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Star Wars Episode 4-6 Despecialized Editions by Harmy

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From what I know, Harmy's working officially on 4K restorations of the Unaltered Trilogy for future release.
 

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Neosmith said:
From what I know, Harmy's working officially on 4K restorations of the Unaltered Trilogy for future release.

Where did you get that idea?
 

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Looks like I conflated two different pieces of news. Apologies for that.

On the one hand, Harmy has joined Nanotech 4K.

On the other, Reliance Media has been working on a 4K of the unaltered trilogy for a future release:
 

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An exciting announcement today from the Despecialized page on Facebook:

"HARMY’S RETURN OF THE JEDI - DESPECIALIZED EDITION HD V2.5 IS NOW OUT!!!
Where to find it:
https://www.facebook.com/despecialized/

It is currently available as a DVD9 AVCHD and 20GB MKV. Here are the full NFOs for both versions:
AVCHD: http://pastebin.com/dPr1LvyW
MKV: http://pastebin.com/ksU6R47x


This is a fan preservation. Fanedits and preservations must not be bought or sold. Please report every fanedit or preservation you find for sale to webmasters of originaltrilogy.com. Fanedits and preservations are an artform and to be shared among legal owners of the officially available releases only. Do not support piracy.


This is a reconstruction of the 1983 theatrical version of Return of the Jedi. The original shots were painstakingly restored using various sources and the film received an extensive shot by shot colour correction based on a fade free 1983 LPP Print. ROTJ v2.5 is pretty much completely despecialized, apart from a couple of wipes, which were recomposited optically in 1997 and look nearly identical to the originals, so for all intents and purposes this is the original version.


The remastered version (v2.5) represents a significant improvement in picture quality over the earlier 1.0 version due to the use of better encoding and higher quality sources and replacing many of the despecialized shots with higher quality ones."

This is the image used to accompany it, which is the best:

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ROTJ easily suffered the most from the 2004/11 Special Editons with whole scenes missing and the worst of all changes. Finally we get to see it back to it's former glory! :)

All hail Harmy!
 

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The Despecialized trilogy as a whole was elevated by an order of magnitude today. ROTJ has never looked this good on video.
 

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Great news that version 2.7 of the despecialized edition of Star Wars was released for May 4th.

The color improvements over the 2.5 version look astoundingly good!

I'll get to work on an updated bluray for this one asap :)

This reminds me to get to work on Empire and Jedi too...
 

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^ Man that looks great.

I did wonder about the colouring of some of those shots (Especially shot 5) when I watched version 2.5 but I put it down to Harmy faithfully recreating mistimed colours from the original film. Glad to see he's always improving this thing. Thanks so much Harmy!
 

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Yes, the colors did look over-saturated in v2.5, but I just assumed that was the look in the original Star Wars. Apparently Harmy was using a 'raw' print, which had not been color graded properly, as his reference point, hence the mixed up colors, which have been largely fixed in this new version.

As for the new version 2.7, I have created an updated custom bluray disk for anyone interested. Here are the features included.

- Motion Menu (featuring the original star wars trailer)

- 8 Audio options*, including:
1. 5.1 Surround
2. 2.0 Stereo
3. 1.0 Mono (@tm2yc, this one is for you)
4. Bluray Commentary (2011)
5. The Canon Podcast Commentary - Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson (2016)
6. Red Letter Media - Mr Plinkett Commentary (2012)
7. Rifftrax Comedy Commentary (2011)
8. Steele Wars Podcast - Live Comedy Commentary (2015)

- Special Features, including:
1. Documentary on the sources used for the Despecialised Edition by Harmy (11 mins)
2. All Changes made to Star Wars since 1977 comparison video (25 mins)
3. Star Wars Deleted Scenes (16 mins)
4. 1977 Making of Star Wars Doco (49 mins)

Please PM me if you are interested in this Bluray version of Star Wars Despecialized. 

*All the commentaries have been recut to fit the theatrical edition, as they were originally recorded for the special edition. All of these commentaries are for sale, and I have purchased each of them. If you download a copy of this Bluray, please purchase the commentaries. They are fantastic, and only cost a few dollars each.
 

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The color correction done was mainly to get rid of a lot of the overly green hues which were the result of mistimed technicolor prints. Some of the saturation has been adjusted here but not a lot because it's still based on technicolor prints.

Worth noting too that 2.7 was done by OT.com user towne32, and he didn't just color correct, he also replaced a lot of the material from the 2006 DVD with teamnegative_1's "Silver Screen" 35mm print scan.

source: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Ha...r-Wars-1977-Color-Adjustment-Project/id/48257

Awesome package njvc. Wish I had a blu-ray burner.
 

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Following on the heels of finishing the BD25 for Star Wars, the bluray for The Empire Strikes Back Despecialized is now available. The disk includes V2.0 of the restoration, as well as the following features: 

- Motion Menu (featuring the original ESB trailer)

- 8 Audio options*, including:
1. 5.1 Surround
2. 2.0 Stereo
3. 1.0 Mono
4. 2.0 Music Only
5. DVD Commentary
6. Bluray Commentary
7. Rifftrax Comedy Commentary
8. Superego Comedy Commentary

Special Features:
1. Making of the Empire Strikes Back (1980) - 49 mins
2. All Special Edition Changes - Comparison video  - 15 mins
3. John Williams Featurette (1980) - 22 mins
4. Deleted Scenes
5. How the Empire Strikes Back Should Have Ended


Please PM me if interested in obtaining this bluray disk.

*All commentaries have been recut to fit this release. Both the Rifftrax and Superego commentaries were purchased for a couple of dollars each. Please purchase these if you wish to own a copy of this bluray.
 

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Ok, all done. Return of the Jedi v2.5 bluray is now available.


Includes:
- Motion Menu (featuring the original RotJ trailer)

- 8 Audio options*, including:
1. 5.1 Surround
2. 2.0 Stereo
3. 2.0 Music Only
4. DVD Commentary
5. Bluray Commentary
6. Red Letter Media - Half in the Bag Commentary
7. Rebel Force Radio Podcast Commentary
8. Rifftrax Comedy Commentary

Special Features:
1. Making of the Return fo the Jedi (1983) - 23 mins (Collection of behind the scenes, b-roll footage, alternate takes, pre-viz etc)
2. All Special Edition Changes - Comparison video  - 15 mins
3. Classic Creatures featurette - 22 mins
4. Deleted Scenes
5. How Return of the Jedi Should Have Ended


Please PM me if interested in obtaining this bluray disk.

*All commentaries have been recut to fit this release. Both the Rifftrax and Half in the Bag commentaries were purchased for a couple of dollars each. Please purchase these if you wish to own a copy of this bluray.
 

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Nice! Too bad the Rebel Force Radio commentary couldn't fit on the ANH and ESB discs. I'm always interested in what Sam Witwer has to say
 

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Lastly, some cover art by Phildesfr over at originaltrilogy.com, updated with the Special Features on these disks.

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Done and done!
 
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