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Ghost in the Shell

on November 20, 2017

First of all i thank the_E_y_Es for his help. He spotted and marked lot of spots for me, which i could fix in return.

This is a re-encode of my original release, since the source/MPEG2 stream is not available anymore. This is a huge improvement over the original video and as before a lot better than the BD source.

This encode is not completely issue free and perfect. not all of the MPEG2/WMV artifacts could be fixed completely without damaging other areas of the video. The video is still quite dirty in places and not all spots have been fixed. Tbh one could probably sit on this for an eternity and won’t be able to fix them all.

Video:
– Several 1000 frames (severely damaged by MPEG2/WMV artifacts) were restored (per frame)
– Several 100.000 spots on several 10.000 of frames were removed and fixed (per frame)
– Frames edges were fixed (per scene)
– Remnants of the Logo have been removed
– Colour and range correction have been made (red/yellow tints etc.) (per scene)
– Some combing remnants were fixed
– Heavy sharpening artifacts were removed as good as possible (ringing/haloing)
– Chroma bleeding has been fixed
– Everything was cleaned up to remove encoding artifacts
– Everything was stabilised
– Banding was removed (per scene)
– Frames were matched to the BD source (audio matches properly now)

Audio:
– Japanese audio: Sourced from a DTS-HD MA track
– Japanese audio: Cut to make it properly sync with the video (bad mastering, BD audio wasn’t in sync on the BD)
– Japanese audio: A missing dialogue line was added
– Japanese audio: The original Japanese ending theme was re-inserted (U2’s “One Minute Warning” replaced with “Reincarnation”)
– English audio: Sourced from the 6.1 DTS-ES track instead of the UK BD’s DTS-HD MA track because of severe mastering problems, same problems on the US DTS stream
– English audio: Problems were missing sound effects and bad mixing (more infos here and here)

Subtitle:
– The opening Sign was redone
– Song lyrics were added
– Dialogue styling was adjusted
– Some lines were fixed

For some history, of the several stages of my filtering, you can look at these three comparisons.

Specs of this release are:
Video: 1920×1040 (1.85:1) h264 10 bit
Audio: Japanese 5.1 FLAC, English 6.1 DTS-ES
Subtitle: English ASS Subs (Dialogue, Signs/Songs)

Download:
Ghost in the Shell (1995) on BakaBT
Ghost in the Shell (1995) on nyaa

 

9 comments on ”Ghost in the Shell”

  1. gitslove95

    Great work on your project! They should hire YOU to put out their next release … the RIGHT way! 😉

    [Speaking thereof, the FanRes forum has a discussion covering the various releases of GITS and your project came up. That thread (https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1223.html) had all kinds of ideas, some of which you may find interesting. I wonder if you might sign-up and post there (or in a new thread) about the making of your project, what you did, and how you did it? I’m sure all would be thrilled by it.]

  2. der richter

    tbh i would be delighted if anyone would hire me for restoring (old) anime. anyway i posted on that thread.

  3. Windii

    I think this subtitle track should be better, since it accurately translates a quote from the Bible (when Batou and Motoko are on the boat; the quote is from Corithians), among other things.

    Subs

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to v3 if you still have plans for it!

  4. thekramnella

    Do you have any plans to do a release of The Animatrix?

  5. foe

    Just wanted to let you know this is a huge waste of time because it looks horrible. You’ve made the artifacts look even worse and the banding removal turned gradients into weird random geometric shapes. Mind-boggling how anyone would think what you’ve done to the images would be considered “better” (maybe you have a really shitty monitor?).

    • thekramnella

      I have no idea what artifacts you are talking about, everything looks beautiful on my end. I think you’re the one with a shitty monitor. This is the best example of restoration I have ever seen.

    • der richter

      i am not sure what you mean. though if you can provide some examples we might find the source of the problem. i can also assure you that my setup is perfectly fine and this was not graded and proof watched on a shitty monitor. feel free to poke me on irc or wherever.

    • ron reagan

      I agree, I know a lot of effort went into this and I hate to be negative. In my eyes this mainly comes down to people just really hating film grain.

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