Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seven from Texas: Menus almost all done, Covers being created

Also known as:
  • Hour of Death
  • Antes llega la muerte
  • I sette del Texas
Quick Links:

Seven from Texas (1964)

STATUS: Mid Production Phase

Only waiting for one final element to arrive. Been busy working on covers and Blu-ray menus. The Italian Audio we had was not good enough quality and a new track won't arrive from Europe in time, so Italian audio has been cut from the project. Two posters have arrived and are being processed for the covers.

MENU UPDATE: We are trying something brand new on this project... there will be two on disc methods of viewing chapters. One accessible while the film is playing and one from the main menu structure. The Advanced Chapters Menus, as we are calling them, will display the entirety of each chapter (at 24x speed)... enabling you to pinpoint exactly what scene you are looking for before selecting a chapter. Excited to see the feedback from the final product and if the Advanced Chapters Menus are a feature worth adding in future projects. This will be of interest to those who had any slow navigation no previous releases, as we have removed a LOT of the graphical requirements from the buttons and placed them into a video instead. This should make the whole experience a lot snappier and more responsive.

What have we finished?

  • Feature Film video
  • English Audio is captured, in sync, digitally restored
  • English subtitles
  • Advanced Chapters Menus
  • Pre-sale is active! LINK

Current Tasks:

  • Two covers
  • Brazilian Portuguese translation of Subtitles (81%)
  • Spanish translation of Subtitles (10%)
  • Audio track in Spanish is enroute
  • Capturing trailers of possible future releases

Tasks not yet started:

  • Italian translation of Subtitles
  • Analyze Spanish audio track to determine if we can synchronize and add into release
  • Artwork for booklets has not been started

Monday, October 2, 2017

Seven from Texas: English Subs finished, translation progressing

Also known as:
  • Hour of Death
  • Antes llega la muerte
  • I sette del Texas
Quick Links:

Seven from Texas (1964)

STATUS: Early Production Phase

Planning has finished up and we are waiting for some final elements to arrive. We have received the first draft of an article for the general printed booklet and are editing said article. We have pulled a few scenes and some frame grabs out of the print for publicity purposes. All-in-all, we are proceeding nicely!

What have we finished?

  • Feature Film video
  • English Audio is captured and in sync
  • English subtitles

Current Tasks:

  • We are digitally restoring the English Audio track
  • Front cover
  • Brazilian Portuguese translation of Subtitles (15%)
  • Spanish translation of Subtitles (10%)
  • Audio track in Spanish is enroute, as well as a poster
  • Finalizing the pre-sale information, getting ready for posting on DoradoFilms.Video

Tasks not yet started:

  • Italian translation of Subtitles
  • Find and analyze Italian audio track to determine if we can synchronize and add into release
  • Analyze Spanish audio track to determine if we can synchronize and add into release
  • Several printed artwork pieces have yet to be started

Edited 10/4/2017: We were told that we should differentiate between Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese... so we made that appropriate change.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Project: Seven from Texas (1964)

Also known as:
  • Hour of Death
  • Antes llega la muerte
  • I sette del Texas
Quick Links:

Seven from Texas (1964)

STATUS: Planning Phase

We are just getting the planning phase of this project finished. Our tentative release window will be in stores at the end of 2017 or early 2018 and we have an internal goal of shipping any pre-sale purchases (if we decide to do a pre-sale) in November (2017). We will be trying something slightly new and be posting an approximately weekly status update (might be every other week on particularly busy stretches)

What have we finished?

  • We have captured and balanced the colors of the 35mm print
  • We have done some minor digital restoration (a few trouble spots could not be fixed without losing footage, so we left untouched)

What remains to be done?

  • English Subtitles (about 20% finished)
  • Subtitle translation into Spanish
  • Subtitle translation into Italian
  • Find and analyze Italian audio track to determine if we can synchronize and add into release
  • Find and analyze Spanish audio track to determine if we can synchronize and add into release
  • Printed artwork design (cover, booklet, etc)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Blu-ray Menu Navigation Issues reported for Explosive Eurocrime vol 1



As you can tell by the above video, your experience may vary greatly with this disc based on what Blu-ray player you use.

Why is this happening on some players?

We have always wanted our menus to stand out, to be a part of the presentation of the product and not an afterthought.  As such, we put forth a great deal of time designing them to be visually interesting and appropriate for the film (or films) on the disc.  That said, this sluggish problem experienced by some Blu-ray players shows we went too far this time.
Each underline is unique and hand drawn for the buttons, no one button underline is the same.  The background elements are all scanned, real life objects.  We even went so far as to individually stylize each button's text so each letter is ever so slightly different from the others.
In short, we focused so much on the style and visual elements we neglected focus on the speed of navigation.
Sadly, all the graphics take a decent amount of processing power and a decently quick RAM bus to make a snappy experience while using the menus... and some Blu-ray players just don't have the power to display the graphics in a quick manner.

Is the disk broken?

No.  Everyone we have talked to thus far have been able to play both films and play all trailers or each individually.  All the subtitles are able to be controlled via the menu structure.  All audio is controllable via the menu structure.  Everything works, just on some players it works SLOW.

What is the plan?

Obviously moving forward we will be ditching our extravagant menu design on future Blu-ray discs for a simple, easy to load menu structure that focuses on speed.
What to do if your player is sluggish?
First, we apologize for our mis-step.  We sympathize with the frustration this would cause.  If you didn't know what was happening you might keep pressing the "Enter" button on your remote and enter a cycle of trying to display the sub-menu and then trying to hide the sub-menu.  That would be aggravating and we apologize for this confusion that it has caused.
Second, if you decide that the printed artwork, the three films, and the trailers are not worth dealing with the aggravation of a slow-to-respond menu please get in touch with us.  You can email us at production@doradofilms.com.
Third, if you want to help us to avoid problems in the future and help us provide a list of fully functional Blu-ray players, you could fill out this very short form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe5uH39u2AdG7-PAyhLk5WB2DMH3A2q_gRjZbuZY2d1gQfcg/viewform?usp=sf_link
We will use the results from the above form to find problematic Blu-ray players and try to acquire some of them for our internal testing process.  This should help future products work on a wider range of blu-ray players.