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#1366321
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Help: looking for... 'The Fast Show' (UK TV series) - unedited episodes
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Baobab Archiver said:

I might be able to do it. I enjoy the Fast Show but haven’t seen it in years, so not sure what I’m looking for.
However if the episode turns out to have what is needed, drop me a PM and I’ll see what I can do.

P. S. As these are a way off yet, you might need to prompt me nearer the time, as I can’t set them to record yet!

That’d be great if you could capture those for me. The top two YouTube links are the missing Series 2 sketches I was referring to and were oriignally included in the two episodes I listed. If you can capture them for me (I’ll be watching them as well) and if they have anything I need, I’ll PM you.

That’s fine, it’s too early to Sky+ them so I’ll prompt you nearer the time.

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#1366259
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Help: looking for... 'The Fast Show' (UK TV series) - unedited episodes
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Series 2, Episodes 3 and 4 are both airing on 22nd August 2020 at 1am on GOLD, and “You Ain’t Seen All These, Right?” is airing on 31st August 2020 at 10:05pm, also on GOLD. Hopefully they will be the original broadcast versions with all sketches and music omitted from DVD’s intact.

I’m going to Sky+ them but I’ve no way of capturing them or even just capturing the audio as my Sky+HD box doesn’t have any audio outputs besides optical, so if anyone here would be able to capture these for me I would very much appreciate it!

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#1364329
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Info: Back to the Future - without DNR & EE
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TheHutt said:

The new 4K picture scan has been already used on Netflix for Part II. Though it’s still heavily filtered (by Netflix itself), it shows much more details and has better colors than the old master.

https://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/4585/picture:0

Thanks for sharing. Those Amazon JP shots do look rather grainy though which is nice. Aren’t they meant to be the same master as the Blu Ray?

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#1363637
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Help: looking for... 'The Fast Show' (UK TV series) - unedited episodes
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fn9t2

Would anyone happen to have any original broadcast versions of some of these episodes that have since been edited for DVD/VHS releases?

I’m mainly after Episodes 3 and 4 from Series 2 as they have a few missing sketches, the 1996 Christmas Special and “You Ain’t Seen All These, Right?” (from The Fast Show Night), both of which have music replaced in some sketches.

“Fred Halibut & His Little Banjolele” cut from Series 2, Episode 3;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYks29_oxUA

…and this one from Series 2, Episode 4 for some bizarre reason;

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

The Fast Show - Christmas Special 1996 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzVVAcexIuE&t=1758s

The Colin Hunt sketch at 29:16 in the original broadcast version features George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” played in the background during one of the Colin Hunt sketches, which has been replaced with an alternate instrumental track on the Extended Version which was released on VHS and DVD. The above link is a TV recording of the original broadcast version but with the same alteration. The last time it aired on BBC2 was Christmas 1999 and I did have a VHS recording this repeat which I tried to use but my VCR chewed it up recently. I’m kicking myself for not preserving it sooner when I had a working DVD recorder.

The following sketch is from “You Ain’t Seen All These, Right?”. The original broadcast version features Louis Armstrong’s version of “What a Wonderful World” playing out towards the end, but on DVD it’s been replaced with a cover of the song by another artist;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRH--pMVOFM&t=1s

I also had a VHS recording of this when it was repeated on BBC2, Christmas 2000 (the 2nd and last time it was aired) but I can’t seem to find that tape anywhere and I no longer have any means to capture VHS to digital. Again, annoyed at myself for not capturing it when I had the chance.

Series 2 was repeated on BBC2 in 2015 (except episode 7) in their untouched form which I wasn’t aware of until recently. I’ve tried to find some captures of these but no luck.

Here’s a great article about the changes made to home releases;

http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/11/the-fast-show-series-2-dvd-edits/

Plus a thread from another forum discussing the 2015 repeats;

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=49347.0

There are some more edits listed on the wiki page;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fast_Show

I absolutely adore this show. It’s still brilliant and still holds up. Thankfully there isn’t too much missing from the DVD’s and not as severe a case like say “Only Fools and Horses”.

GOAL

Series 1 as far as I’m aware is uncut on the original 2002 stand-alone DVD release (some alterations were made to the 2007 Box Set) so I’ll just use that.

Series 2, Episodes 3 and 4, I will be reinserting the missing sketches from TVrips into the DVD version (most likely the original stand-alone 2003 release as that has fewer alterations compared to the 2007 Box Set) or better still, if any of the BBC2 2015 repeats surface and they at least match the DVD in terms of quality then I will just use those as my definitive versions.

Christmas Special 1996 and “You Ain’t Seen All These, Right?” will simply be a case of doing a custom audio track by pasting portions of the original audio over the DVD AC3 of the Extended Editions. No re-encoding required.

Series 3 DVD’s claim to have edits made to them but I’m not sure what they are, if any. The 1996 Christmas Special was included on the original 2004 stand-alone DVD release so maybe the disclaimer was referring to that.

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#1350950
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction (WIP)
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UncutIsSuperior said:

alloneword said:

I’m sorry to report that Michael Angelis, the narrator of Thomas & Friends from 1991-2012, has passed away aged 68;

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/breaking-michael-angelis-dead-thomas-22114357

I might include a little tribute to him in my Series 3 preservation.

Oh, no. Well, I’m sure every Thomas fan will miss him. Myself included.

He was great. I will always prefer Ringo as narrator as that was who I grew up with coupled with Series 1 and 2 being my favourites, but Angelis also did an amazing job and did it for so long. In many ways he was better than Ringo as I felt his narrations were more lively and he put more enthusiasm into the role and the voices of each of the characters.

For my tibute to him in my Series 3 VHS preservation, I;m thinking of putting it toward the begining just before this screen;

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/2/20/TimeforTroubleandotherstoriestitlecard.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120226132103

I initially thought about placing it at the end so as not to alter how the original VHS tapes play out but then I thought it would seem redundant doing it like that. Therefore I think placing it just before the “Time for Trouble” title card would be best and have it fade in/out in a similar manner.

I’d love to do the text in the exact same font so if anyone coukd please confirm what font that is I would appreciate it.

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#1349226
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It's the full collection, Charlie Brown! AKA continuing the Warner Peanuts 1960s, 1970s "decade" collections
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Swift S. Lawliet said:

There are also some specials released on iTunes in HD and some HDTV airings in torrent sites, I’m not sure about the quality of them, though.

The HDTV 1080p version of “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown” is 4:3 open matte, unlike the Amazon Prime version which is cropped to 16:9. The HDTV however does have a logo in the bottom-right corner at certain points.

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#1334145
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Wallace & Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers" - Original Audio Preservation
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EGOvoruhk said:

The best way to figure out the proper framerate is to compare to the soundtrack/score, if it exists officially anywhere. You would check the pitch and length against the video audio. One might be the same pitch, but longer or shorter

I don’t think the soundtrack was ever officially released on CD or digital for the TV specials. Only “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” had an official release.

All I can find on YouTube are Blu Ray rips.

There is this, which is apparently a rare promo CD but I can’t find any more info anywhere else;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VimZfYsDHkc&list=PLCE33B3B271AF3544

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#1334085
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Help: looking for... Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - a Theatrical Cut
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The theatrical cut has been released on Blu Ray in Australia and Germany but apparently the quality is rather poor, yet still the best official release thus far.

Australian - https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Robin-Hood-Prince-of-Thieves-Blu-ray/244531/

German - https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Robin-Hood-Prince-of-Thieves-Blu-ray/254151/

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#1332566
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction (WIP)
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I’ve just completed a reconstruction of “Percy Runs Away” & “Coal” from Series 1 with a nameboard sequence included, just as it appeared when it was originally broadcast and on the “Further Adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends” 1985 VHS. It’s not perfect, but considering this version has not been aired/released since 1985, it’s better than what’s out there.

PM me if you want to have a look.

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#1328675
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction (WIP)
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I’ve just purchased “Thomas & Friends: Cranky Bugs & Other Thomas Stories” 2002 US NTSC DVD (which is Region-free by the way) as it includes the Series 2 nameboards, which are MUCH better quality than my VHS copies and syncs up with the PAL VHS which I’m overlaying it on. I really wanted to avoid using NTSC sources for this but this seems to be the only option for now, unless someone knows of any DVD/digital PAL sources anywhere.

One drawback with this disc is, like the “Truckloads of Fun” AUS DVD, the nameboard shots are framed differently and is slightly zoomed in compared to the PAL VHS so I don’t know how I’m going to get around that.

I’m also using Dr Dre’s colour matching program for any still shots I need.

This is taking me way longer than I thought so I’ve no idea when it’ll all be finished. I’ve made the mistake of attemting all 8 VHS restorations in one go so I’m losing track of where I am half the time and thinking of new ideas along the way. Hopefully it’ll be worth it when it’s finished.

UPDATE - I have overlayed the nameboards from “Cranky Bugs” DVD as they are, minus the BoCo, Harold and Trevor shots and those shots have the episode titles on the VHS. I not ideal, but the best I can do given the sources I have.

I’ve also, reconstructed the “Next Story Cuming Up!” still shot with a snap of “Duck Takes Charge” from the Series 2 DVD and the text taken from the VHS overlayed on top. It’s not perfect, but again, it’s the best I can do fow now.

I’ve just ordered “Thomas Gets Tricked/Percy’s Ghostly Trick” US DVD double feature (Region 1 locked) which has more useful material for this project.

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#1323881
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction (WIP)
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rwinger24 said:

James and the Express, and the entirety of Series 2-3 do not include a remastered stereo soundtrack.

Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn’t aware of “James and the Express”, but I knew about Series 2 and 3. Still the best versions available sadly.

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#1321734
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The Simpsons: Embiggened Edition (* on hiatus *)
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thatguamguy said:

There are other small discrepancies here and there, such as the “Tourette’s Syndrome” joke,

I have The UK PAL DVD “Risky Business” which includes the episode “Marge Gets a Job” and retains this joke, unlike the R1 Season 4 DVD Box Set. I’ve just edited that portion of the audio into the NTSC version. I just slowed down the audio by 4% and pasted it over. The Smithers dream sequence of Mr Burns is still edited on this disc though.

This disc also uses the stereo track rather than the 5.1 track.

If anyone wants this for now, PM me.

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#1317959
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction (WIP)
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Found this just now. It’s a cam-capture of “Percy Runs Away" & "Coal” taken from different VHS releases;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEqlkJIo4jo&t=14s

The first is taken from the 1988/1992 release which I have and the second is from “Further Adventures Of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends” 1985 VHS(https://films.discogs.com/release/358471-further-adventures-of-thomas-the-tank-engine-friends) which was the first time the original Series was released. “FAoTtTE&F” is really hard to find but I would much appreciate a capture of this for my project. Until then I’ll see what I can do with the 1988/1992 version. I don’t know if this confirms how the two episodes originally aired though.

I am still working on this gradually but Series 1 is proving to be a bit more hassle than Series 2. I yellow line transitions from VHS to DVD footage is frustrating so I’ve decided to save that until last, maybe ‘release’ a version without them redone and just have the episode footage inserted in and the nameboards completed with what’s available. Obviously, I’ve missed the 35th Anniversary deadline.

The nameboards themselves are proving to be an unexpected problem as well. The footage on the “Truckloads of Fun” AUS DVD are framed slightly differently compared to the VHS versions, in that they’re shifted to the right, so I’m having to line the frames up properly as I’m overlaying them over the VHS. As the frames are shifted over, they do have more image on the left-hand side but less on the right and idealy I’d like to have the more complete, widest frames. This in turn is proving difficult as the settings I’m using on Sony MSP won’t allow this as I’m using DVD/MPEG2-complient settings. It’s a little hard to explain without seeing it for yourselves but there are black bars on the sides and I just can’t get rid of them without losing the extra left-hand-side image, so I may have to sacrifice this and just match the frames as they appear on VHS.

On a positive note, I have decided to include the Ringo Starr US dubs of Series 1 and 2 as a 2nd audio track (high-quality ones sourced from YouTube) and for Series 2 they synced up really well. Only “Saved from Scrap” had to be altered to match the UK timing.

Like I say, I’m still working on this but its all proving to be more challenging and time-consuming that I thought. There’s no telling when I’ll be finished and with the sources I have, it’ll be as “finshed” as it can possibly get. I’ve wanted to see a project like this for a long time and there’s almost no chance of an official release so that’s why I want to complete this.

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#1311859
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The "Is it in HD somewhere because I can't find it" thread.
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Seeing as it’s Christmas;

Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” (1982) with original intro and 4:3 aspect ratio.

The Blu Ray, which is still great quality, is cropped to 16:9 and lacks any of the three intros. It does however include all 3 intros by Raymond Briggs, David Bowie and Mel Smith’s Father Christmas as a bonus feature in 1080i 4:3.

The original Briggs intro version has never been release in PAL on DVD or VHS, let alone Blu Ray, in the UK. It was only ever released in the US on DVD (NTSC) in 1998 (along with the William Dennis Hunt re-voiced “Father Christmas”) and has only ever been repeated on Channel 4 once in 1992(?) as that was the first time I saw the film. Apart from that, every year between 1983 and 2002 it’s been the Bowie version. Then there was the 2002 16:9 version with the Mel Smith Father Christmas intro, but since Smiths passing in 2013, Channel 4 have reverted back to airing the 4:3 Bowie version. There’s always a chance the original will be shown again or even a 40th Anniversary 4K release in 2022.

Raymond Briggs’ “Father Christmas” (1991)

Only DVD exists, either stand-alone or double feature with “The Snowman” (1983 David Bowie Version). I think there’s a cropped 16:9 HD version available digitally, but no 4:3 HD version.

Both films have aired in Channel 4 HD but they look like upscales to me.