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#899974
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Hackers (1995) DTS 5.1 Restoration
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SilverWook said:

Neither LD has Dolby Digital it seems. You can see the back of the U.S laserdisc here.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HACKERS-LASERDISC-LASER-DISC-DELUXE-LETTERBOX-EDITION-VERY-GOOD-EXTENDED-PLAY-/191758198065

The movie poster only shows DTS, (and DTS stereo) so it might be one of those releases that had no Dolby Digital theatrical mix at all. Non DTS theaters would have played it in DTS Stereo, which was Dolby surround compatible.

I guess LDDB is wrong about the US laserdisc. In any case, you’re right - there was no Dolby Digital theatrical mix, only DTS.

Progress update: I have successfully converted the DTS files to seperate mono WAVs for each channel. Slow and steady…!

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#899679
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Hackers (1995) DTS 5.1 Restoration
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SilverWook said:

Congrats.

Odd that the Laserdisc didn’t have a Dolby track.

The US laserdisc seems to have had a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, though the JP laserdisc was stereo only. Without having access to the laserdisc 5.1 audio, I would guess it’s essentially the same as found on the later DVD (released in 1998).

DTS and Dolby Digital were relatively new and competing formats in the mid-90s, and they handled surround sound mixing differently. I can only imagine that the issues with the 5.1 mixes used in home releases were a result of having to remix the DTS soundtrack into Dolby format (assuming it wasn’t actually a ‘fake 5.1’ upmix from stereo).

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#898923
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Hackers (1995) DTS 5.1 Restoration
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This project is in the very early stages, so this thread is little more than a placeholder for now. I just want to gauge interest and see if anyone is able to assist.

The goal is to restore the original DTS 5.1 soundtrack for “Hackers”. The recent 20th anniversary bluray release only included a 2.0 soundtrack, and previous 5.1 mixes (DVD, digital download/streaming) appear to have been incorrectly mixed, possibly recreations. Theatrical DTS 5.1 audio discs are confirmed to exist for this film and are the planned source for this project.

Please contact me via private message if you are able to assist. Please DO NOT make public posts in this thread about where to source the DTS discs (speculative or otherwise)! I appreciate any efforts to help, but let’s do this the right way.

General posts about this project and the film itself are quite welcome!

HACK THE PLANET

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#898888
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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After many years of lurking these forums and enjoying the work of many OT members (I’ve been a myspleen member since 2007), I’ve finally signed up for an account here because I feel inspired to start my own project. But I felt like my first post should really be in this thread.

Harmy, thanks for all your crazy hard work over the years. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to enjoy these classic films with people I care about time and time again, without the disappointment and frustration that comes from poorly-inserted CGI and missing wonderful original physical effects shots.

I watched your latest versions recently with my wife in the weeks leading up to the release of TFA. She was bemused at first by my excitement over the “new Harmys” since I’d last watched them - in fact, at first she had no idea what I meant by different versions of the films! It turned out she hadn’t seen them since she was a kid, watching the unaltered versions on VHS. Once she saw the video explaining how you made your versions, she was horrified by the SE changes and amazed by the effort you’ve gone to - as we all are.

A couple of days ago I downloaded Team -1’s new 35mm release of the first film, and we greatly enjoyed it. There’s something about a true restored film scan that is intangible, like listening to a high quality vinyl rip of a classic album instead of a remastered CD. But I know one day I’ll be as excited as a little kid at Christmas when I download your Despecialized 3.0.

Thanks again!