Pirates of the Caribbean – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

The serene exterior/entrance to Pirates of The Caribbean in our latest souvenir film restoration stands in stark contrast to the busy area we see today. The ride footage opens after the opening scenes as boats approach the galleon just after the famous "drop". For those more familiar with the Pirates of the last decade where Barbosa from the Hollywood film is captain of the ship this film gives you a good glimpse of the original pirate…Read More...

Jungle Cruise – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our restoration of Disney 8mm souvenir films next takes us to Adventureland's legendary Jungle Cruise. The film opens with the earliest of Jungle Cruise's many signs and entrance designs over the years. We see ships leaving the dock and entering a covered thicket canopy which you might not recognize because you're usually sailing under it and looking at the giant butterflies on either side of you.Read More...

It’s a Small World – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our series of restored Disney souvenir films takes us around the world on the Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed. it's a small world is, perhaps, Disney's most famous attraction. The original premiered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY before moving to Disneyland in 1966. In 1971 it's a small world was an opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and is the second of an eventual five…Read More...

Country Bear Jamboree – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our restoration of Disney souvenir films continues with a look at Frontierland's iconic Country Bear Jamboree. This attraction was the brainchild of Imagineer Marc Davis and was originally intended as entertainment to be offered at Walt Disney's never built Mineral King ski resort in California near Sequoia National Forest. The film opens with a view of the attraction entrance and exterior. Note the sign showing the two original sponsors Pepsi and Frito-Lay. This is of note…Read More...

A visit to Walt Disney World – Restored Home Movie HD from 1974

Title screens were the purview of real film enthusiasts and our cinematographer sets the stage by showing us the Winter/Spring 1974 WDW guide map. This is really unique because it chronicles all facets of the arrival and entrance to Walt Disney World property and the Magic Kingdom. On the open road headed to the Disney World exit and then approaching the parking plaza. Our driver is seen paying his fee and collecting his guide for his…Read More...

Remastering Our Restorations – 2 completed

We have restored many films over the past year however I was never satisfied with the end result on a few of them. I've been continually tweaking the process and in recent days I have gone back and remastered the color and sharpness on two of the films. The pictures of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Subs show the color difference between the old and new restoration processes....and the photo of yours truly below shows…Read More...

Through My Father’s Lens: Magic Kingdom ’73 – Restored Kodak Bliss

My parents day was well captured in the 14 minutes. The early morning monorail ride shows the topiaries along the way and soon we are inside Main Street USA. Notice that there is no full-on castle shot until a bit later, as if my father purposely delayed its entrance into the film. The on-board footage of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a wonderful gateway to past memories. We're treated to bits of the parade, the…Read More...

Here’s to the Future…And You! – Home of Future Living restored film w/Sound!

Our latest film restoration is a trip backward and forward in time! We'll let How Bowers (who is also a voice on our podcast) explain: So many visions of the future are so off the mark that they often end up being laughable—a trait put to good use in the "Looking Back at Tomorrow" segments in Epcot Center's Horizons pavilion. It's especially remarkable then that in 1975 Disney debuted a post-show for the RCA-sponsored Space Mountain…Read More...