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Charles Threepio

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#1321075
Topic
Film Odyssey (1972)
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This is a KCET motion picture anthology consisting of films from the Janus library. All films are presented in their original languages, with subtitles. As I currently cannot access the interviews that were broadcast alongside each episode, I’m doing them as vanilla with the usual PBS trimmings, including the Xerox sponsor tag, but as a bonus, I’m also doing them in their respective original aspect ratios, and including trailers for upcoming episodes of the anthology.

The episodes are as follows:

  • Jules and Jim (1:56:46) [TV-14 L]
  • The Blue Angel [TV-PG S]
  • Grand Illusion [TV-PG LV]
  • M [TV-14]
  • Seven Samurai [TV-14 V]
  • Beauty and the Beast [TV-PG]
  • Ivan the Terrible Part I [TV-PG V]
  • The 39 Steps [TV-PG V]
  • The Rules of the Game [TV-PG V]
  • Intimate Lighting [TV-PG DL]
  • Potemkin [TV-14 V]
  • Barrier [TV-PG]
  • Classic Shorts I [TV-PG]
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [TV-PG]
  • Orpheus [TV-PG]
  • Knife in the Water [TV-14 LSV]
  • The Overcoat [TV-G]
  • Our Daily Bread [TV-G]
  • Yojimbo [TV-14 V]
  • The Last Laugh [TV-G]
  • Sawdust and Tinsel [TV-14 DLS]
  • Man of Aran [TV-G]
  • L’Avventura [TV-14]
  • Classic Shorts II [TV-PG]
  • Two Daughters [TV-PG]
  • The Young and the Damned [TV-14 DSV]

Links will be made available via PM on request as they’re released.

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#1320522
Topic
The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997)
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Or maybe I’d want to start out at 720p?

(BTW I’m using Cinedigm’s The Complete Series release as my primary source, so presumably it’s going to look better than if I went with the Warner masters; however, for obvious reasons, the Warner masters are my source for the funding credits sequences, book promos, and closing logos.)

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#1320163
Topic
The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997)
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I actually thought the Dash/Dot logos would be more interesting to use in a “what-if” scenario such as “what if TMSB continued in reruns on PBS past 1998?”, for instance.

Though, for A Magic School Bus Halloween, I figured I’d use the 1992 general PBS logo instead, since hour-long PBS Kids specials tended to use that logo around that time (looking at you, Shining Time Station).

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#1320131
Topic
The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997)
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FTW here’s the AVS script I’m currently running:

SetMemoryMax(512)
SetFilterMTMode(“DEFAULT_MT_MODE”, 2)
SetFilterMTMode(“FFVideoSource”, 3)
PluginPath = “C:\Users\-----\Downloads\MeGUI-2896-64\tools\avisynth_plugin”
LoadPlugin(PluginPath+“DCTFilter.dll”)
LoadPlugin(PluginPath+“Deblock-x64.dll”)
LoadPlugin(PluginPath+“masktools2.dll”)
Import(“C:\Users\-----\Downloads\Deblock_QED_MT2Mod.avsi”)
LoadPlugin(PluginPath+“ffms2.dll”)
LoadPlugin(PluginPath+“nnedi3.dll”)
FFVideoSource(“C:\Users\-----\Videos\The Magic School Bus\The Magic School Bus For Lunch.mov”).ConvertToYV12()
Deblock_QED(quant1=24, quant2=26, aOff1=1, aOff2=1, bOff1=2, bOff2=2, uv=3)
Blur(1.0)
nnedi3_rpow2(rfactor=8)
Sharpen(0.25)
LanczosResize(2880,2160)

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#1320098
Topic
The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997)
Time

After nearly two decades, I’m finally getting back into The Magic School Bus, and I figured, why not do a 4K restoration to make it resemble a potential primetime rebroadcast?

Each episode will consist of the following:

  • The 2019 opening PBS logo
  • The original funding credits
  • The opening sequence
  • The episode itself
  • The Producers Segment
  • The closing credits (with original South Carolina ETV and Nelvana logos)
  • The original funding credits
  • A PBS Kids Dash/Dot logo
  • Book promo

And, of course, I’ll be assembling the masters in Blender and doing all upscaling in Avisynth.

All episodes are presented in 4K, with the original stereo audio in English and Spanish. As I intend this restoration for those who grew up on the series as I did, and not just today’s kids, most episodes will be TV-G; those that are rated TV-PG, the reason is displayed right next to it on this page.

SEASON 1 (sponsored by National Science Foundation, Microsoft Home, U.S. Department of Energy, and Carnegie Corporation of New York)

  • The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space (27:16) [TV-PG] (Reason: the infamous “block of ice” scene) (104)
  • The Magic School Bus For Lunch (27:16) [TV-G] (105)
  • The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie (27:16) [TV-G] (106)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten (27:16) [TV-G] (102)
  • The Magic School Bus Hops Home (27:16) [TV-G] (107)
  • The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad (27:16) [TV-G] (103)
  • The Magic School Bus All Dried Up (27:16) [TV-G] (109)
  • The Magic School Bus in the Haunted House (27:16) [TV-PG] (Reason: pervasive frightening atmosphere) (108)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Ready, Set, Dough [TV-G] (110)
  • The Magic School Bus Plays Ball [TV-G] (112)
  • The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed [TV-PG] (Reason: inadvertent upskirt) (111)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants [TV-G] (101)
  • The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm [TV-G] (113)

SEASON 2 (sponsored by National Science Foundation, Microsoft Home, U.S. Department of Energy, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS)

  • The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top [TV-G] (201)
  • The Magic School Bus Flexes Its Muscles [TV-G] (202)
  • The Busasaurus [TV-G] (204)
  • The Magic School Bus Going Batty [TV-G] (209)
  • Butterfly and the Bog Beast [TV-G] (203)
  • The Magic School Bus Wet All Over [TV-G] (205)
  • The Magic School Bus in a Pickle [TV-G] (206)
  • The Magic School Bus Revving Up [TV-G] (207)
  • A Magic School Bus Halloween [TV-PG] (Reason: pervasive frightening atmosphere) (214)
  • The Magic School Bus Taking Flight [TV-G] (208)
  • The Magic School Bus Getting Energized [TV-G] (210)
  • The Magic School Bus Out of This World [TV-PG] (Reason: inadvertent upskirt) (211)
  • Cold Feet [TV-G] (212)
  • Ups and Downs [TV-G] (213)

SEASON 3 (sponsored by National Science Foundation, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Energy, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS)

  • The Magic School Bus in a Beehive [TV-G] (304)
  • The Magic School Bus in the Arctic [TV-PG] (Reason: race joke) (301)
  • The Magic School Bus Spins a Web [TV-G] (302)
  • The Magic School Bus Under Construction [TV-G] (303)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets a Bright Idea [TV-G] (305)
  • The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells [TV-G] (306)
  • The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow [TV-G] (307)
  • The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream [TV-G] (308)
  • The Magic School Bus Works Out [TV-PG] (Reason: drug references, specifically blood doping) (309)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Planted [TV-G] (311)
  • The Magic School Bus in the Rainforest [TV-G] (312)
  • The Magic School Bus Rocks and Rolls [TV-G] (313)
  • The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special + The Making of the Magic School Bus [TV-G] (310)

SEASON 4 (sponsored by National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and PBS)

  • The Magic School Bus Meets Molly Cule [TV-G] (401)
  • The Magic School Bus Cracks a Yolk [TV-PG] (Reason: inadvertent upskirt) (402)
  • The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach [TV-G] (403)
  • The Magic School Bus Goes on Air [TV-G] (405)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Swamped [TV-G] (404)
  • The Magic School Bus Goes Cellular [TV-G] (406)
  • The Magic School Bus Sees Stars [TV-G] (407)
  • The Magic School Bus Gains Weight [TV-G] (408)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Charged [TV-G] (410)
  • The Magic School Bus Makes a Stink [TV-G] (409)
  • The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed [TV-G] (411)
  • The Magic School Bus in the City [TV-G] (412)
  • The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive [TV-G] (413)

For Season 4, I’d much appreciate if someone has an original broadcast copy from PBS of any of the episodes, so I can attempt a better recreation of the Season 4 funding credits sequence than has been circulating on YouTube for some years now.

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#1314972
Topic
Are there any preservations of Lucio Fulci's Zombie (Zombi 2)?
Time

As far as I can remember, this original theatrical mix is different than the one most of us are used to around the point where Dr. Menard shoots the zombie as it’s getting up, the end of the “shark vs. zombie” scene, and the zombie invasion of New York (the transition there happens after “…Manhattan. General Stein…” and the anchor’s scream sounds very different in the original theatrical mix).

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#1311581
Topic
A Charlie Brown Christmas comparisons
Time

WaltWiz1901 said:

Had a look at that video a few days ago.

I have a feeling that what we’re calling the “original” version is actually more a workprint than a final print; some music cues and sound effects are absent and at one point, when Charlie Brown realizes that Snoopy is decorating for a “lights and display contest?!”, his voice is not provided by Peter Robbins. Is there anyone out there who can do a reconstruction of what would’ve aired on CBS less than 55 years ago?

Additionally, the music was recorded in stereo, but downmixed to mono on both the workprint and the broadcast prints. Anyone here willing to sync the stereo score elements (most of which were released on CD and vinyl) to the video of the official Blu-ray release - or their own restoration/preservation - of the special? Here’s a very useful cue chart.

I might make that one of my (admittedly many) projects for next year.