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ARMY OF DARKNESS | TELEVISION CUT RECONSTRUCTION - HD

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This is something I’ve been wanting to do, but the sources out there have been very unsatisfactory. As far as I know, the tv cut has only been released commercially by two companies (please correct me if this is wrong):

  1. Koch - An interlaced PAL DVD badly converted from a good looking NTSC source (much better than my SciFi channel recording). The playback has almost unnoticeable back and forth speed shifts. Even a short scene will not line up at all on a timeline with my old SciFi recording. AviSynth SRestore added to a deinterlaced 50p version of this produces unusable results.
  2. Scream Factory - It appears they simply took the Koch PAL DVD itself and did an extra poor conversion to NTSC. It has the same MPEG-2 blocking as the Koch DVD, but the resolution appears to have been further reduced and looks very poor.
So what appears to work here is to use a deinterlaced 50p version of the Koch and to go through and weed out unnecessary frames manually and make sure it matches my SciFi recording. I almost have the first tv-cut exclusive scene finished with this method and it looks very nice. But this is hugely time consuming (what I wouldn’t give for a high quality copy of the SD master!).

In the end, these scenes in addition to a high def copy of the Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut will be used to help reconstruct the tv cut in HD. Audio will be taken from my recording the SciFi broadcast.
 

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Love to hear anyone's thoughts on this. This was an early test to see how this process looks when upscaled to 1080p. This is processed from the Koch version using the manual process I described above. I’m not completely happy with the motion of the shots of Ash looking upward. I’ve gotten better at the process and will likely redo those two shots.

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May have made an interesting discovery.  It appears the Koch DVD was vertically blurred, similar to the GOUT DVDs, to hide aliasing.  My SciFi recording is lower resolution, but was not vertically blurred, so some horizontal lines and details are preserved better in the SciFi recording, despite it being generally inferior looking to the Koch.  Modifying an AviSynth script I found for extracting grain and reinserting it later, I think I found a way to reinsert that missing vertical resolution.  

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/176668

This avisynth script goes like this:

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AviSource("C:\SciFiChannelAlignedtoKoch.avs")
grain1=mt_makediff(Blur(0,1.58).Blur(0,1.58)) #this extracts vertical resolution details

AviSource("C:\KochDVDAlignedtoSciFi.avs")
mt_adddiff(grain1) #this adds the extracted vertical resolution details to a different source
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You'll notice in the bottom right you can slightly see the SciFi Channel logo being added into the Koch image.

Not 100% perfect, but it restores more than it takes away.  Definitely requires perfect 1:1 alignment between sources.  Not really needed anymore for Star Wars, but this would have been useful for taking vertical resolution detail from the Star Wars laserdiscs and adding back to the blurred GOUT.
 

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link removed. Ridgeshark, you might want to get reacquainted with the rules. No direct downloads, even to previews. Please embed a youtube/vimeo video or have members contact you via PM for the download link
 
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