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Charles Threepio

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#1304004
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PBS 50
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Releases are scheduled to commence in January, with Castle, Doctor Who and the Silurians, Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death, Doctor Who: Inferno, Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons, Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil, Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos, Doctor Who: Colony in Space, Doctor Who: The Daemons, Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks, Are You Being Served?: The Complete First Season, and the first few installments of Film Odyssey in barebones form.

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#1303448
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PBS 50
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In honor of 50 years of PBS (itself celebrating with a new rebrand), I’ve decided to kick off a year-long celebration of PBS’s birthday with a thread dedicated to restorations of some of PBS’s best programs.

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • Are You Being Served?: The Complete First Season (1972-1973)
  • Castle (1983)
  • Civilisation (1969)
  • Doctor Who: The First Time-Life Collection (1970-1972)
  • Film Odyssey I: Jules and Jim (1972)
  • Film Odyssey II: The Blue Angel (1972)
  • Film Odyssey III: Grand Illusion (1972)
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#1303434
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Toei classic anime: Rumor has it :(
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Deblock_QED(quant1=24, quant2=26, aOff1=1, aOff2=1, bOff1=2, bOff2=2, uv=3)
Blur(1.0)
nnedi3_rpow2(rfactor=4, cshift=“lanczosresize”, fwidth=width3, fheight=height3, ep0=5)
Sharpen(0.25)
ConvertBits(16)
ConvertToRGB(matrix=“Rec601”)
ConvertToYV12(matrix=“Rec709”)
ConvertBits(8, dither=0)

Using the above script, I was able to get a serviceable 1440p upscale of the first episode of Sailor Moon. But when I tried using HDRTools to go the next logical step, to 4K HDR, just the first minute was riddled with artifacting, including several wrong colors that made certain spots look jagged! I don’t know where I went wrong there, or if I was simply being too ambitious.

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#1301961
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David Macaulay Classics: Fully Restored
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Only from the top and bottom. I can understand not wanting any cropping whatever if you’re combining a 4:3 DVD with a 4:3 laser videodisc, but when you’re dealing with VHS, which very often, if not always, has a bit of picture distortion at the bottom of the frame (my VHS copy is, of course, no exception), it just can’t be helped if you’re going for consistency, which I am in this case. Besides, I watched my entire VHS copy cropped to 1.66:1 just to be sure it’d work, and all the titles managed to fit rather well. Plus, the DVD, which I intend to use for most of the restoration process, has some artifacting of its own in a single shot, and cropping to 1.66:1 hid it quite nicely. One key objective of a restoration, after all, is to make the program look good.

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#1301896
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David Macaulay Classics: Fully Restored
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This project concerns the restoration of the animated adaptations of David Macaulay’s architectural books for PBS, part of my planned 50th birthday celebration for the network.

As we speak, I’m working on Castle, the first in the series. I’m hoping to get this special restored within a month or two. The program will be presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. I have taken a lot of things into consideration when deciding on the framing. Among them: the complete version, which features added exposition about Master James of St. George (the real-life inspiration for the character of Master James of Babbington, voiced by none other than Brian Blessed) at the end of the second live-action sequence, is only available on old videocassettes issued before the 1994 rebroadcast; the DVD release from Paramount has some distracting artifacting in a single shot; and I wanted to ensure the best possible widescreen framing for the purpose of alleviating those flaws, making the presentation look as even and consistent as possible, and sacrificing as little of the picture as necessary and possible. Needless to say, great precautions will be taken in the reframing, and it won’t be a straight center cut all the way. I will be using the DVD as my source as much as possible, with my VHS copy coming in for the opening and closing bumpers (yes, even including the original videocassette promo at the end) and the aforementioned extended ending of the second live-action sequence. Audio will be English 1.0, with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. AviSynth will be used to upscale the sources, and FFMPEG is being used to deinterlace them before upscaling. Audio remastering, if and whenever necessary, will be undertaken in Audacity. Subtitle tracks will be created in Aegisub. The complete video program will be edited in Blender.

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#1300533
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Civilisation (1970) - Original PBS Broadcast Reconstruction
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Over the next year, I will work on a reconstruction of the original PBS broadcast version of Lord Clark’s Civilisation, based on extant sources I’ve been able to dig up on Google.

The format for all 13 episodes shall be as follows:

  • Xerox Corporation underwriter spot (“This program was made possible by a grant from the Xerox Corporation.”)
  • 1970 NET logo (“The following program is a presentation of NET.”)
  • The episode itself
  • 1967 Time Life Films logo
  • Xerox Corporation underwriter spot (“This program was made possible by a grant from the Xerox Corporation.”)
  • NET closing logo and copyright notice (“A presentation of NET © Educational Broadcasting Corporation 1970”)
  • 1970 PBS logo (“This is PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service.”)

Each episode will be presented in 1080i30 with the original monaural English audio, in a manner that ensures perfect compatibility with the Blu-ray format, and I will try as best as I can to recreate the Xerox underwriter announcement and the closing Time Life Films logo. The reason why preserving this version of Civilisation is so important is because it was the first event program to ever be broadcast on PBS, as well as one of the first programs on the network.

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#1298957
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Toy Story (1995) 1.5K restoration in 3D
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I’ll just blow it up to 1080p, then. Besides, I had to do the original master for this restoration somewhere between the 1080p of the feature and the 576p of the logos I’m restoring (IIRC that’s the highest resolution where you can find Toy Story with its original logos at present), and I figured the original 1.5K resolution was close enough to the median.

ETA: As for the 3D, it did get converted in 2009. I should know, I saw it on the big screen.