If it is a movie stock, it lacks a rem-jet backing. Or is it only color motion picture film that has that?
I think the advantage of bulk cost wise is you can load the number of frames you need rather than just shooting up the whole roll. I have some recently acquired RF cameras that I would prefer to load up, say, 12x just to test the basics out.
If you combine the 20x + 36x prices, the bulk is way cheaper. Then again, if only shooting 36x, then saving 17% maybe is not enough.
Its nice to have both as a choice.:)
Kodak used to sell 100' at 29.99 at B&H and Adorama. That film was Trix made in USA for international market. The USA made for USA was selling at $44.99. a few years ago they stopped selling them and that was the time I started to try foma and forte. I don't know if the Aristra premium 400 film is indeed a left over stock? or kodak decided to re-label that intentional version.
freestyle has marked the 36exp roll quite low -- at 1.99. the 100' can make about 18 36-exp rolls -- that brings each roll = 1.67.
It is made by PhotoEngineer in his basement late at night.
I think it's not unlike pharmaceuticals; the manufacturers will charge what the market will bear. My father takes aracept for his Alzheimer's. No generic is available here. We pay about $60 for 90 days, but the $600 cost counts against his Medicare Part D. Screw that, we just ordered 90 days generic from Canada for $82, no Part D hit.
Sorry for the rant.