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She's Gotta Have It (1986) - The Criterion Collection

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She's Gotta Have It (1986) - The Criterion Collection

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DVD Details
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Disc 1:
-Exclusive presentation of the unrated director's cut,
featuring material censored from the original theatrical release.
-Audio commentary by director Spike Lee, cinematographer
Ernest Dickerson, sound desinged Barry Brown, and
production supervisor Monty Ross

Disc 2:
-Scene deleted from the final cut
-Outtakes
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-She's Gotta Have It music video
-Still photo gallery with audio commentary by
Spike Lee's brother, unit photographer David Lee
-Still photos of She's Gotta Have It props, paraphenalia, and memorabilia
-NIKE ads featuring Spike Lee and Michael Jordan

Both are region zero (obviously) and NTSC. I put a small border around the video stream so that more of the image would show up on my TV; Criterion has started to do this, and although it is derided by review houses like dvdfile, dvdbeaver, etc., I like it. I see nothing wrong with pandering to those of us who own sub-standard equipment.

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Technical Details
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Content Source: 1994 Criterion Collection CLV Laserdisc
LD Player: Pioneer CLD-D704
Capture Device: Dazzle DVC90 (see notes)
Post-Processing: For video, I used VirtualDubMod being fed by AVISynth and a few filters. Each segment of video was captured three times and then merged together to "average out" the random noise. Also, since there are multiple audio tracks for much of this DVD, lining up the individual captures for this merging also lines up the audio clips. (Less work for me). For audio, I just saved the wav stream from each trimmed video capture, merged the "two channel mono" down to a monoaural stream, and then encoded it to a 1.0 AC3 stream. If you play the discs with a 5.1 setup, the sound will come from your center channel speaker; if you play the discs with a stereo setup, the mono stream will come from both speakers.

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Notes
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First off, I realize that the Dazzle isn't the greatest device to use, but my intent with this project was CONTENT, not QUALITY. Perhaps in the future I will pony up for a Canopus or some such play thing, but the laserdisc piggy bank seems to run chronically low. Anyway, I'm far from a videographer, and all of what I know about it has been gleaned from the internet, so if there are large defects in the capture/processing, don't hate. (If you get around to viewing my capture, take special note of the burst of chroma the pops out of the sewer grate about half way through the otherwise black-and-white movie. I laughed out loud, and my wife wondered why. She doesn't seem to appreciate chroma-related humor) I basically played around with multiple filters until I got something that was acceptable to me on my 27" tube TV.

Specifically, I merged the three captures, IVTC'd, and hit it with a small bit of grain removal. If you're more interested in what I did, or would like to look over my AVIsynth script, let me know.

My primary rationale behind porting this particular disc is that it has been rumored for re-release by Criterion, but that now seems unlikely as MGM has acquired the rights to the film. Reportedly, they have a policy of not licensing their films to other release houses. The rumors say that it is/was slated for release early 2007, so my discs will either fill that gap or set a new record for the fastest project to become obsolete. Besides that, I chose it for my first project because I saw the movie only recently and really enjoyed it and the insights of Spike Lee. I wanted to share that with others in the forum who have been kind enough to share their work with me.

Additionally, the film is only available on DVD in Region 2 PAL format (joining the large list of American films not available in the US). You can read about it here. Now, I realize that "Not available in my region!" is not reason enough for preservation, per the forum's charter, but MGM's releases are notoriously barebones. Even if we get a good R1 release, I wouldn't hold out much hope for these extras. The rumors also state that Lee himself has been trying to get the DVD rights into Criterion's hands, so it's unlikely that they would sell their extras when they have the film's creator in their corner. That's all based on what is likely jack-ass internet speculation, but it got me moving on this anyway.

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Distribution
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I have no way of uploading this either by torrent or usenet, so I think I will just try to spread it around to a few who contact me, and hope that they pass it around or upload it somewhere. If you get your hands on a set of these, feel free to upload if you have the ability. I certainly do not assert any ownership of the material contained within.

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Other Criterions in Progress...
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Status: Captures done, need to process it all

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Status: Content ready, DVD not yet constructed

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Status: Temporary hiatus. Keep dropping frames on the captures.

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Status: LD on its way to me. The artwork I had for this was so cool that I already have the jacket made.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Wow, that looks pretty excellent, sir. Speaking of OOP Criterion titles, how would you feel about taking on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen?

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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I've got quite a lot of other things going on right now (mostly not related to laserdisc captures), so I don't want to promise something that I can't deliver.

I'm sorry to hear that the Munchausen project fell through, though. I was looking forward to seeing it. Someone will pick it up, I'm sure.

--bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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It hasn't really fallen though, I just never sent it to the guy who is going to transfer it, and his transfer method is a set-top DVD recorder. That'll be good enough to just watch the material, but I would like to have a better version captured.

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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taxi driver criterion LD is awesome

i'm sure everyone would be interested in preserving the commentary!
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Very interested in this... would you be willing to trade or PIF for this one?
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room!
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I've never heard of the film, but judging by the beautiful cover alone, I'll definitely download this.
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Alright. I fixed a few bugs in the second disc, and they're ready to go now.

If you'd like a copy, PM me your address and I will mail you a copy sometime this week or next. I will send out five copies this way, and then after that, hopefully those who got the gratis copies can pass them around.

--bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Thanks for your hard work bdev.

Can't wait for your dead presidents release !
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Since someone else bumped the thread...

I only got two takers on the discs, so if three people are even marginally interested, PM me you address, and they'll be on their way.

--bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Thanks for the awesome effort and work put into mastering this neglected classic.

Both DVDs with lots of PARs are now posted on the USENET in alt.binaries.multimedia.vintage-film.post-1960.

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does anyone have any information on keeping this preservation alive?

specifically either on myspleen/torrent or just continuing the love through b+p?

i would love a chance to see this on a more modern format since i haven't heard any talk on an official release...
kill the body and the head will die.
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Yeah, I'd like to get a hold of this, since the proper DVD release doesn't seem to be forthcoming...

Thanx!

DC
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Anyone know where I can find this ?
or at least if someone has it and can send it by mail ?
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Must.....have....dvd....

I've....gotta...have...it....

^_^

I've got better things to do tonight than die! - Springer, Transformers the Movie

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