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#1445124
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Info, Help Wanted: William Friedkin's Sorcerer (1977) - original theatrical stereo track preservation
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PsyKovic said:

Space Hunter M said:

The laserdisc and DVD share literally the exact same master. I don’t know where these censorship allegations came from.

https://twitter.com/williamfriedkin/status/495446944496377856?lang=es The director disapprove the tv cut

Friedkin is saying it’s a master made for TV and home video exhibition i.e. 4:3 with video generated location titles during the vignettes. There is no censorship and the audio is the theatrical mix.

Here is audiovisual proof.
https://streamable.com/57p63w

There is no need for a wild goose chase for the LD version.

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#1349304
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Idea: The New Scooby-Doo Movies?
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TServo2049 said:

Here’s the guy’s description of the alleged cut scene from “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair”:

One of the most interesting pieces of dialogue, between Batman and Velma was actually edited out, both on the currently playing version, and the DVD! Something about counterfeiting “undermin[ing] the national economy”, and that “for the same of world stability, we must capture this criminal here and now”.
It is hard to determine where exactly this sequence was. The editing was very good. It was when they first followed the hooded man into the toy warehouse. IIRC, Batman opens the hatch, and then goes up alone, and then brings the others. I try to listen to the background music to tell where something was cut out. It was probably during the next blackout (or “batout”) after which they begin following him in the warehouse.

Of course, this could just be an incorrect memory of his. I could buy that 1-2 minutes were cut, because the episodes as shown on TV are short enough to show with ads and still run a 7-minute filler cartoon afterward. About 10 years ago, I mentioned this on ToonZone and someone said they had a 16mm print, with ads, and it ran 55 minutes - still shorter, but not AS short. The extra time was originally filled by CBS’ “In the News”.

Unfortunately, the cover of the Kids Klassics tape says “The Caped Crusader Caper”, so this episode likely never had had a video release before the 2000s VHS/DVD. (But if his claim is true, it could also contain extra scenes.)

Anybody got any USA Cartoon Express airings? They may have answers.

BUMP

This scene has surfaced from an '80s local syndication airing and is available in its original 480i DVD-R on a certain filesharing organ.

Here is the scene in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Zv-Z29Pl0

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#1323163
Topic
What do you think was the best release of the OT at the time it came out?
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Tack said:

I think a prime Eastman mono print would have been the way I personally would love to see it. The mono mix is so much more sonically alive to me than the Dolby and 70mm versions

I absolutely adore the mono version. It’s my preferred mix of the film. I’d love to hear it booming in an actual theater.

I also second the notion that a fully 35mm sourced version of it is one of the last “holy grails” of the OT for me. The Belcubus and Puggo/Jaxxon presentations are nice, but both have their limitations (being sourced from TV airings and 16mm optical, respectively).

I think the Technidisc was the best presentation of the original film on domestic U.S. LD just in terms of integrity.

It’s way more honest about its source material than the Definitive Collection transfer, and obviously a major improvement over the SWE/ISR.

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#1322491
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Help: looking for... Fantasia (original 1940 general release version)
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It’s worth noting that foreign releases like the original German DVD appear to be built around the 1990 restoration and have the 1947 interstitial footage in 576i (the animated footage coming from the 2000 master). The Deems Taylor intro, as per most foreign, versions is not included, however.

Screenshots from an .avi of the German DVD I downloaded:
https://postimg.cc/gallery/y3ne5q9s/eb004977/

OFDb also says the Australian DVD has a 114 minute runtime (117 @ NTSC): https://ssl.ofdb.de/view.php?page=fassung&fid=9609&vid=83007

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#1290399
Topic
King Kong vs. Godzilla - 4K Japanese Cut Restoration (Released)
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ray_afraid said:

So, despite early info claiming otherwise, it looks like the Criterion Showa Era set will include the Japanese cut of KKvG!
Copy and pasted from the official site:

www.criterion.com/boxsets/2648-godzilla-the-showa-era-films-1954-1975 said:

  • High-definition digital transfers of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 U.S.-release version of Godzilla; and the 1962 Japanese-release version of King Kong vs. Godzilla

Will this be from the same source as this broadcast? Better? Worse?
Really excited for this set.

No, Criterion explicitly stated upon inquiry that the 4K restoration is decidedly NOT what is being used.

From a Blu-Ray.com thread: “Both the KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and GODZILLA, KING OF MONSTERS will include the Japanese and US versions. All fifteen films in this set are high-definition digital transfers. We are working closely with Toho on this release and the 4K remaster you’re referencing was not something that was provided to us for this.”

Have fun with the ugly 2014 BD version America.

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#1288504
Topic
King Kong vs. Godzilla - 4K Japanese Cut Restoration (Released)
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With a glorious thanks to Akaiii, I have made a decent x264 encode of this and distributed it to MySpleen and Cinemageddon. I have synced all available audio mixes (plus isolated score) and a legitimate subtitle translation to create the definitive version of this marvelous film in the English-speaking world. I hope that this attempt is proliferated for years to come until the film is given a proper release in the aforementioned English-speaking world.

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#1277292
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Open Matte Preservation (Released)
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skoal said:

A reply, over 2 years later, awesome!

Still interested in this, what’s the FPS and running time (how was it converted from NTSC to PAL)? Thanks.

General
Complete name : H:\Photos and Videos 4.MP4 files\Twin.Peaks.Fire.Walk.With.Me.Fullscreen.Open.Matte.MS.mp4
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom
File size : 2.32 GiB
Duration : 2h 14mn
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 2 470 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:03:32
Tagged date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:03:32
Writing application : My MP4Box GUI 0.6.0.6 http://my-mp4box-gui.zymichost.com

Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Main@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 4 frames
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 2h 14mn
Bit rate : 2 144 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 10.1 Mbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 576 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Original frame rate : 25.000 fps
Standard : PAL
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.216
Stream size : 2.01 GiB (87%)
Title : Twin Peaks
Writing library : x264 core 142 r2479 dd79a61
Encoding settings : cabac=1 / ref=1 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x1:0x111 / me=hex / subme=2 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=0 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=0 / 8x8dct=0 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=0 / threads=3 / lookahead_threads=1 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=1 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=1 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=10 / rc=crf / mbtree=1 / crf=16.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / vbv_maxrate=20000 / vbv_bufsize=25000 / crf_max=0.0 / nal_hrd=none / filler=0 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Encoded date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:03:32
Tagged date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:05:08
Color primaries : BT.601 PAL
Transfer characteristics : BT.709
Matrix coefficients : BT.601

Audio #1
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 2h 14mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 160 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 164 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 154 MiB (6%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:04:54
Tagged date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:05:08

Audio #2
ID : 3
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 2h 14mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 160 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 163 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 154 MiB (6%)
Title : tpfwwm de fuckery de.mp4
Language : German
Encoded date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:05:01
Tagged date : UTC 2019-04-09 05:05:08

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#1276590
Topic
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Open Matte Preservation (Released)
Time

skoal said:

Hi, excellent post, who has the VCL German DVD?

I have it now. I’ve synced the English audio to it and I’ll post an encode on MySpleen sooner or later.

Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxmgvfXYsnE

Also, this is still just a conventional framing for 4:3 instead of a pure, reckless open matte job like the VHS screenshots above. The verdict is still out for that version.

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#1273840
Topic
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (and other pre-1980 S-D shows) - Syndicated Laugh Track-Free Audio Preservation (a WIP)
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Moviescope said:

Any updates so far? You’re doing an amazing job BTW. It’s not often that someone would go beyond for a classic show like this. And it’s more fitting that’s it coinciding with the 50th anniversary as well.

Thanks.

I’ve since acquired What the Hex Going on?, Which Witch is Which?, Scooby’s Night with a Frozen Fright, and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?.

1996 Bumper Edition UK VHS would fill following gaps:

Season 1:
5. Decoy for a Dognapper
8. Foul Play in Funland
10. Bedlam in the Big Top
12. Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too
15. Spooky Space Kook

And quality upgrades for:
3. Hassle in the Castle
13. Which Witch is Witch?

If anybody could rip this tape, it would be much appreciated.

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#1257296
Topic
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (and other pre-1980 S-D shows) - Syndicated Laugh Track-Free Audio Preservation (a WIP)
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When Hanna-Barbera put all the Scooby-Doo television shows produced from 1969 to 1979 up for broadcast syndication through Worldvision Enterprises in 1980, they removed the artificial laugh tracks from all the episodes that were present in the network versions.

These laugh-free versions became the dominant version on television for almost two decades, until the Warner/Turner merger in 1996. After Cartoon Network became the primary dumping ground for H-B’s back catalog, they had all the episodes remastered with the laugh track reinstated, thus restoring and presenting only the original network versions for the foreseeable future.

Josie and the Pussycats, the first of many H-B shows cast from the same mold as Scooby, has the opposite dilemma, with the current home video releases lacking the original network laugh tracks.

I’m undertaking a project to preserve the syndicated laughless versions and the experience of Scooby-Doo on television for almost two decades, with a high priority for the original Where Are You!, as the franchise’s 50th anniversary approaches.

I’m syncing whatever broadcast audio I can find to the 2004 HD masters of the show via the Amazon 1080p releases.

Current project status (10/24/20):

SDWAY S01E01: What a Knight for a Knight - 17 minutes from 1983 local syndication airing. Recording begins abruptly with Velma’s “Very funny…” I’ve restored the original Ted Nichols opening and closing to this episode.
SDWAY S01E02: A Clue for Scooby Doo - Nothing yet. A tricky episode. When Turner started airing the show on its cable networks, episodes 1 and 2 did air with the network laugh track intact, for some reason, so the copy will have to come from an '80s syndication airing.
SDWAY S01E03: Hassle in the Castle - Whole episode from 1995 TNT airing. I’ve restored the original Ted Nichols closing to this episode.
SDWAY S01E04: Mine Your Own Business - Whole episode from 1995 TBS airing.
SDWAY S01E05: Decoy For a Dognapper - Whole episode from 2000 UK “Volume 1” VHS.
SDWAY S01E06: What the Hex Going On? - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E07: Never Ape an Ape Man - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E08: Foul Play in Funland - Whole episode from 1996 UK “Bumper Edition” VHS.
SDWAY S01E09: The Backstage Rage - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S01E10: Bedlam in the Big Top - Whole episode from 1996 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E11: A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts - Whole episode from 1996 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E12: Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E13: Which Witch is Which? - Whole episode from 1995 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E14: Go Away Ghost Ship - Whole episode from 1996 TNT airing. (Boomerang still used the laugh track-free Turner master for some reason in the mid-2000s)
SDWAY S01E15: Spooky Space Kook - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E16: A Night of Fright is No Delight - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S01E17: That’s Snow Ghost - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.

SDWAY S02E01: Nowhere to Hyde - Whole episode from 1995 TBS airing.
SDWAY S02E02: Mystery Mask Mix-Up - Whole episode from 1996 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S02E03: Scooby’s Night with a Frozen Fright - Whole episode from 2000 UK “Nutcracker Scoob” VHS.
SDWAY S02E04: Jeepers, It’s the Creeper - Whole episode from 1996 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S02E05: Haunted House Hang-Up - Nothing yet.
SDWAY S02E06: A Tiki Scare is No Fair - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.
SDWAY S02E07: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf - Whole episode from 1983 syndication airing.
SDWAY S02E08: Don’t Fool with a Phantom - Whole episode from 1997 Cartoon Network airing.

I also have a handful of The New Scooby-Doo Movies episodes and a good deal of The Scooby-Doo Show season 2. Any help in hunting down more cable and syndication airings is deeply appreciated.