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Info Wanted: Akira Criterion - has anyone done a preservation of this? — Page 2

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I've been wondering if anyone would be interested in preserving some of the original English dubs of the Miyazaki films. Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro all had earlier dubs that aren't on the newest R1 releases. The R1 Castle in the Sky dvd also has a very bad noisy image.

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I know that there were several HK dvds with the original dub on it, but nothing to the quality of the Criterion LD. The newer R1 dvd is gorgeous, so maybe using it and the original Streamline Dub would work (haven't read all 2 pages of this). I was really hoping that they had the old dub and the new dub on the R1 dvd when I bought it release night. I mean, Giant Robo had 4 audio tracks on it, as did Gall Force Eternal Memory. but that's Geneon for you....

I'm hoping in the next month or so to getting into my Lensman project, and possibly doing a Robot Carnival preservation (if my buddy can track down the LD or the oop DVD that is dubtitled since he's in Shizuohki). If we find the Dubtitled dvd, I might get with Marioxb about doing subs for a r0 dvd, since it hasn't been released in the US in any format since the early 90s.

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some of those early streamline dubs by Carl Macek are on the ghibli ga ippai box set of laserdiscs in english mono.

There is a full frame u.s. Laserdisc release Of Totoro that has a full bitrate soundtrack I've been told, it's the same as that on the fox release dvd except less compressed. The japan region 2 dvd release also has the original streamline dub and it rivals the picture quality of the new u.s. dvd release by disney.

there are other strealine dubs I think worthy of at least capturing the audio off of.

we have already mentioned akira and the miyazaki films, but the dirty pair series and movies was also redubbed on dvd and does not have the original streamline dub.

I actually like the newer dub on kiki's delivery service because of the wonderful job phil hartman did as jiji the cat, and kirten dunst is great in it too. However I did not like the new totoro dub as great as the old dub because I'm already used to the old one.

I have to give credit to disney and the people at pixar for having absolute respect over mr. miyazaki's work, and the hewett's who take such great care in the translating of the films.

They have had some huge talents in some of their english dubs too. Patrick Stewart and mark hamill, anna paquin, christian bale and billy crystal among others.

here is the info from the laserdisc database on the ghibli ga ippai box set:

Short listing of contents:
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (Kaze no tani no NAUSICAA - 1984)
TKLO-50180-1 2 sides 116min Japanese Analog Mono 24 chapters

Laputa, the Castle in the Sky (Tenkou no Shirou LAPUTA - 1986)
TKLO-50180-2 3 sides 124min Japanese Surround/English Mono 26 chapters
(original aspect ratio of 1.85:1)

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no TOTORO - 1988)
TKLO-50180-3 2 sides 86min Japanese Surround/English Mono 18 chapters

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka - 1988)
TKLO-50180~4 2 sides 88min Japanese Surround Mono 19 chapters

Kiki's Delivery Service (Mojou no Takkyubin - 1989)
TKLO-50180-5 2 sides 102min Japanese Surround/English Mono 22 chapters

Only Yesterday (Omoide Poroporo - 1991)
TKLO-50180-6 2 sides 119min Japanese Surround 24 chapters

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta - 1992)
TKLO-50180-7 2 sides 93min Japanese Surround/English Mono 18 chapters

Umi ga Kikoeru (1993)
TKLO-50180-8 2 sides 72min Japanese Stereo 15 chapters

Heisei Tanuki Gassen PomPoko (1994)
TKLO-50180-9 2 sides 119min Japanese Surround 24 chapters

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba - 1995)
TKLO-50180-10 2 sides 111min Japanese Mono/Stereo/AC-3 23 chapters

On Your Mark (1995)
TKLO-50180-11 2 sides 101min Japanese Mono/Surround/AC-3

Making of "Omoide Poroporo"
Miyazaki and Kurosawa Interview
TKLO-50180-12 2 sides 102min Japanese Stereo

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the highest quality source you will ever find for the streamline dub is the akira criterion special edition CAV release. I watched it recently and was suprised at the quality of the pcm stereo track.

according to the criterion jacket the sound was taken from a dolby surround encoded PCM 1630 digital audio master tape. It does not say it in the jacket notes but when listening to it, it certainly sounded like it was full bit rate audio. I thought it sounded even better than the dolby 5.1 and new dts mix since those were half bitrate as dvd is capable of. the sound effects and dialogue also sound more natural and less processed than the new english
dub from 2001.

Until the new anamorphic transfer on the pioneer special edition 2001 dvd was undertaken the best looking transfer was the criterion release. But the sharpness of the newer transfer certainly trumps that now.

I can confirm as someone already said the region 4 australian release from madman entertainment contains the old dub but it is sampled at half the bitrate of the criterion laserdisc and is lame dolby 2.0

both the pal and ntsc masters of the new special editions as of 2001 and on were based on a new HD telecine transfer which was downconverted to dvd. If it ever comes to HD DVD or blu ray it will be at full HD resolution as that original source as well as probalbly having both a dolby 5.1 and dts tracks at full bit rate.

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