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THX WOW! HD 1080p Lucasfilm Demo Clip Reconstruction 5.1 & dts-HD 6.1

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One of my favourite home theater demos (and actually the first i ever saw) was the THX WOW! it was initially only available to THX certified installers in the USA for them to show to the customer after all the kit was installed to give them the wow factor, it later became available on a THX demo dvd which was great but was still of only dvd quality albeit with a 5.1 track

i love WOW and still use it in my setup at home but.... i wanted it in HD! It is very unlikely to ever be released in HD officially so i tried to do it myself

it should be ready over the next few days, im not sure on the file size yet and i may play around with the sound formats but if anyone wants to see it ill be sure to post it wherever is best :)

here is the original non HD version incase you never saw it

http://www.break.com/video/ugc/thx-wow-1988-523598

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I loved the THX Wow dvd too.

How will you be achieving this? Up-scaling the original or cutting together hd sources to match the original?

Plus a little word of warning you cant post links in these forums.

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lpd said:

I loved the THX Wow dvd too.

How will you be achieving this? Up-scaling the original or cutting together hd sources to match the original?

Plus a little word of warning you cant post links in these forums.

 i have been frantically editing the blu-rays to get the best quality, i know its not the purist thing as im losing the OT goodness (i might one day do a version using the OT upscales) but this was more a personal project for my home theater that i thought some might like to see

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Moth3r said:

It was made available in 720p on THX's Facebook page, but unfortunately it was highly-compressed (and had switched audio channels, IIRC). Let me find the thread...

Here: http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/THX-Wowin-HD/post/654764/

 great minds think alike! it was that post on facebook that finally gave me the impetus to do it myself if that was the best version they could put out with all their resources it was unlikely i would ever see a remastered 1080p blu-ray quality version :( 

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just upped it to myspleen please let me know if thats not cool :) thx

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pjvader said:

myspleen.org

just upped it to myspleen please let me know if thats not cool :) thx

Posting this link is NOT allowed, sorry.

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I'm a huge fan of this!  Any chance to send a myspleen invite plz?

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I just finished doing exactly this using the blurays.  Only issue aside from special edition changes is some scenes and colors not being exact representations of the theatrical releases of any of the films is the end sequence from Last a Crusade.  The credits begin to roll before the shot on the demo is set to end.  I working that out now.  I'll do another edit using Harmy's despecialized footage.  So far I have the 5.1 mix from the DVD release and I'm capturing the two channel from my laserdisc.  Honestly though, even with the special edition shots, it's really a great home theater demo.

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Chris Solo said:

I just finished doing exactly this using the blurays.  Only issue aside from special edition changes is some scenes and colors not being exact representations of the theatrical releases of any of the films is the end sequence from Last a Crusade.  The credits begin to roll before the shot on the demo is set to end.  I working that out now.  I'll do another edit using Harmy's despecialized footage.  So far I have the 5.1 mix from the DVD release and I'm capturing the two channel from my laserdisc.  Honestly though, even with the special edition shots, it's really a great home theater demo.

 glad im not alone :)

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i have done a version 2.0 with the best quality sebastian shaw footage i could find and a 6.1 dts-hd master audio track added

if anyone is interested just let me know and i could post it (you would need a player capable of playing the hd sound tho, i.e. powerdvd, total media theatre or burned to blu)

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pjvader said:

i have done a version 2.0 with the best quality sebastian shaw footage i could find and a 6.1 dts-hd master audio track added

if anyone is interested just let me know and i could post it (you would need a player capable of playing the hd sound tho, i.e. powerdvd, total media theatre or burned to blu)

 I thought you did a great job on your version 1 and would love to see your version 2.

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Can I ask where you got the DTS HD MA track? thanks.

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Chris Solo said:

Can I ask where you got the DTS HD MA track? thanks.

 i created it from 5.1 track using the dts encoder unfortunately 6.1 is as high as i can go with it (the more channels the better! im running an 11.4 system at the moment and it sounds fantastic when run through it) like i said the dts version was purely for my own entertainment but thought i would share it :) 

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I'll take that link to the 2.0 version!

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pjvader said:


i have done a version 2.0 with the best quality sebastian shaw footage i could find and a 6.1 dts-hd master audio track added

if anyone is interested just let me know and i could post it (you would need a player capable of playing the hd sound tho, i.e. powerdvd, total media theatre or burned to blu)


Is the sync any better on it? With all due respect, it's a bit off in several places.

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digitalfreaknyc said:

pjvader said:


i have done a version 2.0 with the best quality sebastian shaw footage i could find and a 6.1 dts-hd master audio track added

if anyone is interested just let me know and i could post it (you would need a player capable of playing the hd sound tho, i.e. powerdvd, total media theatre or burned to blu)



Is the sync any better on it? With all due respect, it's a bit off in several places.

 ha ha no probs! plays fine here can u pinpoint where its off?

i know "its gonna be close" is a bit out

i had alot of problems with the fact that the 5.1 track was 29.97fps and the blu-ray footage is 23.97fps! 

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ok so ive just gone thru it in slo-mo and ive redited a few bits for lip sync

assuming it renders out ok ill work on posting that version 

any preferred place to post it?

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pjvader said:

ok so ive just gone thru it in slo-mo and ive redited a few bits for lip sync

assuming it renders out ok ill work on posting that version 

any preferred place to post it?

 I like usenet.

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I liked how you used Mediafire for the DTS-HD Master version, it worked out well.

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mediafire is definitely the easiest but im not sure if i can post it on here as i dont think i can hint towards it, it just has to be a plain old link? if anyone knows a way to do it legally on here using media fire that would be great thx (thx ha lol)

if anyone is into their home theater demo discs im working on one which includes the wow too

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I guess then it would be handled through PMs, pretty much how you get away with links.

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pjvader said:

digitalfreaknyc said:

pjvader said:


i have done a version 2.0 with the best quality sebastian shaw footage i could find and a 6.1 dts-hd master audio track added

if anyone is interested just let me know and i could post it (you would need a player capable of playing the hd sound tho, i.e. powerdvd, total media theatre or burned to blu)



Is the sync any better on it? With all due respect, it's a bit off in several places.

 ha ha no probs! plays fine here can u pinpoint where its off?

i know "its gonna be close" is a bit out

i had alot of problems with the fact that the 5.1 track was 29.97fps and the blu-ray footage is 23.97fps! 

 the audio went out of sync quit a lot after the second half.

film based dvd 29.97fps and blu-ray 23.976fps shouldn't have any sync issues, besides missing frames, if the dvd video was properly inverses telecined (pulldown removal).

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Maybe you can upload it on Mega?

Please PM me the link.  It seems there is no way to get a Spleen invite :/