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#1049875
Topic
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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#1049473
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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Also check MGM hd on demand titles. Currently they have DN FYEO LTK and Goldeneye of which the latter may be the Lowry master-I didn’t get much chance to check before work.

This would be an interesting source. I’m trying to figure out what exactly it could be. My first instinct was to say it was likely the BD transfer minus the brightness but now I’m not so sure. If it is fully uncut who’s to say where exactly it came from.

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#1049377
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All Things Star Trek
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Just finished season 1 of TOS as a complete newbie.
Loved every damn minute.
Every one…except for “The Alternative Factor”. What the heck happened with the writing on that one?

Sure it may not be perfect as a series, and there are times it is obvious the running time is padded to 50 mins but this is largely old fashioned S/F which is actually about IDEAS. I’m a complete sucker for this stuff. What in the world took me so long. This is NOTHING like I always thought Trek was. I realized very quickly my childhood and early experiences seeing Trek was simply bits of TNG reruns which had all kinds of people and aliens talking on a bridge leaving me extremely confused as to what was going on.

The BD is very well done, despite some minor things where very rarely the mono may be a fold of the multichannel. The restoration is clearly not as new as the one done for Batman '66, but it looks stunning on my HDCRT screen and I was surprised at just how colorful a series this was-right down to the Enterprise set. And gosh the old transfers look horribly washed out in comparison.

I LOVED the mostly untouched SFX ship shots that are repeated ad nauseum. I loved the score, the camaraderie on screen, the spirit of the production which correct me if I’m wrong was on the low budget side of things.

I’ve watched in airing order as the discs are made that way, but it somehow seems to work in some strange fashion. My favorite episode so far is probably “Corbomite Maneuver”.

Again, what took me so long? ARGH! I already loved doing bad Shatner impressions without even knowing Trek-this has increased indefinitely.

When I get through S2 and3 I’ll tun the films on LD before plowing into the animated series and TNG. I have the BD set for the latter and the purist in me is already saying “couldn’t they have branched the effects there as well despite being native NTSC? I wouldn’t mind the old ones!”

I will ask though: Is TOS S3 as bad as the indicators would have me expect? (Roddenberry leaving due to time slot change etc.)

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#1049120
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Last movie seen
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Too many 70’s-80’s era 007 post to quote.

Firstly, I think Moonraker is better than the sum of its parts, despite having many cringe-worthy bits and needing an overhaul before going into the second remake of a single story. (YOLT, TSWLM). It is very much the bloated Thunderball to TSWLM’s Goldfinger, but there are many great elements there, and if you look past the silliness there is some serious material which Roger handles beautifully. This is evident in Christopher Wood’s writing which actually leans more toward the Fleming style in his novelization-yet at the time the film team wanted the lighter approach. (Plus some added uncredited Mankiewicz revisions on at least TSWLM)
The effects are top notch, and for realism in pre-CG space effects it’s about as good as you can get outside 2001-yes I made that comparison. Other than the stupid laser beams, poor wire performances of some actors, and instant launch of the US shuttle it’s damn impressive.
And then the score…this is where Barry goes into epic mode and furthers his string orientation. Only issue is that the music film mix isn’t very good and the recordings in France were not in the best of halls-let alone that the master tapes have been lost and the music album master isn’t good. But all that aside, this is an epic score and the 'Flight into Space" is one of the great movie music cues that can give goosebumps.

AVTAK is a weird beast. Part nostalgic, part long in the tooth, part darker 80’s edge in the villain’s bloodlust, part silly, part underwhelming. Most will give it a cursory glance and write it off like MR. But that does what it gets right a disservice, and there are many great elements here, covered beautifully in the book “A Closer Look at A View To A Kill”. My favorite is the constant hammering of Bond’s older age, and his character convictions-primarily in his confrontations with Zorin, Roger’s angrier closeups, and Barry’s score which is again a masterpiece. The smaller bits are lovely such as Bond cooking and putting Stacey to bed alone. Zorin is Walken’s finest hour and cannot be praised enough. Again, there is much to be praised here but you have to look beneath the surface of the bad to really enjoy the what could have beens.
Also: Bond+Steed wins all arguments.

TLD is a masterpiece. It is the last great entry in the series, and the ONLY time since the 60’s both film Bond and book Bond were married perfectly. Dalton is perfection I feel, and gives one of the great lead performances. Even the lackluster seeming villains are grounded in such a reality that they are actually believable in spite of their plans. This is the key to the film’s success. In grounding the storyline in such a realistic Cold War based enviroment, the more ludicrous 007 film elements can be slotted in to provide audience entertainment without insulting intelligence. Thus you get to eat the cake too.
My only criticisms are that I feel Kara is portrayed as a bit too thick headed, and Glen’s desire to do the cello case sequence starts to break the credibility rule.
Barry’s score is arguably his finest and certainly his most musically accomplished; featuring multiple themes for the three songs, beautiful balance between his old and new style, good use of both synth and strings, and a wonderful romance motif interposed with music perfect for the revival of 007 as assassin.

But admittedly I cannot really criticize the holy 16. Only nitpick, and point out production troubles etc.

Lost Horizon (1937)
Capra’s epic that doesn’t really work. Beautiful, incomplete, haunting, yet eternally frustrating in that the story just doesn’t quite work. Too long for it’s own good most likely, but undeniably beautiful.

The More The Merrier
Wonderful George Stevens romantic comedy with elements of screwball, later remade as Walk Don’t Run. Funny, yet human and lovely.

The Talk of The Town
Probably the best picture Stevens ever made alongside Gunga Din. A beautiful Capra-esque clashing of wills between Cary Grant and Ronald Colman with elements of screwball layered in to teeter wonderfully between drama and farce. Moves wonderfully, and has a striking opening sequence where Grant is made out to be a murderer and escapes from prison. One of those gems, mostly forgotten from a bygone era.

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#1049093
Topic
Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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This could be used as a BD regrade source, with the LD mono as a base audio track. It should also show how much DNR/fake grain was done by Lowry as according to folks from AVS. Personally I find the clips staggering and darn near perfect in ways that no video transfer has ever been able to fully duplicate.

I just wish I knew the vintage of the source. I’d guess 60’s era or maybe the early 70’s but of course it had to be pre-'74 when IB was stopped in the US.

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#1046816
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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I’m determined to finally start doing so…any suggestions? I really need to build a PC from scratch so I’m not huddled in front of my Sony SFP screen checking individual frames, swapping between dozens of editions and generally muttering to myself like a crazy old man.

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#1046399
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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That being said here’s my new comparison of Dr. No editions, including the P/S 1993 LD.

This pan n scan disc, though claiming to be remastered, is obviously older and perhaps a reissue of the older CBS/Fox laserdiscs. The color is different to any release, it has increased contrast throughout and loses much of the black level. The 1.33 crop loses much of the sides, more so on the right. The opening titles are mostly letterboxed, but then jump around between 1.33 and letterboxed. Sound is analog only and has low hum and print noise. I can’t tell if it’s MGM’s source print or not, but I doubt this as accurate in its transfer.

1992 remastered VHS: better 1.33 crop, color looks like the MGM letterboxed LD but very contrasty which reminds me of the way many films looked on tape when I watched them growing up. Titles are fully letterboxed, and the image zooms in on the three blind mice.

2000 VHS: same as above, but less contrasty and better image fidelity. Image cuts to 1.33 on third shot of the three blind mice.

1995 letterboxed VHS: Same as 2000 tape in regards to contrast, maintains 1.66 frame so this is a perfect copy of the Connery Collection LD.

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#1046395
Topic
Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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Thanks to the fine folks at the 007 Dossier, we finally have some evidence as to how Thunderball appears from vintage IB material.
http://the007dossier.com/007dossier/post/2017/02/09/Thunderball-16mm-IB-Technicolor-print

Despite it being a 16mm segment, the saturation levels are unlike anything we’ve seen or had access to. I ran it against every copy I have and came up with this:

The closest in overall look is the 1989 laserdisc but is a tad too heavy in the reds particularly in skin tones. The 1995 master/SE DVD fixes this but is less saturated. The UE is completely washed out in color and far too bright. The BD is remarkably similar to the print sample, but it appears this was either the source scan for Lowry or a new one done where the team then tried to replicate the color via digital means. Thus it comes very close to the source but things such as Fiona’s dress are far too teal when they should be less so.

Also, the day for night shooting is noticeably off in the sample and all the video transfers have it pretty much intact. I think the original video source for 1989/1995 was a IP or protection element made sometime after the 60’s and thus it is in very good shape but lacks the Technicolor bold printing-just like the rest of the Bonds do. The only ones that seem as if they may be Tech are the Criterions and the first letterboxed MGM Dr. No (as it shares the same print source as the Criterion. I have not yet seen all the earlier pan and scan copies, but seeing as TLD’s pan n scan has vibrant color that looks like the BD palette some could be interesting.

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#1043149
Topic
Your favorite Specal Features and Why?
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Blade Runner is the definitive in this category. I waited in line for the stores to open on release day, skipped school and watched through the entire briefcase. Before 2007, there were only a few fan sites and Future Noir, but it was well worth the wait.

Others would include the 007 SE documentaries and far too many commentaries to count.

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#1043143
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
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The major studios have cut most of their video departments back and this includes both menus and disc art.
If they just simply used theatrical artwork for cover and disc there would be no issues.

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#1042784
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
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If we’re lucky it would look like this for each film as a standalone release:
Disney combo pack consisting of
Disc 1 final SE revision or hopefully just an HD scan of the 97.
Disc 2 restored original with Dolby stereo, mono and 70mm.
Bonus features on both discs and perhaps a third for space.
DVD copy or digital copy included.
29.99 retail.

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#1037395
Topic
Star Trek HD Caps
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Ugh…guess I should have grabbed those then…oh well more for the wantlist then. 😉

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#1037382
Topic
What happened to the Myth?
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Heart and spirit existed in the EU sporadically even into the prequel era.
But it is something painfully absent in Disney’s efforts. There is little emotional involvement or investment in the stories because they are merely designed to provoke certain responses in both fanbase and general audiences much like the Marvel entries.
As much as ROTJ misses the mark, one still cares because you are invested in these characters and their ongoing struggle.

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#1037346
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Ultimately they have to do some type of work to make the OT available at today’s standards since the 1080p master is horridly outdated and has been scribbled over with crayons ad nauseam.

The easiest thing to do would be to work with the original unaltered negative and start from scratch in 4K. Disney has done well so far in restoring live action without tampering. The issue is cost and contractual negotiations and convincing the brass that it is cost effective.

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#1037342
Topic
Star Trek HD Caps
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I saw a handful of the old SE DVDs in my local shop today and it got me thinking about Trek again.

From what I understand and correct me if I’m wrong, The original series is essentially theatrical 35mm audio on LD and 5.1 supposedly from 70mm runs for DVD. TNG films have reference LD transfers of the first three, initial DVD ports of these as letterbox and then SE reissues with cleaned up anamorphic transfers and added DTS audio.

Has anybody ever sat down and done comparisons with LD, DVD and BD? I can understand the video differences but there is very little out there about any audio quality differences in regards to remixing and dynamic range reduction. I have the first two TNG LDs and will check those out soon.
I’m thinking about getting the TNG BD set. If I have this, the original crew BD and LDs, is there anything I’d be missing other than the director’s cut of TMP?

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#1036819
Topic
Last movie seen
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Reservoir Dogs is an absolute waste of time as it is a pitiful ripoff of City on Fire. It is not merely unoriginal but actually plagiarism.
In my humble opinion only Jackie Brown is worth anyone’s time. I have grown so tired of Tarantino and how in the world he continues to get away with wasting everyone’s time by regurgitating the past is beyond me.

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#1029403
Topic
Superman I-III extended TV cuts: Where have the preservations gone?
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The anthology BD set can be had for rather cheap in its U.K. Region free variant and is otherwise identical to its USA counterpart.

Also the Donner cut was upgraded with slightly better video and has dtshdma 5.1.

The ridiculous number of extra materials will likely never be compiled officially unless a settlement is finally reached between WB and the Salkinds. Wish they would finally.

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#1029401
Topic
Planet of the Apes 1968 ( 35mm )
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It looks very nice. I had gotten used to the BDs since they are okay and the best we’ve ever had for the series, including the full length sequels and original mono for all.

Syncing the BD mono to this would be fantastic.

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#1026913
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars Soundtracks
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Chronological order. Despite he improvement in recording techniques, the original still holds out for me but ESB is nearly tied.
My favorite cues are certainly the end credit finales for each of the OT and Rebel Fleet.

I just wish they would finally do proper fully restored hires complete score releases since all we have officially is woefully inadequate.

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#1026909
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What Makes A "Real" Star Wars Fan?
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Problem is you can’t really talk SW with most people. At best you get either that the prequels sucked or were fine, the new Disney products are great, discussions about merchandise or products etc

It’s tough to actually talk to anyone about outside stories, EU, factoids or trivia outside the Internet, fan events or here at our home away from home.

But what really kills me is how so few actually realize what Star Wars really is at its core; the purity of the 1977 vision. To me it gets diluted more and more each year to the point of wondering do people really even “get” SW anymore?

I remember being almost swept away with emotion watching the puggo grande for the first time years ago and still to this day something I do yearly. This was a picture made with heart and soul, extreme compromises and model kits glued together.

I really don’t know what I would do without OT.com and all you guys, because otherwise I’d be stuck in the Dune Sea without a vaporator.

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#1026902
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Can we please talk about how now Leia’s feigned lack of knowledge about the Death Star plans being on board the Tantive makes no sense since Vader clearly saw a trooper get the floppy disk on board before the ship blasts off leaving him shaking a fist in a “I’ll get you next time!” pose.

And so much for “beaming” the plans onboard via transmissions.

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#1026901
Topic
Recommendations for Legends (old EU) books, comics, etc.
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ZkinandBonez said:

captainsolo said:

The later solo trilogy is pretty fun, and the Lando novels are good old fashioned sci-fi.

By the “later Solo trilogy” I’m assuming that you are referring to the books by A. C. Crispin?

(Aren’t they also the books that tried to explain the whole Kessel run in 12 parsecs thing by having the Falcon go near a black hole, or something like that? I always found that explanation really silly, but of course that doesn’t necessarily mean that the stories are bad. I’ve just read very polarized opinions about that trilogy.)

Yes I was referring to those. They’re a little coincidental in trying to tie some things in but otherwise fun reads.

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