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#1259504
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A Muppet Family Christmas – 1987 Broadcast Reconstruction
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Happy Holidays!

I did a cursory search and it doesn’t seem like anyone here has already taken on this project, so I cut together a reconstructed version of the original 1987 broadcast version of A Muppet Family Christmas. Every home video version has been trimmed down to varying degrees – the UK DVD version is the most complete, but even that has some rejiggering of transitions in and out of commercial breaks.

I used the UK DVD version for the bulk of the footage with missing transitions, shots, and bumpers taken from a recording of the full broadcast I found on YouTube. This is the best copy of the broadcast version I’ve been able to find, but if anyone knows of one better, please point me in the right direction. Audio is also taken from the DVD for most of the length of the special, but there are a few sequences where the DVD audio is missing music, in which case I used the audio from the broadcast recording. The title card does appear twice – once at the end of the opening sequence as it did in the original broadcast version, and once at the very beginning as it does on the DVD. Every recording of the broadcast is missing the first few seconds, so I don’t have any footage to replace the DVD title.

I’ve uploaded this on MEGA, and I’ll happily share a link if you shoot me a PM. This has always been my favorite Christmas special, so I’m excited to share this version of it here. Hope you enjoy!

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#1259496
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Aladdin 35mm (Released)
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Was just scanning through this to compare it with the Blu-ray, and unlike the disaster that is the Beauty and the Beast Blu, the color-timing here is pretty darn close… except on Genie. For some reason, Genie is a completely different shade of blue throughout the entire film. I don’t understand why they’d more-or-less preserve the original color timing except when it comes to this one character.

Also, and this is just strange, there’s a more pronounced drop shadow behind the opening credits on the Blu-ray than there is on the print.

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/0EMJNNNU

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#1259191
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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SSBB1123 said:

By any chance, has this been completed?

I have covers for the original trilogy finished and plan on posting them soon! I’m actually making some custom Blu-ray sets for a few friends for Christmas and don’t want to upload the covers before I’ve actually delivered the gifts, but shortly after Christmas I’ll upload them here 😃

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#1257654
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Recreating the TV Edits of the 2003 Clone Wars Series (HD)
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On a lark, I went ahead and took a first pass at re-editing Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series back into its “original,” individual chapters. I used an upscaled 1080p version of the official DVD releases and recreated the individual title cards in Photoshop. I eventually want to take another pass at timing the fade in/out of the titles, but for now it’s “close enough.”

The interesting thing I discovered, though (and the reason I put “original” in quotes) is that it seems the series was initially edited together as two continuous features and then split into individual chapters in much the same way I did. At the very beginning and ending of chapters you can sometimes see a frame or two of wipes and transitions that were not fully removed. I’m not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but I never knew that before I started this project.

Anyway, I’m not sure how much interest there’ll be in this since it’s just plain easier to watch the whole series as two roughly feature length movies rather than copping it up into three-to-five minute chunks, but it’s another Star Wars film and television production that I haven’t seen preserved in the way it was originally aired, so I thought it’d be worthwhile for that alone.

I’m not sure where the best place to host these is. I currently have them in an unlisted YouTube playlist (not gonna post the link here because that’s frowned upon; PM me if you’re interested), but that’s hardly ideal. I don’t have access to MySpleen either, so if anyone has any advice on finding a semi-permanent home for these, hit me up.

UPDATE: I now have the files available for direct download on Mega. Shoot me a PM if you’d like the link.

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#1257632
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4K83 Released
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ChainsawAsh said:

Also for clarity, the hairy_hen 5.1 with added music was included by mistake (HH explained that it was his personal version and meant to provide the “accurate” one for inclusion with the MKVs). Personally I really like the added music in the Obi-Wan scene, but for those who want the new hairy_hen 5.1 with no added music, he’s made that available for remuxing as well.

Ah, interesting! Where would one go about finding that?

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#1257518
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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Boushh said:

How much of the dome’s surface did the screening take in San Jose? I mean cause if it’s only a small segment then the image doesn’t get that distorted.

There was obviously some amount of distortion and a small amount of cropping on the corners to account for the round screen, but the aspect ratio was mostly preserved (and did not shift in the way Force Awakens did). All told, a little more than half of the screen real estate was taken up by picture with letterboxing along the top and bottom edges.

The more significant quirk of the dome (or, at least that dome) is every seat is designed to immerse you in the picture so even in the back row it felt a bit like sitting in the front row of any other movie theater. Whether that’s a pro or con I suppose is up to the individual viewer.

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#1257481
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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Boushh said:

Thx for your answers! I should have elaborated that I know about the Vista screening and the IMAX prints of TFA and Rogue One. Are you sure there were 15/70 prints of TLJ though?

You are so lucky to have been to that screening of TFA. Are you the person that writes “starwarsatthemovies.com” ? Anyway, what did you make of it?

I actually drove all the way up to San Jose to see The Last Jedi on 15/70 at the Tech Museum! Alas, it was on a dome, and so – I believe – were all of the 15/70 screenings of TLJ west of the Mississippi.

And no, I don’t write for them, but the print was spectacular. Saw Force Awakens opening night at the Chinese Theatre (3D IMAX Laser projection) and then that following Sunday on 35 at the Vista. There was a bit more flicker than typical (not sure if it was an issue with the projectionist – I’ve seen other films on 35 at the Vista without such pronounced flicker), but the colors and texture were terrific. It really felt like the best way to see that movie.

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#1257474
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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35mm definitely exists for Force Awakens; I saw it at the Vista here in Los Feliz (apparently having the movie play there on 35 was a personal request by J.J.). The others haven’t screened on 35mm here in LA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prints don’t exist. 15/70 IMAX prints for all three do exist, but that’s a whole other matter.

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#1256247
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Project 4K80
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Bluto said:

Thanks for the comparison; the untouched frame doesn’t look too badly faded at all. Is this Fuji type of print therefore generally more stable and slower to fade to red than whatever was used for the Grindhouse print (Eastman?).

From what I understand (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), Eastman film was by far the worst when it came to fading because their cyan dye was basically trash. Fuji has other drawbacks that Kodak doesn’t, but as far as fading goes, it supposedly lasts about twice as long.

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#1256019
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Beauty and the Beast 35mm "Help Needed"
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RU.08 said:
It is possibly the most modified of all the Disney animations on home release. Every home release going back to VHS and Laserdisc has made the beast visible way earlier than he is in the actual film. It changes the entire mood of these scenes where the beast is but a silhouette.

Even the way the Beast is drawn here indicates he was never meant to be seen with the level of clarity present on the home video release. His features are exaggerated in a way that works in silhouette, but looks almost off model fully illuminated.

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#1186327
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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Took a stab at making a set of Blu-ray slipcovers for all eight saga films. I decided to use the sequel trilogy title aesthetic (Serif Gothic) to have a consistent look on the spines, while using the original title treatments and teaser poster artwork on the cover. I haven’t gotten around to designing a back cover yet, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

Star Wars Blu-ray

Empire Blu-ray

Jedi Blu-ray

Phantom Menace Blu-ray

Clones Blu-ray

Sith Blu-ray

Force Awakens Blu-ray

Last Jedi Blu-ray

Blu-ray Spines