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#1390910
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
Time

Well, any decent font software (and I’m talking decades old software like Fontographer) has capabilities for image tracing, thus making a vector out of a bitmap. So one needs to do that for each letter one has as a bitmap. Also, if your character is in low resolution, you get less detail for the vector, and need to enhance the bitmap image prior to tracing.

The fun stuff begins with letters and characters you don’t have. Usually not all characters are used in a movie, so one has to design some in the same style.
Then the real fun stuff begins: a font also contains punctuation, numerals, special characters, and of course don’t forget all the ä, Ø and Ûs. 😃

And then the real real fun starts. Finetuning the metrics, ligatures and - my favourite - the kerning. Especially the kerning usually takes ~70% of the time. And it’s tedious. 😃

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#1390014
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
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
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
Time

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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#1388232
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
Time

I’ll toss out while here, please keep throwing us these images/examples.

I’ll try! Right now I am at a rather tedious task of the end credits.

The more fun part with my own font is now on halt, as I am waiting for the soundtrack vinyl LP to arrive. The US version does have some characters in printable quality that I am missing so far for the lower-case font version. And that I need for the intro credits.

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#1388175
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
Time

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).

Thanks for the nice words about the font work!
I am planning to release it later for non-commercial use, so I am quite eager not to cut any corners.

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#1387987
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
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.

For the intertitles for Parts 1, 2 & Epilogue, I have designed a font recreating the original typeface designed by Bill Gold. The font is in a semibold typeface as used in the film, and contains only capital letters. Some letters (N, R & K) have quite striking differences, having a swishy hanging tail, as seen in the movie’s title, Barry Lyndon (note the second R and the first N).

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Also, there are some slight differences in design of some characters, for example, the first and the second E in EPILOGUE (the 2nd is higher).

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These design differences are accommodated by two different sets of uppercase letters in the font.

Also, there are side ornaments, for instance, on B from “Barry” or on “N” from Lyndon. Also, the left ornament exists in two versions, a rounder and a narrower one.
These ornaments are created as separate characters which can be attached from the left or the right of the respective character.

Also, the font is to have numbers, punctuation and European accents.

All in all, it looks sufficient as for recreation of the German titles (with the help of the VHS footage for placement and timing).

Here a first test.

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Sources used:

  • BluRay screenshots
  • Book “Barry Lyndon Book & DVD set” by Taschen, containing three hi-res stills of the titles.

However, this font won’t be able to cover the lowercase letters used for the intro credits (“a film by Stanley Kubrick”). However, there is a solution for that, too.

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#1387984
Topic
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
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
Barry Lyndon - German Version (WIP)
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 DVD/BluRay only contains the original English credits / intertitles. Therefore, I decided to give it an evaluation, what can be done.

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#1385297
Topic
Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
Time

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III

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00:02:51.004                             : en:Chapter 02
00:05:01.801                             : en:Chapter 03
00:12:42.678                             : en:Chapter 04
00:15:50.032                             : en:Chapter 05
00:22:15.876                             : en:Chapter 06
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00:33:16.786                             : en:Chapter 08
00:37:45.346                             : en:Chapter 09
00:41:54.970                             : en:Chapter 10
00:50:43.999                             : en:Chapter 11
00:56:59.332                             : en:Chapter 12
01:06:26.107                             : en:Chapter 13
01:16:23.745                             : en:Chapter 14
01:20:45.507                             : en:Chapter 15
01:30:34.345                             : en:Chapter 16
01:42:20.425                             : en:Chapter 17
01:46:07.903                             : en:Chapter 18
01:48:08.607                             : en:Chapter 19
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#1385296
Topic
Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
Time

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II

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00:02:56.176                             : en:Chapter 02
00:04:16.297                             : en:Chapter 03
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00:17:07.776                             : en:Chapter 05
00:21:15.190                             : en:Chapter 06
00:26:58.325                             : en:Chapter 07
00:34:14.093                             : en:Chapter 08
00:38:31.142                             : en:Chapter 09
00:46:11.727                             : en:Chapter 10
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00:55:31.286                             : en:Chapter 12
01:01:28.810                             : en:Chapter 13
01:07:12.862                             : en:Chapter 14
01:14:44.605                             : en:Chapter 15
01:27:59.274                             : en:Chapter 16
01:34:41.967                             : en:Chapter 17
01:37:44.692                             : en:Chapter 18
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#1385295
Topic
Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
Time

Well, for the final stretch… here be Mediainfos.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

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00:06:47.949                             : en:Chapter 03
00:11:45.913                             : en:Chapter 04
00:18:04.833                             : en:Chapter 05
00:28:12.941                             : en:Chapter 06
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01:16:40.971                             : en:Chapter 14
01:20:15.310                             : en:Chapter 15
01:27:23.988                             : en:Chapter 16
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01:41:41.220                             : en:Chapter 18
01:46:42.104                             : en:Chapter 19
01:51:25.178                             : en:Chapter 20


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#1385175
Topic
Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
Time

I found out that some hardware players might have problems with fading effects in ASS subs.
As a fallback measure, I made two sets of SRT subtitles for II & III. Just the location info, not the newspapers.

They will be added as separate archives to Parts II and III, in case there are any issues with ASS.

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#1384878
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Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
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PART III: LOGO

The animated logo for Part III actually had a great quality (although a little bit soft) and could therefore be used for upscaling quite well. Although it did have those black streaks all over as well, so these needed to be fixed frame by frame.

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Here’s the result after my workflow, with grain added and color correction done.

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And here a bit of the lighting animation:

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#1382115
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Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
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PART II: BACK TO THE FUTURE III LOGO

Now this bit was a little bit different to the other ones. As opposed do the rest of the sequences which were just upscales, in this case, it was easier to just take the original HD footage and blend in the static logo for Part III over it.

The one problem was actually acquiring the static logo. The LD had definitely a lack of vertical resolution due to being squeezed vertically, so that logo just would not scale up decently.

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Once again, the VHS was somehow desaturated, but the resolution was quite decent.

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I scaled it up with AI and could isolate the German logo from the result.

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This logo was then overlaid over the HD image of Doc & Marty, and color-corrected the saturation to match.

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Also noteworthy that the German title didn’t have the “COMING SUMMER 1990” title (at least, on home video it didn’t) and was also placed lower in the screen than the English one.

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#1381474
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Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
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PART TWO: TO BE CONCLUDED

As stated above, the German LD, oddly enough, used the full 4:3 frame squeezed to 1.85:1, resulting in a distorted image of the TO BE CONCLUDED sequence at the end of Part II.

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This resulted in a considerable loss of vertical resolution. After several attempts with my workflow chain, I had the following result, which was a little bit unsatisfactory to my liking.

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I never would have thought this, but in this case, the 4:3 VHS (provided to me by Pinheadraiser, once again) contained a much better image in terms of resolution (albeit desaturated). Here’s the color-corrected result of my workflow.

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#1379497
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Back To The Future - Preserving the German Version (Released)
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PART TWO: TITLE

The title sequence in Part II is probably the toughest of all three, due to it being in front of a moving background (sky). Therefore, not only the upscaling needed to be handled, but also the color palette - in a quite limited time, the sky needed to blend to the original HD credits sequence: before Michael J. Fox’ name comes up on-screen.

It’s also worth noting that the German logo is animated (appearing in three parts), but doesn’t have that lighting effects of the original logo. I guess the localizing crew went the easy way and just made the static logo more shiny than the original.

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Also, there was an additional issue: the LDs of Parts II and III did have some strange video scan noise, resulting in short black streaks appearing sometimes in the image, for the duration of one frame only. Quite noticeable and quite disturbing defects, actually. On the logo above, you can see one instance of it under the “II” numeral.

So what needed to be done, was:

  1. Upscale the logo via AI to 4K (as separate frames),
  2. Go through every frame and fix those black streaks by hand.
  3. Resize and add some grain via AVS script,
  4. Save as lossless AVI
  5. Color-correct the AVI in my video editing tool of choice.

Upscale of the logo went down quite nicely. Although a tad synthetic.

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This could be rectified with the trusty AVS script for resize.

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As for the color correction. I tried several approaches for that, including the great tool by DrDre. However, this didn’t work for me, due to difference in resolution and the limitations in the color palette.

There are some plugins for my video editing tool of choice (Vegas). I first tried the built-in ones, to no avail: there is a rather simple “Color Match” tool, but it produced somehow unsatisfactory result. Then I found a really nice plugin called Palette Mallet. This allows to modify selective hues of color, so for instance, one can change the tone of the cyan sky without touching the red and orange of the logo. This is what I went with. And indeed, it blends with the sky of the rest of the credits rather nicely.

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