Sign In

44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration — Page 4

Author
Time
 (Edited)

NeverarGreat said:

That can’t be from the blu-ray. Is it compressed? What? No.

I don’t disbelieve you, it’s just astonishing how much better the Netflix version is.

Yes, the Theatrical Edition Blu-ray really does look that bad. What you’re seeing is not a result of compression on my end. That’s legitimately how it looks on the Blu-ray. Although, to be fair, this is one of the worst examples of the Blu-ray. Most scenes are acceptable, but this particular scene is really bad. (Also, the Theatrical Blu-ray source looks much better in my Extended Edition Color Restoration because I’ve diluted the artificial sharpening and also layered film grain on top).

There hasn’t been a great Blu-ray release of Fellowship EVER – neither the TE nor EE Blu-rays are acceptable quality. It’s pretty sad. That’s why my color restoration exists. It’s much higher quality (and therefore it simply looks better) than any official release.

Author
Time

Absolutely excellent work. The V3 cut looks absolutely terrific. Thank you for this!

Author
Time

Thank you very much 44rh1n, this looks utterly fantastic! I remember my first moment when watching the HD Version of the fellowship after I upgraded from my DVD set: I thought someone at the studios must have accidentally turned some color-wheel and went on mastering without realizing the desaster… After all I read that Peter Jackson had a say in every scene they did like that but to be honest I dont agree with him that being an upgrade. The color toning totally didn’t match the cosy hobbiton atmosphere at the beginning any more. All this green all over the place. If it would have been done more subtly it probably would have been good but like this… Now the movie is restored to original with much love and I cant think how this is supposed to look even better with the Netflix source. But if 44rh1n says so it must be so… I am looking forward to this.

Author
Time

This is a dream come true. Been waiting years for a proper Fellowship release. Can never get it looking nice by adjusting the TV or using software. Where does one download it?

Author
Time

Send a private message to the original poster - click on the username, then click on “start a private topic.”

a trolling bantha

Author
Time
 (Edited)

McConnor said:

Thank you very much 44rh1n, this looks utterly fantastic! I remember my first moment when watching the HD Version of the fellowship after I upgraded from my DVD set: I thought someone at the studios must have accidentally turned some color-wheel and went on mastering without realizing the desaster… After all I read that Peter Jackson had a say in every scene they did like that but to be honest I dont agree with him that being an upgrade. The color toning totally didn’t match the cosy hobbiton atmosphere at the beginning any more. All this green all over the place. If it would have been done more subtly it probably would have been good but like this… Now the movie is restored to original with much love and I cant think how this is supposed to look even better with the Netflix source. But if 44rh1n says so it must be so… I am looking forward to this.

Many thanks!

And I completely agree! The color on the official extended Blu-ray release legitimately looks like a major accident. It’s objectively bad. I can’t fathom how anybody could have approved it.

Author
Time

I really, really want to see this.

Author
Time

darksteel1335 said:

Has anybody brought up that transition during the beginning with the maps that goes green? It happens a few times during the prologue.

Comparison image (bottom is 44rh1n’s regrade believe it or not): https://i.imgur.com/dv98iXc.png

I am very aware of this shot, yes. But this green tint during the fade to black exists on the DVD as well, which is why I left it there. (Remember, this release is a color restoration of the DVD’s color, not just a fan regrade). In fact, that shot isn’t even taken from the EE Blu-ray; it was taken from the theatrical Blu-ray. (I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to correct that shot though!)

Author
Time

Where can I download it?

Author
Time

Send a private message to the OP. (Click on the name and when you’re on the user’s page, click on “Start a private topic.”)

a trolling bantha

Author
Time
 (Edited)

For those interested, forum user Dwalin has used my restoration as one of the sources in his own new restoration of the film. He used my grades of the extended scenes, but went even further by completing a shot-for-shot regrade of the rest of the theatrical footage from the extended Blu-ray as well (unlike my release, which uses the theatrical Blu-ray for those scenes).

I haven’t watched it yet, and I haven’t done a side by side comparison with the DVD yet either. So I can’t yet verify the integrity and consistency across all of its shots. But a quick scrub through of the film looked pretty good to me! (There are a few shots that I noticed have some banding and other compression artifacts though. It’s unfortunately only available in a 24GB version).

Anyway, feel free to go check his out his version too! I think it’s really cool that there are multiple restorations out there now! Hopefully Warner/New Line will see our demand for a proper release!

Here’s Dwalin’s thread:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/LOTR-EE-color-re-grade/id/61304

Author
Time
 (Edited)

44rh1n said:

For those interested, forum user Dwalin has used my restoration as one of the sources in his own new restoration of the film. He used my grades of the extended scenes, but went even further by completing a shot-for-shot regrade of the rest of the theatrical footage from the extended Blu-ray as well (unlike my release, which uses the theatrical Blu-ray for those scenes).

I haven’t watched it yet, and I haven’t done a side by side comparison with the DVD yet either. So I can’t yet verify the integrity and consistency across all of its shots. But a quick scrub through of the film looked pretty good to me! (There are a few shots that I noticed have some banding and other compression artifacts though. It’s unfortunately only available in a 24GB version).

Anyway, feel free to go check his out his version too! I think it’s really cool that there are multiple restorations out there now! Hopefully Warner/New Line will see our demand for a proper release!

Here’s Dwalin’s thread:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/LOTR-EE-color-re-grade/id/61304

The Digital Bits is reporting what they describe as very reliable information that the 4K UHD release is coming perhaps next year but more likely 2021, the 20th anniversary of FOTR. If this is true (and I suspect it is), let’s hope that Warner & Jackson have been listening and thy quietly correct the “intentional” green mess on Fellowship.

For now, your FOTR is my go-to version since you released it. I’ve shown it to many people on my 70" screen, and they’re blown away. I’m really excited to see what Dwalin comes up with.

Author
Time

I swear most of the 4K discs I buy are just because the Blu is effed up in some manner, not because I’d really appreciate the spec upgrade. Oh well. IMO Jackson will double down and the Shire will look sickly and dreary in the 4K theatrical cuts and other films too. You know, for consistency.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

Author
Time

Amazing work on this! Never did understand the swamp green grade they gave the extended edition, not sure the filmmakers addressed why, either. Any chance I could get a Blutopia invite please?

Author
Time
 (Edited)

Guys, an awesome project. BTW, does anyone happen to still have any functioning and accessible dl links to a good-quality FotR 1080p TE HDTV capture or a 1080p Theatrical Edition BDrip? Could anyone help me? PM? I own all of the EE blu-rays and the FotR TE blu-ray, but they are catching dust back home in my country and as I currently reside in Asia, difficult to dl this stuff here. Can’t even buy the TE blu-rays anywhere here. Most ppl don’t even buy blus here btw, they all just stream movies and video and watch EVERYTHING on their phones only. No understanding for physical copy collectors and digital archives keepers.

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”

Author
Time

I didn’t see this mentioned on here yet… The theatrical edition of Fellowship was on Netflix last year and it did not have the green tint - Hopefully this is a sign that a new master is out there.

Author
Time

teamneedle said:

I didn’t see this mentioned on here yet… The theatrical edition of Fellowship was on Netflix last year and it did not have the green tint - Hopefully this is a sign that a new master is out there.

The theatrical version has never had the green tint. It was only ever on the extended HD release. But I agree —- here’s hoping the 4K release this year will fix the problems!

Author
Time

44rh1n said:

The theatrical version has never had the green tint. It was only ever on the extended HD release. But I agree —- here’s hoping the 4K release this year will fix the problems!

Probably next year. 😉

Author
Time

Hello, this looks great, does anyone knows if there is the italian audio track available? And also can someone PM me a link to it? Thanks!

Author
Time

This is so great and underrated! Thank you, 44rh1n! Could someone also send me a link, please? I’ve already sent a PM to 44rh1n, but I’m too impatient during this quarantine, hehe 😃 . Thank you and stay healthy!

Author
Time

I’d like to see this too! Thanks

Author
Time

44rh1n said:

rmm2 said:

44rh1n, spectacular restoration from horrid greenish tint blu-ray. Blutopia fan edit invite only?

Just PM’d you.

Hi where can I get this masterpiece of conversion work mate please and I do own the movie itself thanks
Peter

Author
Time

Is the bluray source still the latest version, was there ever an update made with the Netflix WEB-DL?