Has there been any restoration projects of any of the 3 original films in 70mm print? I have yet to see one but maybe I missed it.
Haha, I wish! Others are better in the know than me, but in the UK at least, a 70mm print of any film comes along only once in a blue moon. In the US, there are wealthy industry insiders and collectors who have good condition prints of SW 70mm. There’s a blog post about a private screening in 2008 for example. It’s a moot point whether the image quality would be better than the pretty sharp Tech IB’s of Star Wars, or the Fuji of Empire. 70mm draws more information from the internegative, so there’s a bit more detail and finer grain, but because they were all printed on Eastman, any not kept in cold storage will be faded red by now, and although some of the colour is recoverable, it’s probably not great.
The real benefit of a 70mm print would be the lovely, bassy 6 track surround mix. I’m not sure what the big beasts on this forum think, but to my mind, a print will only come from a wealthy collector who stumbles upon this community somehow, or who is contacted directly.
For now, this is the most you’re gonna get 😉
There’s not a whole lot of reason to do full on restorations since the gained quality is fairly negligible (and they’re cropped at 2.20:1). It is, however, worth getting a hold of the prints for their soundtracks. ESB especially, since not only does it feature different audio, but it also has some visual differences.
Yeah not only are they cropped but they were blown up using optical printing instead of contact printing which is vastly superior. So the image quality, even unfaded, is very negligeable.
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