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Felicity (1998 WB Series) w/ Original Music Restoration Project (a WIP)

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EDIT: Thanks to the help of kind users on the forum, I have all the resources I need to restore every episode of the series for this project.
 

Hey all!

So I’m currently working on restoring the original music to J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves’ 1998 show Felicity, which aired on the WB.

In case you aren’t aware, the DVD release of the series replaced about 99% of the original broadcast music. Similarly, the streaming release of the show also has the replacement music.

For this project, I am using TVRip broadcast audio (for the original broadcast music) along with the official DVD audio (for the sections with no replacements) for the best quality version of Felicity (given the sources available). This hybrid audio track is synced to the DVD video.

Also, please keep in mind the TVRip audio is of varying quality due to the show’s original and syndication runs being in the early 2000s. Some bits sound as good as the DVD audio while some bits sound like VHS rips (there’s some hiss and crackle in some small areas, and sounds a smidge lower quality than the DVD audio, making some of the transitions between the two not 100% seamless). But unfortunately, that’s what we got, so until rights issues ever get worked out or it comes back to syndication, that’s what we’re working with.

Thanks for your understanding, and hope you all enjoy this project once it’s released!
 

Current Project Status (as of 10/17/21):

  • Season 1: 11/20 (Episode 1 and Episode 22 have no music alterations so are not counted)
  • Season 2: 0/23
  • Season 3: 0/17
  • Season 4: 0/22
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Wow. I loved Felicity back when it aired, and the generic music it has now on streaming services is terrible. This is an awesome undertaking you’re doing!!

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instagram.com/felicityrestorationproject is the insta I run. I assume you are using my resources right? Not mad but I know you had my audio for your Season 1 episodes. I’m curious to see how the blu-ray will look tho. The Season 1 you had of mine tho was wildly outdated.

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restorationguy said:

instagram.com/felicityrestorationproject is the insta I run. I assume you are using my resources right? Not mad but I know you had my audio for your Season 1 episodes. I’m curious to see how the blu-ray will look tho. The Season 1 you had of mine tho was wildly outdated.

Hello! Yes, I am using resources from you and another user for the audios I didn’t have. Actually, my own audios of S1 was the season with the least amount of holes, lol. Once the project is released, I’ll definitely credit y’all for providing the resources, it’s been a big help!

Also, I tried upscaling the show through PremierePro as a test and it was…okay. Honestly, the DVDrips actually look pretty good being purely upscaled by my 4KTV. Still testing how a 1080p encode would look, but no promises, lol.

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GoldMotel said:

restorationguy said:

instagram.com/felicityrestorationproject is the insta I run. I assume you are using my resources right? Not mad but I know you had my audio for your Season 1 episodes. I’m curious to see how the blu-ray will look tho. The Season 1 you had of mine tho was wildly outdated.

Hello! Yes, I am using resources from you and another user for the audios I didn’t have. Actually, my own audios of S1 was the season with the least amount of holes, lol. Once the project is released, I’ll definitely credit y’all for providing the resources, it’s been a big help!

Also, I tried upscaling the show through PremierePro as a test and it was…okay. Honestly, the DVDrips actually look pretty good being purely upscaled by my 4KTV. Still testing how an SD Blu-Ray encode would look, but no promises, lol.

Yeah I actually am looking forward to it. I do know someone provided me with your Season 1 files but they were my very old drafts from like 8 years ago haha. Not all of them were bad but did you acquire more since then? I wouldn’t know how to upscale the actual video file but I would def love to see the finished project. and let me know if you run into any snags.

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GoldMotel said:

restorationguy said:

instagram.com/felicityrestorationproject is the insta I run. I assume you are using my resources right? Not mad but I know you had my audio for your Season 1 episodes. I’m curious to see how the blu-ray will look tho. The Season 1 you had of mine tho was wildly outdated.

Hello! Yes, I am using resources from you and another user for the audios I didn’t have. Actually, my own audios of S1 was the season with the least amount of holes, lol. Once the project is released, I’ll definitely credit y’all for providing the resources, it’s been a big help!

Also, I tried upscaling the show through PremierePro as a test and it was…okay. Honestly, the DVDrips actually look pretty good being purely upscaled by my 4KTV. Still testing how an SD Blu-Ray encode would look, but no promises, lol.

Yeah I actually am looking forward to it. I do know someone provided me with your Season 1 files but they were my very old drafts from like 8 years ago haha. Not all of them were bad but did you acquire more since then? I wouldn’t know how to upscale the actual video file but I would def love to see the finished project. and let me know if you run into any snags.

Oh wow, that was you back in the day? Small world! Yes, I have been able to get a few more audios since - which has helped a lot.

Will do! Thanks again for all your help!

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When will you be sharing how to view this, thank you! It is not the same without the music, it was like a character on the show that’s now missing.

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eldell said:

When will you be sharing how to view this, thank you! It is not the same without the music, it was like a character on the show that’s now missing.

I’ll be sharing how to view this project once I get close to the end of restoring the entire series. Don’t want to announce things too early when I haven’t even completed the first season, lol. But thanks for your interest!

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Thanks so much for doing this! I’m watching on a streaming service right now and the replacement music is truly unbearable.

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Are all of the DVDs changed? It looks like there’s a DVD release from 2003 and 2012 so I wasn’t sure if it was just altered for the second release? Thanks!

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pennylane said:

Are all of the DVDs changed? It looks like there’s a DVD release from 2003 and 2012 so I wasn’t sure if it was just altered for the second release? Thanks!

Yup, all of them.
“There was a lot of great music in ‘Felicity’ that was cool and happening in 1999” “But with such small budgets, the only way to make that work was to license the music for five years.”, said Buck Damon, a music supervisor of Felicity.

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Thank you for doing this this is awesome.

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Thanks for doing this! As tempted as I am to watch this show i’m resisting until its fully available in its original format.

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Every couple years I google “Felicity original soundtrack” to see if such a thing exists. The original music made SUCH a difference to the show! Thanks for working on it and I can’t wait to see any/all episodes!

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Please please alert us when you are finished. It’s my
Favorite show ever but it’s so sad without the music;((( I would love it. I still listen to the soundtracks. The scene where Ben runs to catch felicity at the airport I put on mute and play the original song on my phone. Thank you so
Much for doing this.

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Christianm4221 said:

Please please alert us when you are finished. It’s my
Favorite show ever but it’s so sad without the music;((( I would love it. I still listen to the soundtracks. The scene where Ben runs to catch felicity at the airport I put on mute and play the original song on my phone. Thank you so
Much for doing this.

Yes, I definitely will! I’ve had to slow down these past few months due to personal issues. But I just started picking it back up so I’m hoping to pick up steam soon!

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Looking forward to this. I refused to watch Felicity without its original music.