Unless noted otherwise in the Description, all films that have sound have a soundtrack in the original language of the film. The Description mostly only mentions the language when this differs from the original language.
Under Additional Information, we show the number and size of the film reels. Please note that the actual film length may differ from the reel size. For instance, a lot of cartoons are sold on 60 meter (200′) reels, but most cartoons are only about 45 meters (150′). Also, some manufacturers made it a habit to release films in shorter versions than was stated on the packaging. So, lots of ‘60 meter editions’ are in fact 50 meters in length, and ‘120 meter editions’ may be only 110 or even 100 meters. An extreme discrepancy between reel size and actual film length is usually noted in the Description.
All films are checked
We check all films before we put them up for sale. What do we check? First of all, we make sure the right film is in the box, and the main title is present (that is, if the film was released with a title, which is not always the case). If it’s not present, we note this in the Description. Then, we check the first few meters on the reel for possible damage and to evaluate the condition and color quality of the print (both explained below). If there are more reels, all reels are inspected in this way. Missing start leaders are replaced, and we check for splices. If the results of this inspection are satisfactory, we usually do not view the whole film. But if we have any reason to suspect there may be problems beyond the first few meters, we check all of the film. By using this method, we believe that we are able to discover 99% of all defects. There is, however, a small chance that some problem has escaped our scrutiny. If you happen to receive a film with such a hidden defect, please contact us and we will try and make up for it.
When we evaluate the condition of the film, we are only talking about the technical condition of the print at hand. We look for scratches, projection lines, splices, torn perforations or other defects that are caused by the handling and storage of the film. In most cases, we do not evaluate image quality aspects, like sharpness or contrast, which are not only a fact of life (all prints of the same edition of a film will as a rule have the same image quality), but are also much more subjective than aspects of the print condition. However, when we think image quality is substantially above or below average, we often note this in the Description.
Unless stated otherwise, all films we sell are presumed to be at least in good collectable condition. By this, we mean that a print may have some light scratches in places or a few medium to light projection lines for a short periode of time, or one or two very light lines throughout the film. To qualify for ‘good collectable’, the print may also have a single splice (or a maximum of two splices for films that are on two reels ore more) if only a few seconds are missing at most. But rest assured, most films will have no splices at all. If the condition is worse than described above, this is noted in the Description. When the condition is better, this is often noted, but not always.
Many color films show some level of fading after 30 or 40 years. When a film has slightly faded towards the red or brown, but there are still other colors clearly visible, we consider this as a film of ‘average color’. Unless stated otherwise, all films we sell are presumed to be at least of average color. If the color is worse than described above, this is noted in the Description. When the color is better, this is often noted, but not always.