Throw away your laserdiscs.
Throw away your '04 DVDs.
This is the only version of Return of the Jedi you’ll ever need.
RETURN OF THE JEDI
(cover by Coov)
NEW! Article about the creation of this DVD!
“How I did it …”
http://orangecow.org/starwars/how i did it.rtf
Here are the menus.
From the creator of Deleted Magic and the Classic Editions of Star Wars and the Empire Strikes back comes the ultimate restoration of the final classic film in the Star Wars saga.
It looks exactly as good as the real 2004 DVDs.
Because it’s made from the 2004 DVDs.
But this is the original 1983 version of the film. No special edition material to be found here.
The definitive preservation of this classic film.
As always, you can email me at *****.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Classic Edition process perfected for The Empire Strikes Back, basically, the raw video data is taken directly from the 2004 DVDs whenever possible. Since only about 10% of the movie was actually changed for the special editions, it was possible to use the 2004 DVDs for 90% of the film - so you’re actually watching the 2004 DVDs, with all the amazing crystal clarity that entails.
I don’t need to post screen grabs from the DVD - you’ve seen them. You’ve got the 2004 DVDs at home. You know how good they are. With the Classic Editions, you can have that quality and still be watching the original 1983 version.
Moth3r’s lovely transfer of the PAL laserdiscs has been used to restore scenes like Lapti Nek and the Ewok celebration, in their original incarnations, in good quality considering. The 1997 special edition, from the TB PAL digital broadcasts, has been used to restore Sebastian Shaw. The old footage is seamlessly blended and merged with 2004 DVD elements, switching from one version to the other often in the same shot. Actually, I’m constantly letting shots subtly dissolve/morph from their 1983 to their 2004 versions within the same shot. In a lot of cases, it’s very hard to tell where one version ends and the other begins! I’ve watched shots over and over and still am unable to find the break. And I made them!
Enjoy this folks. You don’t need to throw your other versions away, but you can let 'em gather dust a little. You won’t be watching them as much anymore.
It’s the original version of Return of the Jedi, in quality so clear it’s just like George had bothered to restore it and release it himself.
Time to celebrate …