Sourced from a 4K scan of a 35mm original release theatrical print
(read this before asking any questions)
This is an "opener" matte release of Jurassic Park. A lot of crybabies really wanted to see mics and other junk on the screen, and it was a minimal amount of effort for us to make another encode, so here it is. Keep in mind that this is most likely a one time thing, we don't take requests and we won't make multiple versions with different aspect ratios/color balances/black levels etc in the future, just because people are saying so in the comments.
This version has not been completely cleaned up, but the worst scratches, frame jumps and cue marks were removed. The color is not faded and is completely intact, and no, saturation does not need to be increased. Aspect ratio of this release is variable - special effects shots are hard matted on the print (meaning that no extra image can be shown). The encode is blu-ray compliant, you can use tsMuxer to make BD iso from this, no re-encoding should be required.
There are two audio tracks muxed in:
- Cinema , ripped from original CDs that were used in theaters in 1993 (default track, recommended)
- Optical 35mm track from the print, used in theaters without system (this track had little attention given to it and has some problems, it's included for completness only. IT'S SOMEWHAT FIXED COMPARED TO PREVIOUS OPEN MATTE RELEASE - the channels should be more leveled out)
This release is NOT synchronized to official Blu-ray. To use other audio tracks, or subtitles with this release, you will have to synchronize them.
Please report any problems you may encounter with the file in comments.
Q: What does "open matte" mean?
A: A standard 35mm film cell can hold image at about 1.37:1 aspect ratio. This is similar in shape to old CRT TVs, obviously not many movies were shown in theaters like that. There were two general ways to get widescreen image from film - some were shot with anamorphic lens, which basically "squeezed" image with 2.35:1 ratio to fit on film, and then theater projectors used special lens to stretch it back out. The other way was just cropping top and bottom parts of the image, leaving image in e.g. 1.85:1. Some filmmakers used "hard matting" technique, which came down to attaching two black bars to the camera lens, restricting some of the light from going in and thereby forcing a certain aspect ratio. Others either didn't care, or simply decided against it, leaving the cropping to projectionists at theaters. An "open matte" version in our slang means that the image from the print is shown in its entirety, complete with parts that were never intended to be seen.
Q: What does "LPP" mean?
A: LPP is a low fade film stock. It was introduced in 1982, and all movies produced after that year have used this type of stock. "Low fade" means "really, really low fade". The color on a properly stored LPP print will outlive all of us.
Q: Why do some releases have "LPP" in their name, while others don't?
A: We will include the stock in the release name only for movies from before 1982, that were reprinted on LPP stock.
Q: Why is it so dark/shouldn't black levels be higher/is the detail lost in dark areas?
A: Dark areas on 35mm prints hold very little detail, what is present there on the negative (which most commercial blu-rays are based on) never makes it to theatrical prints due to generational loss. Increasing black levels is a matter of preference and doesn't actually reveal any detail. If you feel the movie is too dark, you can simply increase the brightness setting on your TV/video player and achieve the same effect. Keep in mind, that this is not necessarily bad - filmmakers made their films knowing that dark areas would look really dark on the prints. What you're seeing on blu-rays is often not what was originally intended to be seen.
Q: Why does this release has less detail than blu-ray? I thought it was supposed to be 1080p?!
A: Commercial blu-rays are most often sourced from negative scans, which hold more detail than theatrical prints, and there is nothing we can do about it. The image on prints, because of analog nature of print production process, is softer, has less detail and is more grainy, but most of the time has better contrast and colors. Our versions look just like they did in theaters, there are no cut scenes, added scenes, changed sfx, changed color timing, DNR scrubbing or any other revisionist changes.
Q: When will you release a cleaned up version of X/open matte version of Y?
A: When it's done. If it's being done at all.