Would it be possible to get a status update, maybe some notes on the progress, etc. Not complaining or anything, just curious where we are at with it.
Viva Silverwook and Anchorhead! Viva Quebec!
Has there been any discussion about using Patreon? It would be a good incentive to get people to donate if they get special content just via Patreon. I’m not sure what that content would be but it’s an idea.
How on earth would a basic forum like this generate “extra content?” Move up a tier to unlock the project update threads? Who’s going to make that content? The mods?
The other big problem with The French Connection’s surround mix is that the sounds effects, especially gunfire, are extremely loud compared to the music and dialogue. Thank heaven they had the good sense to include the mono (and to redo the color timing with Owen Roizman for the second Blu-ray release).
Yeah, I’m not sure if it’s actually too desaturated or the black level and/or contrast is too low - I actually turned my TV’s brightness down a ton and it looked significantly better with no crushed blacks (the letterboxing was still the blackest part of any given frame by far), and it seemed to bring out the color a little more. For 4K77, I didn’t have to change any settings at all on my TV, though I was occasionally tempted to turn the brightness up, the exact opposite of how I felt with 4K83.
I’m really looking forward to a shot-by-shot CC with reel change markers painted out.
You just need to un-calibrate your monitor.
Same with the Blu Ray and the dvd.
Yes, we’re all well aware of that, since that’s pretty much why this site exists in the first place. Thanks for the clarification.
I just hope I get home in time to clear off space and start the download before he gets spiteful on us… His abuse really needs to be dealt with.
Message an admin directly and state your complaints. I did earlier today, and if a number of people do the same we might get a good result.
It’s so funny. “I have nothing to do with this.” “Also, I’ll have it taken down”. “Also, Rogue 1 is negative 1” “Also, rogue 1 has nothing to do with this account” “also, I’m someone you’ve never heard of who isn’t involved but has final say but isn’t negative 1 but somehow I’m on his personal account”. It’s self parody at this point.
It’s truly hilarious - I’ve been complaining that he’s been abusing the takedown requests because he’s not involved anymore, and in his “rebuttal” he admitted that he’s not involved anymore, and that he’ll request to have it taken down out of spite if anyone complains. I hope the spleen admins ban him for this shit.
Poita, you da man. That sample is downright inspiring. I am so happy that we all came together and made this thing happen!
" … THX was delivered to Warner Bros. Coppola came by the Mill Valley house on the evening before he was to take the film down to Burbank. Murch showed him a reel, and all Coppola murmured was ‘Strange, strange.’ "
I wonder if Coppola was thinking something like “why oh why did I decide that this was going to be Zoetrope’s first project?”
I sympathize with GL a bit on this one since I would probably have a similar reaction. I write songs and I could totally see myself bitching up a storm if a song I wrote (and that I was really happy with) got tinkered with by my producer or for a radio edit, just because I tend to get really attached to the structure and build-up that I put down. Finding the right momentum and build is like the song telling me that this was the way it was always meant to be, so I totally sympathize with GL reacting in horror to someone fussing with that.
What I really don’t understand is that in the Maker of Films interview GL is acting like they changed the tone of the movie, taking out the humor and the romance. It’s so weird because those qualities are absolutely NOT present in the film. Oh, it does have bits of subtle humor, like the robot cop walking into the wall, or the chase being called off because of budget concerns, but it is absolutely not a warm, romantic movie by any definition. It’s about a world that’s entirely numb and cold, told in a very detached, European fashion. If he really thought those qualities were there…I don’t even know what to say to that, except that it would affirm that, on his own, he has no idea how to make a rousing, romantic, funny, audience-pleasing movie.
“So the scene of THX being messed with by the doctors and convulsing is not in the 35mm but is in the home releases?”
I’m sure it’s in the second part where he gets “jailed” for good. Check my TV broadcast version, they are probably in the same order. I remember subtitling that scene.
As for Lucas, all his THX story comes from the 2004 DVD. Enough said.
He does complain about it in the Maker of Films interview from shortly after the film’s release. There he’s largely bitching about how they disrupted the feel of the movie, how he was editing by feel and how their re-ordering ruined that. I think he was just being hypersensitive about it, though understandably pissed that the studio felt compelled to pointlessly fuck around with it. Even then, however, he makes it seem like it was brutalized beyond recognition, when the changes were (most likely) very minor and didn’t change the tone nearly to the degree that he suggests.
Wow! This looks great. I can’t wait for the results!
Educate me, poita. What is channel registration?
Info doesn’t have anything listed right now - it just says “coming soon” in the fanedits section.
I’m looking for full-size copy of Kerr’s Dark Force Rising Episode III fanedit. Do you have that one Frink? There’s a compressed version on spleen, but I would much prefer a dvd-sized copy.
Donation made! I should be able to donate some more in a few weeks. You guys are doing amazing work. Pre-“Director’s Cut” versions of this film are of strong cultural importance, as well as being quite a fine film in its own right. I consider the DC of this movie to be even more offensive than the Star Wars Special Editions, considering that THX 1138 was shot using existing locations and available light. Re-coloring and adding digital enhancements to the settings ruins the ethos of the movie (and just plain ruins the movie). The re-editing is also total shite, a lame attempt to inject kinetic energy into a movie that was defiantly languid in its original form. This movie reminds me quite a bit of Antonioni, kind of like something he might have made had he dabbled in science fiction. I’m happy to help save this from oblivion.
Shepard & Dark
Highly recommended. On the surface, it's about longtime friends Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark sorting through their many letters to each other for a book. Underneath, it's about a close friendship that blossomed despite and because of their many differences; it's also about a close friendship that's drifted apart, probably permanently. Johnny Dark, pothead and hermit, is very much an archivist, keeping all of the letters and photographs the two have shared over their adult lives (they were related by marriage for several years). Sam Shepard, drinker and wanderer, is going through the material for the first time. Though they share a deep history, they struggle to properly reconnect as they work on this project, particularly Shepard, who does not like sifting through the past nearly as much as Dark. It's a very low-key, conversational documentary, basically hanging out with the two of them as they sort through their letters and reminisce about the years when they were very close. It's also quite sad in a way that only non-fiction can be, capturing how age and experience can cause people to drift away from each other; they will always share a deep affection for the other, but also seem aware that they can probably never regain the closeness of their peak years.
RIP Aubrey Morris
Yeah, the first French Connection release was stupefyingly bad, and in some really bizarre ways, too. The noisy pastel look was just...strange. The Filmmakers Signature Series release isn't perfect, but it's a massive improvement.
I have a particular distaste for how the early James Bond films look on Blu-ray. There are many releases that are objectively worse, but Lowry just can't seem to help themselves.
Oh, and Robocop looks like shit. The earlier Blu-ray had a nasty teal shift to it. The most recent one fixes that...but still looks like shit. Why bother with a 4K master and corrected color timing only to muck it up with a bunch of nasty processing? Everything in motion strobes so much that it's still unwatchable. It's sad that the best quality release of Robocop is still the Criterion DVD from the late 90's.
Had he not passed away when he did, River Phoenix could have made for a great Anakin.
Signups looks like they're closed again.
Anyone have an invite available?
I had never really thought about it before, but I can definitely hear how R2's speech in Jedi is more comic. This is something that was greatly exaggerated in the prequels (especially in Sith, when R2 just wouldn't stop screaming during the crash landing).
It's really weird because R2 isn't a normal robot by any means. During the Dagobah scenes in Empire, R2 sometimes comes across like more of a pet than an ordinary robot (especially when it's peeking in the windows of Yoda's hut). But I must admit that it is a little strange that R2 displays much more fear at Jabba's, when it knew that Luke wasn't really donating them and that Luke had a plan, than on Dagobah, when R2 really had no idea what to expect.