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The films of Sergio Leone- The best available versions

A Fistful of Dollars - New Restoration

The HFPA Film Restoration Summit including panel discussion and the screening of Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars” will take place March 9, 2019 at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more infos…

“Cinema heritage documents the way we lived, shows us the way we felt, captures the dreams we dreamed, and helps us to understand the experiences of times different to us so future filmmakers can be inspired to add to that heritage,” stated HFPA President Meher Tatna in her opening remarks. Since 1996, the HFPA has been a great champion for restoration– dedicating 6.5 million dollars over 125 projects. Among these, Sergio Leone’s masterpiece A Fist Full of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood, which screened for all present Saturday.

DCP screening - maybe is it.


We already have 4k BD - perfect home video release for 1.85:1.
So, I’m more for preserve this film as uncropped - Full Frame.

Do you see how much is lost? Sure, the whole frames were not intended to be seen by us, “mere” mortals (read: director’s composition and such…) but hey, if they are available somehow, why can’t we have a chance to see them?

Full Frame film cells Vs 1.33:1 DVD

From Trailer:


Super 8mm Derann
SUPER 8 FILM REVIEW by BFCC - British Film Collectors Convention
A professional film director; “it is amazing that this sort of quality is obtainable from Super 8.”

The super 8 prints were printed “open mask”; ie. same as the 35mm negative to 35mm print and were projected in theatres with a 1.85 to 1 mask in the projector gate.

Picture quality is just superb with pin sharp focus throughout and excellent colours although with a very slight blue tint, but that is to be expected with most Derann features nowadays.

…and have to admit I agree it is up there with the sharpest of super 8 print releases I have seen, accompanied with a dynamic stereo recording to enhance the viewing experience. …and left me with the same impression and impact as it did in the actual cinema back in 1987!

I don’t recall anything creeping into the top and bottom of frame on “Predator” that you really shouldn’t see (like microphones, etc.), although I do remember that on the heat camera effect “Predator Vision” shots, you ocasionally see words like so-and-so VIDEO, etc. in the extreme bottom of frame!!!;f=4;t=000199

The films of Sergio Leone- The best available versions

For a Few Dollars More – Blu-ray Kino Lorber
Posted on March 2, 2019 by Robert Harris

This particular release of Leone’s 1965 For a Few Dollars More, is finally, a revelation.

I have no idea why it’s taken this long to get it correct. Whether the hands, the budgets, or intimately, the post facilities and their hard and software.

I’ve not seen a quality representation of this film, since I saw it as a dye transfer print back in 1965.

The same problems seem to have affected the entire series.

Courtesy of Kino Lorber, we now have proper color, stability, black levels, grain and shadow detail.

And along with them, more extras than one might think would fit on a single disc.

While I’m not familiar with any of the foreign releases, domestically, this is the one to own. It beautifully mimics the look and textures of dye transfer prints derived from the Techniscope originals.

Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from previous Blu-ray – Yes!

Highly Recommended

Dersu Uzala (1975) PCM LD?

DERSU UZALA - The Criterion Collection Laserdisc (1975) NEW RARE - Price: US $14.99

Sovscope 70mm
More screens:

Mad Max 1 - color grading

Maybe to add grain to HDTV or regrade BD: HDTV, check LD, 2 images what I upped above and if is possible to find 35/16/8mm film cells.
HDTVRip: 1920x816p, x264 (r1092), 23.976 fps, ~10945 Kbps, High@L4.1 - 7.95 GB

Any thoughts?


JayArgonaut said:

…it’s brighter than either of them. It looks pretty grainy to me…

Maybe this is same source or just close to your record.
Upped 2007 @ rutra*
Quality: HDTV - Video: XVID 1280x720 23.98fps 5397Kbps - 4.31 GB
Probably only with Russian audio.
I don’t have it.

The Godfather Saga - HD Restoration

I only say what it is. And I don’t want argue with anyone here.
You have problem with capture device, signal etc… You can’t make proper records.
It’s not your fault it’s just damn new tech when unexpected things happens.

Tip for you.
If you want to have proper HDTV record for something, ask - make request and I hope someone can help you.

I hope someone will proper record it from rebroadcast and give it to you,
or if I get it you will get it too.


The Godfather Saga - HD Restoration

Upscaling 720p release from 14.5GB to 2xBD25 is really bad solution.

And for 1080i, details is completely removed, blurry, looks like upscaled old DVD or LD.

Let’s wait March for rebroadcast & I hope someone will make proper record and send it to you.
So there is no need to rush to complete this project.

The Godfather Saga - HD Restoration

First screen & 2nd in my comparison
MPEG-TS (AVC) removing grain - MPEG-TS (MPEG-2) keep grain
Settings in recording or something else?

1080i HDTV MPEG2 DD2.0-CtrlHD

Why CtrlHD Team not use new codec AVC, or MPEG2 keep grain?
In which codecs is your records?

We need someone here who can explain these things.

What about to start new topic for improving HDTV recordings, tips & unexpected things?
But I need to leave it to someone else.