Thundercats picture quality and mastering for DVD

Discussion in 'ThunderCats (1985)' started by Booshman, Sep 20, 2015.

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  1. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Huge undertaking indeed. But nothing is easy on traditional animation process.
    The original intro got a lot of, let's say, inconsistencies...
    Analysing frame by frame, one can confirm small details don't match the original character design.
    Small things from Panthro not having vertical pupils to some missing clothes and bodyparts details on Lion-Oo and Tygra
    made me realise that it won't be a good process to just put filters on the original work.

    I agree that this intro is ahead of its time. The technique applied, the camera movement,
    all that dynamic put together was replicated on animation only ten years later.

    Besides, the filter process of super resolution won't be able to create the final art from 4:3 to 16:9.
    So I'll keep on the old ways any day.
    I also agree that putting too much stuff on it would transform in anything else, but at the same time,
    I really doubt people notice these small details and inconsistencies I've mention before.
    If they did, they are a few hardcore fans, probably a little too nitpicking on that matter.

    I shouldn't be sharing that stuff, for I believe to get hyped with something like this is not cool.
    I need time to do it right and people expecting an early result would be tragic, but here you go.



    Only six seconds, but it took me more than two months to complete it.
    It lacks the gradient background, still it's easier than what I've accomplished here.
     
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  2. Tygra_Rules

    Tygra_Rules Thunderian Legend

    Great!
     
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  3. Daremonger

    Daremonger Thunderian Legend

    Love the widescreen effect you gave these guys. :)
     
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  4. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    It's a start then. :laugh
     
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  5. Daremonger

    Daremonger Thunderian Legend

    For sure.
     
  6. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    Will you be releasing a version without the additional shadow detail?
     
  7. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    I'll share final results, but won't be a 100% exact copy from the original.
     
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  8. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    I'm in need of a little assistance with the remaster, if anyone who owns the series on Vudu or Amazon can help? If someone can look at the last anointment trial and check the final scene to see if it's quite scratched. Vertical lines present while Lion-O is handed the claw-shield to the big Thundercats HO! at the end. I doubt the master will be any different to the DVD set, but it is possible.

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  9. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Will take a look here.
    That's sad if all the sources are like this.
     
  10. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    Thanks. Luckily not unfix-able, but it would save a lot of messing around to get a better source.
     
  11. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Unfortunately yes.
    Same artifacts on the screen.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    Oh well, it's as I expected, but thanks for checking. What service did you check?
     
  13. thezaxfactor

    thezaxfactor Staff Writer and Moderator TC.org Staff

    Would the Region 2 DVDs be any different from the Region 1 ones?
     
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  14. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    It's my rip for Region 4 DVDs.
    Same source I'm afraid.
     
  15. ButterflyBoy

    ButterflyBoy Thunderian Legend

    In case no one has noticed, I'd like to mention that I have checked out some DVD rips I have from (I believe) the UK show that they seem to be using the same source as the US for season 1. But for everything post-season one, the quality is very different. Specifically, episodes such as "Catfight", "The Heritage" and "Screwloose" do NOT have the yellowed effect. Granted, the rips are not of the highest quality, but if you haven't already looked into them Booshman, I would recommend you have a peak.
     
  16. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Wonder if the master tapes are still around.
    Don't know how they do the stuff for releasing into HD format, but if the originals were kept...
     
  17. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    I have all the episodes in NTSC and PAL, and the source for each restoration has been chosen by which is the best of the 2. Most of the very early episodes are NTSC, with the better source for a lot of the forst season being PAL. Some episodes I have used bits of both, Tower of Traps for instance is half and half, due to a field blending issue with the retail NTSC DVD. Some of the episodes, even though they look to be derived from the same source, and have comparable detail and sharpness, are cropped differently between NTSC and PAL, with more image view-able on certain sides.

    Just a note that the NTSC episodes and PAL have slightly different timings, where they were cut for commercials, so converting a PAL episode to NTSC, they won't automatically match up perfectly. So every time I use a PAL episode, I have to edit it manually to match. This includes the intro, first half, second half, epilogue, end credits and Telepix logo. (Not particularly interesting info, but just to give you an indication of the work that is going into doing these episodes. Editing the PAL episodes to NTSC timing means all the NTSC audio and subs match so I don't have to convert the PAL versions.

    I have also noticed a few occasions where the PAL tapes were edited incorrectly and the fade outs, either at the mid point of the episode, or the end of part 2, or the epilogue, will cut to black mid fade out. they have obviously gotten a bit keen when converting to PAL and trimmed a few frames by mistake.

    I think the biggest case of a difference in quality between formats is the PAL version of Totem of Dera. The main episode, not the intro and outro, look amazing. They have gone back to the original film and not a broadcast tape, the colour and detail a a huge step up from the other episodes, and is the closest we can get to seeing what the series might look like on bluray.

    Based on what I mentioned about totem of Dera, I have a hope that the episodes still survive in much better quality than we got on DVD. It would be a big undertaking for WB to get them all prepared for a HD release, hopefully one day Thundercats proves a big enough asset to them to warrant it.


    Is anyone able to check the last scene from either VUDU or Amazon streaming. We've established that both the NTSC and PAL DVD's are the same tape, but I remember Daremonger found one episode before that had a different tape used for streaming. I just want to count this option out completely before I go fixing the scene a frame at a time.
     
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  18. Daremonger

    Daremonger Thunderian Legend

    I'd found another episode on Amazon sourced from a different tape as well ("The Trouble with ThunderKittens"). :wilykit:wilykat
     
  19. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    How does it compare to the DVD?
     
  20. Daremonger

    Daremonger Thunderian Legend

    The print of "The Trouble with ThunderKittens" on DVD is the broadcast version, while another print of said episode I saw on Amazon was an early-1990s Warner Bros. print.
     

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