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#1069989
Topic
Fundamental Collection
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Fundamental Collection

Fundamental Collection catalog - updated 2017-04-26

spine number - title - release date

#001 - Alien (1979) - 2017-04-18
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205713

#002 - Aliens (1986) - 2017-04-19
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205714

#003 - Alien³ (1992) - 2017-04-20
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205715

#004 - Alien: Resurrection (1997) - TBA
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205716

#005 - The Thing (1982) - 2017-03-01
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/201928

#006 - Halloween (1978) - 2017-03-07
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/202787

#007 - Minority Report (2002) - 2017-03-11
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/203166

#008 - The Arrival (1996) - 2017-04-01
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205656

#009 - Waterworld (1995) - 2017-04-05
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205702

#010 - Timeline (2003) (open matte) - 2017-04-13
comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/207997


ABOUT

The Fundamental Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality, avoiding revisionism that plagues many of the latest releases.

Our commitment is to publish the defining moments of cinema for a wider audience, tired of watching their preferred movies with revisioned colors, wrong aspect ratios, excessively degrained, or listening to modified audio mixes.

Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be seen, and eventually we include also an open matte version, when this improves the overall entertainment. Every time we work on a film, we track down the best available video and audio sources in the world, use state-of-the-art hardware equipment and selected software capable of reproduce as closer as possible the colors of the chosen reference, and we add the best audio original mixes, in different languages, with their related subtitles.

We aim to create the most pristine image and sound, as closest as possible to the theatrical projection, so to recreate the original, fundamental experience felt when the movie was originally released in the theaters.

FORMAT

Final format chosen for our releases is Blu-ray; video is encoded in 1080p, using the best AVC encoder and settings, at an appropriate bit rate to maintain a great quality and grain structure; audio is encoded in DTS-HD MA, when available, or in DTS, PCM and Dolby Digital; up to five languages are included, when available. NO DVD or other lower quality format are used for our feature film releases.

Video sources used are the best high definition versions, but in selected occasion we could be forced to use standard definition for particular shots/scenes not available in better quality; we use the best upscale techniques to improve the image quality and let these insertions as seamless as possible.

Color references used are usually the older master which, in many cases, retain the original colors found on the released prints: nowadays the original negative is used to produce a master and, albeit the quality is obviously superior, digital regrade often can’t reproduce the original color timing found on the release print. That’s our job to use the best high resolution source, and regrade it with the best color references.

Audio lossless tracks are used when they reflect the original mix; if not, we try to use the best available, high quality audio tracks with original mix, from the Cinema DTS tracks to laserdisc DTS, AC3 and PCM ones.

MISSION

Our mission: to fix the films which need to be saved from modern revisionism.

In particular, what we do is:

  • use a color reference to regrade the film so it could be closer to the theatrical presentation
  • add an open matte version as a companion to the OAR version
  • reinstate eventual cut shots/scenes
  • add a film grain plate when the grain is absent or weak
  • clean the image only when needed
  • adjust the aspect ratio when wrong
  • select the best audio mixes, using the original ones when available
  • include five different languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) when available

and, what we DO NOT is:

  • regrade a film without a color reference
  • add an open matte version when it is heavily cropped, or contains unwanted objects like boom mics and the like
  • use the original shot when director wisely chose to replace it with fixed one, like security ropes deleted, matte garbage removed etc.
  • add always a grain plate even when the grain is right
  • clean always the image even when it is right
  • use the best quality audio mix when it is not the original one, and the latter is available

So, our releases, albeit our best efforts to find and use the best possible audio and video sources, could be not perfect sometimes; still, the spirit of the theatrical experience, which is fundamental, is always there!

FAQ

Which movies will be released in the Fundamental Collection?
The movie genres that will be included are mainly sci-fi, action, horror, fantasy; we can’t exclude other ones, though. Mainstream flicks will be the first ones to be released, but maybe other less known films will follow.

What is the reason of a movie choice?
As written before, our mission is to “fix” somehow movies released before with something “wrong” - color grading, aspect ratio, missing shots, audio mixes etc.

Which languages will be included in each release?
We aim to include five main languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish - with suitable subtitles - whenever these tracks are available; that’s because we want to please a vast public all around the globe!

Do you have a release schedule?
Not yet; we plan to start with a new title each month, and eventually reach twenty releases per year in the next future.

Will bonus material be included? What’s about menus?
We have decided to include only the main feature, and to go “straight to the point”: no fancy menus = no loading time… just put the disc in your player and press play!

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#1069988
Topic
Avisynth parallel encoding
Time

Too old to learn also vapoursynth… 😄

Well, preparing the various parts would take usually five minutes, while the time spared is roughly equal to several hours, so I think I could follow this path for some time more…

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#1069972
Topic
Timeline (2003) Fundamental Collection [#010] [BD-25]
Time

Timeline (2003) Fundamental Collection [#010] [BD-25]

The movie was released only in Italy, Japan and Spain on Blu-ray, and there are no plans about future releases in other countries. It was filmed in Super 35mm, and in this edition you have the opportunity to watch it in full open matte; at the contrary of the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 as intended by the director to be seen in the theaters, here you get a 1.78:1 frame, with no image loss at both sides, and with more details on top and bottom, leaving no black borders when viewed on any 16:9 display.

Original source was the 2K scan of the original negative; colors and contrast were slightly tweaked, and a real 35mm grain plate was added at the end, to improve the video quality; this is, so far, the best HD open matte version of Timeline available!

As usual, multiple languages tracks are present – DTS for English, and DD for French, German, Italian and Spanish audio, full subtitles for all the languages, plus forced ones for German, Italian and Spanish, specially made for this edition.

1080p High-Definition fullscreen 1.78:1 open matte, 23.976fps, AVC encoded - 116min

DTS 5.1: ENG - DD 5.1: FRE, GER, ITA, SPA

FULL: ENG, FRE, GER, ITA, SPA - FORCED: GER, ITA, SPA

Full open matte 2K master from Super 35mm original negative

Comparison - top BD, bottom Fundamental Collection

The whole movie in an image:
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/207997

available in the usual place.

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#1067311
Topic
Help needed - someone who would like to finish my bonus projects...
Time

Too many projects to complete, so I’ve decided to do only movie-related ones, and left the unfinished extras out… but I’m sad, because they have some interesting material not found anywhere else.

So, if there is someone with technical abilities to release a proper DVD with custom menus, AND willing to finish one or more of them, please let me know.

The ones that I’d like to see finished are (from the most important):

The Arrival
Cube 2: Hypercube
Supernova
Usavich
The Thing

I have also few material related to my other projects that could be used as well.

Waiting for your replies!

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#1067308
Topic
The Arrival (1996) [Fundamental Collection™ #008]
Time

I have all the extras on my HDD - not only the ones from the LD, but also other never released before!

I planned to release a bonus disc, but I’ve decided to focus only on movie releases; if someone could promise that he would do it - a proper DVD with custom made menus - I’ll send’em to him.

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#1067307
Topic
Alien saga [Fundamental Collection]
Time

Frankly? I thought about it, and I’d like to… but too many projects to finish first!

By the way, it’s available on the usual place right now.

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#1066278
Topic
Star Wars 97SE in HD using super resolution & more
Time

Found an old avisynth script to “mix’n’match” colors from two sources, I applied it to this project, adding the '04 colors from the HDTV; here you are a test clip - I used intentionally quite challenging shots at the beginning, so if you like it (or, at least, don’t dislike it too much) I think the rest of the movie should be only better…

https://fs08n3.sendspace.com/dl/d6787b8f0c3a03db798cbc48ebc748b4/58f2264b2945905f/t6q4t7/SW_ANH_97_test.m2ts

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#1065155
Topic
Alien saga [Fundamental Collection]
Time

I left the fix found on BD, as I feel they are “right” somehow; but, as written before, I replaced a short shot with the laserdisc footage just because it was different - nothing important, just the shuttle before landing.

Post
#1064968
Topic
Alien saga [Fundamental Collection]
Time

D-Theater was an HD digital format on tape! Great quality, just a bit lower than BD/HD-DVD:

Well, new PC, a lot of free time, and nothing better to do… 😉

Yep, usual place, when ready - it will not take so long, indeed.

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#1064855
Topic
Alien saga [Fundamental Collection]
Time

Alien
I used the D-Theater as main source, and BD as second source, because the D-Theater was the Director’s Cut. Video is a bit wider than BD, and, after a careful cleaning, it retains more details, too. I used the PAL UK laserdisc as it used a distinctly different master; now, for example, the Ash head scene is green, and should be closer to the film colors.
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205713
as you can see, most of the shots have a wider image in comparison to the BD, except the ones shorter or not present in the theatrical cut

Aliens
BD as the only source, PAL UK laserdisc as color reference; as the LD was the Special Edition, I did all the needed steps to put it in sync with the theatrical cut; I have decided to use a brief (3s) shot from laserdisc, because is different from BD.
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205714
no more “mono-green-tint” now!

Alien³
BD as the only source, PAL UK laserdisc as color reference; LD colors are warmer and they seems to be color accurate - for example, it’s still blue out of the window in the second scene in Andrews’ office, as in the first one, while in the BD it’s greyish; also, the slight pink shift present in the BD is not there in the LD.
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205715
pink tint gone

Alien: Resurrection
BD as the only source, DTS NTSC US laserdisc as color reference; it seems this laserdisc, as well as the THX AC3 and earlier DVD, used a silver retention processed print as source or as color reference; colors are warmer, and no sign of the quite heavy pink shift present in the BD.
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/205716
pink tint gone as well; increased contrast, and color variations are fixed - note for example the water in the 5th row and Call’s skin in the 6th one

Note: all versions are the theatrical cuts.

Status: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 released; Alien Resurrection will be released soon.

Opinions, feedbacks, critics, are all welcome!

This post has been edited.

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#1062778
Topic
Waterworld (1995) [Fundamental Collection™ #009]
Time

Released on the usual place.

More info here: https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1406.html


Fundamental Collection catalog - updated 2017-04-05 (https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1349.html)

spine number - title - release date

#001 - Alien (1979) - TBA
#002 - Aliens (1986) - TBA
#003 - Alien³ (1992) - TBA
#004 - Alien: Resurrection (1997)
#005 - The Thing (1982) - 2017-03-01
#006 - Halloween (1978) - 2017-03-07
#007 - Minority Report (2002) - 2017-03-11
#008 - The Arrival (1996) - 2017-04-01
#009 - Waterworld (1995) - 2017-04-05

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#1062777
Topic
The Arrival (1996) [Fundamental Collection™ #008]
Time

Released on the usual place.

More info here: https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1405.html


Fundamental Collection catalog - updated 2017-04-05 (https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1349.html)

spine number - title - release date

#001 - Alien (1979) - 2017-04-18
#002 - Aliens (1986) - TBA
#003 - Alien³ (1992) - TBA
#004 - Alien: Resurrection (1997) - TBA
#005 - The Thing (1982) - 2017-03-01
#006 - Halloween (1978) - 2017-03-07
#007 - Minority Report (2002) - 2017-03-11
#008 - The Arrival (1996) - 2017-04-01
#009 - Waterworld (1995) - 2017-04-05

This post has been edited.

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#1062774
Topic
Minority Report (2002) [Fundamental Collection™ #007] BD-25
Time

Released on the usual place.

More info here: https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1359.html


Fundamental Collection catalog - updated 2017-04-05 (https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1349.html)

spine number - title - release date

#001 - Alien (1979) - TBA
#002 - Aliens (1986) - TBA
#003 - Alien³ (1992) - TBA
#004 - Alien: Resurrection (1997)
#005 - The Thing (1982) - 2017-03-01
#006 - Halloween (1978) - 2017-03-07
#007 - Minority Report (2002) - 2017-03-11
#008 - The Arrival (1996) - 2017-04-01
#009 - Waterworld (1995) - 2017-04-05

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#1061723
Topic
Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
Time

PC is up and running; sadly, I can’t find a way to let some avisynth plugins work - including some used for some extended scenes… 😦

Add to this I’m without internet connection (apart phone) since ten days…

I would be back on the right track ASAP; meanwhile, all the members who can, and want, help are encouraged to post here, just to gather the forces and prepare for the battle! 😄

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#1058248
Topic
The theatrical colors of the Star Wars trilogy
Time

DrDre said:

I can confirm, that during the Mos Eisley entrance scene the orange/yellow droid R5-A2 is indeed more yellow than orange. The shot where Luke and the gang are stopped by Stormtroopers looks somewhat like this:

Bluray regraded:

That reminds me the PAL laserdiscs are indeed not too far from it, color wise:

Image taken from my first project… colors are duller in comparison, due to capture card used, capture settings, laserdisc player, inherent composite nature of the source etc.

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#1058119
Topic
Avisynth parallel encoding
Time

Studing a good way to improve speed with avisynth, I tested some different path…

  • New CPU: obvious… but take in account the complete cpubenchmark score, not only the single thread - if, for example, your old dual core CPU has a single thread score of 500 and complete score of 1000, and the new quad core has a single thread score of 1000 and complete score of 4000, it will go four time faster, more or less!
  • Faster HDD (or better SSD): haven’t tried an SSD yet, but I’m pretty sure this will not improve the overall speed.
  • Avisynth 64bit: could indeed improve speed, but it has quite few compatible plugins…
  • MT version and other multithread plugins: could work, but sometimes MT crashes, and other plugins didn’t work - probably my fault
  • Parallel encoding: it works well! Follow me…

I tried this path in the latest days; I didn’t dare to try it with my poor old dual core, dual threaded CPU, but with the new quad core, eight treaded one, I wanted to give it a try… and, oh boys, it works, very well!

How it works?

Well, just take your script, and “cut” it in several pieces - it seems that four pieces works well here, they run the CPU at around 80%, leaving some breath for surfing and other little things; probably it could work with more pieces, but your mileage can vary.

Before


project1.avs
avisource(“your source.avi”)
filter1
filter2
filter3
[/code]

After


project1_part1.avs

avisource(“your source.avi”)
filter1
filter2
filter3
trim(000000,040020)

project1_part2.avs

avisource(“your source.avi”)
filter1
filter2
filter3
trim(040000,080020)

project1_part3.avs

avisource(“your source.avi”)
filter1
filter2
filter3
trim(080000,120020)

project1_part4.avs

avisource(“your source.avi”)
filter1
filter2
filter3
trim(120000,000000)

project1_final.avs

a=avisource(“project1_part1.avi”).trim(000000,039999)
b=avisource(“project1_part1.avi”).trim(000000,039999)
c=avisource(“project1_part1.avi”).trim(000000,039999)
d=avisource(“project1_part1.avi”)

a+b+c+d


Encode them at the same time; speed improvement: from 250% up to 400%, depending on how “heavy” are the filters/plugins…

You know, instead of waiting, let’s say, two days, it’s better to wait “just” 12 hours, don’t you think?

Hope this would be of some help.

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#1057399
Topic
Halloween [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
Time

oligregoire said:

The 35th anniversary edition in the box set (aka different from the retail one) has the real uncompressed mono (and not a downmix) …

Interesting! I wonder if it’s the same of the Criterion one included in this release.

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#1056743
Topic
The Matrix [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
Time

He gave just an idea - you know, we were talking, and he said: “if you want theatrical accurate colors, why don’t you use a print scan instead?” - he doesn’t even know that is actually possible! 😃

Is that in the wild? Dunno, but if someone is aware of it, please drop me a PM, I would be curious to give it a try…

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