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Thanks for the offer, but I don't think there's anything I need help with ... it's mostly just drudgery now, getting all of the loose ends together. On projects that I do for myself, this is usually the point at which I just stop. Since I announced this one already, I will tread through it though.

I need a manic episode badly.

--bdev

EDIT: I just looked through the 1000 or so stills in Munchausen, and that one's going to take some time to do, so I think I need to push back the street date for that one to sometime early '07. There's no way that I can make each frame into a menu because the DVD format can't really handle that many menus very well. I may be making them into video segments or animated slideshow or something.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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those covers are the tits! i would like to have them.

FE<3OT

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Hey bdev, I'd be happy to transcribe the text from a chunk of panels if you can provide me with JPEG captures of them.

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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Adobe Encore has been giving me fits on my primary machine, but I have been able to get it to compile on the laptop. The laptop doesn't have a DVD burner, so after I get it all together, I have to transfer it to 3 cd's and then to a DVD on the primary machine. I hate this software, but at this point I don't want to go through learning something new.

Anyway, what I'm saying is that as long as this last tweak goes okay on the laptop (and by posting this, I'm pretty much assured that something will go wrong) THE FISHER KING IS FINISHED!

I will send out a few copies tomorrow if everything goes okay (I already have the names), and then we'll see what happens from there. Please don't PM me about handing out copies; I'm not going to do that this time because most who took me up on the offer to PIF didn't do so, and people who later posted "I want a copy!" were left hanging. I'm going to figure out how to do something digitally so people can leech away and it won't cost me a few dollars each time.

If everything goes okay, then I will make an official posting with full details.

--bdev

EDIT: I just realized how ridiculous it is to say "I will make an official posting..." as if my stupid little laserdisc to dvd project has anything official about it. Gotta stop taking myself so seriously...
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Awesome, I can't wait to see it! I'll PIF to three folks once I get a copy. (I was part of ADM's PIF chain and he can tell you that I always came through.)

Offer still stands with the Munch stuff. I'd really like to help out more than just supplying discs, although I guess that is kind of a big part, huh?

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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“I had three rules when I started making films. One, I would never do anyone’s script but my own. Two,
I would never work for a major motion picture studio. Three, I would never work in America. I’ve done all
three, and it’s called The Fisher King.” --Terry Gilliam, on the commentary track.

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Disc Details
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Disc 1 (DVD-5)
-A new capture of the 1992 Criterion Collection laserdisc (OAR)
-Audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam
Disc 2 (DVD-5)
-Three trailers, demonstrating the subtleties of marketing this movie to the masses
-Six deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam, complete with screenplay excerpts
-Scene analysis by Gilliam of four key scenes, including screenplay excerpts and storyboards
-Costume tests with comments from Gilliam
-more!

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Source Materials
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The 1992 Criterion Collection laserdisc of The Fisher King (Spine No. 149), and some random tidbits from
elsewhere to augment the menus.

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Technical Details
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I know I threatened to upgrade equipment, but I recently spent a bunch of money on new golf clubs, so
it’s the exact same CLD-D704--s-video-->Dazzle DVC90-->computer chain I used for The Princess Bride.
I used my same software methodology as before as well, but I think the brightness on this one is probably
better than Bride.
The first disc is pretty straightforward; the menus don’t even move, although the entire cut of “Lydia, the
Tattooed Lady” is on there for your, um, enjoyment. The second disc was, to put it bluntly, a bitch to construct.
So much of these Criterion laserdiscs is just text that it gets tedious making each frame of text into a
photoshop file and then a subsequent menu in Encore. However, I re-typed each frame on the disc, including
the screenplays, and didn’t get lazy and just copy the captured frames over to a slideshow. I think there are
about 200 or so individual menus on disc two.

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Non-Technical Details
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I have to admit that I never saw this movie before I started working on this project. I’ve done about 10
transfers now, and usually I’m sick of the movie by the end, but I still find myself liking this one. I can only
think of a few other movies that don’t start to grate on me after a while (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent
Ambersons, Jaws,
etc.) and then there are those that are okay the first or second viewing, but then look
clunky after that (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Princess Bride, etc.) I don’t really know what the
difference is. I think it might have to do with the editing, but whatever it is, this movie seems to have it.

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Errors
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I will be updating this section as they become apparent, but the first one I want to let everyone know
about is an inverse telecine error that occurred on the tilt down shot onto Parry and Jack in Central Park.
The only thing on the screen for about 100 frames is the moon, and the software I used wasn’t able to
lock onto the 3:2 pattern for this shot, so it’s jumpy all the way down. I think there’s a manual
override function in the software to tell it exactly which frames are interlaced and which ones aren’t,
but I didn’t catch it until late.
There are very likely several typographical errors in the screenplay sections, but since I had so many
problems with the compiling of these discs, I didn’t want to go back and give it another try.
Also, each of the frames of text is actually a menu frame with hidden buttons that autoactivate when
you use the arrow buttons. Or at least I thought they’d be hidden. On my monitor I couldn’t see the
black buttons on the black background, but depending on what else is on the screen at the same time,
apparently button black isn’t the same as background black on a tube TV. You can see the outline of my
hidden buttons. Munchausen will be better in this respect.

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Artwork
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I received some feedback on the jacket when I originally posted it, and I appreciate it, but I ended up
not changing anything. Partially laziness and partially stubbornness, I like the jacket how it is. I included
my original photoshop file on the second disc, so you can adjust it as you see fit, change the text
(Myriad Pro, by the way), or completely change the front picture. You could also delete everything
off of there except the criterion things to make yourself a template if you’re doing your own project.
There is also a little laserdisc brochure thing that I made in there, which took forever to complete, so
give it a look at well. It’s an acrobat file.
My avs files are in the dvd-rom folder, too.

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Distribution
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As I stated above, I won’t be just randomly sending out copies like the last time. I guess it eventually
got out like I wanted it to, but I can probably be more efficient with it this time. If you have the ability
to post a torrent file, let me know via PM and we can work something out.



If you decide to seed these discs, please include the announcement above, but not my name or any information that can be linked back to this site. I realize it’s a public forum, but I don’t want to raise the ire of the powers that be. You can leave out the part about new golf clubs.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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If I can get copies, I'll PIF it out to as many people as I can.

I've got better things to do tonight than die! - Springer, Transformers the Movie

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Did this arrive on torrent yet? I just told my friend to look for these and I am thrilled that someone has done one and is doing the other.

I hope that art will be included in any files, since I personally think it is great.

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The Fisher King is done and a few sets have been sent out. I still don't have a solid committment of someone to set up a torrent for it, mostly because I have been busy and haven't been looking for options very hard. It's taking longer to find a good solution because I really don't want to spend another 40 dollars burning discs and sending them over the united states and parts of western europe.

Munchausen is running through CCE now, with about 16 hours left on the primary video. It's a longer movie and requires more time to compress. I have the extra stuff captured and have to transcribe everything still, so that's going to take some time. My schedule this week is jammed with four twelve-hour days, so it might be a while before it's done.

--bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Disc one of Munchausen is done.

Trying to get poster status at myspleen. Don't hold your breath...

--bdev

EDIT: Is it possible for someone with posting ability to post a torrent I would make without them ever actually having the files on their computer? I could be the primary seed then.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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I recieved the Fisher King discs yesterday, most excellent work, bdev!

I can send these to whoever can torrent them. Between torrents I've already promised other communities I'd do and my router being a fucker, I can't torrent them right now, but I'll be more than happy to send copies to those who can.

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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Actually, don't send out copies of the second disc yet. I forgot to loop the main menu on it. If you listen to the whole background song, the disc abruptly stops once it's done. The fix will be made before it appears on the torrent. (And I'll replace it for those that I sent out)

--bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Ooh, okay, thanks for the heads up!

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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I just got discs today. I didn't know what the hell it was lol. I've never seen the movie and I guess I'll have to check it out.
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EDIT: Supposed to be a private message. -bdev
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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Does anyone here have the other film incarnations of Baron Munchausen? I have always wondered what the Georges Méliès version is like, as well as the German 40's version.
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Does anyone here have the other film incarnations of Baron Munchausen? I have always wondered what the Georges Méliès version is like, as well as the German 40's version.

There are some clips of the version made under the Third Reich on the Criterion laserdisc, which will appear on the project. I'm not sure about the other ones, but if they're out there, out of print, and you can get them, let me know and I can include them along with my project.

The Torrent seems dead. No seeds.


So ends the great decentralized azureus experiment. However, the Fisher King is now up as a torrent file at demonoid. This is the first time I've ever uploaded anything, so hopefully everything goes okay.

Enjoy,
--bdev

EDIT: The torrent seems to be working. Let me know if you have any problems.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)
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what have you listed it as, I can't find it....


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Hmmm... well, there are six people connected to me at the moment, but I don't see it on there either. The site does say that they are working on stuff, so it will probably come back. Keep checking, I guess. It was on there.
Criterion Projects done: She's Gotta Have It, The Princess Bride, The Fisher King

In Progress Criterions: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (99% done), Taxi Driver (90% done), Citizen Kane (50% done), Othello (99.99% done)

Possibly coming next: Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Ambersons (the theatrical cut, a reconstruction according to Prof. Carringer's script analysis, and the colorized version)