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#1078988
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Last movie seen
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Star Trek TMP

As you guys know I’m going through Trek chronologically for the first time ever.

I knew the motionless reputation, I knew Wise’s work, I knew the studio’s cash in mentality…but I didn’t quite expect this mixed bag.

This is the absolute definition of a cinematic mixed bag. It so obviously a tv pilot stretched out agonizingly to feature length and on top of that extraordinarily similar to a TOS episode I loved. Then the characterizations of the returning cast are either widow dressing or not all together there leaving the only constants for returning viewers somewhat skewed.

The redesigned ship and costumes were to me not only bland but quite awful. This combined with the slow pace really date the film more so than anything else. And that said it’s not a bad watch or ever too slow to feel annoyed or frustrated. There’s still enough good material interspersed to keep an audience going…but it’s far too little and the studio really and truly screwed TMP over royally.

The production history is insane for TMP and the fact that both Trumbull and Dykstra were brought on last minute and managed some incredible work is really amazing.
The effects make the film to a large degree, but it is Jerry Goldsmith who saves it with his incredible and huge score. He literally scores his ass off and it helps immeasurably.

All in all I liked parts of this but it misses the energy of TOS; its heart, its exuberance and most of all its inherent silliness.

But the the few seconds of Bones here and there are priceless.

The letterboxed laserdisc is fantastic btw. I was quite impressed with the matrixed surround track.

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#1078938
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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I feel dead inside. At a complete loss still and evermore.
As Michael Caine put it the world will never be the same.
Roger was truly the knight errant both onscreen and off.

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#1078935
Topic
Superman (1941)
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The standalone fixes a few errors but not all. The bds merely replicate the previous SD versions on the DVD box set.

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#1075555
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
Time

You know we should have in there somewhere that there isn’t even an official release that looks as good as the SE prints 20 years ago which weren’t perfect but at least were serviceable and relatively accurate.

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#1074091
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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I finally finished TOS. At first the overbearing color was weird but I got used to it. Now I quite like it-particularly since eitnlooks amazing on my hdcrt. But every female crew member always having to wear miniskirts is really silly.

So I now get all the season three hate. No one episode is really bad but s3 is endless great or decent ideas that are either never developed fully or developed at all. However I will say that at time I did have this sense in later season 2 episodes.

But I did an actual spit take when I came across SPACE HIPPIES. That was hysterical.

My thoughts are that season 1 is the best overall with some episodes from season 2 roped in. I’ve now started the animated series which is far better than I expected for a 70’s filmation show.

Is the alternate Where No Man Has Gone Before a completely different edit or just slightly different?

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#1074089
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Last movie seen
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The ultimate way to see Blade Runner is theatrically. The final cut print is amazing and when the sound is run very loud it almost pulses. But the DC print is even better and is in my eyes the definitive BR experience save only for the missing violent shots.

MIB II
I had forgotten how dull this was. A bored and late retread of the original.
2 out of four.
MIB III
Finally saw this and felt it was really unnecessary. The present day scenes feel rather tacked on and once J jumps back it’s still the same old “find one alien who’s gong to wreck everything”. I did truly enjoy Brolin as young K as it was a great performance in character instead of some CG nightmare (listening here LFL?)
But the ending was truly just a final twist that was tacked on there and to me at least doesn’t achieve the significance it wanted.
2 1/2 out of 4.

Sony is apparently going to reboot the franchise. Wonderful…

LaLa Land.
I tried to avoid it…and then I was talked into seeing it.
I’m not a musical guy first and foremost but I can appreciate them and the artistry behind them. But this is really not one of those. This is some kind of weird modern “throwback” that doesn’t have one iota of real lasting significance. It also has such a wildly uneven tone that the movie itself can’t seem to make up its mind about what it wants to be. And being a geek I found the camerawork rather off putting as it is a fake CinemaScope cropping of a regular Panavision shoot and a film where the cinematographer does not prowl around in swirling choreographed moves but rather swoons around like an idiot.

Some people love this and good for them but I’m really not one of those.
I found it a shame that it was even a Best Picture nominee.
(Admittedly I audibly griped when I saw the unexplained green lit curtain in the character’s apartment. A nod to great films is one thing…but stealing that…augh!)

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#1074085
Topic
5.1 surround sound on Despecialized Editions?
Time

Has anyone tried playing around with PLII and PLIIx as they not only are supposed to do a better decoding job but sound quite good reproducing single mono surrounds.
I was quite surprised when I added two rear speakers for 7.1 how well Dolby ProLogic decodes into a 7.1 setup.

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#1074083
Topic
2016 High-Res Star Wars Soundtracks
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Actually hires is extremely important and can be quite amazing. It all depends on the materials and most of what is commonly sold on hires download sites is usually based on older materials or previously released SACDS which were themselves mastered differently.

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#1074082
Topic
Is the theater where you saw Star Wars still standing ?
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The theater I saw the SEs in is still standing but now derelict. (Built in the 70’s next to a shopping mall) I found out much later that the two big halls in the back (8 screens) were originally one large 70mm theater where Temple of Doom premiered in TN.

The big Regal I saw TPM in was an early version of their huge multiplexes and had amazing quality when it opened in 1998. They still operate as a big theater but the quality is nothing like it was. I saw TFA here in the premium theater and it was nothing like films used to be in the same space.

The renovated six screen vintage theater I saw midnight openings of AOTC and ROTS is still operating.

The IMAX I saw AOTC still is operating…as is the Omnimax dome where I had the extreme motion sickness inducing pleasure of also seeing AOTC. You haven’t hated sand until you’ve seen AOTC across an IMAX dome.

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#1074081
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
Time

I think the text looks great already but for dramatics I think it should paraphrase the 97 SE trailer somewhere:

For an entire generation people have experienced Star Wars the only way it has been possible: in altered and mutilated forms.
But if audiences only see it this way then they haven’t seen it at all.
Now for its fortieth anniversary the adventure of a lifetime returns to the world at large in its original unaltered form.

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#1074078
Topic
4(as opposed to 3) audio tracks for the original theatrical run of Star Wars?
Time

I just found out that apparently 4 track magnetic audio prints were made up until 1983 ending with Scarface. Is it possible that there were mag-optical combo prints of the OT? There’s a thread over on filmtech where someone remembers running a magnetic/optical ESB print.

It is possible that if Star Wars had magnetic prints that it would indeed be a fourth mix as it had different standards than Dolby Stereo and a limited mono surround controlled by a test tone.

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#1072090
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Last movie seen
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4 star scale as always.

Murder by Death-pure classic fun that just ends much too soon. The LD is the same as the DVD.
3 stars out of 4.

Men in Black-revisited after finding the BD trilogy set for super cheap and plan on doing some other Sonnenfeld films for the heck of it. The film works well due to its spontaneity and character byplay. But it ends far too soon and feels half baked-much of which is explained by how the entire ending was changed last minute and budget was withheld for sequences until the studio felt it was worthwhile. Many of the CG shots stick out like a sore thumb. But it is far more enjoyable than 99% of what we get these days. 3 stars out of 4.

Addams Family-a lark that is fine but never really impactful. Nothing of much interest really happens outside what would have appeared in a cartoon originally. The design and sound mix is quite good and the actors have fun but this ends up as somewhat forgettable. It’s nice to finally see the movie that inspired the legendary pinball table I’ve played for years. And someone must’ve literally seen this and thought to copy it over as Casper in the 90’s. 2 stars out of 4.

Addams Family Values-Much better, more fun and a bit silly. Much more of a plot this time around which is a complete improvement. 2.5 stars out of 4.

The Devils
I waited for years to see Ken Russell’s infamous 1971 film, and I’m glad I did. I saw an Eastman studio scope print apparently of the UK theatrical release that quite surprisingly was in good shape and not faded. This is a supremely powerful film that should be seen by anyone curious as it really tries to depict the depths of human depravity in circles of power that existed then and now. It isn’t a great masterpiece as with every Russell film I find myself begging for more story and less over the top visuals. If there was more story and narrative this would be one of the great films. As it is, the performances are staggering, the visuals and cinematography hauntingly great, and the film is quite unforgettable.
4 stars. That the studio still refuses to release the film or its restored uncut version completed in 2003 is CRIMINAL. Particularly since Russell made the Director’s cut and was not able to see it released before he died in 2011.

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#1067151
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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HD masters actually first started appearing in the mid to late 90’s but of course these were very very low res and by no means measure up today. WB did a number of high scale scans for several of the classic titles early on but it was mainly Sony who led the front in new or spruced up HD or quasi-HD scans. After a certain point they released everything as a “mastered in High Definition” title.

It wasn’t until the advent of BD on the horizon that 4K really began to take off. But still the vast majority of things are 2K scans/workflows and most films are only finished at 2K.

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#1066817
Topic
What is your Star Wars?
Time

The original ideas are the core of my SW-exemplified by the radio drama and novelizations.
I adore the open feeling of the EU and how even despite some silly or bad entries-everything still felt connected in some fashion.

I don’t hate the prequels but I dislike the way they were made and produced.

But I do hate Force Awakens and despised R1…but none of that compares to how much I hate that Star Wars itself feels so damn empty and hollow these days as merely a commodity designed to cater to both fans and the general public to entice them into purchasing endless merchandise.

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#1066814
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Celebration 2017 Speculation
Time

The only way the mouse will do any work on the OT is when they finally adopt 4kUHD. Otherwise they will continue to flog the bds endlessly.

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#1061651
Topic
The worst Batman game ever
Time

Hardest: Adventures of B&R on Sega Genesis. Completely impossible difficulty.
Worst is probably Dark Tomorrow since it was unfinished and not even ported to ps2.
Returns and Forever on Genesis were impossible and frustrating.

Arkham Asylum is the finest game imo, City refined the gameplay but had a lesser story, Origins was a cheap reskin and Knight was a massive disappointment.

I grew up playing every Batman and Star Wars game I could get my hands on without realizing they are two of the worst game licensed properties ever.

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#1058229
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All Things Star Trek
Time

When I finish TOS I plan to dive right into the film series but I made sure to track down all six lds first. I had gotten the bds bundled with TOS and popped some in to see for myself…oh dear…

From my research notes it appears the initial DVDs were ports of the ld masters: some with 5.1 remixes of the 2.0 and the sequels were non anamorphic. The SE reissues cleaned all of these up and some may have 70mm derived 5.1 tracks but this is unconfirmed. Also the contrast may have been tweaked on some but without seeing for myself I can’t say for sure.
Anybody have both DVD runs?

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#1058225
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OT Sound Mixes
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The only thing to add is that official records indicate a seperate mono for ROTJ was done alongside 35mm and 70mm Dolby mixes. When Puggo finishes ROTP hopefully it will have a mono mix.

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#1055054
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All Things Star Trek
Time

Sorry guys I meant the redone theme music for S2. I had to go look it up and make sure I wasn’t hearing the rerecorded theme or something. I’m more used to it now but still vastly prefer the S1 version.
The S2 theme dials up the vocal performance and drums, and there’s also apparently a different mix for S3 as well. All this is seemingly tied to Alexander Courage leaving the series.

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#1054781
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Can I say that I truly hate what happened to the opening and closing theme for TOS S2?

I get adding the vocal and extending the credits but the mix isn’t very good and I LOVED the feel of the S1 opening. This one just feels…weird…every episode.

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#1054780
Topic
Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
Time

I’m seeing this on my phone during a break but right off the bat I can tell you that there is blue in the concrete garage not found previously, the contrast is similar to the BD but not as overdone, the color is a richer version of the LD and the night photography looks correct. I don’t quite think the desert sky in the garage exit has been so blue before!
I will compare directly at home later. Excellent work as always!

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#1053953
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4K restoration on Star Wars
Time

The worst case scenario is if Disney just half heartedly jumps into uhd with lackluster 4K upres discs of outdated masters like some studios have done.
Imagine the bds merely on a BD-66 with slightly greater file sizes.

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#1052822
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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imperialscum said:

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

imperialscum said:

What is this crap about digital being bad? Digital medium is by far superior in terms of storage and preservation. Unlike analogue recording (film), which starts to degrade/change from the point it is being recorded, the digital recording is basically time-invariant. For example, the colour encoding of digital video is strictly defined, while in analogue film it varies based on the current conditions.

Of course, you might still want to use analogue film camera for some reason to shoot the film, but in any case you should digitalise the film as soon as it shot (in highest possible resolution).

Who here has lobbied for not preserving film elements digitally? As far as I can tell this conversation is all about capture mediums.

Still, I do not see why wouldn’t you immediately record it digitally. If you use analogue film to record a scene, by the time you transfer it to digital medium it will not be the same as it was originally recorded. Not to mention conditions of transformation process which requires projector (use different lighting during the projection and you have different results, etc.)

If you originally record it digitally, you have it completely preserved. You carve that digital recording into stone inside a cave and aliens will still be able to read it tens of thousands of years after we will destroy each other in the exact form as it was originally recorded.

Digital storage is intensely unreliable and is extremely prone to failure-so much so that many things from even the early 2000’s and beyond are now unsalvageable. Nearly every digital restoration is even printed back to film for storage.
Film v Digital are two different processes. Film is natural photography which involves changes in capturing the image, processing, lab work, printings and dupes and so on. Digital is fully controllable and does not involve any in-between steps.
Digital allows for greater flexibility and accuracy in restoration compared to analogue work, but of course like anything in life is not perfect.

The key to all this is that Disney has to have something ready for 4K and beyond. As-is they have nothing that is up to date. They have a history of completing restorations or title updates and simply returning them to the shelf with little or no fanfare. (20,000 Leagues) The real question is: what do people refer to when they say “negative conformed to SE”. No one in their right mind would recut the o-negs that way, unless you were a studio back in the old days butchering films for quick theatrical releases or later reissues. And there still should be IPs on hold. Something will have to be scanned from a high generation-and essentially no SE material outside the 97 source is high enough-and even that is outdated and in need of a complete overhaul ala what was done to Lawrence of Arabia in modern times versus its original 1989 analog based restoration.

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#1049875
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George Lucas's worst decision
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Not letting go of SW in the sense of how it became a project to generate funds and abandoning the general ideas of why he started making films in the first place.

But moreover selling to disney if I’m perfectly honest.

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#1049488
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All Things Star Trek
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Jay said:
The HD effects in TNG are for the most part very tasteful representations of the original effects and integrate nicely with the remastered live action; they didn’t set out to “improve” them, just make them look like they got a detail upgrade so they blended well. Many of the effects were done on film, so they technically are the originals. I never felt while watching that I was missing out by not seeing the NTSC effects.

The NTSC transfers were horrendous and the tests they did with upscaled effects looked truly awful. Had every 480i effects shot been deinterlaced to 480p, upscaled to 1080p, and spliced in with the new film transfers, they would’ve stuck out like a sore thumb and taken the viewer out of the experience many times per episode. Even though it only happens in a few episodes, I know instantly when they switch to an upscaled shot because they couldn’t find the original film. Takes me out of it every time.

Thanks for the explanation, that makes a lot more sense.

Wonder why all the old transfers are so bad for both series? They’re contrasty and in comparison almost colorless.

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