Here’s an overlooked piece of Star Wars nostalgia. I actually own the Ewoks telemovies ("The Ewok Adventure" a.k.a. “The Caravan of Courage” and "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor") on the official DVD release. Let me get that out of the way.
Listening to a Now Playing Podcast review of these two movies the last couple weeks, I recalled I still have a VHS tape from the original airings of these two movies. I’ll have to dig it out and check that tape. I’m pretty certain at least the first movie is a first generation copy (directly from TV). There’s a good chance the second one is too. I don’t recall if they are complete with all the commercials intact or not, but I will verify.
If they are in decent condition, I’d like to preserve these turkeys to DVD. What is the best way to do that?
I am familiar I could do the quick & dirty transfer from a VCR to my DVD recorder. I’ve browsed the forums and I read a bit on the transfer of the Star Wars Holiday Special. What would I need to do in order to preserve these in the best condition possible? I’m just curious if I need a special capture card or software or what the best equipment and procedures are. I realize my source material is limited by the capacity of the VHS tape (most likely recorded in SLP too). But, these are from my childhood and recorded from my local station and with the original commercials (I hope) and there’s something nostalgic about that I’d like to preserve before VCRs are totally extinct or the tape becomes unplayable.
With a bit of input, I’ll give it a try myself. If anyone out there is interested in taking this on as a preservation project, please PM me.