Looking forward to seeing what you’ve managed to do with it.
Looking forward to seeing what you’ve managed to do with it.
Mexican Slayride now up in the usual place.
This was a tricky restoration and I’m not 100% happy with it, but will have to do unless a better source turns up.
Now to crack on with more of HD versions of the pre-credits teasers from season 3. Soul destroying but worth it in the end (well for me at least!)
Ah so you’ve used a “clean” version of the song and overlayed it into the standard mix.
Very clever! Didn’t think to do that. It helps that it was just removed rather than replaced I guess. Believe it or not it was a fair bit of work to get it as good as I did. It didn’t even run at the right speed, so I had to play around with the percentage speed change in Audacity until I got it spot on. Oddly, the same happened with Beverly Hills Assault, but that needed to be speed adjusted in the opposite direction!
I often wonder if there are any bits missing other than just the music when they play around with the tracks. I could be wrong but I think BA’s suit doesn’t make a tearing sound in the newer cut in Beverly Hills Assault, whereas it does in the original with the “dedicated follower of fashion” track.
I finally found some time to hook up my VCR to the Hauppauge HD-PVR2. I also passed it through my Panasonic DVD Recorder as I have been informed that doing that helps with image stabilisation (that may not be true though!)
Result is that what appeared to be a macrovision block (the DVD Recorder refused to record it) has now been overcome as it recorded fine to my PC.
The quality (for VHS) is surprisingly good.
Not sure when I’ll have time to do the full episode edit, as it will be quite time consuming to get the best overall quality, but it WILL be coming at some point 😃
As always, if anyone has higher quality sources for the missing parts, please let me know!
Cup A’ Joe restoration now available in the usual place.
That will be it for a while, but I may share all the reconstructed teasers from the remainder of Season 3 once they’re finished. This maybe a while as they are quite time consuming (and I may run out of motivation before I’m done!). Currently completed an additional 3 so plenty more to go…!
As always, I’m still on the look out for higher quality sources of the edited episodes , so if you have recordings please do get in touch.
Thanks for explaining.
Dek Rollins said:
The BD audio doesn’t have major changes like The Wrong Trousers, but it sounds like it might be a different mix. For example, when Wallace is drawing the ship with him and Gromit inside, Wallace is mumbling to himself in the BD track, but he isn’t making any sounds on the DVD that I can hear.
Can, I ask what was different in the DVD Audio of “A Grand Day Out?” compared to the Bluray Audio?
Dek Rollins said:
A Grand Day Out is now up, speed corrected to 25fps, with speed/pitch corrected DVD audio and Blu-ray commentary. 3.27GB MKV.
I may do A Close Shave as well, but if I do I’ve decided to leave it in SD because of the cropped Blu-ray.
Worth checking the organ site if this project is of interest to you…
The Mexican Slayride DVD finally arrived today, but sadly it’s just a straight repress of the disc in the season set. It wasn’t looking hopeful when I saw the copyright date on the box was 2008 (after the season sets were released).
Not sure there’s any other likely source that’s DVD quality or greater, so I’ll try to get around the Macrovision on the VHS and do my best with that as a source.
Yes I’d love to hear the commentaries too.
I’m not sure if that set (Special Edition?) has two parters or movie length episodes but the newer versions of the original set have the movie length.
Incidentally, I just noticed in your spleen description that you had issues with the audio length. That could be due to using a UK DVD as the source as it will be playing slightly faster due to PAL speed up. Not sure if that’s what it is but thought I’d mention it just in case!
Baobab Archiver you may want to check Spleen for my latest upload of the restored Range Rider feature length special restored in HD as originally broadcast including restored intro in HD
Thanks for the heads up. Just so you know, later pressings of the Blu-ray had the two partners presented as movie length. You could also send away the 2 parter discs and they’d send the corrected discs in the post. Still no pre-credits sequence on this episode though.
You may find that there were scenes cut in the 2 parter too, as they often did that to bring the individual episodes down to a certain length.
I’m downloading now and will try to seed for a bit.
Incidentally, I haven’t yet received that DVD I won. It should’ve arrived a few days ago, so I’ve had to chase up with the seller. Hopefully it hasn’t got lost in the post somewhere 😦
Thanks. It hasn’t got long left, but no bids. Rather than asking the seller to check whem there’s limited time remaining, I’ve put a conservative bid on, so let’s see what happens.
Yep I was planning on using that method for recording any broadcasts that turned out to be uncut.
It’s a good device though, and even retains the 5.1 from a broadcast if it’s there. I’ve recently been using it to capture the broadcasts of Doctor Who. In recent years I’ve been recording all the original broadcasts, in case there are any cuts to the DVD / Bluray releases.
That’s interesting, I might look out for that. I’ve just ordered the av cable from Hauppauge direct so will see how that goes when it gets here.
I’ve wanted to get it for a while so this is the little nudge I needed to bite the bullet.
Hi Lorang. Yes, it was you! Sorry for not giving you the direct credit in the previous post. Coincidentally I have the HD PVR2 Gaming edition with an HDMI splitter. Unfortunately I bought it secondhand and it didn’t come with the av cables 😦
I’ll have to see if it’s possible for me to get hold of them from somewhere.
Thinking about this project again the other day, as it was put on the back burner due to lack of sources.
Here is the current state of things:
I still have the UK VHS release of Mexican Slayride, plus the restored scene that was shared on the spleen.
I also have all the season 2 teasers from the spleen, plus the season 3 teasers from the UK DVD set.
Finally, I have the audio music edits from an off air source, but the quality is average due to the age of the recording.
So, funnily enough, I actually have everything that’s missing (as far as I’m aware), just need to decide if it’s worth taking the plunge with the editing, using less than perfect sources.
The VHS I have of the pilot is of a very high quality (amongst the best VHS commercial releases I’ve seen in all honesty), but it has macrovision so my dvd recorder won’t record it. I’m trying to see if there’s anything I can do it get around this. I’ve read that using a camcorder with a video in helps to bypass it, but since I don’t have one (and they’re expensive secondhand) that’s not really an option…
Oh, and Paramount TV channel in the UK have started showing The A-Team. Unfortunately the pilot had the usual cuts, so I am doubtful the music will be intact when they get to season 3. You never know though!
If anyone can help out with a way of circumventing the macrovision, please do let me know. I have a Panasonic VCR feeding into a Panasonic ES10 DVD Recorder.
There is a separate thread on here about the DVDs, which did have more edits than the UK Blu-ray set.
does anyone know if the original US DVD releases are edited and if they are how badly they’re edited?
The Special Edition Blu-ray set has now been launched in the UK.
The advertised differences are more around the inclusion of commentary tracks on selected episodes, and collectors postcards.
Has anyone bought it and checked if any of the edits on the first set have been addressed (unlikely I know)?
Can’t bring myself to spend another £150 for such minor differences, but if by some miracle the episodes are unedited I may be swayed 😃
Sounds like a plan. I might need a reminder when one is coming up though. Not sure my box has enough room to record the whole run, with all the stuff my kids have on there!
Yep, definitely cropped.
I’ve also checked if it’s got any extra material at the sides (The Dukes of Hazzard went for a 16:9 image and had some extra which slightly reduced the amount lost from top and bottom) but it appears exactly the same as the US Blu-ray.
Fingers crossed the few edits on the Blu-ray set are present when they get to those episodes, but I’m not hopeful!
Sounds like they might be cropped. I’ve got the US Blu-ray set so when I get a chance I’ll compare it with the broadcast and see how it looks.
Have you seen this thread?
Seems to suggest that there’s no real audio problems with either the US or the UK Blu-ray set, but a couple of syndicated episodes which we may be lucky enough to get broadcast unedited.
Could be wrong though, as I’m by no means knowledgeable on the series.
Hope this helps
To me that looks pretty good! If I had one comment it would be that I think some of the noise reduction might be a little aggressive. For example, if you look at the shot of Laserbeak flying around 18:20,he vanishes for a moment and then reappears. My files sourced from my US DVDs don’t have that issue, but for the most part I thought they were very good.
Also be aware that the animation quality in Transformers varies greatly. The other episodes in Season 1 are nowhere near the standard of the 3 part pilot!
I tried a new encode, i stabilized, cleaned and upscaled it to 1080p check it out
2 audios - Spanish/English
Why resize to 720p? What resolution are you recording to anyways? You should just leave it in SD IMO.
I have to agree (to a point).
If you could go back and capture again at a higher resolution that would probably provide the best possible result.
Upscaling to 720p may make the filtering marginally more effective, but I think that benefit would be lost by the fact the image will be scaled twice (once to 720p then again when viewing to either 1080p or 2160p).
You could turn it all on it’s head though… Capture again at highest resolution you can, run all filtering, then resize back down to SD. I know of professional restoration projects that followed that work flow for DVD releases.
Amazing! Look forward to seeing this when you are able to share. Your episodes are my go to versions when I want to watch this show.