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Harmy

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#1070437
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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No, seriously, I’ve got to admit I was playing a bit of a waiting game - I was half expecting them to announce an official release at celebration, so I thought I’d wait and see. And now, not only have they not announced anything at celebration, Kennedy actually specifically said they had no plans to release the originals.

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#1056209
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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In v2.5 of Star Wars, there’s a lot of GOUT sourced stuff left. Like others said before, at the time I made it, there were only a few sample clips available from TN1 but most of the footage still had to be sourced from video sources, either the GOUT or the 97SEs, and there were a few specific cases, where there were only high-def still frames available, like the Dewback shot in front of the cantina. Now that we have full 35mm HD scans available, there 's no need to use the GOUT but the 35mm scans are often still nowhere near the quality of the BD, since that was sourced from the o-neg, so unless I get lazy, I will still be mixing the 35mm scans with the BD footage to paint out the changes in shots where only a small portion of the frame was altered in the SE, like the Ronto shots or the cell block corridor extension.

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#1053810
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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The DeEd version is just a 3D recreation using the letters extracted from the GOUT. It’s been done years ago and I did the best I could at the time but it’s certainly far from perfect. Today, I’d go about it very differently and would do a 3D track of the GOUT crawl. But I won’t have to, because we now have HD (and even 4K) scans of the original crawl, so there’s no need to recreate it.

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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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