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Harmy

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#1049044
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International Audio (including Voice-Over Translations)
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Yeah, those dubs are pretty terrible in terms of technical execution and quality but the translation is indeed better than in the 95 one, especially for Star Wars.

I would actually love to have the 2011 dub despecialized because while I have no nostalgia for it (and the guy who dubbed Luke in the first two dubs plays Han in the 2011 one, which is a really odd choice and sounds supremely weird for someone used to the old dubs) it has the best audio quality, translation, and pronunciation (in the 92 one jedi was pronounced [yeddy] and in the 95 dub it was closer but still not quite there with [jeddy] and there are plenty of misspronounciations like that in both) so for introducing new people to the trilogy, the 2011 dub would actually be ideal. Preferably in 5.1 with the parts with no dialogue replaced with some superior mix, like hairy_hen’s for example. I’ve been planning to do something like that ever since I showed Star Wars to my little brother last year and found how bad the audio quality of the subs currently in despecialized is.

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#1038178
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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A lot of work is still being done in 2K - the Hobbit trilogy had a 2K DI for example, despite the live action being shot 5K.
But quite honestly, you’d be seriously hard-pressed to be able to see the difference between native 4K and a good 2K upscale, especially when the footage was shot 4K or higher (and I’m speaking from industry insider experience) and the difference in rendering times between 2K and 4K is immense.

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#1030321
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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It’s usually done when there some higher res footage in the mix - for example The Revenant was mostly shot on standard Arri Alexa at 3.4K but some parts were shot on the Alexa 65 at 6.5K, so the film was finished at 4K with the 3K parts upscaled and the 6K downscaled.

But it would actually make sense that the last two prequels would be finished as 2K (2048x858), because that’s the digital cinema projection standard. And with the amount of green-screen used, there were many shots, where the live-action footage would be scaled down inside the frame when put into an extended digital environment. Not to mention the many many shots, which were purely CGI, so if they did finish the movies at 2K, there could be a lot of shots, which would be true 2K resolution and not just upscales.

As for 4K, there are many movies being released on UHD BD, which had a 2K DI, so they are 100% upscaled from 2K, but they still can look better than regular BD, because of HDR grading. Plus, if they were so inclined, they could probably re-render the CGI bits at 4K.

Plus, up until about a year ago, even movies shot on 35mm had their digital effects rendered at 2K, which means that not only the fully CGI scenes, but any live action containing even a little bit of digital tinkering, are stuck at 2K, so for example the LOTR trilogy is in the exact same boat as far as 4K, as the Star Wars prequels.

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#1030286
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Shot, yes, but that doesn’t mean they were finished at that res - movies shot on the Alexa, which is 3.4K, are also often being finished in 4K.

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#1028834
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Handman said:

Harmy, your “Introducing the Despecialized Editions and its Sources” video has been taken down by Fox recently. It must have been recently, because I’ve seen it in my recommended videos until just about a week or so ago.

Well, that sucks.
Not sure if I should file a dispute, because while I do believe that the use of the footage in the video is fair use, I don’t wanna drag too much legal attention to the project itself 😕

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#1026482
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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The crawl, afaik, wasn’t changed until 1981 for a double feature release with ESB to match its Episode V crawl.
There seem to have been some minor changes before then though - the shot of the rebel fighters lifting off from Yavin has been recomposited and the end credits were changed and I think a couple of other very minor changes were done. I’m not sure though if we know when these changes happened - might actually already have been done for the mono mix prints, which were struck after the 70mm and 35mm stereo prints were out.

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