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Quantum Leap: Complete Series with ALL of the Original Music Restored Project.

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Hi Folks,

I know that there has been chatter about the Mill Creek Blu ray set having a majority of the music restored. While I absolutely loved the show I’m not an expert in all things Quantum Leap so I don’t know exactly what has been replaced and what was original broadcast of the show. Recently I found out that the UK DVD release has all of the music restored.

So my plan is to mux the audio from the UK set in with the higher quality video of the Blu-ray set to create a compilation of the Complete Series with ALL of the original music restored. I feel this is a worthwhile project but if someone has already done this please let me know where I can find it!

I’m pretty well versed in the muxing process using PgcDemux, HdBrStreamExtractor and MKVToolNix GUI. My issue will be with “editing” the Audio to line it up with the Blu-ray video.

Any assistance from the community would be greatly appreciated and if there is someway that I could assist you please let me know.

Thanks Everyone!

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Just a simple Google search shows that it SEEMS that all of the music is intact on the Blurays.

What’s the internal temperature of a TaunTaun? Luke warm.

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Mavimao said:

Just a simple Google search shows that it SEEMS that all of the music is intact on the Blurays.

I have searched it prior to attempting this project and everything I found states that the vast majority of the original music has been restored for the release.

The UK edition has all of it.

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So I have run into my first snag with this project. My plan was to use MKVToolNix GUI to add the audio and the UK subs however the first episode on the US Bluray clocks in at 1:32:41 with the UK DVD coming in at 1:28:56.

Listening to the Audio tracks side by side the UK version sounds a bit sped up, which is obvious by its run time.

I have attempted to use the “delay” and “stretch by” features with no luck. Does anybody have any ideas as to how to pitch correct the audio and line up the subtitles?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can offer some advice.

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Yes, the DVD set is PAL, and I am aware of the speed differences.

I don’t really have any editing skills whatsoever. What I am looking for is a software solution(s) / “dummy” guide(s) to assist me in correcting the pitch of the audio to get it to sync with the Bluray. I have been searching for solutions, most of what I found was old and outdated or did not give me the steps I needed to get started.

I would also like to import the SDH Subtitles as well. My brother is deaf and while he can read lips the subtitles were not included in the Bluray which makes parts where voice overs and off screen dialog difficult for him to follow.

The current tools I have are PgcDemux, MKVToolNix GUI and MeGUI which I know the basic functions of.

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Well, in Sony Vegas, you import the video into a project with the native settings. So for Pal, you make sure it is 25 or 50 fps. Then you check the frame length of the video. Write it down. Then either change the project or import it into the project you need it for and again, set it to absolute frames and then use ctrl to drag the video to the correct length (at this point you don’t align it, just start at 0 and stretch it out to match the absolute frames that you noted. then you have to right click and select properties. Since you already stretched it, it should have the details under the Time Stretch/Pitch Shift section. Just check the box next to Lock to Stretch and the audio will return to original. Depending on your source there could be a tiny bit of distortion, so it is better to use un stretched audio whenever possible, but this has worked for me for all the PAL versions of the Star Wars movies in my effort to create accurate theatrical versions of the various editions.

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Thanks yotsuya, what version of Sony Vegas do you recommend?

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Do you still need help with this? I’ve been doing a similar thing with Knight Rider, as there were a few edits to those Blurays. Our workflows will no doubt differ but I can help you out with getting the DVD soundtracks to the correct speed.

Cheers
Nick

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Baobab Archiver said:

Do you still need help with this? I’ve been doing a similar thing with Knight Rider, as there were a few edits to those Blurays. Our workflows will no doubt differ but I can help you out with getting the DVD soundtracks to the correct speed.

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Nick

YES! PLEASE!

I pretty much shelved this idea until I could get some help. I attempted using Vegas but have no clue what I am doing with it.

I’m interested in your project as well, I was not aware of the Knight Rider edits and look forward to it.

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This is awesome and I still only have the DVDs, R1 DVD for Season 1, 4 & 5 along with R2 UK for S2 & S3. No doubt I figured the Mill Creek would have great video but it’s lacking subtitles of any sort and the aforementioned few missing songs.
Guess handbrake would be ideal to take MKVs of the episodes and add English srt files for the subtitles. I’d want both regular and SDH ones.

EDIT: DO NOT apply any DVNR or EE! Leave the film grain as-is!

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sithmastersidious said:

Are the blu rays missing any footage?

There were six episodes of the show which aired as two part episodes initially.
“Lee Harvey Oswald” was intact on DVD and UK Blu, but was the syndicated “split” cut on the US blu, missing a scene in the middle of the episode.
The second and third parts of “Trilogy” aired as a single unit, but all of the subsequent releases have been the syndicated “split” cuts; “Trilogy Part II” is unaffected, but “Trilogy Part III” is missing something like five minutes, almost all of it devoted to the mystery of the overall trilogy. By removing all of this footage, the syndicated cut is much more focused on the story of Sam’s daughter (which makes sense when prepared for a casual syndication audience, but is disappointing when they’re all together).
“Return of the Evil Leaper” and “Revenge of the Evil Leaper” aired as a two hour event as well. I’ve yet to be able to track down a copy of this, but I believe that the airing was padded out with behind the scenes footage from the upcoming Civil War episode rather than additional footage in the episode. (The behind the scenes Civil War stuff hasn’t been included anywhere.)

There’s also a few minutes in an episode where they messed up the framing, and one of the leap-outs is the wrong color for some reason. All of this, but nobody has spotted any music replacements on the Blu yet!

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thatguamguy said:

sithmastersidious said:

Are the blu rays missing any footage?

There were six episodes of the show which aired as two part episodes initially.
“Lee Harvey Oswald” was intact on DVD and UK Blu, but was the syndicated “split” cut on the US blu, missing a scene in the middle of the episode.
The second and third parts of “Trilogy” aired as a single unit, but all of the subsequent releases have been the syndicated “split” cuts; “Trilogy Part II” is unaffected, but “Trilogy Part III” is missing something like five minutes, almost all of it devoted to the mystery of the overall trilogy. By removing all of this footage, the syndicated cut is much more focused on the story of Sam’s daughter (which makes sense when prepared for a casual syndication audience, but is disappointing when they’re all together).
“Return of the Evil Leaper” and “Revenge of the Evil Leaper” aired as a two hour event as well. I’ve yet to be able to track down a copy of this, but I believe that the airing was padded out with behind the scenes footage from the upcoming Civil War episode rather than additional footage in the episode. (The behind the scenes Civil War stuff hasn’t been included anywhere.)

There’s also a few minutes in an episode where they messed up the framing, and one of the leap-outs is the wrong color for some reason. All of this, but nobody has spotted any music replacements on the Blu yet!

Is there anyway to make them whole again?

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My understanding is that Universal says that these are all they have, the other stuff was destroyed in a fire. It doesn’t exactly make sense (somehow the LHO got expanded for the UK), but I think it’s fair to say that “Trilogy” won’t ever exist in proper HD.

I have an mpeg ripped from a VHS of “Trilogy” with all of the extra footage, I would gladly contribute that to somebody’s project. I wanted to do it myself, but I hit some technical problems with the DVD import and I don’t know how to do a “proper” upscale to cut VHS in with the Bluray footage. I would LOVE for somebody to take this project on, I actually think most of the extra footage is good, and one shot in the episode somehow got flipped for the syndicated cut so there’s a non-broadcast goof in the HD version. All that I would want in exchange for this copy is a digital copy of the completed restored version.

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Here is the full list of differences from “Trilogy” as-aired in the two-hour slot and the syndicated edit which has been released on DVD and HD, which I will refer to as “Part 3”:

Obviously, Part 3 opens with a recap, which the two-parter didn’t need. (I guess they couldn’t cut enough out to make room for the Ziggy intro, though, because it’s missing that.) Part 3 ends the leap-in tease on the traditional “Oh boy”, followed by the credits. Then cuts back in on Sam’s “I have a bad feeling about this.” The two hour version (awkwardly) inserts a shot of Sam instead of the “Oh boy”, but the scene continues with no break for commercials. My intent, if I did it, was to retain “Trilogy Part 3” as a stand-alone episode, and keep the “Oh boy” (I wouldn’t know how to get the credits out cleanly, so better to just embrace it), but to add Ziggy’s intro and maybe trim back the recap because it’s too repetitious and has info that is not important in this episode.

Extra lines (about five seconds) from Marie the servant and Al, before lawyer’s wife is super-racist:
Al: “[The guy Sam has leapt into] never took Abigail’s case.”
Marie: “If he would just hear me out–”
Al: "I’ll give ya two to one Miss Ice-Ass there was the reason."

Wife: “I have told you a million times,” etc.

Extra voiceover intro (about fifteen seconds) before the “police tape” shot, at the beginning of Act Two.
Shots of Sam driving through town, to the crime scene
Sam: "Al was right, I was still in love with Abigail. And as each memory of her found its way back into my mind, it brought with it a history of death, from Leta to Bart and finally to Violet.
Little Violet Aider had waited…"

Goof (un)Fixed
When Sammie Joe leaves with Marie, the door closing shot right before the commercial break is vertically flipped. Based on the direction that the door opens earlier in the scene, the two hour version is oriented correctly while the Part 3 version is wrong.

Extra half-scene: Entire prosecutor’s opening speech is cut from the “Part 3” edit. (Establishing shot remains) The scene is three minutes long, so I’m not gonna transcribe it all, he lays out his whole circumstantial case – basically, exactly how Sam describes it in his opening speech immediately afterward – Sam has objections, the judge explains that you can’t object during opening remarks, the prosecutor says that he’s going to seek the death penalty and everybody gasps and Marie shouts “Noooooo!”
Judge’s line “Would you care to address the jury?” is delivered off-screen over the establishing shot in the Part 3 version, is shown onscreen in the two hour version; from there, the scene continues the same in both.

The ending of the first courtroom scene, when Sam has some sort of heart trouble, is also a bit longer. Extra dialogue, but it’s incidental. Max Wright gets a little more screentime. (Sam might mutter something like “I’ll send out your letters,” which, if that’s what he is saying, is reinforcing a plotpoint for later… but not very well because the line is way too low and mumbled.) About twenty seconds or so.

Extra lines in the scene with Abigail’s mother Laura Fuller in the institution (about twenty seconds):
Al: You know Sam, I might be wrong, but I’ve just got a hunch if you get her into the courtroom and put her on the stand, where she can see Abigail and everybody, it’ll all just come out. And even if Denton Waters disqualifies the testimony, at least the jury will hear the testimony.
(as Al talks, Laura is seen retrieving the locket and bringing it over to Sam [in the “Part 3” cut, she just kinda has it all of a sudden, you can’t unsee the jump cut after you watch this])
Laura Fuller: It wasn’t Abigail’s fault,
Clayton. You knew that.

Extra flashback during the last trial scene: (about thirty seconds)
Sam: “And then…” (Laura can’t say more, so he continues for her) "Laura went to the only person she could trust, her husband. And told him what happened…
(black and white flashback, showing Clayton sliding a board over the well in the rain)
Sam (continuing in voice over) "That night in the dark, in the rain, Clayton Fuller decided to keep Laura’s secret. Without looking back, he sealed Violet in the well."

(Back to courtoom/color) Prosecutor “You expect the court to believe that Violet’s death was an accident?”
Yes, the show built a three-part episode around a single mystery and then omitted the complete solution from the cut they distribute

Different insert shot:
When Sam is looking at the phone company bill, the insert which inspires his “Eureka” moment is different.

  • two hour version: closer shot where you can’t read the return address on the envelope, and the bill itself has been put back in folded the wrong way because it has been opened, so it doesn’t show Abigail’s name, just some dates and times (and the shot is too short to really convey any information, I had to pause it and look back to explain any of this).
  • Part 3 version: slightly wider so that you can see “Louisiana Telephone Company” as the return address, and Abigail’s name and address showing in the envelope window. But the envelope has clearly never been opened.
    I think this insert shot was replaced because the insert in the original doesn’t really work for the audience, but it makes Sam’s sudden realization about who killed Leta a bit more “complete shot in the dark by intuition”. The earlier version where the envelope has been opened (Sam is paying Abigail’s bills for her), combined with dialogue in this episode about Sam having a photographic memory, makes it a bit of a narrative leap for the audience to make but it makes sense if you think about it way too much. [I imagine that in a “perfect” version, the envelope would be opened but the telephone company logo would be visible.]

Different ending leap-in:

  • two hour has the doctor soap opera (I think it’s a rerun of “Moments to Live”)
  • part 3 has the bank robbery (the next new episode, “Promised Land”).

Also, fun fact, according to the commercials, the two part “Trilogy” aired sometime within a week prior to the first appearance of Jerry Orbach on “Law and Order”.