The Mario brothers just turned out great.
Have you heard of … Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut? I didn’t have that until this morning, and now I’m kind of obsessed. NoAmed after the co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, it is a restored director’s cut of the 1993 film.
Here is the story. Directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel were dissatisfied with the 1993 version of the film and finalized that version before going to theaters of the version we all saw in theaters (or on VHS).
Well, the 1993 film isn’t known as a classic. People struggled with the cast, the plot, the dark and somber tone, and the humor. People had problems with everything. But apparently there was a myth surrounding this movie. There was a cut that promised a better version, something that was actually worthy of the title.
But it took film fans years to restore the vision. What You Accidentally Stumbled On!
The legend of the film spread far and wide. But one day superfans Ryan Hoss and Steven Applebaum stumbled upon something big.
As they say in their video description: “On May 15, 2019 we discovered a tape with an expanded rough cut of the cult film from 1993 1993 Super mario bros. This version is about 15 minutes longer than the official theatrical version, including new and expanded scenes that expand the backstory and strengthen the character arcs. Unfortunately, the tape had very poor image quality and required extensive restoration. For this task we turned to director / editor / artist Garrett Gilchrist. ”
If you don’t know, Gilchrist is the guy who helped get it done The thief and the cobblerso he knows a thing or two about lost gems.
Together they worked to put together a database of everything they could find about the film.
How did you do that?
Well, they used discarded footage, some VHS archives, and just searched through deleted scenes to create the over two hour version, adding 20 minutes that are no longer in the original film.
To make things look right, Gilchrist used Photoshop, World premiere, After Effects, EBSynth, the Remini Photo App, Topaz AI Gigapixel, Virtualdub, EBSynth and other tools. The process took weeks. The main focus was on brushing out dirt, removing splices, ghosting, and removing damage frame by frame with Photoshop.
Oh, and the VHS found was at 60 fps, so it had to be turned down to 24 fps, then reduced the noise and corrected the color again.
You can watch the movie on the Internet archive here!
What movie would you like to watch next in order to receive this treatment? Let us know what you think in the comments.