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D+80 - Empire Strikes Back - 4K Theatrical Reconstruction

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What is this you ask? This is a “theatrical” reconstruction (mostly) of The Empire
Strikes Back using the UHD BluRay 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+80.

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.

V2.0 is the latest version available at the usual place.

Sources used…
The 2160p UHD BluRay was used as the primary source for this project.
Two 35mm theatrical prints were used to restore original shots where needed.
All scanned in and cleaned in 4k.

Audio…
This version is not NTSC GOUT synced. Two frames at the end of reel 5 are added back in. It is now essentially PAL GOUT synced but timed to 23.976 fps. Those two frames were present in theatres in 1980 and belong in the film. This is how the film should be viewed, in it’s entirety. This version has the full theatrical audio restored for this by schorman and hairy_hen. If you have alternate language audio it should work fine since the lips don’t match the words anyway. Please don’t try to NTSC GOUT sync this movie. Instead re-sync the audio you have and shared it back to the community. It’s time to abandon the flawed GOUT standard and keep the film as it was made, as it was seen in 1980 and how this film should only be viewed, in it’s original glorious entirety. It’s time to readopt the original theatrical standard like 4K83 did.

New 5.1 audio track mastered and theatrically synced by hairy_hen for this release.
Other audio tracks newly mastered and theatrically synced by schorman for this release.
Thank you both.

More info about the audio in the Audio files folder.

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).

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Theatrical but not completely theatrical…
I restored most of the original 1980 shots of the film, removing most of the CGI and other
unnecessary changes. My preference 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.

A new version is in the works. A few replacement shots have been redone already.

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This is yet another great looking presentation of Empire… giving us even more options to enjoy one of the most important films ever committed to celluloid and cinematic history. I enjoyed this very much… many thanks for the tremendous effort by all involved. This is a great way to experience 1980 once again. Call me crazy, but I still also love Harmy’s first version of Despecialized with those strong vibrant colors. He toned them down with his later version, but I would love to one day see them again with this new D+80 in all its glory. Great work and looking forward to future collaborations from all you wizards making Empire look better than ever.

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Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

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andresfresard said:

Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

v2.0 does not. I left the grain layer off when I rendered it. The next version will have one.
D+77 v2.1 does have a 35mm grain overlay.

It looks like someone has put them on public torrent sites already. I can’t tell you where but a search and you should find them.

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Awesome! I look forward to that next filmgrained version. Keep the great work!

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oohteedee said:

andresfresard said:

Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

v2.0 does not. I left the grain layer off when I rendered it. The next version will have one.
D+77 v2.1 does have a 35mm grain overlay.

It looks like someone has put them on public torrent sites already. I can’t tell you where but a search and you should find them.

looks absolutely amazing, but I only see star wars and empire strikes back on here. Any plan to do the same with jedi?

edit: had a look at your post history, glad to see that it’s being worked on by someone

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oohteedee said:

andresfresard said:

Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

v2.0 does not. I left the grain layer off when I rendered it. The next version will have one.
D+77 v2.1 does have a 35mm grain overlay.

It looks like someone has put them on public torrent sites already. I can’t tell you where but a search and you should find them.

I prefer to not have any grain added in.

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Can this be burned into a regular Blu-Ray?

Someone told me about this and provided a link here. And they said that they thought this version looked better than harmy’s Empire Despecialized Edition.

What terms should I use to search to find this download? And can you burn this on a regular Blu-Ray or do you have to watch it off of a hard drive? I only have a regular HDTV and Blu-Ray player.

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Ryan said:

oohteedee said:

andresfresard said:

Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

v2.0 does not. I left the grain layer off when I rendered it. The next version will have one.
D+77 v2.1 does have a 35mm grain overlay.

It looks like someone has put them on public torrent sites already. I can’t tell you where but a search and you should find them.

I prefer to not have any grain added in.

Well you can go ahead and make your own version then with no grain.

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andresfresard said:

Did you add film grain to this project? Also I would love if you could point me to the right direction to find these edits as they look outstanding! Congratulations on this.

I was wondering. Why would someone want to add artificial grain to this?

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Three reasons:

  1. The SE replacement shots are from a release print which has grain. To make these blend better with the disney main source you add grain to the whole film.

  2. The movie was shot on film. Disney went crazy with the DNR to the detriment of the movie. Add some grain back and it looks better and more authentic - this is a theatrical reconstruction after all.

  3. Grain is good generally (I’m talking negative grain not print grain - that is totally subjective).

If you don’t like grain then stick to watching the prequels. Or as I said earlier, make your own version with no grain.

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I’m not seeing this on torrent sites under the name d+80. Have ones been created under another name?

edit: found it. Thank you for making this!

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This looks so good. Couldn’t spot the seams in shots of folks walking around Cloud City before 3po gets snatched.