I've realized that the necessary pieces exist and we have the potential to re-edit at least part of the Sonic X anime to a mostly uncut format. Obviously there is the video from the Japanese version, that's easy. Next there is 5.1 audio from Japanese DVDs, which conveniently have voices mostly separated from the music and sound effects. Then there's the voices from the 4kids dub. They are not separated from the music and sfx, but they can be synced up to the Japanese video and music. However 4kids was really aggressive with their edits for time, shaving seconds and frames whenever possible, so a lot of work is needed to make it sync. Someone actually did this with a full episode: The American music bleeding through is very noticeable, we can do better. There are two methods for getting an isolated English vocal track, and they require lossless DVD audio for best results. *** Method One *** First, we need the Dutch dub, which is based on the 4kids version and also has a 5.1 DVD release. We can extract the 4kids music and sfx from that. Then, we use a process called phase cancellation, which allows you to combine two similar audio files, and remove the parts that are identical. If we combine the American audio and the Dutch audio (with voices removed), the result will be isolated American voices. It won't be perfect, since there are some differences in mixing between the two dubs, and voice effects such as echo tend to be on the same track as the music, but will still be a massive improvement. From there the process is straightforward. Unfortunately only part of the first season was released on these Dutch DVDs. *** Method 2 *** The second process is more complicated, has generally worse results, but we can use it for the entire series. It may actually work better for the parts where vocal effects mess up the phase cancellation. Phase cancel the English dub with any other language 4kids version. The Spanish dub has the most DVDs so we'll go with that. The result will be a mix of English and Spanish voices, no music or sfx. Next, simply mix the vanilla English and Spanish audio into one audio file. Then phase cancel these combined tracks, and the result should be just music and sfx Next, use a program called Utagoe, which is similar to phase cancellation, to "subtract" the voice-only-combined-track from the vanilla-combined-track. This will give us the sfx/music Then phase cancel that with the vanilla English audio and you should have isolated English voices. (you may be able to use phase cancelling and Utagoe interchangeably for some of these steps, it's kind of a trial and error process) -------------- Obviously this wouldn't do a thing to fix dialog changes or scenes that were cut entirely. It can be worked around though. Some scenes could work fine with no dialog such as Maria being shot, and the dialog could be recontextualized so that it's obvious "Maria was taken away" means she was killed. In other instances it may be worthwhile to remove scenes/lines of dialog in the interest of decensorship. Also, some of 4kids' edits may be worth keeping, such as the translation of Japanese text, or removal of English text in cases like this: (Or maybe splicing these shots in is more trouble than it's worth, since the original certainly has more comedic value) Now, is Sonic X a good enough show to put this effort into? Probably not, but there might be a big enough Sonic X fan out there that would do this. I'm willing to test it for at least one episode, if someone could provide lossless DVD rips of English, Japanese, and Dutch versions.