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Star Wars Holiday Special - Zion Hybrid v2

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I have completed a beta version of a new release of the Star Wars Holiday Special. It is now up on MySpleen. I am currently working on a few fixes, which I will list in a future post. I am also seeking feedback from the community for possible further improvements.

This is a hybrid release combining the best versions of all currently available sources. It is a recreation of the RiffTrax version of the Holiday Special (i.e. the version originally riffed by the guys at Rifftrax.com), complete with opening crawl, WMAR commercials, and RiffTrax commentary.

Sources

  • Program: EditDroid DVD
  • Commercials: Tasjo v2 DVD [thread]
  • Boba Fett Cartoon: g-force’s blu-ray remastered edition (edited into program) [thread]

The program and commercials have been enhanced with a small amount of color correction and video noise reduction. A conservative amount of sharpening has been applied as well. The commercials were individually color corrected.

Features

  • Original and Rifftrax audio
  • Full motion menus with transitions, including chapter menus
  • Custom DVD first play bumper based on “CBS Special Presentation” bumper
  • Custom 70’s style DVD credits sequence
  • Restored “Fighting the Frizzies” WCBS clip Easter egg - Sourced from WCBS DVD - Filtered video noise and flicker - Audio enhanced with noise reduction
  • A brief program intro explaining this release (I decided to include the intro after hearing feedback from casual fans who viewed my v1 DVD (as well as a couple YouTubers) who didn’t seem to understand why the commercials were left in or that the opening crawl wasn’t part of the original Holiday Special broadcast.)

Audio

The bitrate for both audio tracks was set to 192Kbps to match the EditDroid DVD audio track. (There’s no point in going any higher even for the RiffTrax audio because the original commentary MP3 is only 96Kbps).

  • Program audio same as EditDroid DVD
  • Remastered RiffTrax commentary track
  • Audio for commercials enhanced with noise reduction and normalized to -10dBFS

UPDATES FROM V1 & NOTES:

  • Opening crawl re-rendered using a higher quality star field
  • The color of the opening crawl text (and DVD menu text) was changed to match the color of the opening crawl from the Team Negative1 Silver Screen 35mm transfer
  • Smoothed out commercial break transitions compared to previous SWHS RiffTrax releases and resynced RiffTrax audio to match
  • Removed audio noise from commercial break transitions and added proper video dissolves (fade to black goes completely to black, removed audible analog noise during transitions)
  • Kenner Star Wars Commercial: Fixed two audio drops (filled using audio from Rikter’s KCCI DVD)
  • Remastered General Motors sponsor slide (sourced from Tasjo WHIO DVD)
  • Audio for the “Sponsored By… General Motors” announcer clip sourced from Tasjo WHIO DVD (The EditDroid version does not contain this audio clip (or the sponsor slide), and instead has a different take of the announcer saying “The Star Wars Holiday Special is brought to you by…” with no sponsor indicated.)
  • The “Star Wars disco” main menu music has been remastered using higher quality sound effects and samples sourced from the EditDroid DVD
  • Created separate menu transitions for each menu item: Play, Play with RiffTrax, and DVD Credits

My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Last I looked at it, I thought the cartoon segment on the new Edit Droid looked better than mine. Mine was based off of the Blu-Ray bonus, which had undergone some severe DVNR. The Edit Droid version has almost as much resolution, no smearing, and probably more correct colors.

-G

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Admittedly, my decision to use your version was mostly based on the resolution difference, as well as the difference in the amount of color present. I may have to go back and compare the two again to see if the DVNR annoys me enough to switch back, but doing some color correction on yours to look more like the EditDroid (and/or the officially released cells) is definitely an option for the final release.

My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Zion said:

Smithers said:

Have you made any changes to the video itself? Or is this exactly the same as the Editdroid version?

Yes, the EditDroid source has been enhanced with color correction, some noise filtering, and a strategic amount of sharpening (I was not nearly as liberal with the sharpening tool this time around).

Sweet! I agree that Editdroid’s version needed some colour-correction and noise filtering. Have you done any de-interlacing? That was the one issue (other than the film itself) that really bugged me.

Prequel Fan-Edit thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Yet-another-series-of-prequel-edits/id/17329

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Partially, yes. As I mentioned, this is a beta release, and one of the things I intend to do for the final release is fix some interlacing issues in the menus and with the main program itself. It’s not seriously messed up or anything - far from it. But my workflow for this release ended up being a conversion from 29.97 interlaced to 29.97 progressive in order to make things like resizing and noise reduction more effective. The final product ended up back at 29.97i, but I’ve noticed some jaggies and aliasing issues here and there, such as in the opening crawl and some of the chapter menus. Since my workflow is entirely within Adobe After Effects and Premiere, I haven’t been able to use any of the Avisynth tools I normally do.

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My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Zion said:

Partially, yes. As I mentioned, this is a beta release, and one of the things I intend to do for the final release is fix some interlacing issues in the menus and with the main program itself. It’s not seriously messed up or anything - far from it. But my workflow for this release ended up being a conversion from 29.97 interlaced to 29.97 progressive in order to make things like resizing and noise reduction more effective. The final product ended up back at 29.97i, but I’ve noticed some jaggies and aliasing issues here and there, such as in the opening crawl and some of the chapter menus. Since my workflow is entirely within Adobe After Effects and Premiere, I haven’t been able to use any of the Avisynth tools I normally do.

Sounds good, I’ll wait for the final release 😃

Prequel Fan-Edit thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Yet-another-series-of-prequel-edits/id/17329

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Maybe I just had to have been into these bootlegs back in the day, but I don’t understand why that crawl needs to be in there. After watching the WHIO release several times, I downloaded a Rifftrax version and was confused to see that pointless crawl in there instead of the extra intro news bit.

It didn’t quite have the same “oh no, not this again” effect when I sprung it on my friends.

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The reason I put it in my releases is because my intent is to recreate the version that was originally riffed by the RiffTrax crew. If you look at that particular release, the crawl looked a little different but it was there:

Crawl

Personally, I like that there are different approaches to the SWHS releases. I can appreciate a release like Tasjo’s WHIO DVD that aims to look and feel more like an original broadcast with the preceeding Hulk/Wonder Woman bumpers and news segment.

Mine is definitely aimed at more of a comedic feel. In addition to the RiffTrax commentary and crawl, the DVD menus and transitions are also meant to be comedic in nature. In fact, my favorite thing on the whole disc is the transition that plays when you select “Play with RiffTrax.” It’s hilarious in a cheesy, stupid sort of way, much like most of the RiffTrax commentary, and, to a lesser extent, the opening crawl.

My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Finnius said:

I can bet you Zion kept the crawl in because rifftrax started their recording during the crawl…and to remove it would then mean a black screen or whatever instead

I feel like the news segment was probably longer than the crawl, so the riff would just need to start later.

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Any possibility of showing the crawl only for the Rifftrax menu option, and skipping right to the special for non-Rifftrax options?

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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Thanks Zion! have just grabbed V2 from MySpleen, reading this forum I gather you’re still tweaking this right? When do you expect a ‘final’ to be released? I wouldn’t want to waste a DL Printable DVD on anything but the best Holiday Special Release 😛

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Wow! This horrible masterpiece is getting some serious tlc. I watched the editdroid copy recently and I think the addition of the cartoon from the blu ray is a good shout.
This’ll make a good marathon with the Ewok movies! 😃

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Zion said:

CatBus said:

Any possibility of showing the crawl only for the Rifftrax menu option, and skipping right to the special for non-Rifftrax options?

That’s a great idea.

That’s a first.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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