Video title set size: 4307MB
1013 -- Danger: Diabolik
Relative quality rating: 1 (1 is best)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Danger: Diabolik or would never think about asking.
- There is a little visible tape degradation around bright yellows, like Gypsy's eye.
- The audio and video during the movie look a little out of sync, but this is how Paramount presents the film.
- I removed the Sci-fi channel logo from several menus.
- All the DVD's I made previously featured 3 chapter selection menus, 2 of which used scenes from the movie as backdrops. For this disk, I decided to use scenes from the host segments because I thought it would be more appropriate for the last episode. I also used 4 menus so that I could avoid covering up important parts of the background.
- To help reduce the video bit rate during the spinning radish scene, I added a mask that covers up some of the video that was clearly intended to have a solid color, and I used the average color of that area. My work is mostly visible on the top of the screen where a margin was left to fit a widescreen image.
- Chapter marks are imperfect because of technical problems. When I get a program that can properly concatenate elementary MPEG-2 video streams, this problem will go away on future disks.
These are the menus I made specifically for this episode. What is presented here has been scaled for viewing on a computer and is in JPEG format to reduce size -- these are not the images actually on the DVD and do not look as good. The buttons on the actual DVD menus are not visible in these images, but some test buttons are visible. The images are cropped by most televisions so the odd borders, especially the left, are not visible.
In the above menu, the color has been altered to minimize the obscuring of John Phillip Law's face by the smoke in front of it. In the process, the Sci-fi channel logo went away. I added in the part of the Diabolik title behind the theater seats so that it would be easily readable -- I scaled an image I found on the web and got it right the first time when it should have taken several attempts. The logo doubles as a button to bring up some information about the movie.
The white blocks are where the thumbnails for the chapters go. This is handled by the authoring software. If you look closely, you'll see that the blue pill-like (aqua) buttons are translucent. Because of the difficultly in making such buttons for the authoring software I'm using, the actual buttons on DVD are opaque. You'll also note that the buttons in these images give the wrong chapter numbers. I fixed the chapter numbers for the final buttons, but not for the translucent test buttons presented here.