A moving tribute to Kodachrome
By James Grahame
Kodak discontinued Kodachrome Super 8 movie film almost two years ago and closed their processing facility in Lausanne, Switzerland at the end of September 2006.
Luckily, Juergen Lossau of small format magazine had the foresight to visit the lab shortly before the end. His 20 minute documentary entitled Death of the Yellow Bag includes interviews with the lab manager and his colleagues, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the last Super 8 Kodachrome lab in the world. It also features the voice of Retro Thing's very own Bohus Blahut.
This unique documentary is now available as part of a $39.95 limited edition DVD release that includes several other treats for film buffs:
KODACHROME: A short clip (on Kodachrome, of course) shot by Juergen Lossau and Heiko Riemann shortly after Kodak ceased production of this historic film stock.
KODAK SUPER 8 INSTAMATIC: An ingenious commercial that promotes Kodak Instamatic cameras and the newly introduced Super 8 format. Shot in 1965, in English.
ELMO COMMERCIAL: This Elmo promotion was shot on 16 mm and highlights various Japanese beauties from 1966 (15 minutes, in German).
The DVD can be ordered through PayPal, by sending US-$39.95 (including postage) to email@example.com.