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#208726
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***//BUILDING EMPIRE\\: PAL & NTSC DVD - NEW EDITION NOW ONLINE! ***
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I got this from myspleen and am pretty impressed with it. I haven't watched all of it, but I did notice one thing: Many spelling mistakes in the on-screen text. You might consider having someone proofread your text entries and grammar in the future, otherwise it looks amateurish. Other than that minor quibble, it's a great documentary.
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#208361
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The Official 2006 Discs Will Be No Better Than What We Have!
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I would think that this would be the case. LFL isn't going to spend a ton of money to restore something that Lucas doesn't really care about. Using the 1993 masters that were used for the DC and Faces sets makes sense, since that was the last time the OOT was remastered, and the cost of transferring it is minimal. Obviously a master -> DVD is going to look a lot better than an LD capture ported to DVDR, even if they're derived from the same master source. I believe it will be a 16x9 dual layer transfer, and will look a lot better than the LDs ever could. I'll be glad to finally have a legal version of the true films. As for the rest of the arguments, I have only one thing to say: This bickering is pointless.

Originally posted by: THX
The most likely scenario, IMHO, is the one painted by zombie84. LFL would want an anamorphic 24p disc, two reasons not to use the D1/D2 master. Given the advances in video technology, they'd want to do a new telecine/digital scan form the best available source, which would be the '93 interpositive. All this is entirely consistent with Jim Ward's comments, both on starwars.com and in the USA today article. The quote about video quality, which is from the journalist, not Ward (although he is presumably paraphrasing Ward) is: The original films' video quality will not match up to that of the restored versions. This seems most likely to refer to the fact that these editions will not have the digital "restoration" as performed by Lowry for the 2004 editions. To me, this is another plus point.

Now, the worst case scenario is that these are just being compressed from the D1/D2 letterbox masters used for the DefCol & "Faces" LDs (and the last VHS release). Even if this is the case, they will still be the best available version of the OOT on DVD: I will be happy to buy them and I strongly urge everyone else to do the same. This is a good example of an opportunity to vote with our wallets. We all want the OOT to live on into future formats and support for this product now is the best way to encourage that. If it is a big hit, LFL (other than Lucas) and Fox will want to keep re-releasing it to make more money - which is great for us. If it is boycotted because 'it should have been better', there will be no future for top quality versions of the OOT on home video.


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#208345
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Pizza Stone v.2
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Traditional pizzas don't always come with tomato sauce, but that is how most people think of them, since modern pizza is based upon recipes brought over by poor southern Italian immigrants. Most of those kinds of pizza were thin crust, with lots of tomato sauce; this is common with Sicilian style, which is quite heavy. Some Mediterranean pizzas use olive oil and garlic as a base; usually this is Greek style. I've also seen alfredo sauce pizza, but that is likely an American creation. Putting ketchup and mayo on pizza is disgusting, and I can't imagine why anyone would do that.
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#207502
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Info: The LID Project: Laserdisc is dead.
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I wasn't going to get involved in this, but....


Originally posted by: SephirothTNH
I've seen other
Preservation threads get closed down because an
official dvd existed even if you did have to order it
from another country, Ong-Bak. It seems like we have
some double standards here. X0 as well as any
straight preservation of the OOT should now be
considered bootleg.


I'm glad at least someone else noticed this; all I really wanted was a reasonable explanation of why my thread was closed. I can handle it being closed, but even after making an irrefutable argument in its defense, I was brushed off. I find that insulting and hypocritical, since others have provided titles which already do exist and are domestically available, and yet are allowed to get away with it.
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#206019
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ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY OUT 09/2006 BY LUCASFILM
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I knew this would happen eventually, I just didn't expect it so soon. These sorts of manipulative business practices employed by so many modern companies have become very commonplace. I posted a theory about this roughly 6 months ago detailing my suspicions, and lo and behold, it has manifested itself. Lucas has known all along what people want, and has simply been stringing the fans along. Anyway, I'm just glad that it's now official. Don't be too shocked when the movies are rererererereleased onto HD-DVD within 3 years.
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#201431
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A SPARK OF HOPE FOR LASERMAN
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Donation sent-hopefully he will recover. I don't mean to pry or seem morbid, but what is the exact condition he is suffering from?
On another note...

Originally posted by: Zion
Just a tip guys, if you select "quasi cash" as the transaction type, paypal will not charge YIYF a fee upon receipt of your donation.


Where is this listed at? I think the fees are the same for Paypal, regardless of the transaction type. You're essentially paying them to move numbers around in their accounts. If it's different, I'd be interested in knowing about it.

TR
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#196821
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The Double Standard
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I'm starting a new thread due to this problem I've encountered here. Lately, as you all may know, I produced an original Ong Bak cut, which isn't easily available in its original form. The thread was locked due to it being questionable and I was never able to offer a rebuttal.
I find it rather infuriating that people can freely release titles like The Game and Blade Runner, solely because they have better picture quality, yet are easily available commercially. The only real difference between them is the video quality and the extras included. I decided to release something that has improved audio quality over the commercially released version and is also the original cut, and it's somehow not ok to do so. This is just hypocrisy, because you can't deem one release is ok and another isn't just because one has better video and one has better audio. I was chastised "just" because it was a DTS version. Blade Runner "just" has better resolution. What exactly is the difference (barring the extras)?
Yes, the original cut of Ong Bak with English subs can be purchased from Australia, which is fine, if you like watching a sped up version with inferior audio. The Game and Blade Runner can both be purchased domestically, and are the same cuts, yet the only improvement is the video quality. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for these improved releases, but I'm thoroughly baffled.
My problem is this: How does improved video quality alone make it ok? What exactly is the criteria for an acceptable release? How can there be this double standard?
I get the strong suspicion that my thread being locked has very little to do with it being "piracy", and more to do with my status on this board, which some view as less than desirable. I don't really mind the rules being enforced, but if they are going to be, then they need to apply to everyone equally, and not just because of the whims of the moderators.
To summarize:

The Game:
Only difference is anamorphic video and LD extras
Ong Bak:
Original cut in NTSC with Eng subs & DTS audio

In terms of differences, my DVD actually has more of them, not less.
I'd like a logical explanation about this, and why one is ok and one isn't.
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#196352
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Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior Original Version
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I did this mostly for NTSC viewers without access to multi region PAL converting players since R1 customers are forced into buying the Luc Besson version. The soundtrack is also a vast improvement over the Dolby versions. Yes, what Moth3r described is accurate. Sorry for the direct link; in my haste to make it available, I forgot about the direct linking policy.
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#194039
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Info Wanted: What is the Best Quality OT Fan Preservation Set?
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The reason that happened with V1 was because the LDs were captured onto a Sony DV Cam and then transferred to PC via firewire, rather than directly. V2 was captured through a PC capture card, via the digital out on the LD player, so what you hear is exactly the same as the LD. I've compared them myself by playing the actual LDs and the DVD simultaneously while switching between them and there is no significant quality difference.

Imagine what you could do by taking a colour/gamma corrected DVD, and using the X0 transfer (to fix the SE elements), and one of the DVB captures (to fix certain DVD defects). One day, maybe...


That is a possibility, but the X0 will most likely be the new standard. Your idea seems like it would require more effort and time than any one person could possibly muster.
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#194002
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Info Wanted: What is the Best Quality OT Fan Preservation Set?
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The truth is, none of the current sets are perfect; they're all flawed in some way, either due to the limitations of single layer discs or the equipment used to make them. Yes, even OCP's set, while well made and great quality, still contains unremoveable SE elements which hamper my enjoyment. The color scheme on the retail DVDs is terribly oversaturated and it's much too dark, although OCP did compensate for this somewhat. As good as they are, I'd still rather watch blurry LD copies.
My set does have its flaws, but I specifically wanted to concentrate more on sound quality than video quality, because that is what makes Star Wars great, and also because no other transfer has PCM audio. Personally, I could care less about a few extra lines of resolution if I have to listen to dull, compressed audio. This is just my opinion and I don't expect anyone to concur, so save your comments.
Hopefully, once the X0 project is complete, it will put this thread to rest as I'm sure it will be the new standard, and there will be no further disputes as to which is best.
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#193880
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Heat: The Action Edit (Released)
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Sounds good.. I agree, I don't see the point of those scenes as they don't add anything to the story. The scenes don't flesh out Pacino's character, or add to his motivations in any way, or alter his behavior or attitudes. It just shows he's the stereotypical "cop with family problems" guy, but mainly just slow the film down. If his daughter or wife had been put into jeopardy, the scenes may have served a purpose, but every time I watch the film I just wonder why they're there.