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BODY BAGS (1993)

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(2021-01-21, 02:37 PM)Evit Wrote: As far as I know it has always been uncut here. In fact, the dubbing covers all those scenes too as it can be seen from this mux uploaded on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkaB6cZNYso

Oh, definitely, the Italian dub is on the disc!

It doesn't really surprise me that it was never cut for the Italian market. You lot were used to this stuff. America is a sensitive soul sometimes.
It was featured in "Notte horror" (Horror night) a horror-dedicated timeslot in which, once a week from 10.30 PM and throughout the whole summer, they would air horror films. At that time at night they could show whatever they liked, and yeah, luckly gore and such has never really been censored here in Italy. My basic knowledge of the genre came from those beloved Wednesday nights during summer! Ahah
(This post was last modified: 2021-01-21, 02:58 PM by Evit.)
I added the Scream Factory Blu-ray to the comparison and made a fairly comprehensive video showing the editorial differences between all the versions (the unique LaserDisc cut, the heavily censored US DVD cut, and the uncut version seen on the Italian DVD and US Blu-ray Disc).

Here's the 187 Corp spoof of the MGM lion from the beginning, as a quick visual example of how they all differ:

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I'm not really sure what to do with the video yet; it'll probably go on Vimeo but to do that I'd have to wait a while and compress it at a higher CRF to fit this one video into the entire 500 MB weekly upload limit (I don't feel like I make enough videos or have enough of an audience to justify spending ~£70 a year on Vimeo Plus). I could finally start putting these things on YouTube in theory but I don't know if I want to do that yet and this particular video is unlikely to be YouTube appropriate anyway because it's got a crapload of gore and a horrible sex scene in it (the whole point of the video is me showing the censorship beside the uncensored versions). Most likely it'll go up later on. I still have another Dracula one to upload as well at some point!

Honestly I can't decide which version I find least awful so far. I think I probably like the colours of the LaserDisc best but it's still a slightly censored version of the film. The only truly uncut ones are the Italian DVD, which is really faded, dark, and green, and the US Blu-ray, which is significantly vertically cropped, smoothed to oblivion through DNR/encoding, and way too pink. Also, although the Italian DVD is definitely *too* dark (shadow detail is but a distant memory), the Blu-ray conversely looks way too bright most of the time. However, I'm pretty convinced that the least crappy audio is actually the Italian DVD, despite being sped up for PAL and compressed to 192 kbps Dolby Digital (incredible, I know). The LaserDisc and Blu-ray both have really extreme sibilance on speech and other similar problems, but the Italian DVD has no such issue for some reason. I'm not sure if Shout Factory didn't bother reaching out to Europe for a better audio source or if they tried but were unsuccessful, but clearly the Italians have a better source than the US here. It's a shame it's compressed and sped up, but them's the breaks.

So anyway, given that I know I want to use the Italian DVD audio, but am not sure which video I prefer, I resynced that audio to both the US Blu-ray at 24/1.001 fps and the Italian DVD itself but slowed to 24 fps (since I was going to be slowing it either way, I didn't see much point in over-slowing it slightly to get to 24/1.001 fps when my projector is perfectly capable of true 24 fps). Both were done with an extremely high quality resampler and the Blu-ray resync was done *before* resampling so that I can resample it again later very easily if any further edits are made (or if I want to experiment with different resampling techniques). The Italian DVD frame rate was adjusted with eac3to (-changeTo24.000).

Some things I *could* maybe consider doing one day:
  • Re-grading the Blu-ray to the LaserDisc and possibly adding a grain plate to help partially mask the smoothed-out appearance
  • Attempting to re-grade the Italian DVD to more closely resemble the LaserDisc, then possibly editing the cut frames from that into the LaserDisc transfer (since the colours are pretty far gone on the DVD, I don't think it'd look good trying to watch the whole film like this)
(This post was last modified: 2021-02-06, 08:41 PM by pipefan413.)
I ended up buying this Italian DVD ahah
(This post was last modified: 2021-02-11, 09:56 PM by Evit.)
(2021-02-11, 09:56 PM)Evit Wrote: I ended up buying this Italian DVD ahah

It doesn't look amazing but the sound is probably the best available that I know of. Which is sad, really.

I watched the US Blu-ray with the resynced Italian DVD audio and it wasn't an awful experience, but the cropping was occasionally rather distracting and the picture had a slightly odd "pastel" quality to it that didn't seem quite right either. But the Italian DVD picture is just so damn green, faded, and dark...
(2021-01-20, 11:10 AM)pipefan413 Wrote: I'm actually thinking that the US DVD may be the original TV broadcast version, because there's a whole bunch of stuff in the uncut version that is absolutely heinous and definitely wouldn't have made it onto TV in the US back in 1993, unless I've absolutely no idea what I'm talking about (which is a very real possibility).

(2021-01-20, 12:02 PM)pipefan413 Wrote: 5. Scream Factory makes an arse of it by cropping to widescreen even though it was always meant to be seen on a 4:3 screen and is clearly framed for that

(2021-01-21, 02:10 AM)SpaceBlackKnight Wrote: The Artisan DVD is most definitely based on the network broadcast version since it looks to also have different footage and angles instead of just sloppy cuts and censor fog./quote]
Nice job pipefan413! I don't like the Scream Factory release at all (that horrible 1.78:1!). But, which Artisan DVD are you talking about?


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Or this?:

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Finally, are you 100% sure that the Artisan DVD is the original television broadcast? And what about the audio? Does the Artisan DVD have the original audio track from its television broadcast? Imdb just says Dolby.
(This post was last modified: 2021-07-07, 01:53 PM by Onti.)

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