August 18, 2009

Helen of Bollywood - Volume 3


Now available at DesiTorrents
The third volume of the series spans 27 years of Helen's illustrious career from Alibaba And Forty Thieves (below) released in 1954 to Chorni (1981). As usual, all videos were remastered to the best of my ability for optimal viewing pleasure. So, I hope you enjoy them!




Here's a brief explanation of what was done technically:

Video

Grain and compression artifacts have been greatly reduced thanks to application of the Neat Video™ filter!
Video has been sharpened, brightened and color corrected as needed with various avisynth and virtualdub filters.

Subtitles

Added and retimed where needed (Chinatown, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Caravan, Chorni).

Audio

Hiss has been reduced when needed and volume normalization has been applied to all.

Tested on PowerDVD and various DVD players.

Any comments and feedback are welcome.

Get the DVD at DesiTorrents Here















Before & After:



Before & After:


July 29, 2009

Song Of The Week

One Of Helen's earliest film appearances. She was around 15 years old! Lovely vocal by Lata Mangeshkar.
video

July 22, 2009

Song Of The Week

Here is "Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge." The beautiful sad love song sung by Mohd. Rafi from Pagla Kahin Ka (1970). The original vinyl Lp soundtrack of the the movie is here.

July 13, 2009

Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) - Rajesh Roshan

"Khoon Bhari Maang" opens with one of Rajesh Roshan's greatest compositions - the wonderfully cheerful "Hanste Hanste Kat Jaye Raaste." Beautifully sung by Sadhna Sargam and Nitin Mukesh, it appears on this record in three versions. It has such an infectious melody and beat that one never grows tired of hearing it again and again! Also on the Lp is the bouncy "Jeene Ke Bahanne Lakhon Hain" with a great vocal by Asha Bhosle. Another gem! Asha and Sadhna then team up for an excellent disco dance song called "Main Haseena Gazab Ki." Sadhna Sargam also sings the hauntingly beautiful "Main Teri Hoon Janam" which is almost a note for note copy of the theme for "Chariots of Fire." What a lovely and expressive voice she has. Nowadays, Sadhna Sargam is a top singer for the Tamil and Telugu film industries.

In conclusion, "Khoon Bhari Maang" is a lushly produced record with superb vocals and memorable songs. Highest recommendation!

Rating: *****


01 - Hanste Hanste Kat Jaye Raaste - Sadhna Sargam, Nitin Mukesh & Chorus
02 - Jeen Ke Bahane Lakhon Hain - Asha Bhosle & Chorus
03 - Hanste Hanste Kat Jaye Raaste - Sadhna Sargam, Sonali & Chorus
04 - Main Haseena Gazab Ki - Asha Bhosle, Sadhna Sargam & Chorus
05 - Main Teri Hoon Janam - Sadhna Sargam
06 - Hanste Hanste Kat Jaye Raaste (Sad) - Sadhna Sargam, Sonali & Chorus


For an in-depth and fab review of the film please visit bollywooddeewana's wonderful blog here.





July 2, 2009

Baaje Payal

Episode 12 of the series examines the dancing of Sridevi!
Produced and directed by Asha Parekh!
Enjoy!








June 30, 2009

June 10, 2009

Helen Of Bollywood - Volume Two





Now available Here at Mediafire.

Here's my latest "Helen Of Bollywood" DVD restoration! As with my previous release, the songs on volume two have been carefully remastered for optimal viewing pleasure.:) Simply put, you will not find these videos in better condition anywhere! Although I used the best source available, the original quality of most of these is marginal at best. Grain, compression artifacts, hissy audio and poorly encoded DVD transfers were far too common in most of these videos. So, after many hours of re-encoding I proudly present - Helen Of Bollywood (Volume Two). Here's a brief explanation of what was done technically:

Video

Grain and compression artifacts have been greatly reduced thanks to application of the Neat Video™ filter!
Video has been sharpened, brightened and color corrected as needed with various avisynth and virtualdub filters.

Subtitles

Added where needed (Anamika, Main Chup Rahungi, Teesri Manzil).

Audio

Hiss has been reduced when needed and volume normalization has been applied to all.

Tested on PowerDVD and various DVD players.

Any comments and feedback are welcome.

To be released sometime this weekend at Bwtorrents.com in the "Music Videos DVD" section. Registration is required.















June 8, 2009

Song Of The Week

Here is the English version of the famous Helen-Mehmood song from Gumnaam redone 5 years later by Mohd. Rafi.


The She I Love (1970) - Mohd. Rafi
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