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#1092792
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Police Story - U.S. Laserdisc Preservation
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So I took it upon myself to buy the tape version and post an x264 on the Spleen, so at least the dub is now available.

Still, if anyone has the capacity to rip the LD, let me know.

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#1092599
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Return of the Pug (ROTP) - webpage and screenshots
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There was a mono ROTJ mix assembled, but obviously the question is whether or not this print uses it or not (or if there’s any differences other than acoustic adjustment). I can’t find the exact thread, but a while back there was an excerpt from a book or article about when everything pertaining to Jedi was delivered to Fox and it mentioned a mono version.

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#1036375
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King Kong vs. Godzilla - 4K Japanese Cut Restoration
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Last July, Toho simulcast their fully 35mm sourced 4K restoration of the uncut 1962 version of King Kong vs. Godzilla in theaters and on the Japanese Movie Specialty Channel, a marked and long overdue improvement over their ugly Blu-Ray version. No rips have surfaced and a foreseeable home video version has remained unannounced thus far.

https://www.nihon-eiga.com/program/detail/nh10006490_0001.html

Can someone with the capabilities to rip Japanese HDTV programs grab the .ts stream of this next time it airs?

I don’t see anything scheduled for next month, but I’ll bump this thread as soon as there’s broadcast dates again.

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#1025480
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The Return of Godzilla - German Laserdisc Preservation
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https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/38602/NF-22808-LD/Godzilla-Box

Would anyone with the capacity to rip PAL LDs be able to help out with ripping this? The German laserdisc set is the only transfer of the international export version (with English text instead of Japanese) outside VHS releases (e.g. the '98 British Carlton tape or the Scandinavian or Portuguese ones).

http://www.ofdb.de/view.php?page=fassung&fid=627&vid=31231
The DVD release by Astro in 2001 uses the same master, but unfortunately cuts the film back to 83 minutes like the theatrical German version (while also mistakenly keeping a scene from the uncut LD version in English).

If anyone is willing to help out with this, I will gladly pay for the copy of set itself on lddb. Only about 20 minutes worth of scenes from this disc are needed in any case.

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#1022923
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Destroy All Monsters AIP HD Reconstruction
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God Save Pop Punk said:

I thought it might be. I may go back sometime and do a corrected version of this where instead of recreating the splices (and covering one up as I did here), I just leave a gap in the audio. For some reason that approach didn’t occur to me while I was making this.

Also, I suspect a couple other cuts might be splices, except that I could also see them being intentional edits - cutting out the sign outside the emergency headquarters in that shot of the ruins of Tokyo, for instance, since most of the US audience wouldn’t be able to read it anyway.

The only actual cuts in the AIP version are the aforementioned defense headquarters shot, and the Minya instances.

The AIP version also has frames that are missing in the current Japanese sources like Sea Monster and SoG (e.g. the shot of Kenji Sahara’s character and the end of reel 1).

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#1020482
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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Video Collector said:

Space Hunter M said:

Video Collector said:
Will you guys be pooling your resources, perhaps? Red Menace is making the most out of what he has, but it appears to me you have even more resources at your disposal.

If it’s any help, I guess so.

Perhaps not my place to say, as he may not even need “help”, but if you’d send him your 16mm reference video, the 16mm audio from the Australian DVD and your recreation of the opening credits, his project would move up a notch. Or are you currently working on a similar HD recreation yourself?

I’ve had my own SD reconstructions of Ghidrah for like two years now, and somebody even beat me to syncing the '08 master to the U.S. version before that. I just happen to know a lot of the in and outs of the WRS cut, and I’m all for new attempts.

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#1020316
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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Video Collector said:

Space Hunter M said:

Using the Classic Media reconstruction of Ghidrah is a fool’s errand as well (I realize you acknowledge the sync errors, but there are unnoticeable visual ones as well). It’s not very accurate and pretty clumsy at times. If you want to carefully re-create Ghidrah, use an original 16mm source like I did for my SD reconstructions. Also, the best (incomplete) source for the audio is the 16mm print on the Australian Siren Entertainment DVD since it’s not an old 1 inch tape master.

Ghidrah also has a shot that’s longer than in any existing Japanese source (a shot of Infant Island when the Shobijin summon Mothra).

The end title you did is pretty good (nice work removing the “Owari”), but it’s not accurate. The 8mm Ken Films 'scope version of Ghidrah shows that the end title is supposed to be stretched to widescreen:

BoxMonster and I collaborated on a version of the opening credits in 720p with fake gate weave and grain for the freeze frames and a font that’s very similar to the original. I still have the .mov he sent me.

Will you guys be pooling your resources, perhaps? Red Menace is making the most out of what he has, but it appears to me you have even more resources at your disposal.

If it’s any help, I guess so.

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#1020298
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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Jetrell Fo said:

Space Hunter M said:

The “splices” are just the physical glue marks that were used to edit the negative together. They’re just visible in the HDTV transfer because of how much picture information was saved. There is nothing unusual about them and erasure is not a good idea (The Blu-Ray does this anyway).

Also, any restoration of Monster Zero using a Japanese source is a fool’s errand because all Japanese film sources of the uncut version are inherently INFERIOR to the domestic U.S. elements (which are in desperate need of a re-scan a la the Classic Media Gargantuas).

The uncut camera negative of Monster Zero doesn’t exist anymore. The uncut version Toho uses for video is a foreign element several generations removed from the OCN and it has stabilization and fading problems.

Using the Classic Media reconstruction of Ghidrah is a fool’s errand as well (I realize you acknowledge the sync errors, but there are unnoticeable visual ones as well). It’s not very accurate and pretty clumsy at times. If you want to carefully re-create Ghidrah, use an original 16mm source like I did for my SD reconstructions. Also, the best (incomplete) source for the audio is the 16mm print on the Australian Siren Entertainment DVD since it’s not an old 1 inch tape master.

Ghidrah also has a shot that’s longer than in any existing Japanese source (a shot of Infant Island when the Shobijin summon Mothra).

The end title you did is pretty good (nice work removing the “Owari”), but it’s not accurate. The 8mm Ken Films 'scope version of Ghidrah shows that the end title is supposed to be stretched to widescreen:
https://s30.postimg.org/gnizs8k4x/vlcsnap_2016_12_17_09h02m32s183.png

I made that mistake myself when I did my reconstruction. I’ve since corrected it:
https://s29.postimg.org/qrvkj7vc7/vlcsnap_2016_12_17_09h05m34s217.png

BoxMonster and I collaborated on a version of the opening credits in 720p with fake gate weave and grain for the freeze frames and a font that’s very similar to the original. I still have the .mov he sent me.

What about the Ghidrah Anchor Bay VHS release I uploaded to the spleen? Would that be of any use?

Your capture is unmistakably better PQ-wise, but I’ve had my own rip of the Anchor Bay tape to work with for quite some time. I also have a hi8 recording of a Disney Channel airing of the same video master.

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#1020285
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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The “splices” are just the physical glue marks that were used to edit the negative together. They’re just visible in the HDTV transfer because of how much picture information was saved. There is nothing unusual about them and erasure is not a good idea (The Blu-Ray does this anyway).

Also, any restoration of Monster Zero using a Japanese source is a fool’s errand because all Japanese film sources of the uncut version are inherently INFERIOR to the domestic U.S. elements (which are in desperate need of a re-scan a la the Classic Media Gargantuas).

The uncut camera negative of Monster Zero doesn’t exist anymore. The uncut version Toho uses for video is a foreign element several generations removed from the OCN and it has stabilization and fading problems.

Using the Classic Media reconstruction of Ghidrah is a fool’s errand as well (I realize you acknowledge the sync errors, but there are unnoticeable visual ones as well). It’s not very accurate and pretty clumsy at times. If you want to carefully re-create Ghidrah, use an original 16mm source like I did for my SD reconstructions. Also, the best (incomplete) source for the audio is the 16mm print on the Australian Siren Entertainment DVD since it’s not an old 1 inch tape master.

Ghidrah also has a shot that’s longer than in any existing Japanese source (a shot of Infant Island when the Shobijin summon Mothra).

The end title you did is pretty good (nice work removing the “Owari”), but it’s not accurate. The 8mm Ken Films 'scope version of Ghidrah shows that the end title is supposed to be stretched to widescreen:
https://s30.postimg.org/gnizs8k4x/vlcsnap_2016_12_17_09h02m32s183.png

I made that mistake myself when I did my reconstruction. I’ve since corrected it:
https://s29.postimg.org/qrvkj7vc7/vlcsnap_2016_12_17_09h05m34s217.png

BoxMonster and I collaborated on a version of the opening credits in 720p with fake gate weave and grain for the freeze frames and a font that’s very similar to the original. I still have the .mov he sent me.

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#883096
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Godzilla Anchor Bay 1997 VHS Set Captures?
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Jetrell Fo said:

Okay, for those who want these … I NEED a list of things these tapes contain that didn’t make it in to other versions so I can have a good description while I await approval of their upload.

Cheers!!!

It’s already established Gigan and Mechagodzilla have the unaltered dub tracks (no reverting to a clean M&E source/no lost voice work/no sync issues), but the remaining three are all okay because Son of Godzilla’s Titan dub has never been released digitally (and the domestic R1 of the export dub is OOP), Godzilla 1985 has never been released digitally on home video, and the theatrical sound mix is not on the MonstersHD version (What’s missing: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2qesua) (I already have a marginally better audio source on account of the Image LaserDisc but whatever), and Ghidrah’s DVD version is a rather poor reconstruction of the U.S. version not mastered from an actual complete U.S. visual source. These are all fair game for MS.

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