Recently, an HD transport stream of a TCM airing of "Nothing lasts Forever" was posted on MySpleen. This is currently the highest quality source containing the lion's share of the film available. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to produce the highest quality, complete cut of the film that is possible. Well, I've been at the 98% mark for a while now, with only one snag. That snag is, of course, the "Life Study" sequence. I have the footage ready to go from an upscaled 464x352 source, but I can't, in good conscience, release it into the wild without thoroughly exhausting every lead for a higher quality source.
From the research I have done, there would seem to be at least one location for a higher quality source. The problem is that it resides on Cinemageddon, and I lack a membership for download. For months now, I have had my web browser set to automatically check every hour for markers that would indicate an open registration and alert me through e-mail, but that has proven to be somewhat of a dead end. So, I turn to you good people for help in my endeavor to complete Tom Schiller's magnum opus in the highest possibly quality, by asking if there is anyone here willing to part with an invitation to Cinemageddon.
I realize that nothing comes without a price, so I fully prepared to contribute to the sites catalog of movies immediately. I have a few hidden gems that I'm sure would find a nice home there. Of course, I will also upload the finished cut of "Nothing Lasts Forever" when I am done, which I don't anticipate will be any longer than a few days after I have the source material.
I remain hopeful that I may get a response here on this request. However, I invite others to chime in on what they might expect to see on an ultimate release of "Nothing Lasts Forever". Should I include the Fan made trailer? Are there any other excised scenes or minor extensions that I should be made aware of?
There doesn't seem to be much interest in this project, but to those who might follow it silently, I'll check in with an update.
There has been a general assumption that the American TCM airing is the same as the American TCM airing. However, after comparing both to the VHS-Rip, I can report that all three have a slightly different arrangement of scenes. Without going into details that might bore, this amounts to two scenes that are not found in the American TCM airing. I plan on looking for all possible variances in a more detailed scene-by-scene viewing very soon.
Also, it was previously believed that the "unedited" cut, that was pieced together on Cinemageddon, made use of the German TCM airing for it's missing scenes. I can report that this is also untrue and, what's more, very strange as it was reported by the editor himself in the release description. One might think he simply got confused as to which version he attributed on GC, but his listing predates it's very existence on the server.
At any rate, I can understand why he chose the VHS-Rip over the German TCM airing, due to it's tracking problems and demolished right channel audio. However, the VHS rip is of a substantially lower resolution. faced with the same decision, I can either upscale the VHS-Rip much further than I would have to with the German TCM airing, or crop and matte the signal noise from the German TCM airing and use the stereo track from the VHS-Rip.
Regardless, the bulk of the movie will look pristine, as it has been mastered to DVD from the HD American TCM transport stream, cropped from it's pillerbox presentation and detelecined to the proper film frame rate. I remain hopeful that I can whip the missing scenes into shape.
Once completed, the film will be viewable with and without the missing scenes through seamless branching, as not to disrupt the quality for those who just want a pristine viewing experience. As such, the isolated scenes will also be offered for viewing separately through the DVD menu.
This has turned out to be slightly more involved than I thought it might, but then again, isn't that the case with most of life's little endeavors? I'll check back in as it progresses. Feel free to leave your thoughts.
As a quick notation, it should be stated that I have already received access to Cinemageddon and have a ratio in good standing.
I look forward to seeing the results
Thanks suntech! The completed DVD is now available on Cinemageddon. Spleeners can expect access within the next 24 hours. This topic was somewhat quiet on the surface, but I'd like to also thank all those who replied in private. Your help and encouragement was greatly appreciated.
I'm glad you were able to get this project worked out. I'm also glad you got an invite there as they are hard to come by .... hell I've tried for months and months with no success.
I am very happy to see things like this go right for folks. I'm sure the smiles happening are far bigger than the journey there.
Thank you Jetrell Fo. It was a lot of fun to work on and I'm particularly pleased with the outcome. I hope that anyone who seeks it out feels the same way.
How does one get this from Cinemageddon? I would really love to see this!
I've sent you a link to an alternative location.
Hope you enjoy
I do have the english TNT Version and the german one as well (both VHS resolution). Could you possibly send me your link to an alternative location? I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you have achieved. Thank you.
I just stumbled across this thread and would love to get access to this copy. I have a version of the VHS rip and the quality is awful. Can you send me a link?
Hello! I also just came across this looking for info on getting a better copy of this movie, and since I could never get a MySpleen or Cinemegeddon account, I would also like to get an alternative link to this really cool project!
Thank you so much!