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High Road To China will probably be out soon (1 Viewer)

John_Berger

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Here's how I spent my day today.
  • Captured High Road To China from my laserdisc (over S-Video so it looks gorgeous)
  • Normalized the audio to provide optimal volume
  • Generated a pseudo-stereo track just for the hell of it (although I'll have one mono and one pseudo-stereo DVD)
  • Spent the past five hours scanning and Photoshop-ing the laserdisc cover to make a DVD cover that looks identical to the laserdisc and VHS covers. (I think that Kami would be very proud of me. I even found the exact same font. :D)
Why do I say that HRTC will probably be out soon? Because It worked before! I converted my Indiana Jones widescreen videos to DVD-R, and two months later comes the official announcement that IJ is coming to DVD! :rolleyes:(Murphy and his laws are all dead when I catch up with them.)

Because I've gone through all of this, and I still have several more hours to go to create the DVD and so forth, this can mean only one thing ... Warner will probably be releasing HRTC soon thus making all of this effort unnecessary - after I put forth the effort of course.

Considering that this year is the 20th anniversary (at least according to the laserdisc), I find it difficult to believe that HRTC apparently hasn't gotten the attention of anyone at Warner. My God, the John Barry soundtrack alone is deserving of a 5.1 remix!

So, does anyone have a scoop on this?
 

John H Ross

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Oh god, I hope you're right. I want a digitally remastered DVD of this movie SO bad!

My pan/scan (spit) NTSC laserdisc is kinda weird. The tint/hue varies on Side 1 and Side 2. I think Side 2 is slightly greener. Weird.

So which studio owns this movie? Has anybody been able to figure it out?

John
 

John_Berger

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My pan/scan (spit) NTSC laserdisc is kinda weird.
Don't you just lo-o-o-ove the open-matte tranfer? I love the scene where Selleck and the Afghani (Waziri?) are supposed to be several hundred feet in the air when he barrell-rolls and the Afghani falls out, yet what's very clearly at the bottom of the frame? A tree! And it's not even moving!

I was seriously considering matting the movie to 1.85:1 for my DVD conversion, but I just coulnd't bring myself to do it. I have to see those trees and giggle every time.
 

John O

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This is probably my favorite "O'Malley" movie and I would grab a copy as well.

signed
John O'Malley :)

BTW, is Lassiter out on DVD yet?
 

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