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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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#1134586
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Neverar's A New Hope Technicolor Recreation <strong>(V1 Released!)</strong>
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DrDre said:

I stand corrected. Not all home video releases show the Leia/R2-D2 corridor scene with neutral colors. I looked at the first 1982 laserdisc release and guess what:

Sorry I’ve not read this thread before, and am late to the party, but those panels are in fact quite green. I saw one of them out at the ranch in tjhe mid 90s when I was there.
Also, on the SE prints, they are pretty much as green as on the IB Tech prints.
The Tantive corridor panels also had a very slight mint-green to them, at least the ones I saw in person did. I also saw the head of the droid in the Tantooine shot, it was more yellow than orange, but not quite as crazy yellow as the bootleg.

The home releases are all over the place, telecine operators tend to balance towards neutral and colour correct on the fly. The operator would have made many decisions that had little to do with how the prints looked in cinemas.

As for R2 looking cyan in some shots, and arguing he should be white, well of course he is painted white, which means he will pick up any reflected light and take on some of that hue. In a predominantly greenish-blue environment, he could look a little cyan.
I’ll post some shots from the SE prints in the SE thread for comparison, but here is one from the SE print.

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#1134481
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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Nice Dre!
I’m interested in checking that out, I’d love some more info on how it works too. Colour me intrigued!

Is that hideous saturated mess really how the Blu-ray looks??

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