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Charles Threepio

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#1407293
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Gold Standard Collection #3: THX-1138 (theatrical cut and first Director's Cut) (a WIP)
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I’m 21 minutes into the edit (nearly a quarter of the way through), and already I came across a brace of trouble spots: during the radiation incident, and just after the accusation scene nearly 20 minutes in. Both appear to be sourced from use of the laser videodisc release in the Italian print during moments that were altered for the second Director’s Cut in 2004. The first of these I was able to patch up quick and dirty with EbSynth and GIMP, but it still doesn’t look great. At this point, I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should put this project on hold until another full-color 35mm print of the studio cut or the first Director’s Cut surfaces.

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#1404870
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American Graffiti - Original Cut Restoration (Mechanical Assistance/Telecine Experts Needed!) (* unfinished project *) - lots of information...
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If someone could obtain the original closing credits along with John Milner’s original death date and get them scanned, I’m hoping to integrate them with the Blu-ray footage as part of my 1973 theatrical cut restoration, which I plan to start work, and a thread, on after I finish the 1971 theatrical cut of THX-1138.

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#1400936
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Charles Threepio's Project Index & Ideas
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Here’s a current list of my projects. The ones in bold are currently being worked on actively, or else are in active preparation to be made. The ones without links are pending and may have work started on them after I’ve completed or made sufficient progress on one of my projects.

  1. Logo Preservation - unfinished project
  2. KTP’s Best of the Worst (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  3. KTP’s The Marvelous Movies of Oz (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  4. KTP’s Carry On PBS (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  5. KTP’s Enhanced Speed (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  6. KTP’s Classic Performances (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  7. KTP’s Gold Standard Collection (multiple projects linked within - 0 releases)
  8. Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars - unfinished project
  9. Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival (multiple projects linked within - unfinished project)
  10. Film Odyssey (1972) (multiple projects linked within - 1 release - on hold for the time being)
  11. PBS 50 (multiple projects linked within - 1 release - on hold for the time being)
  12. Civilisation (1970) - Original PBS Broadcast Reconstruction - unfinished project
  13. David Macaulay Classics: Fully Restored - unfinished project
  14. Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D - a WIP, v1.0.2 currently available
  15. Koopa Troopa Productions presents the compleat Sailor Moon - unfinished project
  16. Battle Angel Alita (1080p and 4K UHD) - unfinished project
  17. The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997) - unfinished project
  18. Star Wars: Ultimate Edition - unfinished project - on hold for the time being
  19. Casting calls for fandubs
  20. New video format proposal - unfinished project
  21. Gold Standard Collection #2: Akira: The Complete Experience (WIP) - WIP (November 2020)
  22. Gold Standard Collection #3: THX-1138 (theatrical cut and first Director’s Cut) (a WIP) - WIP (January 2021)
  23. American Graffiti (1973 and 1978 versions) - will create a thread for it after I finish the 1971 theatrical cut of THX-1138
  24. A Bug’s Life (1998) 2K restoration - will create a thread for it sometime in 2022
  25. Zillion - will create a thread for it after I finish work on Akira
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#1400934
Topic
Gold Standard Collection #3: THX-1138 (theatrical cut and first Director's Cut) (a WIP)
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Thanks. I’d finished with v1.0.2 of my Toy Story project last month and took a bit of a break from it, satisfied thus far with my progress; I plan to get back to it and work on v1.1 sometime this winter or spring, both to clean up visual imperfections and to start adding foreign language versions.

For Akira, I’m currently waiting on some very important materials before getting started with that one; however, I do have most of what I need for the project.

As for this project, I’m laying the foundations for this one as we speak and should have at least some of the 1971 theatrical cut assembled in Blender over the weekend.

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#1400849
Topic
Gold Standard Collection #3: THX-1138 (theatrical cut and first Director's Cut) (a WIP)
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I’m just starting work on a 4K THX-1138 restoration project. Unlike other restoration projects that cobble together the Italian 35mm print, the Director’s Cut Blu-ray, and the laser videodisc release, I’m going to use the Director’s Cut Blu-ray for the most part, and only splice in segments from the Italian 35mm print as necessary. I’ll also try and re-edit a text shot that resulted in the laser videodisc release being used at one point in that project, resulting in a rather noticeable flaw at the very start of the next shot, so that only the highest quality sources will be used.

I’ll do this in 2 versions. Initially, I’ll conform the Blu-ray, with spliced-in Italian 35mm segments as necessary, to the 1971 theatrical cut, which trimmed the scene with SEN and the children near the end and rearranged a few scenes in the middle leading up to THX’s imprisonment. Later on, I’ll do the 1977 Director’s Cut. Both times, I’ll retain the MPAA card at the start (the 1971 theatrical cut will use the GP card from Patton, while the 1977 Director’s Cut will use the PG card from The Evictors).

Restoration processing will be done with EBSynth, Blender (for color correction), and GIMP. I’ll also use GIMP to edit the text shot I’d mentioned earlier, and I might consider testing EBSynth’s potential for depth map generation (for purposes of 3D conversion) on the climactic chase sequence. If necessary, I might also attempt a color restoration of the black and white 35mm print I’ll be using as a guide for the 1971 theatrical cut.

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#1397955
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Captain EO - 70mm 3D print opportunity
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With everything the late Michael Jackson’s been in the news for in recent years, it’s highly doubtful that Captain EO will ever get an official home media release, let alone in 3D. So, it’s been left to the wealthy among us to take up the challenge of preserving this picture in all its original 3D glory.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MICHAEL-JACKSON-CAPTAIN-EO-original-motion-picture-reel-4-16K-HDR-3-D/254752861804

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#1394321
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Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D (a WIP; v1.0.2 currently available)
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Based on the linked-to posts JonathanArthur19 showed me, I decided to scrap the coloring and try another one that looked more like the images in said posts. This will form the basis of v1.0.2, which I’m uploading as I type this. Those who got v1.0.1 will get v1.0.2 shortly, via DM; everyone else, please send requests via DM.

And those who watch v1.0.2, please give me your full honest opinion on how the new color correction looks, and what, if anything, I can do to fix any flaws you might detect; I strive to please the customer as much and as quickly as I can, because the customer is always right.

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#1393996
Topic
Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D (a WIP; v1.0.2 currently available)
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I’ll work on the Gaussian Blur settings first, maybe tone that down to multiples of 3 instead of 5 as a starting point, so that the softening won’t look as intense. Again, my goal with the Gaussian Blur is to make it so the blues and reds are just slightly softer than the greens, as the green layer of 3-strip Technicolor was always the sharpest of the three color layers, historically speaking.

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#1393808
Topic
Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D (a WIP; v1.0.2 currently available)
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Thanks! I was trying to replicate the 3-strip Technicolor look, and so I intended for the blues and reds to look slightly less sharp than the greens (but just slightly). Also, in accordance with the modern technique, I wasn’t going to add the key layer (basically 50% of the green strip on black and white film), but it would’ve looked a quite bit blurrier without the key layer. So, I composited the key layer over the other three layers with a soft light blend (the green and blue layers both use the add blend) and reduced multiplication to 0.500.

As for the red layer, I gave it a hue of 0 and a saturation of 0.905; for the green layer, the hue was 0.333 and the saturation was 0.263; and the blue layer had a hue of 0.667 and a saturation of 0.482. All were in accordance with the values seen on page 6 of this paper, under the heading “A Spectrally Based Method for the Emulation of the Technicolor Process on Digital Images”.

Regarding the blurriness, I applied a Gaussian blur of 15 to the red layer, a Gaussian blur of 5 to the green layer, and a Gaussian blur of 10 to the blue layer, while leaving the key layer unblurred. If anyone has any better values for me to use for each layer, feel free to let me know.

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#1392707
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Film Odyssey (1972) - 1 release (rest of project is 'on hold')
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I’ve put this project on hold for the time being, while I do some accuracy research in light of a tape of Jules and Jim I’d received this past spring and some info I’d more recently in old newspapers about the subtitles being created specifically for the broadcasts. From what I’m aware thus far, only the 1984 Embassy release of Seven Samurai has the original broadcast subtitles, so that’s where I’m starting my investigation into how to create as accurate an experience as possible without access to any extraneous materials at all, let alone the best, from the original broadcasts (i.e. the original Film Odyssey titles, the Champlin host segments, and the featured Frame of Reference interviews).

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#1391942
Topic
Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D (a WIP; v1.0.2 currently available)
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v1.0.1 is ready now, and being split as applicable and uploaded as I type this. This, like I said earlier, features a lingual correction to the 2D version and an attempt to color correct to a three-strip Technicolor look. If you’re satisfied with the colors, fine; I’ll worry about fixing any artifacting in a later revision. If not, please let me know via DM of any trouble spots, and I’ll work on them for either v1.0.2 or v1.1.

And, as always, I’d like any requests for this version to be made via DM.