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D+77 - Star Wars - 4k Theatrical reconstruction (Released)

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What is this you ask? This is a “theatrical” reconstruction (mostly) of Star Wars using the UHD 2160p HDR version as it’s main source.

This is not a pure theatrical reconstruction though. It is very close to theatrical.

I call it D+77.

All my posts and updates have been on the other forum. I just didn’t want to maintain two discussions about it. I’m posting this here for those not on the other site to know what this is.

V2.3 is the latest version available at the usual place.

Sources used…

The 2160p UHD BluRay was used as the primary source for this project.
My DNR of 4k77 shots are used to restore original shots where needed. For many shots I
went back to the RAW anamorphic scan used to make 4K77. A shot from another Technicolor
print was used as well.
A few shots were provided by SkyDude for this project. Thank You.

100% of this project is 4k sourced.

v2.3 is now theatrically synced. We’re calling it ROUT synced for “Restored Original Unaltered Trilogy”.
v2.2 and prior were GOUT synced because I didn’t have complete audio to use.
4K83, D+80 and now D+77 are all fully theatrically synced, to view the complete theatrical experience. The 2006 DVD was a piece of crap in every way and as such is now depreciated.
GOUT is a bad arthritic condition that needed to be cured.

Greedo subs…
I hardcoded the original Greedo subs using the .sup file from Project Threepio.

Audio…
I muxed in the English stereo, 5.1 and mono tracks but I used ac3 files instead of the DTS-MA files. Too many people have issues playing the DTS-MA tracks so it’s more accommodating this way. I personally always convert DTS to ac3 anyway. If you really need DTS-MA I figured you’d know how to mux them in yourself.

Colour…
The original HDR grade took advantage of the wider colour gamut. Since I’m working in SDR, rec.709, I needed to tame the HDR grade. What this means is areas that lacked saturation have been boosted but areas that would have gotten oversaturated with that change have been scaled back. I did a saturation rebalance. Other colour tweaks were used to make it the best I could.
Colour is - HDR tonemapped with a LUT provided by age - final colour by me using only curves (sat-vs-sat, luma-vs-sat, hue-vs-sat, and standard RGB curves).
Colour is loosely based on a colour correction by DrDre.

Theatrical but not really theatrical…
I restored most of the original 1977 shots of the film, removing most of the CGI and other unnecessary changes. My goal was quality over authenticity though.

My intent was to keep it as theatrical as possible, but I’m willing to sacrifice some authenticity for quality sake, so some creative license was used in the process.

It’s theatrical in spirit.

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Now that is beautiful! I don’t really have anything else to say other than based on every source I’ve seen that just looks ‘right’.

What a grand and intoxicating innocence. How could you be so naive? There is no escape. Come, lay down your weapons. It is not too late for my mercy.
Episode 9 Rewrite THE SHATTERED SWORD (Complete!)
The Force Awakens Restructured (V3 Released!) and The Starlight Project (WORKPRINT RELEASED!)

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It looks great, great work oohteedee!

Is there a ‘D+ 83’ version too? (or soon?)

No fate but what we make - apart from force dyads!

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Fated-Dualist said:

It looks great, great work oohteedee!

Is there a ‘D+ 83’ version too? (or soon?)

I have no plans to. Someone else has said they’d do it.

Personally I’ll always watch 4k83 as that’s an already true theatrical restoration.

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Is there a site that has instructions on how to watch this? i.e. do you watch it with a hard drive? Or is there going to be a 1080P version?

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Look around the forum. Figure it out.

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oohteedee said:

Fated-Dualist said:

It looks great, great work oohteedee!

Is there a ‘D+ 83’ version too? (or soon?)

I have no plans to. Someone else has said they’d do it.

Personally I’ll always watch 4k83 as that’s an already true theatrical restoration.

Do you happen to know who is working on the ROTJ D+ restoration? Or where I can follow that? I’d like to have the full set even though I already have and love 4K83.

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Stotchy is working on it. It should be ready soon from what I hear.

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Thanks! I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. And thanks to you for the great work you’ve done here!

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v2.2 1080p has been posted to the usual place. 2160p is rendering and will be available in a few days or so.

v2.2 changes…

This release is to improve the quality of many shots.

The Fox intro is redone to be a more theatrical colour graded. The source for this is an original Star Wars 35mm print.
The opening crawl has been redone and retimed to be more theatrically accurate. The starfield during the crawl is now repositioned more accurately. The timing of the tiltdown after it is theatrically timed now. In the SE it gets to the planet too quickly so the music queue was off.
The 3PO “over here, hey help, please help” shot is now UHD Blu-Ray which has a custom wipe to the 35mm Tech
print with R2 in the canyon. This is a huge improvement in quality.
The wipe to the “look sir droids” shot is cleaned up a bit.
The twin suns shot is replaced with the theatrical version.
Greedo hardcoded subs are redone to improve the quality.
The grate that Leia shoots to the trash compactor is theatrical now.
The ships taking off from Yavin shot is redone. Many ships where faint or missing.
The final wipe to the credits is cleaned up a bit.
White specks on the sides of the end credits are cleaned up.
Many other shots are better colour matched. I also fixed light leakage on the sides of many
shots.

enjoy.

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D+77 has been updated to v2.3 to fix a few things I didn’t like in the previous version.

v2.3 changes
I stabilized the end of the tiltdown a bit just before the flyover. It was quite jittery. I didn’t completely stabilize it, I just reduced the jitteriness of it. There is still some jitter (gate-weave) left.
The restored shot of Artoo in the canyon has the colour tweaked. I felt it was too red and too dark compared to the shots right afterward. It’s a closer match now.
The shot of the entrance to the Cantina is digitally recomposited now to greatly improve the quality. It’s a little less theatrically accurate now without the purple patch in the middle but the overall quality is much higher.
The “doors locked” shot has been tweaked to fix what looked like light leakage in the scan.
The shot of the Falcon blasting out of Moss Eisley has been redone to improve the quality. It had some textural stability issues before.
The shot of the Falcon backing out of the Death Star has been redone.
The shot of the Rebel guy scanning the horizon on Yavin has been redone.
The PG end notification is redone to eliminate the warping it had.
I tweaked the colour of another shot a bit to better blend.

Lastly, this version is NOT GOUT synced. Version 2.3 presents the full theatrical sync
of the film. It restores the one frame missing from the NTSC GOUT DVD which was present
in the PAL GOUT DVD and of course the UHD BR.

-For the stereo track I used hairy_hen’s 70mm 2.0 v3 flac audio file. - edited in Resolve. Rendered out to pcm. Transcoded to ac3 using ffmpeg.
-For the mono track I used the DTS-MA audio track from 4K77 v1.4. - converted to wav using eac3to. Edited it in Resolve to sync to the stereo track. Rendered out to pcm. Transcoded to ac3 using ffmpeg.
-For the 5.1 track I used hairy_hen’s 70mm 5.1 v3 DTS-MA audio file. - converted to flac using eac3to. Edited and synced in audacity using the stereo track as a reference. Exported to flac. Transcoded to ac3 using ffmpeg.

I was hoping our audio experts would have theatrically synced these by now but it hasn’t
happened yet so I did it on my own the best I knew how with the tools I had.

DTS-MA versions of these tracks are in a separate folder for those who want lossless audio.
AC3 files were muxed into the file for maximum compatibility.

This is how I always wanted to present D+77, in it’s full theatrical sync.

The 2160p is rendering now. It’ll be ready in a few days. 1080p is now in the usual place.

I’m content with this version and don’t plan any updates for a while.

enjoy!