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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:43 pm

The Dark Crystal - BGM Test Workprint Restored CN 05 Norm+Exp+Denoise+EQ+Norm+Exp+Norm+Denoise+EQ+Denoise.flac (847.2 MB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!9NFB0BZD!dCQunAknR ... fxjZNOYcdA
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:42 pm

So, over at a bay of pirates. There's a DVD for you, a restoration of Monster Maker.

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Monster Maker is a 45-minute television special, adapted by Matthew Jacobs from the novel of the same name by Nicholas Fisk. From Jim Henson's London-based Henson Associates, it was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and directed by Giles Foster.

Teenager Matt Banting (Kieran O'Brien)'s greatest dream is to work with a famous but eccentric special effects and creature creator named Chancey Bellows (Harry Dean Stanton). Matt gets more than he bargained for when one of the creatures, the giant dragon-like Ultragorgon (Michael Gambon), takes Matt under his wing. Matt is forced to confront his inner monsters while working out his issues with his father.

Brian Henson makes a cameo performing the Slerks.

This is a transfer of the rare Japanese laserdisc of Monster Maker, with the original English audio added back from several sources, and one shot (of a credit card) restored from the English version.

Notably, this is the "Jim Henson Hour" version of Monster Maker, with an introduction and outro by Jim Henson and his friends, as aired on NBC in 1989.

Behind the scenes footage is also included, including a shortened (4-minute) edit of a 1991 ITV Docurama special, "Hands up for More."

Arguably, The Jim Henson Hour showed the Muppet team at their creative peak, with remarkable live-action fantasy like The Storyteller sharing space with Kermit and the Muppet gang. However, the series failed in the ratings and was quickly cancelled. Although certain Jim Henson projects from this era have made it to DVD or VHS [The Storyteller, Song of the Cloud Forest, Monster Maker, Miss Piggy's Hollywood], no complete and uncut Jim Henson Hour episode has ever been released on DVD or any other format - with two known exceptions.

KSS Films in Japan released a very rare laserdisc of Jim Henson's Dog City, which was dubbed in Japanese but otherwise contained the full Jim Henson Hour episode, including ten minutes with Kermit and company.

KSS Films also released the Jim Henson Hour version of Monster Maker, and with only one shot substituted, that's what you see here.

Monster Maker (minus Jim Henson's introductions) is available in better quality on Netflix. However, we were unable to capture this version with a satisfactory or sensible frame rate. There were all sorts of playback issues and vertical frame tearing. We decided to preserve this laserdisc instead.

The laserdisc, and perhaps the Netflix version, could be improved in quality by someone who is very good with filtering in AviSynth, VirtualDub and so on. But this will do for now.

So here we are then. The Jim Henson Hour: Monster Maker.

Harry Dean Stanton as Chancey Bellow
Kieran O'Brien as Matt Banting
George Costigan as Father
Amanda Dickinson as Mother
Alison Steadman as Perriwinkle
Grant Bardsley as Ben
Bill Moody as Reg
Matthew Scurfield as Vaughn
Jonathan Coy as Teacher
Michael Gambon as Ultragorgon (voice)

Ultragorgon operated by Martin Anthony, Tony Ashton, Michael Bayliss, Marcus Clarke, Sue Dacre, David Greenaway, Brian Henson, and Christopher Leith
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby ctlw83 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:22 am

I will have to download this later! I can't wait to see the behind the scenes stuff too!

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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:51 pm

Docurama documentary about puppets, including the making of Monster Maker and TMNT2.

Docurama-Puppets-PAL.vob (1.65 GB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!MI8zwQ7S!fVwhvVhLo ... ZLAAE_B9OE

Innertube, and the second Jim Henson Hour pilot presentation.
InnerTube Pilots.VOB (776.6 MB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!cVsGXA5a!RHTsRXTSm ... Eu-vH6lrjA

"Splish Splash" from The Jim Henson Hour (Ted Danson), Sing-A-Long Version.
splishsplash-singalong.vob (96.8 MB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!xZMh0RAY!WLnUKyDSN ... asT2TlcECI

The Jim Henson Hour with Ted Danson (poor quality)
Ted Danson Episode DVD.VOB (1023.4 MB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!kA81QSyI!HEB95w7HC ... 6duwaz4L74

The Jim Henson Show on CTS: Muppettelevision with Ted Danson. Clean quality, but half the frame size - no interlacing!
TedDanson-CTS.mpeg (624.1 MB)
https://mega.co.nz/#!gdlmmIaC!L3oezGpWu ... gXNhJTljrg
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby panmanthe2nd » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:58 am

Wow! Thanks for the Monster Maker and Dog City rips. I'm downloading Monster Maker now, and will seed for as long as I can.
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:19 pm

No problem. Wish I had better sources for the very-unreleased episodes.
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:25 pm

Look at that gorgeous waveform. No brickwalling here.

http://theseconddisc.com/2013/08/15/rev ... recording/
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Re: Muppet Thread: The Henson Legacy

Postby DaveHolmes » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:51 pm

At some point I'll be converting my VHS collection to digital and I'll upload the "Secrets of the Muppets" recording I have. I've told you about it before - not sure how the quality is.
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