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#1057410
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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The GOUT isn’t even anamorphic… it looks like hell on a widescreen display. It has faded colors and image smear, as well as being pretty soft and without fine detail.

Even with all the effort to make it shine… it just can’t compare to a proper transfer from a quality source. The TN1 project of the '77 film is far superior to the 2006 bonus disc GOUT.

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#1049911
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The Thing (1982) [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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Greetings, Andrea! … Glad to hear you’re still working on these classics. The Thing will always have people interested… lots of Carpenter fans around here. Hell, I wouldn’t mind a Halloween version 2 down the road either… maybe even with the television scenes added back in for a super edition! Your Escape From New York (HDNet Movies) project is still my go to edition cuz it’s Awesome… The Best Ever!! You da man!

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#1049388
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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So I decided to do a detailed color comparison between the original DVD and the MGM HD broadcast of OHMSS… because I was convinced the colors were a bit different… but in fact, they are incredibly close. I’d say the MGM HD broadcast is 98% in line with the rich and vibrant color palette of the original DVD presentation. And that includes the brilliant shadows featured in the original cinematography… after all, this film was shot with a darker, more moody look than other Bond films. Lowry not only introduced a new color scheme to the frame by frame restoration (way too blue), they also brightened up the presentation way, way too much for the BD… everything is blown out hot white. So I am pleased to say that the MGM HD transfer is absolutely my go to version from now on because the colors are virtually identical to the original DVD. That is how OHMSS is supposed to look. The beach scenes in the opening of the film are supposed to look like dawn, not dusk. Lowry screwed all that up, among many other aspects of their transfer. The MGM HD version solves all of this. If anyone ever captures it, you really don’t have to worry about color correction after all… beyond adding the Laserdisc mono as a bonus (the broadcast audio is quite good by the way) I think this new alternative from MGM HD is the best available presentation of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Fire up your dvr if you have MGM HD channel on your system… you’re gonna want to hold on to this version.

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#1049314
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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The MGM HD transfer of OHMSS is actually free of many of the Blu-ray’s issues, thank goodness… I don’t know where they’ve been hiding it, but it very clearly is NOT the Lowry transfer. Anyone who knows and loves the film would notice this immediately. I’m just thrilled it finally surfaced. It just needs color correction, but that’s pretty much it. There are a few specs and nicks on it but overall it is a beautiful HD broadcast.

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#1049266
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Bond Laserdisc Preservations: 1962-1971
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Side note: MGM HD Channel is airing On Her Majesty’s Secret Service this month… here’s what’s interesting though… It’s not the Lowry master they are using. There’s a small amount of dirt on the transfer and the opening credit sequence is NOT window boxed. I’ve never seen this print shown anywhere except MGM HD. Most importantly, the contrast isn’t blown out like the Blu-ray. The whites are not clipping and hot on this broadcast, so it can be adjusted for color, cleaned slightly and preserved. The Blu-ray is useless cuz it’s blown out. The colors should be corrected to look like the original DVD from way back…

DVD
http://i68.tinypic.com/10r1itj.jpg
Lowry
http://i64.tinypic.com/ohu7t4.jpg

So if this broadcast can be used as a basis… one hell of an OHMSS preservation is possible.

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#1031428
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Yes, I still have a copy of v2.1… I remember the Ben Kenobi desert scenes were adjusted because they had been a little blown out to look like the IB Tech print from that theater screening and then Harmy sort of dialed that back to look less so. That’s around the time the whole '70s look was coming into the presentation…

http://i64.tinypic.com/f1iogj.png

That gives you an idea of what direction the colors were going toward at that time, but many changes to the overall palette and timing have come into play since.

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#1018640
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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The AVCHD versions fit nicely on a dual layer DVD (use Verbatim) and they are in beautiful HD. They clock in at just over 8 gigs. I’ve played them on various displays through several different blu-ray players and never had a problem. They are pristine and never fail to impress. A large MKV is very nice but by no means the only way to watch Harmy’s work.