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davextreme

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#1104860
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Out of curiosity, why not?

I went all digital years ago. I watch everything on iTunes or Netflix. No menus and FBI warnings to wait through. No having to find a disc. No chance of my kids losing the disc or scratching it. Can start on one TV, finish on iPad, etc. I don’t by physical CDs or Switch or DS games, either. I’m aware I’m losing some quality over Blu-Ray but the tradeoffs, for me, are tremendously worth it.

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#1103740
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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HI all. The project is now complete. I posted a “Welcome” message to the main site with basic info. Please share with any friends who might be interested!

https://mmsuperman.tumblr.com/post/164860117140/welcome

If other sources become available I might do another version. The real next steps would be to start acquiring prints of the movies but I don’t have the funds, equipment, or expertise to really do that. 😃

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#1093548
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Friends, I could use some help. I’ve noted before how often the closing of these videos doesn’t have the right audio. I’ve found, I think, that none of the versions of “The Mummy Strikes,” which I’m working on this week, has the right audio. Each of them has a different issue. There’s more info and a video here:

https://mmsuperman.tumblr.com/post/163565872645/the-mummy-music-mystery

If you have a copy of this particular short that has different closing music, please let me know on Twitter by replying to this tweet: https://twitter.com/davextreme/status/891340819076198400

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#1088738
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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My understanding is that the Blu-Ray copies of the Fleischer shorts that are on the Superman and Superman II discs are not HD. They’re the same as the DVD sets.

I know of one Blu-Ray set that is in HD but it’s a bad upscale.

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#1088712
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Hey just a quick note to say that I’m over halfway done now!

Did any one attempt to make a video restoration of the Fleischer Superman cartoons? Davextreme’s project looks like more of a audio restoration.

The video from the Warner set is in very good shape. I did find a few spots on “Terror on the Midway” where the colors could use a little more work.

Or do you mean artificially upscaling it?

The proper next step would be for someone to raise the money to scan prints of the films. My dream would be to put together a Kickstarter to do just that but I simply don’t know enough to even start.

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#1077674
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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I got a message from someone who said he thinks the copies of the Fleischer shorts that were on the The Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 Blu-Ray set are different than the ones on the yellow two-disc Superman: The Fleischer Cartoons: The Complete Series set from Warner Home Video, that maybe some of the issues with the set were corrected. I’m skeptical. Does anyone own this particular set? The shorts were apparently on the Superman II and Superman II Richard Donnor Cut discs (half of the shorts on one, half on the other).

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#1076597
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Hmm, the files will fill up my dropbox. Send me a PM with an email address and I’ll try to send a Mail Drop link.

Just to be clear, these all started from DVD sources and I’m not cleaning the picture up in any way, just making cuts and splices.

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#1076504
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Archive.org is a good idea. I don’t want to submit anything until the project is done in case I want to make any changes to the videos or whatever as I’m working through them. I can put them on myspleen, too.

In the meantime I’ve uploaded m4v copies of the videos to my ftp server and put a link to download each one on the Tumblr page for each video. They have some metadata in them so if you copy them into iTunes or wherever it should sort them correctly. I’ll have to take them down if the bandwidth goes crazy but I would assume most people are fine with YouTube.

I also uploaded fresh copies to YouTube from the master file instead of using Final Cut Pro’s YouTube share button, which I think should up the quality a little bit. I also added captions.

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#1073588
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Superman (1941) (Mild-Mannered Edition)
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Oh, hi there, everyone! I finally decided to take another stab at this project. I’m going to try to do one video a week. The first one is up now. I’d like to put the videos somewhere for download, too, if I can figure out a handy place.

Without further ado:

Fleischer Studios Superman (Mild-Mannered Edition)

I’d love for this thread to stay open for technical discussion, if people have suggestions. I’d really like this project to be as definitive as I’m able, accepting that it’s a hobby and we don’t have access to very great sources.

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#735094
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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Did any scenes scare her? 

A little, maybe. Kids vary *wildly* on how scared they get by stuff. Compared to other kids her age I think she's not as scared by movies as others. Like, she had a four-year-old friend over who got nervous during a Bugs Bunny and wanted it turned off. Also much of what's scary in Star Wars requires you to really understand why it would be scary and I'm not sure she's getting it on that level at this point. The Emperor's stuff in RotJ is scarier probably since he's directly menacing.

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#734911
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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Plus Harmy's work will be the ideal starting point for any changes people want to make. Just like when you're making a photocopy you want a clean original so your copy looks good.

The Despecialized Edition will be the ideal starting place to go in and make whatever changes people want, that way they're not starting from someone else's decisions of what changes to make, first.

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#725793
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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> But the Cloud City windows is the one thing I do like so shoot me. :)  Though I agree, it could have been done better.

This ends up being why it's so important for projects like Harmy's to restore the original film. Once we have a very, very good copy of the unaltered film, fans can go back in and add in whatever SE stuff they want, or even add new effects and scenes.

John McCoy's piece, "A Bad Motivator" [1] makes a good argument that copyright is supposed to expire for this exact reason. Once the work is allowed to belong to the public and not one stakeholder, fans can decide for themselves what to do with it.

[1]: http://john-mccoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/bad-motivator.html

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#725434
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Harmy said:

@Davextreme: Yeah, I know - but I've seen some 1080p iTunes files and they look awful compared to their BD counterparts but I suppose that if people are going to convert to this kind of shitty format anyway, it's still better to have a quality controlled encode from the original files out there.

Right. My thought was just that you might want to try to hit a target that people already expect with respect to file size if they're going to be putting them on like phones storage space considerations. Something in the 4-6 GB range or so.

If you wind up deciding to do an mp4 version, I can volunteer to help make sure it gets all the metadata iTunes wants so it looks pretty when you browse for it, and I can figure out if the game systems have particular needs.

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#725373
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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I sent Hairy_Hen some thoughts about soundtracks for a possible mp4 file.

Harmy, I downloaded a 720p copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark from iTunes. The total bitrate is 4651 at 3.85 GB, just for reference as to what Apple packages. That's with three soundtracks (AAC English, Dolby Digital English, French).

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