I have some info about Eo that could be useful to people looking around about EO, I have collected, personal experience and cast member ties. Also keep in mind eveytime i say print I mean pair of prints. Captain EO is a 3D movie requiring 2 prints to be shown properly
I can say for definite that none of the 70mm prints made for the re-run were being used after 2013 for EO Tribute. (from June 30th, 2010 to December 6th, 2015)
In the 80s run, Disney had three film sources, the original camera negative (35mm/65mm on Eastman 5384 Film Stock) Interpositive Blowup (70mm). Then the Theater Prints. (70mm) these were made to be used in the Disney parks that showed EO.
For the Tribute run, Disney Struck New Prints from the Interpositive Blowup made in the 80s
The Orignal Sound mix was made on a 6 track reel to reel tape. For prints I don’t know whether the sound was split ( 3 channels to the left eye film print, 3 channels to the right film ) or if it was all condensed on one film print or (the least likely) it not being on the film being on a sperate mag track or maybe a reel to reel.
When the Captain EO Tribute came back for the first 3 years they used New Prints made from the Interpositive Blowup made in the 80s.
But sometime in 2013, Disney made a (presumably) 4K Scan and Digital 6 track Restoration of Captain Eo. This was because of the increasingly more brittle 70mm projectors and the Interpositive Blowup made in the 80s is distressed due to the number of prints being struck from it. Anyway from some time in 2013 to December 6th, 2015.
Someone posted a 70mm print for sale on eBay. I don’t know whether the print came from the 80s run or the 2010’s run. I hope one day that an official scan of Captain Eo will surface, its a great little slice of 80s cheese.
I think that captain Eo has a better chance of surviving than star tours for example because each theatre needed 2 prints per showing