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#1108070
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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Turisu said:

Hi Mango,

First of all, thank you for taking on this project. I’ve just downloaded your custom BD from the link you kindly provided and I love your restored colours and audio. 😃

I have a couple of questions. I’ve just done a side by side comparison with your edition and the remastered Bluray. Unless there is something seriously amiss with my set up, it appears that your version has lost some detail (possibly due to compression?). For example; if you look at the static shot at around 5:30 with David and Jack walking away down the road, there are spots on the road that are visible in the BD but not in your encode.

Also, the BD has a lot of fine yet visible grain which is missing in your version. This can be noticed when the boys walk into The Slaughtered Lamb; the painted walls show the BD’s grain nicely whereas there is none to be seen in your encode. Would you consider releasing a BD-50 version to see if a higher bitrate might correct this issue?

One other small thing: The Universal logo at the beginning seems ‘choppy’ as it zooms in. On the BD it is silky smooth. This issue does not seems to affect the rest of the film (or is too small to be noticeable elsewhere).

I hope you don’t take this a criticism of your wonderful release. I still consider it my go-to version as I don’t think I can go back to the BD colours and audio now that I’ve experienced the difference. Many thanks again.

I did have a bit of trouble encoding the Blu-ray, so it is a little compressed. However, since it was compressed to fit on a 25 gig Blu-ray, that could cause some problems as well, I.E. the missing grain. I also noticed that the beginning logos are a little choppy. That happened when I initially ripped the blu-ray and I don’t really have a fix for it. I may release a BD-50 at some point though. The raw file for my version of the movie is 58 gigs. I frankly think the color balance could have been done better too. The blacks have a reddish tone to them now, which I don’t like. Like I said though, this is just version 1. When I do the second version, I’ll be sure to address these issues. The second version may also be 2 disc!

Thanks for taking interest in the project! Your feedback is necessary to make this project as good as possible.

Mango

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#1106222
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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SilverWook said:

Mango said:

SilverWook said:

This full frame LD release also has mono sound and is a bit cheaper to come by than the 1995 remaster.
http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/04914/ID5239VE/American-Werewolf-in-London-An

http://www.ebay.com/itm/An-American-werewolf-In-London-Laserdisc-John-Landis-digital-sound-plays-great-/292205447763

I have that one, but my way of ripping laserdiscs sucks, even if just for audio. The 1995 laserdisc was made by the same company as the 1997 DVD, which is my source for audio. The audio was stretched to 5.1, but I compressed it down to mono using Handbrake. Sadly, it’s as close as I’m gonna get for now.

That auction is close enough to me that the shipping is super cheap. If you’re willing to cover the cost, I can buy it and rip the audio for you. I take the optical output from my LD player straight into a CD recorder.
Just make the audio files available to anyone else that wants them.

JEDIT:Checking around to see if anyone I know has already captured this. Stay tuned!

Thats ok. I think what I’ve got will work fine. Building the BD now. I’ll Probably release it tonight.

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#1105973
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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SilverWook said:

This full frame LD release also has mono sound and is a bit cheaper to come by than the 1995 remaster.
http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/04914/ID5239VE/American-Werewolf-in-London-An

http://www.ebay.com/itm/An-American-werewolf-In-London-Laserdisc-John-Landis-digital-sound-plays-great-/292205447763

I have that one, but my way of ripping laserdiscs sucks, even if just for audio. The 1995 laserdisc was made by the same company as the 1997 DVD, which is my source for audio. The audio was stretched to 5.1, but I compressed it down to mono using Handbrake. Sadly, it’s as close as I’m gonna get for now.

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#1105972
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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Ronster said:

Mango said:

Ronster said:

if it’s in synch with the video then it can not be pitched down unless the film is playing at the wrong speed… Just saying.

So is the film frame rate 29.97 fps?

PAL 25fps? this would pitch it up by roughly 4%

You need to get the VHS audio or the Laserdisc Audio not the DVD.

I think you’re misunderstanding this. Older copies of the movie, i.e. laserdisc, VHS, old DVD all have a different sound mix than the 2002 DVD onward. The audio was pitched down by the creators of the film as an intended effect. None of the copies I own are PAL. All of them are NTSC. I own 6 copies of this movie.

I thought every dvd version was remixed with different sounds. Sorry for that I have the 21st anniversary edition but there was a botched release before that in the Uk that had the telephone box scene missing. I don’t think there was any other uk release on DVD and they were all 5.1 mixes.

I think the UK release might be better then?

The 20th anniversary version is where the changes were first made. Chances are your copy has the altered soundtrack.

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#1105953
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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Ronster said:

if it’s in synch with the video then it can not be pitched down unless the film is playing at the wrong speed… Just saying.

So is the film frame rate 29.97 fps?

PAL 25fps? this would pitch it up by roughly 4%

You need to get the VHS audio or the Laserdisc Audio not the DVD.

I think you’re misunderstanding this. Older copies of the movie, i.e. laserdisc, VHS, old DVD all have a different sound mix than the 2002 DVD onward. The audio was pitched down by the creators of the film as an intended effect. None of the copies I own are PAL. All of them are NTSC. I own 6 copies of this movie.

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#1105944
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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Slavicuss said:

Classic film and best ever werewolf, imo.

I didn’t buy the 35th anniversary edition precisely for this reason. How hard is it to include the original mono track? JAWS managed it for both DVD (re-release) and Blu-ray.

It’s been so long since I’ve heard the mono track I’ve forgotten what it sounded like.

Funny how that works isn’t it? Why do people hate releasing these movies as they were INTENDED to be seen/heard?
And yes, the Kessler boy is one of the coolest werewolves ever.

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#1105881
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V1 Released, V2 Coming Soon
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V1 is done! PM me for the link.

New version coming soon.

Hey everyone.

I’ve had a lot of fun being on here, and I’ve been getting ready to do this project for a while and I think this will be the right place for it.

I’m working on a restoration of An American werewolf In London. My goal is to create a nice quality BD-25 with the original Mono soundtrack and a bit of color regrading utilizing the most recent Blu-Ray release (35th Anniversary Restored Edition) and the audio from the original DVD (Audio was stretched to 5.1, being converted to mono using Handbrake). I’ve heard rumors that the 1995 laserdisc release has the original untouched Mono soundtrack, so maybe with your help, we can make a version with that audio as well someday.

John Landis went totally Lucas on this movie back in 2002. Several sound effects such as gunshots, car crashes, gore sounds, etc. were added to the preexisting soundtrack. Everything was mixed to 5.1, and the strangest change of all, the entire audio track was pitched down which just made everyone sound like they had a deep voice.

I’m working on the first version of this restoration now, and I’ll hopefully be able to get it to you by this weekend. Wish me luck!

Mango

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#1080697
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Doomsday Thread
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I am going to keep screaming as long as I want, and none of you dare try to stop me from expressing my pain.

Laughing at you isn’t stopping you. In fact please don’t stop, this is quite entertaining.

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