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#476795
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Droids and Ewoks, anybody ?
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The only info I have seen on the Mexican VHS set was on the SWCCMTY web page, that just recently changed its layout.  It is so frustrating now.

But they have a Yahoo group here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/swccmty/ If anyone knows how to speak spanish.  

I actually have a pretty horrible .wmv and .flv rip of their version.  It is a clean video just very very pixelated. As you can see, it is only 320x240.  Everything appears in order visually, just the audio is dubbed in spanish. If I remember correctly, the VHS was just simply called "Los Droids 3" or something incredibly hard to search for.

 

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#476664
Topic
Droids and Ewoks, anybody ?
Time

yep. 

I have done a number of side by side comparrisons of the Sci-Fi channel rips to the ontherunvideo.com and the UK VHS rleases (heck even the official DVD's) and the Sci-Fi channel releases always have less footage.

I am sure this was down for two reasons...

a) for time

b) because there is a lot of painful moments in both series :)

Truth be told, the edits aren't that bad and actually kind of move the story along.  Comparable to most fan edits.

 

As far as the other person working on this a year ago...he kind of fell off the map.  And that was what sort of what motivated me to start stockpiling all of the videos that I do have.  This set needs to be done one of these days and we need to make sure that we have the best possible transfer when we do it.

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#476660
Topic
Droids and Ewoks, anybody ?
Time

 

Nice.  I was actually the one that got him to transfer his old Droids S-VHS tapes to DVD.  He had only made Ewoks transfers when I ran into him and I persuaded him into getting me a Droids DVD set as well.  He is a super nice guy.

Now, as I said earlier, there is an actual official release of Coby and the Starhunters in Mexico.  I have yet to see a copy for sale anywhere, but I have seen photos and screenshots.  This site swccmty.page.tl used to have photos and screenshots of it up.  But it looks like they have gone through a redesign and are a little shady now.

That would cover it for Droids.  Using the UK PAL releases for all other episodes, plus the Mexican release for video and the ontherunvideo.com audio for Coby.   This would make a complete set of Droids.

Because as I am sure you guys have noticed, the Sci-Fi channel versions are edited.  There is about a good 2-5 minutes missing from each episode.  Not always a bad thing as they sometimes just edited out the groan worthy "comedy" bits.

 

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#476641
Topic
Droids and Ewoks, anybody ?
Time

I have been stockpilling Droids and Ewoks videos for quite some time now.  Unfortunately I do not have the time or equipment to really make a good transfer.

 

I have numerous UK PAL VHS tapes with many duplicates.  I also have collected some of the different DVD sets floating around out there.  To include the one with the ontherunvideo.com watermark.

http://i.imgur.com/kVLns.jpg

 

I too have a copy of the Sci-Fi channel rips.  Here are some pictures of Coby and the Starhunters which isn't available anywhere in an official release (except apparently a Mexican set from the early 90's).   Keep in mind the below are rips that I made, not the actual DVDs.

 

 

Would be happy to share any and all of my files.  If anyone wants to get a handful of VHS tapes to try and find the best quality tape for each one, just let me know.  I don't have the time at the moment to do all of this.

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#410588
Topic
droids preservation ideas
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skyjedi2005 said:

newt said:

hi,

i just saw that angrysvn did a preservation of this. has anybody seen that? i'm wondering what the quality is like and whether it's worth me duplicating that work.

 

I have it and the quality is shit, with aplologies to Rikter, but i am being honest.  I don't think these were his transfers but he was the first person i believe to archive them all in a single disc.  Single layer i think, though i don't have the disc in front of me but for an entire season of a cartoon that is low quality, if i remember most of the episodes are either youtube quality or worse in some cases unwatchable.

At one point he was going to do a version 2 of this and do the ewoks too from pal tapes from the uk, but then afterwords said this was good enough or he lost interest.

The preservation i believe is from online showings from cartoon notwork and the sci fi channel tv re-broadcast in the 90's, and most likely old taped off of tv vhs.  None of them are even close to professional store bought vhs pre recorded tapes, were talking like low quality xvid with mp3 audio, dodgy audio and picture.

At least they have the original opening song, which i my opinion is awful as most eighties tv cartoon themes for Saturday morning were painfully cheesy.

I don't think the great heep was ever rebroadcast beyond the one time it was shown in the usa, we also never had it on tape either but the uk got it.  You know the Episode supposedly written and directed by Ben Burtt, i have heard it was awful and better off forgotten like the holiday special.

 

Rikter said that the DVD was made from some old VCD set, hence the 352x240 resolution.  Still good for reference, and there is some Sci-Fi channel episodes, which were edited differently from the original broadcast and VHS releases.  So kinda cool for historical type purposes.

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#410125
Topic
Droids and Ewoks Cartoons fan preservation
Time

So has anybody finished making a definitive DVD set for either the Droids or Ewoks cartoons?

I have been hearing about fan made preservations for years.  I have downloaded just about every copy on the internet.  And bought quite a few from cons.  The ones found online are usually junky little AVI's or too many videos thrown on a single DVD.  And some of the versions at cons are very nice, but the sellers will throw a nice big ugly watermark on the videos.

It would seem that the best way to make DVD's is to transfer the UK VHS tapes over to DVD.  And then fill in the couple of missing episodes with other existing sets found out there.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_TV_home_video_releases

Does anybody here have the ability to do it?  The Star Wars fans have been waiting forever for a good copy! 

 

Here are some previous topics on this...

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Ewoks-Complete-Series-DVD/topic/2730/

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Droids-and-Ewoks-cartoons-on-DVD/topic/8142/

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/The-official-Droids-release-thread/topic/3126/

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Ewoks-Cartoon-DVDs/topic/6602/

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#152777
Topic
Blade Runner HDTV
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Originally posted by: MeBeJedi
Damn! I WANT this disc!

BTW, great name, retardedted. LOL


thanks! I aim to please

also i have no problem with someone else taking their time and doing a higher quality version, ill be doing the pee pee dance waiting for it to hit the "scene".

i'm just glad that i helped drum up some interest for this HDTV version.

peace,
retartedted
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#152593
Topic
Blade Runner HDTV
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hello, im pretty new to these forums, but a regular over at MySpleen.net

i've come across a REALLY nice copy of Blade Runner from HDTV, the difference between this copy and the Official DVD release are night a day.

I have the .ts files (hdtv raw files) if any of you would like them to try and a make a dvd from them to distribute, i am not quite so good at it and i already have a million other things to do right now ><

here are some pics to show the difference, the small ones are the dvd, the huge ones are the HDTV ones, obviously


http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/313/br3b2jj.png
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/9558/br37bz.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/3743/br2b3yl.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4457/br27gk.png
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/8541/br1b5yh.png
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1208/br15js.png


the HDTV file size is almost 6 gigs so I'll have to mail it out

peace,
retartedted