The blu-ray is ready! PM me if interested in acquiring the edit. 😃
Starting work on new restorations soon. After reviewing them, I agree that they can be improved.
This project will also serve as a memorial for Jack Sheldon, (One of the singers for Schoohouse Rock) who passed away just before the new year.
Work on this project will continue hopefully around Spring. Stay Tuned! 😃
I have started continuing work on this project. I should have the blu-ray ready soon. 😃
Happy New Year! The Blu-ray Iso for this project is uploading right now! See first post for details. 😃
I personally think the originals look better, in your upscale the aspect ratio is wrong, the colors are all off, the outlines are too thick, the blacks are more of a gray, and it overall just looks blurry. Also you rendered to 60fps instead of 23.976.
- The aspect ratio is the same, just cropped slightly to remove video artifacting on the edges.
- The colors are more like technicolor film, and are probably closer to how the original film versions looked.
- The outlines are sharpened, not thickened.
- The blacks appear quite black on my screen, so I’m not sure what you mean by that.
- The blu ray will be encoded at 23 fps, so it doesn’t really matter if the raw file is 60 fps.
- Denosing can cause a slightly blurry look, but its better than having a bunch of pixellated noise all over the image.
You’re welcome to restore these yourself if mine aren’t good enough for your tastes.
You can now watch the restoration of “The Preamble” on Youtube. Consider this a trailer of sorts. 😃
Please note that this is the Enhanced Stereo version. Both Mono and Stereo versions will be available where applicable. Also, youtube’s compression does pixellate the video somewhat, and the raw file looks better than this.
UPDATE: I have decided to only focus on the original 1970s Shorts. Any shorts made after 1979 will not be included, however Computer Rock from 1983 Will be available as a Bonus.
This post will be periodically updated with before and after comparison images.
I thought it might be fun to attempt to Upscale all the Schoolhouse Rock shorts to HD since they currently are only available in Standard def. They were obviously shot on film, so they could technically be mastered in HD, but all the home video releases are most likely Betamax transfers.
The goal is to make a blu ray with all the original shorts, as well as some bonus ones such as the “Scooter Compute & Mr Chips” shorts, and the semi recent “I’m Gonna Send Your Vote To College”. All material is being ripped from the 30th Anniversary DVD.
For the songs that have been released on iTunes, there will be Enhanced Stereo Versions, but obviously the original Mono tracks will remain the default.
“America Rock” Comparisons:
It’s finished! PM me for the link.
Well, I have the money for the scan, but the shipping cost is a little steep at the moment, so I may have to re-open donations for a short time. This time I’d only need about 100. The 200 for the scan is already taken care of.
Hey how much do you need still?
I’m paying for the rest myself. The reels will be shipped to the scanner next month.
After doing some research, I found that most fans say the best source for the majority of the videos is the 2003 DVD, which is said to be better then the 2014 dvd (the one I have). With a bit of digging, I found some rips from it, and It is in fact better than both the laserdisc and the 2014 DVD.
Therefore, to ensure that this project is the best it can possibly be, new restorations are underway. I know I’ve been going back and forth on this, but really want the outcome to be the end all version of these videos. Please bare with me, and stay tuned for more info.
Well, I found a remote for my laserdisc player on Ebay. Once it gets here, I’ll be able to record the commentary for “R U Experienced”. I’ll update the first post with screenshots from all the main restorations later today.
Had to backtrack a bit due to problems with the audio. I wasn’t happy with some of the restorations, so I’m working on new versions. This means the screenshots in the first post don’t necessarily represent the final versions.
I also have a small problem regarding the commentary. Since my Laserdisc player does not have a remote, I can’t record the commentary for “R U Experienced”. All the other commentary tracks are easily obtainable through the DVD, so for the time being we may have to end up with “R U Experienced” not having the commentary, unless someone else has the disc and could possibly record it for me?
Commentary will be included!
Yep, thats the one. Much better quality than the DVD for some reason. “R U Experienced?” will be included.
As for “Go Monkey Go”, the source I’m using is taken from an HD copy on the site of the studio that produced it. 😃
I’m not entirely sure how much interest there is here, but I’ve been working on restoring every Devo music video from 1976 to 2012. The reason being, A lot of Devo’s videos were shot on film, but none of them have ever been released in HD, save for the “Worried Man” video from the blu-ray of the film “Human Highway”. Most of their videos have been released on DVD, but the quality on there is even worse than you’d expect.
The source for the majority of the videos on this project is a 1993 Laserdisc. Other videos have been taken from copies on youtube, iTunes and the DVD.
Videos will include:
- In The Beginning Was The End (The Truth About De-Evolution)
- Come Back Jonee
- Devo Corporate Anthem
- The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize
- Worried Man (“We’re All Devo” Version)
- Whip It
- Girl U Want
- Freedom Of Choice
- Through Being Cool
- Love Without Anger
- Beautiful World
- Time Out For Fun
- That’s Good
- R U Experienced?
- Disco Dancer
- Post-Post Modern Man
- Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man)
- What We Do
Bonus Videos will include:
Mongoloid (A Film By Bruce Conner)
Worried Man (Film Version)
Post Post Modern Man (Rocky Shenck Remix)
Go Monkey Go
Watch Us Work It
Merry Something To You
Roll Out The Barrel (“The Men Who Make The Music” Excerpt)
Booji Boy’s Funeral
Devo Releases Gallery
Fan Art Gallery
Well, this project is officially cancelled. Why? well take a look.
It will feature the original Mono track, plus its been restored from the original negative, supervised by Landis himself. I was even asked to send over some of the restorations of Trailers and TV spots I’ve done. This was the goal of the project from day one, to get the blu-ray the film deserved to happen. Looks like my gripes got through. 😃
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported this project over the years. We finally did it! 😄
Been working on a new project. It’s a blu-ray of the out of print VHS/Laserdisc “Dr Demento 20th Anniversary Collection”.
I was alway really into Weird Al since I was little, and as such, found myself obsessing over novelty music in general, which I heard through Dr Demento compilation albums. I recently bought this laserdisc for my personal collection, but since it seems that there’s no hope of even getting a DVD release, I though it might be fun to make a custom blu-ray.
The blu-ray will contain the full laserdisc restored in standard def with original mono track, as well as all the videos included restored in high def, minus the host segments. A lot of these videos are pretty rare, and my favorite of the bunch, “Fish Heads” by Barnes & Barnes has never been released on DVD.
Below you’ll find my custom artwork made from scans of the laserdisc, some screenshots from the “Fish Heads” restoration, and the track listing for the collection. This whole project is pretty simple, and it’s coming soon.
- “Fish Heads” by Barnes & Barnes
- “Cocktails For Two” by Spike Jones
- “Homecoming Queens Got A Gun” by Julie Brown
- “Jack You’re Dead” by Louis Jordan
- “Girls Ain’t Nothin’ But Trouble” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
- “Minnie The Moocher” by Cab Calloway
- “Sarah Jackman” by Allan Sherman
- “I Lost On Jeopardy” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
- “Your Feets Too Big” by Fats Waller
- “Elvis Is Everywhere” by Mojo Nixon
- “Purple People Eater” by She Wooley
- “Wet Dream” by Kip Addotta
Alright, the reason I haven’t released any of these projects yet is because I haven’t really had enough room on my computer to store everything. However, I now have a terabyte of space on Mega which will be used for backing up everything. I’m also planning on purchasing another external backup drive.
The initial version of V3 looked terrible on my TV, so I have to re-work it a bit until I can get it right. This time I’m mainly using the Laserdisc and VHS as color reference. They seem to match the Trailers available online.
I will also resume work on my other projects. TCM, Tron, The Howling, Electric Dreams and Toy Story. I’m also going to start doing transfers of fullscreen version of movies ripped from VHS and Laserdisc. All of my projects will include both Widescreen and Fullscreen version when finished.
As for the 35MM print of Shrek, it will be sent to the scanner next month, (assuming they’re able).
I want to thank everyone on here for their unending patience. I’ve been feeling kinda guilty about not getting these projects to you sooner, but I really want them to be as good as possible. I have a lot of stuff in my personal life that sometimes gets in the way, but I will get these restorations done as soon as I can.
Heh, I never really finished my version, but I was mostly just gonna do a color restoration. You won’t mind if I do that too will you? I’ve got other projects to finish first, but I never exactly gave up on Toy Story. Of course, I don’t think any of us would have even thought about restoring Toy Story if it weren’t for swazzy’s
post several years ago.
BTW, I ripped my laserdisc of the film recently and its a great source for color reference. Let me know if you want me to send it to you.
They were always intended to be sepia tone. The set for the shot where Dorothy opens the door was painted in sepia tones. It’s what makes the transition to technicolor more startling. The 50th anniversary release touted the restoration of the sepia tone.
Why prior reissue prints and the annual tv broadcasts lost the sepia I have no idea.
Ah, I see. Wonder why they got rid of it for that time…
I can’t confirm, but judging by that 16MM copy on eBay, it looks like the “real world” scenes were originally black and white, not sepia tone. Might be something to keep in mind for this project.
Looking forward to how it turns out. Good luck! 😃
Sorry about all the delays. I’m working on all my projects, and they will be released over the next few weeks.
Thank you to everyone for your unending patience. It’s time to stop procrastinating.
V3 of my restoration is coming soon, and uses the original mono soundtrack, as do the previous versions.