the leader. Anyone know what this would have been used for? Suffice to say i have now removed them and have a bit of an inspection job and clean up before i dare put this " near mint" film through my machine. Fingers crossed it will be good after the clean and i will do a review and images later.
posted July 21, 2017 04:08 PM
that would make sense. i will take a closer look tomorrow as i am sure i have spotted more. i removed it due to the fact they literally cover a sprocket hole so that wont do the projector any good.
posted July 22, 2017 04:59 AM
If it was on only one reel I would think it was to trigger something (lights off, curtains open, douser open) in a 16mm cinema with semi-automation that could be run from sales booth without a projectionist.