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#933189
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2001: A Space Odyssey 35mm Preservation (Help Needed - original 1968 prints obtained)
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Spaced Ranger said:

poita said:
I first noticed the patchwork background of the front projection screen when viewing the film in 70mm, I haven’t seen the blu-ray, but I notice it every time in the cinema.

Here you go (a click-thru the website to the full 1920x1080 image):
Top Wall Papers website - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dawn Of Man (1080p)

American Cinematographer: Front Projection for 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Herb A. Lightman wrote:

The surfacing material used for the giant screen was a special 3M fabric coated with very tiny mirrored beads of glass. … This special lenticular 3M material comes in rolls and an effort was made to surface the screen by mounting it in 100-foot strips. However, because of a slight variation in reflectivity between rolls, seams were frequently visible under projected light. An attempt to match strips exactly proved unsuccessful, so the material was finally torn into small, jagged, irregular shapes which were mounted in a “camouflage” mosaic, shape on top of shape, so that there was no longer any visible variation in reflectivity.

Would this suggest that the contrast of the prints was not high enough for the brightness to further obscure those pieces, as they saw it?

I saw 2001 in the summer of '68 in Cinerama during its original theatrical run. I remember seeing the seams and to my eye the print had plenty of contrast. It was one of the most memorable events in my life. I had just turned 16 and had just received my Adult Drivers License after two years of a learners permit. It was my first date with who became my first steady girlfriend. So the memory is engraved in my brain.

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#910819
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - uncensored HDTV airing(s)
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smack said:

I’m also interested in a link to the uncensored Version of WFRR. Would really like to see the 25 gb mkv version in english…

Go to (What is the color the Sky)-torrents dot (what a basketball goes through that is attached to the hoop)
it is there you will find what you seek.

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#902992
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Cinerama 70mm 2001 preservation. Is it possible?
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Interesting point Capt Solo. I saw The Empire Strikes Back in 70MM with Dolby Surround and I was hooked on Dolby Surround. ESB had a great surround track. Unfortunately In Central West Florida at the time the bigger Theaters were having to compete with the then new concept of multiplexes and I had to travel 70 miles From the Tampa Bay Area to Orlando to see it in 70 MM because there were no 70 mm venues left in Tampa,St. Petersburg Clearwater area. The Last one,the Britton Theater, on South Dale Mabry Hwy had converted to a Multiplex to compete with the AMC multiplex that had opened directly behind it. It was and is sad to see the Britton Theater still standing today as a multiplex. Before it was converted the theater built in 1958 could hold 1800 people. Can you Image 1800 people at one screening? That was what is what is was like at ESB as it was a big theater. But I digress.

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#901887
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Ghostbusters Criterion PCM Track
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When you say you have the 4k version I am assuming that you have the Blu Ray version that was taken from a 4k print and not an actual 4k digital rip. I bought the recent Blu Ray release of Mad Max Fury Road it came with the UltraViolet digital copy accessed through VUDU. Then in VUDU I see if I pay another $24.99 I can stream it in 4K. I was not to happy about paying another 25 bucks to see it 4K. I Back to GB if they release it in 4K would you buy it again?

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#886959
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CBS News re-broadcasts of the assassination of JFK
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I would be very leery of this content. A lot of this footage has been edited and modified in the last 30 to 40 years. With the advent of home video recording in the early 1980’s I have noticed that there is a revisionist history of sorts.
The easiest example I can point to is the footage of the casket being unloaded from Air Force One at the return to Washington DC. Original footage showed that as the casket is being unloaded there was a helicopter taking off behind Air force One. I saw it many times and there is a photo of that scene either in David Lifton’s Book Best evidence or Bonar Menninger’s book Mortal Error. Last year I saw the the CBS rebroadcasts as they were being replayed on various cable and satellite channels and I was surprised to see that the helicopter was no longer in the shot. Now I being old enough to have seen the original broadcasts and many rebroadcast in the 60’s 70’s and early 1980’s , I know that that Helicopter was there. Now it’s like it never existed. Why is it gone? Because some conspiracy theorists claim that JFK’s body was in body bag and on that Helicopter and not in the casket. What gives the theory credence was recorded time of JFK’s autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital as noted by two FBI agents present. The agents present recorded the time in their note and The Autopsy was started before the casket had arrived at Bethesda. Just one of many odd things about that day that never added up.

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#782651
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The Warriors (1979) 1080p HD Theatrical Cut
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Is anyone interested in making a custom DVD or BluRay of the The Warriors (1979)Theatrical Cut in HD? The original DVD is OOP replaced by the horrid Directors Cut which ruined the pacing, altered the dialog and ruined the Soundtrack. The official BluRay is has only the DC.

Itunes has the 1080p HD Theatrical Cut and it is up at the human organ site. This is something I would like to do , but I have no experience in creating BluRay or Hybrid Bluray discs. I am willing to attempt it, anyone willing to help or collaborate?

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#780955
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Team Negative1 - Unofficial Jurassic Park 35mm
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RU.08 said:

towne32 said:

RU.08 said:

Just a note - my encode finished and it looks really good. A huge improvement over the original encode at the same file-size (about 3.5GB). What a difference the grain makes! I'll probably just use this version for my AVCHD... I don't think this needs scratch/dirt/damage removal - except for a a handful of scenes mostly involving the end and start of the reels - and frankly I'd rather leave in the residual dirt as it doesn't really detract from the experience at all.

 Sounds nice. Still waiting to see what The Team cooks up, as far as scratches/dirt go. But I agree that it's in decent shape already compared to many films.

I actually uploaded it almost right after leaving that post. You can find it on Demonoid/AMPSdeux.

You did a good job. It plays  well on my Samsung Blu ray player. Thanks

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#780624
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Cliffhanger (1993) on TBS WED July 15th, censored for TV version?
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RossDaBoss said:

I'm happy to answer your question, but you need too explain what exactly you want an example of?

 Sorry I got busy and everyone jumped in. An example of something from  The Die Hard 2 re-dub that is comedy gold. 

I will record it but it will be an SD recording on to my Magnavox DVR Copied to DVD 

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#780447
Topic
Cliffhanger (1993) on TBS WED July 15th, censored for TV version?
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RossDaBoss said:

I'm mainly just interested in the preserving the censored audio so that they can be added as a bonus audio track to the retail DVD / Bluray. They are usually unintentionally funny and I like how creative TV networks were at dubbing out the swear words. The Die Hard 2 re-dub is comedy gold.

 Example Please?

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#777745
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Cinerama 70mm 2001 preservation. Is it possible?
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kaosjm said:

I'm watching the bluray of 2001 at the moment and wanted to add that the scene where Dave and his colleague go to replace the "alpha echo 35 unit" that HAL states is failing Dave is walking through a tunnel very briefly. This happens around 1:12:15 in to the movie and the whites were obviously yellow in the film print whereas in the bluray they are more of a white and grey tone.

I am noticing very many color timing deficiencies between the film and bluray where the film is much darker, more yellow, and the bluray is much more neutral and dull.

The scene where Dr. Floyd is flying towards the base on the moon... the rocks were definitely more brown but the tone was so dark on the rocks that you could barely make it out. I may be new to this game but film definitely seems to be much darker in general and the colors are more saturated and maybe a bit too much at times.

 I read an article a while back, right after George Lucas had paid for or help pay for the refurbishment of the Rafael Theater in Marin. The article was about the new state of the art projection and the quality of the lenses.

 They were showing a revival of Lawrence Of Arabia, the David Lean Classic. The article stated that although the Camera,Film  and Lenses ( Super Panavision 70) that were used to film the movie were of the highest quality, the Lenses that the were available for the projection at the time of the first run of the move  could not faithfully reproduce what was actually captured on the film. When they showed the film  right after the completion of the restoration of the theater, with the newest and highest quality projection lens (THX certified?) they were astonished to be able to see  the individual grains of sand in the hair of Peter O'Toole in one of his close up  desert scenes. My point is this.  What one sees and remembers  when viewing a movie at a theater may not be exactly what is actually supposed to be seen.  The theater's equipment may be out of calibration, the light source may not be of the right specification may be at the end of its useful life and was supposed to be replaced but the projectionist was lazy or the owner wanted one more use out of it to save some money, or the film may have been faded after many showings.Or as in Lawrence of Arabia, the technology at the time was not up to the task.

So all of the work in our preservation efforts here is still highly subjective.  To further clarify my point. Would one complain that in viewing the grains of sand in O'Toole's hair, that it is not the way it was shown back in the theater in its original run?

 Not that I don't appreciate all the work that is done here. I love the fact that hear the original soundtracks and see the original edits. But to a point, I saw 2001 at a Cinerama theater the first week it was out during it's original run.  What I saw then and what I may see now other than any re-editing and remastering of the soundtrack. May be what was there to be seen but could not  due to the limits of the technology at the time.   

 

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#776851
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Fullscreen Laserdisc / DVD Preservation
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I think I'll skip the 4K and Jump to the 110 inch  8K UltraWide 3D  TV that doesn't need 3D glasses.     "I must be dreaming" ...  James Bond in  Goldfinger

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