Super Fuzz Blu-Ray In English
There is finally a Blu-Ray with good quality HD video for the 1980 movie Super Fuzz starring Terrence Hill and Earnest Borgnine (aka Supertrooper or in this case "Poliziotto superpiù" in German). Unfortunately, despite the vast improvement in video quality, the movie for some reason doesn't include the original soundtrack (i.e. English), just two DUBS, one in German and the other in Italian and even though Terence Hill is Italian and probably speaks it fluently, they didn't use his voice in the Italian dub either. The Blu-Ray is available from Amazon Germany, for example as "Der Supercop".
So I got this idea of transferring the English original soundtrack from the DVD release to the Blu-Ray video dump. To make a very long story short, it didn't work because of TWO reasons, the first being that the DVD is apparently running a PAL transfer (it might have been an import; I don't recall) and so the sound is speed up 4% (I never noticed). The second problem is the video on the Blu-Ray is a non-standard 24fps (should be 23.976 for NTSC and 25fps for PAL). This meant that after following some instructions on how to fix the soundtrack (extracted to Audacity), it STILL didn't line up. After figuring it out, changing the speed of the soundtrack -4.0% instead of -4.0976% and then using KODI to alter the start point until everything lined up, which I then fed back into MKVToolnix, I now have a perfectly audio aligned 1080p HD transfer of Super Fuzz with the original English soundtrack (might be the only one on the planet right now with it). I then used Handbrake to re-encode the movie to 23.976 fps and this didn't seem to do any harm to it visually or sonically (soundtrack still lines up), but made it possible for KODI to switch to that frame rate without issue (it kept freezing up at 24fps, although it was fine if viewed at 59.xx fps). Now it frame switches to 23.98 just fine.
This gave me a 1080p English language version of Super Fuzz (of course the titling is still in German at the beginning, but that's no big deal). The picture is now incredible looking on my 92" screen (it's 1:78 so it fills it almost completely) and the sound...well it's the same 2-channel mono that was on the DVD. I did start to hear anomalies when I used my M4V "AAC" soundtrack to make it work on the first attempt (apparently going through an encoder three times started to cause these tiny little 'clicks' here and there) so I re-ripped the Dolby Digital soundtrack, converted to WAV and left it in WAV until the final Handbrake re-encode to 23.976 fps and it sounds perfectly fine now with obvious degradation.
To create your own file (which you can either play with something like KODI or burn to a BD-R):
1> Rip the German Blu-Ray with something like MakeMKV to get the move into an MKV file.
2> Rip Super Fuzz from the English DVD and use FFmpeg to extract the soundtrack (i.e. ffmpeg -i sourcefile.mkv destination file.wav
3> Import the soundtrack into Audacity (free audio program) and use "Change Speed" set to -4.0 (the field on the right, not the "multiplier" on the left" in that speed change prompt)
4> Export the result to WAV (you might want to trim some dead space at the beginning of the soundtrack first so the audio starts at 1 second in to make it easier to align it later)
5> Use MKVToolnix to add the MKV BD file and uncheck the Italian and German soundtracks (unless you want them too) and add a second source of the WAV file you made. You'll need to align it so their mouths line up with the dialog, though.
6> Combine them with MKVToolnix for a test run. Now play the file in KODI and use KODI's "sound delay" slider while you watch to move the audio forward or backward (it'll be forward if you don't clip above) until their mouths line up with the dialog. Write that number you arrived at down and (+ amount for delay and - amount for moving it forward).
7> Repeat step 5 above with a new file output but this time click on the altered WAV file first and under "delay" on the right panel put in the number from step 6. This generates a master MKV file with the completed movie. Test it to make sure with KODI again (make sure you set KODI's delay back to 0 first when you play it).
8> If not correct, adjust again slightly (or you screwed up somewhere so start over or figure it out). With a good result, either burn the MKV using appropriate software to a BD-R or you can watch the MKV file directly with KODI (full BD quality) but be aware you're still at 24fps instead of the standard 23.976.
9> To fix the frame rate, I used Handbrake to import the MKV, set a good quality output and also set to convert the WAV audio to both a stereo AAC track and a Dolby Digital track for good measure (not much bigger file to have both and assures it will play on virtually any media player. I used very high quality settings so it didn't damage the sound). This will create either an MKV file or MP4/M4V file (your choice) which you can then use in a media player or burn to a disc.
The resulting file looks awesome and it sounds the same as the DVD in English and everything lines up here.
Hopefully, they will release an English language Blu-Ray at some point (and one can hope they update the soundtrack to better quality and/or stereo or 5.1), but until then this as good as it gets.
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