Fang Zei said:
Was browsing the web-site of what was formerly Lowry Digital.
It has been acquired by several companies over the years.
Anyways....RelianceMediaWorks is the company that owns Lowry now.
They claim they have done a 4K restoration on the Star wars trilogy.
Then click on Restoration.
When was the last time you checked the site? Has it always said 4k or is this a recent development?
Not that it would make any sense to call the old project 4k, as I'm pretty sure it wasn't even scanned in at anything higher than 2k and the workflow was 1920:1080. Unless whoever put this website together has no idea what they're talking about, which is possible but unlikely. It even specifies 16-bit. What bit depth (or whatever it's called) was the 2004 job done at?
So yeah, Occam's Razor and all that, but it's a little weird if this is how we're finding out about it.
If it's true, I can't say I'm surprised. Disney was bound to do a new 4k scan of the SE sooner rather than later. Especially because the time to do a grand theatrical re-release of the OT-SE in 3D is in the next year-and-a-half leading up to Episode 7, not afterwards, and I actually would've been more shocked if they were still working off that ancient transfer from 2004.
The 2004 transfer was a 8-bit RGB scan of the original negative done by Lucasfilm themselves.
On http://www.rmwusa.com/#start there is even a HD video called "Image Processing" which showcases clips from movies they worked on and to me it looks like that the Star Wars scenes are not taken from the 2004 Master.