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Harmy

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#1267784
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Well, the descriptive audio I included was the only version I ever found. If someone can supply a better one, I’d be happy to replace it in the future.

Also, guys, I need to contact g-force and he’s not replying to any of my messages. Does anybody here have an email or some other contact for him? If so, please PM me. Thanks!

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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I personally only watch 3D at home. The 3D in theaters is usually murky and there’s ghosting, so I gave up on that. But at home on the 120" projection screen, it helps to make it feel more like a real theatrical experience, since when watching 3D, I kinda lose the sense of the actual size of the screen, so it sort of smears the difference between sitting close to a smaller screen at home and sitting further away from a large screen in a theater. So I’m not happy at all that home 3D is dying. Luckily, unlike TVs, most new projectors are still 3D capable and so are most new BD players.

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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Well, it’s not like I didn’t use their material, though as far as the video itself goes, I’m pretty sure it’s fair use but since I did link the full movie under the video and I even say so in the video, I wouldn’t really have a leg to stand on. I just kind of assumed BBC wouldn’t care about this old documentary that’s not available to buy anywhere but apparently, they do.

Anyway - let’s continue the discussion on the Horizon documentary here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Horizon-How-To-Film-The-Impossible-Remastered/id/61748

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Horizon - How To Film The Impossible - Remastered
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The idea of the small image over blurred background is to make the low-quality image smaller on a moder large screen, like it would have been on a small CRT back then and yet to keep the screen visually filled like in the original documentary. Then the idea extended into using the same thing for the film footage to make it visually consistent and again fill the screen, like the original documentary’s Pan&Scan footage. And finally, I added the extra horizontal blur under the BTS footage to simulate the same AR as the film footage. I personally really like the look.

As for adding a bit of dirt to the Indy (and 2010) footage, I wanted to preserve the feel that the original documentary had, where the film bits just breathe celluloid even through the layers of analog noise, so I used the film scans for Star Wars footage and I wanted to give the footage where I had to use Blu-Rays similar feel - I even regraded the Indy footage closer to the way it looks in the documentary.

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Horizon - How To Film The Impossible - Remastered
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Hi guys!

Horizon - How To Film The Impossible is, in my opinion, possibly the best documentary about classic VFX ever made.

I found a fairly decent copy of it on Myspleen some time ago but it’s still only a DVD transfer of an old videotape, with lots of noise, dropouts, interlacing artifact and really noisy sound. So I wanted to clean it up a little but never got around to finishing it.

It is a project I’ve wanted to do for ages and when I recently wanted to use this amazing documentary to demonstrate something, I found that out of the two copies that used to be on youtube, only the worse one remains and it’s really bad.

Also, our company started a VFX academy to train future compositors, because they always have trouble finding good people, and as part of this, they started doing lectures on history of VFX and I suggested this documentary to my colleague, who heads the academy and he loved it and asked me if I could possibly bring him a higher quality copy than what was on youtube.

This motivated me to finally do this little cleanup project this weekend (well, Friday night and Saturday, really - I was at work all day today) but those of you who know me will probably know that I didn’t stop at just doing a bit of cleanup 😄

And so, here’s the Horizon - How To Film The Impossible - Remastered:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hQ0GQjmIWDPOv0Xs3rJ2SgzOLDVQoiP2gPeHBNuqZto/edit?usp=sharing

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#1224842
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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They were shot on 35mm but as far as I know, those elements were then composited in video, which is why they had to, and could, be recomposited digitally for the HD version. I bet the elements shot directly to video were the ones that had to be recreated with CGI.
As to whether TNG is available on Netflix in Slovakia, I have no idea, though I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, if it’s available here in the Czech Republic. And if the article says that the fixes were done specifically for Netflix, I’m sure that’s what you’d get.

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Agreed. I watched it on Netflix and none of the effects ever felt out of place. The situation here is, of course, quite different, since the TNG vfx shots never existed as anything else than SD video, just like the rest of the assembled show, so they received the same treatment as the non-vfx shots by being upgraded to HD and the original shots are preserved in the best quality they ever existed in on DVD.

The situation is quite different for TOS though, where the VFX shots were composited optically on film before being telecined for broadcasting and the new CGI shots in the remastered versions look terribly out of place, so I find the version with the original VFX much more pleasant to watch. But, luckily, on BD you can choose which version to watch, so no problem there either.

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#1224489
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Well, it’s my least favorite version to watch. I have no principial problem with the recompositing there, since it’s not claiming to be a theatrical version but the problem is it wasn’t done very well in some places - the very first shot, while much less grainy than the other versions, shows very clear signs of badly digitally composited smoke for example.

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Simple - his main job was to figure out in what order to put the elements through the optical printer to make the shot work and to make sure all the masks aligned properly, which was a near impossible task in those days and he still managed it. In digital compositing, the same task is laughably easy in comparison. It’s like tearing down the pyramids and rebuilding them using modern cranes and diggers and stuff and saying that they’re the same thing, because they look almost the same only more polished.

Plus optical compositing has a very specific visual aestetic to it, which is lost when the elements are recomped digitally.