NJ_ (regarding Magic Knight Rayearth set) wrote:
We might be missing a few things so I'll be posting the full list of the Blu-ray's extras when I get my copy in March (IF it doesn't get delayed again).
I had a friend check his copy of the set since Right Stuf shipped them out early.
Extras (all on Disc 6):
◦Interview with Toshihiro Hirano (Series Director)
◦Interview with Yasuo Urakami (Audio Director)
◦Interview with Julie Maddalena (English voice of Hikaru)
◦Interview with Wendee Lee (English voice of Umi & Princess Emeraude)
◦Interview with Ellen Wilkinson (English voice of Fuu)
◦Interview with Kaeko Sakamoto (English voice of Mokona)
◦Interview with Lex Lang (English voice of Zagato)
◦Group Interview with English Voice Cast
◦Episode 4 Alternate English Pilot
◦Episode 8.5 Recap Episode
◦Episode 18 Home Video Next Episode Preview
◦Episode 19-20 Original Broadcast Bumpers
◦Episode 49 Commentary with English Voice Director
◦Season 1 English Outtakes
◦Season 2 English Outtakes
◦English Character Greetings
◦Video Game Cutscenes
•Openings & Endings
◦Creditless Opening 1 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 2 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 3 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V1)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V2)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V3)
◦Creditless Opening 3 (English)
◦Original Broadcast Openings
◦Creditless Ending 1 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 2 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 3 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 1 (English)
◦Creditless Ending 2 (English)
◦English Home Video Credits
◦Textless "Who Is It?" Segment
•TV Spots & Trailers
◦Japanese Pilot Trailer
◦English Pilot Trailer - Version 1
◦English Pilot Trailer - Version 2
◦"Coming Soon" Series Preview Trailers
◦"On Tonight" Series Preview Trailers
◦Promotional Spot Collection 1
◦Promotional Spot Collection 2
◦The "How to Draw Mokona" Song
◦Production Art Slideshow
◦Model Sheet Slideshow
◦Opening 3 Storyboard Animatics
◦Ending 3 Storyboard Animatics - Concept Version
◦Ending 3 Storyboard Animatics - Final Version
Looks like they have everything from the Media Blasters DVDs plus more. Two of the new extras are from the Sega Saturn game that Working Design brought over & localized in 1998 when the Saturn was officially dead. I want to say I'm surprised at this but considering that they brought over the cutscenes from the Street Fighter II movie's FMV game (PlayStation/Saturn) for that movie's Blu-ray release, I'm not as much but I'm still glad they did since other than the dubbed opening song (which is on one of the Creditless extras), I'm not too familiar with that game at all.
Some more info from Brady Hartel about the remaster and also the dub.
PQ is decent but the audio quality is a little flawed. In some instances, the Japanese audio track is significantly louder than the English dub track, and in other episodes, it's vice-versa. Sometimes the English track sounds a bit muffled on a few episodes and there's a lot of inconsistency with the stereo separation, almost as if the track is dual-mono, but not entirely.
I spot checked all the episodes and sadly there are few that are in mono (English track only). Specifically, episodes 13, 14, and 15. The OP/EDs remain in stereo, but the episodes themselves are left in mono.
Episode 15 is strange in that everything is in mono up until (17:56 at "Then you shall die!"). So I'm guessing either a setting was messed with, or it's inherent to the source. Not positive, but it it could be the latter since all the other episodes except these three (not to mention the abrupt switch from mono to stereo with Ep15) are stereo, albeit with some of the strange mixing (variances in volume, narrow soundstage, lack of depth...).
Checked my Media Blasters 15th Anniversary Set and Episodes 13, 14, and 15 the English audio tracks are pretty much dual mono.
We went back to the master tapes for the dub audio, and spent a lot of time trying to fix the dropouts and things. For those episodes, that's how they are on the master. As you can see, the original Media Blasters set was like that as well. The OPs + EDs are in stereo on those episodes because we had to pull these from the Japanese audio; on the original master tapes they used the dub versions of the ops + eds, but opening 2 didn't exist dubbed (neither did the Primera WHO IS IT??? which is why those are subtitled on the dub track), so we had to restore the JP ops and include the english ones as an extra.
We don't generally fiddle with the leveling of Japanese vs. English unless there's a giant disparity or some kind of problem. The Japanese is as-is from the masters/JP BD Box, and the English is as it was presented originally. There is one dub episode where the op+ed ended up a little bit louder (but not blown out or anything - it's just a bit louder than the rest of the episode) that I wish we would've fixed, but at 49+ episodes you can't catch everything in time. It's hardly a show stopper and not technically an error, just something that bothered me.
Re: 16 vs 24bit. The English dub master tapes were only 16bit, and what we received for the Japanese audio was sent as 24bit. So that's why they're like that. I imagine the Japanese audio isn't true 24bit but we had the bandwidth so left it alone.
As for the video, I have no idea what that review
is talking about. This show is 16mm IIRC, so it's going to be grainy. For the budget of the show, it's very nice to my eyes and other than a few fixes the PQ matches the Japanese release. Two things we did fix were a.) the first opening now uses the final animation instead of the unfinished animation that is on the JP boxset. b.) there is an episode later on (19 or 20... maybe 18?) that includes flashback scenes. In the HD masters these were upscaled and even in SD you could tell they were lower quality, so we instead went back to the original episodes and pulled all the proper scenes in HD.
Can't really speak for the dub since it has been a long time since I watched the show but it doesn't surprise me. Media Blasters for a long time were releasing DVDs with mono audio which affected one track in some releases and both tracks in others (list
) and in the case of Rayearth, some of the extras on those DVDs were in such poor quality that in some cases (like the English cast interviews), it required turning up the volume to the max in order to hear them and Brady gave people a heads up
about that since he knew how bad they were and that they probably weren't able to fix them.
EDIT: On the topic of English songs, Brady posted this back in December for those who want to download them:https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/813131851132993537
Merry Christmas! Here's all the English Rayearth songs (pf by @SandyFoxWorld) we restored for the Blu-ray! Out soon! https://mega.nz/#!kRpQHDYZ!doh91zJNCumc ... MQCLRDm2YY