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International Historic Films, Inc.
P.O. Box 5796, Chicago, IL 60680
Phone: 773-927-2900
Fax: 773-927-9211

Order with confidence, almost 26 years of reliable service
with over 265,000 satisfied customers in over 100 countries.

A thought about security
DVD Region Encoding
Video Standards (NTSC & PAL)
Accepted Payment Methods
Alternative order placement by phone, fax or regular mail
Libraries and Institutions
Shipping Costs/Sales Tax
Stock Footage
About IHF
Press Releases/In the News
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Privacy Policy

All online transactions are handled with industry-standard SSL encryption.

When you enter your credit card number into the order form, it is transmitted across the Internet in an encrypted (scrambled) form, then decoded when it gets to us.

For added security, we also encrypt the credit card number when it is stored on disk, and when it is forwarded to our headquarters.

If you are not the kind of person who worries about being hit by lightning as you're crossing the street, you probably don't have to worry that your credit card number will be intercepted on the way to a secure Web site. According to CNN, "The prevalent that on-line credit card use is actually no riskier for consumers than traditional "low-tech" transactions."

We order products online all the time, both as a company and as individuals. When we use a credit card to buy something online, we feel at least as safe as we would using one in a store or restaurant.

Region encoding for IHF DVDs is specified at the end of each product description. Most of the DVDs in this online catalog are available in Region 0 encoding (playable in the Entire World). Some are available in Region 1 encoding (playable in USA & Canada). What is DVD region encoding?

All videocassettes in this on-line catalog are available in VHS NTSC standard. Many are also available in VHS PAL standard. NTSC and PAL standard availability is indicated at the end of every product description. Please specify the video standard that you require within the comment box when completing the on-line order form. What is NTSC and PAL standard?

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We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal.

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For customers who prefer to mail, fax or phone in an order rather than placing secure online orders, for your convenience: printable blank mail / fax order form.

Customer Service: Call 1-773-927-9091
between 8am and 6pm Central Standard Time.


Official signed purchase orders must be submitted. Postage will be charged additionally. See also information on Use Restrictions/ Public Performance Rights and Digital Site Licenses.

We ship orders Worldwide. Shipping costs and sales tax (if applicable) will be automatically calculated when placing an on-line order. When placing an on-line order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail when the order ships. If an item is not in stock you will receive an e-mail stating the approximate ship date. The following tax and shipping charts are for reference purposes and for those customers who need to manually calculate shipping / tax amounts when submitting purchase orders.

Sales Tax

  • Illinois residents add 10.25% sales tax

Shipping Costs

  • Use the shipping charts below to determine your postage.

Orders inside the U.S. (STANDARD SHIPPING: 7 - 10 days)
Order Amount Shipping Cost
Under $25 $5.75
$25.00-39.99 $6.50
$40.00-$54.99 $7.50
$55.00-$69.99 $8.50
$70.00-$84.99 $9.50
$85.00-$99.99 $10.50
$100 and over $12.00

Orders inside the U.S. (USPS PRIORITY MAIL: 1 - 3 days)
Weight Shipping Cost
0-1 lb $14.20
1.1 lb - 4.3 lb $20.65
4.4 lb - up $25.90

Orders inside the U.S. (UPS NEXT DAY or SECOND DAY)
Charges for expedited shipping are calculated in real-time based on the cumulative weight of the order and the destination of the order, plus a $7.00 handling charge. You will be able to review all charges during checkout, before actually placing your order.

Orders to Canada (USPS AIRMAIL Approx. 2 weeks)
Weight Shipping Cost
0-0.4 $9.50
.41-1 $15.50
1.01-2 $15.50
2.01-3 $24.50
3.01-4 $36.50
4.01-5 $41.95
5.01-6 $44.50
6.01-7 $47.05
7.01-8 $49.60
8.01-9 $52.15
9.01-10 $54.70
10.01-11 $57.15
11.01-12 $59.60
12.01-13 $62.05
13.01-14 $64.50
14.01-15 $66.95
15.01-16 $69.60
16.01-17 $72.30
17.01-18 $75.10
18.01-19 $77.80
19.01-20 $80.60
20.01-21 $82.40
21.01-22 $85.10
22.01-23 $87.80
23.01-24 $90.60
24.01-25 $93.30
25.01-26 $96.00
26.01-27 $98.70
27.01-28 $101.40
28.01-29 $104.10
29.01-30 $106.80
30.01-31 $109.60
31.01-32 $112.30
32.01-33 $115.00
33.01-34 $117.70
34.01-35 $120.40
35.01 + up $123.00
• All prices include a $3.00 handling charge

International Orders outside the U.S. and Canada (USPS AIRMAIL Approx 2 Weeks)
Weight Shipping Cost
0-0.42 $13.50
.43-1 $22.50
1.01-2 $22.50
2.01-3 $34.50
3.01-4 $49.50
4.01-5 $65.34
5.01-6 $68.68
6.01-7 $72.02
7.01-8 $75.36
8.01-9 $78.71
9.01-10 $82.05
10.01-11 $85.09
11.01-12 $88.13
12.01-13 $91.17
13.01-14 $94.22
14.01-15 $97.26
15.01-16 $100.30
16.01-17 $103.34
17.01-18 $106.39
18.01-19 $109.43
19.01-20 $112.47
20.01-21 $115.51
21.01-22 $118.55
22.01-23 $121.60
23.01-24 $124.64
24.01-25 $127.68
25.01-26 $130.72
26.01-27 $133.77
27.01-28 $136.80
28.01-29 $139.85
29.01-30 $142.89
30.01-31 $145.93
31.01-32 $148.97
32.01-33 $152.02
33.01-34 $155.06
34.01-35 $158.11
35.01 + up $161.14
• All prices include a $3.00 handling charge

STOCK FOOTAGE is available from IHF's Stock Footage Department. Producer's and Filmmakers should visit our Stock Footage Department.

International Historic Films presents history in the most dynamic, comprehensive, and authentic of media: the motion picture.

Here is a unique look at our century - its leaders, empires, wars, and upheavals - seen in original newsreels, politically-significant feature films, and dramas reflecting the societies of the times: original, unedited, exactly as they were shown to cinema audiences around the world.

What the IHF program offers is a genuine step into the past: an opportunity to discover the motivations of filmmakers and regimes and to visualize the reactions of former viewers.

It is one thing to read about the dramatic historic events of this century. It is another thing entirely to experience them as they actually occurred through the unforgettable medium of film. IHF offers history that lives and breathes.

Ours is an image totally unlike that of most currently-produced documentaries: those fragmented rehashes so typical of modern television and so often politically tailored to mold the viewers' thoughts. The IHF series, on the other hand, is an incomparable source for exploring the hows and whys of our century by reliving it in the form of current events. It is history as you've never seen it or felt it.

The IHF program is fresh and original in its very antiquity, profound in its timelessness, and a passport to history for today's generation. Welcome to the world of IHF.

Film is the Twentieth Century's most eloquent witness. Like the memories of history's survivors, however, the film record is fading with time.

The technical quality of footage, copied and recopied over the years, has deteriorated steadily. The phenomena of past decades, once splendidly captured on film, are now often seen only on murky multi-generation prints conveying but a shadow of the world's great visual dramas.

International Historic Films, dedicated to the recovery of first-generation film material, has "reached back in time" to reverse this degenerative process and restore long-lost quality to the medium of film. Exhaustive research is ever augmenting our extensive inventory of original high-resolution negatives and release prints. It is this dedication to quality, and to making history live again, that has made International Historic Films one of the world's largest privately-owned film archives.

IHF also has its eye on the future, using state-of-the-art equipment to reproduce original film on convenient DVD's. Select an IHF DVD today and experience the drama of this century as it actually happened.



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