Saturday, January 10, 2015
Super 8 Disney
Before the days of live streaming video, DVDs or even VHS, your only option to view your favorite Hollywood movies in the comfort of your own home, short of waiting several years for them to appear on one of the 3 major networks, was to buy them on home movie film, in 8mm, Super 8 or 16mm formats. Unless they were cartoon shorts, these films were usually extremely condensed versions of the movie or even just a few favorite clips compiled into 200 foot segments. While we had a home movie projector growing up, it was limited to those films my father had shot documenting various vacations and holidays. My parents never bought commercially released films and in fact I don't believe I even knew they were available. Thanks to this 1980 Walt Disney Super 8 Home Movie catalog I found at the great film estate sale last year, I now have a glimpse into the world I missed.
"The finest in family entertainment...for just pennies a showing." Sure, 5,995 pennies. Looking at the price of the films, I can see why we never bought them in my family. Such frivolities were limited to the rich, or at least semi-rich. The price on the 400 foot reels was $59.95 or over $180 in 2014 dollars.