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The Frighteners: Signature Collection laserdisc preservation thread

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I'm moving this out of the big thread about LD transfers into its own, because this is really its own project now. Here's the skinny:

The Frighteners laserdisc set is up on eBay right now. After looking at and hearing about already available DVD versions of the set, I was disappointed in all of them and knew that if the help of some of the people on this board was brought in, this set could be done justice on DVD.

What is going on right now is the set will (hopefully) be purchased in this auction, by myself and the gracious donations of a few others. So far, those others have been Rik, Alfredsson and Michael Ruff. Once the set is obtained, I will scan the box and liner notes and then send it off to MeBeJedi to do a transfer of the set onto DVD. The first disc will contain the film with commentary, and two more will contain the 4.5hrs of bonus features. When the transfer is done and the DVDs are complete, the set will be re-sold on eBay and, ideally, everyone will make their money back. If it does not sell for the same amount as it was purchased for, the money will be proportionally be divided up. If this does happen, it's doubtful that much money will be lost. And, don't forget, there's the possibility of actually MAKING money off this.

Since I will be out of town when this auction ends, I have set up an account with EZSnipe to grab the auction at the last minute. Right now, the high bid is set around $200, and I don't think the high bid should exceed that. If enough money gets donated, I'll ask here what an opinion is and possibly up the bid accordingly. When the auction ends, my girlfriend here at home will take care of the finalities and payment with a PayPal account I have set up for this.

If you would like to donate, the email address to do that to is brualhupit at hotmail.com. Of course, anyone who donates will recieve a complimentary copy of the finished DVD set. Already we have over $150 in donations, which I really didn't think would happen, but is totally wonderful.

If anyone has any questions, I'd prefer email as to save PM space: reverendbeastly at gmail.com

Further developments will be posted in this thread. Thanks to everyone who kept bringing this set up and spruned me to go charging into the dangerous land of eBay so this laserdisc set can be done justice!

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HOLY HELL THAT WAS A FAST NEW DEVELOPMENT

I just caught this and, since there's already almost enough in donations alone, I opted to just get it right now.

The set is bought. Thanks to those who donate and those who may donate soon. Looks like all the rigamarole that would have been entailed with my leaving town has just now been avoided!

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that is so cool, so have you contacted mebejedi yet? vad is his input on yhe project
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Looks like this thing is moving along better than anticipated.

Good work ReverendBeastly.

I'm sure Jackson fans the world over will be thankful.

“You know, when you think about it, the Ewoks probably just crap over the sides of their tree-huts.”

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Wow. That's really cool.

As we'd mentioned in the other thread, do you still want me to send out the copy I have or shall I not bother?
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Originally posted by: Boomstick
Wow. That's really cool.

As we'd mentioned in the other thread, do you still want me to send out the copy I have or shall I not bother?


You'd might as well not bother, it seems that this will be in all of our hands soon enough! Thanks for the offer, though.

And thank you to those who donated after the auction's end. I'll post here as I learn more.

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Damn, that sure was a lucky catch.
MeBeJedi: Sadly, I believe the prequels are beyond repair.
JediRandy: They're certainly beyond any repair you're capable of making.


MeBeJedi: You aren't one of us.
Go-Mer-Tonic: I can't say I find that very disappointing.


JediRandy: I won't suck as much as a fan edit.
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Reverend, PM me an address, and I will cut you a check for my donation.
What do you mean there's no ice? I gotta drink this coffee hot?!
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GREAT!

See I knew this would work!!


“My skill are no longer as Mad as the once were” RiK

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To Pemdawg, 88keyz, Mackey256 , James Konrad and anyone else who may want to donate:

In the time between when I set up the PayPal account last night (3:30am) and when I checked the account at 12:15pm today, $190 had already been donated. This covered the auction cost and shipping for the set itself. Now here's where it might get a little tricky.

Brad and James have donated a total of $30 after the money has been spent on the set itself. Now the money to be spent is the cost of shipping to MeBe, the cost of re-listing and shipping the item again, and the cost of MeBe doing the transfer. I don't want to make a big deal that he is taking money for this, because it isn't. It's a job that he's going to have to put a lot of time into, and a compensation of $50 (which I offered over his original figure of $35, due to the volume of material in this set) seems extremely reasonable to me. I was going to pay this $50 out of my own pocket because I was not (and still am not) sure how comfortable people would be spending money that they knew they wouldn't make back.

Now, Mackey256 and James, if you don't want your money being spent on this, please say so and I'll refund your money. Pemdawg and 88keyz, if you don't want your money being spent on this, then I understand, just don't send me any money. I just wanted everyone to be clear on exactly how the money would be spent. If you still want to donate, that's fine with me. I estimate that between all the rest of the costs (transfer, shipping, eBay fees), about another $40-$50 is needed. But, like I said before, I'll pay for this out-of-pocket if anyone doesn't want to spend it, because it's totally understandable.

Pemdawg: If you'd still like to donate, ask Rik where to write the check to, he's taking care of check-to-PayPal thing.

88keys: If you'd still like to donate, the PayPal email to do it to (as is posted in the first post in this thread) is brualhupit at hotmail.com

Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way on this. It seems I've come a long way from buying a copy of the Director's Cut on VHS at a convention for $20.

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Jeez, I wish I'd read this earlier, I have frighteners on Laserdisc and PAL DVD sitting right here on my shelf. Sorry guys, I didn't notice the thread until today.
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PAL DVD? Is it the Signature version?
"Give us all your money and a tank of gas. We're taking this bird to Cuba" ~Stimpy
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Originally posted by: Laserman
Jeez, I wish I'd read this earlier, I have frighteners on Laserdisc and PAL DVD sitting right here on my shelf. Sorry guys, I didn't notice the thread until today.


The four disc Directors Cut Laserdisc?
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Um yes re the laserdisc - it is the four disc version, re the DVD, I'll have to have a look in the cupboard, I bought it a long time ago.
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Originally posted by: Laserman
Jeez, I wish I'd read this earlier, I have frighteners on Laserdisc and PAL DVD sitting right here on my shelf. Sorry guys, I didn't notice the thread until today.


Hmm. Well isn't that a strange thing. Personally, I'd still like to see this project through. Not much money is going to be lost on the set itself, if any. And the offer still stands for people who don't want their money to be spent on the shipping and transfer to have it refunded.

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Even if Laserman had it, shipping to and from Australia sucks... BIG time. Take my word for it.
MeBeJedi: Sadly, I believe the prequels are beyond repair.
JediRandy: They're certainly beyond any repair you're capable of making.


MeBeJedi: You aren't one of us.
Go-Mer-Tonic: I can't say I find that very disappointing.


JediRandy: I won't suck as much as a fan edit.
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Originally posted by: MeBeJedi
Even if Laserman had it, shipping to and from Australia sucks... BIG time. Take my word for it.


I've had my experiences with it and am inclined to agree. I forgot where he was located, I was thinking somewhere in Europe, but I knew it was some place kind of inconvenient for the shipping on this thing (no offense, Laser). Pressing on!

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Wow. Progess has definitely been made on this. Don't know what to say. I'm currently trying to download those avi files off of eMule, but maybe I won't have to.

Good luck, guys!
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Originally posted by: ShiftyEyes
Wow. Progess has definitely been made on this. Don't know what to say. I'm currently trying to download those avi files off of eMule, but maybe I won't have to.

Good luck, guys!



I'd wait for this project to finish if I were you. Those files you're trying to get from eMule are propably rips of the DVDs that I have. Mr Impatient here (Me ) decided he couldn't wait and forked out £20 for a sub-par (although watchable) LD rip from Ebay.
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So when this gets finished, who would like to torrent this mofo?

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Honestly, forget torrents and get into newsreaders. When was the last time all of your torrents came down at the full speed of your connection? Even on my crappy ADSL 1.5mbit link I average over 100Kilobytes per second for *every* download. Plus, you are not dependent on people 'staying on once they have finished' to get the download

Perhaps we should put a newsreader tutorial up somewhere if there isn't one already (I'm useless at searching)
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I'd be down for a binary newsgroup release as well, I just don't have the means of accessing these wondeful things myself and so it never really occurs to me.

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I will be doing both newsgroups and torrents (well I have a friend I can ask to post on the newsgroups)

Laserman - newsgroups are awesome but 80% of the readers on these boards have no idea how to use these (myself included) PLUS there are fees with most of these services (right?) while torrents can be grabbed by ANYONE with a broadband connection.

I think that I will upload it to at least 2 sites and MAYBE I can talk a few others into upping it on other sites (or do a decentralized torrent via azarius)

“My skill are no longer as Mad as the once were” RiK

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Well in a lot of cases your ISP will have it on their newsgroups if you are quick enough.
It is easy enough to do.

1) Download a newsgroup reader program
2) Put your ISPs news server in the address (or put in the adrress of your subscription news server)
3) Add the newsgroup (alt.binaries.starwars or whatever)
4) Tell it to get the current list of files.

If the files show up as complete you just tick them to download them. Because they are hosted on your ISP you get the full speed of your internet connection for the download.

Give it a try! You never know your ISPs newsgroup service might do the job, and it is free!