This morning i received another lovely little gem through my letterbox. It was a later edition of F.F.T.C. In actual fact it was edition number 73 from autumn 2010 as pictured here..
Ordinarily, these later editions, i've found carry nowhere near as much interest to me than some of the early editions. The reasons for this i've found, is that by the time Derek had sadly passed away, releases of top titles became more and more sporadic and therefore there really didn't feel as though there was much to talk about in some of these.
Anyhow, to my complete delight and amazement, this one turned out to be right up my street!
It begins with an advertisement for the up and coming Blackpool convention in November 2010 as illustrated here..
then on the contents page, my eyes simply lit up as you can imagine when I discovered there was a two page article by John clancy,starting on page 12 , describing the whole subject of the Derann Disney Deal!
The first page interestingly talks about how the deal was formed by Derek and even more interestingly, points out the fact that this deal couldn't have been agreed to or secured and would never had come about, but for the timing of VHS dare I say digital technology!
Without the lucrative sums generated by Disney deciding to release their films onto the then popular VHS format, there is no way Derek would have ever been given permission to release these on Super 8mm or indeed any other film gauge.
The second page goes on to tell of other Disney short titles that were able to be released by Derek from the Disney vaults. Titles such as "Who Killed Cock Robin" (which I am fortunate to have a superb copy of), as well as others such as "Elmer Elephant" and "Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom" etc etc.
The article written by John also goes on to tell of the negotiating and compromise required by Derek to ensure that both parties were satisfied with the titles that were allowed for release by Disney to Derann.
Derek wanted correctly, to primarily satisfy his audience by giving them the traditional titles most sought after by collectors. Titles such as Snow White, Lady & The Tramp, 101 Dalmatians and Jungle Book to name just a few.
Disney, on the other hand, couldn't particularly understand this and insisted that if Derann were to get their wishes granted regarding these type of titles, then they would also have to release some of the newer "showcase" Disney spectaculars like "Beauty & The Beast" and "The Lion King" etc etc.
While this may have sat nervously with Derek to begin with, I am certain judging by collectors views from the results, it is a decision he must have thought afterwards was better made as a compromise, I'd say!
it also goes on to speak of the huge success of lesser know Disney features by popularity, by simply releasing these to a more appreciative FILM LOVING audience on Super 8mm,it lists "The Rescuers Down Under" as one very good example of this.
finally, in this article, there is a complete list of all 25 feature length Disney releases that were able to make the small guage from Derann.
Also a note regarding probably THE greatest catalogue they ever issued, the infamous catalogue from 1992 with "Mermaid" featured on the cover at the very outset of the deal.
It was also interesting reading the usual BFG section featuring words from our very own Barry Attwood as well pleasingly seeing many of the contributors to this fine magazine still contributing on the forums and Facebook pages to this very day besides just Barry.
Names included , Adrian Simmonds, Ged Jones, Barry Attwood, Tom Photiou, Luigi Petrin, John Clancy, John Campbell, Keith Wilton and my good friend Keith Ashfield!
Finally to conclude this edition, the best article of all from my point of view, I've saved until last. It was an article submitted by our very own Tom Photiou from an item initially written by an Italian technical electronics wizard known as Luigi Petrin.
At the time, Luigi had successfully repaired many different machines but had never been given a Beaulieu to repair. That was ...until now.
In this article Luigi receives two Beaulieu Stereo projectors both with problems relating to their drive mechanisms and in particular the electronics needed to both drive the two motors fitted to these as well synchronizing the two to run in perfect tandem with one another.
As this is a topic completely related to the earlier article I wrote on here regarding the benefits of this unique Capstan driven system on these for the very best attainable results in Wow & Flutter on the Super 8mm format, i will talk more of Luigi's findings there but suffice to say, it was both interesting and extremely enlightening to me to say the least!
For those here and our large guest compliment here, I will post on my original section regarding the capstan drive mechanism on these highlighting the key issues and discoveries observed here by Luigi.
Hopefully other owners will find this very interesting in the manner I do, as well as others who are interested in the technical aspect of our hobby!
Thanks again Luigi for writing about your findings and thanks also to our very own Tom on here for submitting the article to Derann. 5 years on these articles still provide extremely valuable information as indeed the entire magazine does!