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Restoring the wondrously disastrous Star Wars Holiday Special

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Fans of Star Wars know of the low budget flop known as The Star Wars Holiday Special and recognize it for it’s heavy impact on Star Wars culture. There exists many low resolution captures of the TV film, but at this point there exist no film reels, upscales, cleanups, or any format that is fit for average flatscreen TV viewing- if you are willing to indulge into the film, that is.

Well, like many avid Original Trilogy members, I’m going to attempt a restoration of The Holiday Special into 720p.

At the moment, I only have the Blu-Ray Boba Fett animation, and one crusty copy of the dreaded film itself. Any sources and pieces of media would help me with this time consuming project, and I shall keep you all updated.

Happy Life Day - Sishyo512

Update March 31

I have found several sources that I have in mind for using in my upscale.

1 - The 2011 Blu-Ray Star Wars Saga set - I shall take the Boba Fett upscaled animation & space shots taken from A New Hope.

2 - Tasjo 2013 WHIO - The highest quality tape without over edge & base for editing

3 - Zion Hybrid - The absolute highest quality I could find, with heavy edge

4 - Angrysun 2005 KCCI - Has the most genuine coloring that I have found so far

It would help if someone could help me find the Broadcast Master as I am having a few issues finding it. But for now those will be the sources I can use. I’ll manually cleanup all the tapes and keep the project as a Work In Progress.

Keep you all updated soon - Sishyo

Updates in the month of April

April 5th: I have received information about the actual Broadcast Master, along with HD versions of the trailers during the program. I have also started playing around with AviSynth which should come in handy when I get into editing.

le Fishyo

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But… the holiday special was shot on NTSC video tape. We have a broadcast master. We’re not going to get any better than that.

What’s the internal temperature of a TaunTaun? Luke warm.

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benduwan said:

use the bluray for movie and deleted parts.

Yea I was planning on using the Blu-Ray version of the Boba-Fett animation, and all the space shots they borrowed from A New Hope from Harmy’s 2.7.

le Fishyo

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Mavimao said:

But… the holiday special was shot on NTSC video tape. We have a broadcast master. We’re not going to get any better than that.

Do you know where I can find the broadcast master?

le Fishyo

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Sishyo512 said:

Mavimao said:

But… the holiday special was shot on NTSC video tape. We have a broadcast master. We’re not going to get any better than that.

Do you know where I can find the broadcast master?

No idea, sorry. Check the holiday special thread.

What’s the internal temperature of a TaunTaun? Luke warm.

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Mavimao said:

Sishyo512 said:

Mavimao said:

But… the holiday special was shot on NTSC video tape. We have a broadcast master. We’re not going to get any better than that.

Do you know where I can find the broadcast master?

No idea, sorry. Check the holiday special thread.

Alright, thanks

le Fishyo

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Sounds like you may already have it.
The Editdroid version is the broadcast master.
I am fairly certain the Zion Hybrid version (mentioned above) was taken from that source and a little editing was done to improve it, and the commercials were added back in.
Both those versions have threads on this forum which go into greater detail.

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tbird97 said:

Sounds like you may already have it.
The Editdroid version is the broadcast master.
I am fairly certain the Zion Hybrid version (mentioned above) was taken from that source and a little editing was done to improve it, and the commercials were added back in.
Both those versions have threads on this forum which go into greater detail.

Oh damn, I need to look into this. Thanks for the info, at the moment I’m still getting used to using AviSynth and I’ll check out the other threads

le Fishyo