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ShiftyEyes

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#1275739
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Project 4K80
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canofhumdingers said:

Dreamastered V2 is impressive but it’s still got a lot of issues. Some of the colors (especially the lightsaber duel in the carbon freeze chamber) are still very… odd looking. And there’s a LOT of digital cleaning artifacts. Lots of partly or completely erased laserbolts. And things that move quickly, especially in the foreground, can be quite weird as random parts get erased. It’s incredibly impressive what he was able to do with such a rough and faded source, but personally I prefer either the original grindhouse or Harmy’s latest version (V2 still I think?) of despecialized. But that’s largely because I personally prefer a recreation or slightly faded colors over digital artifacts and erasures.

Still, dreamaster’s work is incredibly interesting and I do enjoy having it as another option when I get the itch to watch ESB.

As for finding dreamaster’s V1 or 2, eh… you’ll probably have to track him down and ask him. They’re hard to find on purpose from what I understand.

A lot of work seems to have gone into the Dreamastered version, but I much prefer the Grindhouse version even with all the dirt, noise, scratches, etc. Dreamastered is filtered within an inch of its life. All the texture of the 35mm print is gone and kinda defeats the point in a way. As said, the cleanup has left a lot of digital artifacts that I find more distracting than the dirt it cleaned up. And the colors seem overcooked to me.

Started watching the trilogy again this weekend with 4K77 v1.4 and thought I’d continue with the Dreamastered version of ESB but just couldn’t get into it. I’ll continue with the Grindhouse version instead.

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#500880
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NEW PROJECT: Raiding The Lost Ark - Released Date- 6th Feb 2012
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skyjedi2005 said:

The making of raiders and great movie stunts was released on USA laserdisc, did DFNYC do that one ?

Yes, DFNYC released The Making of Raiders, Great Movie Stunts, The Making of Temple of Doom, and Great Adventurers and their Quests.

Jambe Davdar, do you have the single disc DVD re-releases of the movies which came with additional extras?

 

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#369805
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Watchmen: The Graphic Novel Cut
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I know the comic often quotes songs and stuff at the end of each chapter, but I wouldn't use them in the movie - maybe credits or whatever. Even if a quoted lyric has relevance to the story, more often than not, the song just doesn't fit the mood of the scene. For example, I really can't see any version of "All Along the Watchtower" fitting that scene from the movie that Snyder placed it in.

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#369399
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Watchmen: The Graphic Novel Cut
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Sounds great so far. I'd also trim some of the other violence as well. Rorschach putting the cleaver into the dude's head was not only over the top, the effect was bad. Additionally, during the prison riot, there's the moment where they cut the dude's arms off. Not that these acts of violence shouldn't be suggested, they're just too gruesome.

I agree with you on the songs. I love most of them individually, but I didn't feel any of them worked in the movie. They all just seemed distracting and out of place despite some of the subtext being correct.

I'd also suggest dialing back on Richard Nixon. The makeup looked god awful.

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#342395
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The Dark Knight Edit Suggestions
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Ziz said:

Ok, I didn't think of it that way.  I figured the Joker was so confident that it wouldn't matter which one Batman or the cops went for.

Where was it mentioned that Joker swapped the addresses?

As others have stated, it's more implied than explicitly stated. The closest they come to doing so is when Batman and Gordon are mobilizing to save the two. Gordon asks Batman who he's going after. He says Rachel. Gordon tells his men that they're going after Dent. So when Batman opens the door and sees Dent, you're supposed to go, "Oh, shit. The Joker switched addresses on him."

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#329598
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Why was the '04 DVD set such a botched release?
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Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever see definitive releases of these films on DVD. The way I see it, LFL just doesn't have the manpower or the resources to give these movies the time and love they deserve. LFL is an independent company, so unlike major studios that release hundreds of titles on DVD each year and have the whole thing down pat, I get the feeling that LFL is always scrambling to get a release out. They might have one or two guys sitting standing by at a computer to do whatever change Lucas thinks up on a whim, but to really get the process down, they just don't have the time nor do they really care enough to get it right.

As another example, look at American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola's company. Like LFL, they independently produce their own DVDs. Their efforts are decent, but, like LFL, they have problems ranging from quality control (shitting color timing on Dracula/the SW films), leaving obvious extras off the DVDs, and bad creative decisions (cropping Apocalypse Now/Lucas's revisionism). It's also the reason why The Godfather series still doesn't have that comprehensive DVD set it deserves. Sure Paramount recently ponied up for a new restoration, but in terms of extras, the new releases will barely be an improvement over the last release. Moving over to Star Wars, the possibilities are probably endless. They have vaults full of great material that could be used for extras. But assembling new extras require time and money and a great deal of effort. If I recall correctly, the extras for the 2004 set weren't even announced til the summer since they were still scrambling to put everything together.

That brings me back to the quality control issues. It seemed as though Lucas just greenlit the 2004 releases at the last possible minute in order to make the release window. And so everything, including the digital restoration, color timing, sound mix, etc. were all rushed into production. It didn't help that Lucas likes to change things as they go along, adding new CGI shots, etc. When color timing the film, they probably didn't use a source print as reference and instead asked Lucas what he wanted in each shot. After working on the prequels, he probably saw the opportunity to make the OT look more modern and hence the crazy color timing.

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#328242
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AMC DVD_TV- The Terminator, True Lies, etc. (with Animated Anecdotes)
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AMC used to do this Sunday nights. It was actually pretty funny. A movie channel dedicated to classics had to use a gimmick to air movies uncut and in widescreen. I believe they also used the "DVD on TV" moniker that FX if using. Kinda fun. But, no, it's not available on DVD nor was it taken from a DVD or anything. Just something the folks at AMC cooked up and wrote themselves.

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#325955
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How would you Remastered The OOT, If you had Lucas' Money and Power?
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I'd hire Robert Harris to go back to the original negatives or whatever the best usable prints are and restore the trilogy to exactly the way they were in 1977, 1980, and 1983.

Then I'd hand over the restored elements to someone who is passionate about the project and wouldn't release anything half assed to supervise the creation the Special Edition versions, staying as true as possible to the original intentions of the filmmakers and artists. Also keep some key members of the crew (art & set decorators, costume designers, cameramen, editors, sound designers) on hand for their opinions/approval. Lucas ultimately will have final approval, but whoever takes the job of supervising the project will have to be able to stand up to the guy and make Lucas realize when his ideas are stupid.

Then go all out on the DVD extras and give the movies as much love as they deserve.

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#321104
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*** The Official DigitalFreakNYC Release Thread*** (SW, Indy + Others!)
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I think it comes down to space issues. they'd be a cool bonus, but if they'll compromise the quality of the other stuff, you shouldn't worry about including them.

On an unrelated note, I was looking through some of your older releases and realized I never printed the cover for The Game. I probably burned it to some CD-R somewhere, but after an exhaustive search, I couldn't find it. Could you or anyone help me out?