Hey - been a while since I’ve posted here. Hope you all are well…
This is a logo-less restoration of Incognito, with intro, commercial bumper, and remade music videos and end credits.
Quite a few BNB episodes have not been released on DVD. Incognito is one of five episodes that has not even had a VHS release. And, unfortunately, the available sources we have for this one are quite poor. The digital recordings we have are incomplete or (as is the case for VH1 Europe) covered in large logos.
While Paramount+ will be showing ‘remastered’ episodes this summer, it’s not clear what that means yet. Getting all of the music videos and censored scenes would be great, but it seems unlikely. And a few episodes, including Incognito, are still likely to be left off entirely (fingers crossed, though).
This project is a test for removing network logos using multiple sources, with the intention that this method can used to restore whatever gets left off of Paramount+. I’ve used Dr. Dre’s excellent color matching tool to mask the logos.
Thanks also to the people who have kept amazing archives, going way back to creating the KT collection, and the recordings that have come about since. See the main sources used here:
The European VH1 DVR is the best source available. Unfortunately, it does have frame blending from the PAL conversion, so this is never going to be perfect. A VHS recording from MTV UK has the same blending (likely in the PAL master), and has been used to remove the large VH1 logo. To remove the top BNB watermark, a lower quality MTV US VHS needed to be used. Dre’s color matching tool was used better match to the VH1 version. Music videos were rebuilt from better quality videos, and the BNB logo and text were redone. The end credits were rebuilt using the correct background sequence to improve their quality.
Available on the spleen and whatnot.