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#1285846
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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Just a little update;

Series is mostly done but I still need to do some freeze-frame credits but replacing the last two still credits with screenshots. It’s coming out well so far. All the DVD episode overlaying is done and I even reconstructed the Screen Legends promo as best I could. I could only do it with footage with didn’t have any effects done to the promo trailer itself. My only issue with the VHS footage is the shift in colour and brightness when it goes from DVD back to VHS (ie. even 2nd episode that leads into scrolling credits). I’ve tried dabbling with the colour corrector plug-ins but I wasn’t happy with my progress. Even if I got close with one episode, it would still be way off on another, so I just left them as they are for now. Like i said before, all warts aside, it’s still a huge leap in quality than just watching bare-bone VHSrips. I already did a remastered audio track for Series 2 via Audacity long before I attempted this (again, sourced primarily from 2004 DVD’s and AUS ToF) which has been ported over to this. So just a few more tweeks left for Series 2 and I’ll release it.

I’ve just started work on Series 1 with the first eight episodes, which is largly the same approach, plus thanks to AUS ToF, I can do some overlaying with some of the nameboard shots. One issue I’ve run into is the the framing on AUS ToF for these shots is shifted a bit, so it’s a bit of a job overlaying and matching seemlessly. The yellow line transitions at the begining of each episode (so far) is working as (unlike Series 2) the 2004 DVD maintains the footage in it’s barest form, so I’m able to crop the DVD frame-by-frame inside the yellow line/borders. Not bad for a newbee like me. The end of each episode doesn’t give me the option to do this, so it’s all VHS footage there. Opening credits for this will be just like Series 2 but the trouble here is the AUS ToF DVD has slightly fewer frames so the odd VHS frame will still be in there sadly. The theme tune, I want to keep it retro and true to how it sounded on VHS (the mixing/mastering of the theme varied between Series’) so that’ll be straight from AUS ToF.

As a break from Series 1, I thought I’d also attempt Series 3, buy restoring the original title’s and 1991 VHS freeze-frame credits for Episodes 1-16 and using the early MA narration. DVD episode footage is fine but the two S3 episodes from AUS ToF opening titles frames are not idetical as they have been for S1 and 2. Plus the episode footage themselves has blurry frames unlike the 2004 DVD. I was really hoping for Series 3 to look the best out of my restorations by having around 95% DVD footage and only have VHS for end credits. Nevermind.

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#1284609
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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UncutIsSuperior said:

alloneword said:

I’ve just started my own preservation of this seeing as I’m having more success now. Unlike UncutIsSuperior’s, I’m going to be using already existing sources rather than creating my own and overlaying DVD footage over VHS where possible and only using VHS footage when there is no alternative. So the “episode” footage will be taken from the 2004 DVD’s, the opening titles (except for the episode titles shots) will be taken from the “Truckloads of Fun” AUS DVD, and VHS for the episodes title shots, nameboards, Screen Legends/Pickwick video logos, scrolling credits and any transition effects. I’ve even gone as far as to overlay the Screen Legends promo which I’m quite impressed with so far.

I’ve started with Series 2 mainly for 2 reasons. One, all the nameboard sequences are the same order throughtout unlike Series 1 so less work there, and two, It’s my favourite season. So far, I’ve just about finished “Thomas, Percy and the Coal AoS” and will do the other two Series 2 VHS’s, then I’ll move on to Series 1, then I will redo Series 3. Series 3 for the first 16 episodes because as already stated, they all have an early prototype narration my Michael Angelis and the early VHS’s have Series 2-style freeze-frame end credits. The opening titles, like Series 1 and 2 will be lifted from “ToF” AUS DVD.

The only drawback is that the transitions between VHS and DVD will me noticeable and Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 doesn’t have a colour-match plugin but with the results I have, it’s a huge step up from my own VHSrips.

That would be nice, but do you even know how to do the yellow vertical line split transition in between episodes? If so, could you please teach it to me?

I don’t sadly. Like I say, I’m not “creating” or “recreating” any elements myself. I’m using VHS footage for the yellow line transition effects. One thing I have noticed is while I’ve been overlaying the DVD footage over the VHS footage of the episodes themselves (frame-accurate), the 2004 DVDs are missing the footage where the yellow line wipes would be anyway so for your project, even if you to figue out how to to the yellow line, you may run into some issues there as you won’t have the correct episode frames to apply it to. That’s what I’ve noticed for Series 2. May not be an issue for Series 1.

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#1284507
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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I’ve just started my own preservation of this seeing as I’m having more success now. Unlike UncutIsSuperior’s, I’m going to be using already existing sources rather than creating my own and overlaying DVD footage over VHS where possible and only using VHS footage when there is no alternative. So the “episode” footage will be taken from the 2004 DVD’s, the opening titles (except for the episode titles shots) will be taken from the “Truckloads of Fun” AUS DVD, and VHS for the episodes title shots, nameboards, Screen Legends/Pickwick video logos, scrolling credits and any transition effects. I’ve even gone as far as to overlay the Screen Legends promo which I’m quite impressed with so far.

I’ve started with Series 2 mainly for 2 reasons. One, all the nameboard sequences are the same order throughtout unlike Series 1 so less work there, and two, It’s my favourite season. So far, I’ve just about finished “Thomas, Percy and the Coal AoS” and will do the other two Series 2 VHS’s, then I’ll move on to Series 1, then I will redo Series 3. Series 3 for the first 16 episodes because as already stated, they all have an early prototype narration my Michael Angelis and the early VHS’s have Series 2-style freeze-frame end credits. The opening titles, like Series 1 and 2 will be lifted from “ToF” AUS DVD.

The only drawback is that the transitions between VHS and DVD will me noticeable and Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 doesn’t have a colour-match plugin but with the results I have, it’s a huge step up from my own VHSrips.

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#1283631
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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UncutIsSuperior said:

alloneword said:

If you want to recreate the OBV of those two episodes, use the Kaleidoscope 1985 VHS versions, or if you want to have a nameboard sequence, use the 1988/1992 versions.

I definitely want a nameboard sequence in between “Percy Runs Away” and “Coal”, just like every other pair of episodes from Series 1 and 2, so where can I find the 1988 or 1992 re-releases of the Kaleidoscope VHS tapes? Thank you.

I have the 1992 rerelease which is in the process of being uploaded. 😃

I’ll PM you when they’re up.

This is the version I have, but this is not MY upload.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebTUorKJfI

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#1283626
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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That’s fine, I’ll PM you when they’re up. With “Percy Runs Away” and “Coal”, from what I understand the didn’t have nameboards inbetween when they were originally broadcast, just freeze-frame credits for “Percy Runs Away” and original intro for “Coal”. This was also the case on the original 1985 Kaleidoscope VHS releases. This was then altered for the 1988 and 1992 rereleases where they replaced the end credits of “Percy Runs Away” with “Coal”'s end credits (no idea why) and with “Coal” they did the regular intro THEN the nameboards. You’ll understand what I mean when you see them. If you want to recreate the OBV of those two episodes, use the Kaleidoscope 1985 VHS versions, or if you want to have a nameboard sequence, use the 1988/1992 versions.

That’s fine about Series 3 and 4. For me, the early prototype narration is my definitive version as it’s the first version I heard. I just thought they’d be nice to have as an alternate audio track.

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#1283582
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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Series 1-2 Original Broadcast Version Reconstruction
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I’d love to see a project like this. Tried attempting something like this with Sony Movie Studio Platinum a little while ago taking my VHS transfers and overlaying the episodes with the DVD footage but no luck. I did however remaster the audio by overlaying the VHS audio with that of the 2004 DVD’s which was something.

For the “episode” footage, might I suggest using the 2004 UK DVDs (which use the 1998 remasters) rather than the current Restored versions as they more closely reflect the broadcast/VHS versions.

Another good source for this project would be the 2005 Australian “Truckloads of Fun” DVD which oddly enough uses the original Clearwater masters Series 1 episodes, plus “Tenders and Turntables”, “Trouble in the Shed” and “Off the Rails” even use the CW logos and nameboards as they appears on the 1985-1992 VHS releases. The original masters for the other Series 1 and 2 episodes are also used but they are the singular TV rerun versions with no nameboards and CW logos replaced with the 1991/2 Britt Allcroft Company logos. The episodes from this DVD have been uploaded on YouTube but a couple of episodes have been blocked by HiT Entertainment;

Truckloads of Fun (AUS DVD)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOdYxZaASO4&list=PLonGtgtV8MRdkv3qsbdDoYiYkIyQQt_-K

Also on a side note, Series 3 had an “early narration” (by Michael Angelis) for the first 16 episodes which were only released on the original 1991 VHS tapes then later redone for TV broadcast and later VHS/DVD releases, as did 8 episodes from Series 4. I’ve already done a preservation of these myself but they’re also on YouTube;

Time for Trouble and other stories (Early Narration)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h2Y7ZzXx90&t=193s

Trust Thomas and other stories (Early Narration)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64bYN8csEfA&t=297s

Rock and Roll and other stories (Early Narration)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg0UjeyL5VI&list=PL1XR64NRWmn5pZT8xj1RERC0T5yDxdjwz

Back to your main goal, I really hope you pull this off and I’d love to help any way I can. I’ve already transferred my Series 1, 2 and 3 VHS tapes to DVD which I’m happy to share with you if they’ll be of any use. Also, Series 2 needs to have the “Screen Legends” ident included!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TskJ-lKo0o

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#1279945
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Thomas & Friends - Classic Series NTSC Preservation (US dub)
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I don’t know how this compares to the sources that you’ve been using, but some of Ringo Starr’s US dubs were released on CD as part of an audiobook read-along set by Random House, sourced directly from the TV episodes themselves (not re-read like the 1985 UK Ladybird audiobooks). A few slight drawbacks with those is there’s a ‘beep’ whenever you need to turn the page and some lines of dialogue differ from the Strand VCI home video versions.

Here’s an example, “Wooly Bear” with Ringo Starr US Narration sourced from Random House read-along CD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-v8X2yVjM0&t=91s

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#1258078
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Harmy's STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97 - AVCHD and MKV now out!
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Chris358cp said:

alloneword said:

Adywan has done a “The Empire Strikes Back 1997 Special Edition” which might be worth getting.

I’ve been looking for this version, but all I could find was his ESB:Revisited.

I’m not sure how or where you’re searching for it but if you simply search “Adywan”, you should be able to find it. There’s a 14gb version and a 8gb version. They may not be obviously labelled as the 1997 SE’s so best read the file descriptions.

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#1256921
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The Lion King Laserdisc & DVD Rips
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stretch009 said:

Avatar_Emil_Borg said:

I know you can find a laserdisc rip on Rutracker.

I found two there.
Search: lion king ldrip (which is an xvid avi)
-and-
lion king laser (which is a laserdisc transfer to dvd5)

There’s also an MKV which appears to be identical quality to the DVD5 version and, unlike the DVD5, is anamorphic. I’d take that over the xvid avi.

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#1256654
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Wallace & Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers" - Original Audio Preservation
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Pepsi said:

Just listening to the official soundtrack of the opening theme to A Grand Day Out, the speed/pitch matches that of the Blu-ray, so wouldn’t that mean the Blu runs at the correct speed?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHEkTnFPR0Y

Was the soundtrack ever offically released?

I did a search for the soundtrack on YouTube myself and found this;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDw40l-hsas

In the description, the uploader said he had to speed the audio up (from a source uploaded previously by another user) by 4% to make it accurate. Maybe that link you found was sourced directly from one of the 24fps Blu Ray audio?

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#1235381
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Red Dwarf Back To Earth
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I have recently found BBC HD 1080/50i rips of the “TV” version on UseNet. All of which have a 5.1 AC3 track. Might be useful if you’re still trying to put together a complete, full-length version.

The reason I thought this might be beneficial is because all Blu Ray releases of Back to Earth are converted to 23.96fps despite originally being shot at 1080/50i. The only downside to to the BBC HD versions is the logo.

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#1222670
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Harmy's STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97 - AVCHD and MKV now out!
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BrightestDayFan2814 said:

So This Is Harmy’s STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97, But What About Harmy’s STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97 v2.0, Harmy’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Respecialized Edition '97, & Harmy’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Respecialized Edition '97, I Hope Harmy Can Make Them

Adywan has done a “The Empire Strikes Back 1997 Special Edition” which might be worth getting. Don’t know of any RotJ 1997 Special Edition HD preservations/restorations though.

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#1202495
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"Doctor Who" (1996) at proper speed [AUDIO FINISHED; VIDEO SECOND PASS IN PROGRESS]
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ChainsawAsh said:

That’ll get it to run at the correct speed, but there’s still a ton of ugly interlacing artefacts that will need to be fixed. That was my biggest issue when working with the DVD.

Unless they somehow fixed them for the BR, which I doubt…

I’d offer to take a look but as I said, I don’t own the BD so I don’t feel comfortable doing so until I do (and, of course, there are forum rules to take into account).

That’s fair enough.

I’m probably not as eagle-eyed as a lot of other people here but I couldn’t see any noticeable issues after the slowdown. I haven’t watched it from start to finish yet since my re-edit but even if it does suffer from said issues, it’ll certainly do for now until it ever gets officially mastered properly. It’s still nice to hear Paul McGann’s voice as it should be. Maybe if slowing down the Blu Ray isn’t the ideal solution for now, the audio at least could be pitched down by about 4% even if the speed is still kept at 25fps.