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Swift S. Lawliet

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#1235784
Topic
Movies in UAR - opinions needed
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I think some of the Winnie the Pooh films would benefit from this.
The DMC (Disney Movie Club) exclusive Blu-ray release is in it’s original production aspect ratio of 1:66:1 but it loses some of the sides in the Blu-ray version compared to the iTunes version which is cropped to 1:78:1, even if some detail on the top and bottom is lost on iTunes.
Meanwhile, the DVD has the most information on the top, bottom and sides.

I think a UAR version of Piglet’s Big Movie with the iTunes version on the top, bottom and sides applied on the Blu-ray image would be great. With the DVD version applied to parts of the image which the iTunes and Blu-ray versions don’t show.
But I think it would just be an open-matte edit.

There is also Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.
It’s on a 1:66:1 aspect ratio on the US DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes (weird, since for most of the other Winnie the Pooh iTunes releases, they are cropped to 1:78:1, so the iTunes release may just be the HD master for the US DVD release).
And the framing is different on both the iTunes and Blu-ray versions, with the iTunes version showing parts of the image that aren’t on the Blu-ray while cutting some parts of the image which were present on the Blu-ray, in both horizontal and vertical axes.

There are also the European and Asian DVDs, which are in 1:33:1 fullscreen.
They cut off part of the sides but are also open matte and show more of the top and bottom.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate a comparison of the Asian DVD, US DVD, iTunes and Blu-ray all together.

However, I think we should combine the Blu-ray and iTunes for the widescreen part (maybe utilizing the US DVD, since it may have more image) with the European/Asian DVD filling up what’s lost in the Blu-ray and iTunes versions.

Here are some screenshot comparisons:
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=307016 Piglet’s Big Movie
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=307015&page=4 Pooh’s Grand Adventure (Blu-ray vs. iTunes)
https://www.dvdizzy.com/poohsgrandadventure.html Pooh’s Grand Adventure (Widescreen vs. Fullscreen)

As for colour, I know the Blu-rays have more saturated and bright colours more in line with The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Blu-ray release of The Tigger Movie.
But I personally prefer the Blu-ray colours, since the detail pops out more (and I personally think the iTunes and DVD releases of Pooh’s Grand Adventure looks like it has a purple tint).
Just give fans an option between the Blu-ray colour palette or the original iTunes/DVD colour palette.

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#1235301
Topic
New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Preservation Project
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This bootleg looks like a conversion of those Russian WEB-DL torrents.
And there’s a chance the quality could be worse, since Blu-ray can’t support 1080p 25fps, Blu-ray can only support 25fps in 720p or 23.976fps 1080p.
So either he’s lying and it’s actually downscaled to 720p, it’s we get missing frames with converting 25fps to 23.976fps by removing some frames, or it’s actually a proper 25fps to 23.976fps correction.

Either way, I really can’t see how the quality would be that different from the Russian WEB-DL torrents.

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#1225236
Topic
Restoring the wondrously disastrous <strong>Star Wars Holiday Special</strong>
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LexX said:

Swift S. Lawliet said:

VintageMan94 said:

There Is A YouTube Video That Was In 60FPS and it was The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Link Below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtSX1lg8rE

Cool, that’s probably the best the Holiday Special would look on an HD display.

That’s the Editdroid version from few years back. It was the master tape, not “recorded” like the uploader suggests.

No, I was referring to how it looks great (but not much, considering it’s the Holiday Special) because of the 60fps deinterlacing.

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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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
Theater Performance Preservations
Time

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
Topic
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
Topic
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.