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  Mon Oncle (1958) DVD R2 audio synced to Criterion BD
Posted by: sertoli - 2020-09-18, 06:27 PM - Forum: Released - No Replies

Mon Oncle (1958) old DVD R2 audio synced to Criterion Bluray.

More noise. Much more details.
The difference between the audios is very large.
Synchronization took several days. It was very difficult. But the final result is valid (rewarding).

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  Game of Thrones 8x03 - "The Long, Silent Night"
Posted by: see_everything - 2020-09-18, 05:49 PM - Forum: In progress - No Replies

Inspired by Steven Soderbergh's Raiders project, this is a black and white (and silent!) version of the darkest GoT episode ever. When the episode first aired, viewers had complained about the picture being too dark. However, thanks to the higher dynamic range of the UHD Blu-ray, I was able to bring out a huge amount of detail by working with the 8-bit "bed". I regraded every single shot by hand, in glorious black and white. With this project, I aimed to not only showcase Miguel Sapochnik's excellent directing, but also the impeccable amount of talent and effort by, well, everyone in the cast and crew. Also, the grain was accentuated, which I feel works wonders with black and white (plus, I think it looks a bit scarier now). I had to reduce the grain in a few extreme close-ups, though.

This is still a work in progress, and I have made a lot of mistakes, especially in the beginning (I would learn new things as I went along, as the process took me at least two months). The flames in particular were extremely hard to pull off. I apologize for the ugly artifacts that pop up here and there. There are a lot of reasons for this: the source material, the conversion to Cineform (as my weak little laptop could not handle H.265, not to mention that I'm using the free version of DaVinci Resolve), and, of course, my constant tinkering with shadow and highlight levels. I do plan to make a full-color version with a similar level of brightness, but only after I switch to an HDR-capable rig with the Studio version of Resolve. I could also make an HDR black and white version in the future.

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I would like some feedback on my grading, especially on continuity between shots (like the sky, where I'm sure I also made some mistakes). Also, please tell me if more shots need less (or more!) grain. Also, some help with the audio would be appreciated; as I am unable to work with Dolby Atmos, I settled on making a very crude downmix of the 7.1 bed with the center and LFE channels muted. Of course, there is the occasional vocal bleed, so it's not completely silent (plus, I need to use a better limiter, as there are a few instances of the audio clipping). If anyone here owns Dolby Media Production Suite or other software that can decode Atmos metadata, I will gladly send you the .thd file so you can take a crack at it!

If you'd like to see this WIP project, please, send me a PM. Thank you!

Oh, and since this is a test render, there are no opening or end credits for the time being. The CGI opening looks terrible in B&W, so I'm considering making a simple opening title sequence that resembles that at the end of the episode (just white letters on black background), maybe with a snippet of Ramin Djawadi's soundtrack for this episode. All suggestions are welcome!

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  The Lion King (1994) 35mm Theatrical Trailer restoration
Posted by: bendermac - 2020-09-18, 05:28 PM - Forum: Released - No Replies

My latest restored trailer. This time I used Dr.Cooper's 35mm scan of the movie instead of the Blu-ray


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  Long John Silver Return to Treasure Island (1954)
Posted by: Tomquinn - 2020-09-17, 01:44 PM - Forum: Requests, proposals, help - No Replies

Hi all,
There was an unofficial non-disney sequel to Disney’s Treasure Island starring Robert Newton. It is no where near as good as the original, but it has Robert Newton as in my mind the greatest screen pirate.


Anyway i have the VCI dvd ‘remastered’ dvd which has the cinemascope print. The remaster is crap. They did letterbox instead of anamorphic. Supposedly the aspect ratio is 2.55:1 what i noticed is the center of the film is spread very wide  so people look fat, and the edges are squished, so when there is movement there, it is quicker than when they move in the center if the film. 
I attempted to use the globe in one scene as a reference to get proper pixel height and width trying to make it look like a perfect circle when it was in the center if the picture. But i still have issues when it is at the edges looking much like an egg. 

When i fixed the pixels in the center the total film aspect ratio went from 2.55:1 to about 2.40:1. I think if i could some how restretch just the compressed edges i could get closer to the original theatrical 2.55:1. 
Anybody know of an avi script that could help with that?

The next big thing with the dvd is there are areas that are dark and areas that are completely blown out. I know there isn’t much i can do without the raw video, but i am wondering if anybody out there wants to help with do some minor color regrading, as that is beyond my skills.  

Once i finally have the aspect ratio done and the colors fixed, was hoping to use topaz video enhancer to maybe bring it up to 1080p. It wouldn’t be perfect, but k think it would be a far better version that is available. Given that it is in public domain now, there is very little chance of a true remaster. 

Feel free to message me here if anyone has some free time and  is interested in helping?

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Lightbulb Joker Extended Edition
Posted by: freetheworld - 2020-09-17, 04:12 AM - Forum: In progress - Replies (3)

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I am happy to announce the start of this project. I will be doing a 1080p SDR release of Joker Extended Edition. I will be adding any and all scenes that were removed on the official theatrical release (by removing watermarks etc) and unofficially (and try to make them make sense). I might make a tweak or two on two minor mistakes I noticed too. I will also include a 5.1 track and the official director commentary track and modify it to include the new scenes to include Todd Philips or Joaquin Phoenix commentary from around the web.

What has pushed me and inspired me to do all this? I found out the following was said.....

“I hate fucking extended cuts. I hate deleted scenes. They’re deleted for a reason. The movie that exists is exactly the movie I want it to be and I will never show a deleted scene.” - Todd Philips
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If anyone has any suggestions or advice please do post. Cheers. I will try and update this with more details if there are questions in the future.

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Scene List / Correction List
1) Extra scenes of The Live! With Murray Franklin Show from the Blu-ray and other sources.
2) Joker Walking down a hallway.
4) A mistake I noticed when Joker was going down the stairs (I believe - may need to recheck).
5) Others TBR/TBD --- Put On A Happy Face.

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  How to tone map PGS subtitles?
Posted by: BDgeek - 2020-09-15, 11:25 PM - Forum: Converting, encoding, authoring - Replies (10)

After finding some on-line releases that use BD extracted subtitles (in .sup format) and tone map it to the exact same color of the UHD-BD release, I was really intrigued and eager to perform this kind of conversion.

The best solution I could find so far is this tool:

It's indeed an easy to use and works. The problem is that apparently it doesn't allow the user to change the tone mapping parameter. It defaults to a dark gray, while most of the original UHD-BD subtitles have a lighter shade of gray.

Since it's based on BDsup2sub, there's probably a way to do it in this program. But I couldn't really find out how. The best I could is described bellow, but when you load the .idx file it's clear that it looses quality in a way I can only describe as presentiing jaggies or stairstepping effect. 

- load a blu-ray sup file
- export it as SUP/IDX
- load the exported sup/idx file
- change the palette mode to 'Create new'
- check the colors in use under 'Edit DVD Frame Palette'
- edit the palette under 'Edit imported DVD palette'
- export it back as SUP(BD).

The subtitles from the on-line releases don't have this downside.

Has anyone performed this conversion or know how to do it? 
Any help will be much appreciated.

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  Aliens NTSC Laserdisc
Posted by: Nfsfan83 - 2020-09-15, 06:55 PM - Forum: Requests, proposals, help - No Replies

Guys, You are experts in Laserdisc so:

Two things:

1. Am I right that raw video on Laserdisc is somethimes better than DVD, example Aliens SE on my DVD PAL looks like someone use a little dnr to smooth video in comparsion to Laserdisc raw mpeg2:

here is a little sample in mp4 h264 from Aliens UK PAL LDRip


I add polish voice acting Smile for my friends.

Also I made quick comparsion LD vs DVD:


I love these colors and contrast Smile

2. Where I can find in net Aliens Special Edition NTSC LDRip in Mpeg2, or Theatrical? I think colors are these same in both version. Widescreen will be nice.


I live in Poland problem is availability of Laserdisc, not to mention ripping Sad So I ask You for help.

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  Adding chapters to MKV's
Posted by: Hitcher - 2020-09-15, 10:32 AM - Forum: General technical discussions - Replies (3)

I'm converting some 00000.m2ts files from BluRay rips into MKV's using MKVToolNix but it doesn't work with the chapters.txt files so I can preserve them. Is there a way to convert them for use in MKVToolNix or alternatively is there another way to convert the rips to MKV's and keep the chapters?


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Video PHASE IV (1974) w/ original ending
Posted by: The Griff - 2020-09-14, 04:46 PM - Forum: Released - Replies (6)

Hey hey.

Some of you might know that 101 put out a Region B blu ray of PHASE IV in the UK recently that included director Saul Bass' original extending ending (that was finally rediscovered about 10 years ago) as an extra. Unfortunately there is no option to watch it as part of the main feature so... I did what had to be done.

I essentially ditched the last reel of the movie and cut in exactly where the extended clip starts. While the majority of the extra stuff takes place in the final montage, there were enough extra little bits and pieces to make it worth swapping out the entire reel.

Videos were trimmed and merged with TMPGEnc smart encoder (so no re-encoding), the English SDH subs were converted to SRT and similarly merged, the original chapter points preserved (because there were only like 5 or 6 anyway), the audio commentary was jettisoned (for obvious reasons) and the whole lot was spat out as a BDMV folder using TSMuxer.

Oh yeah, and I kept the vintage closing Paramount logo from the theatrical ending.

Sorry folks, no fancy menus.

Even though the movie now runs longer, the file size is slightly smaller due to the extra compression they laid on the extended ending. The only way around that would be to get the French disc with the more generous bitrate on the original ending but that has Dolby Digital audio instead of LPCM and, well... life's too short.

Anyway, if anyone is keen to field test it for me, hit me up with a PM. I've got an MKV in the making but I thought I'd get this uploading before I turned in for the night. I'm on CDT (Cool Dude Time) so hopefully I'll get back to anyone who might be interested in about 8 hours. EDIT: The BDMV is now available.


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  Psycho 4K UHD "original" mono audio
Posted by: Turisu - 2020-09-14, 10:57 AM - Forum: Official and unofficial releases - Replies (13)

Reports are coming in that the track labelled as "original mono audio" on the new Psycho UHD is just a folddown of the surround remix with new added sound effects and other issues.

Fortunately the mono audio on the German Turbine BD is the original and syncs perfectly to the UHD uncut version of the movie with a delay of +667ms. Smile

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