What's a Fantasy Video?
Note: The clips on this page are not necessarily focused on Maggie or The Wizard of Oz.
A "fantasy video" is not porn, so you can calm down...it's me experimenting, doing something to improve original footage or make it more interesting. For example, back in the 1960s, stereo TV was not around, so even though a stereo track may have been available everything was broadcast in mono. A fantasy video would be a clip in which that mono track is replaced with its identical stereo track, thus making it a lot more interesting to hear today. The Hullabaloo clips here are perfect examples.
A fantasy video could also be one in which I've taken the musical soundtrack, only ever recorded in mono, and used sophisticated software to isolate voices and instruments to create a "true" (but fake) stereo version. The Hertz commercial on this page is an example that turned out fairly well; the Juicy Fruit Gum commercial is a very mediocre example.
So there you have it: A fantasy video is like a this-is-how-it-coulda-been-done video or broadcast. Any time I've done this to a video, you'll see it marked as such in the description below and in the video's opening. Please do not post these videos anywhere, especially YouTube, or monitize them in any way. I do monitor this and will act accordingly.
Fantasy Video: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In), Alka-Seltzer, 1965
The pop song was by newly invented group, the T-Bones. Some of the group members were from the original studio musicians; the T-Bones became the face of the song.
Everything about this version of the ad has been enhanced and re-invented. It was filmed in black-and-white; the original music was mono; the quality of the master footage was in need of a major clean-up. Here it is, presented in color with a stereo soundtrack. The beginning notes are borrowed from the later stereo recording of the song by the T-Bones (originally, there was a peculiar silence for a few seconds at the beginning, when the one guy poked the other guy's belly).
Fantasy Video: Fictional Restoration of The Seekers' I'll Never Find Another You, 1968
Durham had a voice second to none; for such a wisp of a woman, her vocals always soared above the instrumentation and background vocals.
For a short while, she left the group for a solo career; the impact on the remaining members was beyond traumatic...she didn't realize how devastating it was to the group's morale and success, impacts she never intended. Ultimately, she returned, and they all remained close thereafter. Judith died in August 2022.
The source video for this clip was in good shape, but loaded with artifacts, video noise, dirt, and those strange little hairs we often see on older film. It has been processed several times to remove those blemishes and to sharpen the picture. Stabilization was added to remove the video's annoying jitters. The resulting high-grade version was reduced for web presentation here.
To the best of my knowledge, this song was recorded in mono only. A few years back, Eric Records released a synthetic stereo version (called DES...digitally extracted stereo). I did request a DES version of this song about a year before they released it...not sure if my request was honored or if it was just coincidence. All of their products are superior; highly recommended.
Fantasy Video: A Song For You, Carpenters, 1972
Pay attention to the lyrics. "And when my life is over..." gets me every time.
This is from a 1972 television special, "The Bob Hope Show". Karen, Richard, and the band were syncing to the studio recording, which was highly edited. The entire saxophone section by band member Bob Messenger--who passed away in November 2021--was removed for TV...a shame. However, you can see him in the background holding the instrument...a nice touch to include him, but...it was one of his finest performances in the studio. I have no idea who the drummer is...Cubby O'Brien was touring with the band at the time, beginning the summer of 1972.
Once more, the footage was processed using A.I., and as usual, it did a fine job of showcasing Karen in her close-ups (that unflattering hair helmet sure dates this one, don't you think?). The stereo recording was edited to perfectly match the original mono audio from the TV show. There were three fixes to that recording, to remove slight crackles. The phony audience applause was intentionally omitted.
The Jitterbug, 1964
The Jitterbug song was originally supposed to be in the 1939 Wizard of Oz, but it ended up on the cutting-room floor and was never included in the film.
With Ray Bolger as guest, it was an opportunity for Judy to introduce the song and its story to the world. This was back in 1963, long before the Harold Arlen home-movie footage of the The Jitterbug surfaced in 1983...few remembered that there was this song cut from the movie. Jane Powell—who had one of the best singing voices in the business—is perfectly matched with Garland, and Ray Bolger's brief role as the bug is silly fun.
This clip is from the original black-and-white footage of the show. It has been processed using AI, colorized, and the audio is enhanced with simulated stereo. Fantastic early '60s jazzy music and dancing...dig those crazy bongos, as Maynard G Krebs would say. There are at least two missteps in the choreography...can you spot them?
Fantasy Video: Ali MacGraw, Barry Manilow for Polaroid Swinger Camera, 1965, A.I. Assist
I never knew—until this year—that a very young Barry Manilow sung the jingle. He wrote many commercial jingles back in those days, but not this one...he only sang it. The Swinger camera itself was a smashing success at first, but after a couple of years, users became less enamoured due to the poor visual quality of the black-and-white photos AND their tininess.
The first two ads included a lot of subliminal sexual imaging, some of it so brief that it was hardly noticed. The bikini scene (crotch shot), the dancing female's nipples outlined in her top, the guy shoving his hot dog into the female's mouth (that lightening-fast scene is hilarious, if you catch it)...typical "sex sells" marketing; even the "Swinger" name had sexual suggestions. All of this was still rather risque, even in the mid-1960s, when Jeannie's belly button was not allowed to be shown on TV. But, "subliminal" was the corporate rage for clueless viewers.
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Fantasy Video: Addams Family Morticia's Romance, 1965, Colorized
This was a two-part episode, first airing on 24 September 1965.
This fantasy video has been processed using A.I., with colorization added. Aside from minor flickering of the reds, the colorization was fairly natural, especially in the close-ups of daughter Ophelia. Of course, this clip is an original colorization and is first appearing right here. Please don't: Placement of this video on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Cass' Mama and Mama Cass, Bess Cohen and Cass Elliot, 1973 and 1972
Cass was a semi-regular on the short-lived Julie Andrews Hour, appearing in four episodes, including the only Christmas special. Without doing any research whatsoever, I get the impression that Cass and Julie were good friends and fond of each other. Cass was certainly a good sport, and had no problem with self-deprecating humor, especially with regard to her body weight.
In the final seconds of this clip, notice that when the dancers circle around Cass, she gets a humorous expression on her face, knowing that she's about to be lifted high in the air. Her last girlish giggling at the end is as endearing as it is amusing.
Sweet Sweet Smile Remix, Carpenters, 1978
The opening notes have been replaced with a rousing drumbeat, featured later in the clip, but with the vocals removed. There is nothing wrong with the original opening; consider this just an alternate version.
As with most of the Carpenters videos on this site, A.I. is unusually kind to Karen, enhancing her facial features in a very natural way. The audio track is pristine and you can hear all the fine details so characteristic of Richard's arrangements. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Bewitched, With Lyrics, Elizabeth Montgomery, 1966
Back in the '60s, costumes and gowns were often recycled from one show to the next. Such was the case with Montgomery's gown in this clip. This particular gown was first used in Bewitched episode 73 (2 June 1966); it was also used in three later episodes. So why does the composite photo on the left show the dress as green? That show was filmed in black-and-white; when it was colorized for DVD decades later, the computer colored it green.
The audio track for this clip has been enhanced with simulated stereo. It is most noticeable when the choir starts singing the lyrics. I'm not sure if Montgomery enjoyed doing this show...her facial unhappiness near the end of the clip--which too quickly turned into a smile--has always been annoying.
Fantasy Videos: Jay and the Americans, 1965, A.I. Assist (Upgraded 9 April 2023)
Two clips, taken from the 02 February 1965 television show, Hullabaloo. The first is Only In America, containing the original soundtrack, which was sung live by the group. It is a slower version of the studio release...too bad it wasn't released as an alternative track at the same time as the studio version.
All of the Hullabaloo master tapes were destroyed long ago. Kinescope copies of the shows are all that remains; to the best of my knowledge, only three shows exist in their original color. The 02 February 1965 copy of the show is in terrible condition, both video and audio...just go to that big site to see what I mean. Hopefully, these clips bring out a richer viewing experience; Jay Black and his group certainly deserved the attention for what they gave us back in the '60s. Hard to believe, but Black filed for bankruptcy later in life (gambling problem); he died in October 2021. He was not the first "Jay" (that honor went to John "Jay" Traynor); his real name was David Blatt.
Fantasy Video: You're Just In Love, Karen Carpenter and John Davidson, 1980, A.I. Assist
Davidson was a huge, multi-talented name back then, even filled in as host of Carson's Tonight Show on occasion. The chemistry shown in this charming clip between John and Karen was real; he did date her for awhile. You can see him talking to her a couple of times in this clip, in between the vocals.
Davidson is now 80 years old and lives a life that suits him well. If you want to read a most interesting update on what became of him--with photos--the story is right here.
Fantasy Video: Medley from Music Music Music, Carpenters, 1980, A.I. Assist
I've included this video on the site because it is my favorite music video, a real stunner. A stereo audio track replaces the original mono track. Also, I removed the fake audience clapping at the beginning and end (there was no audience when this special was filmed back in 1980). Karen and Richard were the most powerfully talented music duo in *my* history book; their music touches the soul, as demonstrated in this video.
This video is over 9 minutes long and is quite large at 58mb. The entire medley was upscaled using A.I., which tended to muddy the faces of the people in the background (I've since learned how to reduce that effect, but due to the extreme processing time required to redo this video--5+ hours--am leaving the current version in place). However, for close-ups of Karen and Richard, a special A.I. facial filter was used...the results are fairly stunning, especially for Karen.
In these troublesome times throughout the world, I thought we could all use a lift. The Carpenters' music has been doing just that since the 1960s. After over 50 years, their music is still as popular as ever, especially in the US and Japan.
Fantasy Video: Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet, Henri Mancini, 1973, A.I. Assist
Back in 1969, when Mancini released his version of the Love Theme, it not only zoomed to the top of pop charts, it became an enduring favorite. Oddly, there are few videos on the web showing Mancini playing this song, except for this one, which was never released on home video. It was broadcast on Julie Andrews' last show of the short-lived Julie Andrews Hour.
In this video, the mono soundtrack has been replaced with the stereo version. It is exactly sync'd with the video footage, so if it appears that Mancini is not aligned with his music, I have no explanation. This video was sourced from somebody who had access to professional recording equipment the evening it aired, back in 1973. What you see is about as good as over-the-air TV got back in those days. That's Julie, sitting in the background.
Fantasy Video: Carpenters' Top of the World, French TV 1980/81 (Upgraded 26 Feb 2023)
What makes this video different from others on the web is the original audio is preserved...mostly. Karen sings along with the studio recording. I've modified the audio in two ways: 1) The opening notes on the original were badly clipped, so I replaced them with the studio version, and 2) I isolated and normalized (increased the audio level of) Karen's vocals while decreasing the audio levels of the background instrumentals and vocals, which seemed to drown out Karen at times. In this way, you can hear the somewhat weakened state of Karen's voice as anorexia took its toll on her body. In my opinion, especially if you listen to the studio recording of this song, her voice was slightly weakened and wispy, but for the most part, she still sounded pretty terrific.
Note that the outfit she's wearing is exactly the outfit she wore in the 1980 broadcast of their special, Music Music Music, right on down to her necklace. But her hair style is the later 1981 frizzy/frazzled style, a not-so-becoming look for her...the bushy fullness likely made her appear heavier than she really was. Richard, of course, looked polished and healthy. My archive notes say that this was broadcast in 1981...I don't know for sure.
Fantasy Video: Fictional Restoration Mamas & Papas, 1966
This clip is known to exist only in black-and-white as the original color broadcast copy was destroyed long ago. I processed the footage using four technologies that: 1) remove dust and artifacts, 2) sharpen and colorize, 3) fine-tune frame rate for the web, and 4) convert the original mono track to simulated stereo.
The left-side screen-capture below shows the previous quality clip that appeared here; the right-side screen-capture compares this new release:
Even though Hullabaloo was broadcast in color, only three color copies of entire shows are known to have survived. All the rest exist as black-and-white kinescopes...and they are mostly poor quality.
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Fantasy Video: Chevrolet 1964, Alternate Ad 1964, Chevy 1973
I've enhanced the scratchy shrill audio track, reduced the voiceover reverb, added some stereo effects, and removed many of the artifacts from the film footage.
Yes, after the filming was completed, the winds kicked in, and it was not possible to airlift Shirley back down to earth. Contrary to many reports, no, she and her mechanic did not spend the night on top of Castleton Tower; after a couple of hours, the winds died down, and both humans were airlifted to safety.
Fantasy Video: Carpenters Ticket To Ride, 13 February 1971, A.I. Assist
This particular clip was very hard to locate up until a few years ago. When a cleaner version was available, somebody practically ruined it with three or four intrusive watermarks throughout the entire performance.
I've removed those watermarks (the blurred areas are where they used to be); it's impossible to remove them without leaving behind residual effects. In addition, a stereo audio track has been added. Apparently, Richard Carpenter had possession of it. It sounds like the stereo instrumentals were recorded/added after this perfomance aired...I'm not sure. Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Fantasy Video: On the Flip Side Try to See It My Way, 7 December 1966
In this clip, Joanie Sommers--playing an angel who is temporarily on earth to help Nelson--is trying to persuade him to change his singing style so that he can be a musical success. Eventually, Nelson gives in.
To the best of my knowledge, there is no complete color version of this show in circulation anywhere. Stereo versions, as I've presented on this page, do not include the vocals as originally broadcast in 1966.
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Fantasy Video: Juanita's Place, 7 December 1966
The music in this special was by Burt Bacharach, and this song, Juanita's Place, was one of the best. You'll hear classic Bacharach style in the odd dance scene at the pre-disco-era hang-out. The weird violence (not really a dance fad back then) depicted in this scene was artistic commentary of the times: the Vietnam "war" was raging, there was a military draft in effect, kids were being needlessly slaughtered, and it was another era of human degradation, courtesy of the profiteers in the military-industrial complex.
Juanita was comedian Donna Jean Young, who had fleeting success in early TV shows (Laugh-In) and also recorded a comedy album. She died in 2010 at age 74.
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Fantasy Video: On the Flip Side, 7 December 1966
The music in this special was by Burt Bacharach, and this particular show aired only once, in late 1966. If you go to that big site, you'll see that only black-and-white versions are available...and the quality is hands-down cruddy. To the best of my knowledge, only one color print of the show is known to exist, it's located in one place, and you must travel to that place in order to view the entire show.
At the beginning of this clip, I've included a (rare) color version of the Stage 67 opening, along with a portion of the opening credits to On the Flip Side. Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Fantasy Video: The Paper Chase Theme Song, 1979
Seals and Crofts recorded a version of the opening credits (there were three or four versions over the life of the series), and it was the best (The First Years). But it was never released in stereo, pristine copies of the mono version don't exist, and we're left with whatever versions are preserved on the commercial DVD releases of the series...which are sub-standard.
I've taken the best extended audio possible, remixed it to produce stereo, and matched it to the video of the opening credits. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Fantasy Video: Walk On By, Dionne Warwick, 196? (stereo remix; A.I. assist)
The original audio is so annoyingly piercing and poorly done, it just didn't do anything for Dionne's performance, which is her best. I was able to lift her voice-only from the soundtrack and matched it up with stereo instrumentals. The result is impressive; in my opinion, it should have been done like this when first broadcast.
The audio isn't perfect; there is some bleedthrough during the exquisite dance sequence...it was impossible for me to remove all the artifacts. Still, the final result is exceptional, first-class, and Dionne's original vocals are a perfect match for the instrumentals. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
William Talman Anti-Smoking Mini Documentary, 1968
In his day, back in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, everybody knew William Talman as the loser attorney on the TV show, Perry Mason. Both Talman and his third wife had their share of unwanted publicity back in the early '60s (you can look that one up yourself...it's kind of funny to me nowadays, especially since pot is legal where I live). Shortly after the show ended, Talman was diagnosed with lung cancer. He knew he didn't have long to live, and he wanted to make an anti-smoking television commercial, warning people that this could happen to them. He got his last wish, and he made the very first such PSA (Public Service Announcement) for broadcast.
This ad is impossible to find in mint condition; most of the copies available are discolored with age, losing their true colors. The copy I have was found many years ago on a VHS tape; its colors are still fairly well-preserved. Here is the PSA, presented in its entirety, at the end of the commentary.
Fantasy Video: Hertz Commercial with The Hi-Lo's, 1964
There is an extended recording-studio scene of the making of this commercial in the motion picture, Good Neighbor Sam, and it features the sensational Hi-Lo's singing their famous jingle...in mono, not stereo.
I've taken that footage, diced and spliced it, converted the mono track into a "true" (but fake) stereo track, and put them all together. The video includes before and after versions...the black-and-white "before" video is just for effect, to enhance the experience. The end result is pretty cool...and it took what seemed like 152 years to create. Wear headphones. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.
Fantasy Videos: Hullabaloo (in color and stereo), 1965
Most people don't know that master copies of this show are long gone; ALL color shows except a handful are gone, and remaining shows are black-and-white kinescopes...most are poor quality. Both of the videos presented here are best-available color copies, and true stereo soundtracks have been added. Additionally, bass wav forms were isolated and enhanced, to give a richer experience (it's expecially noticeable in the Winters clip). In the opening show clip, the announcer's voice was extracted from the mono audio track and added to the stereo version. Wear headphones!
Orange (Cellular) and the WWW, UK TV Ad, 2010
When you see the WWW (apparently named Phyl) pal'ing around with her buddy, nonchalantly trying to do stuff together with the rest of society, it's just funny. Rachel, who plays the part of the witch, certainly looks and sounds the part.
There are several favorite bits in this clever ad, but I like the brief appearance of Toto...I'll bet many viewers missed the fleeting homage.
Fantasy Video: Juicy Fruit Tree, 1976
The catchy tune in this ad got my attention when I first heard it. I attempted to convert it from mono to stereo, but the results are mediocre...disappointing, really. However, there is a general improvement in audio quality and a general separation of some sounds. It is impossible to have a success story like this when the source material is so poor to begin with. I tried. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.