The Pumaman is being "surgically enhanced"

Would love to see your experiments and results. :slight_smile:

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Just remembered: It would appear something from this graphic has (mostly) come true!:
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In progress! Turns out two years of work is hard to summarize. I might have to give up on a short post, and instead create a very long one. :sweat_smile:

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But I want a Sing-Along now!!

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I hope it’s for a terrible zombie or vampire flick so undead 101 Strings can provide the music. :crossed_fingers:

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To those where were interested in my DIY effort to improve MST3K video quality, I’ve written up the whole thing in detail. Head on over to:

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”Zoom in— And Enhance!”

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There is a shot in the Rifftrax version that had me thinking “This is a moment of great cinematography.” By moment I mean like three seconds, but it was still impressive.

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The rest was likely cut.

“They failed to bring back the Sampo. Sampo. And we shall die of starvation. Sampo

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:notes:*He Tried To Kill Me With A Sampo—“*:notes:

No, Wait—

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The Kickstarter update for today has a bit more info:

Before you get too excited, no, we do not have access to the original tapes to do a full remaster. Alas, that kind of preservation was not within Best Brains’ reach. We are, however, applying our version of HD-upscaling to this episode, which we are calling “MST3K Surgical Enhancement.”

Not to toot our own horn, but the improvement in image and sound quality is pretty noticeable. Our slogan for this is: “A little less cheesy, and a little more easy… on the eyes.”

So it looks like a combination crop to 16x9, then upscaled to 1080p. The comparison pics give an idea of the cropping, not necessarily the quality of the upscaling.

The cropping is probably fine. You don’t really need all that black space under the silhouettes, and most of the movies were probably open matte and thus have some headroom at the top. The host segment also doesn’t look as cropped, or even cropped at all.

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So can’t you just keep running the enhancement process on the previously enhanced version until you get to like 4K? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Another movie that exists in a much better quality than what was used on the episode is The Screaming Skull. I’ll bet Tormented exists in a crisper form as well.

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I’m VERY leery of ever fiddling with aspect ratio. I’ve seen a lot of movies and TV shows completely wrecked by that irrational hatred of pillarboxing. But these stills look pretty good.

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Seriously, I’m sure the differences will be more clear when I see it on my big TV. As long as they’re not replacing episodes (And they’ve assured us they are not) I really like this as a reason to tune in beyond, “Hey. Let’s all watch Pumaman for the hundredth time!”

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Heh, Pumaman’s a top 15 episode in my book, so I’m jazzed to have this new treatment as a reason to watch this as well.

It’ll be a trip to see how this looks when it drops this Friday!

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Same here, I prefer keeping the original aspect ratio for preserving media as to how it was presented (i.e. early seasons of the Simpsons). Though not sure if the cropping is the enhanced episodes or just the images (since there’s the percentage at the bottom for comparison).

Still, if the episodes are not going to be replaced, I wonder if there’ll be a way where you can choose which version of the episode to watch in the Gizmoplex outside of the livestream replay :thinking:

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Incidentally, if you haven’t seen the interview with Walter Alton before, he’s not a fan of the episode and is pretty offended by the riffs against him. So don’t expect good feels about MST3K from this one, as opposed to say the interviews with David Worth or the Clonus guys.

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Heh! We’re gonna be watching that like:

theofficejimcar

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You say that like it’s a bad thing.

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