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#1334440
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Info: Aspect Ratios of Original Trilogies
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In working on my “Faces” LD project, I’ve noticed that the films as they appear on the disc are mathematically closer to 2.28:1 ratio. I’ve read that a number of films including the 97 LDs we actually 2.28 and not 2.35 when placed onto the disc, but I have no idea why - especially as these LDs state they are the Theatrical 2.35 presentation.

Anyone have any insight to this? I’ve double and triple checked my work and always end up with a mathematical ratio of approximately 2.28:1

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#1329567
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TOTAL RECALL (1990) UNCUT Version Reconstruction
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MrBrown said:

Okay, pal running time is about 108 to 109 minutes. Same version as the normal 113 minutes ntsc version.

The cut version in germany had a runtime of 106 minutes in PAL.

No country so far got the unrated lost cut.

The normal us rated-r Version was not for sell in public (not banned, just considered harmful for youth) so in regular stores people just could get the cut version. You had to get the uncut (rated r) version on stores just for adults,and online stores.

Few years ago the movie got removed from the list of considered harmful media, and was re-rated by the FSK.
The movie got a rating of 16,but because of bonus features there is the red 18 rating on front. But now the uncut (compared to us r-rated) could be sold in normal stores, so the big “Uncut” is on that fro t as a selling point.

The German “uncut” mostly is regarding original theatrical releases. Often seen when movies also got cut releases for younger target groups.

Gotcha - now I’m on the same page.

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#1329397
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TOTAL RECALL (1990) UNCUT Version Reconstruction
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MrBrown said:

Uncut German is normal us version… It was strongly cut in Germany back in times.
And comparing 109 minute HD BD with a 103 minute DVD… It’s just the same… PAL just runs faster than ntsc and 1080p.

Understood, that makes sense.

I was under the impression that this was a 109 minute PAL DVD release not BD

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#1329350
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TOTAL RECALL (1990) UNCUT Version Reconstruction
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This may have it.
https://www.amazon.de/Total-Recall-Arnold-Schwarzenegger/dp/B0083E1FDG/ref=as_sl_pc_as_ss_li_til?tag=rewind01-21&linkCode=w00&linkId=&creativeASIN=B0083E1FDG

http://dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=806

A supposedly “Uncut” german dvd release. The runtime is listed as 109 minutes, and I see other PAL releases listed at 103 minutes… Not sure what to make of it, probably bogus. I can’t imagine that there is 6 minutes of additional footage.

I’ve got the original LD release, I’ll have a look at that, I thought for sure it showed Benny’s chest and the drill, but not any of the other clips mentioned.

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#1326603
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Topaz Gigapixel upscale of the GOUT
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phoenixobia said:

riftamos said:

For those that are curious -

I found that for my purposes, a frame by frame scale in the regular gigapixel software generated better results than using their beta video upscaling software.

GP has released a new app called Video Enhance AI. It is so much better than GPAI beta.
Check it out. I have posted a few comparison iamges of my Beauty and the Beast LD at the following thread:

I was just playing with it the other day, definitely a huge improvement. From my experience, I still seem to be getting better results doing a frame by frame in just regular old gigapixel, but I still need to explore the settings in Enhance more.

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#1324446
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Topaz Gigapixel upscale of the GOUT
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For those that are curious -

I found that for my purposes, a frame by frame scale in the regular gigapixel software generated better results than using their beta video upscaling software.

I have tried a double pass and I cannot recommend it. I have also tried to layer a pass of low/low on top of a pass of none/none - my feelings on this are mixed, depending on your software you could adjust the opacity of the layers until you find your desired/optimized results.

For me, I’m finding my best results scaling with the none/none preset. It does actually do a fair job of preserving detail and removing a layer of blur even on the “none” preset. At most I run a low/low.

I think with certain scenes you could play around with a variety of filters and use masking to pic out the best parts of the best runs. The background of space for example while inside the x-wings will look better with a none/none, but Lukes face will likely look better at low/low. Use the none/none as a matte and mask Luke back into the frame by hand.

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#1323135
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Topaz Gigapixel upscale of the GOUT
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ZigZig said:

riftamos said:

ZigZig said:

Hi OldMateMatt,

What are the settings that you use (noise, blur, face refinement)?
I use GP a lot and I have found that the main problem in frame by frame processed videos is with the stars : they are “split” (GigaPixel redraws two sharpened stars instead of one blurred) and they move from frame to frame.

It seems to me that you also have this problem in your video. Did you achieve to reduce or solve it?

I know exactly what you are talking about. I personally have found the best results are on low/low anything more than that just amplifies the mistakes Gigapixel is making. I’ve been thinking about doing a double pass, at low/low and then just a plain scale with no image improvement, and layering the two images to try and reduce the enhanced noise/small details that become distorted.

Hi riftamos,

Thank you very much for sharing your tips!
Did you try doing a double pass, or did you just think about doing it?

On my side, I tried to increase the original frame with a simple bilinear resizing (ia from 720x480 to 960x640) before upscaling it with GP (ia from 960x460 to 1920x1280): that reduces the distorstion of small details, but that reduces also the advantage of using GP…

I have not had a chance to try the double pass & layering of the frames yet, but I will report back when I have had a chance to try it. I was also thinking about trying a single pass on low/low then running a separate pass just as a resize with no filter and using TOOT to average between the two - generating a new frame (as compared to laying two frames on top of one another).

There is a brief discussion about TOOT over in my “Faces” upscale thread.

One thing that I have tried and I know works, but is incredibly cumbersome is “masking.” To me, it seems like GP is great on larger objects that are “up close”/the foreground in the frame but it makes a lot of mistakes on small details in the backgrounds. I’ve successfully made a mask to show just the enhanced detail of the foreground images overlayed over an enlarged background without enhancements - its not great, but its a step in the right direction. It takes a lot of time and the more elements there are in a frame(or scene) the harder it is to pull it off.

What would really be ideal is more control over where GP focuses during its upscale when its attempting to add in details. I’m also giving “Phoenix” a try which could be promising.

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#1322950
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Topaz Gigapixel upscale of the GOUT
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ZigZig said:

Hi OldMateMatt,

What are the settings that you use (noise, blur, face refinement)?
I use GP a lot and I have found that the main problem in frame by frame processed videos is with the stars : they are “split” (GigaPixel redraws two sharpened stars instead of one blurred) and they move from frame to frame.

It seems to me that you also have this problem in your video. Did you achieve to reduce or solve it?

I know exactly what you are talking about. I personally have found the best results are on low/low anything more than that just amplifies the mistakes Gigapixel is making. I’ve been thinking about doing a double pass, at low/low and then just a plain scale with no image improvement, and layering the two images to try and reduce the enhanced noise/small details that become distorted.

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#1322189
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Topaz Gigapixel upscale of the GOUT
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OldMateMatt said:

emanswfan said:

I don’t remember the GOUT being that compressed…are you working with the source file or a re-encoded RIP?

re-encoded rip yeah, it could also be youtubes compression or my render settings in sony vegas

I’ve been doing some work with Gigapixel on some of my upscale projects. Did you use regular old gigapixel and do a frame by frame or did you try their beta video upscale software?

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#1318582
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Original Trilogy "Faces" LD Preservation & Upscale project
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clashradio said:

@ riftamos: it looks like your aspect ratio is too wide on these two screen caps.

@ willirob: what do you use for your comb filter? I’ve been using the EVAL adv 7842 board along with a HLD-X0. But have been reading about the Domesday Duplicator. Since it taps into the RF signal, it can make any low or average player give great results. I thought I had the best set-up by using the best player and best comb filter. I think it’s more geared toward PAL stuff at the moment.

Yes, I agree - those are just a couple frames from the raw capture file. I’ve got to squeeze it back to the right size.

The Domesday Duplicator looks awesome, over on LDDB there was someone trying to get a bunch of them produced but I don’t think they ever got the project off the ground. Have to build one of these from scratch?