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Professional transfer of 16mm movies to digital?

I inherited some 70-year-old, 16mm home movies (not 8 or Super 8) and am looking for a reliable expert to transfer them to digital video. Many vendors say that they can do this. Can you comment on any from personal experience? (I have seen this thread and the links therein.) Are there any issues I should particularly look out for? Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 on Sep 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Oh cover your eyes!

Can you name some good movies (preferably comedies) that are appropriate to watch with a nun? [more inside]
posted by hannahq on Sep 3, 2007 - 61 answers

Great tool for converting all sorts of different video files?

Great swiss-army-knife-type Windows app (preferably free) for resizing/downsampling/converting movie files from various formats? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 29, 2007 - 10 answers

movie magic modus?

Is there a website that details how movie technical effects were done? I'd enjoy seeing photos, illustrations, descriptions of how special effects were created. Bonus question: what day of the week is best to ask metafilter in order to reach the highest number of potential answerers?
posted by bbranden1 on Aug 28, 2007 - 8 answers

No good punks

80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Aug 27, 2007 - 33 answers

Help me find this movie about an ambulance driver on meth!!!

Movie Filter: An ambulance driver, his friend, some meth and/or other drugs. An crusty old guy who is also into drugs and at a nursing home(?). Please help me remember this one! [more inside]
posted by krisptoria on Aug 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Down On Love.

What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Aug 23, 2007 - 39 answers

Taming of the Who?

Help me find some good movies in which the protagonist is an angry bitch-on-wheels, who eventually sweetens up by film's end. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Aug 19, 2007 - 26 answers

Underage grindhouse movie viewing

One or two movies I remember seeing when I was at most 7. CAn you help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Aug 19, 2007 - 5 answers

"not good! not good!"

what movie am i remembering? a comic scene where something crashes or goes too fast or otherwise goes wrong in a catastrophic way, and the guy exclaims, "not good! not good!" [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Aug 19, 2007 - 16 answers

How Accurate Are Television Depictions of American Courtrooms?

Is it really that dramatical/theatrical in a court of law? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Aug 17, 2007 - 19 answers

What other great escape movies are out there?

Lately I’m obsessed with movies featuring prison breaks. Some of the recent ones I’ve seen are: The Great Escape, Stalag 17, Escape from Alcatrez, Shawshank Redemption (of course), Papillon, No Escape, The Scarlet Pimpernel…. What are some good ones I haven’t seen yet?
posted by silverstatue on Aug 17, 2007 - 54 answers

What's the name of the how-to-train-your man classic movie?

What's the name of the old movie where the female lead uses a dog training book to train her man? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Does anybody know of any good german films?

Does anybody know of any good german films? [more inside]
posted by hexxed on Aug 9, 2007 - 45 answers

Wizard of Oz characters' post mortem cartoon?

The scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, Ray Bolger's, Wikipedia article: "At the time of his death, he was the last surviving member of the main Oz cast. An editorial cartoon the day after his death featured the Oz cast dancing off into the setting sun, with the Scarecrow running to catch up." Does anyone have this cartoon?
posted by Anoxs on Aug 9, 2007 - 12 answers

DUNE (1984) is on. Should I bother?

Dune (1984) Special Edition is on ON DEMAND. Should I watch it? Should I have read the books to fully "get" this? Will I need a study guide to watch it? Should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Aug 8, 2007 - 43 answers

Article on best unproduced screenplays

Looking for an old article on unproduced screenplays. [more inside]
posted by nightengine on Aug 8, 2007 - 4 answers

Hat smashing movie and tv clips?

Can anyone point me towards movie or tv clips that involve punching someone in the face through a straw boater held up in front of them or any other comedic hat smashing? [more inside]
posted by Ohdemah on Aug 8, 2007 - 12 answers

borrowed characters in movies

What are some movies that feature a character from another movie, played by the same actor -- but the movies do not have sequel or spinoff relationships, and are not written or directed by the same person? Does this ever happen? [more inside]
posted by luser on Aug 7, 2007 - 46 answers

70s aliens hate sous chefs

What's the name of this late 70s/early 80s low budget scifi movie? [more inside]
posted by Tacodog on Aug 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Audio help...

So I procured an HD copy of "300" in 720p matroska (.mkv) format, but the 5.1 audio track won't play on my 2.1 speakers. Is there any way I can configure VLC or another media player to convert the audio to 2.1 format? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 2, 2007 - 9 answers

Can anyone identify this movie?

Can anyone identify this movie? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Aug 2, 2007 - 3 answers

Cheech and Chong need not apply.

How can I get inside the drug trade? Er, through movies (or books)? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Aug 2, 2007 - 43 answers

He has that certain je nais c'est quoi, no?

Do you know your French actors? Well then tell me, who is this man? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

Meth stories?

Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 31, 2007 - 51 answers

What IS she eating?!!

So, in Swimming Pool ... what in the world is that white stuff that Charlotte Rampling's character repeatedly eats? Screenshot here. No spoilers within, as long as you don't click on the YouTube link that may give away the story. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jul 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Honey, recommend me some weird science movies back from the eighties

Do you know of any movies with improbable technology as a plot device? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Jul 25, 2007 - 42 answers

Social Justice Films

Recommend me a film with a theme centering around a social justice issue. Preferably fictitious, or at least not a documentary (sorry Michael Moore fans). I realize that "social justice" is a loosely-defined term; basically, if the screenwriter is trying to make a point about a social justice issue, it's fair game. An archetypal example would be The Constant Gardener, but also acceptable would be movies along the lines of American History X, Crash, Children of Men or Gattaca. Thanks, green!
posted by charmston on Jul 24, 2007 - 46 answers

The song of the sirens

What's that music that comes in dramatic previews on many movies? It's like a choir of opera voices, but it builds up to a crescendo. [more inside]
posted by markesh on Jul 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me figure out the name of this 60s movie

60's movie: Robert Swan? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Jul 23, 2007 - 2 answers

Why do work for no credit?

Why would a famous actor want to be uncredited in a movie? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Jul 22, 2007 - 13 answers

MovieFilter: Syndicated review service

Is there a site/service that I can buy (well written) movie reviews from? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Jul 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Is there life after 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'?

In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 19, 2007 - 43 answers

Theme to La Jetee?

Can anyone identify the music used in the introductory sequence of Marker's La Jetee? ( goog vid for reference, starts 30s in) [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Babe Ex Machina

So a common subplot in a lot of movies is that the protagonist has a dull life and suddenly a romantic partner sweeps in and changes EVERYTHING. It spans genres from The Mask to Stranger Than Fiction (and of course the romantic comedy / chick flick industry would go broke without it.) I guess Cinderalla is the archetypal story here. I'm sort of curious about what larger connections there are to this thematic convention—like has anyone written about it, maybe focused more on Cinderalla and gender studies or psychology etc. [more inside]
posted by Firas on Jul 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way?

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Jul 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Help my friend remember these movies.

MovieFilter: What movies is my friend thinking of? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jul 12, 2007 - 2 answers

What is this incredibly common piece of movie trailer music?

What is the incredibly common piece of movie trailer music that kicks in at about :54 of this trailer for No Reservations? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Jul 11, 2007 - 14 answers

80's Geek-boy Movie marathon: help me think of movies.

A friend of mine is hosting an 80's Geek-boy Movie marathon. Help me think of movies. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jul 10, 2007 - 47 answers

Uh, wait... were the dwarves the second-cousins once removed of the girl with the knife?

Phantasm! Damn you, Coscarelli! *shakes fist helplessly* Having just seen it for the first time, does this damn thing ever makes any sense or should I give up right now? (For the record: I did like it.) Spoilers surely up the kazoo follow inside, so don't complain later. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

What was the make of that motorcycle in Ratatouille?

Ratatouille (movie) detail question [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Jul 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Shared delusion or actual movie, you decide

Help me and my husband prove we aren't crazy and/or having the same delusion. We swear we saw a trailer for a movie based on an 80s/90s cartoon and we can't figure out what it was. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack on Jul 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Looking for an alive Christopher Reeve to star in my next short

Recommend movies in which one of the main characters is severely disabled, particularly the main character. Million Dollar Baby, didn't like so much. Must be something better?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Jul 2, 2007 - 61 answers

I have something to tell you--you'd better put down the nitro.

A common movie/tv trope is that people drop whatever they are holding (usually something that crashes impressively) when they hear shocking news. Does this occur in "real life"? I can't recall this ever occurring to me personally. You?
posted by thebrokedown on Jul 2, 2007 - 32 answers

I want to laugh my fool head off.

As a guy with a lot of free time on his hands (Student over the summer), I want to catch up on my comedies. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jul 2, 2007 - 47 answers

You oughta be, um, near pictures?

My boyfriend loves movies, but doesn't want to make them. What careers should he investigate? [more inside]
posted by doift on Jun 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me identify a movie from my childhood

Help identify this martial arts movie [more inside]
posted by aofl on Jun 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Reason #12 why I'll never go to the hospital again...

Mr. trixie_bee has a movie question: This image is from a movie he has seen, but he can't remember which one. The Asian horror genre gets bigger by the day, so it's hard to remember! Any guesses?
posted by trixie_bee on Jun 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Looking for film reviews/discussion with fairly long and intelligent commentary on plot/cinematography/history of the films.

I am looking for a good source of both modern and classic film reviews/discussion with fairly long and intelligent commentary on plot/cinematography/history of the films. [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Jun 21, 2007 - 8 answers

Books and movies about resistance movements

Bookfilter / Moviefilter - Need book and movie recommendations about resistance fighters in wars. Particularly interested in the European theatre of World War II but open to other times, settings, and points of view whether fictional or non-fictional. [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da on Jun 19, 2007 - 33 answers

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