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Info: On collectible film cells from eBay


Hi everybody

I started looking into collecting some individual film cells which can be found on eBay.

There are a few IMAX 15/70mm cells but none of them are from the IMAX “Escape from Jakku” scene, but they’re still cool.

Regarding the 70mm collections from Willits from the mid-90s, I understand they were printed not for screening, but specifically for chopping up and selling, and that’s fine by me. But I just wanted to know: do they have the 6 magnetic audio tracks? I’m guessing that’s what the black bands on each side are do but since I don’t really know anything about film I’m asking. Judging from this image there should be 4 bands whereas the Willits ones only have 2? I won’t be listening to them (lol) but I’d like to know what I’m buying.

On 35mm ones: I learned to spot the Special Edition ones because of the Dolby Digital track in between the perforations. But there are some out there which are letterboxed / matted (hard matted - is this the right term?) Am I right in assuming that all theatrical release prints are anamorphic therefore the matted ones are necessarily from trailers?

And last, but not least, on original theatrical cut film: shouldn’t all 35mm prints be all red by now? Or does that only happen with some film stock?

Album I just made with samples:

That’s all for now. Thx! 😄


The letterboxed one is probably from a trailer, which often ran with movies of a different aspect ratio. I used to see the projectionist physically flip the projector lens if a movie was a different aspect ratio from the trailers in the old days. Weird things would happen if they didn’t!
I’ve got some of those mounted frames, and a couple loose ones from a 70mm theatrical print, (which was turning red/pink) but I can’t recall if the soundtrack is visible on any of them. Will have to dig them out and see.
Interesting no frames from the Rogue One IMAX prints have turned up.

A nice gallery of scanned frames is here: Moderator

Where were you in '77?