Friday, August 18, 2017

Kidaichi Shounen no Jikenbo movie 1 ("full 480p")

When Orphan released its LD-based version of Kidaichi Shounen no Jikenbo movie 1, there was viewer pushback on the 640x480-with-letterboxing format that the encoder chose. Some viewers thought it should have been cropped to 640x352 (or thereabouts). Personally, I liked the letterboxing, as it minimized the subtitles' impingement on the limited viewing area, but that was just IMHO.

Shortly after movie 1 was released, a team member noticed that both movies had been broadcast on HDTV in Japan. We were too late to capture the first movie, but someone did encode it. Unfortunately, the encode featured horrible blocking and wasn't usable. Skr downscaled it to 480p and filtered it to produce a usable raw. We're rereleasing movie 1 using this raw for viewers who want a larger, clearer imaging without letterboxing.

This version does have its drawbacks. First, it has a bad video glitch at 35:20.

It was probably caused by signal dropout, a common problem with satellite broadcast channels. Second, it doesn't have the wonderfully hokey preview for the second movie that was on the laserdisc. Accordingly, I don't regard this version as definitive and have labeled it as "v0." It's possible that the HDTV broadcast means a DVD or even BD version of these movies is in the offing. It's equally possible that these movies will not see the light of day again for a long time.

Meanwhile, if anyone does find a better raw or has an uncorrupted transport stream, we'll do a true v1.

I won't repeat the original credits. For this release, Yogicat shifted and aligned the script to the new raw, I restyled the dialog and redid all the signs, and Skr did the encode and the release check. You can get the release from the usual torrent sites or from IRC bot Orphan|Arutha in channels #nibl or #news.

1 comment:

  1. This is a new better raw..I hope to see V1 from you guys soon