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Charles Threepio

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#1258020
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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Finally, something in this thread I want to hear (i.e. something that comes across as more constructive and less combative).

Anyway, if my MGM/UA laserdisc doesn’t come in as scheduled on Monday, I’ll use my CBS/Fox laserdisc as my color reference at first, including for the preview reel. When I send it in, feel free to scream at me about any color inaccuracies or for including the wrong head leader at the start or foot leader at the end. God knows I’m gonna need it…

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#1258016
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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As a wise man from Moronica once said: “Learn to walk before you run.” If this release looks rather slow-paced, wait until I release several more after this one before 2021. The pace will increase gradually as I go along, and eventually I will be an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. But for now, I’m sticking with low-budget movies.

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#1258009
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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Well, take it to PM, dammit, because I have little patience for detractors who have nothing better to do to me than clog up my project threads any time I announce them—and considering this is my first real project thread I can expect nothing but beligerence from either side to turn pre-production on anything I touch into a trainwreck. And you wonder WHY I “directly insult and disrespect” you. Once I become as experienced as you lot, do you expect me to haze any and all noobs in a similarly insulting fashion? Just consider THAT as I work hard over the next week on a first reel preview I shouldn’t even be treating you to…

ETA: I apologize for that outburst. I simply hate having to put up with grief and nothing but from the word go, which harshly lowers my expectations on what I’ll be able to turn out. At any rate, the fact that I got off to a bad start over the past couple of years makes me wonder if I’m really cut out for restoration work. But enough about that. We’ll find out for sure come September.

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#1257972
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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I don’t need your help, I’m just… FRUSTRATED by the pressures being pressed on me both inside and outside the fan restoration community at the same freaking time. If I’m being a passhole aggresshole, as a certain misandrist cult in the Pretty Cure fandom likes to put it, it’s precisely because I let those pressures get to me and flipped out as a result. God, I miss the early days when people like Mozart weren’t considered suspect on the grounds that they had so many ideas they didn’t know what to do with them. And frankly, those announcement threads you mention are simply a repository for my ideas, I don’t know if or when I’ll be doing all of them, but I know one thing for certain: that you can expect me to have AFOD ready by its 55th anniversary this September.

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#1257850
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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Then why did I put a timetable up there? The point being, for the last two years I was a complete noob when it comes to restoration. I failed to understand at the time that when they want something done, they want it done NOW. The purpose of the timetable is to give a general idea of what to expect from me in the coming months.

Oh, and welcome to the Reel 1 Preview Club. Work on the first reel should start on Monday, by my estimate.

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#1257308
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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In addition to the above, I might create some special features of my own, including a visual essay on the production of the film in the style of “The Making of a Film Classic” by Bob Carringer from the Criterion laser videodisc of Citizen Kane, an on-disc screenshot comparison, and maybe even a commentary track recorded by yours truly about the film and the unexpectedly hellishly arduous planning process for the restoration.

The initial layout will be a brace of BD-50s, with the full Scope picture on one disc and a 4:3 pan-and-scan version on the other. With the magic of SOS, I was also able to get my hands on a 4K UHD authoring program, so I’m also considering doing a similar brace of BD-67s or BD-100s. Most special features will be exclusive to one disc or the other, exceptions including the commentary tracks, the network prologue, and Not Ready for Primetime. Audio will be in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish (Castilian and Mexican). Maybe even Japanese as well, if I can find a better track than that used for the 6-part print on Nico Nico Douga. But at any rate, all audio tracks will be monaural, save for a bonus English 5.1 track (the default will be mono). The PG-rated US theatrical cut released in 1967 by United Artists, the original uncut R-rated version, and the true UK theatrical cut (as opposed to the one released on DVD in the Netherlands) will all be available on each disc, optionally preceded by the network prologue. Additional cut inclusion pending.

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#1257307
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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As things stand, the preliminary list of special features, which I plan to gather together come March, shall be as follows:

Commentaries by Sir Christopher Frayling and Tim Lucas
The Christopher Frayling Archives
Sergio Leone: Cinema, Cinema
Marisol: Sergio Leone’s Madonna in the West (1080p24)
An interview with Ennio Morricone
The Restoration
A New Kind of Hero
A Few Weeks in Spain
Tre Voci
Not Ready for Primetime
The Network Prologue (1080p24)
Location Comparisons
Trailers from Hell
Original Outtakes
A Fistful of Pictures
Promoting A Fistful of Dollars
On the Set
Pink Panic, starring The Pink Panther (I’m assuming this was the short subject that played with the film during its initial theatrical run in the United States)
The Deadwood Thunderball, starring Roland and Rattfink
Rawhide: Incident of the Black Sheep
10 radio spots
Original theatrical trailer(s) (1080p24)
Double Dollar Bill trailer
Trailers for For a Few Dollars More and Reservoir Dogs (both 1080p24)

The above list is not final; whatever is on this list at the end of March will be the final list of special features. This post will be updated as I finalize the details thereof.

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#1257299
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Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
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Coming September 2019, the long-anticipated restoration that started it all:

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

In the up to nine to ten months I am dedicating to this project, I will work a magic I have deliberately held back for a long time, so I could show the world these things take a long time to plan, let alone complete.

My general timetable is as follows:

  • December 2018: the preparation of the footage.
  • January 2019: the assembly of the footage, and most of the planned audio tracks.
  • February 2019: the initial test of the seamless branching for Blu-ray.
  • March 2019: the assembly of the special features.
  • April 2019: subtitles.
  • May 2019: artwork.

Stay tuned for updates, when and as they come. Not to sound overconfident in myself, of course, but as a wise man once said, disorganization is the first step towards ruin. Now that I am soon to have everything I need to start, I have set the above timetable for myself and won’t make the same mistakes I made at a certain other site.

SOURCES

  • Ripley’s Home Video Blu-ray (top-quality, uncropped source for most of the video, and original Italian mono)
  • Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-ray (top-quality English opening and closing titles, source for certain shots, original English mono, and certain special features)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray (English 5.1, Spanish [Latino] mono, and most special features)
  • Tobis Blu-ray (both German tracks and certain special features)
  • Indiana Gilles repack (restored French mono)
  • Internet Archive (Spanish [Castellano] mono)
  • CBS/Fox Video laserdisc (color reference)
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Video rental-only VHS (reference for cutting the PG-rated US theatrical version)
  • Warner Home Video rental-only VHS (reference for cutting the UK theatrical version)
  • Sergio Leone: Cinema, Cinema DVD (special feature)
  • The Pink Panther Vol. 2 Blu-ray (short subject for the original American release in 1967)
  • Roland and Rattfink Blu-ray (short subject for the Dollar Double Bill re-release in 1969)
  • Sheriff Hoot Kloot Blu-ray (preliminary source for United Artists logo)
  • The Only Game in Town VHS (color and fading reference for recreated MPAA M card)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • The CBS/Fox Company (rental-only VHS release I’ll be using as a guide for making the PG-rated US theatrical version, and color reference)
  • Indiana Gilles (restored French mono track)
  • Kino Lorber and L’Immagine Ritrovata (high-quality English-language opening and closing titles, and certain shots)
  • Ripley’s Home Video (2007 restoration, on which I’ll largely be basing this)
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (rental-only VHS release I’ll be using as a guide for making the UK theatrical version)
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#1257297
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KTP's Gold Standard Collection
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Come September, all of you will have egg on your face! Even as we speak I am awaiting a key component of the project, the final piece of the puzzle: THE MGM LETTERBOXED LASERDISC, to help me confirm the accuracy of the THE END title as seen on the Kino Blu-ray. Then, and ONLY THEN, will I get serious. I’m done playing around. Just be grateful I will show you the progress I will eventually make, as I make it, instead of leaving you out in the cold as I should for your taking me for granted. When I finish my first projects, you’ll be sorry!

P.S. I was going to wait until I’ve made significant progress on AFOD before formally creating a thread on it, but your insistence on continuing this drama even as I try to move on from it has forced my hand. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be a spook-induced bluff…

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#1257200
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KTP's Gold Standard Collection
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I’m doing them here and only here from now on. Apparently, Fanres.com is too damn bigoted against people like me with brains so big they don’t know what to do with them, so I’ve given up on them.

Anyway, expect the first couple of them in September 2019. I won’t say much, except they’ll be loaded with special features up the wazoo, and put on BD-50 ISOs, not to mention that certain of them will have different versions on them. A Fistful of Dollars, for example, will be in PG-rated and R-rated versions, with the optional network prologue, and Reservoir Dogs will feature both the original R-rated version and an extended NC-17-rated version, plus a chronological edit.

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#1256538
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Koopa Troopa Productions restoration projects
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Do you know, I think I just realized that myself. At any rate, it looks like I’ll have to do my best with what I can access, even if it means I have to cut out numerous duplicate frames. Here’s hoping the Shout! DVD masters don’t have that dreaded ghosting… it’s why I’m using French DVD masters for my planned restoration of Inspector Gadget, by the way, those look rather clean as far as episode titles are concerned, plus none of that damned ghosting that’s every Saturday morning cartoon restorer/preserver’s worst nightmare.

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#1256040
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KTP's Classic Performances
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This will be my final index thread for the time being, until what time, if any, I think of another label for my Koopa Troopa Productions outfit; the next thread I make will be a project in progress, whatever that will be. Anyway, this thread centers on, you guessed it, classic performances.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
The Abduction from the Seraglio (1970)
Aida (1981)
American Ballet Theatre at the Met
Ballerina (1966)
Un ballo in maschera (1980)
Baryshnikov at Wolf Trap
Carmen (1984)
Carmen Jones
The Children of Theatre Street
Cinderella (1961)
Cinderella (1985)
Coppelia (1990)
The Dancing Princesses
The Dancing Years
Die Fledermaus (1983)
Don Quixote (1983)
An Evening with the Royal Ballet
Fantasia (multiple versions, all uncensored)
Fantasia 2000
La gioconda (1979)
Giselle (1979)
Hansel and Gretel (1982)
HMS Pinafore (1973)
I Am a Dancer
In Tribute to Nijinsky
Live from the Met Highlights
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (1984)
The Magic of Dance with Dame Margot Fonteyn
The Master Singers of Nuremberg (1984)
The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala
The Metropolitan Opera Gala 1991: 25 Years at Lincoln Center
The Nutcracker (1968)
The Nutcracker (1977)
The Nutcracker (1978)
The Nutcracker (1993)
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture
Otello (1986)
The Pirates of Penzance (1980)
Romeo and Juliet (1966)
The Sleeping Beauty (1964)
Swan Lake (1970)
Tosca (1985)
La traviata (1982)
The Yeoman of the Guard (1978)

When I start a thread on any of the above individual projects, I will add an (ACTIVE) tag next to its name. When a project is ready, I will add a (RELEASED) tag next to its name.

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#1256034
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KTP's Enhanced Speed
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This is for HFR-enhanced and HFR-restored projects.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
2001: A Space Odyssey (60p)
Batman Begins (60p)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (in 2D and 3D) (30i/25i at 60FPS for videodiscs, original 120p for the individual MKVs)
Brainstorm (60p)
The Dark Knight (60p)
The Dark Knight Rises (60p)
Diamonds Are Forever (60p)
Dr. No (60p)
Dunkirk (60p)
The Fellowship of the Ring (48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
Forrest Gump (60p)
From Russia with Love (60p)
Futureworld (60p)
Goldfinger (60p)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in 2D and 3D) (original 48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (in 2D and 3D) (original 48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (in 2D and 3D) (original 48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
Inception (60p)
Interstellar (60p)
Metallica: Through the Never (in 2D and 3D) (60p)
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (in 2D and 3D) (60p)
Never Say Never Again (60p)
Nintendo Power Promotional Videos (60p)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (60p)
The Return of the King (48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
Sunset Limousine (60p)
The Terminator (60p)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (in 2D and 3D) (60p)
Thunderball (60p)
The Two Towers (48FPS, presented in 30i/25i for videodiscs and 48p for the individual MKVs)
Watchmen (60p)
Westworld (60p)
The Wizard of Oz (in 2D and 3D) (60p)
You Only Live Twice (60p)

The planned framerate is indicated in parentheses. All framerate conversions will be conducted through FFMPEG using the minterpolate function.

When I start a thread on any of the above individual projects, I will add an (ACTIVE) tag next to its name. When a project is ready, I will add a (RELEASED) tag next to its name.