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#1127653
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Show) "Remastered" in HD
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I think the bulk of it was a link from this site:
(these sites also have examples):
https://www.themarysue.com/remastered-buffy-is-a-butt/
https://gizmodo.com/oh-dear-buffys-hd-makeover-is-a-total-mess-1671812347

As far as I can tell, Joss Whedon is very opposed to it being released in this state, and these been no traction in the last few years for this coming to home media (all the streaming sites still use the original SD masters too). I’m not even sure if it still airs on HDTV like this anymore, or if it got recalled.

If you really wanted to, you could track down the HDTV airings, and then recreate the original framing of the show by cropping and re color-timing the open matte shots and discarding the cropped shots for SD footage (which are probably numerous, eps. the SFX shots). Probably not worth the effort.

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#1120053
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Duel (1971) - The Hybrid Cut
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Yeah, all the footage shot in 1971 is pretty severely cropped, which is unfortunate, because otherwise it’s a really nice transfer. (It is actuate to the European theatrical presentation, but that still means the majority of the film is framed wrong). And in my fan edit, all of the footage I use would be framed wrong.

The 4:3 HDTV is lacking in detail, but I was able to color grade it to look somewhat more like the bluray master.

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#1113629
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All Things Star Trek
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DuracellEnergizer said:
Going the “human aliens” route probably didn’t help.

I’m not even talking about costuming, (although some of that is weird), but like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdNbVxMNFvk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm8sOhr-0lA
Ignoring the ship effects, these are both scenes of people bouncing around in ships. First Contact’s is shot, lit, and blocked much more dynamically. Insurrection has some nice stuff in it, but on the whole it has a much more conservative production design.
Even this scene, from the climax, lacks the gravitas of the First Contact stuff.
I don’t know anything about Hollywood budgets, did the ensemble cast’s salaries just eat into the budget more? (I assume they increase per film).

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#1113580
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All Things Star Trek
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Mike O said:
I’ve always kind of wondered what the rationale of hiring him was, especially given that Frakes was chosen instead of some bigger-name directors, apparently on the last two.

I think he was brought in because Berman wanted to “liven things up” with an action director, and Baird was who he came up with.
I imagine this was probably in response to Insurrection, which feels cheaper and more like TV than the the first two films.
Does anyone know why that is? I know they didn’t go with ILM, so that’s why the effects work isn’t great, but Insurrection has the same director, cinematographer and a larger budget than First Contact but looks worse.

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#1113541
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All Things Star Trek
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chyron8472 said:
Because they are not fans of Trek. They do not understand why people would like DS9 because they never watched it.

The season’s arc was written by Bryan Fuller, who wrote for DS9 and VOY. (Fuller left production, but he’s still credited for the story on the first 3 episodes.) And there’s still plenty of fans working on Discovery. Kirsten Beyer wrote Voyager books before writing for it; Jonathan Frakes will supposedly direct an episode. And I’m sure most of the writers have seen lots of Trek.

Also, the idea that good Trek can only be made by fans of the old shows is silly. Bragga and Berman were not big fans of TOS and TNG is good. And Roberto Orci is a huge fan of TOS and I don’t think Into Darkness is very good or understands TOS very well. There is also plenty of room for a Star Trek show to be different from the hundreds of hours of existing Star Trek.

I liked the 3rd episode alright and I’m interested to see where it goes. The tone of it doesn’t really match with just 10 years before TOS, but this is more in the “responding to the present” mode of Star Trek, rather than then “socialist utopia” mode that TNG often did.

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#1112204
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Star Trek: The Original Series (Unaltered in HD)
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Most of the bluray set is correct, but some episodes have 5.1 folddowns to mono by mistake. Someone would have to compile a list of which ones those were (you can easily tell from the recording of the opening theme.) Then they would have to dig out the single episode DVDs or the laserdiscs.

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#1111659
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All Things Star Trek
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They had a budget and time to do some accent couching for Discovery so the enunciation of Klingon you hear is actually much closer to how Marc Okrand designed it. The previous series would usually just write some Klingon words (without any real grammar), and have the actors do their best with what was on the page. The movies were better in this regard. The reason it sounds different than before is because Klingon is designed to use lots of sounds not found in English enunciation. (It has a weird consonant aragment which is dissimilar to most human languages).

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#1103196
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Duel (1971) - The Hybrid Cut
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Duel was originally released on TV with a 70-minute runtime. For its European theatrical premiere, Spielberg added more footage to get it to a required 90 minute runtime. Some of this is new car scenes and some of it is padding (the opening credits and the conversation with Mann’s wife.) In addition to the new footage, additional directorial changes were made, including a new, dynamic mono sound mix and the removal of much of David Mann’s redundant inner monologue to great effect.
This fan edit mostly follows the original, tighter TV edit of the film, while also using the theatrical sound mix and removing the inner monologues. It also, like the recent DVD and Blu ray releases of the film, removes the superfluous scene where David describes how he plans to defeat the truck on the grade. I also created some new opening and closing title cards to match the TV edit.
I used a 4:3 HDTV copy as the base because the Blu ray is unfortunately only available in cropped 1.85:1. Special thanks to DrDre’s ColorMatch tool which was incredibly useful in making the older, pinkish, HDTV scan look much better and close to the Blu ray’s color.

Sources used:
Duel 4:3 HDTV (primary video)
Duel Blu ray (primary mono audio and color reference)
Duel TV VHS Recording (two shots and some audio)
Duel SD extras documentary (partial opening shot which was blended with the VHS and Bluray)
Columbo Blu ray (pilot episodes) (opening and closing Universal logo)

Video: 7.66 GB HD MKV (majority HD footage with two shots from the VHS recording)
Audio: 2.0 Mono FLAC
Sample Frames: http://imgur.com/a/MnRyM

Available on the spleen

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#1102472
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition HD Recreation
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This is an HD recreation of the director’s cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It’s primarily sourced from the HDTV, which uses the same transfer as the director’s cut DVD. While the HDTV is low detail and has lots of compression, it does have more grain and better contrast than the Blu-ray. The unique footage from the director’s cut DVD is upscaled. I have included most of the new CGI shots that had no existing equivalent (or needed changes like the new Vulcan shots). However, I mostly used the original versions of the shots that were altered for the director’s cut to preserve HD quality (for this reason I’m calling it a fan edit). I also recreated a couple of the director’s cut changes in HD.

-Video: 1080p MKV - 13 GB

-Audio:
Track 1: FLAC - This is the same 5.1 as the DVD (lossy sourced), but I replaced the end credits music that was looped for the director’s cut and replaced it with the original cue from the remastered CD.
Track 2: AC3 - 2.0 Dolby Surround from the DVD.
Track 3: AC3 - The commentary from the DVD.
Track 4: AC3 - This is a commentary originally released as a podcast for startrek.com with the director’s cut production team leads.

-Subtitles (SRT):
1: English Subtitles
2: Text commentary by Michael Okuda.

Sample Frames: http://imgur.com/a/dWxo1

Now available on the 'spleen.

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#1101506
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RELEASED: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Special Longer Version)"
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I’m currently working on an HD cut of the Director’s cut with the HDTV as a base (although while I include the new SFX shots, I mostly don’t include the altered shots to keep them in HD). The HDTV does have noticeable compression and it’s not very high detail, but it does have more grain and a much better contrast than the BD. One thing that’s interesting is that in the director’s cut they removed a lot of frames that had splice lines, but not consistently, so it’s a pain match that in the edit.

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#1077333
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Neverar's A New Hope Technicolor Recreation <strong>(V1 Released!)</strong>
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NeverarGreat said:

I’ve noticed that the 1997 changes are often the most degraded shots in the film, which is strange because, as they are much more recent than the 1977 film, they should be in better shape. But more often than not I’m having to repair the color. I guess these additions were even more shoddily preserved than the original elements.

The 2004 master is a 2k scan that has then been denoised with a bunch of DNR and then regrained to hide that fact. For the original negative and stuff recomposited in 2004, this is the only stage of detail loss. But for all the shots composited in 1997, it’s:

film, to a 2k scan, add CGI (possibly denoise based on the shot), print back to film, to another 2k scan, aggressive denoise, regrain.

The '97 stuff suffers more generational loss due to Lowery’s process.

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#1076283
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The Matrix 35mm
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Right, but they are pretty close. The scanned project print overall is biased toward yellow compared with the other (which is the result of the scans or print variance.) It matches with those Angelfire images much more than it does the DVD.
A quick contrast adjustment of the Angelfire one gets you to this:
Angelfire contrast
Which looks like a greener version of the scanned project. A push in the greens can match one to the other from there.
Compare with the dvd, which has weird gamma and a different tint:
dvd
Simply adjusting the DVD’s contrast won’t get you close to the prints.
The 35mm print does have a ton of green in many scenes, but not the brown-greenish wash the DVD has. The DVD looks very different from what was in theaters.

The scanned print is actually more green than the DVD in many places. (And it’s greener than the VCD that NeverarGreat was color matching to).
DVD:
dvd
Print:
35mm

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