Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Do You Remember...

...the Song of Wind and Trees? The tumultuous days of  our youth?

For those who don't, the restoration of this important boys love anime OVA - much like the young Gilbert the story tempts the heterosexual hero with - is a cruel, catty manwhore that toyed with my heart and patience for longer than I would like to admit, and in the end made me submit to him... on my own terms, of course.

I did everything in my limited power to restore the title from VHS, nearly gave up hope that something better existed, and finally got my hands on a decent looking LD. Shortly after the original DVD was finished, Kentai Films had a major meltdown, and in a way, I've been picking up the pieces ever since... but that's quite enough ancient history for one day.

So, here's the short of it:

Original LD Recording

Color Corrected/Composite Rainbows Minimized/Laser Rot Removed


Dirt Removal

Original LD Interlacing

New 'Blend' Progressive Frame

Essentially, the transfer will be 24fps with nothing but deinterlaced frames. Why? Because the 3:2 pulldown is completely shot due to blended fields, none of the data being deleted correlates to additional animation frames, and there's just no justifiable advantage to keeping the whole thing 30fps interlaced when that makes compression suffer, and doesn't allow for film artifact correction like stabilization. The new transfer won't let you pick your favorite deinterlacing method, and for that I do apologize, but the multitude of advantages in the restoration this method offers should more than make up for you not being able to use YADIF on it.

There's a few more tweaks I'd like to try, but what you see is largely what you should expect.


Ialda said...

Don't know if you have missed it or not, but there was an Italian DVD release from Yamato, too.

Kentai 拳態 said...

Yes indeed, I've seen screenshots of it.

Sadly, it's from the very same 1987 transfer as the JP Laserdisc, and is an NTSC > PAL standards conversion, which adds all sorts of nasty temporal field-blending artifacts.