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#1434445
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Help: looking for... The Muppet Show: Watermarkless content
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BestArchivist15 said:

I am also wondering if anyone would happen to have a watermarkless version of the episode guest starring Chris Langham from Season 5.

Disney have pulled the episode because Langham is a convicted sex offender who was incarcerated for downloading and watching clips on multiple computers of little girls being raped. You want to preserve and share a pulled TV episode featuring a guest appearance of this man? Do you really not see that this is wrong?

I’m not sure what’s worse: the intent - or the justifications and mental gymnastics (probably whatabouttery citing Polanski) that are bound to ensue.

Mods: if you temp-ban me, fine - but this is messed up on so many levels.

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#1433560
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Raiders of the Lost Ark 35mm LPP Theatrical Experience - v1.0 (Released)
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Film4 (UK) aired ROTLA tonight and it was the Blu-ray version. Even taking into consideration that it has been downscaled to 576i and suffers from a mediocre bitrate (I don’t have access to Film4 HD), as others have already noted, this just looks horrible in terms of the garish colours that are present during many scenes and the orange skin tones that have been applied to Ford and numerous other actors.

Judging by what I’ve watched this evening, I’m glad that I heeded the warnings and avoided the Blu-ray release. Whilst I appreciate that there are members who enjoy seeing the film presented in this form, for me it’s simply unwatchable. I’ve got the DVD, the 2008 Lowry version that routinely aired on BBC One and BBC Three for many years and Litemakr’s brilliant 35mm transfer - I shall continue to enjoy those, particularly if the 4K release scheduled for next month turns out to be a disappointment.

Thanks again Litemakr for presenting this film as it was meant to be seen. 😃

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#1433086
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The "How Did You Learn To Read?" Thread
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My sister taught me when I was three. Being a typically annoying little brother, I was constantly interrupting her homework by inquiring as to what she was doing and what she was writing. Inevitably, she soon tired of this and in order to put an end to the inquisitive interruptions, she devoted a few hours every afternoon to teaching me the alphabet and within a matter of weeks I was reading and writing.

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#1426808
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Superman I-III extended TV cuts & Info - Where have the Preservations gone? (Released)
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Mike O said:

Apparently WB sent C&Ds to various sites selling them? I’m not sure how reliable the information is though.

It’s probably accurate but perhaps WB were mainly aggrieved about the commercial gain angle? Hopefully anything originating from here will fly under the radar because we’re not financially motivated. 😃

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#1426545
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Star Wars UK TV Broadcast dates
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Bluto said:

That brings back happy memories… I imprinted on the December 1988 ITV broadcast of TESB (the first film my family ever recorded on our new VCR) and only realised many years later that it had been slightly cut so the ads would fit (grrr).

We also received a new VCR that Xmas and similarly, I didn’t discover till the early 90s that ITV had truncated the film. Ironically, it was during the USA Network’s 1994 airing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPO7DZUIlXk

Bluto said:

One scene which surprised me when I eventually watched the official VHS tape was the end of a conversation on Hoth between C3PO and Leia, followed by a line from C3PO to R2D2, regarding whether Luke was alright.

Same here. 😃

Bluto said:
I think some witty remarks Han made about C3PO on the Falcon had also been cut in the TV broadcast.

Yes along with his witty remarks to Leia that he hasn’t “got time for anything else.”

I’d imagine that the 1994 and 1995 broadcasts were almost certainly full length because ITV had long discontinued the practice by then.

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#1426492
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Star Wars UK TV Broadcast dates
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oojason said:

‘A day long remembered: Star Wars comes to television’

^ a 2016 article at the excellent Episode Nothing blog - with a few images and advert videos from the time.

It also chronicles the early US TV appearances - and also quotes from Lucasfilm seemingly not happy and also not wanting Star Wars to be on tv…
 

Thanks, that was a good read and I now understand why ITV routinely screened ANH during the 80s but didn’t air TESB till the very end of 1988. Speaking of which, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this forum, the 1988 ITV premiere of TESB was “edited to run in the time allotted” - with several scenes removed so that the film could fit their schedule. As Brits who were around during that period will be well aware, this was standard procedure for ITV, with numerous films being similarly hacked to pieces till the network eventually discovered the marvels of time compression.

From the comments section…

My folks got us a VCR at Christmas 1985. My first thought was ‘Star Wars is on at New Year’, which it was in STV-land.

Another date to add to the UK broadcast chronology. 😃

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#1425784
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Info: Spider-Man 2 35mm - for sale up on ebay
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ThatPixarGuy said:

The original/current BD heavily screwed up the color timing and contrast, reminds me of The Matrix’s original BD in a way.

I assume they used the 2.1 transfer as a base, as the credits use the SM3 font rather than the original. Ironically, the 2007 Blu-Ray was way too “Blue.” These issues were fixed in the “Mastered in 4K” BD release in 2014, but only for that BD and the eventual 4K release. So the 2017 legacy collection uses the 2007 transfer, unfortunately.

Thanks for the info, that’s very interesting. 😃

I’ll have to keep an eye out for any FTA UK HDTV broadcasts and record them because it would almost certainly be the theatrical release.

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#1425692
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
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oojason said:

1992

 

An advert for the 1992 Widescreen Collection on VHS:-

'Star Wars Trilogy The Widescreen Collection 1992 Promo Trailer:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Riipp7KLfO4 - a 3 minute video at the The1970Ghostrider youtube channel

 
 

Some images of the 1992 UK Star Wars Trilogy Special Widescreen Edition Box Set and also the tapes within:-

I own these and they also include this promo for the widescreen VHS releases of Die Hard and Alien - with comparisons to the P&S presentation. Incidentally it also mentions the widescreen Star Wars releases at the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1_IrYci3F8

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#1425687
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The Star Wars Original Trilogy on RCA's CED Format
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oojason said:

Some general info for the Original Trilogy on CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc)…

This is a brilliant post oojason! Thanks for compiling everything into one place. 😃

To add, here’s a discussion of the Star Wars (ANH) CED releases from the excellent CED Magic site, which in turn links to a nice document from 1995 on the deleted scenes:

http://www.cedmagic.com/featured/star-wars.html

A promo shot of the Star Wars CED collection:

http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/rca-laboratories/mem468.html

Here’s a technical discussion of the time compression that features a couple of OT alum:

http://www.cedmagic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2390&sid=9e45cd4ea4bdfa5ff59545afe0ac4408

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#1307620
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Raiders of the Lost Ark 35mm LPP Theatrical Experience - v1.0 (Released)
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oojason said:

Strange… especially as looking through this thread members on here have helped fellow members acquire this Edit - and also even pointing out it is available publicly on usenet. So not quite ‘unfindable’.

It seems you did not try PM’ing the thread creator / Editor to see what options there are on how to acquire this?

Nor did you read the Welcome to the OT.com; Introduce yourself in here thread - where a lot of useful info and helpful links are located.
 

Though you did fancy having a rant instead…

Indeed, with their only post they launched into a rant… 😮

oojason said:

And alienating the helpful members on here who would have likely provided you with assistance in finding this Edit… probably to the point your rant may have made them think twice about doing so.
 

As has already been stated, their attitude appears to be steeped in pure entitlement. Every single project on here has been undertaken by volunteers who’ve devoted their time, money and efforts to locate, preserve, restore and archive films and TV programmes in their best possible presentation. Often with painstaking commitment and all completely for free and that’s not even mentioning the technical advice that’s provided again for free - and has helped me on countless occasions with information and solutions.

It’s a community that I’m proud to be a member of and it bears no resemblance to their description. 😃

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#1303753
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Idea: RoboCop - Theatrical Version Preservation - any interest?
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ThiefCobbler4ever said:

Bumping this thread to let you all know that Arrow has announced their edition for RoboCop on Blu-ray (US and UK) which will include (in addition to the Unrated and TV cuts) the original theatrical version for the first time officially on Blu-ray!

https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/robocop-limited-edition-blu-ray/FCD1918

Excellent news, thanks for sharing this information! 😃

According to the details tab…

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

^This means that the Criterion release still remains the best version for the OAR.