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#1289887
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Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation
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Here is a listing of all 52 English-language Iznogoud episodes, which are usually shown in pairs:

  1. The Hideaway Bed
  2. Hats Off!
  3. The Magic Catalogue
  4. Hopping Back To The Future
  5. Iznogoud’s Unlucky Star
  6. Iznogoud’s Student
  7. Big Eyes
  8. The Time Machine
  9. Croaking the Night Away
  10. One For The Road
  11. State Visit
  12. The Mysterious Poster Hanger
  13. The Pic-Nic
  14. The Sultan’s Double
  15. The Western Potion
  16. The Genie
  17. Goldfingers
  18. Incognito
  19. It’s a Dog’s Tune
  20. A Wonderful Machine
  21. The Curse of the Diamond
  22. Close Encounters of an Odd Kind
  23. The Challenge
  24. Slip Sliding in the Sultanate
  25. The Crazy Cruise
  26. Watch Out! There’s a Fly About
  27. Giant’s Island
  28. Tall Tales
  29. Elections in the Sultanate
  30. The Wax Museum
  31. The Genie of the Mirror
  32. The Memory Potion
  33. Sweet Dreams
  34. A Fairy Tale
  35. Musical Chairs
  36. The Magic Puzzle
  37. In The Summertime
  38. The Sultan’s Sceptre
  39. The Sheik’s Potion
  40. Nut’s Day
  41. The Sultan’s Portrait
  42. The Mysterious Ointment
  43. Iznogoud’s Nest Egg
  44. The Road to Nowhere
  45. The Invisible Thread
  46. The Magic Carpet
  47. Magic Memories
  48. Souvenir’s Island
  49. The Maze
  50. Mean Genie
  51. The Tiger Hunt
  52. A Hairy Statuette
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#1289884
Topic
Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation
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Okay, this is a bit of a stretch since Americans almost certainly won’t have heard of this character at all, but people in the rest of the world (particularly Europe) may have…

Iznogoud is a character created by French comic strip writer René Goscinny (he wrote the Asterix comics!) along with artist Jean Tabary. The character himself is a wicked Grand Vizier anti-hero trying to depose the good Caliph so he can become Caliph himself, but every cunning plan he hatches backfires on him - think Wile E. Coyote set in Arabian Nights-style magical Baghdad. His stories were chronicled in strip form in the pages of French magazines in the 60s and 70s, and then were later released in separate comic book albums. There are about 30 of these albums currently, but Goscinny only contributed to about 14 of those before he died in 1977, and Tabary himself died in 2011 leaving his children to carry on the work after album 28.

Anyway, in 1995 Saban released an animated series based on many of the early stories, 52 13-minute episodes in total. The series was shown in a number of different countries and had unique language tracks for many of them. However, release on video has been very spotty at best. A few countries (Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Spain) have had a number of episodes released on VHS and/or DVD, but no country has had a complete run released apart from France, who only got the full series on a limited edition VHS box set. The series ran in English on the BBC, but apart from 3 DVDs containing a total of 12 episodes, no others have been officially released. At some point quite a lot of the episodes were available with English audio (but Croation subtitles) from a torrent that has long ago vanished.

This thread is an attempt to explore the preservation of the Iznogoud series, particularly the English audio version. The goal is to try and preserve all 52 episodes in English.

My website containing info on everything Iznogoud can be found here.

VHS box set

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#1289870
Topic
Batman 1943 Full Version?
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I have the 2005 Sony discs for the Batman and Batman and Robin serials, which were sold separately. It’s been a while since I watched them, so I can’t really comment on what the quality was like without watching them all over again (and I’m not quite ready for that yet).

However, I’m very curious about the 2014 Mill Creek Entertainment release with both together as a 2 DVD set. Were they upgraded/changed at all, or are they the same exact discs released by Sony back in 2005? One reviewer on Amazon says they look “just as good” as the 2005 Sony release, but another reviewer says regarding the 2014 release “as far picture quality, there seems to be not a drastic, but a more than slight improvement.”

I’d love to be able to compare the two releases against each other.

–SKot

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#1288251
Topic
Holiday Special at SD County Fair
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There are no film reel copies of the Holiday Special to anyone’s knowledge - it only exists on video. But even if the guy somehow got hold of a master tape and transferred it to DVD…that’s already been done by EditDroid, and is available for free out there in probably the highest quality we may ever see. So there’s not likely any reason to give him any money regardless.

I don’t suppose he was able to show an example of the quality he supposedly has? Probably not.

–SKot

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#1288249
Topic
70mm print of GOUT on Saturday in Academy Theater in CA!
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For various reasons, I never got to see the original Star Wars (or ESB or Jedi) in the theater, even though I was 7 in 77 and soon became the biggest Star Wars fan in my school (no hyperbole either, I was actually known for this, and not always kindly!). It wasn’t until the movies came out on video that I finally saw the actual films for the first time…but in pan and scan, cropped and crappy, likely with mono sound. Obviously I was still dying to see them in the theater, but they weren’t showing anymore.

In the early 1990s (1991 or 1992 I think?) an opportunity arose to see the original Star Wars at a one-time charity showing in my town of Portland, Oregon. I was overjoyed, but there were weird specifications for the tickets where they were $50 but you had to have five people. Believe it or not, I could not find 4 other people to go with me to see Star Wars at this point…“oh, I’ve seen that 100 times before”, etc. from every person I asked. I managed to find ONE other person who wanted to go, but that wasn’t enough. “Oh well,” I thought, “there will be other opportunities.” How wrong I was!

Obviously I went to see the movies in 1997 when they were released as Special Editions. But it was pretty apparent that I’d missed out on something, and when it was announced that this would be the end of the original editions going forward, my heart sank. In the years that followed, numerous theaters around the US announced they were going to show the “original” Star Wars, but in the end they were either mistaken or could not get permission. I vowed I would move mountains and go anywhere to see the original Star Wars. Of course, my ultimate dream was to see it in 70mm…but that idea just seemed preposterous.

So when I first heard about this showing at the Academy, I scoffed and said there was no way they were getting the original, because no one ever got the original. At the time I didn’t know about the 70mm factor. I watched the live stream video of the panel and enjoyed it. But then…then I heard that the print shown not only WAS the original edition, but it was also in 70mm! And I completely missed out on the opportunity.

Some day, universe. Some day.

–SKot

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#1288059
Topic
STAR TOURS (1987) Restoration and Saving of the Original Movie Attraction
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SilverWook said:

An original 70mm Star Tours reel is in an upcoming Profiles In History auction!
https://profilesinhistory.com/auctions/animation-disneyana-auction-99/
On page 115 of the auction catalog. I fear it will fetch quite a bit though. 😕

Uh…whatever happened with this?

The auction site doesn’t list it in “Prices Realized”. Did it actually sell? This would have been worth trying to crowdsource the funds for preservation.

(BTW, it’s item #415 in the catalog if you’re looking for it.)

–SKot

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#1267721
Topic
Star Trek TOS Bloopers - where are they now?
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oneweekonline said:

I didn’t find any info on that one. Any chance you could post a picture of the cover (and the back, if possible)?

I know this thread is old… but i picked this vhs up at a thrift store for 50cents today and was looking for info on it.
[IMG]http://i67.tinypic.com/m9sz2w.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/sy9iq8.jpg[/IMG]

Looks like one of the many bootleg blooper VHS tapes that were on the market in the 90s, typically with a color Xerox or inkjet printed cover and everything but the kitchen sink thrown on the tape. There’s probably more variations of these than anyone could ever track.

As far as “official” or “semi-official” VHS tapes of the bloopers go, though, there seems to have only been around 4-5 versions.

–SKot

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#1258607
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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I had to respond to this earlier post, because…

SilverWook said:

Again, how do they get away with selling this? And what’s next, a live show in theaters?

Funny you should say that!

https://www.wired.com/story/star-wars-holiday-special-stage/?fbclid=IwAR1T8Jk0sCm48LYQyzVi430W7weqUjlq0263MvfxmBgVQGFCUV9UJUIpBvk

I guess this is the year for it!

–SKot

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#1256608
Topic
Star Wars Holiday Special - Zion Hybrid v2
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Guys,

There isn’t “a link” to this - there’s not a website I know of that you can just go to and download it. If you belong to torrent sites, you may be able to find it on one of those. Unfortunately, the only torrent site I know of that has it for sure is not giving out invites currently, so even members can’t help you on that. Keep searching, and good hunting!

–SKot

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#1239333
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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MattMahdi said:

MattMahdi said:

I’m browsing eBay, and I came across a set of four SWHS trading cards. I’ve seen them there before, but today I’m going to actually buy them.

The question is: were there only four, or should I keep looking for another or two?

(And now that I look more closely at the photos of the cards I discover that I already own them. They’re from the first series of Star Wars Galaxy, which is in a binder somewhere at home. But of course I already purchased them. Oh well.)

In addition to those three (I think there’s only three, is there a fourth?) cards, there is also a set of 11 SWHS trading cards given out by the Star Wars Store with orders back in 2008, and a series of cards from the 2007 Topps 30th Anniversary set including 5 cards with pictures from the Holiday Special and 2 cards featuring simulated animation cels from the Holiday Special.

–SKot

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#1237919
Topic
Lights Out! (lost TV anthology shows)
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SilverWook said:

My Dad turned me on to listening to old radio show rebroadcasts back in the 70’s, so I think I’ve heard the radio version a few times. The title is certainly familiar. I somehow missed the Sci-Fi channel airings, and I was an avid viewer in the 90’s.

I knew about the Lights Out! radio program from my mother quoting it. I guess she used to listen to it when she was little. Not sure she ever saw the TV show, though.

I think there were a lot of things that quietly aired on SciFi once and slipped through the cracks. I was surprised to hear about this one. Apparently other episodes were aired too, including at least one (Season 3’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”) that hasn’t appeared on any release and doesn’t exist in the Paley archives either. I only hope someone out there recorded it.

As with lost BBC shows, who knows what will turn up or where.

'Tis true! ReelclassicDVD recently (2016) released a rare Season 1 kinescope (“The Invisible Staircase”) that was privately owned. To date it is the only Season 1 episode available publicly, and also the first time I’d ever seen the original TV show narrator Jack LaRue doing his appearance - all the available later episodes are done by the eerie Frank Gallop. Who knows how many more privately-owned kinescopes are out there (or are being destroyed by people who don’t know or understand their value). More of these, please!

–SKot

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#1237857
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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LexX said:

Is there a way to download even the watermarked full images from the site? I can only get 1024 px high and can’t understand the source code that much.

Well, using Microsoft Edge I was able to click on the images to show the larger 1024 size, and then right-click and “Save Picture As”. They’re alll watermarked of course, but it works.

–SKot

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#1237557
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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SilverWook said:
I’ve racked my brains for years trying to recall what I think was a one off tv special, that had an even larger grouping of the Cantina guys, plus what looked like the suit from Alien! That would place it around late 1979 or early 1980.

Could it be Starstruck, from 1979? It was a one-off made-for-TV Star Wars rip-off that I think featured some very Cantina-like alien creatures. I have a copy of it but have not watched it yet.

–SKot

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#1237525
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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SilverWook said:

Would the drunk driving PSA have been shot around the same time, and utilized the cantina set built for the HS?
https://youtu.be/lxpz3Lp-PCk
The makeup on the bartender seems similar to one of the new characters made for the HS.

Interesting idea, but it’s not the same set. I’m guessing they just mocked one up on the fly, ala the Cantina pick-up shots done for the movie. The commercial apparently aired in 1979, so the time period is right for them to have used anything left over from the Holiday Special, but I guess they didn’t. They captured the hazy look and seedy feel of the Cantina far better than the Holiday Special did, though!

Funny to see how they utilized crappy plastic ice cream sundae cups all over the bar, though!

–SKot

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#1237523
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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Tobar said:

Stumbled upon a treasure trove of high res promotional stills from the Special:

Pretty awesome, eh? Shame about the watermarks, though. I’m told Getty takes images that aren’t even their own and watermarks them. That always irks me. But they really are apparently representing the CBS photo archive…though I don’t know that even CBS really owns these images anymore either. Lucasfilm bought all the rights to the Holiday Special back in the 80s, so technically they/Disney should own all of it now, I would think.

–SKot

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#1237019
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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LexX said:
I actually found the English subs around the web but the timing is off. Still, I’ll use it as my base for translation.

Yeah, I imagine the timing is probably off depending on the version they used to create it.

Would there be any interest in creating a multi-language version of this using the Editdroid version as the base? Getting different dubs and subs for it etc. I don’t know if any dubbed releases are around fully but it could be a fun project for 40th anniversary beside the bonus disc if it’s happening, too.

I think that would be great. EditDroid has the official Spanish dub available as an alternate audio track. The French version is out there, but that airing was edited down quite a bit so you’d have to create an alternate cut of the film for it to fit.

–SKot