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BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:15:10 PM »
After over a decade of work, it's almost here!

Let me just get some stuff out of the way here first: For those who don't know, this film was considered lost for many many years and is still do this day considered to be the rarest piece of Mario merchandise to ever be released. Anything related to the film is regarded to be extremely difficult to come-by and is a holy grail to many Nintendo and anime collectors.

The Back Story:
Back in 2003, a ton of internet rumours started flooding in around TMK and SMBHQ about a long lost Super Mario movie which was only limited to a rental-release in Japan on both VHS and Beta formats. Some called it fake, and of course, some claimed to hold legitimate copies. None of which were true. I began searching for this particular film ever since it was thought to be an X-rated parody, almost similar to Super Hornio Bros. In around 2005, short 15-second clips started to appear around certain Japanese sites in terrible and compressed quality. Before then, the only proof of this videos existence was the claims of the user "Phantaz" and small compressed images originating from the back cover of the VHS tape. A little later, a game collector going by the name of Carnivol ended up winning two copies from Yahoo Auctions Japan. A copy of the tapes was then uploaded with watermarks and split in parts to YouTube in 2007 as well as YoshiArt which added an extra watermark in the top left. They started to make rounds all around the internet on various anime message boards and IRC servers. There were a few restoration efforts here and there around this time, however, they were all using incredibly low quality VHS sources too. Fast forward a few years, after lots of searching and email composing, I got my hands on two of my own copies. I began to transfer these tapes into digital formats for myself and a few others to get working on restoring these crummy old tapes as these were the only sources we had, and Nintendo seems to have forgotten about the movie.

A few months later, I found myself browsing around and found an ex-projectionist who actually was in possession of a theatre-used 16mm film reel. Here's the kicker; he was about to dispose of them. After begging and begging, the projectionist agreed to put the reel up on Yahoo Auctions Japan. I sent the link to Carnivol and we ended up winning the auction, just barely. The auction was of course filled with anxiety. Carnivol then commissioned a transfer for the 16mm reel from a studio which specialises in doing professional film transfers. After more than a decade of relentless searching, we had finally gotten our hands on the film reel. In my eyes, it was definitely a day to go down in video game history.

Our original plan was to try and get an official Bluray release by Nintendo, but unfortunately this may not be happening. However, there is still a slim chance that we can get the rights for this film sorted out. They are extremely tangled and owned by all sorts of companies, including the defunct Grouper Productions. Hopefully by posting our efforts around a little more, we could find somebody who can fix this and make an international release into a reality.

The Specs:
Transfer is done at 2.7k resolution. 4k is not necessary for film prints since it's impossible to get extra quality from whats not there.
We are going to remaster the 12" vinyl soundtrack for use in the film as well as color correct it based off of the animanga release which is made up of animation cels. We will then be putting everything together which consists of 3 variations of the movie and also include bonus features such as scans from the film merchandise.

The Plan:
1. Just all the assets as-is. No clean up, no fiddling. Just the straight up transfer. Archival purposes.

2. A typical restoration. Same as you'd expect from any other movie that gets some proper love and attention. For general viewing pleasure.

3. A sort of (horrible to purists) "fixed/modernized" version, where some of the obvious coloring and animation mistakes in the movie are fixed, ending credits are reconstructed in English, opening title cards done in English, etc. (with raw assets available for other languages to easily be done)

The Reveal:
And the final part, some comparisons between the old VHS sources and the new 2.7k film transfers.

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Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 04:37:17 PM »
i guess its good i guess?
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Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 05:31:41 PM »
It's not just good. This is amazing. Incredible work, I hope everything goes smoothly for you. I can't wait to see the restored product one day.

Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 06:45:03 PM »
It's not just good. This is amazing. Incredible work, I hope everything goes smoothly for you. I can't wait to see the restored product one day.
I'm looking forward to seeing the restored version soon, too!

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Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2018, 02:38:53 PM »
i love that band

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Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 11:45:38 PM »
Carnivol threw up a comparison video of the VHS and the 16mm playing side by side. If you'd like to check the film out in action, see it here.

https://twitter.com/Carnivol/status/1080622916319039488

Re: BTS: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach Restoration
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2019, 09:54:56 PM »
Carnivol threw up a comparison video of the VHS and the 16mm playing side by side. If you'd like to check the film out in action, see it here.

https://twitter.com/Carnivol/status/1080622916319039488

Once the restoration is completed, if you guys can negotiate with Nintendo about releasing this long-lost anime film in North America, maybe Viz Media could end up as the home media distributor of the film. As you can see, Viz Media currently handles North American distribution of Nintendo manga, along with the Pokemon anime franchise.