Well I finished my dub editing for the German HDTV print, and I'm pretty satisfied with the audio result. I used the great sounding German dub where possible, and paid careful attention to strategic crossfade points between the English and German dubs, for example when having to switch while music is playing, doing so at a time where there is some change in the music so it isn't so noticeable. I made sure to use the better audio for every gunshot (except one where there is dialogue mixed with the gunshot) and all music-only sections. The end result is a English dub which probably sounds the best yet.
But, while watching the final result I notice something weird which seems like the video is just slightly sped up, not really noticeable until sitting down to watch the whole thing. I watch these digital files on my Roku and I don't know if its something specific with this file and the Roku playback, or if I'm just crazy :o When checking on my computer, I don't really notice it but I've gone back and forth so much at this point that I'm overloaded and its hard to tell...
The runtime is about 3min shorter than the DVD version at 23.976fps, and I found no cut scenes. Originally I thought this was probably just minor differences in where scenes change and/or this recording being at 50fps - but just because its at 50fps doesn't really mean it should have a shorter runtime... so I don't know. If the video is just slightly sped up for some reason, I guess that would account for the 3min shorter runtime.
I checked and 50fps is listed as common for European HDTV airings, so I assume this is correct framerate in relation to the airing.
Going back and forth between the DVD and this HDTV recording, I am again struck by how much better this HDTV print looks, would be a real shame if its messed up somehow.
And again looking at the HDTV recording on my PC, it seems to play fine compared to watching on my TV/roku... but again I've looked back and forth so much now its hard to trust my eyes
So I am uploading to my server and will have a torrent link ready today if anyone could download and give me their opinion on this issue, how it plays and looks to you.
Generally I can figure out this technical stuff but this one has me scratching my head & could use some other eyes at this point.
I think I am going to take Stanton's advice from here out and leave these bigger titles to get proper releases, since surely it will eventually happen, and focus more on finding stuff that isn't likely to get released by anyone instead...