Recently one of the steely-eyed researchers in our group – Bill Foss – noticed that the movie “Johnny Dark” had been digitized and released – but with a twist. It was a hi-def version on DVD but only available in Europe. Why or why do things present themselves so often in a fashion that requires a bit more effort to acquire and share.
I confirmed that it had been released in France with French subtitles, but I crossed my fingers and ordered a copy and voila….it arrived safe in sound in Tampa, Florida. I am lucky to have a great video service close to my house and asked them if they could change the format from PAL to NTSC (European format to American digital format) and turn the subtitles off – keeping the audio on.
And so….with just a few hurdles to clear we now have a wonderful hi-def version (hi-res for the 50s) of the movie for all to enjoy. To see the improvement in quality, check out the 12 second video clip below:
But wait! There’s more!
Spurred on by a recent visit to see the Johnny Dark movie car – the Bohman Special – better known in the movie as the “Tiger Special” (more about that in a future story), I edited the new hi-res movie down to 36 minutes focusing on the featured cars of the second race.
As a reminder before you view the 36 minute video, here are the eight sports cars featured in the movie Johnny Dark:
So without delay, have at it gang…here’s the 36 minute video showing the second race in the movie with the cars above. And since this video is longer than a commercial and shorter than the full 90 minute film, I’d suggest grabbing a drink and some popcorn too.
Just a note – the 3 minute “trailer” for the movie starts this piece and it is not in high definition. The 33 minutes that follow is in much higher quality.
And away we go 🙂 Click on the triangle in the center of the image below to begin the video.
Did I mention that we recently believe we found the real Johnny Dark Wildfire and the supporting Wildfire “in black” too? More about that in a future post. Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.