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Frankenstein (1931) Audio Preservation

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Hello again, I was curious if anyone has considered preserving the audio for Frankenstein (1931). For starters I am quite displeased with the audio mix on the BluRay since IMO it is a bit flat and muffled. Also theres portions of the sound track missing. This is also the mix used on every DVD release since 2004.

About two years ago I had sent someone the audio tracks from the VHS' of Dracula and Frankenstein which he was going to sync up to the BD. I messaged him a few times and he said he was working on it and finally said it would be ready by Halloween 2014. As far as I know the project wasnt completed and I havent heard from him since (if you the one Im speaking of are reading this, understand Im not calling you out since I know people get sidetracked with other projects). 

Which brings me to here. After doing some comparisons, I realized that my 1991 VHS copy while a bit hissy sounds crisper than the BD. However the VHS may not be the best source. The copy was only viewed once or twice by the time it was digitized so it still came out pretty good but some scenes may have some VHS crackle and there was one minor glitch in one scene which actually isnt all that noticeable but might stand out when trying to sync to the BD. I noticed that the VHS is actually going at a somewhat faster pace than the BD. The exact fps I do not know. I believe the guy who was working on this said he was having a bit difficulty with the syncing. Please keep in mind Im no expert when it comes to syncing audio tracks which is why I seek everyones help.

So perhaps another source is in order. Does anyone by any chance have the 1987 'restored' Laserdisc and might consider digitizing it? Since the 1987 'restored' VHS uses the same print as the 1991 VHS, maybe the Laserdisc would be the best source. A headsup though. This 'restored' print is missing the line 'Now I know what it feels like to be God', a line that was restored circa 1999 and hence on the BD. Whether to restore this line to the Laserdisc mix or just leave the line censored will have to be discussed.

Anyways below are two comparison videos I made some 2-3 years ago. The first I wanted to point out that I feel the VHS sounds crisper while the other points out the missing bits. Leave some comments and hopefully we can make something of this. Understand that I respect all opinions so lets be on the same page everyone.


A headsup. I dont own a LD player so i will not be able to preserve the LD audio myself, as much as Id like to. However, I would be able to supply the VHS audio should we ultimately go in that direction.
LDDB shows there are 2 variants of the "restored version" but they have the same UPC (02519223002). One variant includes a digital audio track whereas the other only has an analog track.

Looking at the restored LDs listed on eBay (and both variants appear to be listed), none of them show "digital sound" printed on the back cover.

Do you know if a digital audio track exists?
(This post was last modified: 2016-01-18, 06:55 AM by Lil Brutto.)
I do have a 1993 LD from Japan which I have mostly for Collectors purpose. It does say digital audio on the back and is also NTSC. As I mentioned I don't own a LD player so I can't capture anything. Sad
I can do a bit perfect capture for you. You're welcome to ship it to me.
Is it this 1993 LD that someone else is selling for $1,200 on LDDB? Tongue

I didn't know about it before now, but it certainly has all the qualifications for being the best release aurally of Frankenstein. It postdates the 1987 "Restored" version, which was what you discussed using before.
(This post was last modified: 2016-01-18, 07:08 PM by The Aluminum Falcon.)
Yea it's that version and before u ask no i did not spend $1200 on it haha. I think the reason it was priced so high is cause the seller has it part of a bundle with other monster LDs.
(This post was last modified: 2016-01-18, 08:10 PM by crissrudd4554.)
From what I've heard (and what I've been told by BusterD, who actually lives in Japan), the prices that non-Japanese sellers ask for imported Japanese LDs are grossly inflated compared to what copies of the same titles actually go for in Japan.

I know that when RecoBANCHOU was still operating, they consistently offered better prices than anyone on eBay or LDDB.
(This post was last modified: 2016-01-18, 09:35 PM by TServo2049.)
(2016-01-18, 03:53 PM)Lil Brutto Wrote: I can do a bit perfect capture for you. You're welcome to ship it to me.

Thats a kind gesture however Im not too sure Im keen on simply 'shipping' it out to someone haha
He's not just someone: he's Lil Brutto.

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