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#1119632
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Best LaserDisc Player for capturing?
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I own two: the UK Pioneer CLD-D925 that I use for the sheer convenience of watching PAL/NTSC LD’s without having to turn the sides manually and as a bonus, for capturing digital audio, as it has a TOSLink interface. Going on the recommendations of Silverwook and from browsing the forums, I also imported an industrial NTSC only Pioneer LD-V4400. It’s built like a tank (and looks like one!) and although it lacks the fancy consumer features of the D925, the picture quality is far superior, with far less dot crawl and noise. This is what I use for capturing the video signal from my discs.

Some good information here: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Difference-in-quality-of-laserdisc-players/id/8537/page/1

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#1119573
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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TheHutt said:

JayArgonaut said:

SilverWook said:

It is airing on Spike Tv in the U.S. tonight. (I presume they air in HD?) Don’t know if it’s the two parter or not though.

How’s this for an eerie coincidence? The same channel where I recorded the UK SDTV airing from, is re-running IT again - right now. They’re using the cropped to 16:9 version now, so it’s fortunate that I recorded it last time. 😄

Was it at least the two-parter?

Yes, it was. Couldn’t see that channel shelling out for a newer master. 😄

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#1118514
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Films re-released with alterations
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Thanks for the info. At the time when the alternate version was released, I remember journalists (clearly now, erroneously) pointing to the sequel agenda. Test screenings often do more harm than good. Many a classic suffered at the hands of audiences who just didn’t get what they watched. Agree with you about the ending, disagree about the film. 😃

Alexander: multiple versions with alterations on home video.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346491/alternateversions

Again with Oliver Stone: JFK re-cut for home video.

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=93992

Keeping with Stone, Savages, Natural Born Killers and Nixon have all been revised with alterations on home video.

How could I forget Night Watch? I bought the Russian DVD because the Western releases had been altered.

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=2891

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#1118483
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Post in this thread to request an invite to MySpleen.org (you <em>MUST</em> read the first post)
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yhwx said:

Here’s my suggestion.

yhwx said:

Have a big note for new users when they register in 120 point font that says “NO MORE MYSPLEEN INVITES BEING GIVEN OUT, M’KAY?” that you must click an agree button to to go on.

That’s the best idea by far. They probably still won’t pay it any heed but at least then we no longer have to go through the process of explaining it to them.

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#1118476
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Films re-released with alterations
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I Am Legend: a home video version with an entirely different ending, in order to open the door to a sequel.

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4949

Not a visual alteration: Disney substituted the opening song lyrics on all home video versions and theatrical re-releases of Aladdin after complaints during the original theatrical run.

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-10/entertainment/ca-11747_1_altered-lyric

(I learned about this one from a documentary, turns out that Disney had already prepared alternate song lyrics in the event of complaints.)

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#1118341
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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SilverWook said:

It is airing on Spike Tv in the U.S. tonight. (I presume they air in HD?) Don’t know if it’s the two parter or not though.

How’s this for an eerie coincidence? The same channel where I recorded the UK SDTV airing from, is re-running IT again - right now. They’re using the cropped to 16:9 version now, so it’s fortunate that I recorded it last time. 😄

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#1118014
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Films re-released with alterations
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It’s a good plan. 😃

I forgot the UK version of Pulp Fiction: uncut during the theatrical run but then censored with visual alterations on UK VHS and the DVD in order to avoid any accusations of glamorising drug use. (The UK Blu-ray is uncensored)

“Although uncut in UK cinemas, the video versions were all re-framed to remove the sight of the needle piercing John Travolta’s arm. This re-framed version is the one which was also shown on network TV (BBC 2).”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/alternateversions

An infamous example that for the life of me, I’m surprised I didn’t list earlier…

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song: censored via visual alteration since 2005 for UK home video releases.

All thanks to Mario Van Peebles forgetting that loose lips, sinks ships, or in this case, alerts motion picture organisations about dishonest testimonials. 😄

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/case-studies/sweet-sweetbacks-baadasssss-song

http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/hitss_su.htm#sweet_sweetbacks_baad_asssss_song

http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=22774

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#1117646
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Films re-released with alterations
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Wazzles said:

For the time being, unless I am convinced otherwise, I think I’ll leave off The Road Warrior but include Do the Right Thing.

Consider the following, from the thread link I included:

captainsolo said:

The best evidence was provided by the original cinematographer on the commentary track IIRC. He talked of having to go to the film lab multiple times to push the colors to get that more saturated look of the desert. That is the intended look reflected on the 35mm theatrical prints, the VHS, LD and DVD issue from a print sourced master. That used a US print under the RW title and slightly edited. The BD uses what is presumably a fresh HD scan of the Australian master, hence the uncut film and MM2 title card. It also is the master so it lacks the intended color timing, making it yet another film misrepresented in HD due to using camera negatives and not replicating theatrical color timing.

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#1117641
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Films re-released with alterations
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For the DVD release, Disney has censored the 1-800-SPANKME scene in The Santa Clause after complaints from parents whose children had called what turned out to be a real number. 😄

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111070/alternateversions

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19971019&slug=2566882

Here’s the scene from an LD rip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiOwAbjhyDo

Funnily enough, the BBC aired an uncensored version just two years ago.

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#1117628
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Films re-released with alterations
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SilverWook said:

Allegedly some early video copies don’t have that credit, as Harlan bought The Terminator on LD and was perturbed it wasn’t there. At least that’s what I read somewhere many years ago.

That’s interesting, I wonder if the wrong master was used for the transfer. It probably ruined his plans to show off to his friends. I bet he threatened another round of litigation. 😃

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#1117585
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Next Movie You'll Never See
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Alien Awakening. I gave up on the franchise after Prometheus - even the fan edit that restored the deleted scenes still left me disappointed.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6980596/

The endless remakes and reboots scheduled for release in 2018, including yet another version of Scarface. Hire writers and directors who will come up with new ideas.

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#1117238
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Films re-released with alterations
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The aspect ratio of Star Trek VI was altered to 1.85:1 on the 2004 SE DVD and the director also included the following visual alterations:

  • There is a new wide shot of Scotty reading the blueprints of the Enterprise in the dining hall.

  • Valeris’s interrogation scene has been entirely reedited. There are now close up shots of Kirk and McCoy when they speak their lines instead of being in wide shots. When Spock and Valeris name a particular conspirator, the face of that person briefly appears in a flashback like style.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102975/alternateversions

The colour timing on Do The Right Thing was altered by the cinematographer for the 2009 anniversary edition.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/37694/do-the-right-thing-20th-anniversary-edition-2-disc-set/

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/htf-blu-ray-review-do-the-right-thing-recommended.283608/page-2#post-3733842

https://www.reddit.com/r/criterion/comments/6huod5/do_you_think_criterion_will_re_release_do_the/

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#1117178
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Films re-released with alterations
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It’s certainly a fascinating topic but also worrying that so many filmmakers and studios feel compelled to retroactively alter - and in some cases, mutilate their work.

How could we have overlooked Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior? Its even been the subject of a project on here:

Warner Brothers has altered the colour timing on the HD master that has been used for the Blu-ray releases and HDTV airings.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Road-Warrior-Blu-ray/66814/

Also discussed here: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Mad-Max-Rarities-Road-Warrior-Japanese-DVD/id/4451/page/5

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#1117135
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Last movie seen
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ChainsawAsh said:

Wow, Solaris was your first foreign film? I’ve known people who are super into foreign films that couldn’t stand Solaris.

I’m into world cinema in a big way and I loved Solaris. I’ve also seen the Soderbergh adaptation. Lew derided Soderbergh’s approach as reducing the storyline to, “Love in Outer Space.”

ChainsawAsh said:

Might I recommend:

  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Let the Right One In
  • City of God (2002)
  • Rashomon (or any Kurosawa, but that’s my favorite)
  • The Lives of Others
  • Das Boot
  • Stalker (same director as Solaris)

All good choices. I saw City of God at my local art house cinema during its original release and I was transfixed from beginning to end. During a conversation with a Brazilian, I mentioned it and they launched into a tirade, “Cidade de Deus is not the only film from Brazil!” Yep, I had no idea. That entire semester during my BA where I studied Hispanic and Lusophone cinema was all for nothing. 😃

I’d also recommend:

  • The Golden Dream
  • Joint Security Area
  • Black Book
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • La Haine
  • Mesrine
  • Elevate (2011)

The other day, I caught Viva Zapata on TV - the combination of Kazan and Steinbeck sold me and it was interesting to see how it had influenced the work of so many filmmakers - from Lucas, to Coppola, to Noyce.

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#1116729
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Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects
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The G said:

I remember back when i soft modded my Wii this message popped up when i was installing:

Harmy should put something like this in v3.0 of the DEED XD.

😃 Ah! That made the Wii my favourite console for a long time. Play NTSC games, run home-brew stuff, watch DVD’s region free. If only the ReBug hack on my PS3 worked so well.

Possessed said:

Most fanedits have something like that at the beginning. Unfortunately those are really easy to trim out and redistribute. In fact, with programs like virtualdub and avidemux removing something like that could even be done without re encoding.

Yeah, a few keystrokes and it’s gone. You’d have to take the screener route and embed a periodic warning throughout the video along these lines:

Of course, that would lead to complaints about spoiling the enjoyment of the material etc. but it’s probably the only method that’s guaranteed to throw a spanner in the works of these opportunists.

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#1115944
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Banned members
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DuracellEnergizer said:

I don’t know if he was harassing Harmy, but he certainly was harassing Adywan.

JEDIT: Recently I ran into someone who dispensed with “Hello” or, “How are you?” and immediately yelled at me: “You haven’t emailed me! If you don’t want to email me, just say!” That kind of psycho behaviour is really going to encourage me to contact you.

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#1115939
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Banned members
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Isn’t that what JediMasterObiWan/SithMasterSidious was doing? Or was his harassment directed at Harmy? I can’t keep track of all this.

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#1115934
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Banned members
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Whatever said:

Wow.
This is really the lowest shit there is.
Banned for defending myself agains some arrogant fuckups attacking me, because Im new and they disagree with logic, and facts.
And it does not matter that they can’t prove anything, and don’t even try, because they are here longer.

You say here Disney and you are banned.
You get attecked you are not allowed to defend yourself, but if you try you are banned.
But attacking people. No problem.
Lying. No problem.
Being an asshole. No problem.
Just suck up to the boss, and remove the new guy.
Briliant.

Oh and,
EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW THAT DISNEY ORDERED THE RESHOOT OF ROGUE ONE!

Teach that you retarded TV’s FUCK!
And when you finished your teaching moment you can spell check everything stupid grammar nazi.

BAN THIS USER TOO!
Not coming back anyway. No one can help idiots.

I would report myself, but there is no button to report myself.

So many happy people on the Internet.

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