James and the Express, and the entirety of Series 2-3 do not include a remastered stereo soundtrack.
This would include the Frank Wells remembrance, and of course the 1990 Disney logo.
Not unless Nelvana, not Scholastic, has the original camera negatives.
Most cel animated shows (photographed in South Korea/China/Taiwan/Philippines) are a bit hard to find. The negatives are cut together and processed in laboratories in Canada.
Although Nelvana has digitally remastered a 1980s cartoon in the early 2000s as well as bringing in a stereo audio track with the original soundtrack intact while the original broadcast was in mono sound (only reducing many of the dirt and dust).
The high quality 1980s Nelvana logo would be hard to find since it is partly shot on film as well as some of the video layers being done within an Ampex ADO system.
Had a listen to this mix via some videos on both the playlist embed in the original post and an Internet Archive playlist of the same tape (unfortunately featuring only the first 20 minutes or so of the film as opposed to the YouTube playlist), and I am floored by how wide/spacious it is compared to most of the other home video releases’ audio tracks! Any idea if the opening music to Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and the closing cues to …and the Honey Tree and …and Tigger Too were recorded in stereo, too?
If Disney can’t be bothered to use the original stereophonic stems for their multi-channel remixes, they should definitely use them for a Legacy Collection CD set of the “Winnie the Pooh” featurettes/The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh…
It is possible that Buddy Baker’s recordings were a simple three-channel mix. As in Honey Tree was recorded in 1965/66. On 35mm magnetic track masters. The 1996 laserdisc of Many Adventures is probably the highest quality out there. The 5.1 mix doesn’t come close to it.
I have noticed first that this LP of the Nelvana produced/Samuel Goldwyn distributed release of 1985’s Care Bears Movie includes the film’s songs as well as selections of the score composed by Patricia Cullen… in Stereo.
All video releases have the film in mono sound. However, an Ebay listing of a 35mm print says it is in Dolby Stereo, as it shows a 2-channel optical track on the film. It could be in mono, but some of the stereo recordings from the LP can help.
According to the Youtube user of this video, “the credit screen color (blue) that was seen on Canada’s ‘First Choice-SuperChannel’ when the movie debuted there in late-fall of 1986”.
The blue background in the credits might be original since it is on the 1985 Vestron VHS release.
So when it was first released in 1985, did it have the blue screen credits? Well, most prints since MGM released newer prints of the movie first on VHS in 2000 included black screen credits from now onward, and even on the latest Starz broadcast. Why the change to the black background?
Maybe the blue screen was probably to match the Samuel Goldwyn Company logo at the start of the film with a synthesized fanfare composed for the film based on Carole King’s title song.
To sum up, is there a possible stereo remix and blue-screen credits from its original 1985 release, and change to the black background on newer prints since 2000?
Thanks to this playlist, the 1996 VHS of this 1977 film from Walt Disney Productions has a 2-Channel stereo mix that is nowhere on any other release except on this tape. Probably this is a stereo remix for this special VHS edition.
Using the recent remastered version with this stereo mix, it makes me think with most Disney films in the 70s, they released stuff in mono optical sound on 16/35mm prints through the RCA Sound System (Photophone).
For the 1996 VHS, Disney was celebrating 30 years of the first Winnie the Pooh featurette, The Honey Tree in 1966.
When Buddy Baker, the music director/arranger/conductor of the Pooh featurettes, recorded the scores for the 3 (Honey Tree, Blustery Day, Tigger Too!), it was probably recorded in multi-track analog tape and mixed in stereo, downmixed for mono optical sound prints, and was kept in the Disney vaults until this specific video release in '96.
Stereo tapes/records were available in 1965/66, 1968, and 1974 (when the shorts were made.)
(In the link, you’ll notice in the opening music cue, the violins are panned left and the harp is panned right.)
So with the recent release on Blu-Ray and with the 1996 Stereo Mix, it should make a unique experience.