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.
- 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.
- 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.)
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
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]