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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

on September 10, 2016

There are a few observation i made, which i based my filtering on:

  • DVD is overexposed at places
  • BD grain is bad and completely destructive
  • BD darks are completely crushed
  • BD has a bad colour tints (green, blue, yellow) in different scenes
  • BD has worse colour grading than the DVD, or is none existent
  • BD is horrible shaky
  • BD has lot of broken frames (burns, holes, glue etc)
  • BD has some digital sampling artifacts due to the production
  • BD has horrible blooming due to the bad transfer

Things i have fixed:

  • Matched the DVD video to the BD one (frame count) (DVD)
  • Lot of spots and broken frames fixed (several 10k spots and film defects on more than 20k frames) (BD/DVD)
  • Colours, levels etc have been fixed according to my judgement (BD/DVD)
  • Chroma shifts/bleeds fixed (BD/DVD)
  • Shaky BD was stabilised (BD)
  • DVD was completely cleaned up and adjusted for best merging (DVD)
  • Combed frames fixed, even though all were progressive (DVD)
  • Near complete removal of the bad grain (BD)
  • Merging of the good DVD details into the BD
  • Blacks are mostly restored (BD)
  • Digital sampling artifacts fixed (BD)
  • Fixed some animation defects (DVD/BD)
  • Blooming fixed mostly (BD)

Things i assumed for my simple colour grading:

  • snow white, moon white, vampires grey, teeth white, blood red, bright sun clouds white + sand whitish, dawn/dusk sun orange/red clouds orangish/redish, bright scenes bright not greyish, etc. make it look natural, since i don’t have any reference material

What can be improved:

  • Some blurring from the DVD merged details
  • Video is still quite dirty from the BD, lot more spots to clean up
  • Some individual frame are still quite shaky
  • there are a few individual frames where i fucked up the filtering a bit

Source of the video is the english BD release and 3 different DVD releases (R1/R2). The DVDs and BD were first filtered separately and merged scene by scene afterwards. The matching of the DVD to the BD was quite hard. Not only was the DVD differently cropped by scene it was also transferred with a different angle, so frames were differently ‘warped’ in comparison to the BD. I had to ‘warp’ them to match the BD, additionally to cropping them appropriately.

Specs of this release are:
Video: 1920×1038 h264 10bit
Audio: Japanese 5.1 DTS, English 5.1 FLAC
Subtitle: English ASS Subs (Main, Signs/Songs) (R1 Heavily modified)

Download:
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust on BakaBT
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust on nyaa

 

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