A little story to set the scene for my most recent purchase. Last Friday night I was talking with my other half about films I'd love to buy and I mentioned POLTERGEIST. I'd seen a reel of the scope release at the last BFCC and it looked stunning, but I knew from Tom's posts that the scope release is like hen's teeth. I was also aware that the flat release is also quite impressive and, like Tom, I'd be quite happy with that.
I checked my emails at about 6pm that night and Classic's latest list was in my inbox. The first film on the list? Poltergeist, flat!
The only problem was the listing. Phil had it listed as 4 x 400ft and I knew Poltergeist should be 6 x 400ft (or 4 x 600ft). Was this an incomplete version? Probably, so I resigned myself to the fact that I should keep looking and pass this one by. And, it had probably gone on Friday afternoon, I was sure someone would have got there before me, while Classic was still open.
I thought about it all night, however, and finally decided that it appeared to be priced up as the full feature, so I'd give Phil a call on the Saturday morning and ask if a) it was still available and b) was it a complete print.
Come 10am when I called the line was engaged. Probably someone else after it, I thought. No luck getting through until about 10.10am, and Phil wasn't in that day. The girl answering the phone told me that the Poltergeist hadn't been sold yet, but she didn't know if it was the full print or not. I ummed and aahd a bit and thought I'd risk it - Phil is good about taking prints back if you're not happy and I thought that there was only the postage to lose if it was incomplete. I ordered it.
Come yesterday, I got home from work and there was a 'Sorry we missed you' card from Royal Mail. I went to the post office this morning on my way to work to collect it... and my eyes lit up when the postman brought a parcel out for me, that was unmistakably 600ft spool sized. On opening, it was indeed 4 x 600ft spools so it looked like my Poltergeist was indeed complete, and there was a mistake in the listing. I couldn't wait to get home from work and get the projector out. When I did get home, that's the first thing I did, and I'm a very happy owner of the complete flat Poltergeist feature, on LPP and with gorgeous colours. Most of the time I'm not so lucky when taking a bit of a punt on a film (they're usually faded, scratched, incomplete or all of these), but this time my luck was in!