Thursday, March 11, 2010

Back to Time Basics: Soft Porn Style

Kyou OHARA's criminally obscure Roman Porno feature FEMALE LEOPARD/女豹 is a title I've had on the back burner for ages now. The trouble was some horny clod kept pausing the tape on the lead chick's ass shots to jerk off to, and warped these scenes in the process, making it unusable for creating a high quality DVD transfer.

Eventually my international hookup sent me a brand new copy. It seems to lack any major tape-wear, but some douchebag stopped the tape about a minute in, which stretched the first several feet of tape! Between the two copies I cobbled together a single "perfect" VHS sourced run, and I'm in the process of restoring it now. Surprising the hell out of me, this Nikkatsu transfer seems to have stable 3:2 cadence, so this will be a "genuine" progressive transfer instead of a deinterlaced one.

While restoring this, I did encounter a funky problem though... this is one that's easier to show rather than explain. Sorta.


Frame 1


Frame 2


Frame 3


Frame 2 has a nasty red smear that's missing in Frame 3. It's temporal ghosting issue... and as you can see, it was information from Frame 1 - the red information from the woman's face has smeared only 1 frame from the next shot, and then it's gone.

I've seen this problem on plenty on all of my VHS recordings, but since most of them have wonky 3:2 pulldown, I assumed that temporally blended chroma was a source issue... but then, I always had the TBC/DNR on, largely because the stabilizers built into my DVD recorders sucked. This is no longer an issue, so when I turned the TBC/DNR off, this problem completely disappears on Female Leopard.

That's right, the DVNR feature built into the JVC Prosumer decks have been sabotaging my efforts to create progressive transfers for years, and I never once suspected it.


*Sigh*


So, will I re-record both copies of this film so I can get it sans-NR issues? Haven't decided yet. I've released dozens of archived VHS transfers with the same problem, and have archived hundreds already. It IS a problem, but plenty of these tapes I no longer have access to, so it's a problem I have to learn to live with... it's something I'll be avoiding now that Neat Video is a realistic option, but it's still something that frustrates the living crap out of me.



The fact that I call this a "High Quality" source
without a hint of humor or irony is terrifying.


On the upside, a subbed DVD of Female Leopard's still coming - temporal DNR smearing or not. I've got Shougorou NISHUMURA's Beautiful Sisters' Rape on tap too... but we'll worry about restoring that one later.

With those two films, my Caterpillar cohorts and I may well have restored the entirety of the Video Search Miami pink catalog... good God, what else is left to live for?!

Hey, don't judge me... how else am I supposed to get all of
the kids in the van without them asking stupid questions?

3 comments:

Gurotaku said...

Actually VSoM / the Weissners subtitled a couple more still. Not sure if you figure that as good or bad news, considering it will mean more work? Anyway, the BISHIMAI flick and DARK HAIR, VELVET SOUL are the last two that Lord Retsudo has timed subtitle scripts ready for. I sent you at least two more tapes that have VSoM boots floating around, namely Yukihiro Sawada's FLESH TARGET: RAPE (Niku no hyoteki: ubau, 1979) and Genji Nakamura's BEAUTY IN ROPE HELL (Dan Oniroku: Bijo nawa jigoku, 1983). Of course VSoM also subbed ZA IKENIE 2 but for reasons known all too well to you I refuse to buy that.

Kentai 拳態 said...

Ah yes. BLACK HAIR, VELVET SOUL - one of only two or three tapes so fucked I couldn't even get it to play! Somehow I'd forgotten all about that mess...

I'd consider any Oniroku project a good use of my time. ZA IKENIE 2, not so much.

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