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A New Hope: Semi-Special Edition

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope "Semi-Special Edition"

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Artwork By: Rich Davies

This is essentially a “muted-down” version of Adywan’s Star Wars Revisited, and is also heavily inspired by Hal900’s “Custom Special Edition” while also being a sort-of “Semi-Special Edition”, fixing some continuity errors, restoring some theatrical sequences, and improving “dated” effects created by the special edition to create an immersive and seamless experience without being thrown off by a CGI Ronto walking into frame, while also enjoying the new changes that shaped some of the movie for the better.

This project’s main source is “Neverar’s Technicolor Recreation”, the same used by Harmy in 3.0 of his Despecialized, while other sources include Skydude’s 4k77 “The SkyMaster Edition” and Harmy’s Despecialized 3.0 for the cleaned up theatrical shots, as well as the 2011 Special Edition.

As of current I might be branching into ESB or ROTJ, I might probably use Adywan’s Revisited for it.

I might also do some moderate vfx work for some shots, however there are some shots that are out of my abilites, so if you would wish to help me out, please feel free to.

CHANGES:
-Re-timing the crawl to match Adywan’s, might not add the “Episode IV” (I might also do the 1981 crawl.)

-Repositioning the escape pod to go downwards, instead of upwards (similar to ANH Revisited).
-Adding the effect seen as the pod goes into the atmosphere with the help of an upscaled ANH:R.

-Using 4k77 to restore the 77’ dusk sandcrawler shot, and the droids scene.
-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for the extended view of the vaporators.
-Using 4k77 for restored “Binary Sunset” sequence.
-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation to remove “ghost Luke” in the homestead.
-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for all the speeder scenes, as it is based off the 2011 SE, and it replaces the old “handdrawn shadow” underneath the speeder.
-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for the Tusken Raider sequence.
-Using 4k77 to remove R2-D2’s CGI-ed rocks.

(Mos Eisley will be a good balance between the 2011 and theatrical:
-Main source is basing “NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation” for the entire Mos Eisley sequence.
-Recut sequence of the speeder entering Mos Eisley (borrowing Hal9000’s edit) but removing the “mirrored” stormtroopers.
-ENTIRELY redone shot of the infamous “139 frames” scene of the Speeder heading towards the cantina in the OOT,
removing the SE Ronto, keeping the shuttle, and restoring the cut-out portion of the speeder, while adding in a new, not-handdrawn shadow underneath)

-Despecialized throughout the cantina scenes, but replace with NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for the canteen exterior shots (mainly readding the CGI dewback, except for one scene that I will use 4k77)
-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for the Falcon escape sequence from the spaceport.

-NEW VFX shot of the Alderaan explosion sequence that closely matches both the theatrical and SE version
of the sequence, but removes the awful “praxis ring” effect.

-Using NeverarGreat’s Technicolor Recreation for the Millennium Falcon hangar matte.
-Using Despecialized 2.7 for the original English Aurebesh text on the tractor beacon.
-Using Despecialized 1.0 for the Darth Vader vs Obi-Wan scene, restoring the cleaner sabers while still having them consistently red and blue.
-Using 2011 for the Falcon escaping and entering into Dantooine as well as the rebel base.

-Combining the Special Edition and Theatrical edition (4k77, DeEd, etc.) in the entire Battle of Yavin
sequence, in order to seamlessly blend the two editions together and create a consistent viewing experience.

-Using 4k77 for the Death Star explosion, to remove the praxis ring. (I really hate praxis rings.)

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Do you plan on using Adywan’s version of the Alderaan explosion, as well as some shots from the Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader remaster (SC 38 Reimagined)?

The unfortunate reality of the Star Wars prequel and Disney trilogies is that they will always be around. Forever. They will never go away. It can never be undone.

I also prefer to be referred to as “TNT”, not “Freezing”.

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Firstly, I wont be using the Alderaan explosion from Adywan’s due to its dated effects.
Same goes for the Darth Vader and Obi Wan sequence, the effects and CGIness of that scene sticks out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of the shots

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Sounds like a great cultist. I’m especially interested in your ideas for Mos Eisley.
Just a tip: if you want to use the original Death Star explosion, you may want to do a little effects work on the first few frames of the shot. They redid the model with the same CGI used for the Death Star a couple shots prior, so replacing it manually with the SE model and blending the transition into the original explosion would help it fit in seamlessly.

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UPDATE: This project isn’t dead, however things are going by very slowly as of the moment due to personal matters.

However, I have been slowly developing this and so far have created a very, very rough rough-cut of the final film, using Neverar’s Technicolor Recreation as a base.

I am also doing preliminary VFX work for the infamous “139 frames” scene of the speeder going to the cantina, I might post a snippet of that soon.

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Ok, so heres a small snippet of the new “enhanced” scene of the speeder traveling towards the cantina (directly after the mind-trick scene in the OUT), with a new SE-ish shadow underneath the speeder while retaining the bottom half of the speeder seen in the theatrical.

This scene is still W.I.P. (moreso a proof of concept), and there are tons of things that need fixing (trying to clean up and stabilize the 4k77 source, color-correction) and I am not particularly good in doing such thing (I’m a first-timer) so any VFX help with this scene is greatly appreciated!

https://streamable.com/br7au

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I Ike it! I think it works better as an almost blinding light rather a very clear, properly exposed explosion. I did notice some flickering on the bottom a little.

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RogueLeader said:

I Ike it! I think it works better as an almost blinding light rather a very clear, properly exposed explosion. I did notice some flickering on the bottom a little.

The flickering is from an encoding issue, otherwise, the only thing left is the debris of what remains of Alderaan.

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Dat_SW_Guy said:

Here’s a look at the new Alderaan Destruction scene, without a praxis ring! I tried to keep it somewhat faithful to the SE version of the scene, since the theatrical had two seperate explosions that looked really jarring.

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https://streamable.com/3m8fb

Actually outstanding. For real, this is the best version I’ve seen of Alderaan’s Destruction.

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I like it, but I agree that there’s no visible debris, which would make it better. The fire seems to look like a miniature has been blown up.

Could you break down what elements (original and new) you used? I’m interested in this shot and would like to just see if it could be improved further.

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Dat_SW_Guy said:

RogueLeader said:

I Ike it! I think it works better as an almost blinding light rather a very clear, properly exposed explosion. I did notice some flickering on the bottom a little.

The flickering is from an encoding issue, otherwise, the only thing left is the debris of what remains of Alderaan.

I would try some rubble over laying some of the blast, with a glow coming from behind it that will do a light wrap. So we get the effect of rubble coming toward us. If you check out my Prequels Revised Trailer 1 or 2 there is a shot im creating where a building blows up. Its still in production and not done but something akin to that.

Muclunkey!
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Prequel-Trilogy-Revised-Trailer/id/70831

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Dat_SW_Guy, great work with that explosion. I really like it!

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Hal 9000 said:

I like it, but I agree that there’s no visible debris, which would make it better. The fire seems to look like a miniature has been blown up.

Could you break down what elements (original and new) you used? I’m interested in this shot and would like to just see if it could be improved further.

Well the only thing original is the starfield. I added the glow and then the explosion after it. I might have to use Despecialized since the SE has that added glow I couldn’t remove.

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