Occasionally I make fan DVDs.
My site is *****, my blog is *****, and my email is *****, where you can get my current DVD collection list and check for availability via mail.
In this thread I'll be posting the latest news about what I'm working on - hopefully mostly related to my work creating fan DVDs.
A few of my fan DVDs you might have seen:
*** Star Wars: Deleted Magic - A feature-length documentary about the deleted scenes from and making of the first Star Wars. Done with help from Sluggo and many many more. A completely different way of watching the film, this DVD kick-started a genre of fan edits that "deconstruct the films" .... such as Jambe Davdar's brilliant "A/V Commentary" Building Empire, about The Empire Strikes Back (Returning to Jedi is coming soon), as well as daveytod's Revealing the Sith and The Clones Revealed. You can watch Deleted Magic at Youtube or download it at myspleen.net.
*** Star Wars: Classic Edition Trilogy - Restoration of the original versions of the original Star Wars films, "Not as they were, but as you remember them." The 2004 DVDs of the special editions, with all their high DVD clarity, were reedited together with scenes from the old laserdiscs, to restore the films to their original edits .... new sound mixes were created for all three films, using rare elements from, say, the Star Wars mono mix or the Empire album, to make these edits surprising and different from any existing edit, but matching the best bits of what you would have seen in theaters back when. Empire and Jedi came out particularly well. "The only Star Wars DVDs you need." Email ***** for availability.
Star Wars - Features a newly-edited commentary track featuring the entire cast, isolated
score and THX intro.
The Empire Strikes Back Classic Edition - With isolated score and Emperor scene comparison.
Return of the Jedi Classic Edition - With isolated score and four easter eggs.
*** Return of the Ewok and Other Little Films - Classic 1983 film starring Warwick Davis and the cast of Return of the Jedi (filmed onset by David Tomblin). Cute and nostalgic, this film is rarely seen - here Skot Kirkwood and I attempted to restore a horrible quality camcorder bootleg of the film. The sound is a bit muddy but you get the idea. For extra value, lots of weird and amusing clips are included - Star Wars Deleted Scenes clips (edits unique to this disc, not on Deleted Magic), commercials, The Creatures Go to England, Making of Star Wars Special Edition, Donny and Marie Osmond Do Star Wars (worse than the Holiday Special - I should point out that I now have a better copy of Donny and Marie), Muppet Show w/Mark Hamill, Mark Hamill TV Intro 84, Star Tours Ride
Video, THX Soundtrack!
*** Special Edition Hype - Co-project with Alex Brunelle. Preservation of some Lucas self-promotion from 1997, rarely seen since. Brings you back to a year when Star Wars hype returned in full force. Featuring The Magic and the Mystery, MTV Special, The Force Returns, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/Pepsi/EmpireSE ads, and, as a special easter egg treat, my own documentary, Talking to People About Star Wars.
*** Star Wars Auditions - 90 min, 1975. Preservation of the original audition tapes for Star Wars featuring many popular 1970s actors. With the Richard Pryor Cantina Skit and The Saga Begins video (Weird Al) - both in high DVD quality.
*** The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut
The definitive unofficial presentation of this classic film. Painstakingly restored. Done with help from a cast of thousands, too many to mention here.
This is a rarely seen animated film by Richard Williams, animator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The master animator worked for almost three decades on this unusual, 60s-styled, Yellow Submarine-like Arabian Nights fantasy. The animation is gorgeous, more ambitious than pretty much any animated film you can think of. The film was the inspiration for Disney's Aladdin, which proved to be its downfall. Financed with his own money for decades, when the film was nearly complete, Williams was fired from his own film by Warner Bros., who feared that Aladdin would destroy the film at the box office. The film was given to another director, who turned it into a shadow of its former self. Disney eventually bought it, and ruined it further through editing. The film has never been seen as Richard Williams intended - until now. The film is unfinished, but here we see it restored in a way that matches the original vision. Watch it at Youtube and download the DVD at demonoid.com.
- Recobbled Cut Trailer
- Arabian Knight Trailer
- Allied Filmmakers Trailer - New for Mark II!
- Nine Image Galleries - 3 New for Mark II!
"Deleted Characters" section featuring:
- Enchanted Prince Bubba: Witch sequence - More for Mark II!
- Princess Meemee - Bath sequence
- Mullah Nasruddin: Bread sequence - New for Mark II!
- Animated menus featuring pencil tests from the original film
- About the Film
- Restoration commentary by Garrett Gilchrist and Patrick McCart
More discs related to the Thief and the Cobbler:
RICHARD WILLIAMS COLLECTION:
+ The Thief and the Cobbler workprint and DVD-ROM extras
+ The Thief Who Never Gave Up Documentary/Charge of the Light Brigade/Return of the Pink Panther
+ Making of Nasrudin - A Creative Man (1966), Clapperboard 1&2 (1972), Liquidator titles, Panther ads
+ NEW! Richard Williams Studio Animated Commercials (50 min), Animating Art, Nasruddin "Bread Scene" clip, Roger Rabbit Trailer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum end titles, Thief Warner Bros. Licensing Trailer, Allied Filmmakers Trailer, Arabian Knight Trailer
+ Rare Thief and the Cobbler pencil-camera tests/The Pink Panther Strikes Again titles/I Drew Roger Rabbit/A Christmas Carol/Arabian Knight Trailer
+ Ziggy's Gift/Ziggy Cartoons/Fred Calvert's Princess and the Cobbler: Work In Progress Version
+ Raggedy Ann & Andy ("fake widescreen" 24p remastered - also available in normal pan & scan)
+ Arabian Knight (Miramax Cut) Japanese widescreen DVD (Arabian Knight is also available in pan & scan)
+ The Princess and the Cobbler (Calvert Cut) Australian Pan & Scan DVD (PAL)
+ The Princess and the Cobbler (Calvert Cut) Timecoded Widescreen from rare VHS (good quality, timecoded with trailer)
+ NEW! Thief pencil tests (56 minutes), Richard Williams interviews (Roger Rabbit & The Thief), Richard at the British Film Awards, Roger Rabbit Test, Air Canada ad, National Film Board of Canada Richard Williams film intros, Nasruddin clip, Oscar Grillo's Seaside Woman (PAL)
+ NEW! I Drew Roger Rabbit (better version), Williams commercials (same as other disc but PAL), Warners trailer (PAL)
+ NEW! Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown/Roger Rabbit TV spots (Diet Coke, McDonald's)
+ NEW! Roger Rabbit Reviews (Siskel & Ebert etc., with CBS "Pig Head" version)
+ The Thief Scrapbook - Huge collection of articles, artwork and more on a data DVD. Being added to all the time.
THE BONZO DOG BAND: Talking Pictures - The definitive DVD compiling incredibly rare performances by this legendary and hilarious acid-jazz band from the 60s. Any Monty Python or Beatles fan will enjoy the bizarre and always-surprising band who were friends with both groups. With Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin-Spear, Legs Larry Smith, Rodney Slater, Dennis Cowan, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons, Dave Clague.
Many many many other Bonzo Dog, Neil Innes, Rutles and Monty Python related DVDs have been preserved by me, notably the Rutland Weekend Television and Innes Book of Records series. For the whole gigantic list, email me at *****.
Talking Pictures tracklist:
Intro (Dog)/Death Cab for Cutie (MMT)
Hello (We Are Normal)
Canyons of Your Mind (CMP)
I'm the Urban Spaceman (CMP)
Monster Mash (DNAYS)
Equestrian Statue/Newsflash (BC)
Little Sir Echo (BC)
The Sound of Music (DNAYS)
4 Fables/Seaside Poem (IBOR)
Mr. Apollo (CMP)/Sinister (IBOR)
Love is a Cylindrical Piano (DNAYS)
Metaphorically Speaking (DNAYS)
By a Waterfall (DNAYS)
Merry Christmas (DNAYS)
I'm the Urban Spaceman (DNAYS)
Eleven Moustachioed Daughters (BiG GRunt)
Hunting Tigers Out in "Indiah"
Head Ballet (Pathe)
Equestrian Statue (Pathe)
The Bride Stripped Bare by "Bachelors" (montage)
Death Cab for Cutie (DNAYS)
Beautiful Zelda (DNAYS)
Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage (clip)
Room With a View (The Big Show)
Little Sir Echo (New Faces)
Tubas in the Moonlight (DNAYS)
Canyons of Your Mind (BC)
I'm the Urban Spaceman (BC)
Jollity Farm (cartoon)
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (Full House)
Humanoid Boogie (IBOR reedit)
We Were Wrong ("Urban Spaceman" minstrel promo montage)
Hello Mabel (DNAYS)
Vivian Stanshall Adverts - Ruddles, Cadbury's (3), Tennent
Look Out, There's a Monster Coming (DNAYS)
I'm the Urban Spaceman (IBOR)
The Intro and the Outro (DNAYS)
Equestrian Statue (DNAYS)
Nice and Tidy
Quiet Talks and Summer Walks (IBOR reedit)
Rawlinson End clip: "Riddles"
I'm the Urban Spaceman (RWT)
The Cracks Are Showing
The End (New Faces)
I'd Rather Cut My Hands (Crank)
Full House with Roger Ruskin-Spear
Friday Night, Saturday Morning with Vivian Stanshall
Eric Idle sings Captain Fantastic
OTHER PROJECTS -
Doctor Who: The Ten Doctors - A seven-minute short trailer in which all the incarnations of Doctor Who meet, with amusing results. Watch it at Youtube or download the DVD at demonoid.com.
OCPMOVIE RELEASES COMING SOON ?
THE BONZO DOG BAND: Talking Pictures 2 - An extended 3-disc set featuring more fun with the legendary and hilarious acid-jazz band from the 60s/70s. Check out the Jazz Bilden clips at Youtube.com.
STAR WARS: CLASSIC EDITION 2.0 - I am considering doing a revised restoration of the first Star Wars, to improve on my Classic Edition edit. If you'd like this to happen, let me know in this thread.
OTHER PROJECTS OF WHICH I APPROVE -
Not my work, but these are good releases, support them.
BEER WARS - Crappy Logo Productions painstakingly restored Curt Markham's very funny 1994 short "Beer Wars," which combined Star Wars with audio from the cult Canadian comedy Strange Brew, starring Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Watch it at Youtube and download at Myspleen.net. I didn't do anything, but the restoration was my idea anyway. We eventually got in touch with Curt Markham, the original editor.
Building Empire - Jambe Davdar in England created this wonderful look at the making of The Empire Strikes Back. I didn't do anything, but was supportive.
Dark Jedi's Pan & Scan Original Trilogy - Preservation of the pan & scan laserdiscs of the original Star Wars films, the cropped versions we grew up with.
The Fisher King Criterion Preservation - Dave West transferred Alex Brunelle's laserdiscs of the now-rare special edition of this great Terry Gilliam film. I didn't do anything, but was supportive.
Willard: The Ratman's Cut - Alex Brunelle's R-rated revision of the great Crispin Glover remake.
PROJECTS BY FRIENDS OF MINE COMING SOON? OR?
Adventures of Baron Munchausen Criterion Preservation - Dave West is waiting to transfer Alex Brunelle's laserdiscs of the now-rare special edition of this great Terry Gilliam film. Alex needs to send them to him.
Ridgeshark's Extended Army of Darkness - Scott is doing a nice job with his extended cut of the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell classic. I applaud and hope he finishes soon.
Returning to Jedi - Everyone on these boards is awaiting Jambe Davdar's look at the making of Return of the Jedi.
MUPPET MOVIE EXTENDED - There's a rare British extended version of The Muppet Movie with a better ending. Ben "Tequila Mockingbird" was going to transfer this but is so busy that this is looking more and more unlikely. I do have a low quality copy of the extended clips.
Note that I have preserved many rare Muppet clips including all of The Jim Henson Hour. Write me at *****.
I'm also looking forward to the Commercials and Trailers discs Skot and Sluggo are doing over in forum 9. Lotsa love. I hope Skot does that epic Holiday Special release sometime.
SOME OTHER USEFUL LINKS:
Scans from the Star Wars Poster Book, good for you fan DVD cover creators.
A Chicago Tribune article about my work and the work of others on this site.
How I did it - A post about my methods when creating the Jedi Classic Edition.
Covers for my Star Wars discs created by me:
And not created by me - with wonderful work by Coov and others:
Various Thief and the Cobbler files:
My cover for The Thief and the Cobbler:
My cover for Raggedy Ann and Andy:
My cover for Gods of Los Angeles:
Orange Cow Productions website:
FFrevolution.com - message board and blog, latest news always there first -