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123jewis

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#973421
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration - * cancelled project *
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Obligatory, “I haven’t posted in a while” thread.

When I started this project, I assumed that this would take a few months at most. I’ll be honest, I bit off a little more than I could chew.

The restoration has consisted mostly of trial and, mostly, error. I am evidently not fit for the job. My busy social life and the burden of school has made this restoration more or less an impossibility.

I am afraid I have to call it quits… for the time being. I may return to this project someday. For now, the best I can offer you if you want to see the most complete version possible is to get in contact with the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung and request a new restoration. They own the rights to Nosferatu and are responsible for the (mostly) marvelous 2005/2006 restoration.

And if anyone else should attempt this restoration, feel free to get in touch, and I’ll help however I can.

I apologise greatly to anyone whom this news may be upsetting, but unfortunately, I need to move on. Thanks to everyone for all the support

-123Jewis, signing off.

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#916672
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration - * cancelled project *
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jacksparrow900 said:

Using photoshop to correct the frames

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Holy shit!. That’s amazing. I kind of a Photoshop noob so could you perhaps give a brief description of how you accomplished this. Thanks in advance.

-123Jewis

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#916370
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration - * cancelled project *
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Haven’t posted anything in a while so I think I owe everyone here an update.

Progress is slow but it is still progress. I’m still struggling with one important aspect. The tinting.

As noted in my original post, the 2005/2006 restoration has many scenes that exist in longer versions. Most of these scenes appear in full on the BFI Blu-ray (which I am using as my source for the missing scenes). However, the BFI Blu-ray sources from a restoration of the film made in 1995. This means two things. One, the materiel is of far lower quality then the 2005/2006 restoration and Two, the tinting is different between the two versions*. The quality of the footage is an issue I can’t solve as the BFI Blu-ray is (as far as I can tell) the highest quality version of this footage available to the public. The tinting however, I can potentially fix.

By “fix” I mean correcting the 1995 tinting to match as close as possible the 2005/2006 restoration.The software I am currently using to try and fix the tinting is call ‘Color Directer 4’. The software, while powerful, does not seem to give me the desired effects*.

And so, I am at something of a crossroads. I am contemplating leaving the tinting as is and simply inserting the missing footage back into the film, but this is not final.

However, if anyone reading this wants a say in this matter or can provide me with any assistance or information as to, for example, better software for the job, then you can reply to this comment or email me at jacktheconqueror@gmail.com. I will be incredibly grateful if anyone gets in touch.

-123Jewis

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#881878
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration - * cancelled project *
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Feallan said:

When you say “BD rip”, do you mean untouched blu-ray or a re-encode?

As stated, this is merely a fan restoration. I am in no position to declare this an official restoration. I am merely someone who loves this film and has wanted to see a complete version for years. As such, whether it be a re-encode or untouched it doesn’t matter a huge amount to me. However where possible I intend to use the highest quality material I can find.

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#881694
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration - * cancelled project *
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This is a passion project I have wanted to do for a long time, however I do not believe I have the skill nor the knowledge to attempt this feat on my own. I, like most, am most familiar with the 2005/2006 restoration of Nosferatu. However, while this restoration is impeccable, there is room for improvement. There is at least one editing mistake in this restoration as well as some scenes that are lengthier in other versions of the film (see here: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=165648 and here: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4112494 ).

Also of note is the score. The 2005/2006 restoration contains a recreation of the original score. I say recreation as much of the original score is lost, so a lot had to be improvised. However this is not the first time a recreation of the original score had been attempted. In 1995 a CD (http://www.amazon.com/Nosferatu-Symphony-Horror-Hans-Erdmann/dp/B0000076II/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1448201295&sr=8-3&keywords=nosferatu+hans+erdmann) was released containing a recreation of the score. Some consider this score to be far suppressor to the score accompanying the 2005/2006 restoration. As such it may be worthwhile to add this score to the film.

What is needed:

  1. Nosferatu 2005/2006 restoration (1080p BD rip, German intertitles) [Obtained]
  2. Nosferatu 1995 restoration (1080p BD rip) [Obtained]
  3. Nosferatu Public domain version (as high quality as possible) [Obtained, low quality]
  4. Nosferatu Original score CD (Optional) [Obtained]

So that is my proposal. I shall attempt to make this a reality. If anyone has any questions, contributions or information, do let me know.

-123jewis