Thursday, February 14, 2013

Boxes for Castle films

   In the field of 8mm digest movie collecting, the best boxes belong to Castle Films, a home-market subsidiary of Universal. These were the days prior to VHS, so the best way to screen a movie in your own home was to buy digests, which condensed popular films into 8 to 20 minute reels. The most popular digests ran 200 feet, or about 8 minutes. These were cheaper than the more complete 400' reels, but still offered more material than the dinky 50' reels popular with children. Castle's first major science fiction releases (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, and "WAR OF THE PLANETS" which was excerpts from THIS ISLAND EARTH) came minus the famous wonderful Castle box art, however. These box-tops were alternatives for the home-movie collector I created a few years back (I used to make and sell 8mm box art).


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