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Project DEVO (The Complete DEVO Videography) On Hiatus (a WIP)

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I’m not entirely sure how much interest there is here, but I’ve been working on restoring every Devo music video from 1976 to 2012. The reason being, A lot of Devo’s videos were shot on film, but none of them have ever been released in HD, save for the “Worried Man” video from the blu-ray of the film “Human Highway”. Most of their videos have been released on DVD, but the quality on there is even worse than you’d expect.

The source for the majority of the videos on this project is a 1993 Laserdisc. Other videos have been taken from Various sources such as a VHS of The Men Who Make The Music, iTunes, a laserdisc of Human Highway, Vimeo and Youtube. All videos are being upscaled from SD to HD using Topaz Video Enhance AI, then carefully color corrected, denoised and mastered in 4K using Final Cut Pro.

Coming this Spring.

Poster:

Tracklisting:

  1. In The Beginning Was The End (The Truth About De-Evolution)
  2. Mongoloid
  3. Satisfaction
  4. Come Back Jonee
  5. The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize
  6. Worried Man
  7. Hey Hey, My My (Feat. Neil Young)
  8. Whip It
  9. Girl U Want
  10. Freedom Of Choice
  11. Through Being Cool
  12. Love Without Anger
  13. Beautiful World
  14. Time Out For Fun
  15. Peek-A-Boo!
  16. That’s Good
  17. Theme From Doctor Detroit
  18. R U Experienced?
  19. Disco Dancer
  20. Post-Post Modern Man (Version 1)
  21. Post-Post Modern Man (Version 2)
  22. Go Monkey Go
  23. Watch Us Work It (Yo Gabba Gabba)
  24. Fresh
  25. What We Do
  26. Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man)
  27. Merry Something To You
  28. Monsterman

Also Features:

The Men Who Make The Music (1979)
We’re All Devo (1983)

And more…

Commentary for 19 Videos
Pioneer Laserdisc Ads
Early Concerts
Disco Dancer (Alternate Version)
Chuck Statler Interview
Tunnel Of Life (Live 1980)
Dare To Be Stupid (1985 “Weird Al” Homage)

Download will come with Blu-ray ISO and artwork by ray_afraid.

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The Criterion DEVO LD I presume? I know there was a DVD release of that, but the R U Experienced video had to be cut because the Hendrix estate suddenly had a stick up their butt or something.

The Go Monkey Go video, (from the Powerpuff Girls movie soundtrack) came out on a Cartoon Network DVD that came in Kellogg’s cereal boxes!

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Where were you in '77?

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Yep, thats the one. Much better quality than the DVD for some reason. “R U Experienced?” will be included.

As for “Go Monkey Go”, the source I’m using is taken from an HD copy on the site of the studio that produced it. 😃

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Weird that the DVD looks worse. Will you be including the commentary tracks?

Cool that you got a pristine source for Go Monkey Go.

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

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Commentary will be included!

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Had to backtrack a bit due to problems with the audio. I wasn’t happy with some of the restorations, so I’m working on new versions. This means the screenshots in the first post don’t necessarily represent the final versions.

I also have a small problem regarding the commentary. Since my Laserdisc player does not have a remote, I can’t record the commentary for “R U Experienced”. All the other commentary tracks are easily obtainable through the DVD, so for the time being we may have to end up with “R U Experienced” not having the commentary, unless someone else has the disc and could possibly record it for me?

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I have the LD, but have a backlog of captures I need to get through first.

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Looking forward to this 😃 I’ve been trying to compile all of devos and related musical output together in the highest possible quality

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Well, I found a remote for my laserdisc player on Ebay. Once it gets here, I’ll be able to record the commentary for “R U Experienced”. I’ll update the first post with screenshots from all the main restorations later today.

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After doing some research, I found that most fans say the best source for the majority of the videos is the 2003 DVD, which is said to be better then the 2014 dvd (the one I have). With a bit of digging, I found some rips from it, and It is in fact better than both the laserdisc and the 2014 DVD.

Therefore, to ensure that this project is the best it can possibly be, new restorations are underway. I know I’ve been going back and forth on this, but really want the outcome to be the end all version of these videos. Please bare with me, and stay tuned for more info.

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Work on this project will continue hopefully around Spring. Stay Tuned! 😃

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Mango said:

Work on this project will continue hopefully around Spring. Stay Tuned! 😃

Made an account just to say thanks so much for your work on this, can’t wait.

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Mango I sent you a PM about a 1080p copy of Freedom of Choice I capped from TV recently.

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jordan200 said:

Mango I sent you a PM about a 1080p copy of Freedom of Choice I capped from TV recently.

I looked at it earlier today, and unfortunately, it doesn’t really look any better than the laserdisc, plus it has titles at the beginning of the video which makes it not usable. I’d like to thank you for sending it however, and it can be used as reference material for the color correction. Thank you so much for the contribution. 😃

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Here’s a before and after comparison of Satisfaction.

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Here’s a comparison of Booji Boy as he appears in “The Truth About De-Evolution”.

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Here’s another update.

2 old DEVO compilations from 1979 & 1983 respectively will be included as bonus features, (in standard def). Here’s the original artwork for each restored for use in the blu-ray menus.

“The Men Who Make The Music” (1979)

“We’re All DEVO” (1983)