I have the MGM DVD. If you like, I’ll send you the video without audio via DM, and then once I acquire the 1999 Warner DVD, I’ll send you the audio track as well.
For those wondering, a Spanish-dubbed version of the Special Edition was released on VHS, with English subtitles (apparently a Fox thing). You can find it on Amazon. I don’t know if it’s fully dubbed or if the Special Edition-exclusive scenes remained in English, but it’s worth checking out.
I think that one was a hard-matted shot.
Damn, THX 1138 has worse luck than even Star Wars!
Count me in, too!
You can send it via DM, but not in the public thread.
So apparently JP was one of the first films to do 2K VFX, huh? Interesting…
Of course, flesh-and-blood dinos and a humanoid bunch of mercury are two different things effects-wise; you don’t need a lot of detail to render a liquid metal version of Robert Patrick, but living dinosaurs are a whole new ballgame.
So basically, 2048x1230, then? (BTW before Jurassic Park wowed and amazed with its effects, T2’s CGI was, indeed, rendered at 1K, specifically 1280 pixels wide, with one shot during the T-1000’s death scene being fuzzier because it was finalized at half that resolution.)
IIRC the CGI was rendered at a resolution of 1280x768, or 1K @ 5:3.
Maybe, but either way, the open matte print currently circulating has the CGI cropped to 16:9.
Hopefully the CGI shots will be presented in their full 5:3 aspect ratio this time around.
If anyone has any or all of the Japanese audio tracks (and any subtitles for those that don’t have narration), please send them over to me via DM, so I can create Japanese localizations for each of them.
I’m going to try and make custom localizations in Spanish, French, and German, and I’d like to see what’s been done of the Italian localization restoration thus far.
I believe the Aussie DVD uses the laser videodisc as its master.
I believe it was the Orion logo, per the UK Virgin VHS and US HBO laser videodisc.
I can do it with mono audio and the original Spanish-language track.
It’d look better if you enhanced each shot individually.
I’ll have to upload it again.
Does Murch still have this version? If he does, I’d like a link, too. Thanks!
the original photo is exclusive to the theatrical versions
And the IMAX Enhanced version, which like I said earlier is currently on D+ and nowhere else.
Most releases of Iron Man, with the sole exception of the IMAX Enhanced version on Disney+, replace a photo of Iron Man on the front page of The Chronicle at the end because of a rather complicated lawsuit filed by a leaker over that photo.
Does anyone know which of The Godfather laserdisc versions contain exclusive additional footage?
I know the fan edit the Chronological Epic from modernknife used shots from a laserdisc release but I don’t know which one(s).
That, I cannot answer, but I do know that according to a Paramount insider, the 1980 home video releases of The Godfather and Part II contain footage - albeit brief, that is absent from all subsequent home video releases: due to the studio’s careless treatment of the negatives during the mid 80s whilst they were preparing a new transfer.
The first transfers were done in 1980 for VHS, CED, and Laserdisc. The original negatives had been used to strike new prints as Parts 1 and 2 were re-issued several times throughout the 70’s and so by the time that they had already been run through the ringer. So even on those first home video releases the print looked like shit. They made a transfer from the negatives onto U-Matic tape.
Paramount was reissuing most of their catalog and Part I and II needed a new transfer… They couldn’t find the interpositive [a first-gen dupe of the original negative] so they glued the negative back together with chewing gum and scotch tape. Only a slight exaggeration. And they complete fucking ruined the negative in the process.
So that’s why you have more visual information in the first-gen releases, simply put the dissolve doesn’t completely mask the image like it does in the second gen transfer. I would guesstimate that for every scene with a dissolve, you’re missing about three feet of footage [about 2 seconds of runtime]. That footage is gone. For good. And the Restoration edition comes from those same botched negatives. They’re only preserved on those first gen home video releases.
I wonder if the new restoration was able to restore the original dissolves. I mean, according to the official press release:
The monumental effort included the following:
Over 300 cartons of film were scrutinized to find the best possible resolution for every frame of all three films.
Over 4,000 hours were spent repairing film stains, tears, and other anomalies in the negatives.
Over 1,000 hours were spent on rigorous color correction to ensure the high dynamic range tools were respectful of the original vision of Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
In addition to the 5.1 audio approved by Walter Murch in 2007, the original mono tracks on The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II have been restored.
It looks like the original theatrical version, though buried under fine print, is finally going to see a home video release this March.
It’s one of the better conversions out there, something I can personally attest to as I saw it on the big screen back in 2011. For example, it looked like Zazu was flying directly above the audience during the “Circle of Life” number.
I’d be willing to assist with 3D conversion for the new (old?) material.