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The Weird and Wonderful Cinema of Oz - 7-disc set preservation on Blu-ray ISOs (coming soon)


Hi everyone,

I’ve decided to make another Oz preservation. This one is of 50GB and 25GB BD-R ISO files of Oz movies from a bootleg 7-disc set I bought on eBay several years back called “The Weird and Wonderful Cinema of Oz,” which not only features theatrical films, but TV films (and the 2007 TV miniseries Tin Man) as well.

I will upscale the 480p films to 1080p HD with Topaz Labs’ Topaz Video Enhance AI. The 2005 TV film The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz is included on a 4.7GB DVD-R in SD, but it’s in 4:3 pan-and-scan. If anyone has a foreign DVD of the TV film in its proper 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and is willing to rip the movie, slow it down to its proper speed, deinterlace it (if it’s interlaced), resize it to 16:9 480p, and send it to me so I can upscale it to 1080p HD and replace the 4:3 480p version for my preservation, that would be nice.

I will create custom menus for the ISO files based on the menus for the discs, including custom menus for the ISO files of films that didn’t have menus on their discs (including The Wiz [1978] and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz [2005]). I will also create custom chapter stops for some movies, but most of the movies will have the official chapter stops. Pop-up menus will be included for chapter, bonus feature, subtitle, and audio selection (even though bonus features, subtitles, and other audio tracks were not included on the discs and most of the films had chapter stops at every 5 minutes).

NOTE: Because of the poor audio quality of The Wizard of Oz (1939), I will use the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track and the original 2.0 mono track (from the out-of-print 1998 MGM DVD) for my preservation. I also plan on using the HD tracks in place of those tracks converted to Dolby Digital.