WHAT. YES. FINALLY. THANK YOU.
Chinatown’s US Blu-ray has the original mono as an option, but the UK Blu-ray does not, sadly. The original mono for Chinatown is awesome, definitely the better track.
And with a new donation from kchrules, the project is now FULLY FUNDED. Also I know I have been slow to work on this one, but I am happy to say my personal matters have sorted out recently and it will be full steam ahead very very soon on this. So sorry to everyone for the delay.
And thanks to Pepsi (not the company, lol) for a donation as well!
Thanks eterno for an awesome donation!
Yeah just to be clear, that clip is not from our scan.
Having seen the theatrical version, I can say that your recreation is extremely close to what I remember. I am psyched for this. The original press release for the home video versions implied that the 4K releases would retain the theatrical presentation, and I was bummed when that turned out not to be the case. Thanks so much for making this!
Edit: I see the 1080p encode is coming soon - any ETA?
Thanks zxthehedgehog for a donation 😃
I’m just curious, will there be a grindhouse version available? I have tried syncing the special edition DVD audio to the preview version but I haven’t had any luck.
Yes, that is in the works and will include English audio.
This is pretty dang cool, man! But I have to ask, if this is only a preview, how much better can the final scan look? Could you give us an idea of what it’ll be like?
This is my first ever time doing anything like this, so I’m not sure exactly what level of quality I’ll be able to achieve. I’ll have a better idea soon, once I’ve made some substantial progress.
By happy accident, I was in the process of re-converting my Star Wars blu-rays and the theatrical ‘bonus’ discs for my son’s tablet and I ran across the ‘Despecialized’ movie posters online. Curiosity piqued, I ended up here.
I’ll sheepishly admit to a small amount of internal whining, grumbling, and wondering if the ‘extra’ steps required for downloading and opening was going to be worth it. Holy crap!
The quality of these versions is absolutely astonishing! I can’t imagine all of the time and energy (and love) that went into creating these.
THANK-YOU Harmy & everyone else who contributed to this effort!
Glad you went through the effort to get them, they are definitely worth it. I love Despecialized (and many of the other projects around here, too).
Thanks StanTheStrongArm for an awesome donation 😃
Made a quick $10 donation after noticing the button up top and seeing the thread for the first time. I’m hoping to make my contribution a monthly one soon, and perhaps at a bigger dollar amount. I think we can keep the site up with crowdfunding.
Would love to, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen Disney animation classics in any of the theaters around that do those type of screenings. I’ve seen some older Disney live action around, but not animation. I’m definitely keeping my eyes open.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles for a little more than five years, and outside of screenings at the Disney owned El Capitan in Hollywood (which are all DCPs based on Blu-ray transfers), Disney animation never shows up in repertory screenings. I’ve seen plenty of Disney live action stuff – even heavy hitters like the first Pirates of the Caribbean and Mary Poppins – on 35, but I suspect Disney keeps a pretty tight lid on their animated classics. It’s enormously frustrating.
Man, I would love to live so close to the New Bev :’(
Just received a generous donation from dbmaster514!
Good to hear! Hopefully the cleaning process is going smoothly?
Some delays happened with downloading the scan files and, believe or not, they are still downloading at this moment. This, married with some personal problems, has delayed me a bit. I’ll post more updates as the process hums along 😃
Just received two more donations from singhcr and austin 98989, bringing the total funding progress to $333.33 out of $470.
Hypothetically, if I were to buy the Goldeneye print, how should I store it?
The best way is to freeze it using the CMI packaging method. NASA freezes their Apollo footage, for example, but they have precise humidity controlled cold archive chambers that are unattainable for most archives let alone every day folk like you and me. But the CMI method allows you to use household freezers and commonly available supplies to safely freeze and preserve film.
I have a 16mm Disney archive and preserve my prints this way. Colder is better to prevent color fade for all prints and backing degradation for acetate or nitrate prints, but unlike undeveloped film that isn’t sensitive to relative humidity, developed film sure is. 20-40% RH is the range, 20% being ideal. You basically bag the print with two pieces of dried mat board, and bag it again and throw it in the freezer along with a relative humidity indicator card.
If you don’t have a freezer that large, you could use a fridge. Failing that, the next best thing to do is keep them cool and dry. Use vented film cans like these (http://urbanskifilm.com/supplies.html) or drill holes in the cans you have. Modern prints like Goldeneye are almost certainly mylar/polyester backing and don’t suffer from vinegar syndrome or catch on fire like nitrate, but high temp/humidity will accelerate color fading regardless.
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk more.
Thanks! Luckily, I haven’t had to worry about this, as the print is now in excellent hands and will be taken good care of 😃
Just received a donation from trillary dump. Thanks so much!
The first preview has been sent to donors!
So despite being a mere video file playing on a tv via a usb drive, you can change audio with the remote? (I have TCL 49 inch 4k Roku TV)
My LG TV can do the same. I’d be surprised if your TCL could play the file but could not select an audio track.
The uncut version is coming out on BluRay in Germany:
I must have this.
I’m about to have my first child
I haven’t checked other site themes, but the dark theme currently has a blue dot just below and to the right of the PM icon, as seen in this image: