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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.5 MKV IS OUT NOW

STAR WARS - DESPECIALIZED EDITION HD

STAR WARS DESPECIALIZED EDITION REMASTERED v2.5 MKV is now out!!!

A comparison gallery of all the changes can be found here.

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 STAR WARS - DESPECIALIZED EDITION REMASTERED

This is a fan preservation made for culturally historical and educational purposes.                              

Fanedits and preservations must not be bought or sold.

 Please report every fanedit or preservation you find for sale to webmasters of originaltrilogy.com.                      

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 Do not support piracy.                                                                                                   

 

This is a reconstruction of the 1977 theatrical version of STAR WARS. The original shots were painstakingly restored using various sources (listed below) and the film received an extensive shot by shot colour correction based on a fade free 1977 I.B. Technicolor Print.

The remastered (v2.0) version represents a significant improvement in picture quality over the earlier version.

Version v2.1 further improves upon the previous version mainly by refining the color correction but also by replacing many of the despecialized shots with higher quality ones.

Version v2.5 offers few more little tweaks to the picture and contains an unprecedented number of audio options, including lossless DTS-HD tracks for the original mixes, an isolated score, four different commentary tracks and dubbing tracks in ten different languages and dialects.

v2.5 MKV info:

VIDEO SOURCES:

1) STAR WARS Episode IV A New Hope Official Blu-Ray 2011 (Preliminary colour correction by You_Too)

2) STAR WARS 2006 Bonus DVD (sourced from the 1993 Definitive Edition Laser Disc Master - upscales by Dark Jedi, You_Too and Harmy)

3) Star.Wars.Episode.IV.A.New.Hope.1977.720p.HDTV.x264-DON (2004 DVD Version)

4) STAR WARS 1997 Special Edition (Reivax DTV capture)

5) Custom mattes, 35mm and 70mm film cell scans etc.

6) Team Negative1 35mm LPP print scan of the Mos Eisley sequence

7) Puggo Grande (1977 16mm print transfer)


Technical Specifications:
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CONTAINER: MKV


SIZE: 17.8 GB


VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps


AUDIO: (Special thanks to hairy_hen and Belbucus)


TRACK  1) 5.1   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 70mm six track mix)

TRACK  2) 2.0   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 35mm stereo mix)

TRACK  3) 1.0   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 35mm mono mix)

TRACK  4) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1985 Laserdisc mix)

TRACK  5) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1993 Laserdisc mix)

TRACK  6) 2.0 Dolby Digital [German]         (1978 dub reconstruction)

TRACK  7) 2.0 Dolby Digital [French]         (1977 dub)

TRACK  8) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish]        (1977 Castilian dub)

TRACK  9) 1.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish]        (1980 Latino dub)
 
TRACK 10) 1.0 Dolby Digital [Portuguese]     (1980s Brazilian dub)

TRACK 11) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Japanese]       (1978 Dub)

TRACK 12) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Italian]        (1977 dub)

TRACK 13) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Polish]         (1995 Voiceover)
 
TRACK 14) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Czech]          (1992 dub)

TRACK 15) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Hungarian]      (1984 dub)

TRACK 16) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1993 LD Audio Commentary - silence filled with 1993 LD 2.0)

TRACK 17) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2004 DVD Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 18) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2004 starwars.com Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 19) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2011 BD Archival Interviews Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 20) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Isolated Score] (Compiled by hairy_hen)

TRACK 21) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (Commentary For Visually Impaired)


SUBTITLES: (Special thanks to CatBus)

English (en)
English SDH (en-sdh)
Mandarin, Simplified (zh-cn)
Mandarin, Traditional (zh-tw)
American Spanish (es-419)
American Spanish Forced (es-419-forced; only with dub)
Castilian Spanish (es-es)
Castilian Spanish Forced (es-es-forced; only with dub)
Arabic (ar)
Russian (ru)
Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br)
Indonesian (id)
Japanese Forced (ja-forced; only with dub)
French (fr)
French Forced (fr-forced; only with dub)
German (de)
German Forced (de-forced; only with dub)
Turkish (tr)
Korean (ko)
Italian (it)
Italian Forced (it-forced; only with dub)
Polish (pl)
Romanian (ro)
Croatian (hr)
Dutch (nl)
Hungarian (hu)
Czech (cs)
Greek (el)
Swedish (sv)
Bulgarian (bg)
Finnish (fi)
Danish (da)
Norwegian (no)


Unverified subtitles (may need significant improvements):

Mandarin (Simplified), American Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Romanian, Croatian,

Greek, and Bulgarian.


All subtitles are from "Project Threepio v6.2"

More info here.

Here are the verified checksums for Despecialized Edition v2.5 MKV:

File Name: Star.Wars.Despecialized.Edition.v2.5.mkv

CRC32: 42A67CC6

MD5: E52CC005E48931EF3DF336361DD1A142

SHA-1: 6CA73976E347CD6791DC31B4FCC758F0E5AD265E

SHA-256: 31C4BA98D4A14A71B6DA13830F1C3C508CBF93C89A348D382F76070A23588D6B

To download, search for the CRC32 checksum.

PASS: harmy

How to play Despecialized Edition V2.5 on a PS3 if you don't have a BD burner

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v2.5 AVCHD info:

The AVCHD version contains the latest versions of the preservations
of the original audio mixes  (the original  70mm six-track was recreated by hairy_hen,  the original stereo mix was captured from
LaserDisc PCM and fixed up  by hairy_hen and the original mono mix was restored  by  Belbucus from a VHS recording),  an isolated
score (also hairy_hen's latest version) and four different commentary tracks.

More information can be found here:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Despecialized-Edition-HD/topic/12713/


VIDEO SOURCES:

1) STAR WARS Episode IV A New Hope Official Blu-Ray 2011 (Preliminary colour correction by You_Too)

2) STAR WARS 2006 Bonus DVD (sourced from the 1993 Definitive Edition Laser Disc Master - upscales by Dark Jedi, You_Too and Harmy)

3) Star.Wars.Episode.IV.A.New.Hope.1977.720p.HDTV.x264-DON (2004 DVD Version)

4) STAR WARS 1997 Special Edition (Reivax DTV capture)

5) Custom mattes, 35mm and 70mm film cell scans etc.

6) Team Negative1 35mm LPP print scan of the Mos Eisley sequence

7) Puggo Grande (1977 16mm print transfer)


Technical Specifications:
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FORMAT: AVCHD DISC (ISO)

SIZE: 7.9GB (DVD9)

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps


AUDIO: (all Dolby Digital) Special thanks to hairy_hen and Belbucus

TRACK 1) 5.1 1977 70mm six track mix @ 640Kbps

TRACK 2) 2.0 1977 stereo mix @ 224Kbps

TRACK 3) 1.0 1977 mono mix @ 128Kbps

TRACK 4) 2.0 Isolated score @ 224Kbps (hairy hen)

TRACK 5) 2.0 1993 LD Audio Commentary @ 192Kbps (silence filled with 1993 LD 2.0)

TRACK 6) 2.0 2004 DVD Audio Commentary @ 192Kbps

TRACK 7) 2.0 2004 starwars.com Audio Commentary @ 192Kbps

TRACK 8) 2.0 2011 BD Archival Interviews Audio Commentary @ 192Kbps


Subtitles: (Project Threepio) Special thanks to CatBus

English (en)
Chinese (Simplified) (zh-cn)
Spanish (es)
French (fr)
German (de)

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The ISO image can be burned to a DVD-DL and should work in most Blu-Ray players.

To burn, you can use image burn following thse instructions: http://onlineitpro.com/?p=181

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A single layer Blu-Ray version of this project with higher bitrate video and lossless audio options is going to come out as well. It may take some time to author the BD however, because it will contain various extras and animated menu, which are not finished yet.

For more information, follow this thread.

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v2.0

Technical Specifications:

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CONTAINER: MKV

SIZE: 15.7GB

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps

AUDIO: (all Dolby Digital) Special thanks to hairy_hen and Belbucus

TRACK 1) 5.1 70mm mix @ 640Kbps 

TRACK 2) 1977 2.0 mix @ 256Kbps 

TRACK 3) 1977 1.0 mix @ 128Kbps

TRACK 4) 1993 2.0 mix @ 320Kbps

TRACK 5) 2.0 German dub @ 192Kbps*

TRACK 6) 2.0 French dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 7) 2.0 Spanish dub @ 192Kbps*

TRACK 8) 2.0 Italian dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 9) 2.0 Japanese dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 10) 2.0 Hungarian dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 11) 2.0 Czech dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 12) 1.0 Brazilian Portuguese dub @ 192Kbps

TRACK 13) 2.0 Commentary for visually impaired @ 192Kbps

TRACK 14) 2.0 Isolated score  @ 192Kbps (silence filled with 1993 LD 2.0)

TRACK 15) 2.0 Isolated score  @ 192Kbps (music only)

TRACK 16) 2.0 1993 LD Audio Commentary @ 192Kbps (silence filled with 1993 LD 2.0)

 

!!!Important!!!

 

 

The 640Kbps 5.1 track has some bad compression issues.

The 77 Stereo and mono may have been affected as well.

 

The German and Spanish soundtracks are unfortunately out of sync, here are links to download corrected AC3 files:

 

Replacement tracks are available from tehparadox and usenet.

 

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Here's how to replace asynchronous audio tracks or to add further audio tracks.

 

 

First of all, download the fixed audio tracks.

 

 

Get MKVToolnix from http://www.heise.de/download/mkvtoolnix.html and install it.

 Open it and add the MKV-file and the fixed audio tracks.

 

 

All tracks including the fixed audio tracks are now listed in the box below. 

Uncheck the asynchronous audio tracks and check the fixed audio tracks. 

Choose a new order by using the up and down buttons.

 

Left click on a fixed audio track, choose "General track options", name the track 

(f. e. the German track should be called "2.0 @ 384Kbps"), determine it's language

 and deactivate "Default track flag".

 

 

If you want to add further audio tracks that aren't synchronized to the video 

track yet, you may have to choose "Format specific options" as well and set a 

positive or negative delay. It's not advised to stretch the audio track during the 

muxing because this stretching isn't permanent, has to be generated each time 

while the movie is playing and will stress your system resources.

 

 

Click on "Start muxing".

 

 

Subtitles: (Project Threepio) Special thanks to CatBus

English (en)

English SDH (en-sdh)

English (matching) (en-match)

Chinese (Simplified) (zh-cn)

Spanish (es)

Spanish Forced (es-forced; only with dub)

Russian (ru)

French (fr)

French Forced (fr-forced; only with dub)

Arabic (ar)

Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br)

Japanese Forced (ja-forced; only with dub)

German (de)

German Forced (de-forced; only with dub)

Turkish (tr)

Italian (it)

Italian Forced (it-forced; only with dub)

Polish (pl)

Romanian (ro)

Croatian (hr)

Dutch (nl)

Hungarian (hu)

Czech (cs)

Greek (el)

Swedish (sv)

Bulgarian (bg)

Finnish (fi)

Danish (da)

Norwegian (no)

 

The subtitles are stored in an external folder, if you want to watch with subtitles, take your chosen subtitle .srt file from the

"Subtitles - Project Threepio" folder, copy it to the folder with the .mkv file and rename the .srt file to the same name as the .mkv file,

while keeping the .srt extension.

 

Printable covers and disc art can be found here:

http://uloz.to/xSSTDNW/deed-v1-0-covers-rar

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ORIGINAL 1st post:

 

The Empire Strikes Back is now finished and available, (see here) so I'm starting work on STAR WARS. While I'm waiting for one of the GOUT HD upscale projects to come out (Dark Jedi's and Mattman Omega's) I'm working on what I can use the 97SE for.

Here are a few test clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IOAUJx0YNE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfS-cwoMEfY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWr3zXgb09E

Let me know what you think :-)

Last edited on July 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM by Harmy

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Murry Sparkles' avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

The clips are excellent as always Harmy, keep them coming.

Erikstormtrooper's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

This is gonna be great!

Are there any Special Edition changes that you don't think you'll be able to remove?

What are your plans for the matte lines? I'm hoping you won't be restoring them.

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

rockin's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Looking good!

Hal 9000's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Yeah, in my humble opinion, merely recompositing original elements doesn't constitute a "change," per se.

I'd also hope against reinstating matte lines and, even worse, garbage mattes for the same reason you elected not to mess with any of the Hoth battle. 

Honestly, the Rancor scene in ROTJ is the only one I'd waver on, but even then I'd ultimately hope for leaving it the new way.

But hey, we're all purists here. I'd also be interested in initial thoughts on what changes you think will be outside your sphere of influence.

As always, I'll be silently watching, spellbound.

EDIT: Y'know, as surprisingly close as Harmy has come to a flawless restoration even down to the details, I've had a change of heart on this issue and wouldn't mind any matte lines or other warts to be restored. :)

Last edited on August 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM by Hal 9000
Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

In STAR WARS, just like in Empire, I will be leaving most of the recomposited shots alone, unless there are other changes in the shot, such as noticeably repositioning the elements. I tested replacing the recomposited lightsabres but it didn't work very well, so I'll only colour correct them to fix stuff like Obi-Wan's sabre being purple in some shots and so on.

I can't yet say what I will or will not be changing, because I'll have to test some things out first and decide whether it works or not.

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

doubleofive's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

There's a lot of matte replacements, repositioning. But you know that. I wonder if there are high res SW mattes, I've never seen any...

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Yeah, I never found any, which sucks major ass :-(

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Murry Sparkles' avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Harmy, as this is your work you have the final say on everything but please consider taking out as much of the special edition c.g.i. crap as possible.

Murry Sparkles' avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

TV's Frink said:

Isn't that what "despecialized" means?

 Well yeah, but you know what i mean ;).

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

There will be no obvious CGI. I think that the fact that I'm removing the prison cell block corridor extension speaks for itself as to how much will be despecialized :-)

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Put Captain Solo in the Cargo Hold's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

I know this one's rather meaningless (and nitpicky) but have you considered putting back the mountain that was removed from in the Binary Sunset?

Rob's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Can't wait for you to complete ANH Harmy. Your ESB is the definitive version hands down. I know you had mentioned that there were a couple of explosions etc. that didn't match the theatrical release, but I watched the thing all the way through and I didn't notice anything. The picture quality is unreal, and the whole thing appears seamless to me. Your ESB makes all other versions seem really gay by comparison, I'm sure the same will be true for ANH and Jedi.

HARMY RULES

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Thanks :-)

And as to the mountain in the sunset, I'm definitely doing it, actually I'm working on it right now :-)

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

And these DVD active comparisons are pretty shit compared to 005's.

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSGjgPzrFMk

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

Topper Harley's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Thumbs up!

Also for returning the cell block scene to original. It's a change that could be left in, because it doesn't really "change" the picture.. but going for the way it looked, but not for the faults (like mattelines), gives us the original version in the best possible way! So again, I'm really looking foreward to this one!

Harmy's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Well, like I said a million times before, I don't think the matte-lines are faults and if I could return them all while keeping the HD quality, I would but that would be an impossible task.

Lucas: I am altering the film. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Fans: This film is getting worse all the time!

 

RedFive's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

This looks awesome, I'm gonna have to buy a new hard drive or something holy hell.


joshdv's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

wow...you corrected that cell block.  now that is hardcore.  i didn't even notice that change in the special editions.  well done.

"I will laugh my ass off a hundred years from now when the only version of STARWARS people remember are harmys despecialized editions.  They will project it on a 20' by 40' screen with perfect quality."

doubleofive's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Harmy said:


There will be no obvious CGI. I think that the fact that I'm removing the prison cell block corridor extension speaks for itself as to how much will be despecialized :-)
That's dedication. I thought me taking a screenshot of every shot was dedication, but actually going back and undoing it is crazy. Crazy awesome.

Harmy said:


And these DVD active comparisons are pretty shit compared to 005's.
I'm flattered!

TV's Frink said:


Yeah, but they're shorter :p
I'm insulted!

;-)

The Aluminum Falcon's avatar
RE: Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD

Wow Harmy! That cell block clip and the clip of the binary sunset are awesome. I'm glad you're despecializing Star Wars again. Hopefully, if you've got either DJ's or OmegaMattman's upconversions, you'll make a result that will blow us away more than your latest version of ESB Despecialized.

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