Science Fiction’s greatest moments are yours! In 8mm!

CINEMARAMA! Yes, you too can relive your favorite sci-fi moments through the magic of your 8mm film projector!!!

These days, we are SOOO spoiled. You can see a movie in theaters, and four months later you can get a blu-ray that you can rewatch on your high definition TV. Way back in MY youth, that was the stuff of… well, science fiction. When I was a young boy, the only way you could rewatch stuff was by buying 8mm film reels by mail order… and a lot of the time the only thing that was available for most films was in black and white with no sound.

Here’s a great ad from 1978’s Starlog issue 11… And look at those prices! If you wanted color with sound, you’ll be paying up $29.95, not including shipping and handling. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $110 in 2014 money. And even then, you only got EXCERPTS – usually about four minutes, sometimes (rarely) up to 30 minutes. Yikes.

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Joseph Dickerson is a user experience professional and UX Lead for Microsoft based out of Atlanta, GA. He has implemented processes in user testing, design and ethnographic research and provided design and consulting services for many different projects and organizations.

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