RESTORED DELETED SCENES NEEDED!
I know there were some projects before about restoring deleted scenes, both as stand alone projects, and to be used in extended editions. If someone still has them, and would like to contribute to this project by let it use those scenes, please post here!
Yesterday I picked up my old pan&scan copy of Spaceballs laserdisc, just to spend some time and maybe get fresh ideas. Two things I noted immediately: this is not a p&s, but actually an open matte version, and it’s incredibly nice, given the fact it’s a 30yrs old disc… well, Mel Brooks did a good job; I like more Young Frankenstein, but this comedy has its moments (the Alien gag is great, and to hear John Hurt saying “not again!” is priceless!).
Well, back to topic, there is at least one shot that could be used; the escape pod from the last part of the movie is extremely well done, and I thought that it can replace (please do not shoot me!) the one at the beginning of EP4…
Another thing that I ever wanted to do is to fix the edit mistake done in EP4, when Owen and Luke are buying droids; there is a shot of R2 with the red droid still near it (him?), while it is actually broken few meters away near Luke and 3PO; TMBTM managed to solve this - have someone else thought about this little, but important, detail? Not GL, of course, he had to hide R2 behind some rocks!
here some links for you.
maybe you find more informations or ideas:
I managed to spend some time to visit all the threads, and read the interesting parts; I read many of them before, but I reread them to find something more; there were some interesting ideas, but sadly many images and links are dead now, and some member who can contribute to this project were offline since years.
Luckily, some others are still active, and I dropped a PM to them, to know if they have some restored deleted scenes, and would like to share them, to be used in this project.
The Aluminum Falcon said:
To be honest, I strongly prefer the 4th option. Moreso than the other options, it comes across as a “deliberate creative” stylistic decision. 😉
3 inescapably looks like B&W footage that was computer colorized, and I have suspicions that 2 would as well to a lesser extent. 4 is so radical that you can almost buy the filmmakers intended it to be that way. Grade the hues just a tad more subtly, and I think you’ve got yourself a scene!
If done properly, following a color reference, point 2 will lead to good, if not excellent, results. The fact I’m not skilled (and also too lazy, I must admit) will not help, of course! So, unless a good soul would step in and offer his/her services, it’s simply not a viable option. But I must add this: if a photoshop/GIMP skilled user will follow this basic idea (http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~yweiss/Colorization - there are some basic how-to guide around), it will take “relatively” few time to properly color the needed scenes/shots.
Point 3. Yes, I agree, as I wrote before, that result is less than perfect, and it’s difficult to believe anyone will be fooled enough… but, again IMHO, it could be less distracting than a single (or dual) tone trick. Of course, further tests should be made.
Glad to hear that part of the cantina scene will be restored. Should be cool.
The fact is that this (brief) shot should be integrated in an existing, colored scene, so the “color trick” can’t be used, I think…
I might also advocate for using a colorized original arm shot instead of Adywan’s for authenticity…
Actually, the “nice guy” had the gun, so why we see the alien cut arm instead? Adywan corrected it perfectly!