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There comes a time when an eBay automated search turns up a diamond in the rough - this has surely got to be one of those times. Brian and I both found this film on the auction site and we immediately began to ensure that we would be able to secure it. We accidentally bid against each other, but no harm done, we got the film.

There are a few things that make this particular film unique. First it was taken on October 14, 1982 - a mere 13 days after EPCOT Center opened its doors. Second it is film, not video. In 1983 Sony released the first home camcorder and the influx of grainy poorly lit home videos boomed from there. It is very rare to find any film footage of EPCOT, let alone this early in its life. I believe this footage was taken by an older couple, there is a woman who appears in the film a few times wearing a long pink skirt - on top of that, they have almost zero interest in Future World. I can only assume, and maybe a stereo-typical one, that this couple made the pilgrimage to EPCOT and by 1981 they weren't about to spend any money on a "newfangled Super8 sound camera" and "fancy technology" wasn't that appealing to them, hence they spent their time at World Showcase over what appears to be two days.
 
The film starts off back in the parking lot of EPCOT. We see the monorail swing by and we are quickly whisked away to the fountain. From there it is a tour of World Showcase. There are some very nice slow pans of the Lagoon and a great shot of the chrome windowed Friendship boats. Note how the small trees make some countries look like they are on top of others. The Germany pavilion, which was going to house a Rhine River Cruise attraction, shows its massive size more than it does today. The first part of the film ends with a sunset over Paris.
 
Remember when I said the photographer had almost zero interest in the future? Well this all changes at the 6:02 mark when Horizons comes into focus, under construction. You can see welders and steel workers on top of the structure - the familiar Horizons shape is very clear. From there we are back to World Showcase and the film ends with a fantastic shot of the monorail gliding into the station.
 
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NOTE: This video was updated on 5/29/15 with a newly restored version with improved color correction.

Our podcast goes live tomorrow, but until then, here is a newly restored film from our Imageworks department...

If there is one thing that stands out in this film, it is the blue water... Seriously, the Rivers of America, the canals around the castle, the water in Adventureland has an almost fake looking blue tint to it. I can only assume a dye was used. Anyway, aside from the blue water this film really highlights the architecture of the park because whoever took it focused on buildings, landscape, fountains and other items that most people would overlook. Through Main Street USA and into Libery Square we go...some indoor shots of some shops are in here as well as evidence of a Florida afternoon rain shower.

The skyway was closed on the day this was taken...even back then a cast member stood guard at the entrance, fending off any would be trespassers and politely informing guests that the ride was closed for the day.

Technical Details: The color on this film was semi faded to start with, and in the end its just OK by my standards. Scene by scene adjustments is not warranted in this case as there is nothing really special in the film that would require massive restoration efforts.

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Sometimes things on eBay pop up that are worth spending a few dollars on. Sometimes you know whats on there, and sometimes you are purely taking a chance. With the help of a friend we were able to secure a few reels of Magic Kingdom footage from 1976. With a total running time of of nearly 5 minutes we are first treated to ride on the Peoplemover - oh how I long for the days of the StarJets!  Next up is about 1.5 minutes of on-board Swan Boats footage. Jungle Cruise is up next (no frogs this time) and then a trip on the train. A fantastic shot of the Tomorrowland Speedway from the train is tucked away at the 4:06 mark.

Technical Details: The color on this film was terrible to start with, and in the end its just OK by my standards. You'll notice that the color in each scene changes, demonstrating a inexpensive camera, poor quality film/developing or a combination of all. Its very difficult to apply a general color fix across all scenes, but we did the best we could. Scene by scene adjustments is not warranted in this case.

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Yes we here the collective groans..."What? another parade?!".. we agree, but this should be the last one for awhile, and after this we have 3 other non parade films to release. On the bright side this film does open with a nice shot across Seven Seas Lagoon, the ferryboat ride over to the Magic Kingdom and then some general shots in and around the park. The fife and drum corp does their thing and then Mickey's 50th birthday marches down into the hub area.

Technical Details: This film had tons of grain, and we did some look ahead frame interpolation to help reduce the grain even more. The color was in rough shape, and we bought it back to a general even color across the whole film. Some scenes are a bit off still however.

 


 


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We are back from our trip to Florida (no Mouse this time, just a world of wizarding..) and we felt it was time to release our next films.

For our first film, to be honest, we have no idea where it came from; all we know is that it is from August 1972. After the obligatory opening shot of Main Street, we get a really nice view of the flowers on East street and then some good shots of the trolley and car coming down from the castle. Over into Fantasyland we are treated to the Skyway from the ground and then we make a quick trip into Adventureland where we see the pre-show for the Enchanted Tiki Birds. My favorite part comes up next when we see some wonderful old school shopping bags and the subjects of the film walking over the original Adventureland bridge. The film ends with some area shots of the hub.

 

A few weeks back we presented some home movies filmed by David Coolidge (retrodisneyworld.com/retrodisneyworld/imageworks-film-restoration-blog/1973-magic-kingdom-super8-with-sound-mickey-mouse-review-and-more). David was impressed with our restoration work and as a result submitted an additional few films for us to restore. David filmed the entire America on Parade in 1975 at the Magic Kingdom - sure other people have done this, but he did it at night and during the day. Between the two parades there are some good shots of the animated windows of the Emporium on Main Street USA.

I felt bad the other night when I got everyone psyched up for new film restoration - specifically I've been much like Paul Revere in recent weeks..."The Swan Boats are coming, the Swan boats are coming!" I wasn't joking around, the transfer was complete last week and when the hard drive arrived it turned out everything on it was corrupt. To make some amends, and to prove that I'm not trying to turn this into some cruel joke - I felt I needed to make it up to our readers. Unbeknownst to most people, I actually have two, yes two, pieces of on board footage of the swan boats. This film was going to be the second of the two to be release, however now with those plans foiled, it rockets to the #1 spot.

A few weeks back we presented some home movies filmed by David Coolidge (https://www.retrodisneyworld.com/retrodisneyworld/imageworks-film-restoration-blog/1973-magic-kingdom-super8-with-sound-mickey-mouse-review-and-more). David was impressed with our restoration work and as a result submitted an additional few films for us to restore.

This particular film is from March 1975 - David did his own editing and added a soundtrack to his home movies; a task that at the time was daunting to say the least. After the opening shot we are treated to a ride on the Swan Boats, deep into Adventureland and around Cinderella's castle. Some shots of the train pulling into the Frontierland station are next along with the Pearly Band just off the side of Main Street as the day time parade starts up. Some character entertainment featuring Mickey Mouse, Pooh and the cats from the Aristocats round out the first half while the Adventureland steel drum band and the fife and drum bring us to the end.

Technical Notes:  Decent film quality, the exposure did have quite a bit of range in each scene. The sound was single channel monaural, we have duplicated the audio track to the second channel.

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