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#1406801
Topic
The Shining - Restoring the German Version (WIP)
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The Intro Credits

As it is well-known, Kubrick (at least up to and including The Shining) used to do complete localization for credits for his movies. The Shining is no exception in this matter. The entire intro sequence is in German.

I had two sources of German credits. One was the VHS version, the original theatrical sequence was used. Unfortunately, it has a rather bad quality.
Then, the version by TV station ZDF. This has been re-created digitally.

After several attemtps of upscaling VHS footage, I was quite unhappy with the results. Neither the AI approach, nor my AVS filters could produce anything of at least of a decent quality, even after color-correction.

So I decided to take the English footage and rotoscope out the titles that need translation. For that, I broke up the relevant sequences into single frames and edited them one by one.

My first approach was using Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill feature. That worked quite okay, however, it had noticeable flaws at high-contrast areas. Then it tends to produce artefacts which I deemed unacceptable. They are especially visible in motion (see the random piece of rock at “L” in “STANLEY”). But what’s even worse, are the boundaries between the mountains and the sky. That was quite inacceptable.

After that, I had to refine my workflow. The German TV version has proved quite helpful, as the credits are rolling there at different locations and with a different speed. Therefore, I could combine the two footages (albeit after alignment and color correction) in order to cover up the credits in original footage.
As there were still differences in color, brightness etc., I have combined the two approaches. After that, some retouching by hand frame-by-frame still remains though.

Here a video sample I am quite content with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9CjRbTVCas

Screenshot:

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#1390014
Topic
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
Time

The VHS mono audio was in a better quality than expected (though far from hifi). However, there are several serious asynchronization on the track. Also, it has some audio dropouts which are most notable during narration (pieces of audio are just missing).

After some tweaking, I seem to have found the parameters for dynamic compression and equalization in order to fill those things with a fold-down of the German BluRay dub so that the difference in quality is not very notable.

Here is an example.
https://sndup.net/7xt5

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#1388916
Topic
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
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The fascinating thing about the credits is, that back then, all those nifty movie job titles, “Gaffer”, “Grip” and so on, actually had German translations.
It’s been lost by approximately the beginning of the 80s (when they stopped translating the entire credits in Germany, and just stuck to the title). Even Kubrick didn’t bother translating the credits for FMJ, if I remember correctly.

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#1388175
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Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
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but on the second one that opening “ST” on Stanley is kind of distracting with the different sizes of the letters.

The funny thing about it: the names are actually from the original English HD footage. They were not touched at all. (with the exception of added umlauts to be conform to the German names / end titles).

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#1387987
Topic
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
Time

Anyway, here is for my intended approach.

I am doing a (as far it’s possible) faithful recreation of the titles used:

  • Intro credits
  • Part 1 & 2 intertitles (Intermission was absent in the German version, it will be blacked out)
  • Epilogue
  • End credits

For the End credits, I already identified the font used, so it will be not a problem.

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#1387984
Topic
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
Time

Well, for the start, the amount of work to be done.

Sources:

  • The VHS rip done by that very acquaintance. Alas, Kubrick movies were never released in Germany on LD (at least, this one)
  • Warner BluRay - source for German 5.1 audio. Alas, the VHS mono is of suboptimal quality.
  • Criterion BluRay (image and 5.1 audio - would murder for a copy of the 1.0 mono!)

The Warner copy checked earlier has the wrong WB logo. The Criterion indeed has the Warner Communications logo. Also, it has a better, more filmic picture quality.

The German VHS rip is too low-quality to be able to be used as a source. Any attempts to get those darnded German titles to look like anything but smeary blotches have failed. On the other hand, it will be a helpful guidance for the placement, the look and the timing of the German titles…

…which are to be recreated from scratch.

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#1387983
Topic
Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon - German Version (RELEASED)
Time

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An acquaintance has asked me to check the possibility of restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. As with all of Kubrick’s movies prior to Full Metal Jacket, the German theatrical version featured fully localized titles and intertitles. The goal of this project was:

  • Take the best picture master (Criterion Blu-Ray) in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio;
  • Re-create the German localization for the movie: start and end credits as well as intertitles.
  • Re-synchronize German mono audio
  • Provide English mono audio (Criterion)
  • Provide English and German subtitles.

All of these goals could be achieved. Some of the progress can be seen in the WIP thread below.

The English DTS-HDMA and German 5.1 Dolby Digital audio has also been synchronized for it (separate files).

Samples:

Opening credits:

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Intertitles:

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End Credits:

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