Whatever deluxe prints that are out there:
Chances are that they have long since faded.
Judging by what this fan saw in 1982;the prints had already started to go pink even then!
The 1982 reissue had a trailer for the next film, which was initially titled Revenge of the Jedi. Now that was cool. I still remember the 18 frame segment of the never- used sandstorm scene. I saw this at the Bellevue Theater, in Upper Montclair. I also saw it at the old Jerry Lewis Cinema in Union. It was here that I noted that the print was pink. I couldn't believe a film of this recent vintage had already started to fade. This gave me my first hint at just how bad DeLuxe labs were. By the way, the Bellevue has been cut into a multi screen and the Jerry Lewis Cinema has been wiped off the face of the earth. Is there no respect left for the movie palaces of our youth?
It is backed up by this other fan:
The worst was Deluxe Color. They turn pink the quickest. I ran a three year old Deluxe print of "Star Wars" in 1980. There was very little color other than pink.
Just realized that this may be an explantion for why the original 1982 VHS rental tape(which I have) is faded(and the tape always looked that way).
Maybe the the 1982 VHS rental tape transfer was from an already faded deluxe print!?
back in 1983 I recorded a british broadcast(ITV) of SW and the colours were much more vibrant than the 1982 20th century fox rental tape.
Maybe ITV used one of those technicolour prints for their transfer.