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#1138574
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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The funny thing is that Imdb calls the original release mono. As far as a surround channel being missing or not is unclear. There may have been one, but it certainly isn’t on the DVD. Compared to what most Disney Enhanced mixes sound like, the 3.0 is still preferable.

From DVDizzy.com:
The final soundtrack is one that purists would likely flock to - it’s a Dolby Digital 3.0 Surround intended to replicate the original theatrical presentation via faithful restoration. But in fully equipped theaters, Lady utilized a composite magnetic stereophonic sound process that would have boasted four discrete channels. This track only offers three distinct channels of sound - in the front right, left, and center speakers, with nothing at all emanating from the rear channels. That would seem to defeat the purpose of including this track at all, without the monaural rear channel that would have accompanied the CinemaScope exhibition (fueling the movie house’s side and rear speakers), this does not recreate the theatrical experience. One assumes that the mix employed for this has not been manipulated in ways that “Disney Enhanced Home Theater” entails, but I had trouble discerning much difference. In any event, if you don’t have a home theater and/or don’t care for remix jobs, this serves the viewer fine. But it would have made more sense to include a 4-channel stereo soundtrack or even the 5.1 remix that graced the Limited Issue disc. Nonetheless, I have a feeling that the majority of viewers will be content with the default 5.1 remix and may not know or care what Lady offered in 1955.

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#1135155
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[AUDIOPHILES UNITE!] Need help with audio cassette setup
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I’d be hesitant to argue about relative quality of cassette decks. I’d say get something pretty good, but don’t spent crazy money on one.

I know you’re looking for the best transfer possible, but the fact of the matter is that old cassettes are not great sources for quality audio. They were convenient and cheap, but you didn’t buy them for how good they sounded.

In mp3 terms you are talking about 128kbps quality. That’s commercial recordings. If your tape is non-Dolby it was probably home recorded, so that number is much lower. Maybe half.

Dolby Noise Reduction helped with one of cassette tapes’ biggest weakness: tape hiss. Roughly speaking DNR tapes added a volume boost to the frequencies where tape hiss is strongest. On playback the DNR would then cut the volume of those high frequencies and you’d perceive a better signal to noise ratio than you would have without it.

Pretty much all reasonably good cassette decks should have DNR built in and a button for turning it on or off. So if your tape wasn’t recorded with it, you won’t lose those high frequencies as long as you disable it.

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#1133681
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Is it possible to burn an NJVC Set with SW 2.5 instead of SW 2.7?
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The only problem is, the .MKV file may or may not be encoded to Blu-ray specifications. If it is not, some players may have problems with it.

If it is BD spec, you also need to swap more than an M2TS file. You must also replace the playlist, the CLIPINF and the back up version of those two files.

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#1132274
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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Found an interesting bit comparing Peter Pan releases up through the Platinum Edition on TheDigitalFix.com (I’m not sure I knew the PE had an original mono track though):

This 2-disc Platinum Edition marks the third time that Peter Pan has been released on DVD. The first, released in 1999 as part of the Limited Issue series, used the same master as the already available LaserDisc and was generally considered to be something of a disappointment. In 2002, it was re-released as a Special Edition, featuring an improved but rather harsh-looking transfer and a reasonable array of extras. As such, hopes were understandably high for this latest release.

Unfortunately, the new edition really is a bit of a mixed bag. While the rampant edge enhancement of the previous release is nowhere to be found, it seems that DTS Digital Images (formerly Lowry Digital), Disney’s regular partner in these ventures, have once again thrown artistic intent out of the window in an attempt to deliver an impossibly clean, “flawless” digital experience for the 21st century. By far the biggest problem is that the overall colour, brightness and contrast values of the image have been tweaked into oblivion. Tinker Bell was originally supposed to have an overexposed glow, which, on this release, has been dulled down severely, making the glow look more like a muddy shadow. Actually, “muddy” is the word of the day here: the colours are generally dull and sickly. The decidedly red Indians are now a gloomy shade of brown, more suited to something like Pocahontas than this altogether more colourful cartoon world, while Captain Hook now looks like he has liver damage. Everything is so murky that the hand-inked, cel-animated characters, who should be vibrant, threaten to disappear into the backgrounds. I’ve inspected the DVD on both a monitor and a calibrated TV: it just doesn’t look right.

Respected cel restoration expert Stephen Worth, and animation directors Oscar Grillo and Milton Gray, have all criticised this new restoration, while Chuck Pennington has provided visual evidence that each subsequent home video release of Peter Pan has taken its visuals further and further away from Walt Disney and co’s original intentions. I’ve never personally seen the film on an actual print, but I feel more inclined to trust the informed opinions of experts like Stephen Worth than the staff of DTS Digital Images, who have shown a cavalier attitude towards artistic intent several times in the past, perhaps most significantly with Bambi, which was so heavily noise reduced in an attempt to remove any semblance of the movie ever having come from film that the image smeared and warped during camera movements.

Luckily, the audio is of a much higher standard, and constitutes a definite improvement on that of the previous releases via the inclusion of the original mono audio track, which sounds as clear as can be expected, accounting for age. A souped-up 5.1 “Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix” is also provided, and while it certainly sounds considerably more expansive than its mono counterpart, purists will obviously want to give it a miss. French and Spanish 5.1 dubs are also provided, in addition to English subtitles for the film itself (but, unfortunately, not the extras).

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#1128796
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Letterbox to Anamorphic?
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I’d recommend using DVD Rebuilder. It has a built in option that does just this. Select it and in a couple clicks you can re-encoded and rebuild the entire disc without any effort.
http://www.jdobbs.com/

It is under the Options Tab: AVS Options/AVS Expert Options/Convert from LB 4:3 to 16:9.

Edit: I do prefer to do this while converting PAL to NTSC. PAL has more lines so you do gain some picture.
Otherwise, it’s usually easier to select the Zoom picture mode on the TV.

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#1122932
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New User Rule: Be a member before being greedy.
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I’ve noticed a large number of new users that post on threads or PM requesting where to get an edit, preservation, etc.

Checking the details of these people, they usually have been a member for one or two days and have made few or no posts at all.

Can we get a rule added when people sign up telling them not to do this? I’d never provide that sort of information to someone who hasn’t proven they are here to join the community.

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#1122930
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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I was thinking about they way Disney does things and hit upon something.

We know Disney will default to stereo mixes and/or have ‘home theater’ mixes because people don’t understand setup menus or have proper audio systems, etc.

What if they’ve carried this thought process to their video ‘restorations’ as well. That is, the make sure the picture will look best under torch mode.

It would skew the colors so when displayed on a TVs default settings skewed to a blue-white they’d be closer to their original tones. By scrubbing the image, it wouldn’t turn grain into weird noise when it gets hit by motion smoothing and sharpening.

If that’s the case then at the very least color corrections could be done wholesale by changing the color temperature not just trying to adjust specific colors.

Possibly wrong, but just a thought.

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#1119644
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Doctor Who-"Rose" (Eight to Nine Edit)
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Okay, I’m trying to understand, this edit has a new regeneration sequence showing McGann changing into Eccelston at the beginning and at the end he kicks Rose out of the TARDIS and doesn’t come back?

Then what? Any other changes?

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#1114617
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Harry Potter Special Extended Editions
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Anakin Starkiller said:

By that logic, Griphook is also Flitwick (but only in DH). I mean, come on, these two look nothing alike. Personally, my headcanon is that the young one is the old one’s nephew, but really, it’d be nice to just have the young one in all the movies.

We should adjust Richard Harris’s voice to sound more like Michael Gambon’s.

I never noticed the change in wands. I just looked it up and apparently they changed in PoZ, yet another thing that was drastically changed in that movie. I swear it’s almost like they rebooted the series. Anyway, does somebody have some comparison pics for all the wands that were changed?, 'cause I can’t find any.

I can live with the idea of a magic makeover. Doesn’t bother me.

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#1114295
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Harry Potter Special Extended Editions
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Old and new Flitwick? They’re all Warwick Davis.
I was always more annoyed by the kids wearing track suits, sneakers and other casual clothing in the later films.
Wizards in the Potter books wore robes and outlandish clothes at all times.

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#1096780
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Doctor M's ÜberGuide for -Full- PAL to NTSC DVD Conversion v2.0
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I noticed all the images are gone.
I also should roll back the subtitle conversion details to just repositioning since I’ve never liked how resized subs look.
Should probably replace audio conversion steps with EAC3TO since it’s a mature one stop solution.

The question is, does anyone still refer to this guide?

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#1096183
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Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas (Complete) - NOW AVAILABLE!
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According to TheDigitalBits.com:
“Sony has also announced the return of a classic holiday TV special to DVD in the form of a new Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas: 40th Anniversary Edition. Extras will include the Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, outtakes, and a lost song (Born in a Trunk).”

Maybe they’ll get it right THIS time?

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#1085351
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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Laserschwert said:

Doctor M said:

Looks to me like they are using a master that has been ‘restored’.

What do you mean? Detail-wise this looks great, even grainier than a “good” Disney release. Colors are a bit meh, I agree… what is the filesize of this?

Sorry. Looks like i had the web-dl and HDTV mixed. Yeah, that is an improvement.
I do like how the grain is more intact and not blotchy from low bitrate compression.

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#1074964
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TRUE HD DTS.7.1 to PCM WAV converter?
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It’s not necessary to get pay software.
Eac3to will decode DD TrueHD using LibAV which is included and free.
For DTS HD MA conversion, it was a real surprise this year when the free decoder “dcadec” appeared. It’s now included with Eac3to as well (and I believe it’s also included in MPC-HC among other proggies). It’s still “being tested” because it’s so new, but I haven’t seen any complaints yet.

With Eac3to you can decode to most other audio formats including multichannel WAV, individual WAV files, change sample rate and bit depth, speedup/slowdown for framerate changes, etc.

For pretty much all your BD audio decoding and conversion needs, Eac3to is the gold standard any more.

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