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STAR TOURS (1987) Restoration and Saving of the Original Movie Attraction

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Hello everybody !

I came here to ask you a little question. Did you know if someone at OrignalTrilogy planned to restore/preserve the Original 1987 STAR TOURS film attraction movie made for The Walt Disney Company
(At its debut at Disneyland in 1987, it was the first attraction based on a non-Disney produced film)

The film is front projected onto the screen from a 70mm film projector located beneath the cockpit barrier.
On the internet /YouTube/DailyMotion, there is always very poor copies of this incredible film.
The majority of theses videos are 'On Ride" films as this one (the most clear and detailed I found):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nED36n2lVO0

However there is a very interesting test footage searchable on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9CWq5JmGOs
This is a post production copy of the STAR TOURS ride film before it was sent to Disney for further visual and sound editing. Two of the most noticible things that confirm this is the bright tint and shade of yellow on the objects that show up on the screen as well as the dialouge in the video is different than what is played on the ride.

Since some years now, the original 1987 film attraction (with the “old vintage special effects”) is more and more replaced by a totally new uninspired Star Wars tour made with CGI.
(It does not remind you a famous original trilogy?) ^^
I wanted to know if someone at originaltrilogy planned to protect the original 1987 film in the same way as Harmy did for the three Star Wars movies (Preserve a scanned HD copy).

DisneyLand Paris in France is always the only one to have this 1987 movie in his STAR TOURS attraction…but it was announced that they will receive the updated ride and will open in 2017. The Ride will be closed during his update in 2016, which will mark the original ride’s final closure.
I think it could be an incredible project to restore and preserve this short incredible movie…
…if someone can find a copy of it

Many thanks again everybody for your incredible work at Original Trilogy.
I wish you a good luck on all of your projects ! You’re saving great pieces of Cinema History !

May the 4th B with U

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I don’t know how anyone would get ahold of the prints Disney used for that ride. They weren’t exactly widely distributed. Unfortunately, those YouTube videos are probably the best it’s gonna get.

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A 70mm Captain Eo print popped up on Ebay a few years back, so anything is possible. The asking price on that was insane, unfortunately.

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Where were you in '77?

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Yeah, your best hope is that–now that Disney owns the rights to Star Wars–they release the footage themselves. Maybe as a bonus feature on a hypothetical OOT release for maximum nostalgia. Or maybe as an internet upload. That’s probably more realistic than someone finding, buying, and restoring a print.

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Universal released the original Back to the Future ride as a bonus feature on their DVDs/Blu-rays. One can only hope…

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It’s been years since I saw the Star Tours DVD that was made by someone here, didn’t it include the ride footage or was it just the same test footage as in Youtube? I’m downloading it again since it seems to have been vanished from my HDD.

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It included the ride footage, I saw it forever ago but it was on there. Unfortunately it was fairly low quality.

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Sadly it’s the same “yellow” poor quality video… =/

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Oh, too bad. 😦 Would be great if someone found the film then.

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I’m hoping somebody among us knows someone who works at Disneyland and can hook us up with the footage.

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Ol’ George has the GOUT, I see.

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Well I know people who work both at Disneyland (which is useless in this endeavor) and Walt Disney Imagineering. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as find the film, walk out with it. There is so much security and scrutiny on your every move. They call that place Mouseschwitz for a reason. Haha

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Maybe they could just ask.

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Ol’ George has the GOUT, I see.

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Somehow I doubt they would let them borrow it for non professional purposes. Besides, the person I know in imagineering is in their financial department, so it would be strange and suspect for her to ask either way. Haha

However, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask if she knows what’s going on with the original version. I’ll ask next time I see her and let u guy know what she says.

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That’s sounds very great, Thanks! =)
The other question I’m thinking about is if they substituted all the old rides by the CGI films…
(…soon the last in DisneyLand Paris, I don’t know if the ride is already close
http://www.disneylandparis.fr/attractions/parc-disneyland/star-tours/ but it seems always open…)
I don’t know what will happen to the original 1987 footage. Just hope they will not destroy it!

This very short movie has the magic of the Orignal Trilogy’s Soul. That’s why I created this topic…
I just don’t want that the only available copies will be simple “on ride” or terrible quality videos on YouTube =/

The story of this amazing ride footage remind me too much the story of the STAR WARS Original Trilogy replaced with CGI effects…even in this case ALL the 1987 STAR TOURS footages will disappear next year.

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You know, I’m pretty bummed out about it now. I knew it was going to happen one day. This is a great loss to our society! Now all three versions of Star Tours have Jar Jar in them! You’d think they’d give us some kind of choice?

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Ol’ George has the GOUT, I see.

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darth ender did some work with the star tours. it can be found on myspleen.

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I did do a restoration from a VHS tape many, many years ago. It would be great if the original film from the ride ever turned up.
It was cheesy, but a fun ride.

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alextheburger said:

I have been restoring the WIP ride video as well for a while (on and off), I just found this forum and I am new
sorry about having the video bars at the bottom but it is a good compare contrast
(i know that poita made one but im not on the myspleen so idk)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6rwK_e8I4rLeWdsaFh4cG5CLWM/view?usp=sharing

Hello again, after some months/a year and searching again and again any kind of new materials…I contacted someone named Kris Van de Sande who has some good quality footage of the 1987 film. Sadly, as he told me he doesn’t have the entire ride. However he has the complete footage of the attack on Death Star including the Trench Run, the light-speed exit and the arrival at the astroport (the end of the ride). The footage is actually in a very very good quality however it’s sadly cropped to 16/9 and there is lot of the picture missing. It’s actually the most preserved footage I saw of the ride. I’m desperately searching missing video parts to complete the film and maybe find the complete video in his original format (not cropped to 16/9)

Here are some screenshots I did to show you a comparison of this amazing great quality version with the common “terrible low quality yellow” WIP ride video. I hope you’ll enjoy. I asked gently to Kris Van de Sande to share me all the videos he has about the ride. I’m actually waiting his answer.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9s6iwfs4a6pb72a/Ride V1.png?dl=0

If you have some news about the STAR TOURS Original film…feel free to reply! =)

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Nice! Do you know where he got it/why it was cropped? Does he have the film or know someone who has it?

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LexX said:

Nice! Do you know where he got it/why it was cropped? Does he have the film or know someone who has it?

As I said I really don’t know ^^", I simply asked gently to him all the footage he has, if I have this material I’ll be maybe able to start a good restoration. I’ll ask him more details about where he found the video after he replied to me.
For now, you can see the amazing footage he uploaded on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IMebc9F8Odo?t=4m20s

When I saw it for the first time in a such glorious quality I had goosebumps ^^

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As benduwan mentioned, I did make a pretty thorough DVD of Star Tours. I had several sources, but none was as good as these brief snippets. Check out MySpleen if you want to see it. Thanks for sharing the links!