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#1162072
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The Phantom Menace on 35mm
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Scanner has been repaired, and ANH SE will hopefully be completed in the next two weeks, will then move onto TPM.

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#1162071
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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We had been waiting for the scanner to be adjusted to fix the focus problem. That has now been completed and scanning will begin again this week.
In Australia the kids get six weeks of school holidays for our summer, so end of December and all of January. I’m the primary carer so I’m pretty much snowed looking after the four kids, scanning should be completed within 2 weeks, still need to find the money to get the last reel done.

Will be posting more regular updates once school holidays are over, and hopefully temperatures drop under 40C/104F. It got up to 47C/116.6F, and our air-con was broken for three weeks. No fun!

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#1141521
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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Sure, I’ll swap.

I just finished lining all the windows with aluminium foil to try and drop the heat in here.
Its crazy.

On the upside, it will also stop all the alien transmissions affecting my brain whilst I sleep.

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#1140991
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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It’s so hot here today. I had to walk the last 500 metres home as the road has melted, and my car was just slip-sliding in the molten tarmac and couldn’t get enough traction for the hill.
The water truck should be by later to water the roads so we can retrieve our cars. It is usually doinbg the rounds of the town, but has been absent today.

The air-con has failed at home, so it is a balmy 46C inside the house at the moment. ( I think that is around 115F for you imperial scum)

Hopefully the air-con can be fixed this week, the forecast is for hotter weather.
Yuk!
I want to move to Hoth.

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#1140914
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Harmy said:

I already got some scans from Poita and I’m waiting for more. I might use some footage from Grindhouse for patches where needed but a big chunk of it is plagued by this red flashing that becomes much more obvious when the colors are corrected, so that makes it pretty much unuseable as a primary source.

Sorry, I didn’t realise you were waiting on anything from me, please drop me an email and I’ll try to get anything to you ASAP.

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#1140908
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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Things are on hold for a week or two, the scanner is being serviced to fix the focus problem. Should result in faster scans though once rectified.
As soon as the scanner is back up and running I’ll post a few more images.

We already have much better Emporer footage from the 1980 scans for ESB, I think I already gave Harmy and Adywan the scenes they requested.

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#1138796
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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RU.08 said:

Yeah I’m not sure what BrightestDayFan2814’s question was regarding either.

The SE scan actually has more detail in the shadows then I was expecting. I wonder how Empire’s detail will compare to the Eastman prints of the 80s?

The shadow detail is quite good, triple-flash makes sure we get all of it, the resolution on the print is a little lacking, but the dynamic range is quite good, and the print is in far better shape than any of the original releases.

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#1135459
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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Okay, there are a pair of TIFF files on the share that have the IR damage matte in the alpha channel if you’d like to take a look.

Anyone who wants to know what an Infr Red damage matte looks like…

The top image is what the film frame looks like under infra red light, the film is completely transparent to infra red, so the only thing the camera picks up is any dust, dirt, hairs or damage on the film.
The bottom image is the film frame the IR matte is taken from.

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#1135441
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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SilverWook said:

Tv shows are still being shot on tape, only now in HD. Some 70’s sitcoms shot on tape look really bad now for some reason, especially Norman Lear productions. Maybe the video masters on those need restoration?

On the flip side the first two seasons of Saturday Night Live look great for their age. I’ve only seen one video glitch so far, and I’m not sure it would even have been visible on a CRT. You can tell NBC didn’t allocate their best cameras to the show early on though. It’s a shame they didn’t remaster the film inserts because the telecine they had at the time was pretty awful. (I could get better results shooting a projector aimed at a blank wall.) Whether that footage still exists is anyone’s guess.

It’s a shame a lot of Universal’s 60’s/70’s tv output shot on 35mm hasn’t been remastered. Some of what I see airing on Cozi TV are from really old broadcast video masters.

The company I work for is quoting on a lot of 70s sitcoms at the moment for restoration.
I’ve been looking at a bunch of master tapes of 70s shows over the last few months, and there is a rather awful historical footnote.
The ‘white’ sitcoms were shot on film, and occasionally in the highest tech tape based system of the day, the ‘black’ sitcoms at the same companies were shot on tape, with lower quality gear.
Make of that what you will, but it is why some US 70s tv shows look a lot better than others. Restoring the tape based ones is very hard to get looking good in hidef, but it is being done right now.

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#1135388
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The Phantom Menace on 35mm
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Thanks for that, it is much appreciated. Will try to get some more samples up soon, the SE is eating up all my time this week.

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#1135380
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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Althor, I’ll put some frames with the IR damage matte up on the share tonight.
As for Syncing, I’d sync it to the DTS theatrical discs I’d guess.
I don’t know about cropping framing vs 2004, I haven’t watched the SEs except when I saw them in the cinema, and now the scans. I have the DVDs and the Blu-ray box set, but have not watched them.

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#1134922
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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The width varies from shot to shot, so it would look a bit weird as the frame would suddenly jump between filling the screen and not filling the screen from scene to scene.

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