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Movies in UAR - opinions needed

Agree that it’s not for everyone; still, I think it’s better to have more alternative way to see your preferred movie - OAR, open matte, UAR; old grading, new grading; theatrical cut, director’s cut etc. - the more, the merrier! 😄

The Matrix regrade: I know, you are right, but I’m so involved in this UAR thing that I’m a bit lost about other projects; all of them would be ready, be sure - still, can’t say when! 😉

Movies in UAR - opinions needed

Queen: apart the fact I don’t want to do concert related projects, the fact is, quality of analog capture (even if from LD) would be too different for a good match, and also it would be difficult to align perfectly.

Evil Dead? Maybe!
Star Wars? Is there any source with more image top/bottom? Don’t think so…
Dune? Is there a 1.33:1 DVD?

I’m thinking to put my hands back in the following projects, and release an UAR version - maybe also using a different color grading, to add insult to injury!

Alien: Covenant 2xUAR (don’t think a 1.33:1 source exists)
Alien: Resurrection (1997) [Fundamental Collection #004] 2xUAR (3xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 good source)
Aliens (1986) [Fundamental Collection #002] (2xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 good source)
Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem (Unrated) [spoRv] 2xUAR (3xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 source)
AVP: Aliens Vs. Predator (2004) [Fundamental Collection #012] 3xUAR
Halloween (1978) [Fundamental Collection #006] 2xUAR
Harry Potter saga 3xUAR except 7.1 and 7.2
Minority Report (2002) [Fundamental Collection #007] 2xUAR (3xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 good source)
Prometheus (2012) [Fundamental Collection #023] 2xUAR (don’t think a 1.33:1 source exists)
Supernova (2000) [spoRv] 3xUAR (if I will find a logo-free open matte)
The Arrival (1996) [Fundamental Collection #008] 2xUAR (if I’ll match color grading)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) [Fundamental Collection #011] 2xUAR (3xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 source)
The Matrix [spoRv] 3xUAR
Timeline (2003) [Fundamental Collection #010] (2xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 source)
Waterworld (1995) [Fundamental Collection #009] (2xUAR if I will find a 1.33:1 good source)

and few others titles (mainly 3xUAR whenever possible, if the 1.33:1 exists, has more image, has the same color grading, has good quality)

The Matrix 2, 3
Jurassic Park 1, 2, 3
Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, 4 (5 2xUAR as it seems no 1.33:1 exists, and 6 seems to be available only in widescreen)
Back To The Future 1, 2, 3
Lord Of The Rings 1, 2, 3
Terminator 1, 2, 3, 4
The Fifth Element
Johnny Mnemonic
Total Recall

DO… NOT… EXPECT… THEM… ANYTIME… SOON! Indeed, each take A LOT of time!

Movies in UAR - opinions needed

Once upon a time, I started a thread about AAP-AR (you can read it here:; found that this AAP-AR acronym was too long, and decided to go with UAR - where AR stands for Aspect Ratio, while the U… I’m still not decided what does it mean for the moment; Unconventional, Unexpected, Unorthodox, Ultimate, Unusual, Unified, Useless, you name it…

Long story short, an UAR film could look like this:
using two sources, or like the following using three sources:

Of course, it would never stay the same for the whole movie - you are lucky if few subsequent shots maintains the same AR - so it’s not for the faint of heart, or VAR haters.
Sometimes the frame could be full open matte (so it takes the whole screen), others can be “fullscreen” (1.33:1), but usually it’s a combination of both; in the case of an UAR using three sources, it could use only open matte (rare), two sources (sometimes) or all the three sources at once (most of the times).

Important note: an UAR movie using open matte (1.78:1) and letterbox (2.35/2.40:1) could always use a YAO sub hack, where the black bars could be overlaid to added parts of the image, leaving the image as a normal letterbox version; UAR using fullscreen (1.33:1) and open matte (1.78/1.85:1) could still use YAO sub hack, but in few shots where the fullframe is not placed centrally, you would of course note the offset position; no YAO sub hack for a UAR using three sources, I’m sorry!
(more about YAO hack here: - and a test clip here:!1uZUWLbT!tWoHF9vOnXYAz7-QjOxeC3q7JIIYQRHx6pCcsezvZX4)

The UAR could be usually used only on non-anamorphic movies, but there are few instances when you can get a little more image even with them, like the following:

(okay, not that much more, but better than nothing! 😉 )

I’m working on some projects using UAR - one is The Matrix, that would take a bit as it uses three sources; the other is Resident Evil (two sources, SD version ready, so if you want to take a look just ask me for the link, but hurry up, it will vanish in few days!)

So, as usual, I’m doing these for my own pleasuse - I always wanted to do that, combine more versions to have more image to watch, and even if I usually follow the “less is more” philosophy, there are some times where “more is more” is better, like this! 😉

At the end, how it looks like? Well, first of all, it’s strange… we were used to watch films in fullscreen (oh, the good ol’ days of cathode ray tubes…), then letterbox came, and we were “forced” to watch movies with huge black bars on top and bottom; luckily, new 16:9 displays came, and black bars were smaller (almost disapperared with 1.85:1 movies). So, with UAR it seems (almost) to be back in the old days, but this time black bars are usually on both sides, and they are not even straight, but like stair steps… and costantly changing!
Isn’t this distracting? Yep, you bet it, BUT… strangely enough, our brain seems to say “OK, I can watch it, go on!” after few minutes.

But you have not to trust me, just watch an entire movie - even if it’s not your preferred one - and give me your opinion… would you ever watch a movie with a strange aspect ratio like this? If so, just for the pleasure to watch more image, for curiosity, or to analize the frame composition, cinematography etc.?

Ready to read your opinions and feedbacks!

Do these animation films need preservation?

Family Dog: interesting info! It would be quite easy to capture LD audio, and dub it with DVD video… not in the near future, though, but still, do retain the DVDs for a future project! 😉

A Goofy Movie: according to LDDB - - it is letterbox. Is Netflix version worst than DVD? And, what’s about the HDTV version? If you have it, can you post some screenshots? Possibly also a comparison with DVD and/or Netflix! 😄

Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)

benduwan said:
which are you in mind?
if the scenes can´t finished visuell,why you don´t finished it with audio and spfx and look how this work in the movie?

Thinking about the one with the ropes, EP3 IIRC.

About EP7 fixed scenes: I do love what NeverarGreat did; hope he (or somebody else) would do the same for all, and hopefully would share with us for this project!

Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)

I still think about this project - even if it would be an epic work, indeed!

Yes, I worked on some other projects, mostly because they were almost finished, and missed just the final touches.

I must admit I worked on this project, too, here and there… for example, I’ve tried to remove the timecode from EP7 deleted scenes, with not that great results; or tried to clean up EP4 deleted scenes, also without not much success… I’m aware someone has done this, with good results, and it will be great to use those restored scenes.

Also, I struggle to achieve a minimum quality for the B&W colorization. I know someone would not care to see those inserted in B&W, but I do.

[AUDIOPHILES UNITE!] Need help with audio cassette setup

Nakamichi were known to be the best tape deck in the world. Period.
If you can find out one at a good price, with the head not worned out, grab it!
If not (it is likely), I do remember that Teac did very good decks as well; aim for the higher models, of course.
If your tapes are original, they most probably have Dolby B; best 80s deck have also Dolby C, and even Dolby S (rarely DBX, too); they should be turned on only with tapes recorded with the same kind of noise reduction to get the best result, even if there was one that would be beneficial also with tapes recorded without NR - can’t remember which one, you must do your homeworks here! 😃

Archiving Star Wars 1997 Special Edition laser discs...

The Dark side of the force said:
the colours seem slightly off; blacks are more grey

Try to adjust the levels in Virtualdub; the best would be to use a proper calibration disc, or at least a test pattern; if you haven’t one of them, find out a black frame, then a white frame, and adjust levels accordingly to reach the “borders” of the histogram.

Some info on analog capture:

Even if I encourage you to continue your mission, you should be aware that laserdisc (as much as I love it, and I DO love it, a lot!) is not the best version available; waiting for 35mm preservation (that would be the best), you can find out SDTV captures that are better - GKar and TB for all the three episodes IV, V, VI.

Harry Potter saga - open matte

UPDATE: working on HP8 right now… so far:

Please, check both test clips and let me know what do you think about!