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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 30 Years Ago Today
Simulation! Here's a holiday themed commercial for the Kodak Disc camera. Disc film still-photography was introduced by Kodak in 1982, and the film came out in 1981. This camera took 15 photos on a disc. It very simple to load and unload, and was completely automated. FuzzyMemories Forum Member Dawn (LaPrincess in the forums) says "I remember the film being circular." She is right. The cassette had a built-in dark slide to prevent stray light reaching the film when the disc was removed, and that is what you see in this ad. One of the reasons this format failed was the negatives were only 10.5mm by 8 mm, which was too small for final prints. The film was officially discontinued by the last manufacturer, Kodak, on December 31, 1999. There are still labs remaining that can develop unprocessed disc film. This aired on December 18, 1983.
Kodak Disc Camera (Commercial, 1983)
Here's a holiday themed commercial for the Kodak Disc camera.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 18th 1983.
I had one of those I took it on a field trip downtown on the Wendella Boats. It seemed like they stopped making film for it a year after it was introduced. At least you could throw the negatives around and pretend to be a ninja! Comment posted by hpkid on Tuesday, December 23rd 2008 at 9:13pm.
I took one of those on my trip to France in 1989. Just the time for it to break!
The film was discontinued sometime in the early-mid 90s. For all the hoopla of the disc design, it was really no better than one of those cheap 110-film compact cameras of the 70s, because the negative size was the same--16mm. Comment posted by SuperCFL on Thursday, December 25th 2008 at 5:50pm.
I got one of those cameras one year for Christmas (Christmas 1986), but I remember the film being circular. Comment posted by LaPrincess on Friday, December 26th 2008 at 12:51am.
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The World of Hans Christian Andersen, also known as "Hansu Kurushitan Anderusan no sekai" has an aspect ratio of 2.35 : 1 for theatre distribution, and it looks like rather than crop the image, WGN ran it without an anamorphic lens.
This reminds me of a clip I saw on TVArk in which WABC had what appeared similar to the WFLA tease only with the actual set designed that way (around 1974-ish) as opposed to just a projector displaying the anchor repeatedly.
This is one night removed from my annual attendance of "It's a Wonderful Life...A Live Radio Play" from the Rialto in Joliet performed by the stars of Joliet's NextMedia radio stations. A great time for all, but Good Heavens this just might be the next best thing. BRILLIANT!!!