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Doctor M

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#1352174
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Up - ideas for a fan edit sought....
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I never really cared for the Pixar film ‘Up’.
I realize it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won 2, but re-watching it tonight I realized what is wrong: The first 11 minutes.

The beginning is completely unnecessary and a real downer from which the movie never recovers. Cut it.

You’d start with a grumpy old man, living alone. Within the first few minutes of that you would easily deduce he lost his wife, you’d also see he is in danger of losing his house, to which he is obviously attached. It’s weighty enough and covers all the information needed.

Some of the opening scenes could be cut in later as flashbacks where needed to fill in backstory.
What we don’t need is to sit through his drab little life on fast forward and the sad conclusion of his relationship with his wife. It puts a cloud over the rest of the film.

I haven’t done a true fanedit in years… but what do you guys think?

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#1340482
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Harry Potter Extended Editions
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Thank you for all the work you’ve done, and I completely understand. These things, unfortunately, happen. There are people that feel entitled and do crap like this.

I maintain the rule that anyone who asks me for one of my edits, but hasn’t been an OT member for at least a year and hasn’t posted a reasonable amount of comments to a couple threads in that time, does not get links.

Too many people find their way here from Google and sign up just to hit and run for some links.

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#1336193
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Info: Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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The Splash digital alteration has had many articles in the past week. It’s really badly done for no good reason.
Lilo and Stitch looks like she’s hiding in an oven now, which seems worse to me.

I don’t know when the opening of Toy Story changed. That’s news to me. It could be with the new BD releases, since we know they made changes to Toy Story 2 as well around that time.

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#1332833
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When will someone rip the Australian version of Crocodile Dundee?
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I did see that HMV already prints what looks like a theatrical cut DVD. And their details of the Special Edition are thin, but it is a 2 disc set.
It could be just bonus features.

Edit: Btw, there IS a hybrid edit of this already on 'spleen. Pretty nice work. Definitely a labor of love. Technically, the DVD source could have been handled better, but the editing is first rate.

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#1331195
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When will someone rip the Australian version of Crocodile Dundee?
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It sounds like your video conversion wasn’t right, and probably why you have jagginess. The movie is hard interlaced and the fields occasionally go out of sync.

I’m a bit rusty and I’m on a cobbled together PC (not my usual one).

Using DGIndex is right. You need an AVISynth script like this:

loadplugin("…dgdecode.dll")
loadplugin("…tivtc.dll")
mpeg2source(“croc.d2v”)
tfm(d2v=“croc.d2v”)
assumefps(23.976) #NTSC Speed
spline36resize(720,480) #NTSC resolution

Then you can use DGPulldown to get soft telecine (23.976 -> 29.97).
For the audio, I’d use eac3to. A simple -slowdown option and you can go from ac3 right to ac3 in one step.

But as long as you’re using avisynth it give you an opportunity to try to adjust the black/white levels and colors if you want.

There are no subtitles, so that makes life easier, but if you want to put in the same chapter stops you’ll need to extract and convert them. Somewhere here I’ve got a guide for PAL to NTSC conversion of full discs.

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#1331004
Topic
When will someone rip the Australian version of Crocodile Dundee?
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This has been on MySpleen for quite a while. I’ve looked at doing something with it, but the quality is awful. The black levels are crushed, the colors are poor, the image soft and it’s an interlaced mess.
I can’t remember if I tried to figure out the underlying framerate. Interlaced COULD mean blended fields so there might not be PAL speed up, but I honestly can’t remember.

With some elbow grease it might make a source for a hybrid mix with a better source, but it’s difficult to watch in the condition it’s in.

What did you do to make the conversion? Can you post screenshots?

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#1303132
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Harry Potter Extended Editions
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No kidding, cogebo. I can’t believe Warner left so much money on the table by not releasing Uber cuts of all the Potter films. We know whole plot lines were filmed and discarded for some of the earlier films. Anyone with sense would have thrown money at some special effects studio to complete the footage and give these the Lord of the Rings treatment.

We’ll probably just have to wait until some ridiculous HBO GoT inspired reboot series to see more officially.

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#1286664
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Info: Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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So the Anniversary BD of Cinderella that is now out is the same HD transfer all over again.

Word has it there is a 4k streaming version that will become available, which is ironic since they’ve already scrubbed out any fine detail that would have made 4k better… unless it’s a new transfer(?)

Does anyone know if a new LD rip, improving on Molly’s, ever came about?