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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
Topic
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
Topic
Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
Time

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
Topic
Gold Standard Collection #1: A Fistful of Dollars
Time

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
Topic
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
Topic
KTP's Gold Standard Collection
Time

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
Topic
Koopa Troopa Productions restoration projects
Time

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
Topic
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
Topic
KTP's Enhanced Speed
Time

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.

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#1256032
Topic
KTP's Carry On PBS
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This thread is dedicated to presenting the original versions of Britcoms which were shown on PBS, but with a twist: bumpers are added to the start and end to make them look like actual PBS programs.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
'Allo 'Allo!
Are You Being Served? (including Are You Being Served? The Movie, Are You Being Served? Again, and the one-off revival)
As Time Goes By
Blackadder
Butterflies
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Fawlty Towers
Good Neighbors
Keeping Up Appearances
Last of the Summer Wine
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Moone Boy
One Foot in the Grave
Only Fools and Horses
Open All Hours (including the sequel, Still Open All Hours)
So Haunt Me
Spy
To the Manor Born
Waiting for God
Yes, Minister (including the sequel, Yes, Prime Minister)

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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#1256028
Topic
KTP's The Marvelous Movies of Oz
Time

This thread is an index for my label for the great Australian classics of the screen.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
Bloodmoon
The Coolangatta Gold
The Delinquents
Far East
Gallipoli
Heatwave
Mad Max
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Razorback
Rebel
Stone

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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#1256027
Topic
KTP's Best of the Worst
Time

This thread will serve as an index for a collection of bad movies—as in, the most infamous cinematic mistakes ever made.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
American Dragons
The Babe Ruth Story
Battlefield Earth
The Beast of Yucca Flats
Can’t Stop the Music
Captain America (1990)
The Christmas Tree
Doogal
Dragonball: Evolution
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Fant4stic
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
Galaxina
Gotti
Happily N’Ever After
Highlander II: The Quickening (original theatrical cut)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (in 2D and 3D)
Inchon
Invasion of the Neptune Men
The Last Airbender (in 2D and 3D)
The Legend of Hercules (in 2D and 3D)
Leonard Part 6
Lost Continent
The Magic Voyage
Martians Go Home
Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins
Norm of the North
Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw
Red Zone Cuba
Ricky 1
Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
Sextette
Skidoo
The Skydivers
They Saved Hitler’s Brain
Wired

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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#1256018
Topic
KTP's Gold Standard Collection
Time

This is basically for my Deluxe Editions of motion pictures and television programs. Attached short subjects will be noted here as well as in the official thread for the corresponding project, when it is activated.

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
Akira
Aladdin: The Original Theatrical Edition
Bad Boys (1983)
Ballerina (2016) (in 2D and 3D)
Battle Angel Alita
Beauty and the Beast (1991) (in 2D and 3D)
The Black Hole
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049: The IMAX Experience (in 2D and 3D; 2D only for the open matte)
CardCaptor Sakura
CardCaptor Sakura: Enchanted Cards
CardCaptor Sakura: The Movie
Castle
Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns (includes the short subject Ghiblies Episode 2)
Cathedral
Civilisation
Danger: Diabolik
Dragon Ball Saga (including movies and DTV product)
The Empire Strikes Back: Ultimate Edition
Escape to Victory
First Blood
A Fistful of Dollars (ACTIVE)
For a Few Dollars More
Frances
From Up on Poppy Hill
Future Boy Conan
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters 2
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (in 2D and 3D)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Grave of the Fireflies
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (includes the short subject Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Island at the Top of the World (includes the short subject Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too)
Jackie Brown
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kill Bill
The Last Chase
The Last Shark
The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Lupin III (green jacket series)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus
Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon
Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo (includes the short subject Lupin III: The Pilot)
Lupin III: Tales of the Wolf
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (in 2D and 3D)
Muppet Classic Theater
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas (includes the short subject Ghiblies)
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
Natural Born Killers
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ocean Waves
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Only Yesterday
Panda! Go, Panda!/Panda! Go, Panda! The Rainy-Day Circus
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
Pokémon: Curse of the Crystal Tower (includes the short subject Pikachu and Pichu)
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back (includes the short subject Pikachu’s Summer Vacation)
Pokémon: Revelation: Lugia (includes the short subject Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure)
Pom Poko
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Porco Rosso
The Princess Bride
Princess Mononoke
Pulp Fiction
Pyramid
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo III
Ranma ½ (including movies and DTV product)
The Rescuers (includes the short subject Mickey’s Christmas Carol)
Reservoir Dogs
The Return of the Jedi: Ultimate Edition (includes the short subject Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century)
Return of the Street Fighter
Robin Hood (1973)
Roman City
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon R: The Promise of the Rose (includes the short subject Make Up! Sailor Soldiers)
Sailor Moon S: Hearts in Ice
Sailor Moon SuperS: The Black Dream Hole (includes the short subject Amy’s First Love)
The Secret World of Arrietty
Sherlock Hound
Sister Street Fighter
Spirited Away (includes the short subject Red’s Dream)
Star Wars: Ultimate Edition (includes the short subject Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century)
The Star Wars Holiday Special
The Street Fighter
Street Fighter’s Last Revenge
Super Mario Bros.
Tales from Earthsea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Tender Mercies
The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (in 2D and 3D)
THX-1138
True Romance
The Ugly Dachshund (includes the short subject Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Urusei Yatsura (including movies and DTV product)
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart (includes the short subject On Your Mark)
The Wind Rises
Zombie (or, Dawn of the Dead)
Zombies 2
Zombi 3

Yes, I know that’s very many for someone who’s only a beginner, but the plan, at least at first, is to work on them one at a time.

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 and assign it a catalog number. Certain threads will be in different places, depending on the subject matter and intent.

As for the first planned project, I hope to get it underway at some point during or after the holiday season.

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#1256015
Topic
Beauty and the Beast 35mm "Help Needed"
Time

Once the colors are all restored, I intend to use an LUT derived from that to restore the 3D version of Beauty and the Beast to the proper colors (which the 3D version appears to be closest to anyway as far as post-2000 releases are concerned) and shadings as part of my planned Gold Standard Collection. And the sooner a 3D version of Tangled Ever After surfaces, or can be restored, to go with that, the better.

(The planned GSC edition of Beauty and the Beast, by the way, will restore the original Disney logo and credits, albeit with 3D credits added in for the 3D version; as such, the 2D and 3D versions will use different closing credits via seamless branching, or else as close to it as I can manage.)

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#1256005
Topic
Koopa Troopa Productions restoration projects
Time

Released projects

Projects in progress

Planned projects
Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons (both 1937 and 1966)
Captain N and the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Captain N and the New Super Mario World
Cardcaptors (Nelvana version)
The Computer Chronicles
Disney Sing-Along Songs
Doc Martin
Father Brown (2013)
Golden Soak
Inspector Gadget
The Jewel in the Crown
The Real Ghostbusters
Robotech
Sailor Moon (Optimum version)
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show + The Legend of Zelda
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Television
Thirteen Revisited
The Three Stooges (both individual short subjects and VHS collections from the '80s and '90s)
The Transformers
Winnie the Pooh featurettes

KTP sublabels
Gold Standard Collection (movies the way they were meant to be seen, and then some)
The Best of the Worst (because one moviegoer’s trash is another moviegoer’s treasure)
The Marvelous Movies of Oz (cinematic gold rush down under)
Carry On PBS (Britcoms if they had dedicated PBS masters, plus any movies of said Britcoms)
Enhanced Speed (for HFR-ified and HFR-restored movies)
Classic Performances (for operas, ballets, and other forms of classical music)

Some people have said I plan way too far ahead. Maybe that’s true. But at any rate, I certainly see the potential in restoring and preserving even those movies no one has even heard of, let alone feels worth restoring (which is what The Best of the Worst is for, anyway). I have in my arsenal Davinci Resolve, GIMP, multiAVCHD, DVD Styler, Blender, Audacity, FFMPEG, and plenty of other tools that have yet to be identified to assist me in my quest to assist in the restoration and preservation of media, and I hope to have human input as well. For film-based projects, I plan to release them only in 24 frames per second, except when making HFR versions, in which case they’ll generally be 60 frames per second (with the sole exceptions of films originally made in HFR, which will be released only in their original frame rates whenever and as possible), and for video-based projects, I plan to do them only in 60 frames per second for NTSC territories, and 50 frames per second for PAL territories. My projects also generally aim to restore the original logos.

All of the above sublabels will have their own threads.

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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#907651
Topic
3D Movies Preservation
Time

I’d like to see full HD 3D restorations of Spacehunter and Metalstorm (both of which I have on '80s VHS cassettes, respectively using the right and left eyes). I’d especially love to see Spacehunter in 3D without those annoying Japanese subtitles (they’re not annoying per se, it’s the hardcoding that annoys me).

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