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The Ghostly Face

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July 9th, 2017, 3:42 pm #1

A few years ago I saw the indonesian version of The Ghost Face and I loved the movie, even I couldnt understand a word that was spoken since the movie was in Bahasa.
Some other people told me the movie was also released on other video labels and that there is even an english friendly version of the movie available.

Now I finally found the time to start too see if it is interesting enough to make a fan project of the movie.

untill now I have these versions on dvdr:
- German vhs
- Indonesian vhs
- UK vhs
- HongKong vhs
- French vhs

and I am expecting this dvdr:
- Danish vhs

versions that are still missing and I can't seem too find;
- Belgium vidoe release
- German 8mm
- South African 35mm

I can Imagen that the belgium and the french video release are the same.
the german 8mm is probably the same if not shorter as the german video release
the south african 35mm is a big mystery for me.

it looks like I will have to make the fanproject without the 3 versions that are missing for the compare, not very happy about this.

untill now the german vhs has the best image quality 2.35:1, but is slightly cropped on the upper part.
each version that I have watched till now has a different ratio, and is cropped different.

the german vhs runs 71:45min pal, untill now the most interesting to use as a master print, since it also has no sun titles.
on the other versions I found around 12min that is not on the german vhs .... that should be enough to say, lets make a fan project ....... but I still havent checked out the danish vhs.
if the danish vhs (this is in english / with subs and in widescreen) has all the missing scene's that are not on the german print ..... I wont bother to make a fan project ...... than the danish vhs is just the best and most complete version .... with subtitles.

than we just have to wait for a remasterd dvd that used the orriginal uncut 35mm film

I hope I can make a fan project of this movie,


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July 9th, 2017, 6:19 pm #2

I just had contact with naushad, a year ago he had the 35mm of the movie for sale .... he sayd he sold the movie to a german collector ......


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July 11th, 2017, 3:01 pm #3

Someone made a custom project of this which runs 83 minutes.
If you think you have more material and a better master print (widescreen) then I'd say go for it.
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April 20th, 2018, 9:17 am #4

The Ghostly Face / Panji Tengkorak
Indonesia / Taiwan 1971


Finally I found all defferent video releases of the movie and I could compare them with each other. took me a few years too find them all.
sadly all versions are cropped and not fully widescreen

the best is the french version, but it is very strong cut. I need to take scene's from the german and the hongkong vhs.

the copy of the uk release I have is very bad ... dark colors, bad picture qualety. the danish version is worst cropped of them all ... same as the indonesian release, but the danish also has subtitles through the screen.
the danish release is the ocean shores version ... but the hongkong and the uk ocean shores versions look much better / more image in the screen.

image qualety compare



ratio compare



a short time ago I was in Bali on holiday, and I managed too find a few locations were scene's from the ghostly face were filmed



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April 20th, 2018, 9:52 pm #5

Very nice work! Not an easy film to find a good copy of. Just a matter of personal preference but I think the HK version looks the best.
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April 23rd, 2018, 12:55 pm #6

the hongkong version has burned subs and the image is cropped. the france version has the "most" complete image + no subtitles


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