Damn... If I hadn't mastered this one from VHS myself, I wouldn't think that big a gap could even exist. This is probably the best looking restoration I've done yet, in no small part due to the original tape being of fairly good quality, but I'm willing to yank my own chain and say that I think I did a pretty good job of fixing the black/white levels, and finally found a way to cut down on that omnipresent VHS related analog noise without visibly softening out the picture in the process. No, I didn't erase the grain entirely, but as this was likely shot on cheap stock with little controlled lighting, even the negative is probably grittier than a sheet of sand paper.
This took longer than it ought to due to me trying like a madman to boost the color saturation... made the daylight scenes look great, but then the dark interiors looked like they were positively glowing. I'm not getting paid for this, and it's not a film I've masturbated to dozens of times, so I just can't get excited about doing a scene-by-scene color correction, and I'm afraid even if I tried the limited nature of the tape I captured all of this from would mean I couldn't fix the washed out colors as much as I'd like to, anyway. Hollywood restoration laboratories and their 35mm 4k 4:4:4 scans can do things I can't with a VHS tape and AVISynth, and the sooner I realize this, the happier I'll be.
Subtitle patch is on the way, so download now and watch later! ...please? I could sure use the ratio boost. I'll be uploading another to-be-subbed pinku in the next several days, so look forward to it.
Happy Turkey Day to you and yours from everyone here at Kentai Films!
And to all the Native Americans who call bullshit on it... well, duh. What part of celebrated American history isn't a crock of half-truths and revisionist glorification?