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Help Wanted: 'Anne of Green Gables' (1985) Bluray image restoration project
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5-Sep-2020, 3:58 PM
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Hello friends!

This is my very first post 😃

I was curious if anyone would be interesting in helping me (no money needed - just some constructive comments would suffice) restoring the Anne of Green Gables series (1985).

I own the DVDs released back in 2001, original full screen edition (it was made for TV).

Sullivan Entertainment released the Bluray version a few years back, but Alas…

The framing looks good, but its obvious that it’s cropped from its original 1.33:1 presentation (I read somewhere that the video is a scan of the original negative, then cropped to fit our widescreen screens). It seems the original negative is somewhere between full screen and widescreen, because upon comparing the TV version and the Bluray version, the Bluray version has more information on the left and right sides of the image, but crops a bit on top and bottom).

That part is not too bad… The worse is that in this bluray presentation, the image is very dark and muted in contrast. Quoting a comment found online : “Outside daylight scenes look like they were filmed under twilight”. To my observation, it looks like they scanned the negatives and never bothered adjusting anything before realeasing it.

This is why I thought about this forum 😃

This is my plan : I would like to adjust the video to its intended beauty. The scenery is absolutely incredible, and it’s a shame the bluray is so poor in quality. I’ve never done this kind of project before, but I have a bit of knowledge with Adobe Premiere Pro and I found lots of tutorials on Youtube.

Would anyone be interested in helping me ? I would like to post some screen captures and you could tell me what you think of the quality. I hope I am not biting more than I can chew but I want to give it a try.

How about this first steps :

  1. Get an uncompressed copy of the Bluray using MakeMKV
  2. It seem Adobe Premiere Pro has trouble using MKV files, so I would convert the resulting mkv to MT2S file… this would be the file I would use in Adobe Premiere Pro.

any thoughts?