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The Hong Kong Bluray upscales
#21
To say major improvement would be an understatement.
Great work Colek.
It reminds me of the colours of the M.I.A Master from the early 90's

Id be inclined to drop the saturation a tad, but that is just personal preference.

I have your previous custom from ADC with the original mono options.
Its a pity your not a distributor, as I feel what you are about to release is vastly superior to anything we have had before Smile
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#22
Agreed on saturation, I might've went a bit too mad on the slider Tongue

I plan on making this full Bluray with custom menu as well, with many extras I have gathered over years (2 rare soundtrack CDs, vinyl recordings, Story of Discharged Prisoner [the movie ABT is based on] with English Subtitles and more)
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#23
(2017-08-15, 11:16 AM)Colek Wrote: Agreed on saturation, I might've went a bit too mad on the slider Tongue

I plan on making this full Bluray with custom menu as well, with many extras I have gathered over years (2 rare soundtrack CDs, vinyl recordings, Story of Discharged Prisoner [the movie ABT is based on] with English Subtitles and more)


I'm drooling bud.

What are the 2 rare Soundtracks and Vinyl recordings?
I thought about doing a 5.1 mix using the original mono sound fx as a basis, but lack of elements put a stop to that.

What have been the best Subtitles you have found for this on your travels?
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#24
I have vinyls with Leslie Cheung's songs - most importantly - A Better Tomorrow 1 and 2 themes.

https://www.discogs.com/%E5%BC%B5%E5%9C%...se/5059555
https://www.discogs.com/%E5%BC%B5%E5%9C%...se/4921700

Also this rather rare "Hong Kong Screen Music - Best Collection" which I didn't hear anything that sounds like soundtracks, but oh well.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Hong-Kon...se/5262288

About the ABT soundtracks - there are two CDs, one of them is available on Asian DVD Club and it's the earlier version with something that sounds more like poor MIDI to CD conversion than what you can hear on the film itself. I own the disc called "2nd Edition" released only in Japan and Taiwan (TACD-00003) which has proper soundtrack with few bonus songs as well.

I wanted to check out with audios, maybe mix 7.1 remix dialogues (as they tend to be pretty clear and sounding well) with Laserdisc sound effects, but what surprised me, is that Laserdisc even beats Bluray's audio in terms of dialogues clarity.

The subtitles that my custom on ADC has, are reworked by one of ADC members that has contacted me when he noticed I am working with HK movies. He supplied me his subtitles that he uses to show the movie to his students, he was working on some film university as far as I remember in US. For "Story of Discharged Prisoner", I am using the poor translation that is available on Youtube via TV Rip of this movie. But for the video, I am using some bootleg DVD that I purchased ages ago (I think I uploaded it on ADC as well), filtered out and upscaled to 720p. TV Rip has way superior audio though, but is missing 9 minutes of footage (most of missing footage is just some frames here and there from what I seen).

I am obviously making some fixes to grammar etc. to the said subtitles.

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#25
Wow. I've been looking for that 2nd edition OST for ages.
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#26
Yeah this is shaping up to be a pretty great looking project. Been a while since I've seen ABT so I'm really looking forward to this remaster, Colek.
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#27
(2017-08-15, 12:35 PM)IcePrick Wrote: Wow. I've been looking for that 2nd edition OST for ages.

I 2nd that 2nd edition motion Wink
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#28
Absolutely amazing. Not only can I not believe that ABT was even restored in the first place but that there is such a great effort underway to fully realize it.
To say I'm waiting with baited breath is beyond understatement. I remember when the second CD was posted over on the ADC forum after living with an mp3 of that awful sounding rerecording that I found somewhere. I shouted with joy and then proceeded to have it blaring out of my car every day for at least a solid month.

I'm not at all surprised the the LD audio is superior as I don't think these tracks have ever been treated well-especially due to their limited mono capabilities not lending themselves at all for crappy remixing jobs.
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#29
Well, if anyone wants that "2nd Edition" OST in .flac, send me PM, I'll rip it tonight.
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#30
https://vimeo.com/229917820

Just a quick preview of regrade with some soundtrack and Laserdisc audio where the shootings take place.

Should be 720p, maybe not yet processed.
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