Thank you for this, kk650. I really enjoy Titanic and your color grade is a big improvement over my Blu-ray. 😃
Well, im a day late and a dollar short on this thread, but I couldnt resist not giving my 2¢. My opinion of changing AR is 2 fold. First, I HATE IT!!!
Then you DEFINITELY don’t want to see Kong: Skull Island! I watched it last night via HBO streaming and the aspect ratio literally changed shot-to-shot for the entire film. It drove me nuts! Haha I don’t mind it if it’s for a scene here or there, as in TFA, but this was horribly distracting and amateurish.
I’m not familiar with the terms near and far field however I can confirm both tracks are different mixes although both are very good quality in their own right.
Basically, as I understand it, a near-field mix is a remix of the theatrical audio for home theater. Near field because you’re near the speakers in a home theater, and in a far-field mix (i.e. a commercial theater) you aren’t. So, the Laserdisc audio is redone to sound better in a home, whereas the original optical track sounds better in a movie theater.
Hope that helps! 😃
If possible, I’d love a link to this too. Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney films ever, and this looks far superior to my Blu-ray.
Also, I wish everyone here the very Merriest of Christmases! 😃
P.S. Happy Life Day, too!
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That was great! Thanks for sharing. 😃
Great stuff! Have you ever thought of uploading a speedpaint video of some of your Star Wars work to Youtube? I always enjoy watching people draw. 😃
Yikes! The Blu-ray looks like a different film! 😮
I actually like the warmer colors better. Much of the film is in desert climates and the cooler version just doesn’t look like a hot desert sun beaming down on a desolate environment.
Oh man, I’m at a loss for words… 😦 You’re in my thoughts man. I wish you a quick, successful recovery. Best wishes to you, and to your family, Poita! 😃 😃 😃
Yeah, hope he’s fine too. He did not connect since july.
I hope he is Just taking a break with SW stuff.
That’s kinda a long time. Has anyone here had contact with him outside of the forums?
Thank you so much for the Mac version! 😃
Well, if you think about it, a white shirt looks white under any light to your eyes, but to a camera it’ll have an orange or green or blue cast, depending on the light. These comparisons work the same way. Our eyes automatically white balance themselves, so unless you have something to compare it with, even the Blu-rays will look decent on your TV.
Have you thought about adding a bit of color toning to the finished result? Old projectors had rather warm color temperatures, unlike today’s more neutral bulbs. Personally, I think a subtle amount of sepia gives black & white some richness. Just an idea. 😃
Good idea for a project. I’m not sure if it’ll help but Blackmagic has a couple of free tools that might come in handy. The first is Davinci Resolve, which is excellent for color correction. The second is Fusion, which according to the manual, has some frame repair and cloning tools. I’ve never used Fusion, so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but both programs are Mac/Windows compatible. They’re both pro tools, so they’re not exactly easy to learn, but they might be worth a look.
Best of luck! 😃
Hi, I can anyone get me an invite to myspleen, I would love to get njvc’s blu ray boxset, (please pm me if you would like to invite me) thanks so much to anyone who might decide to do so!
Made a regrade using HDTV as source; why? Because, even if it has lower quality than BD, it has bigger frame size in the first part of the movie; it could also be used just for the first part, where the frame size is bigger, though…
Do you have access to a 4k Blu-ray player at all? I have the film on 4k Blu-ray, but I haven’t had time to watch it yet. I’m curious what impact the larger colorspace and dynamic range has on the image. In general, I’ve found the colors of 4k Blu-rays to be very pleasing. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was fantastic.
First, regarding Peter Cushing’s height, I know that he wore slippers during filming, and that was because the boots he was issued were too small. He only wore them for the few long shots. Either way, that’s hardly a huge criticism, nor did I intend it as such, more of an observation. 😃 Second, the generals (perhaps even Tagge) would likely have brought up the size of the Rebel attack in the very passage you cited. Why not mention that the Rebels risked a huge swath of ships to get the stolen plans? You said that it likely wasn’t the entire fleet, and perhaps that’s true, but it was definitely a substantial amount of ships, and the Rebels are clearly few in number and must carefully choose their battles. Why risk so much if the plans are worth so little? I still find that part odd, but we can agree to disagree. 😃
Either way, I did find the film entertaining. And I’m very happy that other people liked it a lot. 😃
Well said, NeverarGreat.
I finally watched it for the first time last night on Blu-ray, and I definitely agree with you. I’d like to add a couple of observations. 😃 First, I simply don’t see what the movie adds to the mythos. We already knew that the Death Star has a weakness, and that someone stole the plans and delivered them to Leia. Why does it really matter who made the Death Star or who stole the plans? And, as you said, much of the ending muddies the opening of Star Wars with half-contradictions. Second, Darth Vader’s appearance was very disappointing. While it was kinda cool to see his castle, and the bacta-chamber tube he was in, it added nothing to the film. Replace him with some other Imperial stooge and the scenes wouldn’t change a bit. He was there to appease the fans, not to serve the story.
Third, I can’t believe that the Empire would dismiss the stolen Death Star plans so readily in the next film. “It doesn’t matter what technical plans they’ve discovered. This station is now the ultimate power in the galaxy…” Really?! The Rebels sent their entire fleet to get those plans, don’t you think they did that for a reason? This felt like another of your inconsistencies, NeverarGreat. Finally, wasn’t Peter Cushing too tall? I seem to remember him being barely taller than Carrie Fisher, and she was rather short too. He towered over nearly everyone.
Overall, the film, while competently made, just didn’t feel like Star Wars. (Even the color palette felt off.) It was entertaining, but lacked the magic that Episode VII has. Still, I’m glad I finally watched it. 😃
I’m glad your family emergency sorted itself out. That can be quite scary. 😦 The images look great to me; it’s amazing to think they started life with the dreadful Blu-ray flaws and yet look so good now. Best of luck to you and your family, and to a happy vacation another day!
I agree with Papai2013. I’d personally leave the audio, like the video, as-is, in the original Dolby Surround format. As far as proper playback at home, Dolby Pro Logic was “designed to decode soundtracks encoded with Dolby Surround” (credit: Wikipedia) and it goes back to the days of VHS and Beta, so it shouldn’t be an issue. (Dolby later improved upon that with Pro Logic II, IIz, and IIx.) New receivers like mine have an even better way of playing these signals based on Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. You might want to double check any audio concerns with Hairy Hen, as he is the best when it comes to these sorts of issues, but I believe a straight lossless stereo encode will do the trick nicely. Hope this helps! 😃
Agreed! What really strikes me is that the Genie is more of a soft baby blue than the bold royal blue I remember from the Blu-ray. In fact, all of the Blu-ray colors seem oversaturated in comparison. Man, what a great film. 😃
This is a very cool project, dark_jedi! I was on a total media blackout regarding TFA, so pretty much all of this content is new to me. Thanks for your hard work. 😃
Wow, what an amazing collaboration! Team Blu has always been very professional, so I can’t imagine how much better it will be with this influx of talent and resources. Exciting times ahead! 😃
Hi Yotsuya. Cool project. The only thing I’d add is that the text edges look a bit aliased to me. (It might just be an artifact of the 720p preview video.) Is it possible to feather the edges of the text slightly? Keep up the great work. 😃
I have yet to sit down and watch my Blu-ray, but I’m pretty disappointed that the BD lacks the theatrical Dolby Atmos mix. Did anyone here see it in Atmos? None of the theaters near me are set up for Atmos (other than my home theater 😉).
TFA would’ve really been a great showpiece for immersive audio in the home. Oh well, maybe the inevitable 4k BD will have it.