For our next Star Wars video, our YouTube channel just released a restored version of the original Empire Strikes Back trailer from 1979, narrated by Harrison Ford himself:
This trailer’s restoration proved to be more difficult than the first 1976 Star Wars trailer. We started by replacing all matching scenes from the movie with scenes from The Empire Strikes Back Despecialized, matching them frame-by-frame as before. Alternate takes of the same scene were also replaced. In scenes that didn’t make it into the final movie, original footage was used from a relatively high-quality version of the trailer, after it had been cleaned, color-corrected, and sharpened to fit with the surrounding footage. Footage from the official Star Wars Blu-ray Deleted Scenes was also used in some cases.
We cleaned the film dirt from the starry background and explosion, and stabilized the logo crawl. We also re-mixed the original soundtrack back into the trailer audio, to bring back some of the lost highlights (especially the treble and bass). The trailer has been brought back to the original 23.976fps, widescreen format (as opposed to the cropped NTSC/PAL versions commonly available on YouTube).
As our goal has always been, we concentrated on bringing this trailer to the highest possible quality while keeping as many elements original as possible.
- The ReDiscovered Future