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[VIP] Disc Preservation Project - The Real Ghostbusters Episode Master #1

 By Paul Rudoff on Nov. 7, 2021 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters, Preservation, VIP Exclusives , Tags:
Spook Central - Disc Preservation Project

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For many years, Spook Central has spearheaded the Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project, an effort among fans to preserve out-of-print Ghostbusters books so that pieces of the franchise's history are available to all, and are not lost to time, or held hostage by price-gouging aftermarket sellers. Thanks to the gracious amount of webspace provided by Raffaele, Spook Central is able to do the same with selected fan-made and promotional digital disc content. I have a few discs that are suitable for the Disc Preservation Project, though if the primary content from them ends up on an official, commercially-available, easy-to-obtain Blu-ray/DVD/whatever, then I won't include it in the project (or will remove it if it's already been included). This is about preservation, not piracy.

Originally, the plan was to make .ISO images files available, which could be downloaded and burned onto DVD-R discs, which would give you an exact copy of the original DVD. However, even with the gracious amount of webspace provided to Spook Central, I find that that may not be completely feasible in the long-term. Most of the disc images are 4GB each, and that adds up pretty quickly. Also, some people may not be able to to download files that large. There's also the concern that there may not be many dinosaurs like me left, who would prefer a "physical disc"-suitable file. With all of that in mind, I felt that the best thing for the project is to proceed with DVD-ripped .MKV video files of selected content from each disc. These files would have the same quality as the video on the disc (I won't recompress them), but they could be immediately played without the need to burn a disc or mount an image file. Anyone who does want the .ISO image files for all of the discs in the project, can buy the limited-edition physical flash drive release, which is a copy of my master flash drive for the small amount of people who may want those files.


The past two inductions in the Disc Preservation Project have been related to The Real Ghostbusters, and I'm going to close out the project and the year with two more.

When Time-Life's The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Collection DVD set was being produced in 2008, production assistant James Eatock was given a set of 51 DVD-Rs containing uncut copies of the episode masters, so that he would have something to use while working on the set. The uncut masters on these discs include the video production cards, any blackness or commercials that were present in the break spots, and LOTS of blackness in between episodes. Although I worked as a design consultant on the set, I was not given a set of discs as part of my job. However, James sold me his set of discs back in 2009, which is the source for today's Disc Presentation Project induction.

Due to the nature of the discs and the masters - namely the episodes shown back-to-back in one long video, chapter marks placed every X minutes instead of between episodes, and the insane amounts of blackness used throughout - it is not feasible to simply rip each individual episode from each disc. Each disc has to be ripped as one long video, and then edited to separate episodes and remove blackness. Since I have to do all of that work, and because I don't want to get in trouble with Sony for providing a lot of full episodes, I will only preserve a total of THREE masters. There will be one this month, another one next month, and the master for "Adventures in Slime & Space" (#20) that can be downloaded by everyone in the 2019 Halloween Treat. This month is the master for "Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?" (#25), which contains commercials for Fruity Pebbles, Alpha-Bits, Terminator 2 Contest, and Honey-Comb commercials. The file is in MPEG4 .mp4 video format at 720x540 with a filesize of 305 MB.

Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional? Episode Master

Disclaimer: No copyright infringement is intended with the content on this page. The presentation of disc content is done solely to preserve materials that are no longer being published, or in the case of fan-made discs, may have never been made available for public purchase in the first place. These materials will be lost and gone forever if the fans don't properly preserve them. Please note that the money paid to me as a Spook Central supporter is for my hard work in bringing this material to you since August 1996. You are not paying for the content itself. The money I receive is used to fund Spook Central and to pay for my living expenses.

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