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Okay,

This has been and is more of a personal project really but I wanted it to have it’s own thread in case people are willing and want to offer suggestions to help me along.

Why Star Trek movie VHS?

Well, I have the DC and the (Special Collector’s Series) SLV,and I wanted to make a 2 disc DVD set out of them for posterity. I also have a few others sealed and want to archive them as well.

In the Star Trek HD Caps thread, some others expressed interest in maybe wanting these as a throwback because this is how they were used to seeing them until the DVD’s arrived. In the end I guess it’s just a retro project that may only appeal to a small group.

I am going to be going from VHS to PC via VirtualDub and Dazzle USB capture device. I will send the picture through my Panasonic DMR-EA18 DVD burner to make use of it’s comb filter. I want to have the LPCM audio for these as it could be useful for other projects … maybe even if it’s just to sync audio.

Please feel free to share suggestions or thoughts on these VHS tapes … every little bit helps. I will do my best to at least post a few screen shots here and there so people can at least see how they look. I will also be learning GIMP so I can make my own custom artwork for these. I am considering just doing Bluray cover art for these as the cases are smaller and would fit nicely against the other Star Trek blurays.

Thanks in advance for allowing me to share this little journey as it is a personal first for me.

Cheers!!!

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I have unopened VHS tapes of the entire series (TMP is the Longer Cut), if that interests you. I could pop those suckers open.

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Thanks for the offer Colson. Hold on to that thought just in case.

As for the other films, I’m doing Widescreen only releases, because I do enjoy the letterboxed look. Now I know these are on LD too but if I’m even going to consider doing those at one point (just for nostalgia) these will be my v.1 for lack of a better descriptor.

The ones I have still sealed are: TWOK (Special Collector’s Edition and Widescreen), TVH, TUC, Generations, First Contact, and Insurrection.

I am on the look out for TSFS from the Special Collector’s Edition series and the missing ones in Widescreen (hopefully sealed).

Hardware to be used:

Panasonic AG1980 SVHS
Panasonic DRM-EA18 DVD Recorder (for filter)
Dazzle 100 USB capture device

Capture Software:

VirtualDub

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Is there a chance that some of you have the UK-only version of Star Trek 4? The version which was called “The Voyage Home : Star Trek” and has unique opening credits (and possibly other unknown changes)? Cause I would LOVE to see it.

Also, any chance you have the VHS version of Star Trek 6? I have it myself but I have no chance how to digitize it anymore and that cut wasn’t released anywhere else as far as I know.

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pittrek said:

Is there a chance that some of you have the UK-only version of Star Trek 4? The version which was called “The Voyage Home : Star Trek” and has unique opening credits (and possibly other unknown changes)? Cause I would LOVE to see it.

Also, any chance you have the VHS version of Star Trek 6? I have it myself but I have no chance how to digitize it anymore and that cut wasn’t released anywhere else as far as I know.

I personally, do not own any PAL VHS material, sorry.

Jetrell Fo said:

The ones I have still sealed are: TWOK (Special Collector’s Edition and Widescreen), TVH, TUC, Generations, First Contact, and Insurrection.

As for the home video version of The Undiscovered Country, it will be part of this project.

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pittrek said:

Is there a chance that some of you have the UK-only version of Star Trek 4? The version which was called “The Voyage Home : Star Trek” and has unique opening credits (and possibly other unknown changes)? Cause I would LOVE to see it.

Here’s the UK ST IV opening credits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VkCW7Xdpsc

I actually had this on the 1997 UK W/S VHS set.

http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek_-_The_Movies

TVH is preceded by a featurette where Nimoy discusses its production and even the problems caused by the pan & scan process on home video. Unfortunately I disposed of the set a while back but I’m sure the prologue version has been screened on Film4/Channel 4 over the years. According to some of the comments on YT, the Region 2 DVD of TVH is the UK version, however I haven’t been able to confirm this so far.

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Also, any chance you have the VHS version of Star Trek 6? I have it myself but I have no chance how to digitize it anymore and that cut wasn’t released anywhere else as far as I know.

Now, this, I still have - also in widescreen but it’s the same cut that was released on LD and the 1999 DVD. Memory Alpha incorrectly lists the W/S VHS release for TUC as 1997. I purchased it several years before that.

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Are you sure that’s from the UK VHS version? Because the video you posted looks like the standard PAL Region 2 DVD version (which I have). According to the comments on my youtube channel this is a screenshot from that VHS : http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/TOMFAN2015/media/TVH_zpss66wd9cv.jpg.html

Full discussion here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSoEHGaOX7w

And was the VHS cut of ST6 REALLY released on DVD? Because the DVD I have is again a DIFFERENT cut than the one which is on my VHS

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pittrek said:

And was the VHS cut of ST6 REALLY released on DVD? Because the DVD I have is again a DIFFERENT cut than the one which is on my VHS.

There was a Theatrical cut and a Home Video Version of ST6. Since I don’t live in a PAL country I cannot confirm any version you guys received over what the US did.

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pittrek said:

And was the VHS cut of ST6 REALLY released on DVD? Because the DVD I have is again a DIFFERENT cut than the one which is on my VHS

Nope, it’s all just a figment of my imagination… 😄

This is the UK W/S VHS:

TUC VHS

This is the 1999 non-anamorphic DVD: it has the same cut as the VHS and (presumably LD) release.

TUC DVD

TUC DVD Menu

Which DVD do you own? Is it the 1999 (2001 outside of North America) release or is it the 2004 SE?

TUC DVD SE

The 2004 SE DVD has a slightly different cut (and aspect ratio). I suspect that is the version you own, hence the differences from the earlier home video release.

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I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

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FekLeyrTarg said:

I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

Does it have burnt in English subtitles?

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Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

Does it have burnt in English subtitles?

It doesn’t. Many Germans prefer their movies dubbed instead of subtitled.
So my VHS may only be interesting for the audio track.

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Well what do you know? An hour ago, I walked into a local thrift store and found another set of the complete widescreen PAL VHS collection of the first 8 Star Trek films*, how’s that for a spooky coincidence? It only cost the equivalent of $1 USD: definitely worth it alone for the inlay sheets.

I’ll have a look later and see what condition the tapes are in. If there’s any interest, I could do a quick and dirty transfer via the AV pass-through on my Mini DV camcorder and capture via Firewire into my Mac. Or alternatively, HuffYuv on my PC and its capture card - but that would be a longer term project.

*Including of course, the version of TVH with the Challenger dedication and the ST II-III prologue.

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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JayArgonaut said:

Well what do you know? An hour ago, I walked into a local thrift store and found another set of the complete widescreen PAL VHS collection of the first 8 Star Trek films*, how’s that for a spooky coincidence? It only cost the equivalent of $1 USD: definitely worth it alone for the inlay sheets.

I’ll have a look later and see what condition the tapes are in. If there’s any interest, I could do a quick and dirty transfer via the AV pass-through on my Mini DV camcorder and capture via Firewire into my Mac. Or alternatively, HuffYuv on my PC and its capture card - but that would be a longer term project.

*Including of course, the version of TVH with the Challenger dedication and the ST II-III prologue.

I would love to have a scan of the inlay sheets if you can do it AND a nice cap of the TVH with prologue … maybe even a converted to NTSC version … so that some of us may hear it the way we are used to. Only if you have time though.

😃

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FekLeyrTarg said:

Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

Does it have burnt in English subtitles?

It doesn’t. Many Germans prefer their movies dubbed instead of subtitled.
So my VHS may only be interesting for the audio track.

Having a nice cap of the whole thing would probably be good. This way an NTSC version could be made and maybe used to average one nice looking VHS version all the way around.

😃

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Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

Does it have burnt in English subtitles?

It doesn’t. Many Germans prefer their movies dubbed instead of subtitled.
So my VHS may only be interesting for the audio track.

Having a nice cap of the whole thing would probably be good. This way an NTSC version could be made and maybe used to average one nice looking VHS version all the way around.

😃

I just realised that you were probably talking about burnt-in subtitles during the Klingon and Vulcan dialogs. I’m pretty sure that these have burnt-in subtitles.

It may take some time, but once I get around to it, I’ll see if I can digitize it for you. 😃

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FekLeyrTarg said:

Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

Jetrell Fo said:

FekLeyrTarg said:

I have the German VHS of the longer version of ST:TMP. I originally bought it in the hopes that one day I’d be able to synch its audio track with FanFiltration’s reconstruction.
Would you be interested in that one?

Does it have burnt in English subtitles?

It doesn’t. Many Germans prefer their movies dubbed instead of subtitled.
So my VHS may only be interesting for the audio track.

Having a nice cap of the whole thing would probably be good. This way an NTSC version could be made and maybe used to average one nice looking VHS version all the way around.

😃

I just realised that you were probably talking about burnt-in subtitles during the Klingon and Vulcan dialogs. I’m pretty sure that these have burnt-in subtitles.

It may take some time, but once I get around to it, I’ll see if I can digitize it for you. 😃

Cool, thank you.

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Jetrell Fo said:

I would love to have a scan of the inlay sheets if you can do it AND a nice cap of the TVH with prologue … maybe even a converted to NTSC version … so that some of us may hear it the way we are used to. Only if you have time though.

😃

The scan shouldn’t be too hard, the rest, I can work on over time. 😃

What DPI would you like?

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JayArgonaut said:

Jetrell Fo said:

I would love to have a scan of the inlay sheets if you can do it AND a nice cap of the TVH with prologue … maybe even a converted to NTSC version … so that some of us may hear it the way we are used to. Only if you have time though.

😃

The scan shouldn’t be too hard, the rest, I can work on over time. 😃

What DPI would you like?

600 should be fine right?

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Ok, cool. I’ll get that to you very very soon.

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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Done! Check your PM’s. 😃

Now, onto tackling a capture of TVH’s UK W/S VHS release…

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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