Re: Sliders DVD Releases (Universal, Mill Creek, SD blu-ray, Restoration)
Well, I've reloaded all the jobs with nnedi3 as per pneumatic's advice. Strangely, last night, AVIDemux (which I use to queue video encodes to run while I sleep or am at work) crashed and the log said it crashed halfway into "Summer of Love" (although the script runs when playing the file 'live' on my computer). I installed a newer version of AVIDemux and it's just finished "Summer of Love".
The results for "Summer of Love" are... mixed. The episode is a leap forward from the DVD, but watching it on my computer screen, the video still looks 'soft' and I can't tell if the grain is making it look aged and dirty or filling in some of the blanks. As pneumatic remarked, it's best to review these at living room distance when time permits. That's a lesson I had to learn too many times myself, thinking an AI upscale excellent on my laptop screen only to realize in the living room that it looked ghastly on the TV or worse, not really that much better.
That said, "Summer of Love" has a magic that transcends the visual problems. The moment where Skid miserably informs Rembrandt that the President of the United States is Oliver North is beautifully sad for both Rembrandt and Skid for two entirely separate reasons. Rembrandt's family lifting him to their shoulders and banging his head into a ceiling beam is hilarious.
I notice that "Summer of Love" has Quinn struggling to acquire clothes for himself and the Professor and "Prince of Wails" will maintain the issue of clothing (and the sliders trick the hotel into providing them with new garments) -- but after that, it ceases to be an issue: the Professor is perpetually in a perfectly tailored suit, Rembrandt always has perfectly pressed clothes, and Wade and Quinn somehow manage to maintain a rotation of regularly worn outfits. (Hahahahahahahaha.)
Anyway. I think I'm going to do a few versions of The Pneumatic Edition: one 1080p set with added grain, one 1080p without added grain, and one that's just 720x540 with the colour boosts but no grain or increase in scaling. At this rate, all the files should be done by the weekend. Then I'll watch them on an HDTV and decide which ones to keep.