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Tom Wienholt
Master Film Handler

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From: Towson, MD, USA
Registered: Dec 2002

 - posted 05-09-2003 01:13 AM      Profile for Tom Wienholt   Email Tom Wienholt   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I am interested in renting a print of the original Back to the Future movie released in 1985. Do any of these prints still exist? If so, where could i get a hold of one? I have had trouble getting any information from Universal Pictures on the subject. Thanks.

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Barry Floyd
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Lebanon, Tennessee, USA
Registered: Mar 2000

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Call your booker...

Go over to and ask the same question over there. You'll find more independant owners over there that participate on a regular basis than you will here.

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Patrick McDonough
Expert Film Handler

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From: Greenfield Ma.
Registered: Jul 2002

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I know you can get older films, I dont know an exact list but I do know some studios have added some to there web sites so you might want to check there. hope this helped.

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Scott Norwood
Film God

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From: Boston, MA. USA (1774.21 miles northeast of Dallas)
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I'm pretty sure that there is (was?) some issue with BTTF and print availability, but I don't know the details. You might be able to book it in 16mm, but it's probably not worth the bother, unless you can find a private collector who has a print and is willing to allow you to run it in lieu of the 16mm print (which you would still have to rent in order to ensure that the screening was properly licensed).

Most older films are indeed available, however, and some distributors (Warner Bros. in particular) have some beautiful prints in their rental inventory. Of course, there are also lots of splicy, faded, and abused prints out there, too.

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Tom Wienholt
Master Film Handler

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From: Towson, MD, USA
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Does anyone know the name of a company that deals with older prints?

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Donna Sylvester
Film Handler

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From: Burney, CA, USA
Registered: Jan 2001

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I'd start by calling Universal and asking them if they have a print.

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Jeff Taylor
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Chatham, NJ/East Hampton, NY
Registered: Apr 2000

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Criterion and Swank are two of the major sources of repertory / revival titles for both theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 35mm. Both are on the web.

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Bob Peticolas
Film Handler

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From: Mesilla, New Mexico
Registered: Jan 2000

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We have used these:

Sony Pictures Classics
Fox Searchlight
Empire Pictures
Milestone Film + Video

All can be reached via Google.


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Joe Morris
Film Handler

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From: Papillion, NE, USA
Registered: Jan 2003

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We show old movies for a midnight show on Friday and Saturday nights. This is at an art theatre near college campuses. It took a while to build a following but is doing very well now. Matrix, Willie Wonka, Goonies, The Shining, Mony Python etc. See our sight for list The manager at that theatre makes a list of movies he wants and then finds out who the distributor was. Gets on the phone and starts calling. He is usually very good at getting the ones he wants.

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