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[spoRv] projects - past and future

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RELEASED PROJECTS

[spoRv] - special project of Restored version

[ruLes] - restored using Laserdisc editions

 

WARNING: there will be no other [ruLes] projects in the future; further eventual projects based (all or in part) on laserdisc as source will be released under the [spoRv] trademark; this list are left here only for historical reason.

 

Someone has defined me "one man army"... but, even Rambo had some support for his operations... (^^,) - so, here you are my

"Partners in crime" (in alphabetical order):

  • CapableMetal
  • Chewtobacca
  • DocSap
  • DoomBot
  • ilovewaterslides
  • Jedeitor
  • Jetrell Fo
  • Jonno
  • kk650
  • Leonardo
  • marvins
  • nirbateman
  • spielt mit
  • The Aluminum Falcon
  • zeropc

 

each of you has helped me with my projects, a lot, in a way or another, and I could call you friend now! Without your invaluable contributions, all my projects would not have been possible... THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

If someone else would join the [spoRv] creek, or gang, you are welcome!

In particular, I'm eagerly looking for someone who are able to do proper Blu-ray menu... anyone?

 

I want also to say

"thank you" to the following members (in alphabetical order):

AntcuuFaalb, althor1138, Asaki, BDgeek, Belbucus, bigrob, bkev, Borisanddoris, captainsolo, CatBus, CSchmidlapp, Dark_Jedi, Darth Mallwalker, darth_ender, digitalfreaknyc, Doctor M, DragoonClawNZ, drngr, dvdmike, Eldonante, Flexicon9, FreaQ, FremenDar007, g-force, Hairy_Hen, Harmy, Matt_Stevens, Molly, Moth3r, msycamore, Namtar, OmegaMattman, Papai2013, PDB, penguinofgreatness, pittrek, poita, puggo, rockin, SilverWook, skyjedi2005, Spaced Ranger, SS4DarthPayne, Stamper, StarThoughts, StarThoughts, stretch009, tranzor, trp, TServo2049, Turisu, Video Collector, You_Too

for supporting, hints, comments, thoughts, advices, inspirations, ideas, works, scripts, etc... your help is really appreciated! If I have forgotten someone, please let me know!

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PROJECTS IN PROGRESS:

[spoRv] - special project of Restored version

Latest entries in bold

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FUTURE PROJECTS (provisional list):

[spoRv] - special project of Restored version

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (BD ColourMatch the LD or DVD + LD soundtracks)
  • Alien (Director's Cut - D-Theater + LD soundtracks)
  • Alien (Theatrical Cut - BD ColourMatch the LD or DVD + 70mm AC3 soundtrack)
  • Aliens (Special Edition - HDTV + LD soundtrack) --> eventual ColourMatch to be investigated <--
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (BD ColourMatch the LD or DVD + LD soundtracks)
  • Back to the Future (DCP video + LD soundtracks)
  • Edward Scissorhands (open matte)
  • Evil Dead (BD ColourMatch the LD or DVD + LD soundtracks)
  • Independence Day Extended Edition (BD + DVD for extended scenes + LD soundtracks)
  • (Indiana Jones and the) Raiders Of The Lost Ark (HDTV + LD sountracks)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom (HDTV + LD sountracks)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (HDTV + LD sountracks)
  • Mad Max 2 (BD ColourMatch DVD or LD + LD soundtrack)
  • Lord of The Rings (Extended Edition - BD ColourMatch DVD + italian soundtrack correction)
  • Ransom (extended cut)
  • Robin Hood (Theatrical Cut - HDTV + LD soundtracks)
  • Suspiria (BD ColourMatch the DVD or LD + LD soundtrack)
  • Total Recall (Mind Bending BD ColourMatch DVD or LD + LD soundtrack)
  • True Lies (D-Theater + LD soundtracks)

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For my projects I need soundtracks and subtitles in the following languages:

  • english
  • french
  • german
  • italian
  • spanish

 

from LD, BD, DVD, HD-DVD, HDTV... even from VHS if there are no better sources! Your help will be highly appreciated.

 

If you think a movie should receive a [spoRv] treatment, post your ideas here, using BOLD for each movie title, and explain why and how it should be preserved or restored; as you can see, I much prefer sci-fi and horror movies, but I like action too!

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[spoRv] special project of Restored version

Mission: restore a movie to be closest to the theatrical version as could be possible at the moment of the release, using the best video sources chosen from all the various available versions; adding the best original and remastered audio soundtracks in different languages; whenever possible, including english, french, german, italian and spanish languages, along with the related subtitles.

[ruLes] restored using Laserdisc editions

WARNING: there will be no other [ruLes] projects in the future; further eventual projects based (all or in part) on laserdisc as source will be released under the [spoRv] trademark; this list are left here only for historical reason.

Mission: restore a movie to be closest to the theatrical version as could be possible at the moment of the release, using laserdisc as video source(s), and as main audio source; whenever possible, including english, french, german, italian and spanish languages, along with the related subtitles, from any sources is allowed.

 

_,,,^..^,,,_  hardware and software setup

Hardware:

  • Pioneer HLD-X9 MUSE/NTSC laserdisc player
  • Pioneer DVL-909 PAL/NTSC laserdisc/DVD player
  • Pioneer LD-V4300 PAL/NTSC laserdisc player
  • Pioneer CLD-D925 PAL/NTSC laserdisc player
  • Pioneer CLD-600 PAL laserdisc player

 

  • Panasonic DMR-ES15 DVD recorder
  • Pioneer DVR-320S DVD recorder
  • Yukai DVD-A100 DVD recorder
  • Panasonic NV-FS88B S-VHS recorder 

 

  • Sony MDS-J520E MiniDisc recorder (as analog/digital converter)
  • Pioneer SP-D07 Dolby Digital decoder
  • Pioneer RFD-1 AC3 RF demodulator

  • Sony Playstation 3 used as BD Player
  • Philips BD-7100 BD Player

  • Sony Vaio VGX-XL202 PC Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz, 3GB RAM, 2x250GB + 320GB HDDs, BD burner
  • AverMedia BDA A16C internal video card (with Philips SAA713x chipset)
  • Western Digital Elements 1TB external USB HDD

 

  • Monster Cable S-Video 5pin cable (very high quality)
  • LINN composite RCA video cable (very high quality)
  • Audison stereo RCA audio cable (very high quality)
  • SONY optical S/PDIF cable (very high quality)

 

Software - ONLY freeware:

  • VirtualDub for audio/video capture
  • VirtualDub and AviSynth for video editing
  • Aften for AC3 encoding
  • Foobar2000 for other audio conversions
  • Audacity for audio editing
  • GDSMux or AviDemux for demuxing
  • tsMuxeR or AviDemux for (re)muxing
  • Subtitle Edit for subtitle editing
  • MSPaint and Fotographix for cover and disc design
  • EasyBD Lite for BD authoring
  • MultiAVCHD for BD authoring with menus

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Very excited about the future releases list. Look forward it all the good releases. Definitely plenty of good films that need fixing, in full 1080p HD to boot.

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That's one great list of future projects, Andrea.  I have to say that Mad Max 2 and Halloween are probably at the top of my wish list for color-timing restoration... and of course Escape From New York because they mastered the BD rather dark to begin with.  I've already been asking some veteran members about Suspiria so that's always an exciting project.  I have the Raiders WOWOW and that version looks awesome.  It'll be nice to have A Nightmare On Elm Street finally color-corrected in HD.  I still watch the DVD because it has the correct colors.  And of course Alien and Aliens are fan favorites that deserve restoration.  So there's a lot of incredible films to look forward... based on what you did with The Thing, the results should be fantastic.  Thanks again for the great efforts to preserve so many classic works of cinematic art.  Many of these are my very favorites of all time.
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Thanks for the nod Andrea, very kind of you.  I'm happy to be able to contribute something to help you out.  

:) 

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Definitely subscribed to this thread. :)

Cheers for all the releases!

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Raiders of the Lost Ark got a regrading from kk650.

It's available on tehparadox.

Suspiria got a preservation from Dr Saperstein that's available on TPB.

Regarding Suspiria's BD, it is way to damaged to colormatch it, as the contrast has been shot to hell.

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Thanks to all!!!

@nirbateman:

kk650 "Raiders of the Lost Ark"'s regrading source is the BD, while mine will be based on HDTV, with better colors, and no need to be regraded (IMHO).

Dr. Sapirstein did a wonderful job, I forgot I read about it months ago... will be de-listed immediately!

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thanks for the shoutout there buddy :)

loving what you have planned!

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This topic is a really good idea Andrea :)

Thank you for all past and future releases!

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From your list i am looking forward to Robin Hood (Theatrical Cut - HDTV + LD soundtracks) most of all :)

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Dr. Sapirstein did a wonderful job, I forgot I read about it months ago... will be de-listed immediately!

No please don't stop! Unfortunately Sapirstein's version can be greatly improved upon despite being 1080p. It is based on an upconverted most of the time and also the encoding is quite blocky at times. It makes for a very disjointed viewing experience. No doubt your LD preservation audio track will be higher quality. Worst of all, Sapirstein matted a moon in one scene (the one with the piano teacher killed by the dog) as a watermark for his version. It sticks out terribly.

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Dr. Sapirstein's post about Suspiria:

Out of the many different editions of Suspiria released on video since 1978, none was ever true to the film's visuals and sounds. The best looking and most faithful print was the one used for the 2001 anchor bay 3-dvd set, yet it suffered from its very poor encoding, and had a truncated soundtrack (with missing sound effects, music, and sometimes inaudible dialogues). All the recently released Blu Ray versions were created using a horribly recolored print (approved by the talented yet either senile or money hungry director of photography, Luciano Tovoli), and used terrible noise reduction. The result looked more like an amateur HD upscale than a proper blu ray, and was highly criticized and loathed by purists and fans of the film. So was the infamous red dog... This new preservation edition intents to present argento's masterpiece the way it was seen back in 1977 for its original release: the film was restored shot by shot to its original colors, tints and contrasts. The sound mix has been carefully recreated and restored, using the best elements from various sources, and is now presented in its original 4 tracks stereo audio mix. As a respectful fan of the film and its masterful and innovative photography, I consider this preservation to be the best, most authentic version available so far.

once I exchanged a couple of emails with him, and seemed to me a person who knows his job; it will be a good thing if he can answer some questions about this movie in this very forum, because "everyone is innocent until proven guilty"... so I will leave him the benefit of doubts, and restore Suspiria as possible future project.

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_,,,^..^,,,_ said:

Thanks to all!!!

@nirbateman:

kk650 "Raiders of the Lost Ark"'s regrading source is the BD, while mine will be based on HDTV, with better colors, and no need to be regraded (IMHO).

Dr. Sapirstein did a wonderful job, I forgot I read about it months ago... will be de-listed immediately!

Is there a way to find this Dr. Sapirstein version?

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Jetrell Fo said:

Is there a way to find this Dr. Sapirstein version?

It's on TPB.

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Thanks for the shout. Love your work!

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On usenet is a hi-rez Suspiria soundtrack some of you might enjoy.
It's 24bit/96kHz captured from vinyl LP.
That's right-- vinyl! Don't laugh until you've heard it...

However, in practice you must take into account the “fuckwit factor”. Just talk to Darth Mallwalker…
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Who's laughing? I heard you... (^^,)

I strongly confide in vynil quality, but it should be captured using the best turntables and cartridges, and sound card, at high frequencies and bitrates. Nobody believes that a vynil could sound much better than CD, until one has heard it with his own ears...

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_,,,^..^,,,_ said:

Who's laughing? I heard you... (^^,)

I strongly confide in vynil quality, but it should be captured using the best turntables and cartridges, and sound card, at high frequencies and bitrates. Nobody believes that a vynil could sound much better than CD, until one has heard it with his own ears...

I concur.  Well preserved vinyl can and usually is far superior to it's CD counterpart.  It's the dynamics of vinyl, quality equipment, and the skills of the person doing the transfer that really make that analog audio shine.

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possible idea for a project. more of a curiosity in all honesty

The Abyss with the 1.90:1 aspect ratio (as done by James Cameron for this laserdisc apparently)

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/00878/1561-85/Abyss-The-(1989)

it would be nice to hear the original stereo soundtrack as well

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I know you've already done a [ruLes] release of Jurassic Park but would you ever consider doing a [spoRv] release retiming the colours of the old 2D Bluray to match the more theatrically accurate colours of the 3D Bluray since the 3D release is DNR'd all to hell?

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I did the JP [ruLes] thinking that the laserdisc has more accurate colors than the 3D BD... but hey, I could be wrong... or not? (^^,)

If I was right, it's still possible to apply the laserdisc colors to the 2BD.

By the way, IIRC, the 2D BD has some kind of problems, too... can't remember if it was EE, DNR, compression artifacts or something else!

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