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#1066980
Topic
Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Grindhouse 35mm LPP
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I had checked Usenet for suspiciouscoffee, but failed to find it there for him.
Searching the terms rotj grindhouse:

  • binsearch yields no results
  • nzbfriends yields no results
  • nzbking yields 3 irrelevant results

The last one is weird given that Darth Mallwalker’s link goes to nzbking and clearly shows the DVD5 is present in its database with the terms rotj and grindhouse… Any idea why, Darth?

I have since managed to find it by searching on nzbindex.

Bluto

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#1063039
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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There are no DVD9 versions of Harmy’s DeEd which include menus and/or extra features to my knowledge. But there are DVD9 “AVCHD” versions with just the film which will play on a standalone Bluray player - see the “Ultimate Guide” which is referred to in post 1 of the main thread:

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Despecialized-Edition-HD-V27-MKV-IS-OUT-NOW/id/12713

Bluto

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#1062678
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1983 UK 'TVS' Star Wars premiere - anybody still have a recording?
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Ahh… That brings back happy memories. I had a recording of the ITV premiere of TESB (my sister wanted us to record Back to the Future instead on another channel while we were out, but my dad fortunately did an Indy and “chose wisely”!). It wasn’t until many years later, when watching the 2006 GOUT DVD, that I noticed the odd 30 seconds of dialogue were missing here and there from my VHS recording. From memory, there were a couple of shots involving C-3PO missing, both at times where there were adverts:

  • C-3PO reassuring R2D2 that Luke will be alright at dusk, just after Han goes looking for him on Hoth
  • Sarcastic remarks from Han made to C-3PO on board the falcon while they are hiding in the asteroid, just after Piett has briefed Vader

I wonder if anything else was chopped out?

Sadly I no longer have this VHS tape. I lent it many times to a colleague who taught Geography and used it for a particular lesson to introduce glaciers…! Rather tenuous, but time better spent than getting the kids to colour stuff in, I guess. Then he left the school, and I realised only months later that he still had my tape 😦. It also had “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” afterwards, possibly recorded later that day or the next day.

Bluto

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#1059796
Topic
Team Negative1 - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 - 35mm Theatrical Version (Release Details and Updates)
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Where did you hear about v3.1?

Regarding the original TN1 Grindhouse, I am only aware of three releases:

(1) 1080p mkv, non-Bluray compatible and with some video glitches near the end.
(2) 1080p ISO, Bluray compatible, with no glitches. This supersedes (1), is widely available, and fits on a BD25 for playback on a standalone Bluray player.
(3) 720p mkv which has “DVD9” in the filename but is a tad too big to fit on such a disc…

There was a “version 2” of the Grindhouse which was based on a totally different print, and is known as the “DCP 2013”. This is in 1080p and bizarrely in wmv format, has more vibrant colours than the main Grindhouse, but to my eyes is less sharp. It took me a while to track down and seems only to be available on Usenet as far as I know.

More recently, Dreamaster released a single pass colour-corrected version of the original Grindhouse. This is in mkv format and in 1080p.

Bluto

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#1040442
Topic
Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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I had exactly the same issue: although Harmy’s mkv files play fine in VLC, I can’t get NJVC’s iso files to play the main movie in VLC. (All of his extras seem to work, however.)

Fortunately, my stand-alone Bluray player worked fine with the iso files burned to BR-DL discs. Well, nearly fine… It didn’t like the default audio track for some reason. The picture was a little jerky (looked like a frame skip about once every second or two) until I tried another audio track at which point all was fine.

Bluto

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#1036156
Topic
Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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mr_chiz said:

I use imgburn. Yes there is malware bundled with it but if you select the right options during install you can have it without.
Example here:
http://www.jdhodges.com/blog/safe-version-imgburn-without-opencandy/

ImgBurn is brilliant, but it does indeed sadly have a potentially dodgy installer. A post on the cdrlabs forum mentioned an easy way of using it without risking any unwanted crap:

Simply use 7zip to open the installer exe file, and extract the 2 exe files and Sounds directory. The rubbish is all in the $PLUGINSDIR directory.

Bluto

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#1032063
Topic
Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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Matt_Stevens said:

Hey all, I just noticed that my Jedi v2.5 AVCHD ISO says v2.0. So naturally I went to myspleen to download again… and the ISO is v2.0.

Am I missing something?

Don’t worry - you do indeed have v2.5. You can check by looking at the DEED credits after the movie credits where it will say v2.5.

I noticed the same thing when obtaining the AVCHD from the paradoxical place; the rars were correctly named, but the ISO had “v2.0” in the filename upon extraction.

Bluto

JEDIT: I see DL beat me to it 😃

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#1031242
Topic
Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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yoda-sama said:

Harmy said:

I’m actually thinking about releasing the next version with english tracks only and then including links for all the different dubs and instructions on how to add them.

For 3.0 this I think would be a good choice going forward, if you’re considering it for ESB v2.5, I’d recommend keeping the usual vast array of audio and subtitle choices one last time so as to stay consistent with the final v2.x versions of the other films. If Star Wars v2.5/7 and Jedi v2.5 all have these audio options built in and only Empire doesn’t, it would really stick out. And you know how people can be, we’ll just end up with even MORE questions to answer about what version is correct and why, how do I put this track in, how do I listen to that, how do I mux/demux this or that, I want to watch Empire on my refrigerator’s LCD screen but listen to the Austrailan audio thru my USB phonograph setup and it worked on the other two movies, etc.

I’ll be over the moon with ESB 2.5 whatever audio options are built in by default, but yoda-sama’s post makes a lot of sense. I agree that it would be more logical to keep the usual audio tracks in the final 2.x release.

Bluto

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#1025278
Topic
Single Pass Regrade of Grindhouse ESB
Time

Dreamaster said:

dahmage said:

Bluto said:

Thank you for uploading this!

Please could someone advise me the tools necessary to convert the original Grindhouse ISO (Blu-ray compatible) so that it uses Dreamaster’s video file?

I’d like to be able to burn it to disc and play it on my standalone player.

Bluto

well, that depends on how Dreamaster encoded this, if it is still a blu-ray compliant x264 stream it should be pretty straight forward… (ish)

Aye… it was encoded with x264. The program you’re looking for is called TsMuxer. It’s pretty straight forward.

Thanks - I shall give it a go. It’s impressive how consistently good your results are with the single-colour pass.

Bluto

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#1025042
Topic
Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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You can mount ISO files natively within Windows 10 (not sure about Windows 7 or 8): right click on the ISO and simply select “Mount”.

The ISO then appears in the list of drives “attached” to the PC; VLC can open such an AVCHD drive as a Blu-ray disc.

(It is also possible to look inside the drive with Windows Explorer, and copy anything useful found inside.)

Bluto

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#1019455
Topic
Single Pass Regrade of Grindhouse ESB
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clutchins said:

Make sure you remove those black bars used for Blu-ray compliance when you grade the final version because the black color will vary throughout the film if you don’t and it will be very distracting.

With a single pass regrade, wouldn’t the colour of the black bars be changed in the same way throughout the film? This is under the possibly flawed assumption that such a regrade is simply mapping RGB levels (or equivalent) in precisely the same way for each frame. It may well be more complex than that, and if the black level does vary, I agree with Clutchins that this would be distracting. In this case, would it be possible to add proper black bars after the regrade in order to make a Blu-ray compatible ISO like the original grindhouse?

I’m loving the improved colours seen so far in this thread!

Bluto

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#1016736
Topic
Team Negative1 - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 - 35mm Theatrical Version (Release Details and Updates)
Time

dahmage said:

Bluto said:

I got hold of the 720p mkv version of the Renegade Grindhouse in the end (from usenet). It doesn’t seem to have any glitches towards the end after all, which the original 1080p mkv file suffered from.

However, I can’t get it to fit on a dual layer DVD disc despite this version having “DVD9” in the filename. I know that it won’t fit if converted to AVCHD format (which needs more room than just a raw mkv file), but I am simply trying to burn the raw mkv and it already seems too big. The mkv file I have is 8,724,585,522 bytes and ImgBurn tells me the capacity of my Verbatim DVD+R DL discs is only 8,547,991,552 bytes. I believe a number of posters in this thread have succeeded; what’s the trick?!

Bluto

back in the CD burning days, you could usually try to do an ‘overburn’ if it wasn’t too far over capacity. not sure if that would be a good idea for this. it has the possibility of ruining your dvd drive if you burn past the edge of the material on the disk.

Thanks, dahmage. I’m not going to chance it…
Burned the wmv of the v2 (DCP 2013) grindhouse to DVD9 instead. The colours are more vibrant than the v1 (renegade) print, but there is less detail to my eyes.

Bluto

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#1016484
Topic
Team Negative1 - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 - 35mm Theatrical Version (Release Details and Updates)
Time

I got hold of the 720p mkv version of the Renegade Grindhouse in the end (from usenet). It doesn’t seem to have any glitches towards the end after all, which the original 1080p mkv file suffered from.

However, I can’t get it to fit on a dual layer DVD disc despite this version having “DVD9” in the filename. I know that it won’t fit if converted to AVCHD format (which needs more room than just a raw mkv file), but I am simply trying to burn the raw mkv and it already seems too big. The mkv file I have is 8,724,585,522 bytes and ImgBurn tells me the capacity of my Verbatim DVD+R DL discs is only 8,547,991,552 bytes. I believe a number of posters in this thread have succeeded; what’s the trick?!

Bluto

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#1013546
Topic
Team Negative1 - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 - 35mm Theatrical Version (Release Details and Updates)
Time

A 720p version of the ESB Renegade Grindhouse was uploaded to usenet by “MrNiceGuy” about 2 years ago. I’m interested in acquiring this as it fits on a DVD9.

If anyone has it, please could you confirm if it has the same glitches which were reported in the original “1080p BD25 mkv” release? (And how bad were these glitches anyway? I have only seen the ISO version.)

Bluto

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#1012635
Topic
team negative1 - star wars 1977 - 35mm theatrical version (release details and updates)
Time

The version uploaded on the paradoxical site is sadly the slightly corrupted one (with 11 bytes wrong out of 37GB!). I discovered this by comparing the SHA-1 checksum with that listed on page 153 of this thread. It can easily be fixed by “force checking” against the torrent on the spleen. I don’t know whether or not the slightly corrupted version can be burned and played successfully on a standalone Bluray player. Perhaps it can, and those 11 bytes don’t matter in the slightest?

Bluto