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#1295120
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The Black Hole 1979?
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Yeah, I joined the Disney club to purchase this title, and am very disappointed that they botched the overture. It’s on the disc - there’s 2 playlists, and 1 includes the overture. The main m2ts file does start with the overture. The other playlist doesn’t include it - it skips the overture and starts at the main titles, and the menu only links to the playlist without the overture. You can’t even access it in the chapters menu.

And there are of course zero extras, not even the trailer.

There are people on the blu-ray forum that have contacted Disney over this, but so far it’s been brushed aside.

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#1276268
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Star Fleet/X-Bomber (1980) Remastered Edition
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Well I caved in and bought the new US blu-ray release in SD. Both the English and original Japanese episodes look pretty dreadful. I mean really bad. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse than the UK set, but they’re all bad. The motion on the new blu-ray is particularly problematic. I wouldn’t be shocked if I learned they transferred them from the PAL tapes. The motion is really odd, and the image is very blurred in general, with very bad aliasing. I think the French set is the only worthwhile set, but sadly of course it’s not in English, and rather pricey now I think.

I do like that the original Japanese episodes are included, and they do look different than the English episodes (slightly different aspect ratio and colors), but neither is particularly watchable.

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#1273604
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The Little Mermaid (1989) - 35 mm (fully funded)
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The problem is, the color has been altered on these Disney films so many times, at this point I’m not sure if anybody knows what the correct color should be from shot to shot. It’s down to a matter of preference imo. The two older DVDs were drastically different, with the 2nd release looking far different than any other version before or since. Then the blu-ray came along with some changes and now the UHD. The HDR and wider color palette means maybe these colors are far closer to what was originally drawn. Maybe not. Maybe the UHD is more accurate in some shots and less in others? Can any of us really know?

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#1273217
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Tron (Mangowolf Edition) Color Regrade BLU-RAY ISO COMING SOON
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I’m guessing the original theatrical release of this was somewhat inconsistent due to the techniques used combining the cgi and the live actors. One thing I remember is the “flicker” of the characters that was actually not intended, but written off as “glitches” in the Tron world. They later removed them for the blu-ray.

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#1270555
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Star Fleet/X-Bomber (1980) Remastered Edition
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I wasn’t aware it was coming to blu-ray. Too bad it’s only SD, and even worse it’s too bad that it will likely be the same inferior transfers as previously released. It would be nice to be proven wrong, but I’m betting the only benefit will be better compression on the blu-ray and the inclusion of the Japanese episodes with English subs.

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#1259665
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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What is considered the better release in terms of image quality - the Editidroid, or the Zion Hybrid which is sourced from the Editdroid? The Zion Hybrid says:

Sourced from the EditDroid DVD

  • Video enhanced with noise reduction and color correction
  • Remastered Boba Fett cartoon by g-force edited into the program (sourced
    from the Star Wars Blu-ray)
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#1259661
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Star Wars smoking/whooping cough PSA's - have they been preserved?
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Have the Star Wars smoking/whooping cough PSA’s been restored or are they at least available in high quality on any of the Star Wars fanedit extras DVDs over the years? I’m looking for better copies than what’s on Youtube. Youtube does have one real nice pair of the whooping cough PSA’s (1080p!) that come from reelstockfootage.com but the giant logo over the whole screen ruins it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ_R_33iMrE

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#1246277
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The Black Hole 1979?
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There’s a high-quality Amazon rip of The Black Hole floating around on the net right now. The video bit rate is a fairly healthy 13.3 Mb/s. The audio is AC3+ 640 kb/s. It runs at the proper frame rate - 23.976. It’s of course in the proper aspect ratio. And it contains the opening overture. It seems like the best, highest quality version out there for now. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

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#1218424
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TRON Patch 2.0
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Wow, this looks very impressive. I’d love to see the original Tron totally re-done like this. Of course I love the original as-is, but this is a neat idea to bring the film up to the newer Tron sequel visuals.

The new footage does seem to appear a bit slower due to the motion of the floor, but this is otherwise pretty fantastic. Keep at it!

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#1188646
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kk650's Regraded Blade Runner 2049 (2017) V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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A warning to all who go to the usual place now for kk650’s regrades (not the organ) -

I went there today to grab the regraded Blade Runner 2049 v2, and got a nasty ransomware scare. For some reason I couldn’t log into the site today in Firefox (I just registered yesterday there and it worked fine yesterday when I first registered). So I tried it with Internet Explorer, as sometimes my Firefox add-ons are very aggressive with blocking bad things. I forgot that I had also temporarily disabled Malwarebytes. As soon as I went to the site in Internet Explorer, a scary pop-up came up over the site that looked like ransomware, complete with the “your computer has been locked” and instructions how to decrypt your drive after paying. Luckily, it appears to be a fake, as I was able to crash IE with the task manager, and after running full system scans with Avast and Malwarebytes, there is nothing to be found.

But regardless, this is not a place you want to be. It’s sad to see kk650’s regrades getting uploaded there, as A) The site seems to not work properly as I can’t log in, and B) it serves up nasty ransomware scares and who knows what else.

I implore KK650 to find another place to upload his material. I will no longer be visiting that place.

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#1188644
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kk650's Miscellaneous Regraded Films
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A warning to all who go to the usual place now for kk650’s regrades (not the organ) -

I went there today to grab the regraded Blade Runner 2049 v2, and got a nasty ransomware scare. For some reason I couldn’t log into the site today in Firefox (I just registered yesterday there and it worked fine yesterday when I first registered). So I tried it with Internet Explorer, as sometimes my Firefox add-ons are very aggressive with blocking bad things. I forgot that I had also temporarily disabled Malwarebytes. As soon as I went to the site in Internet Explorer, a scary pop-up came up over the site that looked like ransomware, complete with the “your computer has been locked” and instructions how to decrypt your drive after paying. Luckily, it appears to be a fake, as I was able to crash IE with the task manager, and after running full system scans with Avast and Malwarebytes, there is nothing to be found.

But regardless, this is not a place you want to be. It’s sad to see kk650’s regrades getting uploaded there, as A) The site seems to not work properly as I can’t log in, and B) it serves up nasty ransomware scares and who knows what else.

I implore KK650 to find another place to upload his material. I will no longer be visiting that place.

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#1188505
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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tbird97 said:

Oldfan said:

Is there a studio master version of this that exists out there? I’m confused. I have the Zion Hybrid v2, the Gormaanda Hybrid v2, and the Editdrid, all on the organ. Is there one I missed?

No. The Editdroid is sourced from a station master tape. I believe the Zion Hybrid v2 is taken from that same source, but someone spliced the commercials back into it and also did some editing work (I forget what and don’t want to mislead you, but I recall it was aimed at making the picture slightly better). I’m not familiar with the Gormaanda Hybrid. But, no, I don’t think there is one you are missing.

Thanks. I was wondering how I would have missed one. I dind’t know the Editdroid came from a master though, so thanks for explaining that.