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[Request] FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION series
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Anyone keen on tackling the FEMALE PRISONER/CONVICT SCORPION series that Arrow put out on blu ray towards late '16?

The colours and contrast of the transfers were just off and a radical departure from previous releases.

http://screenanarchy.com/2016/08/have-yo...-blue.html

Apparently they get worse as the series progresses (I haven't brought myself to view them, yet). So, who's to blame?

From Arrow:

"A set of low-contrast 35mm prints struck from the original 35mm film elements were supplied by Toei Company, Ltd. These prints were scanned in 2K resolution on a pin-registered 4K Northlight Scanner. Picture grading was completed on a DaVinci Resolve and thousands of instances of dirt, debris and light scratches were removed using PFClean software. Overall image stability and instances of density fluctuation were was also improved. All restoration work was completed at Pinewood Studios.

The images on all four Female Prisoner Scorpion films favor a noticeably cyan/blue look throughout. This look was inherent in the film materials supplied and relates to how these lab materials were created, as well as how the original elements have faded over time. With these restorations, we have aimed to present the films as close to their intended original style and appearance as possible."


Fair enough.

I found this example of somebody's quick attempt to mimic the look of the DVD, which suggests something can be done:

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For comparisons of the individual 4 films, see here.

I will personally* suck the toes of any one who can rescue these movies from a fate worse than death.

And, of course, I'd be happy to help out with source materials if/where necessary.





*may not actually be me. May be a (poorly) paid proxy in my stead.
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Why, such a beautiful green tint lol
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WTF? Beautiful series, but that green Blu looks way off!

Those films in all probability used Fujii film stock, and this look can be re-rendered using film convert (the DVD caps clearly shows foliage looking like vintage fujii stock).

What happened is that they retimed this with natural looking skintones, which those movies aren't supposed to render.

Abomination, maybe just a film convert apply could save those because the DVDs clearly have a red tint too.
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That's a pretty big difference!

I use to have the US Scorpion DVD from years...wonder if I can dig it out.
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(2018-03-08, 10:52 PM)PDB Wrote: That's a pretty big difference!

Isn't it just? I've been dying to revisit these but, urgh, not like this! And I don't think the DVDs will hold up too well on my projector.

Definitely one of the most disappointing releases of late for myself.
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I've discovered that there exists 720p WEB-DL versions of the first 3 films that contain the original colour scheme (but with typically poor blacks - prob RGB level). They're pretty small files (~1.5 GB) so I'll have to see how they look. Happy to share or point people in the right direction if they're interested.
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