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Dr. Cooper

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#1258926
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The Little Mermaid (1989) - 35 mm (fully funded)
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Donors got access to a first release in November, but as already mentioned in the first post I can’t tell if and when a wider release is going to happen.

However, my project of “Mulan” still needs lots of fundings, so anyone who’s interested in helping on that one can of course also get access to “The Little Mermaid” right away: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Mulan-1998-35-mm-Help-needed/id/64031

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#1256708
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Mulan (1998) - 35 mm (Help needed!)
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Thanks to freedomland for another donation - really appreciated it!

Here are also a few comparisons between the official BD, the grainy HDTV and a few sample-frames I got from the 35 mm:

BD:



HDTV:



35 mm:



Those 35 mm-samples are just “as scanned”, there’s nothing adjusted in them which is why they’re still looking a little grey/faded. But they’ll give you a feeling how different the 35 mm is going to look once this is done.

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#1256218
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Mulan (1998) - 35 mm (Help needed!)
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Well, before worrying about a possible abundance the existing costs must be funded first. 😄
Let’s get this done first and then we can still talk about what’s happening if someone just finds this thread afterwards and still wants to participate. Trust me - this is a long way to go…

And apart from that it’s not the first time someone does this. Just look at the other releases - donors are getting early previews, exclusive releases etc. and if there are newer projects they can also get access to the older stuff if they’re participating in the newer ones. Leave alone that I already covered a huge amount to even start this project (buying the print, hard drives etc.). So even if the 465,- € for scanning and shipping are funded and someone wants to participate afterwards there will be ways and I’m still not making any profit with it.

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#1256065
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Mulan (1998) - 35 mm (Help needed!)
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We have the chance to get a 35 mm-print of Disney’s “Mulan” scanned. It’s in good condition with just a few splices (should be less than 5) and minor wear. The print itself is not in English, but the English Cinema DTS is also available for this project. The scan will be made at 4K-resolution.

The total cost for scanning and shipping is 465,- € (about $535,-) and everything can be done quickly once it’s funded. Anyone who’s interested in this just drop me a PM.

Just like “The Little Mermaid” this project will also be exclusively available to donors! A wider release on MySpleen or other platforms isn’t intended at this point.

Now you might be asking yourself: There is already a grainy HDTV-version of “Mulan” available - why do we need another 35 mm-scan? Well, even this HDTV-version has quite squeaky colors the print doesn’t have and the BD is even worse. The print has a totally different grading with more natural-looking color.

Photos from the print:


Donations so far:

100 / 465 €

Thanks to:

  • Soupdrinker0
  • Aphroticus
  • freedomland
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#1246546
Topic
The Little Mermaid (1989) - 35 mm (fully funded)
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The problem is that most of us are already used to that squeaky look for Disney-features. They already moved towards this with the first digital releases, but since the Lowry-restorations it got really bad. The Blu-ray of “The Little Mermaid” is at least not as bad as the 2006 DVD which had some more “digital improvments”, but it’s still not how the film looked in cinemas back in the days.

Here are a few comparisons between the Blu-ray and the 35 mm:







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#1226365
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Analog Releases of Films That Contain Deleted, Extended, & Alternate Footage That've Never Been Released on DVD/BluRay
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The old German VHS of „Nightmare on Elm Street“ contained the Unrated Version with some extended footage of Tina‘s death (blood splashing when she falls from the ceiling and an additional shot of her body).

The German VHS of Hitchcock‘s „Psycho“ also had some alternate/additional material: A shot where Marion takes off her bra, alternate footage of Norman‘s bloody hands after he cleaned up the mess in the bathroom and Arbogast is stabbed three or four times instead of just once. It also has an alternate shot of Sam‘s letter to Marion where the text is written in German.
Unfortunately the shower scene is cut in these German tapes, only old TV-airings included the full uncut version.

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#1203780
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The Little Mermaid (1989) - 35 mm (fully funded)
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Received some first samples today, and they look pretty good. Here are some screenshots, no proper color correction has been done yet:





Donors will also be getting a video-sample shortly. It’ll take a little while longer before I’ll have the actual scan here, but I’m really looking forward to working on this and I hope you guys like it as well.