Okay...first of all you have to understand that this was my FAVORITE attraction as a kid...bar none. I loved it more than the Matterhorn, Pirates, and the Haunted Mansion combined. (So I was a weird kid ) And it KILLED me when they took the show out and replaced it with the China thing, only to later ditch that in favor of those oh-so-effective Rocket Rods...and finally....Buzz Lightyear.
While I don't HATE Buzz Lightyear, I have been dying to see at least SOME type of footage of this and to hear the sound track again after all of these years. (I think they brought it back to say goodbye in 97, but I don't think I made it over that year.)
So....this afternoon, I FINALLY received a copy of "America The Beautiful" from the Extinct Attractions Club. The quality of the video is rather poor and you only see the front screen, obviously, but it was amazing to see some of my favorite shots again...
- coming out of the tunnel at Yosemite
- banking a sharp left in that plane over the Colorado River...
- Chicago, New Orleans, Jamestown, Nome Alaska
- Niagra Falls
- looking up at the Lincoln Memorial and turning around and seeing that spectacular shot down the mall...(only in my mind now...but I could see it clearly)
and my personal favorites as a kid...
- Lombard Street
-The firetruck in the streets of L.A.
And...it all came back to me. I remembered the waiting area, having to sit there for 15 freaking minutes waiting, the doors finally opening... I could feel the leaning rails, I remembered the phone booths outside.....
Of all of the attractions that I miss from years past, this is at the top of the list for me.
So here's my question:
On the DVD, (which gives a historical background of the attraction and also includes a rather shaky "American Journeys"), the VOICE of the narrator in America the Beautiful is NOT the guy I remember as a kid. The voice in this version is much lower, and maybe smokier than the person I'm thinking of.
Was the original voice of ATB Jack Wagner? And if so, was there ever a time it WASN'T? The same incredible sound track is there (George Bruns? Buddy Baker?), and the exact same footage, but the script is completely different and the voice is much lower and less dramatic. That was my only letdown in this otherwise amazing purchase. I had NO IDEA how dramatic a difference the narrator can make in a film like this. This guy was putting me to sleep. NOTHING like the Disney voice I grew up with. The guy on this DVD is closer to Jack WEBB (Dragnet) instead of Jack Wagner.
And as far as copyright goes, it looks like Extinct Attractions did their homework. The announcement at the beginning of the disc clearly states that the Disney footage is used for historical purposes only and remains copyrighted by Disney. Disney must have made some type of allowance for groups or individuals who want to use this footage for educational purposes. All other footage, which was, I am assuming, donated to Extinct Attractions, remains copyrighted by the EAC.
WHICH INCLUDES..... some AWESOME footage of the Peoplemover and that wonderful 60's background music!
I am VERY happy with my purchase. Just puzzled by the different voice.