Looks great! Hopefully someday I’ll be able to download it 😃
This one’s not my project, but it deserves its own discussion thread. You can find the release on Blutopia (it wasn’t allowed on Myspleen). If you don’t have an account there you’ll have to get yourself invited, unfortunately I can’t help with that at this time as I’ve only just created an account myself.
For comparison see:
Info (from Blutopia):
Sourced from a 4K scan of a 35mm 1993 theatrical print
(read this before asking any questions)
Who's ready for a beautiful piece of animation, with all the grain intact?
Some cleanup was done on heads and tails (reel starts and ends) for this
one. Not all dirt and damage has been removed, but it's pretty clean and
nothing should really stick out (except one particularly scratched
section). The aspect ratio is slightly different from that of the
original blu-ray, that's because as much of the picture is being shown
as possible (no cropping has been applied).
This particular print was struck in 1993, so unfortunately it has the censored song lyric at the beginning
As usual, the colors are completely intact (the print is LPP) and reflect
how the film looks when projected. This encode is blu-ray compliant, so
you could burn it to a blu-ray disc without re-encoding.
This release is NOT synced to official BD, so any subtitles you have will require adjustment.
Audio track #1 (default) is the optical track from the print (Dolby Stereo).
It's very high quality, so we recommend watching the movie with this one
Audio track #2 is the stereo track from Laserdisc (Dolby Surround). Included pretty much only for completion
(I copy-paste most of it into nfo of every release, but sometimes I add new answers)
Q: You said the file is sourced from a 4K scan, why don't you release a 4K version?
A: I won't go into details here, basically we think that it's too early to dive
into 4K encodes. Don't worry, the original scan files are safe and all movies
that we have will get a 4K release at some point in the future.
Q: Why do some of your audio captures contain obvious errors?
A: Sometimes the audio capture from the print is supposed to be the main track for
viewing - in which case we give it the attention it deserves. On the other hand,
very often the 35mm track is inferior to a Laserdisc capture of the same mix, because
of damage, missing parts and other problems that can't be completely fixed. Movies that
contain cinema DTS tracks also have the optical 35mm track included only for completion,
with minimal amount of work done with it.
Q: What does "open matte" mean?
A: A standard 35mm film cell can hold image at about 1.37:1 aspect ratio. This is
similar in shape to old CRT TVs, obviously not many movies were shown in theaters
like that. There were two general ways to get widescreen image from film - some
were shot with anamorphic lens, which basically "squeezed" image with 2.35:1
ratio to fit on film, and then theater projectors used special lens to stretch it
back out. The other way was just cropping top and bottom parts of the image,
leaving image in e.g. 1.85:1. Some filmmakers used "hard matting" technique,
which came down to attaching two black bars to the camera lens, restricting some
of the light from going in and thereby forcing a certain aspect ratio. Others
either didn't care, or simply decided against it, leaving the cropping to
projectionists at theaters. An "open matte" version in our slang means that the
image from the print is shown in its entirety, complete with parts that were
never intended to be seen.
Q: What does "LPP" mean?
A: LPP is a low fade film stock. It was introduced in 1982, and all movies
produced after that year have used this type of stock. "Low fade" means "really,
really low fade". The color on a properly stored LPP print will outlive all of us.
Q: Why do some releases have "LPP" in their name, while others don't?
A: We include the stock in the release name only for movies from before 1982,
that were reprinted on LPP stock.
Q: Why is it so dark/shouldn't black levels be higher/is the detail lost in dark areas?
A: Dark areas on 35mm prints hold very little detail, what is present there on the
negative (which most commercial blu-rays are based on) never makes it to theatrical
prints due to generational loss. Increasing black levels is a matter of preference
and doesn't actually reveal any detail. If you feel the movie is too dark, you can
simply increase the brightness setting on your TV/video player and achieve the
same effect. Keep in mind, that this is not necessarily bad - filmmakers made their
films knowing that dark areas would look really dark on the prints. What you're
seeing on blu-rays is often not what was originally intended to be seen.
Q: Why does this release has less detail than blu-ray? I thought it was supposed to be 1080p?!
A: Commercial blu-rays are most often sourced from negative scans, which hold more
detail than theatrical prints, and there is nothing we can do about it. The image on
prints, because of analog nature of print production process, is softer, has less
detail and is more grainy, but most of the time has better contrast and colors. Our
versions look just like they did in theaters, there are no missing scenes, added
scenes, changed sfx, changed color timing, DNR scrubbing or any other revisionist
Q: When will you release a cleaned up version of X/open matte version of Y?
A: When it's done. If it's being done at all.
Q: Why can't you release more often?
A: Because we don't have as much time and money for it as we would like. If you
want to see more from us, consider donating to the bitcoin address. Prints, hard
drives, and other materials we use cost money.
List of our releases (chronologically):
The.Matrix 1999.35mm.1080p.Cinema.DTS.v1.0 (flawed, do not download)
Very well done to the team behind this, the release looks and sounds amazing!
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