Here is a side by side comparison of the restoration we have been doing on Walt Disney’s 1966 Film about EPCOT. We employed a few different techniques to remove dust/grain, smooth the motion, steady the picture and improve the color balance. You’ll notice it is cropped a bit, that needed to be done in order to compensate for some of the scenes where the camera shakes quite a bit.
The original source is from a Tomorrowland DVD that Disney produced about 10-15 years ago. While the quality of the digital copy is OK, its clear that the film was not cleaned before the DVD was made. Until Disney releases a frame-by-fame scan of the original negative, this may be the best quality we are going to have. If such a scan is ever done, it could be done at an HD level or higher…Fingers crossed… If anyone knows the whereabouts of an actual film copy of this short presentation, please let us know! We could work wonders with it!
The above mentioned techniques were applied to the entirety of the film, which works for most of it. However you’ll notice that the color is still slightly “off” in certain scenes. Needless to say, we aren’t 100% satisfied with the outcome. We are torn with leaving it how you see it restored here, or go one step further in the restoration and go scene by scene. This would involve cutting out each individual scene and adjusting each of them to provide more color continuity throughout the film. On the flip side, however we feel some of the nostalgic look of the film should remain.
Thoughts comments? let us know what you think we should do… Regardless we will post the full version of our efforts when we are complete.