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.