20 Million Miles to Earth 8mm

While sorting through too many DVDs and laserdiscs, I spotted my old 8mm “silent home movie” print of 20 Million Miles to Earth.  I used to drag out the projector, hang up a sheet and show it every Halloween.  Back in the day, before video tapes and laserdiscs were readily available for home consumers, 8mm home movies were an alternate way besides TV to check out some highlights from your favorite monster films.  This film is a condensed version and runs somewhere between 8-12 minutes.  Yes the Ymir is shown! A Famous Monster’s magazine from 1968 indicates these films to be about $6 back then.

Columbia Pictures licensed this film for “non-theatrical home-use only”.  All other uses were prohibited. The film is even made in the good ole U.S.A.  Times have changed. Today, you can still find them on-line, at flea markets, garage sales (rarely) and collectible shows.  The viewing quality of 8mm is actually quite sharp.  The small frame offers tight resolution and you’re fine as long as you have a decent projector and don’t blow up the image too much.

My buddy Mace had a Super 8 copy of Star Wars. My dad had both a Super 8 and an 8mm projector so we were set.  The Star Wars film included the Vader-Kenobi fight sequence and the attack on the Millenium Falcon.  We thought that was amazing to own clips from Star Wars.  I can’t remember if it was in color —I think it was.  Today kids contaminate their brains with seizure-inducing first-person shooters and American Idol.  Crap —go outside and catch a lizard or build a potato launcher.

Here’s the box cover.  Pretty sweet.  

And a blow up of a single frame.  Not too bad.

And inside the packaging box came with this neat slip of paper for ordering a catalogue of films.  I can remember ordering one as a kid.  

Ah.  They don’t make ’em like they used to.  I miss the old days.

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2 Responses to “20 Million Miles to Earth 8mm”

  1. There is the famous story of the copy of “London After Midnight” 1927 which was advertised by Blackhawk Films in the small ads in the back of film mags in the 1960’s. Collectors went crazy trying to find this. If it ever did exist at all, it was probably one of these 8-12 minute abbreviated 8mm films. Good memories, similar to home movies.

  2. I’ve heard that anecdote before Stan. However, the film master burned in a vault at MGM in the late 1960’s. I’ve searched through numerous FM from that era and have never been able to find reference to that 8mm film being offered.

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