NASflix 2020, Part II: The Television

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I recently did the math and arrived at the calculation that, of the 4,939,109 seconds of film and television content stored on my NAS at that particular moment—not including special features, concert films, or short films—television consumes about 75% of that runtime. It should come as no surprise. Most television shows have a duration longer than that of even a Seven Samurai. We discussed the movies the other day. Today, we’re going to skim very briefly over the television content that consumes such an enormous amount of hard drive space. Compared to my glorious movies folder, the folder may not look like much in the picture above, but just one of those folders is capable of occupying one for weeks.

 

 

Breaking Bad

Beavis and Butt-Head | Better Call Saul | Breaking Bad | Chernobyl | Dragon Ball Z

 

Beavis and Butt-Head

  • 134 files
  • 960 minutes (16 hours)
  • 44.9GB
  • The first 122 files of Beavis and Butt-Head, ripped from DVD, are in standard definition and do not include any of the music videos. Only the final twelve episodes are HD Blu-ray rips.

Better Call Saul

  • 50 files
  • 2,444 minutes (~41 hours)
  • 364GB
  • The first four seasons of Better Call Saul are Blu-ray rips. The fifth season is comprised of 1080p Webrips.
  • As Better Call Saul is a spinoff series from Breaking Bad, it should always be enjoyed after completing Breaking Bad, a leading candidate for the greatest television series ever made.

Breaking Bad

  • 62 files
  • 2,955 minutes (~49 hours)
  • 480GB
  • Breaking Bad is 100% Blu-ray goodness with absolutely no compression, guaranteeing the same unadulterated quality as owning the Blu-ray discs themselves.

Chernobyl

  • 5 files
  • 322 minutes (~5 hours)
  • 19.4GB
  • All Blu-ray rips

Dragon Ball Z

  • 291 files
  • 7,047 minutes (~117 hours)
  • 935GB
  • All Blu-ray rips with zero compression
  • English-language audio track only with the Funimation soundtrack

 

 

Expanse, The

The Expanse | FLCL | Futurama | Game of Thrones | The IT Crowd

 

The Expanse

  • 45 files
  • 2,029 minutes (~34 hours)
  • 311GB
  • The first three seasons are all Blu-ray rips. The fourth season, which has not been released on physical media, is comprised of 1080p Webrips.

FLCL

  • 6 files
  • 151 minutes (~3 hours)
  • 5.26GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Both Japanese and English audio tracks included but defaults to the English-language dub

Futurama

  • 52 files
  • 1,126 minutes (~19 hours)
  • 202GB
  • All uncompressed Blu-ray rips (equivalent to owning the physical discs)
  • Only includes seasons six and seven

Game of Thrones

  • 73 files
  • 4,190 minutes (~70 hours)
  • 768GB
  • Seasons 1-7 are all uncompressed Blu-ray rips (equivalent to owning the physical discs). I refused to purchase season eight and still regret having purchased season seven, but I do have someone else’s rips from the UHD release downloaded via BitTorrent.

The IT Crowd

  • 25 files
  • 616 minutes (~10 hours)
  • 21.5GB
  • All uncompressed DVD rips

 

 

Lost

The Jetsons | Looney Tunes | Lost | Made in Abyss | Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

 

The Jetsons

  • 24 files
  • 621 minutes (~10 hours)
  • 107GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Original series only

Looney Tunes

  • 156 files
  • 1,145 minutes (~19 hours)
  • 134.6GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Thirty-eight of these files are still awaiting encoding, so the total size is bound to change, but file count and runtime should remain constant.

Lost

  • 117 files
  • 5,253 minutes (~88 hours)
  • 885GB
  • All uncompressed Blu-ray rips (equivalent to owning the physical discs)

Made in Abyss

  • 13 files
  • 345 minutes (~6 hours)
  • 55.2GB
  • All uncompressed Blu-ray rips (equivalent to owning the physical discs)

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

  • 53 files
  • 1,273 minutes (~21 hours)
  • 91.1GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Does not include Operation Meteor
  • Includes Endless Waltz OVA
  • Includes Frozen Teardrop
  • I just finished redoing this entire series with improved encoding settings for higher quality in order to do my favorite anime series justice.

 

 

Returned, The

Planet Earth | The Returned | Rick and Morty | Scooby-Doo | Seinfeld

 

Planet Earth

  • 19 files
  • 972 minutes (~16 hours)
  • 189GB
  • The first thirteen episodes are my personal Blu-ray rips. The final six episodes are UHD rips downloaded via BitTorrent.

The Returned

  • 16 files
  • 901 minutes (~15 hours)
  • 100GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • French with English subtitles

Rick and Morty

  • 36 files
  • 806 minutes (13 hours)
  • 82.1GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • I stopped caring about Rick and Morty when the series went to shit beginning at season four, so I do not expect to continue adding more Rick and Morty in the future.

Scooby-Doo

  • 41 files
  • 919 minutes (~15 hours)
  • 35.7GB
  • All Blu-ray rips

Seinfeld

  • 171 files
  • 4,140 minutes (69 hours)
  • 136GB
  • All uncompressed DVD rips

 

 

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley | South Park | Stranger Things | Tenchi Muyo! | Tom and Jerry

 

Silicon Valley

  • 53 files
  • 1,578 minutes (~26 hours)
  • 224GB
  • Seasons 1-4 are all Blu-ray rips, but, due to a lack of physical media releases, seasons five and six are 1080p Webrips.

South Park

  • 307 files
  • 6,867 minutes (114 hours)
  • 898GB
  • The first 277 files (seasons 1-20) are all uncompressed Blu-ray rips. The remaining thirty files (seasons 21-23) are all 1080p BitTorrent downloads.

Stranger Things

  • 25 files
  • 1,298 minutes (~22 hours)
  • 86.2GB
  • The first seventeen files (seasons one and two) are all Blu-ray rips. The remaining eight files (season three) are 1080p Webrips.

Tenchi Muyo!

  • 13 files
  • 407 minutes (~7 hours)
  • 35.3GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Both Japanese and English audio tracks included but defaults to the English-language dub

Tom and Jerry

  • 37 files
  • 288 minutes (~5 hours)
  • 36.7GB
  • All Blu-ray rips

 

 

X-Files, The

Wild China | The X-Files | Yu Yu Hakusho | Kurosawa: A Documentary on the Acclaimed Director | Hitler: The Rise of Evil

 

Wild China

  • 6 files
  • 354 minutes (~6 hours)
  • 58.5GB
  • All Blu-ray rips

The X-Files

  • 217 files
  • 9,758 minutes (163 hours)
  • 1.9TB
  • All uncompressed Blu-ray rips

Yu Yu Hakusho

  • 112 files
  • 2,654 minutes (~44 hours)
  • 129GB
  • All Blu-ray rips
  • Included both Japanese and English audio tracks but defaults to the English-language dub
  • I plan on redoing the whole series with improved encoding settings for higher quality in the same manner I recently redid Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

Kurosawa: A Documentary on the Acclaimed Director

  • 1 file
  • 116 minutes (~2 hours)
  • 1.56GB
  • DVD rip
  • Television documentary on the greatest filmmaker of them all

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

  • 1 file
  • 178 minutes (~3 hours)
  • 19.9GB
  • 1080p rip downloaded via BitTorrent (origins unknown)
  • Television miniseries

 

 

There are also a couple of standup one-offs with Bill Maher and Jimmy O. Yang tossed in there for good measure. Right now, I’m focused primarily on revisiting my collection and ripping all those special features I skipped over in the past. They can make for some great entertainment over a meal at my desk and the Criterions in particular have incredible bonus content. This all gets stored in a folder of its own so as not to clutter up the main movie or television folders. The result is a wealth of fascinating documentaries about filmmaking for those who care to delve a little deeper into the rabbit hole.

This morning was a lesson about judging a book by its cover. Just because it has a mushroom cloud on the cover doesn’t mean it’s going to be good.

 

It all began on day one at my new job. I remember being so perplexed that someone would make so little effort at delivering a good first impression on their first day. He was a young, fat guy with a bushy beard who looked like he had never washed his hair in his life. I didn’t like him from the start and the idiotic remarks that flowed from his mouth like a babbling brook weren’t doing him any favors either. Of all the people in my new hire class, he was the one I liked the least. We’ll call him Eric for the purposes of this post.

 

Two of them barely made it out of training before they left the company. Of the group though, I was pleased to see the guy I liked the most wound up working a schedule that lined up quite well with my own; that said, I’m not a very social person. It was he who reached out to me when he came in for his shift every evening and we shot the breeze all night long as I chewed through tickets. Before we transitioned to work from home, I just remember thinking what a pleasant person he is. He’s maybe in his late thirties or early forties, always has a smile on his face and, despite my obvious social impairments, he regularly engaged me in conversation. For the purposes of this post, we’ll call him David. When we started chatting on a nightly basis, however, some red flags began to pop up. He seemed all too eager to speak ill of our coworkers. Many of his criticisms were on the money, but it still rubbed me the wrong way that he was talking so much shit about them behind their backs when we had only been working with them a short time. At one point, he even called out Eric in a meeting for the way he thought Eric was mishandling tickets. I couldn’t believe how unprofessional David sounded. Whether his criticisms were accurate or not, the way he called someone out in a meeting made my skin crawl.

 

Over the months, I have come to like David less and less. I had more or less lost all respect for him but continued to converse with him because he was useful to me. He had come from another part of the company, he knew things, he knew people, and having allies in any new workplace is an advantage I don’t take lightly. At the same time, I often wondered what kinds of venomous things he uttered behind my back. His true colors were always just beneath the surface.

 

I had a call last night with a representative from another service provider. I speak with this particular representative on a regular basis. I spent enough time studying Vietnamese to know how to read the tones in someone’s voice. This guy clearly does not like me and I have no clue why. I always make an effort to be as courteous as possible to representatives from other providers. On this particular night, he was extra nasty. I remarked to my coworker how senselessly hostile and condescending this guy had been with me when all I wanted to know was if a site was in an outage or not. Then David said something that caught me by surprise. “Well, have you heard the way you talk?” he asked. There it was: his true self oozing through the façade.

 

Apparently, from David’s perspective, my speaking with a soft voice is reason enough for someone to respond to me with unprovoked hostility. I, for one, have never felt the urge to treat someone disrespectfully because they speak softly. That doesn’t compute.

 

I let it drop and went about the rest of my night. A couple hours before my shift wrapped up, I got a call from a client seeking an update on a ticket. The ticket was in David’s queue. I updated the customer based on David’s sparse notes. The essence of his notes were that he was able to ping the client’s gateway so the problem with the customer’s connectivity must be with their own equipment. He mentioned having spoken with the client’s provider, but there was no mention of a reboot of the client’s modem, which is just standard procedure when dealing with this client. I let the client know we’d follow up by getting that modem rebooted, but, if that didn’t resolve their issues, they were going to need to do some of their own troubleshooting on site.

 

After the call, I followed up with David and let him know the client had requested a reboot of the modem. This is just part of the job. When you get a call about another agent’s ticket, you reach out to that agent and provide an update. I do it nearly every day, the agent thanks me, and I move on to my next task. Not so with David. He became defensive. He told me the IVR reboots the modem when he calls the provider. I responded that this is not always the case and it varies from account to account; furthermore, I told him that the IVR will state that the modem is being rebooted when it does so. I was simply stating facts. He interpreted these elementary facts as me taking the client’s side as if it’s somehow us versus the customer. Even if the IVR had rebooted the modem, there was no mention of it in the ticket notes, which doesn’t do anyone much good.

 

“I cannot tell the customer it’s their equipment if we haven’t even rebooted the modem,” I explained, sensing this was not going to help. And it didn’t.

 

“Sigh. Now I see why that Chris guy was attacking you,” he wrote referencing the representative from the other provider who had treated me with such hostility earlier in the night. “I called and it’s rebooted again. Like I said. And I noted it this time.”

 

By this point, I was so taken aback that I just stared dumbfounded at my screen. “You just made me lose faith in you,” he continued, “as you wouldn’t back me up.”

 

Ultimately, I elected not to respond and that concluded our dialogue for the remainder of my shift and, presumably, for the remainder of our time working together. I had a queue full of tickets and neither the time nor the patience for such petty, juvenile bullshit. Even if I had only had one ticket in my queue, I wouldn’t have the time or patience for such petty bullshit.

 

I look back at the way I rushed to judgment the very first day when it came to Eric. He’s still dumb and dirty and he sucks on his douche flute during meetings, but there is something to be said for a sense of decency and for his dependable courtesy. While David may be moderately more competent, I’ll take the courteous, if slightly incompetent, person over the one who makes a habit of attacking coworkers behind their backs and to their faces. I should have paid more heed to the red flags David was raising all this time. Then I wouldn’t have this two-faced sack of shit on my mind right now.

NASflix 2020, Part I: The Movies

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I recently did the math and arrived at the calculation that, of the 4,939,109 seconds of film and television content stored on my NAS at that particular moment—not including special features, concert films, or short films—movies consume about 25% of that runtime. It should come as no surprise. Most television shows have a duration longer than that of even a Seven Samurai. Whether it’s movies or television—but movies in particular—I have expended an immense amount of effort over a period of years collecting the best copies available of these films and, in most cases, ripping and encoding them myself using a combination of MakeMKV, HandBrake, and MKVToolNix. The only reason for running any of them through HandBrake at all was to crop out the black bars. Those that had none were left unscathed by this process, but those that needed it were handled with the utmost delicacy in a meticulous encoding process spanning oftentimes in excess of ten hours for a single film, with Kagemusha and Aliens (special edition) being two of the very longest encodes.

 

Those that could not be acquired on physical media or where an HD Webrip was actually the superior option over a DVD rip were vacuumed up via BitTorrent (specifically, I use qBitTorrent as my client of choice with Mullvad as my VPN of choice). Most, however, originate from Blu-ray releases from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, and South Korea, some of them quite rare or long out of print and some costing me a small fortune; yet, if anything has proven me right that physical media is the way and the light, it has been recent weeks. Owning and carefully preserving these films is the only way to ensure that no one will be able to take them from us or alter them in some way in the future.

 

Below, I present the collection I have thus far assembled. We’ll discuss television another day. These are just the movies. Each one I personally ripped from my own physical media collection contains a link to the specific Blu-ray or DVD from which it has been sourced. Below that, you will find notes describing anything of import about my particular copy of that film, be it about the specific cut or the various audio tracks.

 

Alien

Rashomon (1950) | Ikiru (1952) | Seven Samurai (1954) | Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) | Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) | Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) | Throne of Blood (1957) | The Hidden Fortress (1958) | Yojimbo (1961) | Sanjuro (1962) | Harakiri (1962) | Red Beard (1965) | Closely Observed Trains (1966) | 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) | Dersu Uzala (1975) | One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) | The Man Who Would Be King (1975) | Alien (1979) | Kagemusha (1980)

 

Notes:

  • While I own a copy of Red Beard, I was able to get my hands on a 720p rip via BitTorrent that is a bit sharper than my Criterion DVD. I was unable to acquire a 1080p rip.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien are both ripped from the FHD/1080p Blu-ray discs included in their respective UHD releases, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • Dersu Uzala is ripped from the terrible Kino DVD release, so the video and audio quality are both quite bad, but it’s still the only way to see this Kurosawa classic.
  • The Alien rip contains the theatrical cut of the film rather than the inferior director’s cut because Ridley Scott is just one of those guys who cannot help but try to ruin his own movies.

 

 

Shining, The

The Shining (1980) | Gandhi (1982) | A Christmas Story (1983) | Ghostbusters (1984) | The Terminator (1984) | Ran (1985) | The Goonies (1985) | Back to the Future (1985) | My Science Project (1985) | Aliens (1986) | Castle in the Sky (1986) | Predator (1987) | The Running Man (1987) | Beetlejuice (1988) | Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) | The ‘Burbs (1989) | Ghostbusters II (1989) | Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989) | Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) | Little Monsters (1989)

 

Notes:

  • Like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien, The Shining, GhostbustersPredator, and Ghostbusters II have all been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray discs included in their respective 4K releases, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD content.
  • The FHD copy of The Shining is still the newly remastered version of the film.
  • The Aliens rip contains the special edition of the film.
  • The Castle in the Sky rip contains both Japanese and English audio tracks, but I have it defaulting to the English-language dub for this particular film.
  • The Running Man rip contains the full DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio track that can only be found on the OOP Lionsgate release.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone contains only the English-language audio track. These are all judgment calls I made based on the quality of the voice acting for any animated films of foreign origin. All Dragon Ball Z anything contains only the English-language audio and accompanying Funimation soundtrack.
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service contains only the Japanese audio track.
  • Little Monsters, which has not been released in HD physical media and whose DVD release only contains the full screen edition of the film, was sourced from a BitTorrent that, in turn, was sourced from a 1080p Webrip.

 

 

1991 Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

Back to the Future Part II (1989) | Madhouse (1990) | Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (1990) | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) | Dreams (1990) | Total Recall (1990) | Back to the Future Part III | Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1990) | Home Alone (1990) | Europa Europa (1990) | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) | Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) | Raise the Red Lantern (1991) | Hard Boiled (1992) | Encino Man (1992) | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time (1993) | Of Mice and Men (1992) | The Sandlot (1993) | Son in Law (1993)

 

Notes:

  • Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest contains only the English-language audio track.
  • Unlike Dead Zone and The World’s Strongest, The Tree of Might is sourced from a BitTorrent download.
  • Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s DeadEncino Man, and Son in Law were all sourced from 1080p BitTorrent Webrips due to a lack of HD physical media releases, though I do own the DVDs for Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Son in Law.
  • I also own the DVD for Raise the Red Lantern, but I was able to get my hands on a BitTorrent rip sourced from the 2011 French Blu-ray release.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day contains the special edition of the film.
  • The awful film that is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time is only around for the sake of completeness since it came in the same package as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

 

 

Shawshank Redemption, The

The Fugitive (1993) | Schindler’s List (1993) | To Live (1994) | Airheads (1994) | Camp Nowhere (1994) | The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | Interview with the Vampire (1994) | Dumb and Dumber (1994) | Fist of Legend (1994) | Billy Madison (1995) | Heavyweights (1995) | Major Payne (1995) | Jury Duty (1995) | The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) | Senior Trip (1995) | Se7en (1995) | Toy Story (1995) | Jumanji (1995) | Happy Gilmore (1996) | Primal Fear (1996)

 

Notes:

  • Schindler’s List and Jumanji have been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray discs included in their respective UHD releases, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • While I own To Live on DVD, I was able to get a 1080p BitTorrent rip sourced from the Japanese Blu-ray release.
  • Due to a lack of availability of the Airheads and Fist of Legend Blu-ray releases, I have downloaded BitTorrent rips from those same Blu-rays.
  • Dumb and Dumber, sadly, contains the unrated cut, which adds some scenes that don’t do the film any favors, but it’s the only way to get the film in HD.
  • I own Senior Trip on DVD, but I have sourced my copy here from a 1080p BitTorrent Webrip.

 

 

1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt

Tenchi in Love! (1996) | The Cable Guy (1996) | Kingpin (1996) | The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) | Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) | Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) | Princess Mononoke (1997) | Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness (1997) | MouseHunt (1997) | The Quiet Family (1998) | Almost Heroes (1998) | The Truman Show (1998) | The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) | There’s Something About Mary (1998) | Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1998) | Dead Man on Campus (1998) | Shiri (1999) | Tenchi Forever! (1999) |The Iron Giant (1999) | Fight Club (1999)

 

Notes:

  • Tenchi in Love!, Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness, and Tenchi Forever! all contain both the Japanese and English audio tracks, though I have all Tenchi content defaulting to the English-language dub.
  • My rip of Kingpin contains the R-rated version of the film, though I don’t think I’ve compared the two versions of Kingpin under a microscope.
  • I own Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, MouseHunt, and Almost Heroes on DVD, but I wanted them in HD, so I’ve sourced all of these from 1080p Webrips. Only Beavis and Butt-Head Do America doesn’t look like much of an improvement over its standard definition version (an upscale, no doubt).
  • My rip of Princess Mononoke includes only the Japanese audio track.
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future contains the special edition of the film.
  • There’s Something About Mary contains the extended cut of the film.
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz contains both the Japanese and English audio tracks, though this one defaults to the English-language dub.
  • Dead Man on Campus and Shiri are both DVD rips, so the quality isn’t anything to write home about.
  • The Iron Giant contains the signature edition of the film.

 

 

Green Mile, The

Toy Story 2 (1999) | The Green Mile (1999) | Happy End (1999) | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) | Joint Security Area (2000) | Failan (2001) | Spirited Away (2001) | My Sassy Girl (2001) | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) | The Pianist (2002) | The Twilight Samurai (2002) | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) | Good Bye Lenin! (2003) | The Triplets of Belleville (2003) | Finding Nemo (2003) | Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) | Oldboy (2003) | The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) | The Machinist (2004) | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

 

Notes:

  • Toy Story 2 contains the original ending credits rather than the altered #MeToo-friendly ending credits in more recent releases of the film.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Finding Nemo; and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban have all been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray discs included in their respective UHD releases, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • The subtitles included with Failan and My Sassy Girl are quite bad. I was unable to do anything to improve the subtitle situation of Failan, but I was able to swap out the included subtitles of My Sassy Girl for a much better subtitle file than stock.
  • Spirited Away contains both the Japanese and English audio tracks, though this one defaults to the English-language dub.
  • All Harry Potter rips contain the original theatrical cuts since I find the extra scenes in the extended cuts to be pretty pointless.
  • Due to a lack of HD releases in the United States, The Pianist is sourced from a BitTorrent rip from one of the international Blu-ray releases.
  • I own Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring on DVD, but my copy of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring here is from a BitTorrent rip sourced from the Korean Blu-ray release.

 

 

Prestige, The2

3-Iron (2004) | The Hidden Blade (2004) | A Bittersweet Life (2005) | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) | King Kong (2005) | Fearless (2006) | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) | The Prestige (2006) | Love and Honor (2006) | 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) | I Served the King of England (2006) | Ratatouille (2007) | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) | Futurama: Bender’s Big Score (2007) | The Warlords (2007) | The Chaser (2008) | The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) | WALL·E (2008) | Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008) | Red Cliff (2008)

 

Notes:

  • I own 3-Iron on DVD, but I was able to acquire a sharper-looking 1080p Webrip.
  • A Bittersweet Life contains the director’s cut. I actually prefer the regular theatrical cut, but the director’s cut is just what I have.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, The Prestige, Ratatouille, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and WALL·E have all been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray discs included in their respective UHD releases, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • King Kong contains the extended cut of the film.
  • Fearless contains the director’s cut of the film.
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer contains the only UHD rip in my collection at present, which is why I have not bothered to rip my own copy from the same 2016 German release.
  • I own Love and Honor on DVD, but I was able to find a 720p BitTorrent rip of unknown origins that looks a bit sharper than my DVD copy. I was unable to acquire a 1080p rip.
  • I also own I Served the King of England on DVD, but this rip comes from a 720p BitTorrent rip of the 2008 Czech Blu-ray release. I was unable to acquire a 1080p rip.
  • Futurama: Bender’s Big Score and Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs are both sourced from 1080p Webrips due to a lack of HD physical releases.
  • The Warlords contains the original, un-bastardized release of the film from the 2008 MegaStar Blu-ray rather than the butchered version released to the rest of the world.

 

 

Castaway on the Moon

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) | Slumdog Millionaire (2008) | The Wrestler (2008) | Rough Cut (2008) | Breathless (2008) | Futurama: Bender’s Game (2008) | Red Cliff II (2009) | Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009) | Thirst (2009) | Castaway on the Moon (2009) | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) | District 9 (2009) | Toy Story 3 (2010) | Arrietty (2010) | Aftershock (2010) | I Saw the Devil (2010) | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) | The Yellow Sea (2010) | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) | The Front Line (2011)

 

Notes:

  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe contains the director’s cut and it’s only part of the collection for the sake of completeness.
  • Unlike Futurama: Bender’s Big Score and Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, Futurama: Bender’s Game and Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder are proper Blu-ray rips.
  • Thirst contains the rare director’s cut of the film.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 have all been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray discs included in their UHD release, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • Arrietty contains only the Japanese audio track.
  • I Saw the Devil contains the international cut, which I prefer to the Korean cut.
  • The Yellow Sea contains the international cut due to the lack of availability of the longer Korean cut.

 

 

Tale of Princess Kaguya, The

Masquerade (2012) | New World (2013) | Hope (2013) | The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) | Miss Granny (2014) | Coming Home (2014) | Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014) | Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015) | April and the Extraordinary World (2015) | Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) | The Red Turtle (2016) | Luck-Key (2016) | Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2016) | Little Forest (2018) | Parasite (2019) | El Camino (2019)

 

Notes:

  • Hope is sourced from a BitTorrent rip of unknown origins.
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya contains only the Japanese audio track because anyone who watches the dub of this film needs to be shot in the face.
  • Little Forest: Summer/Autumn and Little Forest: Winter/Spring are both BitTorrent downloads sourced from their respective Japanese Blu-ray releases with fansubs added since Japanese Blu-rays rarely feature English subtitles.
  • April and the Extraordinary World contains only the French audio track.
  • Mifune: The Last Samurai is sourced from the DVD, so quality is nothing to write home about.
  • Parasite has been ripped from the FHD Blu-ray disc included in the UHD release, as I do not currently have the equipment to rip UHD/4K content.
  • El Camino is a 1080p Webrip due to a lack of physical media releases.

 

 

I am still looking to get my hands on high quality copies of Chushingura (1962), Painted Fire (2002), Dumplings (2004), and See You After School (2006), three of which I own on DVD but which ripped in a way that did not meet my quality standards. I heard a rumor that Painted Fire was headed to Blu-ray for a Korean release, but it never came to pass.

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