I’d also like to contribute.
Hey Trist – could you give an update some time about what the next steps will be? I am a little unclear on what the $1300 has covered – the cost of the print? Scanning? You mentioned hard drives but have you determined a specific amount of cash you will need for those?
Thank you for organizing this; the movie was a childhood favorite of mine.
Don’t worry about it; I am almost certain that the “HD” copies on the old DC service were upscales from the DVD. And the audio was worse than the DVD copy.
Regarding Harry Potter:
The first two films were directed by Chris Columbus, and he was the only director in the series interested in participating in the making of extended editions of the films. That I suppose lends those extended editions a legitimacy that the others don’t - which may be why you can buy them in stores.
The other six films have “extended cuts” that were cobbled together by Warner Bros. for ABC Family… those edits aren’t terribly good, if I recall. People here could do a better job.
For ‘Azkaban’, the additional scenes are totally inconsequential, as nearly all of them revolve around a subplot which is completely nonsensical and not even fully represented in the deleted scenes. They’re best left on the cutting room floor.
Jetrell Fo said:
The Ultimate DVD edition of The Mummy has an isolated score that I know was captured/ripped by our member Dark_Jedi.
Isolated scores are not the name of the game here; he’s looking for isolated dialogue and sound effects.
I recall that the 5.1 mixes of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (the 2012 TV series) and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN have absolutely no music in the center channel. Those are TV series though, so maybe you aren’t interested in those.
The regraded screenshot is a little harsh on my eyes, but maybe I’m just too used to the grayish BD. I’m definitely interested in seeing more frames (or maybe even a whole clip) regraded to match the 70mm. You can find people all over the Internet who have posted images of the frames they acquired, so it shouldn’t be too hard for get a look at other 70mm frames for reference.
It’s only music no dialogue and black and white you know that?
The bit about there being a music-only track hasn’t been confirmed.
No extended edition was ever made available on DVD/BD. ABC Family occasionally airs extended versions of the films but if I am remembering correctly, they are God-awful. Music edits are nonexistent. I don’t even know if the unfinished special effects are tightened up.
DH2 uses a few frames from the first two films… I wonder if those would be open matte as well, or just cropped.
This is also something I’d be interested in…
I believe some edition of TOY STORY 2 has an SFX-only track.
In a surround sound mix, most - if not all - of a film’s dialogue can be found in the center channel.
Whether or not any music bleeds into the center channel is a choice of the sound mixer’s. You’ll have to find out for yourself.
I’m also in search of just about any T2 sound mixes I can get my hands on, but for a slightly different: I’m trying to mix the music from the multi-channel audio to create a complete score to the film with as little SFX as possible. I’m well aware that some people here don’t like lurkers popping up asking for stuff, but if anyone is able to provide me with any of the following:
- The original 5.1 CDS mix
- German DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
- French: DTS-HD HR 5.1
It’s be greatly appreciated… I assume the only one people here would have readily available is the CDS mix, but even just that would be a big help to me. Thanks.
Doctor M said:
I maintain the first two movies are the best and most faithful to the books.
Ditto. But moreover I feel that they're better films than the rest. Films 4, 5, 7, and 8 are extremely unfocused and are barely understandable without having read the books beforehand.
The first two films remain my favorite in terms of atmosphere, pacing, coloring, editing, and story.
I assume you'll be using "Philosopher's Stone" in favor of "Sorcerer's Stone"?
I applaud the idea.
Though if you're looking to reinsert all deleted scenes, you should be aware that a hefty amount of footage is present in the film trailers while completely absent from any special features. For instance: in the Half-Blood Prince trailers, there's a shot of Ginny being disarmed of her wand that isn't in the final cut (the funny thing is that if you look closely in the film you can see Ginny pick it back up again). In another trailer, Snape mutters, "It's over," as he watches Dumbledore falls dead from the tower.
There's a comprehensive list of all sorts of unreleased deleted scenes here if you're interested (most of them are just images, but it's fun to look through).
I'm also glad to find someone who doesn't like the colors of the last few films too. My biggest issue is that they're so dark, to the point where you can barely see anything at some points (especially in DH1).
If I could make some suggestions:
- Add Hedwig's Theme in to the beginning of DH2. I think I died a little inside when I saw that the film completely disregarded this tradition in favor of Lily's Theme.
- If you're going to add in the deleted scene in Chamber of Secrets where the Grey Lady is humming as Harry is trying to read Tom Riddle's diary, maybe you could try to make her look the way she does in DH2. I don't know if this is even possible, or what your or the program's limitations are, but it's something to consider.
- This is a personal preference, but maybe you could try to do something about that idiotic opening scene in Half-Blood Prince where Harry and that coffee shop girl set up a date. I can't believe Harry would be so much of a numbskull that he'd bring a Daily Prophet into a muggle coffee shop and then not hide it when the girl came along. Maybe you could at least remove the line where she mentions that she saw a picture move, to imply that muggles just can't "see" the pictures the same way wizards can. It's just something that's irked me for a while.
Also, when you mention matching the visual styles, what style do you have in mind? For what it's worth, I've always felt that the supernatural occurences in first two or three films actually feel like magic; the other movies I feel treat the magic like pure science fiction (especially in the last two movies). Just my personal preferences at work again, but I'm interested to hear what your preferred style is (and what you hope to do with the films that don't match it).