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#1409946
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Color matching and prediction: color correction tool v1.3 released!
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DrDre said:

You need to close the figures that open automatically, when you import an image. Once the figures have been closed the button should be available.

Thanks for answering DrDre - do you mean the fields next to “Number of color spaces” and “Smoothing parameter”? If so those have numbers in already when opening the application, and any attempt to delete them just lead to numbers (10 and 0.1, respectively) coming in automatically once you leave the field, and the button still not being available.

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#1409904
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Color matching and prediction: color correction tool v1.3 released!
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I’ve managed to install this on my Macbook (still running on High Sierra) but no matter what I try, the “Build color matching model” button never seems to activate, only the ones for importing test and reference images and “Import color matching model”. Am I just being impatient and need to wait a few minutes, or should it be happening much quicker? If it’s the latter, any tips on how to get it to work?

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#1405030
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American Graffiti - Original Cut Restoration (Mechanical Assistance/Telecine Experts Needed!) (* unfinished project *) - lots of information...
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Charles Threepio said:

If someone could obtain the original closing credits along with John Milner’s original death date and get them scanned, I’m hoping to integrate them with the Blu-ray footage as part of my 1973 theatrical cut restoration, which I plan to start work, and a thread, on after I finish the 1971 theatrical cut of THX-1138.

There’s so many if’s and maybe’s in this sentence, stated and implied, I almost lost count.

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#1398659
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Idea &amp; Info: '<strong>Sorcerer</strong>' - William Friedkin 1977 vs <strong>Wages of Fear</strong> - European theatrical release (see djsmokingjam's &amp; El Barto's posts for info on 2 separate project releases)
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RDPlissken said:

I’m wondering if that German TV rip is usable for overlaying Czech subtitles in WoF unique scenes.

I doubt it unfortunately - the German rip is very compressed and low-res, the handful of instances where I’ve used the odd second or handful of frames from it (where there were splices in the print) stand out like a sore thumb already. Plus there’s more damage in the 35mm print that is evidenced in the framegrabs, but it’s still the best copy available by some distance. I might upload my sources (except of course for the Sorcerer Blu-Ray) to the spleen for anyone who wants to build on/improve my work, as this is as good as it gets from me.

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#1398353
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Idea &amp; Info: '<strong>Sorcerer</strong>' - William Friedkin 1977 vs <strong>Wages of Fear</strong> - European theatrical release (see djsmokingjam's &amp; El Barto's posts for info on 2 separate project releases)
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Now available on CG with the organ to follow shortly, in full HD - the 92-min cut in full 1080p, using a mix of Retrofilm’s 35mm scan with footage from the French Blu-ray, with English and German stereo audio options. Don’t PM me for invites to either site or a link, it won’t work. Happy New Year!








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#1368768
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Idea &amp; Info: '<strong>Sorcerer</strong>' - William Friedkin 1977 vs <strong>Wages of Fear</strong> - European theatrical release (see djsmokingjam's &amp; El Barto's posts for info on 2 separate project releases)
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Well, I had intended to do a full recreation of the shorter cut, using the French DVD as well as the Finnish VHS and German TV rip, but once Retro35 showed those framegrabs from a HD 35mm scan and then rebuffed any polite requests for access, it just took the wind out of my sails. What’s the point of doing a crappy-looking reconstruction in SD if the materials to make a nice-looking HD one could theoretically be accessible? Add to that getting a new job that’s kept me busy since, and I just don’t have the time to do it.

That said, I have put together a compilation of the highlights from the shorter version with English audio (using the video from the German airing), which you can watch here…
EDIT: Turns out I actually played one scene twice at the expense of the washboard scene - am taking this down temporarily and will reupload a corrected version tomorrow. Sorry!
EDIT: Here you go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLXEcXGZIc4

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#1364923
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Caravan of Courage - International Theatrical Trailer
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Well, I may not have found an English-language version of that trailer yet, but I have just found a copy of the French theatrical trailer, which is very similar to the ones listed above but quite different too. It’s a watermarked copy grabbed from a French TV archive site - the same site has several different live performances of the French version of the film’s end credits theme song, “Les Petit Ewoks” by Dorothée: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euVpCyu245U

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#1337489
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Caravan of Courage - International Theatrical Trailer
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Does anyone know where to find an English-language copy of the international theatrical trailer used to promote Caravan of Courage: The Ewok Adventure? It’s online in Spanish and German versions, but the original English version seems pretty tough to find.

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r16BVkkytaY
German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Du2okvV7Q

The runtime on the BBFC submission for the trailer looks closer to the more common US video trailer (https://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/caravan-courage-ewok-adventure-1970); anyone seen it on a CBS/Fox tape released in the UK?

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#1332935
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Info Wanted: 'The Wizard of Speed and Time' (1988) - has anyone preserved this?
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Ehhhhhhhh, I think you’re overstating Mike’s participation in that whole project based on those videos; it’s really much more Massari who is trying to rally him into using the LP campaign as a springboard to getting restorations underway, but Mike is pretty stubborn and resistant to getting help from others and not doing things all himself, including financing.

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#1330426
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Info Wanted: 'The Wizard of Speed and Time' (1988) - has anyone preserved this?
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I started a similar thread a couple of years ago, to little response sadly: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Mike-Jittlov-The-Wizard-Of-Speed-and-Time/id/59540

Anyway, I was finally on the verge of getting my 16mm prints of Mike’s shirts scanned when the current situation suddenly escalated; once things are back to normal, I’ll get it done! I’ll need to check with Mike first what he wants in terms of any kind of release though.

Mike has the negatives and rights back to WOSAT but doesn’t want to license the rights out to another distributor and is sceptical about crowdfunding, last time I spoke to him about it (admittedly a while ago) - so I don’t know how a restoration or re-release will ever happen.

I have the feature on US and Japanese LD, UK and German VHS and Spanish Betamax - just lacking the tech skills to do a fan preservation of any of it!

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#1296970
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Idea &amp; Info: '<strong>Sorcerer</strong>' - William Friedkin 1977 vs <strong>Wages of Fear</strong> - European theatrical release (see djsmokingjam's &amp; El Barto's posts for info on 2 separate project releases)
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Retro35 said:

https://www.imgup.cz/images/2019/09/12/1a77bee30464c25fbb.jpg
https://www.imgup.cz/images/2019/09/12/1c332c9623de0f903b.jpg
https://www.imgup.cz/images/2019/09/12/1d13bbf557cf4d1995.jpg

VERY interesting! Please don’t leave us hanging, where have those grabs come from?

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#1256897
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RoboCop (1987) Criterion Collection LD Audio Preservation (Released)
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kchrules said:

djsmokingjam said:

Does anyone have a copy of this and would be able to PM me a link? zeropc hasn’t visited the forum in months so I’m guessing he won’t be able to.

I have the LD and DVD of the criterion version. I’ll have to rip the audio files but I can probably get them for you

Thank you! Though I should add that I already have the Criterion DVD, so am mainly after the PCM laserdisc audio.

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#1234679
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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DrDre said:

Here are two links from the same critic. The first discusses weaknesses in RJ’s story, and argues that TLJ’s biggest weakness is, that the story doesn’t go anywhere. There are no consequences.

Short summary:

"In The Last Jedi, a lot happens. But not a lot happens for long. Leia’s sudden and unexpected death only proceeds her jarring return to life.

Kylo Ren’s betrayal of Snoke, which leads to a team-up with Rey and himself against Snoke’s guards, implies his redemption… But it isn’t long lasting as his actions hardly reflect his intentions. After the fight, he has to explain himself to Rey, and how they still aren’t on the same side.

This is a classic break from “show, don’t tell.” Kylo has to tell us his motives for the scene to make sense. He essentially retcons the entire sequence, because it might as well not have happened. The scene ends up telling us nothing new. Kylo Ren is a bad guy. But we were already aware of that. Actions should speak for a character, but in the most powerful scene of the film, they don’t.

Lastly, when Luke finally faces Kylo, there’s a moment where we’re meant to believe this is the end for the Jedi Master. It seems as if Luke has accepted his fate as Kylo runs toward him with his blade drawn. Luke literally tells him something similar to what Ben Kenobi tells Darth Vader: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Luke seems fearless. But then, we realize Luke has nothing to fear after all. He’s not even actually there. This scene is meant for us to anticipate Luke’s death, only for it to be revealed he’s fine… Only for it to be revealed a moment later that he dies anyway."

Both these points seem incredibly pedantic and overinflated to me.

In the first instance, “show don’t tell” does not mean either that dialogue is redundant in cinema, or that actions and dialogue always have to be in perfect concert, especially regarding villains (who are often by nature duplicitous or unstable). The entire point of the throne room sequence is to set up an expectation (Kylo will side with Rey) that is then upended; in much the same way as the action at the end of ESB sets up an expectation (Vader wants to kill Luke) that is then contradicted by dialogue (“I am your father”) rather than action.

On the second point, he’s just being incredibly literal. The entire subtext of the dialogue is not that whether Luke will literally be struck down - Luke has already made it clear throughout the film that he does not fear death - but that in opposing him, Kylo ensures Luke’s reputation will echo throughout the galaxy and that thousands will be inspired by his example, which we see happen in the final scene.

To say there are no consequences to the events in the film is absurdly reductive, and frankly typical of the wilfully and uncharitably misreading “criticism” I’ve seen so much of about this film.

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#1186244
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Info Wanted: A question about public domain works...
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Mr Shickadance said:

Sorry for those of you who don’t want to hear it but if a company like Criterion decides to restore a public domain film and releases it there is no way they can copyright their “restored version”. Think about what restoration is for a second…you can’t copyright something just because you put it back to the way it was supposed to be.

So to answer suspiciouscoffee’s original question yes you can take their restoration of Night of the Living Dead rip it and do whatever you want with it.

Again, it is not Criterion who have copyrighted the new restoration, but MoMa and Image Ten. And yes, it is protected - while the film itself is still public domain, and can still be released by anyone via any of the old masters, the 4K restoration is technically a derivative work that is protected and registered separately, in the same way that someone could copyright their own scan of the film if they chose to do so; the difference is just that your version would be shitty and redundant next to their definitive version. So you can use many of the previous masters for your projects, but not the 4K restoration.

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#1177583
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Idea &amp; Help Wanted: Mike Jittlov / The Wizard Of Speed &amp; Time
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I’ve been building up quite a collection of Mike Jittlov films in the last few years, including a few of his shorts on 16mm as well as laserdisc releases of The Wizard Of Speed & Time feature. Anyone fancy collaborating, contributing to or advising on a preservation project? I spoke to Mike on the phone last year and it’s highly unlikely we’ll see an official release of any of his films anytime soon.

If anyone has recommendations for places in or near London that transfer 16mm to 2K for a reasonable price, I’d much appreciate it - one of the short films is beginning to smell a bit vinegary so probably can’t be projected anymore.

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#1162741
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Idea &amp; Info: '<strong>Sorcerer</strong>' - William Friedkin 1977 vs <strong>Wages of Fear</strong> - European theatrical release (see djsmokingjam's &amp; El Barto's posts for info on 2 separate project releases)
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Ronster said:

How’s things come along with this?

Any Interesting stuff you found?

I haven’t been able to do any additional work on this for the last couple of months due to being busy with other things. The only new pertinent info I’ve found since is a post from a Blu-Ray.com user that says the original theatrical version of the Wages Of Fear cut didn’t dub the foreign-language scenes, but rather presented them in their original languages with subtitles. The dub was done for TV masters which were then used for the VHS releases discussed. However, there’s no way to verify that now without access to an original theatrical print.

In terms of Sorcerer news, a new coffee table book full of photos and production memos related to the film is being released in France this April by La Rabbia, who released the French DVD set. Not sure how I’ll be able to afford a copy at the moment, but I want one all the same! http://www.larabbia.com/books/sorcerer-sur-le-toit-du-monde/