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#1217931
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Extended Edition
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Consulting my copy of FBaWtFT, I’d guess the flying bug is a Billywig.

Btw, this edit is very good. (Of course Rowling is crap with screenplays and David Yates should have stuck with directing TV, but none of that is JJPotter’s fault.)

Edits are invisible, video quality is VG, and audio is stereo and upmixes well via DPLII. A couple scenes have unfinished effects, but not terribly so.

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#1215773
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Capture or Record "lossless" Video Streams from Amazon and Netflix
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AFAIK the people that do this have specific versions of smart devices like Roku or Chromecast attached to splitters that ignore the copy protection and then pass the HDMI signal to a hardware HD recorder. Even then, at best, they are recording the decompressed signal that is re-encoded on capture.

It likely isn’t cheap, isn’t easy, won’t get you fully lossless recordings, and possibly outside of site rules to discuss in detail.

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#1213131
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Harry Potter Extended Editions
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(Finally) watched the first of these tonight, Prisoner of Azkaban.

A few thoughts:
Great picture quality and a completely professional editing job.

I’m pretty sure the BD doesn’t have a stereo track and IIRC the deleted scenes are stereo, so I can completely understand why JJPotter went with a full downmix instead of trying to upmix the extra scenes.
I just don’t love the audio. I felt like I was moving the volume up and down a lot, and even through a DPLII tuner, I don’t recall hearing anything behind me. Maybe if I pushed it through two speakers it would have sounded better.
I think I’m going to sync some English subtitles in the future though.

I was ready to say something about the Whomping Willow catching the same bird twice with the deleted scene addition, but I recall a conversation with ADM, who said that officially that’s how they edited it. So if it’s wrong, it’s at least wrong officially.

Overal, I love it and I’m ready to toss ADM’s old DVD.

Edit: Wow, I completely forgot to mention the extra extra scenes. The Knight Bus spin was fun, but Sirius breaking into Griffindor Tower was so well done you wouldn’t know the scene was incomplete. ❤️ having that back in the movie.

Edit 2: Goblet of Fire - My opinion is the same. I did switch my AVR to 2-channel output and the volume was fine. The tracks don’t upmix well.

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#1203802
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NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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Is this the same release as the one on MySpleen with subtitles added or the one NJVC described in the comments?
There NJVC said:
“Hi all, I created this bluray. I’m currently working on a new version which will have a better video quality (thanks to Towne32 providing me with the lossless source file), hopefully DTS audio, and subtitles. I will also be working on a dual layer 50GB version with many extras added.”

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#1200561
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Harry Potter Extended Editions
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I remember the Harry/Dudley shaking hands scene had some massive green screens. I’ll have to see if I can find which of your links has that scene.

Edit: Technically, SORCERER’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets have official extended cuts, but they definitely were not done very professionally. I think it was most likely someone at ABC not Warner.

Chamber of Secrets had obviously recycled shots, wrong music cues and various other issues. I’ve been sticking staunchly to my extended DVD only because all I see are the seams when I watch the retail version.

I can’t recall anything in ‘Stone’ that smacked me in the face (of course I didn’t spend hours dissecting all the scenes either), but even just going over the official version and dubbing in ‘Philosopher’ wouldn’t be awful.

JJPotter, if you wanted to add those to your impressive collection here, there is a reasonable argument to be made for the effort.

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#1200222
Topic
Harry Potter Extended Editions
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JJPotter: Have you had the opportunity to see my extended version of Half-Blood Prince?

There were some real challenges that left me traumatized. Chief among them was the quality of the delete scenes (on DVD, the BD was better), matching the color timing, and adding back the Harry/Hermione discussion of the Marauder’s Map.

The last item reveals a ridiculous piece of business where they split a scene in half and tried to treat it as two scenes. (Details of changes are in the first post: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harry-Potter-and-the-Half-Blood-Prince-Extended-and-Enhanced-by-Doctor-M/id/12793 ) PM me if you are interested in seeing it.

Anyway, I love that you took on some of the green screened deleted scenes. I assume you did that for Deathly Hallows as well?

When final full versions are available I would love to see these as well.

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#1187151
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Question about public domain works
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Which brings us back to my post: If you circumvent a copy protection scheme like CSS or AACS you are in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Period.

It doesn’t matter who does or doesn’t hold a copyright. If MoMa creates a 1080p restoration and another studio thinks they can just dump that to a disc and resell it without being given an unprotected version from MoMa, they will end up in court.

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#1183657
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Song Of The South
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towne32 said:

Soupdrinker0 said:

monks19 said:

Soupdrinker0 said:

SmoothHat said:

Colson said:

SmoothHat said:

So nobody has the Song of the South 35mm 1080p Version anymore?

There’s a great copy on the spleen.

I can’t find it there! I’m logged in but i can’t find it!

Check the PM I sent you bud 😃

Hi. I’ll be interested to get a copy of this scan myself if anyone here has it. Don’t hesitate to PM me please.

Thanks

I didn’t PM him a link to a copy, I was told the person in charge of the scan didn’t want it shared & I always respect the wishes of those in charge when it comes to film scans. I figured he was most likely bullshitting about being a member and I asked a ? to get confirmation.

Is this the scan from the person who likes to charge money for that and Pinocchio, or a different person altogether (I know there are several)? That particular person loses their vote on the share-ability of the product, in my opinion, because they sell it for profit. And they often just collect the money and don’t send it. Better to share it far and wide to prevent him from ripping more people off.

My apologies and retraction if it’s about an honest scanner/sharer.

Honestly, I don’t know. He did tell me he was trying to get people together to pay for a professional transfer from LD of Fantasia with Deems Taylor. He goes by the name Class316 if that helps.

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#1183479
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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GoboFraggle1983 said:
Just curious, who exactly sent you that Japanese laserdisc edition? Does he have any more Disney Japanese laserdisc editions?

A MySpleen user, I don’t know if (s)he is even on OT. I asked about Fantasia, and I was told there is already a restored Pastoral version on MySpleen, but no Deems.

I didn’t ask about anything else. What are you looking for?

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#1180530
Topic
Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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With an eye towards a v2 of Make Mine Music, a friendly 'Spleener sent me a clip of the ‘nudity’ in Make Mine Music from the Japanese laserdisc.



OMG, the colors. What the heck happened there? They are so far apart I have no idea which is correct.

And so so much dirt. (Although I think I’d hit a v2 with a de-halo filter.)
I’ll consider working on this if anyone has solid suggestions, but I’m not sure there is anything worth pulling from the source.

I can’t believe I got an analog TV/VHS source looking that good. (Btw, the VHS has colors about halfway between these two. I’ll add snaps of that if anyone is interested.

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#1167678
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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ForestGWolfy said:

skyjedi2005 said:

Almost no difference in the picture framing or aspect ratio there.

Except for there being a slight more picture information on top in some of the full framed laserdisc captures.

Is jungle book supposed to be full frame or 16:9 ?

And why do some of the widescreen shots have like maybe 2% more image on the sides while chopping off the top.

FULLFRAME

Both.
“During the Xerography era from 1961 to 1981 the original aspect ratio of Disney’s animated features is unclear. The films were animated at 1.33:1 with TV broadcast in mind but matted to widescreen for theatrical release. Most early DVD releases of these films are unmatted 1.33:1 but some newer ones are being re-matted wide (about 1.75:1). These films are denoted with “OAR?”.”

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#1138574
Topic
Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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The funny thing is that Imdb calls the original release mono. As far as a surround channel being missing or not is unclear. There may have been one, but it certainly isn’t on the DVD. Compared to what most Disney Enhanced mixes sound like, the 3.0 is still preferable.

From DVDizzy.com:
The final soundtrack is one that purists would likely flock to - it’s a Dolby Digital 3.0 Surround intended to replicate the original theatrical presentation via faithful restoration. But in fully equipped theaters, Lady utilized a composite magnetic stereophonic sound process that would have boasted four discrete channels. This track only offers three distinct channels of sound - in the front right, left, and center speakers, with nothing at all emanating from the rear channels. That would seem to defeat the purpose of including this track at all, without the monaural rear channel that would have accompanied the CinemaScope exhibition (fueling the movie house’s side and rear speakers), this does not recreate the theatrical experience. One assumes that the mix employed for this has not been manipulated in ways that “Disney Enhanced Home Theater” entails, but I had trouble discerning much difference. In any event, if you don’t have a home theater and/or don’t care for remix jobs, this serves the viewer fine. But it would have made more sense to include a 4-channel stereo soundtrack or even the 5.1 remix that graced the Limited Issue disc. Nonetheless, I have a feeling that the majority of viewers will be content with the default 5.1 remix and may not know or care what Lady offered in 1955.