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Q: Finding a movie ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Finding a movie
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: luciaphile-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 09 Jan 2004 11:59 PST
Expires: 08 Feb 2004 11:59 PST
Question ID: 294814
I am looking to purchase a VHS or DVD of the 1953 film "Inferno"
(there are several movies with this name. The version I want was
directed by Roy Ward Baker, and starred Robert Ryan and Rhonda
Fleming). I'm in the U.S.

I've seen copies on eBay but so far they've all been bootlegs.

If a research can come up with something substantial to indicate that
the movie has not been professionally released, that would be


Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 09 Jan 2004 12:13 PST
Dear luciaphile,

I am not located in the United States, so unfortunately I can't
confirm availability myself. But this could, with some luck, be a

Los Angeles-based "CineFile Video" has at least one rental copy of Roy
Ward Baker's "Inferno". Additionally, they write on their website:
"All of these [VHS] movies MAY be for sale. Call the store. Purchases
of our in-store titles MUST be transacted in the store OR over the
phone. Call us. We'll research the title's availability, sell it to
you (if it's available), and ship it out immediately."

You may want to contact the store and, in case you are successful,
allow me to post this as an answer. The CineFile reference number for
the movie is: 23024.

Contact information:

CineFile Video
11280 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-312-8836


Clarification of Question by luciaphile-ga on 09 Jan 2004 12:53 PST
Hi Scriptor-ga,

Part of the reason I'm posting this is lack of time to research it on
my own and my personal situation is such that for the next week or so
I can't really be calling long distance. If no one else answers this
right off, my situation changes, and Cinefile does have the video,
I'll be happy to accept your clarification as an answer.


Clarification of Question by luciaphile-ga on 26 Jan 2004 15:53 PST
Hi Scriptor-ga,

Finally was able to call Cinefile. According to the gentleman I spoke
to, the movie on the site isn't available for purchase. Thanks anyhow.


Request for Question Clarification by mother911-ga on 26 Jan 2004 16:07 PST
I have located a copy in a Canadian website selling hard to find
videos. I haven't confirmed it's in stock. I will post a confirmation
as an answer tomorrow if that would be an acceptable answer to you.

Subject: Re: Finding a movie
Answered By: mother911-ga on 26 Jan 2004 17:42 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi luciaphile-ga,

I just hung up with Robert, the owner of Robert's hard to find videos.
He has not only confirmed for me that he has the 1953 "Inferno" as
directed by Roy Ward Baker, but also said he would hold it for you.
The one quality of this video that most likely made it so difficult
for you to track down, was that it was originally made in 3-D.

The movie is $24.95 Canadian, and has a shipping fee of $4.50

The direct link to the video, which can then be added to a shoping cart is below:

Robert had a good sense of humor, and laughed alot during our
conversation, sounds like a truly nice person. I'm sure you won't have
any difficulties.

Search Engine Used:
Search Strategy: Inferno + "Roy Ward Baker"

Request for Answer Clarification by luciaphile-ga on 27 Jan 2004 08:43 PST
Hi mother911-ga,

Thank you so much! You have no idea how long I have been looking for
this movie. As soon as I contact Robert of Robert's Hard to Find
videos, I'll rate the answer.


Clarification of Answer by mother911-ga on 28 Jan 2004 07:03 PST
Hi Luciaphile-ga, 

I have high hopes to be as graceful and poetic as some of the other
researchers, or perhaps even nicer, as well educated and cultured. I
haven't come close yet, but I do have an uncanny ability to track down
hard to find items. It was alot of fun using your movie for a internet
treasure hunt. I'm sure it has been said to other people, but I truly
enjoyed looking for your movie and appreciate your enthusiasm.

luciaphile-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Thanks very much for this. I've been dying to see the end of this
movie since the days of Iran-Contra. I was engrossed in the film and
the channel airing it broke into the movie to broadcast footage from
the Ollie North trial. Your hard work is much appreciated!

Subject: Re: Finding a movie
From: lsbsonoma-ga on 08 Dec 2004 08:14 PST
Can any of you advise if you actually ordered or received a movie form
"Roberts Videos"............I hear he is a scam and takes $ but no
videos are sent.  I ordered one and have nothing and now website is

Subject: Re: Finding a movie
From: luciaphile-ga on 08 Dec 2004 10:41 PST
I've only ordered the above film. I got it relatively quickly. Print
quality was okay, but I had no complaints.

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