Happy to hear from you, mate. Stay well. 😃
I think I prefer cool also. Seems more authentic to the era, at least to my eye.
Sad to hear you are doing poorly, mate. Rest up. Our thoughts are with you.
Glad to see this project back on the boil, DrDre. I think a corrected WOWOW could be spectacular in your hands. And thanks litemakr for the LPP preservation, it’s a personal treasure to me.
Congrats on completing this, NeverarGreat. Tremendous work, you should be extremely proud. Thank you!
This is amazing stuff, DrDre. I’ve been looking forward to your Raiders WOWOW regrades for a while; would the bot help to hasten progress on that at all? *
- no pressure mate. I know you have to prioritize other stuff right now 😉
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Personally, I am not a fan of tecnical aspects.
If you give a look at my designs you will see it: just year, country and duration.
About customization of different options to anyone of you… I think you are not going to be too much people; I am reading answers from 5-10 of you. So, I guess it will not be a problem having some kind of personalization if you want.
In fact… to be sincere, I don’t see interest in a design made for the members of ‘Original Trilogy’ but in a specific design made for each of you.
Maybe you should think about that. If finally there is a different design for each of you… I think this should not go on as a project of the community and I would prefer speaking in private with each interested member.
Wow, that is extremely generous of you. Thanks so much for the offer. I will be in touch!
All the best for your op, Poita. Stay well.
Another scene in progress. Just 7 or so minutes of footage left for this film.
(The second comparison is between my correction and Despecialized 2.5)
That is just beautiful. I love the more film-like contrast; you’re working miracles here. Two thumbs up. 😃
Another very quick test with new settings.
Looking at the above promotional image or 35mm scan, I just threw that blu-ray screenshot into Resolve real quick to do a rough match of the look.
Man, that looks great.
Terrific work, mate. Currently seeding. 😃
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Poita. And to all a Happy Holidays.
I’ve been asked about the condition of the German print and if it is salvageable.
I did have some of it scanned, even though I couldn’t get it cleaned. I’m uploading a few seconds of how it looks mixed in with how it looks with a very basic restoration done to it, as a quick test of how much work would be required.
The print is very red, but it looks like a reasonable colour balance could still be achieved, it is quite battered and dirty, but a lot of that can be worked around.
A very quick sample, with some basic adjustments can be grabbed here:
Incredible. I never cease to be amazed at the colour you are able to salvage from these red prints.
Glad to hear your daughter is back home, Poita. 😊
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Wishing your daughter a swift recovery, mate. All the best.
Question, how do we feel about adding in a touch of sharpening?
Feeling real good.
This is probably close to my final version. The gamma has been adjusted considerably from the grindhouse edition and this version looks pretty decent across all of my various display sources. I applied a bit of sharpening to this one as well. Added in a few new shots.
This looks great, mate. The saturation is very pleasing. Hope you can make this available. 😃
As a few of you know, I have health issues, and I am away from Monday through Friday for treatment, so may or may not be able to answer PMs etc. until the weekend, depending how hard it all hits.
I’ll be back online Monday week at the latest, so don’t take radio silence in-between as me ignoring anyone 😃
Wishing you all the best, mate.
Thanks to everyone, we have enough to have 5 reels cleaned, and aren’t far from being able to get #6 done, so I have sent them all in, and am hopeful that we will raise the last part before I have to pay the bill 😃
My heartfelt thanks to everyone that has helped out in any way, I feel it is such an important film to preserve, and it was literally going to fade away forvever if we didn’t act
I’m uploading the scans done so far to Harmy now, and will post some images and samples over the next few days as I get them rendered out.
Reel2 has been cleaned and pre-scanning to check for problems is happening now.
The last reel preview was downloaded 297 times! I’m so happy that there is still so much interest in Empire, I personally love this film.
Thanks also to the first ‘Reel Sponsor’, and to the others that have chipped in to get the reels cleaned. I’m still picking up freight, scan, and storage costs, so it is great to have the cleaning taken care of. Each reel takes up a 5TB HDD, and then you want to have a backup, so each reel eats up 2 x 5TB hard drives, so it gets real crazy, real fast.
To those who have already helped out, I sent you an Infinit invite, which will allow me to share the work in progress files with you. I use the software myself all the time, it is reliable and trouble free, and if you install it from my invite, it gives me the space to be able to share the larger versions of the files with you.
I’d love it if some of you could check the reels as they come in for missing frames, and frames you think need particular attention.
Thanks again to everyone, more samples soon!
Thanks to you too, mate. I’m glad to see someone caring about the preservation of this cinema milestone - and the film-making techniques that birthed it - as much as you do.
Thanks to everyone here, there is now enough to get Reel2 done.
Great news. 😃
go ahead and do it! i already did
Excellent. And I just donated 50.
Who’s ready to chip in? Can we get a show of hands?
I donated a few days ago.
As for costs, the main cost at the moment is ultrasonic cleaning, which comes out at 0.6c per foot plus taxes and shipping, which equates to about USD150 per reel, which means a 6 reel film is about $900 or so.
I’d be happy to throw $50 into this project. If 17 contributors match that we’ve got our 900. Or 30 people could donate $30 each. Surely there are 30 ESB diehards lurking here who can spring three measly tenners to preserve (and own) this movie milestone.
What say you, gentlemen?
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We scan at 16bits per pixel, this means the total ‘colours’ able to be captured jumps from the approximately 16 million colours that a DVD can reproduce @ 8bpp to 281 Trillion colours @ 16bpp.
In practical terms it means each channel, Red, Green and Blue, jumps from 256 shades each to 65,536 shades each.
This lets us recover as much colour as if left in the print.
It would be better to have an unfaded print or negative, but, when it comes to Empire a partially faded print is the best we have available to scan, and generally only heavily faded prints turn up, and it is getting worse by the day.
Well I’m utterly astonished at the colour you’re able to rescue from a red faded print. It seems like some kind of alchemy to me, like turning beetroot into gold. I can’t wait to see the finished preservation.