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#1199927
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Mangowolf Edition [Color Regrade / Audio Restoration] MOV AVAILABLE NOW
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No problem, Mango. As soon as the disc arrives I’ll drop you a PM. So glad to hear. The UK BD video is exactly the same master as the US BD except for the higher bitrate and restored fade so it should just be a case of dropping the new source into your existing project.

Could I possibly make two further suggestions for the new version? Firstly, the current MOV is encoded to run at 60fps rather than the source 23.976fps. I assume that this is just an error. Secondly, would you consider encoding at a much higher bitrate? TTCM is extremely grainy and if you look at the caps (https://www.caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&a=0&d1=4769&d2=5083&s1=44383&s2=47376&i=0&l=0) you’ll see that even the US BD’s bitrate is unable to retain the grain without artefacts whereas the UK BD’s higher bitrate does far better. It would be a shame to lose this.

A thousand thanks. 😃

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#1199172
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Mangowolf Edition [Color Regrade / Audio Restoration] MOV AVAILABLE NOW
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Ok. In the spirit of putting my money where my mouth is, I just purchased the UK BD. This contains a higher bitrate transfer of the movie with none of the compression artefacts of the US disc, the restored boot shot and the original mono audio.

If you’re interested, I will gladly rip the disc when I receive it and upload the source files for you to use. Alternatively I’d be equally happy to donate the disc to your project if you would prefer.

If however you’re not interested in working on this any further then would you consider kindly sharing the project files that I could use to apply your excellent regrade to the UK source?

As I’ve stated in every post, I’m truly grateful for your work on this project and it has me really excited for what this can become. I’d like to help in any way that I can. Thanks again.

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#1198862
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Mangowolf Edition [Color Regrade / Audio Restoration] MOV AVAILABLE NOW
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Hey, I wasn’t suggesting for a moment that you buy another copy of the movie. If you’re interested in improving your project with the 4K or fixed UK video then I’ll happily do my best to obtain a source for you. If you’re not interested then you only need say so and your regrade is no less appreciated.

It’s common on these forums for a project to receive suggestions as to how it could be improved. Harmy has a thread devoted to solely this purpose. It simply serves to show how much interest and enthusiasm there is in what you’re doing. Surely this is better than releasing your hard work and receiving no feedback at all.

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#1198472
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Mangowolf Edition [Color Regrade / Audio Restoration] MOV AVAILABLE NOW
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First I’d like to thank you for this Mangowolf. I love the regraded colours.

I was sincerely hoping that the UK 40th anniversary Bluray was used as the source for this. Sadly it appears that the source was the US 40th anniversary Bluray which contains an editing error at the beginning of the movie. At 01:46 there is a close-up of a boot which is supposed to fade out to black as all the other shots in this sequence do. In the US release (and this regrade) the fade is replaced by a hard cut to black. This error is not present on the UK disc and the shot fades out as it should.

EDIT: Also may be worth a mention that the German 4K UHD release is also fixed and has the correct fade.

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#1196785
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Mangowolf Edition [Color Regrade / Audio Restoration] MOV AVAILABLE NOW
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Now this is interesting 😃.

The first time I ever saw TTCM was on late night TV eons ago. It had this warm orange cast to it which was particularly noticeable in the outdoor daytime shots. It really created a dry and arid feeling which (for me) greatly enhanced the atmosphere. When the movie came out on DVD, I snapped it up but was massively disappointed to discover that the orange cast was missing and everything now looked bright and colourful, a look that I’ve seen carried over to every home video release since. I was beginning to wonder if the “orange” version I first saw was some error on the part of the TV network. But if this is the original theatrical colouring then I’m stoked and can’t wait to watch this again the way I saw it the first time.

Many thanks Mangowolf. Can I ask though; would you consider producing a 4K version using the German UHD Bluray as a source? This 4K release is SDR only so it wouldn’t require any dodgy HDR/SDR conversion and the look of the grain in full 2160p is wonderful. See here:
https://www.caps-a-holic.com/c.php?d1=11095&d2=5083&c=319

There are some issues with raised blacks in this version but I would imagine this could be easily corrected.

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#1192471
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kk650's Regraded Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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What I’m saying is that the yellow/green tint is even more pronounced on the UHD.

I can’t post screenshots as there’s no way to properly screenshot HDR images but flicking back and forth between the BD and the UHD shows that the UHD definitely has more of a green cast with the BD being closer to how I remember the movie looking in the cinema.

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#1182005
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Starship Troopers contrast boost (BD vs. UHD vs. 35mm)
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The avforums guys may have a point. A lot of how the dynamic range is displayed is dependant on your equipment and settings. For example; in the UHD of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, the ghosts that appear during the battle with Voldemort are often blown out to the point of having no detail at all on many people’s setups. But turn the contrast way down and the full detail returns (making the rest of the movie almost unwatchably dark). It’s just the case that the display (or in your case the software) is not remapping the dynamic range in an intelligent way but the detail is still there. This is the biggest problem with HDR at the moment and you’ll find much more detailed and accurate info than I can provide by googling the subject.

That being said, I’m only speculating that this is the case with Starship Troopers. I’ll run it through my HDR-capable setup later on today and report back as to whether the detail missing from those screenshots is actually blown out in the transfer.

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#1107871
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An American Werewolf In London (mangowolf Edition) V2 Available Now
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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.

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#1104447
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Raiders of the Lost Ark - Bluray color balanced
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litemakr said:

The BD has too many issues which can’t be fixed. Some things are too altered color wise or overexposed to the point of obliterating detail. The orange/teal color is inconsistently applied, sometimes to the point of erasing the original colors and some detail. The opening of the ark sequence in particular is recolored and overexposed beyond salvaging. It’s truly one of the worst examples of a famous scene being completely effed up. I can’t believe Spielberg ever approved it. The couple of re-composited shots you mentioned could be taken from the blu, but I would use wowow for everything else. And even that has a few problems. The only properly exposed official transfer of Raiders is the DVD, but there isn’t a good enough HD transfer of that available.

Thanks for the details, litemakr. Do you know if anybody has put out a version of the WOWOW with the Japanese subs and channel logo removed?

EDIT: Just came across Chewtobacca’s custom BluRay. Sounds like just the thing I’m after. 😃

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#1103558
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Raiders of the Lost Ark - Bluray color balanced
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Although the BD does restore some shots that are digitally altered in the WOWOW such as the plane in the image above and the red ‘travelling line’ sequence. So given the choice between the two sources in terms of a single-pass colour correction, I would probably opt for the BD.

That being said, the BD has the digitally illuminated lamp in the ark-opening scene which is properly off in the WOWOW so a best-of-both approach would be amazing.

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#1102787
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Salem's Lot 1979: Two Part Version?
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Would anyone with the necessary skills be interested in recreating (as closely as possible) the 112-minute “Movie” cut of Salem’s Lot that was released on VHS?

I know that there are some alternate takes of at least one scene in that version that have no HD source but there’s no reason the BD could not be used as it wouldn’t alter the scene at all.

I realise that this version has been pretty much forgotten but it’s the version I grew up with as well as (apparently) Stephen King’s preferred version.