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Swift S. Lawliet

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#1190327
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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - 35mm Re Creation
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I love the premise behind this project.

Reminds me of how Studio Ghibli’s digital productions are filtered for Blu-ray to look more like they’re made on film.
With subtle film grain, softness and even gate weave.
Though, I do like that even when they are filtered, the grain is still more subtle than actual 35mm prints or actual 35mm productions.

I love the appearance.

I really wish that your re-creation of The SpongeBob SquarePants movie would look more similar to Studio Ghibli’s approach instead of the grain of an actual 35mm print.

Ghibli’s approach is cleaner and it isn’t as overly filtered, but it still looks really nice and film-like.
Truly the best of both worlds.

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#1167680
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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I wish they would just release them with two aspect ratios on the Blu-ray, with a 16:9 1.78:1 theatrical format version and a 4:3 1:33:1 open-matte version.

The Black Cauldron, however, should be released in a 2:20:1 aspect ratio rather than the slightly cropped 2:35:1 aspect ratio it has on iTunes.

Also, for Disney animated movies, the ones I am really excited for a 4K Ultra HD release are the ones which premiered in 70mm (Sleeping Beauty, The Black Cauldron, Treasure Planet).

I know Treasure Planet will be a 2K upscale unless Disney can find a way to re-render CAPS animation in 4K or if they scan an IMAX print in 4K (which would look inferior to even a 2K upscale since it didn’t come from the pure digital source) but Sleeping Beauty and The Black Cauldron will look amazing when they scan the original negatives in 4K and not screw up the grain.
Treasure Planet should be in it’s IMAX open matte aspect ratio of 1:66:1, just like the DVD and Blu-ray.

Sleeping Beauty should be in it’s 2:55:1 CinemaScope negative aspect ratio while The Black Cauldron should be in 2:20:1 from it’s 70mm negative.

And each film should come with it’s theatrical audio mix (4.0 for Sleeping Beauty, 5.1 for The Black Cauldron and Treasure Planet) in DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD in addition to a Dolby Atmos remix for their 4K Ultra HD releases.

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#1166294
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Disney's Tarzan 35mm found!
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Gomu69 said:

Also from the same seller, Treasure Planet http://www.ebay.com/itm/323024463378

I’m more than willing to help pitch in for any of these. Thank you for letting us know about these prints, I hope they find a good home where they can be preserved!

Too bad the bidding has ended.
I would’ve really wanted that.
Especially if the scan was open matte 1:66:1.

However, I would want an IMAX 70mm print to be found, even if it’s nigh-impossible.
As well as the IMAX audio CDs.

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#1166293
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Someone asked me something interesting regarding what official releases need to be owned before getting the Despecialized Editions.

Apparently, some countries like Hong Kong and the Philippines had DVD-only versions of the 2011 Special Editions which were the basis for the Despecialized Editions.

She asked me if one is legally allowed to download the Despecialized Editions if she owns the 2011 Special Editions on DVD but not Blu-ray.
And if so, is she allowed to download any version or just the DVD5 version?

And, if she bought the digital releases but only in SD, is she allowed to download any version of the Despecialized Edition or only the DVD5 version?

Please give me answers for my friend who wants to dip into the Despecialized Editions.

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#1165093
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Theater Performance Preservations
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Dat_SW_Guy said:

As the forum rule states, you’re not allowed to download any movie (The Last Jedi) that does not have an offical home video release/Still in theaters.

I know that.
So I’ll just download the cinema recordings of The Last Jedi when I get my hands on the 4K Ultra HD.

And also, I’m not sure if my plans are gonna go through, since it’s a very daunting task for someone who is always busy like me.

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#1164171
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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Harmy said:

Actually, most GOUT shots will be replaced with 35mm - the main difference between v2.5 and v3.0 will be that with 3.0 I’ll be starting from scratch on the whole thing at 1080p, whereas v2.5 will be the same v2.0 720p master with some shots replaced (just like was the case with v2.x of the other films).

Can you please give a timeframe on when v2.5 can possibly be released?
Really excited for this, even if it’s just a minor update.
I am personally expecting this to come out around May the 4th.

Also, I know v3.0 will be a gigantic update for all three movies, especially since you’re starting from scratch at 1080p. and fixing more issues than the v2.x Trilogy.

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#1163875
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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dahmage said:

Swift S. Lawliet said:

towne32 said:

Dang. Two worlds of hurts back to back!

I agree, though. Getting seamless branching working (thanks again, Williarob) was a challenge enough. Getting a BD-J disc authored and working would be a nightmare, as cool as those picture-in-picture features are.

I think PiP doesn’t need BD-J, since the Japanese Studio Ghibli Blu-rays have no BD-J and they have PiP features in the Storyboards (essentially watch the workprint version of the film where it’s entirely storyboards) and the discs are not BD-J.

The PiP feature in the Storyboards in the Japanese Ghibli Blu-rays is that the workprint takes up the entire screen, you can choose whether the final film can be seen in a smaller window and you can even choose which corner to put the final film’s window.

The US Ghibli Blu-rays, however, don’t have the PiP feature for the workprint storyboards.

And while most people don’t like watching the workprint feature which is a standard for most Ghibli releases, I actually love watching the storyboard versions. I love watching workprints of films, and I really love it when they include a workprint as an extra on the official Blu-ray or DVD.

But I’m getting sidetracked. What I’m saying is that if the Ghibli Blu-rays to get PiP working without BD-J, then it’s theoretically possible for most.

Sounds like true PIP then, and not just burned in? Very cool.

Yes.
And the options for the display of the final version can be brought up with the pop-up menu and you can disable the PiP altogether and just watch the storyboard workprint, but only on the Japanese Blu-rays as far as I know.

I don’t know why Disney (and later GKIDS) cut this out for the US releases.
Especially since they did the opposite with the Diamond Edition Blu-ray of Beauty and the Beast, which had the theatrical edition take up most of the screen while the WIP version was the smaller picture, and it’s actual PiP, even if it’s very disappointing that the WIP version isn’t the one in the big screen.
Then again, they also removed the WIP version in the Signature Edition Blu-ray and made it digital-only for that particular version.

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#1163841
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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towne32 said:

Dang. Two worlds of hurts back to back!

I agree, though. Getting seamless branching working (thanks again, Williarob) was a challenge enough. Getting a BD-J disc authored and working would be a nightmare, as cool as those picture-in-picture features are.

I think PiP doesn’t need BD-J, since the Japanese Studio Ghibli Blu-rays have no BD-J and they have PiP features in the Storyboards (essentially watch the workprint version of the film where it’s entirely storyboards) and the discs are not BD-J.

The PiP feature in the Storyboards in the Japanese Ghibli Blu-rays is that the workprint takes up the entire screen, you can choose whether the final film can be seen in a smaller window and you can even choose which corner to put the final film’s window.

The US Ghibli Blu-rays, however, don’t have the PiP feature for the workprint storyboards.

And while most people don’t like watching the workprint feature which is a standard for most Ghibli releases, I actually love watching the storyboard versions. I love watching workprints of films, and I really love it when they include a workprint as an extra on the official Blu-ray or DVD.

But I’m getting sidetracked. What I’m saying is that if the Ghibli Blu-rays to get PiP working without BD-J, then it’s theoretically possible for most.

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#1163036
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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albmm said:

Dear Harmy (and the rest of the team),

Congratulations for this incredible work. Your HD original versions of the movies are amazing.

There is only one thing that, in my opinion, spoils all this great work: the subtitles on Greedo scene on SW, and the others on the Jabba Palace scene on ROTJ, especially for non-english spoke people.

So, I’d like to ask you about any cut of the movies without subtitles on movie footage.

Many thanks.

There is a German Despecialized Edition Trilogy which has German subtitles for the alien speech in Star Wars and Return of the Jedi. The German version of The Empire Strikes Back even had minor improvements from Harmy’s version.
There is also a French Despecialized Edition Trilogy but only Star Wars is finished as of now.

And since the Blu-rays have removable subtitles for these scenes, even if the theatrical versions have the subtitles.

I think a Despecialized Edition without subtitles for the alien speech would go against the purpose of the Despecialized Edition’s mission.

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#1162189
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Theater Performance Preservations
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How about TS/CAMRips of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi?

I’m gonna go on a treasure hunt for CAMRips on the bay of space pirates but I’m not sure if they still have seeds; especially for Rogue One and The Force Awakens.
The Last Jedi still probably has enough seeds for it’s CAMRip/HDTS thanks to being the most recent and having no Blu-ray announcement let alone release yet.

My cinema recordings will just be the audio from these CAMRips synced to the Blu-rays and in a .mka container.

I am not sure if I am gonna go through with this since I am a very busy man when it comes to other things in my life.

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#1160770
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Frank's Star Wars DVD/BD Covers
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FrankT said:

Though not quite within the criteria of DVD or BD, these are also added for completion.

Revisited Jewel Case


Initially produced as an experimentation with the jewel case format, these are designed around the 2000 VCD covers. The back details for ESB and ROTJ may prove incorrect.

Magnetic Video Sleeve


A hypothetical replica of what the cover for the Magnetic release of Star Wars would’ve looked like had they been granted the rights to it before 1982. Hey… without Magnetic, we wouldn’t have home video.

Super 8 Jewel Case


Based on the original F48 Ken Films box. It also experiments with the way some VCD covers use the back of the case as the front of the cover (like the San Andreas one, for example), which is actually rather nifty.

Can I please have the Revisited jewel case covers, please?
Thanks in advance!

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#1155237
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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After watching some videos of Nathan P. Butler’s From the Star Wars Home Video Library (great show, by the way).
I noticed that the Star Wars: Special Editions get new incarnations every seven years (1997, 2004, 2011), and they always have new formats.

  • 1997 theatrically, on VHS and LaserDisc
  • 2004 on DVD
  • 2011 on Blu-ray
  • 2018 on 4K Ultra HD?

If Disney didn’t buy Lucasfilm, George Lucas will probably continue the seven-year cycle and tweak the first six films again and they will have 4K releases.
And maybe this is a sign that this is the year that the first six Star Wars films will come out in 4K Ultra HD, and I’m not sure if there will be more alterations under the new rule of Disney. (Most likely not, since the 2011 versions are canon according to Disney).
However, what is sure is that The Last Jedi will be the one to come out in 4K this year.
It is not yet confirmed if The Force Awakens or Rogue One will get 4K re-releases this year.
And now, it’s very possible considering Fox bought Disney, meaning that Star Wars is now under Disney, and the saga is now 100% Disney.

The only reason why we don’t have the unaltered versions of the Original Trilogy from Disney yet is because Kathleen Kennedy is close friends with George Lucas, who specifically told her to never re-release the unaltered versions.
Which Kathleen did out of respect for George, not just as the original creator of Star Wars, but also as a close friend.
She wouldn’t want to betray Lucas the same way Anakin betrayed Obi-Wan.
But Disney may, without any regards for the friendship of the two, force Kathleen Kennedy to put out the original unaltered trilogy since it will surely print money for Disney.
And with the cycle going on, now might be the year to do it.

If the 4K discs do come out this year, I hope the 4K discs get ripped so we can make an even better source for v3.0.
And I hope that Disney will force Lucasfilm to re-release the original unaltered trilogy this time.

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#1154324
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind stereo remix
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is my favorite animated film of all time, and I want a new way to hear it.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind only had a mono mix for it’s theatrical release and every release onward, even the 4K remastered Blu-ray and the English dubbed version.
There are 5.1 remixes released in Thailand and Germany but they are apparently of low quality compared to an actual remix, even compared to their mono counterparts.

The DVD/Blu-ray is in 2.0 but it’s a dual mono mix.

For many purists (including Studio Ghibli itself as well as me), the mono version is the best-sounding mix of the movie, even if there are other remixes. And I love how the movie sounds in mono.

However, I want to stop and ponder how would the movie sound in stereo, would it be better or worse?
It would be different, for sure. But I want to know.

There is a Drama Album for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind as well as other Miyazaki films released in 1989, and since Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro are the only Miyazaki films in mono, and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro never had a Drama Album, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind has a unique stereo remix for it’s Drama Album, with some changes in music, sound effects, and more.

However, thanks to some changes in the music cues (some scenes are either longer or shorter because of this), syncing it up with the Blu-ray isn’t as simple as it seems.
There are also some scenes where the music is slightly altered/there are new snippets but they sync up with the animation.

I want someone to construct a stereo mix of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind using the Drama Album, as well as other Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind soundtrack albums, and the Blu-ray mono mix if possible.

Maybe hunt down FLAC music albums (you need the Drama Album, Soundtrack, Image Album, and Symphony Album for this) and edit them together so that they properly sync with the Blu-ray. You may need the mono track from the Blu-ray but I’m not sure.
The music cues should follow the same ones as the mono mix/Drama Album.

I also want two versions of this: A “purist” version which is still a stereo remix but it more closely resembles the music cues in the mono version, and a different “enhanced” version which has all of the altered music cues from the Drama Album except if they ruin the sync with the Blu-ray.

Now, I cannot do this and I am just giving away ideas but I will handle distribution of this project.

UPDATE: When comparing the Drama Album and the theatrical mono mix, it seems that only some sound effects have panning in stereo, the Drama Album mix is mostly a mono mix but with some stereo sound effects and completely stereo music, still a pretty interesting version of the film.

P.S: I am not sure if this should go in the Fan Preservation or the Fan Edit boards.

Thanks in advance!

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#1152944
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It's the full collection, Charlie Brown! AKA continuing the Warner Peanuts 1960s, 1970s "decade" collections
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There is a 4K Ultra HD collection of some Peanuts specials which include <italic>A Charlie Brown Christmas</italic>, <italic>It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown</italic>, <italic>It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown</italic>, <italic>A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving</italic>, <italic>Mayflower Voyages</italic>, <italic>Play It Again, Charlie Brown</italic>, <italic>It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown</italic>, <italic>It’s Magic, Charlie Brown</italic>, and <italic>Charlie Brown’s All-Stars</italic>.

All in 4K HDR.
The restoration looks really great, though it’s appearance in 4K Ultra HD was unexpected, and people were just baffled, I was really hyped for this one.
This time, all of the specials are in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, including <italic>A Charlie Brown Christmas</italic> and the other bonus specials included with the other discs.
I personally would’ve wanted an LPCM 1.0 or DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track from the LaserDisc or VHS releases but it’s still okay.
The restorations are either in a pillarboxed 4:3 (1:33:1) fullscreen presentation or a pan-and-scan 16:9 (1:78:1) widescreen presentation.
I am a purist but the 16:9 version actually looks great as far as cropped widescreen presentations of classics go.
But still, 4:3 all the way.

Unfortunately, the included standard Blu-rays aren’t updated in any way whatsoever (just like in the 4K releases of <italic>Blade Runner: The Final Cut</italic> and <italic>The Dark Knight Trilogy</italic>) except for <i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i> which has an updated Blu-ray with an MPEG-4 AVC encode and DTS-HD Master Audio tracks instead of it’s initial VC-1 video and Dolby Digital audio release.
The other Blu-ray discs are the 2009/2010 Blu-rays with VC-1 video and not-as-shiny video quality.

I am hoping that the 4K discs get cracked so we can use them for restoration purposes.

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#1097473
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Captain Antilles said:

Swift S. Lawliet said:

When is the DVD-5 version coming out?
Already have the MKV version but I’m just curious.

This question has been answered many, many, many times. The answer is right in Ady’s post as well as on the WordPress. Please do your homework first.

He said he will do a DVD-5 alongside the MKV for now, while the DVD-9 version and the Blu-ray ISO will come later.
He said that the DVD-5 will come shortly after the MKV but the DVD-9 and the Blu-ray will come much later.

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#1096192
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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Avatar_Emil_Borg said:

Who is seriously buying this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Snow-White-And-The-Seven-Dwarfs-1937-BLU-RAY-DVD-2-Disc-Set-/131717712266?epid=1631049176&hash=item1eaafcc98a:g:Q4QAAOSwa-dWsIY1

Apparently, they are similar in video quality to the US releases.

And since they are both Japanese and Korean budget releases, they may not be official but they are legal releases, since they are public domain in Japan and South Korea probably because of archaic copyright laws.
They updated them some time ago but it was too late to prevent some of the Disney films from going public domain.
And apparently, some of these DVDs have also been spotted in the Philippines in some Japanese surplus stores there so maybe the same could be said for the Philippines.

Which means any company can make their own release of the public domain Disney films (101 Dalmatians and everything before that) as long as they don’t use the Disney logo.
Walt Disney Studios Philippines, Walt Disney Studios South Korea and Walt Disney Studios Japan are all still allowed to use the Disney logo for obvious reasons, and they are usually the superior versions because they come from Disney themselves and also because they have bonus features.

And speaking of the Philippines, they apparently don’t have this Disney Vault complication that most other countries have. Which means all of the current releases are on-print since 2014, and even movies that were once in the vault are brought out permanently. So they don’t have to deal with all of the Disney Vault shenanigans which most of us have to deal.
And all of the current releases are also official.
The trade-off? Their releases are downgraded by being one-disc only for the movies which were originally two-disc sets.
This isn’t as bad as those which were only one-disc but it can get bad for many movies which are two-disc sets.
Also, they make the Blu-rays rarer over there and you really have to hunt for them.
They also exclude the original theatrical audio mix for any of their releases, but apparently, Disney also does it for other countries except for the US and sometimes Canada.
At least, that is what I saw when I was in vacation in the Philippines.

More info on these releases:
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=250138

And info about international copyright laws:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_Japan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_South_Korea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_Philippines