Greg, long before DVDs, Laser Discs, or VHS tapes, if a person wanted to own a film for home viewing, they could always go to their local film shop and buy an 8mm, or 16mm version of their favorite movie for a moderate price. Only thing was, they would have to settle for a silent version of the film, or else an edited down, twenty minute version. It was better than nothing.
I bought an 8mm cine camera (Bell & Howell) and made my own edited Alamo copy long before it was available to buy. I even edited the soundtrack to run with it, at the time it was certainly the best option available, I still keep the copy for sentimental reasons.
Coool, Alex! How long did your version of the film run?
I copied the arrival of Davy Crockett at the begining, then him and his Tennesseans going up and into the Alamo, the first battle scene and of course the final battle. I was quite pleased with my efforts although the quality wasn't anywhere close to todays LD and DVD standards it enabled me to watch it whenever I wanted to.
I'm surprized that they would have such an old "B-Western" quality film on Netflix, Mike. Anyway, happy viewing.
One thing that becomes apparent with HEROES OF THE ALAMO is that some scenes were lifted from prior Alamo films. While scenes depicting Stephen Austin, for instance, show Texans dressed in proper period clothing, (tailcoats, waistcoats, etc.) most other scenes show them costumed in bad, off the rack, 1930's cowboy attire. Most of the final assault scenes were lifted fom the Cullen Landis Film, Davy Crockett At The Fall Of The Alamo. In one embarrasing scene by the palisade, the cameraman makes a considerable gaff. Only the church pillars and door were constructed for this film's set, but the cameraman, for a brief instant, shows open sky above the pillars. Oops! Anyhow, watch for it when you get the film.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2007 21:53:55 GMT -5 by neferetus