Immortal Story: Extended Cut Reconstruction, The

Immortal Story: Extended Cut Reconstruction, The
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Brief Synopsis:
This project takes the Criterion blu-ray for Orson Welles' 1968 film 'The Immortal Story' and conforms it frame-by-frame to the longer cut, blending in the missing 4-minutes of footage, re-framing every shot and attempting to upscale and grade it to match.
The Criterion restored blu-ray looks fantastic but it only included one of the two available English Language cuts. I'd owned the old Madman Entertainment DVD for years, so I was quite surprised to find the new release was a different and much shorter cut. I'm not even sure why there are two cuts, it's possible one is a shorter TV cut and one is a longer theatrical print? I immediately wanted to reconstruct the other version, so I'd have the option of viewing both, without needing to compromise too much on viewing quality (The old DVD looks pretty poor).
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- The Immortal Story (2016 R1 Criterion blu-ray)
- The Immortal Story (2010 R4 PAL Madman DVD)
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Special Features
- 3.4GB 1280x720 MP4 448 AC3
- Adrian Martin commentary speed corrected and included as a bonus audio track.
Editing Details:
- PAL DVD slowed back down to "film speed".
- Blu-ray conformed frame-by-frame to the DVD editing pattern.
- Blu-ray shots individually re-framed to match wider DVD aspect-ratio.
- DVD shots graded to match Criterion colour timing.
- Splice jumps at the start and end of all DVD shots manually corrected.
- Blended DVD and blu-ray footage with cross-fades.
- Recreated missing single frames with a mix of DVD and blu-ray material.
- Fixed a few minor audio defects.
- Re-timed lip movement on one long shot because it was 100% out but was not previously noticeable on the fuzzy DVD transfer (this is the only revisionist change I made).
Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Short and Long Cut Comparison (ungraded)

The Immortal Story: Extended Cut Reconstruction

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