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Cast A Deadly Spell (Released)

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I’m doing a “Special Edition” Blu ray for this under seen gem. I’m using the HD version that’s floating out there, taken from a HBO stream most likely. With it is the trailer that I remade in HD and a “Noir” Black and white version of the film. I didn’t just simply make it black and white but went scene by scene to ensure the contrasts was good as many scenes have stark saturated single colours and when they get turned to BW they become flat, with little contrast. I also added grain to the BW version.

This also comes with english subtitles that I’m working on right now.

This will be a dual layer Blu Ray in the end.

Here is the trailer I remade in HD, using the audio track from a low res version I found online.
https://vimeo.com/313337593

And here is the cover I did for it.
https://i.imgur.com/tTAJgSM.jpg

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You should know that the HD stream rip that is floating around is censored to remove all swearing from the f-word all the way down to ‘God Damn’.

Even HBO’s current broadcast version is censored which is pretty damn funny since it’s their movie.
What we really need is a raw rip of LD audio to fix THAT.

Dr. M

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Really? I don’t ever remember anybody dropping F bombs in it. I’ve have a few different VHS releases and I don’t remember hearing that at all. Maybe I’m misremembering.

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It’s the ‘F… that saved the world’. It’s near the very end of the movie.

Dr. M

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Oh snap, You’re right.
I’m going to ad that to the disc. Thanks for the heads up.
Was that the only “fuck” they used?

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There is only one fuck, but ‘God Damn’ is either muted or redubbed as “gol-dern” four or five times.

I keep meaning to watch the two sources side by side and listen for other redubs or even censored video. I don’t expect any of the latter, but gol-dern?!

Dr. M

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I’ll have to take a proper look. Thanks again for the heads up.

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Looks like it was only a couple of God Damns and a fuck. Done and done!

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A quick search of my old VHS subtitles:

00:21:01,930 --> 00:21:03,898
GOD DAMN IT.

00:21:06,434 --> 00:21:09,370
IT AIN’T NEITHER
NO GOD DAMN CHOKE.

00:21:23,785 --> 00:21:27,454
AND BRING BACK
THESE GOD DAMN GREMLINS.

01:15:40,938 --> 01:15:42,805
LIKE SOME
GOD DAMN ANGEL.

Dr. M

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The project is finished. Subtitles were a pain in the ass and I’m not sure they work properly (were wonky when I played the ISO on VLC but I still have to test the disc at home in a regular player)
I cut together a unrated audio track which sounds pretty good considering the source I used. There’s also a mono track as well as a Turkish and a Russian dub I found.

You can find the ISO along with cover art and disc art over at the star wars trilogy forums.

Thanks for your help Doc!

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You should have asked.
I have VHS sourced subtitle synced to the Laserdisc rip. It’s all caps with a few errors (Slugcraft instead of Schlubcraft, etc.).

I also have a raw rip from the current HBO on demand version. It doesn’t sync to any release, has caps and lowercase, has none of the errors present in the webrip subs (‘It should be to Diana’ instead of ‘A tribute to Diana’, etc.), but matches the censored dialog.

Let me know if you need them.

Dr. M

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The HD source I have had subtitles that I exported to be able to use in Encore and I think it messed them up severely so I had to redo them, missing dialog and wrong sentences and the sync was all out of whack.
Having tested the disc at home the subtitles work and look great though.
Encore is a great tool for making Blu Rays but their subtitle feature is lacking quite a bit.

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By the way. Do you have the LD rip? I could switch out the uncensored track no problem.

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Amazing! Psyched to check it out, any chance of something similar for the sequel Witch Hunt?

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thecodger said:

Amazing! Psyched to check it out, any chance of something similar for the sequel Witch Hunt?

No. I wasn’t a fan of Witch Hunt when I saw it years ago and there is no HD source that I know of, HBO doesn’t have it at least. I would like to see it again though, even though I hated that Fred Ward wasn’t in it.

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Yeah, I never warmed up to Witch Hunt. Fred Ward was perfect for this role. I like Dennis Hopper, but he was so wrong for the part.
It also lost a lot of the fantasy/noir tone of the original.

Dr. M

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EDIT: Ok I found the main page welcome post and now realize posting a question like this is NOT ok…sorry, obviously new! I also have discovered the search is disabled and to try and google what I’m looking for…

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to search the forums here, how/where can i find a link to the completed project? I would love to see it.