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  • Making THE BLACK HOLE a Digest?

    Dear Collectors

    For decades I am a fan of the (often underestimated) masterpiece THE BLACK HOLE.
    I owned the german cutdown by piccolo film and sold it, because it was only the final of the feature and too flat for my taste.
    (In my youth I watched the 70mm version when it opened in the „Royal Palast“ Cinema in Berlin and some features are not meant to be watched in flat!)

    And now I dream of a better Super-8 version of that title. But would this even be possible?

    All the best
    Oliver
    Last edited by Oliver Feld; March 06, 2022, 02:31 PM.

  • #2
    Oliver
    I have the Disney 400ft Super 8 of "The Black Hole". How does this differ from your suggestion?

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    • #3
      Maurice
      If You don’t know the storyline, the existing cutdown isn’t that good.
      I know it’s just a dream, but this is one of the titles I always wished as a 2- or 3-parter.

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      • #4
        I agree with Oliver. If one wanted to make a 600ft digest of this, that would be awesome, but I would suggest tracking down a scope 35mm or 16mm for the digest. If anyone has a low fade print of this in the above guages, in scope, I will actually make a "digital digest" from the DVD, and then do the same from the scope elements, as, just as said, this is one of those films that should be seen in scope!

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        • #5
          Does anyone know if the Disney 200' digest contains any scenes not in the 400' version? Click image for larger version

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          • #6
            No, it does not. I used to have it. Interestingly, they did a much better "digest" with the 200ft, than they did with the 400ft, as the 400ft was mostly a long, nearly unedited sequence from the Black Hole. The 200ft was actually a true digest, of the 400ft section used for the 400ft.

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            • #7
              I also liked the "wireframe" animation trailer for this that was on the "Aristocats meet Scat Cat" 200ft release.

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              • #8
                How long was that trailer, by the way? Around 30 seconds or so?

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                • #9
                  I never timed it, but I would think no longer than a minute.

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                  • #10
                    With "The Black Hole" it seems Disney Home Movies continued with their tradition of releasing a particular section of a film (such as "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White). Possibly they could have indicated that with a more specific title, such as "Entering the Hole."

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                    • #11
                      I felt that the only misstep on the film was the "cartoons" robots with they're rediculous "eyes". As a science fiction, it worked really well. Critics didn't like the "Dante's Inferno" style ending, but I found it passable, the only downside being the ponderous long shots of the hellish realms. Most certainly, however, a new digest would HAVE to be in scope. I would be curious if the Disney studio, amongst they're library Digests prints of the late 70's, early 80's?

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                      • #12
                        I own the Cinemascope trailer of THE BLACK HOLE and this is a stunning trailer with a breathtaking image! This is why I always wanted to own more.

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                        • #13
                          .....OK so is this thread about Making THE BLACK HOLE a Digest?
                          Or THE BLACK HOLE TRAILER ??
                          Please ,make up your mind , my fine feathered film shmoes .

                          Last edited by David Baker; March 07, 2022, 05:44 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Oliver, is that trailer a super 8 trailer? Interestingly, YouTube only has a flat trailer, running almost three and a half minutes.

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                            • #15
                              A NEW tightly edited 400 foot digest of THE BLACK HOLE in letterbox would make a very cool addition to my collection of Super 8mm films. But the question is who would be interested in purchasing such a digest for $275 USD or so? Editing is the easy part. Producing a 16mm negative needed to to produce Super 8 prints is expensive. I know of only one place that will do this and it's in Germany and they set the price. Pay it or pass.

                              Paying for a negative and selling maybe 10 prints does not produce a profit. It produces a loss.

                              Now, if you could drum up at least 25 interested AND PAYING customers for a new digest of THE BLACK HOLE - it might be doable.

                              I'll buy one. Anyone else? Should we start a kickstarter?

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