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The Goodies "Commonwealth Games" Get Fit Colour Clip (10-08-1971)

Rough/unfinished restoration by Garrett Gilchrist. There is probably a copy at ZDF in full quality, and this is derived from a low quality bootleg source instead, but can serve as a proof of concept, showing that this exists.

The Goodies episodes "Commonwealth Games" and "Caught In the Act" are no longer known to exist in colour. However, a 4-minute clip from "Commonwealth Games" also aired in colour as part of the Engelbert Humperdinck series "Engelbert With the Young Generation," and this series probably still exists in full in Germany, via the archives of broadcaster ZDF.

The Goodies filmed seven new sequences for this series (two of which are now rare), and repeated six from their BBC TV show. New intros were also taped for most of the sequences. The English dubs are currently lost, with one or two exceptions, but the German dubs seem to exist (and circulate as bootlegs). The series is sometimes referred to as "Engelbert Humperdinck and the Young Generation." Five of the sequences were used, with new intros, in "A Collection of Goodies (Special Tax Edition)."

Some content warnings apply for the full episodes (not shown here)

This exists in colour at ZDF as part of episode 3:
BBC 23.01.1972
ZDF 10.03.1973
Goodies: Keep fit, sketch and music video
as in "The Commonwealth Games", but in colour, introduced with a new sketch"" (from tvbrain)

https://archive.org/details/goodies-com ... fit-colour

Episode 3 of Engelbert With the Young Generation, bootleg, German dub.
Other uploads here reuse material from "Kitten Kong" and "(Pirate) Radio Goodies."
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6z1y5m
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I don't think I've shared this here before...

A little while ago, I had a go at reducing some of the impulse noise in the surviving telerecording of The Quatermass Experiment episode 2. Noise reduction is difficult, of course; typical methods are basically controlled blurring, which would just make the already-rough picture even worse. But, I'd heard some interesting stuff about this EBSynth thing, and... well... https://cdn.masto.host/kindsocial/media ... e96cce.mp4

Looks pretty good for 1953.

One thing that's notable about the Quatermass recording is the original broadcast probably looked a little better (although your average TV in 1953 would've shown it quite badly), so if it ever turns out John Cura took telesnaps, those could be used with EBSynth to improve the quality of a lot of shots, beyond what can already be done in terms of EBSynth potentially reducing impulse noise and helping to fix the picture shading that was caused by the ancient Emitron cameras. (Yes, they were ancient in 1953; they were among the very first television cameras produced, in about 1936 or 37. These days they're practically fossils.)
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I remember that test, very good.

I do think that temporal noise reduction could also do the trick, for the most part, but I respect trying something different, especially since the clip has visibility/brightness issues.

Here's a typical thing I do -- on the Goodies restoration above, I created this overlay to even out the DVD footage, based on several backgrounds of uneven brightness in the opening titles. I removed the actual titles, several times, and averaged the results together.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16mPGOn ... drive_link
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Post: # 12223Post OldBenKenobi »

Ahh! That's a good shout.

I had thought I might try building a sort of "map" of the shading errors per-camera in each episode (keeping in mind Quatermass Experiment used four cameras, plus a telecine, and the uneven brightness aka shading was caused by the "tilt and bend" problem), however I found in the shot I was testing there that the shading actually fluctuated slightly within the shot, so I'm unsure if it would be practical to use a static image.

It's a good suggestion though; perhaps the fluctuation may have just been overall brightness, in which case there may be fixes I could attempt.
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New restoration! Fred Ott's Sneeze, 1894. Copyright title: "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, January 7, 1894." 130 years ago.

https://archive.org/details/fred-otts-sneeze
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Chris writes:
I've been an admirer of your restoration work for years. I'm starting an independent home video label and wanted to ask you, based on your experience, what softwares would you recommend for film restoration?
I am currently doing a series about restoring the 1960 Jayne Mansfield film Too Hot to Handle, over on my Patreon.

I'll admit I'm a little out of date, still using older software, and some free software, to avoid paying subscription fees. I do get programs which don't use that pricing model.

So my toolkit contains older versions of PFClean and Adobe CS6, as well as Izotope RX8, Topaz AI Gigapixel, and EBSynth (free), as well as older versions of NeatVideo, the Rife App (which is very outdated, I think Waifu-Gui-Extension outdoes it) .... VirtualDub2/AviSynth .... DrDre's 2015 Color Matching Tool (free)

NukeX has a 30 day trial and has the AI source matching tool CopyCat, but I hear they're pretty litigious.

I think everyone uses Phoenix now and I wouldn't know how to get hold of that legally.

I'd have to ask what others are using, like FabioColor and Steve Stanchfield.

So this means that my workflow has a lot of brute force in it, doing cleanup in Photoshop the old fashioned way, or with the older PFClean's dirt fixes.
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https://archive.org/details/too-hot-to- ... mingo-cut/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDE0etG-Y0

This restoration of "Too Hot to Handle" (1960, with Jayne Mansfield) is very close to the intended uncensored UK cut, which has never been on home video. It's not exact but it's very close under the circumstances.

The version at rarefilmm, currently, is the earlier standard definition restoration, which is now a bit outdated.

Trailer and clips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YS1XbKBGJI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rmoT478ko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oE9rzsxHzI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwYBSrjgRbo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm6DF7t5hNA


The version at Archive has been updated with 35ish minutes of HD footage scanned in 4K at The Cinema Museum London. This film footage was very faded and has been restored to full color by Garrett Gilchrist. This includes material which has not been previously seen and heard, in publicly circulating versions of the film.


Notably, Jayne's title song "Too Hot to Handle" is uncensored, and edited very differently from the more familiar German and US cuts. (The French VHS is similar, but has some censorship compared to this.) The "Turkish Delight / Steam Baths" performance is also uncensored. The Germans cut Lilliane's train striptease and Jayne's "You Were Made For Me" song, but these are present here.


A sequence of journalist Robert investigating Lilliane's identity is included here for the first time in English. (One scene toward the end is still not in English, but the entire film has been subtitled.)



The BFI seem to hold the entire film (except reel 2A) uncensored, but this has not been released publicly.

Too Hot to Handle has never had a video release in English, in color, and relatively uncensored. This version comes pretty close.

Here are some comparison posts about restoring color to the film.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/restoring-color-105415855
https://www.patreon.com/posts/restoring-color-105416103
https://www.patreon.com/posts/restoring-color-105523953
https://www.patreon.com/posts/restoring-color-105769646
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