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Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:51 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
Someone's extended reedit of my colorization of King Crimson "Cat Food."

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:36 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:02 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Sun May 02, 2021 4:25 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
I'm going through some Garfield and Friends Season 7 recordings from CDCB. There's most of a Hyperman episode, a short-lived CBS series which appears to be rare these days. ... 1995-1996)

I can verify that this tape has about 11-12 minutes (including commercials) of an episode called The Incredible Lightness of Beano
the series was based on a CD-ROM game.

The series is also trailed during Garfield and Friends, along with other shows like The Mask, Santo Bugito, WildCATS, Timon & Pumbaa, Felix the Cat, Aladdin, Skeleton Warriors, etc.

The Hyperman episode is a little noisy so I might DVNR it before posting it myself; I was going to do so to the Garfield and Friends bumpers anyway.

I also found a Hyperman voiceover over the season 7 Garfield credits, so that's a third Hyperman thing on this tape.

I have updated the Wiki entry accordingly for now, I can also upload the recording somewhere. ... o.mpg/file ... 1.mpg/file ... 1.aif/file

These tapes also have (washed out looking versions of) the specials Garfield In Paradise, Garfield Goes Hollywood, Here Comes Garfield, and Garfield's Feline Fantasies, aired in the same sort of slot as Garfield and Friends S7 (which allows us to hear its rare closing theme with no voiceover).

Felix the Cat bumpers are present, including one where he becomes Garfield.

I was going through these tapes specifically for US Acres title cards and things like that. The remasters generally use the international "orson's farm" titles rather than "US acres" -- or the former altered to resemble the latter.

This season of garfield aired as hourlong episodes with a now non-canonical "rap" intro.

6 hour tapes here, tedious to go through but a good record of most of that season.

I'm only going through this for continuity, but there's lots of memorable episodes, like the two parter where not-Elvira kidnaps Jon, the Garfield Rap, the Garfield Opera, the Cartoon Cat Conspiracy, Jon dating his female counterpart, the Old Philosopher on both Garfield and US Acres (a very Mark Evanier idea for an episode if I ever saw one), installments of Garfield's Tales of Scary Stuff and the famous Picnic Panic (and its sequel) ... Two two-part US Acres episodes and Nermal getting mailed to US Acres ...

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 6:51 am
by Garrett Gilchrist ... tro+HD.mp4

Garfield and Friends Season 7 Rap Intro & Outro Restored

The infamous "rap" intro to the final season, which was disliked and removed from all repeats and video releases. Restored by Garrett Gilchrist from low quality SLP VHS sources.

Music by J.R. Johnston and Neil Panton.

A Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat / Garfield bumper is also included, as well as alternate Garfield quotes from the intro, and title cards to US Acres episodes aired during the season 7 hourlong blocks. Not all are from season 7.

Multiple sources - many sources - were combined to restore the intro and Felix. Noise reduction was used on the US Acres cards (and outro), and sometimes multiple sources.

Sources provided by Christian Bajusz.

Garfield and Friends Season 7 Rap Intro Restoration Comparison

The infamous "rap" intro to the final season, which was disliked and removed from all repeats and video releases. Restored by Garrett Gilchrist from low quality SLP VHS sources.

One source shown on left, restoration using multiple sources on right. Video noise reduction was not used except for minor fixes. Music by J.R. Johnston and Neil Panton.

(It would be possible to replace shots with DVD sources, except for the textless Planet Garfield, but I have not done so here.)

Sources provided by Christian Bajusz.

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 8:16 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist ... ommercials

The Adventures Of Hyperman CBS 1995 The Incredible Lightness Of Beano (partial W Commercials)

The Adventures of Hyperman was an American animated TV series which aired on CBS between 1995 and 1996, created by Kevin O'Donnell and Ken Corr. It premiered on September 16, 1995, and ran for one season consisting of thirteen episodes airing on Saturdays at 8 AM Eastern. Each of these thirteen episodes consisted of two segments, save for "Oceans a Leavin'."

(Lost Media, partial episode with original commercials)

The series was based on a 1995 IBM computer CD-ROM game of the same name. It centred around an alien superhero named Hyperman (voiced by Steve MacKall) and his dog Studd Puppy (voiced by Max Casella), who were sent to planet Earth to protect it. Teaming up with genius earthling Dr. Emma C. Squared (voiced by Tamera Mowry), who helps them learn about the planet, they battle villains that want to take over the planet, most notably the evil Entrobe (voiced by Frank Welker) and his minion Kidd Chaos (voiced by Maurice LaMarche). Each segment of the show also featured a brief "educational moment," where the story would momentarily stop, and Dr. Squared would present the audience with some scientific facts relevant to the plot.

With only a few exceptions, all 25 segments of all thirteen episodes are considered lost to the internet at this time. While the CD-ROM on which the show is based is fairly easy to find online, none of the episodes have ever seen a home media release of any kind, and so far, very little footage has been found posted anywhere online. Episode 23, "Oceans A Leavin," has been posted. A 12 minute recording of the first episode, "The Incredible Lightness of Beano," was found by Christian Bajusz and Garrett Gilchrist, as well as a promo.

There were also plans to further expand the world of Hyperman, all of which ultimately fell through. There was talk of a Hyperman home video release (possibly a direct-to-video movie) to be put out by Columbia Tristar Home Video in 1996, as well as at least two more Hyperman-themed games set for release in Spring and Christmas of 1996.

The CD-ROM game, which is also an animated cartoon, is easier to find-- and got more press.

There's stylistic differences between the two but not by much. Emma is more fashionable in the TV show, and nerdier in the CD-ROM, where she looks like "Pup Named Scooby Doo" Velma.

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Wed May 05, 2021 10:25 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
I put a lot of the Hyperman information on the internet, like a bunch of what's on IMDB. But I was never sure who voiced Kid Chaos. Someone else said it was Maurice LaMarche. I wasn't sure about that, but with no better information, I didn't change it. I have most of the episodes on VHS from the original airings... I wish there were an official release, but considering so few people have even heard of it, it seems unlikely. Some websites, including the poster of this segment, call this show lost media, but I wonder that's true, or if it's just in a company's vault somewhere.
If you've got the episodes on VHS, you should get those transferred, as they are not on the internet.
They certainly still exist in an archive but have not been rereleased and nobody's posted them to Youtube as of yet. I'm happy to help.
I posted this specifically because these people were considering it Lost Media -- which just means, to them, "not on Youtube."
Alas, copyright law still applies. Just because something isn't on the internet doesn't make it legal for anyone to post it.
I assure you that if they want to enforce their copyright, on Youtube, to get streaming venue from uploads like this, they can and will.
If you want to see this show rereleased officially, it helps for people to have more awareness of it, due to unofficial uploads. Otherwise people won't have heard of it.

I uploaded this. I am told that streaming revenue from it goes to the theme song composer, and to the owners of Garfield and Friends (as the Garfield end titles appear here). That's about as legal as it gets on Youtube for a show that no one is doing anything with at the moment.

I would like to look at your VHS tapes if they exist.
The copyright owner has their choice of how to handle - they could do nothing, take the ad revenue, issue a copyright strike, a DMCA takedown, or have their lawyers contact you outside of YouTube. Just because they haven't yet, and just because there was and automatic audio match doesn't mean you're in the clear. They can also change their minds at any time. If I were you, I'd be worried that Viacom bought Garfield. If you get three copyright strikes, YouTube deletes your account and all your videos.
But I hear you... Hyperman hasn't seen the light of day in 25 years, and I wish that meant copyright were forfeited, but it doesn't. The letter of the law is directly against preservation efforts. It's probably okay to preserve in private, but once it's shared publicly, that's a copyright violation.
This is a twenty-six year old TV show, and I've been doing film and video preservation for about that long. I've run many Youtube channels and I know how this works.

Smaller companies that don't know what they're doing may give you a copyright strike. Larger companies will often monetize your stream, as free advertising and revenue for them. If they do take the video down, that is more interest than they've shown in Hyperman in 25 years. And not something I would personally be bothered by.

Without naming names, the companies affected by my free advertising have sometimes come to me to ask what to do next.

VHS tapes are not going to still be playable forever. If you think it has any value to the viewer, I could borrow your VHS tapes and people can find out.

The Garfield material you're warning me about is cut from reruns/syndication, and has been on Youtube since 2007, which is basically as old as Youtube is.

If this was a problem it would have been a problem by now.

If you want an official release, there have to be people who have seen the show and care about it. Unofficial uploads fill that gap in the meantime - which after 3 decades and the fall of physical media is all you're going to get.

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Sun May 23, 2021 12:10 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
I've just been sent a Russian dub of the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie. The dub itself is terrible- I think it's one guy talking over the English dub- it might be fanmade -

But that's not what's interesting about it.

It's marked as a DVDrip, and seems to be from a fullscreen/open matte PAL DVD version of the Pathe Blu Ray transfer.

The common US VHS of Super Mario Bros was fullscreen/open-matte, but the DVDs that I have seen were not.

Sadly this rip is shrunken down and compressed.

So I'm trying to figure out which DVD this was, and track it down, because it has been difficult, so far, to combine the widescreen Blu-Ray footage with the open matte workprint.

The workprint is MORE open matte than the VHS or this "DVDrip", but these come pretty close.

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Thu May 27, 2021 8:45 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist

Muppet Babies "I'm Always Gonna Love You" (Music Video) Muppet Songs

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Dir. Jim Henson, feat. Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt

Remastered by Garrett Gilchrist

Featured in Rock America Mainstream July 1984
and The Merv Griffin Show (1962-1986) DVD – January 1, 2014

A music video of "I'm Gonna Always Love You" was produced and shown on The Merv Griffin Show on July 19, 1984 when the Muppets appeared to promote The Muppets Take Manhattan. Clips of the song sequence were used from the movie.

In addition to the Muppet Babies, the video featured Kermit, Miss Piggy, Jim Henson wearing flippers, and a live pig named Dorothy Pig Newton and a frog named Vito. The video features brief parodies of the chair-dancing sequence from Flashdance (with Miss Piggy taking the Jennifer Beals role), The Police's video for "Wrapped Around Your Finger" (Baby Piggy dancing in a black area filled with rows of candles), and Michael Jackson's video for "Billie Jean" (squares of flooring light up under the live pig and Henson as they move as well as a single sequined white glove worn by Henson). An excerpt of "Also sprach Zarathustra" is also heard at the beginning as the camera zooms in from space. The video also featured clips of Miss Piggy on her motorcycle from The Great Muppet Caper.

The music video was directed by Jim Henson and was shot on April 10 and 11, 1984.

Re: Video Restoration Thread

Posted: Fri May 28, 2021 1:24 pm
by filmfan94
Garrett Gilchrist wrote: Sun May 23, 2021 12:10 pm I've just been sent a Russian dub of the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie. The dub itself is terrible- I think it's one guy talking over the English dub- it might be fanmade
Unfortunately, that seems to be Russia’s preferred method of dubbing films. I recently stumbled upon a Russian dub for a 50’s MGM film with Lana Turner called The Prodigal which did the same thing (a Russian man talking over the English dub), which I found very annoying.