I've been watching the New Year's Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi Channel, and naturally thinking of ToT. It's one of my favorite rides at the DLR (I've never been to WDW), but there are a few things that have always bugged me about the preshow video, and I thought I'd see what others thought of it.
I like how they use the appropriate-sounding pre-existing Serling intro (from the "It's a Good Life" episode, I read). However, there are a number of very-obviously-not-1960's-television effects used in the video, like the light enamating from between the elevator doors and the exterior shots of the hotel, particularly the lightening effect. I have no problem with the modern effects used in the ride itself, but while we're watching the show we're supposed to be watching an actual, genuine episode of the Twilight Zone series, and the twist is, OMG, we're in the show. Also, I think because they bothered to make it black and white, they should make it look like the real thing, with more old-school effects. The other thing is that I don't think the effects they've got are particularly impressive by today's standards, either - they look like TV-movie CGI. All just IMHO, of course . Do they use the same video here that they created for the original ToT?
The video works well enough to set up the story, and I don't know how much your average guest would care about this sort of thing.
The last time I went on Indiana Jones, I noticed how much better I liked the faux 1930's newsreels than I did the ToT video. But maybe that's just because I haven't seen as many real newsreels (I've seen a few on the AMC channel) as I have real Twilight Zone episodes.
I also had an idea for an additional effect that they could do in the video. At the end, Serling would be seen standing outside the hotel in front of a window in the rain. Through the window can be seen a group of people, out of focus. They could either find another appropriate pre-existing clip of Serling, or CGI his mouth to make him say what they want. Then, as he says, "because in tonight's episode, *you* are the star," the camera would pan past him through the window and reveal that *we* are the people standing in the room. At that moment, a lightening flash could reveal Serling's sihloutte outside one of the windows of the real room.
I don't know if they have the technology to do this (not that they're going to do it, anyway ) but I figure if they can make Crush talk to people in real time, they can mat a hidden camera video of guests into a pre-shot scene in real time.