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(The Atlantic)   2001: A Space Odyssey can no longer be screened in Cinerama, and antique films like Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink have no existing 35mm prints. Oh yes, and laser projectors will make today's digitized movie theaters obsolete in 5 years   ( divider line
    More: Sad, A Space Odyssey, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Cinerama, John Turturro, movie theaters, laser projectors, Lawrence of Arabia  
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2012-11-25 07:18:27 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Yeah, the idea of getting pros to digitize the file for you (they may find they get better quality by playing the tape backwards), and then tweak it to make it listenable. Assuming there is still something to play. Depending on how the tape was stored, and the quality of the tape used, there may not be much there to listen to in any case.

Vintage technology can be a pain in the ass. Good luck...

Yeah, I sent Cups & String an email, but haven't received a reply yet. I expect they're doing the same thing I am (chillin' out on the couch watching football). Thank you for your tips! I'll keep you posted.
2012-11-25 10:05:33 PM  
My wife and I just went to see "To Kill A Mockingbird" in theaters.

There is a lot of money to be made by having a view on demand theater which will broadcast old movies in their original format. If people are just throwing out the old machines someone just needs to grab a pair of them at rock bottom prices.

/one for use, another for parts.
2012-11-25 10:06:21 PM  
Miller's Crossing and 84 Charlie Mopic are my favorite movies that nobody has ever seen. Although I suspect 10x as many people have seen MC as 84CM.

Folks, search out 84 Charlie Mopic, best Vietnam war movie I've ever seen.
2012-11-25 11:19:13 PM  

vygramul: Ice Pirate: doglover: vygramul: Hey - kids graduating college in May were born after it was made. That's antiquated by their standards.

Antique is 25+ years.


3 years short, buddy. Go pound sand.

Subby was using antiquated sarcastically. I know it's hard to tell without quotation marks. But, it's a type of wordplay that requires you to think for a moment longer than it takes to be one of the first four commenters.

Not only that, but antique is defined by Smoot-Hawley as 100 years, so our friend here doesn't even know the definition himself, or he might have understood the exaggeration.

2012-11-26 02:19:11 AM  
There is far too much technobabble here and not enough discussion on what an awesome movie Miller's Crossing is.
2012-11-26 03:35:39 AM  

Gyrfalcon: WhyteRaven74: optikeye: It also had a tendency to burst into flames.

that too, though also in the earlier days no one really worried about durable film stock. It's like early TV, a lot of stuff is gone because no one thought there was any reason to keep it.

Oh, yeah. Live TV? Never recorded and it's gone except for a handful of rare recordings. Early videotape was hard to edit and dub, so there are no extra copies, and the stuff degraded and denatured like early film stock.

Anything that was saved on 5.25 floppy disk and was never converted is now gone, of course, as is anything you put on 3.5 floppy disk, just in case you were wondering...I wonder how many people saved things on old disks or hard drives "for their grandkids" and is now sitting in safety deposit boxes somewhere in a now-unreadable medium. At least with old film stock it can be retrieved with a light bulb and a lot of patience. But if you saved something even in an old Word format, you might never be able to recover it.

My work just bought 2000 3.5 floppy disks because they knew they wouldnt be able to find them anymore, and so much of our hardware setup still requires we have them.
2012-11-26 03:45:28 AM  

Omahawg: the BEST cinerama theater anywhere!

torn down by a Nebraska Methodist Health Systems for a parking lot that is never used

/never forget. no, not ever.

Aww they tore that down? That was a neat theater. I mainly remember seeing the Star Wars rereleases there. I think that's what it was.
2012-11-26 08:46:36 AM  

zombiegoat: There is far too much technobabble here and not enough discussion on what an awesome movie Miller's Crossing is.

The old man's still an artist with a Thompson.
2012-11-26 11:52:22 AM  

Bippal: My work just bought 2000 3.5 floppy disks because they knew they wouldnt be able to find them anymore, and so much of our hardware setup still requires we have them.

That's just sad... can't they just fix their system to take USB jump drives instead?

Would probably be a lot cheaper and much more reliable...
2012-11-26 04:23:13 PM  
Nope the controls engineer said until we completely replace all the hardware in the transfer line, which we won't do since it would require millions of dollars, it won't happen anytime in the next ten years or so. We did just up our capacity, and the new lines don't use either, so there is that.
2012-11-26 04:29:04 PM  
On a side note to that, an outside engineering firm designed the lines, so it's on them. Didn't make sense to me either . Or the controls engineers. I was the one who asked why we still used the 3.5s. I just work with engineers, I'm not one yet. The systems that run all the machines are all based on old hardware that run xp. The electricians hate them, the CEs hate them. So far everyone likes the new stuff, but we won't switch to the new style completely until the old transfer line completely dies and all the temporary fixes we do each week finally quit working. Got to keep those record profits up in the face of the global downturn!
2012-11-26 04:58:28 PM  
For those who are interested, there's a brilliant documentary about film preservation. It's no longer in print (the irony here is painful), but Keepers Of The Frame can be watched on YouTube(follow the link).

It's well worth watching; it explains the many issues film preservation faces far better than I ever could.
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