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#1259867
Topic
Doctor Who
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Good points, Jason. People that might not want any diversity in the cast/crew might find it too liberal or PC, but so what? If anything, the content itself was far more centrist than ever before in the new series. It’s possible that Chibnall’s clunky exposition and frankly rather poor dialogue made things stand out a bit more, for people that are sensitive to certain things.

It also had perhaps the most conservative leaning episode since the Tom Baker serial, Sunmakers, with Kablam.

I myself found it a fairly disappointing season, mostly, that did a few things quite right. Chibnall’s own episodes felt of an amateurish quality, and the season planning (and what was done with the main characters) quite poor. But all of the guest writer scripts were well written, and a couple of them were great (Demons, Takes You Away, nearly Rosa with the faults likely Chibnall’s doing).

I hope things get tightened up next time. The presentation has taken a nice turn. Good direction, quality CGI, and I do like the new composer. Great actors, but each episode felt like they were still starting out and hadn’t developed the characters. I would love to see the role of show runner be more like a classic series producer, where they don’t write a single word of the scripts. 😉

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#1256319
Topic
Project 4K80
Time

Mavimao said:

Handman said:

Dreamaster said:

Handman said:

You mention the 16mm has great color. Do you suppose you will utilize one of Dre’s color matching algorithms to match the 35mm print to the 16mm color?

Also, you’ve got a donation from me 😃

That could certainly be done, yes… but do you really prefer the 16mm colors as a reference?

I was under the impression that our 35mm sources were in much worse condition than they are. I really like the 16mm colors, but the 35mm looks good enough. I just grew wistful remembering an instance where color matching tools were used to reobtain original color from high quality black and white footage and a very low quality NTSC videotape.

It’s not “color matching” that’s being done here but rather frame blending. You take the b/w luma channel of the film footage and take the chroma channel of the video footage and overlap the two to recreate the color footage.

And in this case, it worked well because of a particular type of noise that allowed them to unwarp the 16mm source and overlay things more easily.

Presumably it’s not always an easy task to align two film scans.

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#1255786
Topic
Project 4K80
Time

JonathanArthur19 said:

How long do you think it might take due to how good the prints are? 4K83 had an amazing print so how good or bad is Empire?

Unlike the pristine Return of the Jedi print which needed very little work, this project is expected to take at least two years - many of the sources are faded, and have at least as much damage (perhaps even more) as the Star Wars prints we were working with.

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#1255666
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

oojason said:

‘Doctor Who to skip Christmas Day for first time in 13 years’…

The festive edition of Doctor Who will be shown on New Year’s Day on BBC One instead of Christmas Day for the first time since the drama’s return in 2005.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46210019
 

Not really a fan of this change. From what I’ve read, this is the kind of situation where, once the give up that time slot, they’re possibly never going to be able to get it back. And, when this rumor was going around a few weeks ago,
the reason stated was that Chibnall thought all of the Christmas plot ideas were tapped out. Which is… strange. It doesn’t need to be about Christmas to be broadcast on that day. And several of them have only had a passing reference to the holiday.

This would also explain, perhaps, why Chibnall initially refused to take over for the last Christmas special. Moffat stuck around to produce yet an extra Christmas special, specifically to make sure Doctor Who kept that time slot. Oh well, thanks anyway?

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#1255588
Topic
Project 4K80
Time

Have there been tests done with the Fuji scan to see just how far the colors can be pushed (at least approximately in the right directions)? I’m sure you’re choosing the best sources you’ve got, of course. Seems like something that you might have checked out before the restoration folks spend their many hundreds of hours on cleanup (thank you for your service).

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#1254928
Topic
4K77 vs. Despecialized - Tatooine Outdoors
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LordZerome1080 said:

I think he mentioned it in one of his workflow videos. 🤷🏻‍♂️😉

Without any kind of actual source to look at here, I’m just going by memory. The inclusion of GOUT in Jedi 2.5 was minor and more of a little homage, as all of the other 2.x releases had GOUT (in other cases, because it was needed, for Jedi just for fun).

This is in contrast to 3.0, which can totally break free of GOUT dependence. What would be the reason for including one GOUT shot for each film, in this case? I’m pretty sure you’re mistaken on this, but I’d be curious to see if he did in fact say that. 😃

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#1254850
Topic
4K77 vs. Despecialized - Tatooine Outdoors
Time

LordZerome1080 said:

Fang Zei said:

It was mentioned upthread that Despecialized 3.0 will be “entirely 35mm based.”

Does this mean 3.0 will finally be the “best of both worlds” version? In other words, the unaltered 70-80% of the bd color-corrected, with the 35mm scans used for the stuff that was altered, and none of Harmy’s meticulous recreations nor using the ‘97 re-comp shots in place of the true originals?

I think he said all that and he will only be using one shot of GOUT.

Jedi 2.5 had a piece of a shot from the GOUT, but I don’t know that there is a plan for 3.0 to do that. I would guess not.

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#1254024
Topic
4k77 released
Time

ChainsawAsh said:

It’s actually easiest to put it on an external drive and plug it directly into the 4K TV and play it that way. It won’t work on a PS4 (overly restrictive requirements for 4K media, such as it has to be h264, which the 4K releases from TN1 are h265), and I dunno about an Xbox.

On Xbox One you can definitely play it via Kodi. Not sure about the native apps, but I expect not.

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#1253163
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:
I still dislike the color palette - or lack thereof. All that orange is driving me crazy. The lack of natural color, especially whites and blues (and actual greens and reds) makes everything look small and scrunched. Hard for me to imagine how multiple people can look at this and not immediately see that the colors are worse than on the 1970s episodes on VHS. There is no discernible reason for this, because most of the other modern-era Who episodes had great, rich color.

I don’t mind the strong color choices at all when depicting something like an alien world. Episodes 3 and 4 were differently colored and more natural (but we’re on OT, which is probably the most touchy site in the world when it comes to color, so I can’t say you’ll like it for sure! 😃 ). The preview for next week was almost all blue and white sets, though! 😉

I still have no idea what the Tardis looks like, but I’m assuming that will become more clear in the next episode. Well, other than that it is almost entirely orange (like the rest of the show).

It’s a strange design that looks like they don’t have enough space to film the whole cast near the console. I wonder if it will be tweaked for next series.

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#1252075
Topic
Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

Was there gate weave in the 35mm used for SW and ESB? I don’t remember there being any if there was.

He can correct me if I’m wrong, but much of what Harmy used for SW (and I think this is largely true for ESB) was from 35mm sources for lots of composite shots, but not large raw chunks of the film. Sources for the full films became more available and of higher quality as time went on. Harmy did blu-ray/35mm composites for Jedi as well, but he also had shots and scenes that were purely 35mm that time around. So the hybrid nature of that one was more obvious between shots, while the earlier projects had more hybridization ‘seams’ within shots, if that makes sense.

For SW 2.7, the film sources were surely stabilized so some degree by TN1. And I stabilized and otherwise tinkered things to try to get them to fit in with the blu-ray, as needed.

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#1251667
Topic
Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
Time

odok76 said:

So 4k83 is here.
Which edition wins the all round, one-copy-only, best ROTJ at the moment?
Harmy 2.5 or 4k83?

Personal preference, really. Despecialized contains virtually zero GOUT. It’s basically all blu-ray and 35mm.

4K83 is extremely clean. I’ve seen commercial blu-rays and TV airings of movies with more scratches or dirt. The image is a little softer, and there are clearly limitations that are inherent to the reel-by-reel grading method. I think once someone does a shot-by-shot version of 4K83 (and as a personal preference, removes the reel change markers), it will be pretty damn hard to beat that. I think some shots look better in 4K83, because they’re purely from the original source. For instance, the early shot of 3PO and R2 at the door.

Two fantastic options.

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#1248566
Topic
Anyone know when 4K83 releases?
Time

ZigZig said:

Williarob said:

Soon… Very soon…

https://vimeo.com/289687216

Holy s…, this is by far the most exciting trailer I ever seen.
It looks gorgeous.

It does look excellent. It might be worth pointing out though, I think, that the trailer probably has shot by shot color grading and the first release will be by reel. So it won’t look identical.

The cleanup and state of the print itself is quite amazing, though.

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#1247878
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Warbler said:
It is not too difficult for newcomers to watch “Twice Upon a Time”.

It’s not difficult but the people making it, and we, want it to be a successful show. It’s a fresh start, and I’ve read from a lot of people (including many in this thread) that they’re tuning in and enjoying it for the first time in many years. Others who have never watched the show are asking “what’s a good time to start?” and seem quite relieved to know that the answer is “right this moment”.

Why have them go back and watch an era (which I love, but one which has abysmal ratings and a lot of disdain for it)? And then to know what’s going on in ‘Twice’, they need to go further back. And further, and further. Clean breaks and jumping on points are important, especially when the entire production team has changed. People very easily feel overwhelmed by how much of this show there is, even based on the length of just the new series.

It would be one thing if this resulted in an actual plot hole, but that’s not the case. She was falling and then she fell into a train immediately after regenerating. I think they handled it perfectly. And based on the reviews and feedback of others who either never watched before, or lost interest, it seems to have worked.

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#1247858
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Warbler said:

I am forced to admit. She is better than I thought she’d be in the role. Much better. I was wrong and I am sorry.

I do have a couple of minor complaints about the episode. How could she fall from the sky down into a train without breaking every bone of her body and having to regenerate again?

Glad you gave it a shot. People have addressed the other two questions, but this one can be explained by the post-regeneration healing abilities of the Doctor. The 10th Doctor grew a whole hand back. Some broken bones would probably also quickly be dealt with?

I think it was a good move to not pick up directly from the cliffhanger. They really want to start the era fresh, and this way newcomers can absolutely tune in without feeling like they have missed anything at all.

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#1247727
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

What I assume was an otherwise cliffhanger ending was totally ruined by the sudden cutaway to some pumped-up insert, followed by a total lack of clarity that the episode was over. By the time I happened to notice that credits were running in the corner, a lot of time had passed and I assumed I had missed something.

Basically, the episode was great, while the presentation of it by BBCA was pretty awful. When you can’t even tell what you are watching at any given moment - the show, or an ad, or a get-together, and you can’t tell if the people on the screen are BBCA guests or if they are extras in the episode… it’s a mess. I hope it’s not like this every episode.

Agreed. Sticking with amazon for the next episode. The commercials are pretty detrimental anyway. Just wanted to watch the first one live due to the simulcast.

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#1247369
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

ChainsawAsh said:

Handman said:

In addition to the end credits, we didn’t even get a title sequence!

And one of those four people was Wil Wheaton.

Nobody got a title sequence for the first episode. It was announced a week or two ago that it wouldn’t appear until episode 2.

Indeed. Though BBCA lacked the end credits as well. I later watched the digital version, and the theme (at least over the credits) is quite good. Has a lot in common with the 60s version’s melody (and the full version of it), but with modern heavy drums.

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#1247038
Topic
Revenge of the Sith 35mm on eBay
Time

ZigZig said:

Yes, ROTS is the one with the fewest differences.
But AFAIK, there are other changes than this wipe :

  • Wookie huts have extra details (moss and rust) on their rooftops (to make them look older)
  • at the end, a different wipe and shorter “Noooo!” from Vader
  • (some dialogues were changed or added, but this point is probably not relevant on a German version)

I may be wrong but I think that for $200, it’s worth saving it, if only for the color references and the 35mm grain.

Right, but going from the HDTV as a source, the wipe is the only thing that needs to be fixed (using the Blu-ray) as far as I know.

As others have said, though, it’s an interesting novelty.

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#1246311
Topic
4k77 released
Time

skywalkerfan101 said:

Damn…it would be easier if there was an ISO file already available.

There’s really no point to hosting simple remuxes of large files when the mkv is the much more widely used format. It will be worth hosting when an iso with menus and special features is completed.

I understand that this release is very slightly more complicated than most, but there are two easy solutions posted so far.