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How are movies transferred from 35mm film to VHS/DVD?

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Chosen answer: The film is projected from a regular projector into a mirror prism that reflects it into a special camera whose shutters are synched to the speed of the projector's. The signal is then sent to a video tape. Then the signal from the camera is sent to a computer where it is cleaned up and enhanced and then sent to the digital or recorded format.

Boobra

I remember watching a couple of tv shows at school in the early 90's. The first was about a bird, I think it was a Kite, and a bloke was after it because he collected bird eggs etc, and a couple of young kids were trying to stop him. In one episode they found loads of eggs and stuffed birds in the back of his shop I think. The second was about some sort of alien, and I think he came out of the sea or lived by the sea or something. There was a computer involved somehow, again with a couple of young kids.

Kayleigh Green

Chosen answer: It sounds a lot like you're talking about an old staple of school programming called. "Look and Read". The first story is Skyhunter and the bird in question was a peregrine falcon. I can't recall the second one, but the first is definitely Skyhunter.

Blue Phoenix

I am a huge Jim Henson nut and there is one movie I cannot remember. All I remember is the ending where a boy is talking to a giant mechanical dragon. It turns out this guy was playing the dragon's voice but when they leave the room, the dragon's wings move slowly. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: This was shown on Channel 4 in the UK at Christmas Time about 10 years ago. It was called Monster Maker. Check out this link for more info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097906/.

There is a very old movie I saw as a kid. It is about a robotic grandmother who is delivered to this family to help them out. The biggest scene I remember is her shooting milk from her fingers. Anyone know what movie this is?

Chosen answer: Probably "The Electric Grandmother" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083876/ or some other movie or TV episode based on Ray Bradbury's short story "I Sing the Body Electric". A Twilight Zone episode was called that.

Myridon

I remember an animated movie that I saw in the early/mid 1980's. I believe it aired on the Disney Channel (though I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Disney production) and the animation style vaguely reminds me of The Hobbit animated movie. Here's what I can remember about the plot: a young child (a boy?) watches everyone he knows, family, friends, etc., get turned into odd wooden-block-like marionettes. He follows them on a long journey, always evading detection of the evil force turning all people into these block-monsters, searching for a way to return humanity to normal. He journeys along, trying to save his family from their good-as-dead fate, meeting with little success. The marionettes are being marched toward the ocean, and when they arrive, they all begin assembling themselves into buildings or boats or something. Near the end, the boy, who is the last person alive and the only one who can save the day, gets captured/infected/etc. and becomes one of the mindless wooden block marionette creatures as well. I seem to remember that after this, the viewer is shown the marionette's long (10-15 minute?) death-march to the sea, in complete silence. So, evil wins and the long marching lines of wooden block creatures assemble themselves into structures in a terribly disturbing and quiet scene. I sincerely hope someone can name this movie, because I can't find information about it on IMDb or the general internet, and it's driving me crazy.

Chosen answer: The name of the movie is "Unico in the Island of Magic". It's been driving me crazy for the last 15 years too but finally found it.

In a couple of films and TV shows I've watched, the saying "Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny" has sprouted up a couple of times. What film was this first mentioned in?

Chosen answer: It's actually originally from "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. The announcer would say "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!" at the beginning of the show. It was most famously made use of in The Shining.

Nick N.

I remember seeing a movie in the summer of 1985 (probably June)on HBO. What I remember about the movie is two guys are in a private plane and they crash and are presumably dead. Then one of the guys is a ghost and only one girl can see him. I believe they meet on a bus. The "ghost" accompanies his mother to identify his body. In the end, it turns out that the girl who can see the "ghost" was also in an accident, either a car wreck or thrown from a horse.and they were both in the same hospital, both unconscious. Does anyone know the title of this movie?

Chosen answer: Somewhere Tomorrow with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Laura Ogle

I recall seeing a movie as a child that scared the Dickens out of me. It was probably the early seventies, and it involved a lot of scenes where people were walking in grassy fields and every few hundred yards were large holes in the ground leading down to a network of tunnels where monsters lurked. It was supposedly set in the future. The premise was similar to the Sleestacks (?) from Land of the Lost, however, it was a theatrical release originally and was fairly well done. Does anyone have a clue as to what movie this is?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the original Time Machine. The holes led to the realm of the Morlocks.

Grumpy Scot

I watched a movie on TV about 25 years ago where a woman and her little girl are trying to get away from her husband. I think the woman was a blond actress. In the movie the man catches up to them and he steals the little girl then begins to dig a hole to bury her in. The little girl doesn't act scared and I think she calls him Daddy. The woman runs around the whole time frantically searching for her and pleading with him. I remember a lot of the scenes took place after dark. I apologize for not having more info, anything would help.

Chosen answer: This is "Bunny Lake is missing" with Carol Lynley. The man is her psycho brother played by Kier Dullea.

I'm looking for the name of a film about a couple who agree to meet in one year at the Eiffel Tower, and the woman is hit by a car on her way there.

Chosen answer: Are you sure it is the Eiffel Tower? Your description sounds very like 'An Affair to Remember' with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. They agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building and on her way there she gets hit by a car.

Tallicame

I'm looking for the name of a scary movie. What I remember is that there is a trapdoor in the floor and something/someone is trying to get out. There are two children who are sitting on a table on top of a rug over the door. I believe there was also an old man with the kids.

Chosen answer: I think that this movie is "The People under the stairs".

I remember a show I used to watch on the Disney Channel when I was a kid - about 10 or 12 years ago. It took place in a school/classroom, and I think all the characters were animals. I think that one of the students was named Skeleton, and I remember that the principal (who often visited the classroom) was female and kind of weird. Any help with the title?

Chosen answer: Not a perfect fit, but might it have been "Gravesdale High"? That's the right setting and time frame, but the kids were all monsters (young frankenstein's monsters, werewolves, etc.) instead of animals.

Is there a website that has a list of every Warner Brothers cartoon ever made?

Chosen answer: here is one that I know of http://www.davemackey.com/animation/wb/.

Mister Ed

Can't remember what this movie was called. It's basically a horror. All I remember is it's some sort of funhouse or carnival type setting. A guy wearing a mask is chasing a girl through a wooded area. In his hand is what looks like the head of a ventriloquist dummy. As he's running after her he keeps yelling, "meet my friend", at which point the dummy head opens its mouth and screams. This happens a couple of times. Finally, the girl climbs over a fence and the "bad guy" follows her up, throwing the head at her and again yells, "meet my friend". The dummy head lands, rolls over, looks at her, and screams again. One other scene from the same movie is where this same masked guy goes into some room (where he lives?) and there are all the dummies around, sitting in chairs and such.

Chosen answer: Tourist Trap.

MELANIE SMITH

I am looking for the name of a film. Probably in the 50's or 60's. It is a wartime film about a US soldier in a hospital. It is a German hospital, but German intelligence is pretending it is an American hospital in order to gain information about the Normandy invasion. I believe the title has a time element to it, such as "24 hours".

Chosen answer: The film is '36 Hours', starring James Garner, Rod Tayloe and Eva Marie Saint. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057809/.

I remember seeing a film set in a middle eastern or possibly Asian country, about a poor family who's father earns money by driving a rickshaw. There's a part where he and his kids build a really beautiful one in a bid to earn him more customers, but the competition come along and destroy it. Anyone know what movie that was?

Chosen answer: Do Bigha Zamin (1953).

Boobra

How many Oscar-winning actors/actresses have reprised their roles in sequels to the winning film (for example, Anthony Hopkins, who won for Silence of the Lambs, and later played Hannibal Lecter again in Hannibal and Red Dragon, or Gene Hackman, who won for The French Connection and played Popeye Doyle again in French Connection II)?

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Chosen answer: Paul Newman in The Hustler/The Color of Money, Al Pacino in The Godfather/The Godfather II and Bing Crosby in Going My Way/The Bells of St. Mary's.

Ariane Schultheis

I'm looking for the title of a film I once saw, a few years ago. I can only remember a couple of scenes/details from it though. All I remember is that the main character is on the run from the police. In one scene, he is racing down a street in a truck and he crashes into a baby's pram. He is mortified, thinking he's killed a baby, but in fact it turns out that all that was in the pram was cans of beer. The only other scene I can remember is a scene where he goes into a shop, and the shopkeeper agrees to hide him from the police. When a female officer enters the shop and asks the shopkeeper if he has seen the main guy, the shopkeeper says no and then makes some comment about why female police officers aren't called 'officeresses' (the shopkeeper guy is quite a creepy character). That's all I can remember of the film I'm afraid, other than the fact the main guy ends up pretty badly battered at the end of the film. It's not much to go on I know, but if anyone could tell me what film this is I'd be really grateful. Thanks.

The Doctor

Chosen answer: That is Falling Down with Micheal Douglas and Robert Duvall.

Grumpy Scot

Does anybody know of a film set in the old cold war times? It is about a communist girl falling in love with a capitalist boy in the split Germany. A friend told me about this movie and I need to know the name of it. Thanks.

Chosen answer: Maybe the Billy Wilder film "One, two, three"?

I am trying to remember a film I saw about 10 years ago about a high school kid on his way to France on a senior trip who gets mixed up with a secret agent at an airport and accidentally takes over the secret mission. Does anyone know this film?

Chosen answer: "If Looks Could Kill", from 1991 starring Richard Grieco.

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