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ESB 1997 HD (a more accurate) Reconstruction

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Hi everyone after doing a restoration of the 1997 version of ROTJ (very close to being 100% completed) I thought I’d make a more accurate version of ESB 1997 based off of Adywan’s great work. Adywan’s ESB 1997 kept in a lot of changes that were made in 2004 that bothered me (mostly all of the Falcon’s cockpit shots being left cropped) so I threw this version together in a couple of days. This preservation is in 720p unlike Adywan’s version which is 1080p, so I would say that if you don’t care about the changes that I made here, go ahead and get Adywan’s since it’s higher resolution.

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  • Main source: Hal9000’s Empire Custom SE
  • KK5SO’s Custom SE
  • 2004 HDTV
  • Harmy’s Despecialized ESB v2.0
  • Harmys Respecialized ANH (for “A long time ago” title card)
  • ESB 1997 LD (for one shot that is zoomed in on only for the 97 version)

Changes:

  • Used Harmy’s Respecialized ANH to replace the Episode II style “A long time ago” title card in the 2004 version (and was still present in Adywan’s version)
  • Used a clip from a 1997 LD capture to replace the shot of Luke’s feet stuck in the Wampa’s cave since it was zoomed in on only for this version
  • Used Harmy’s Despecialized ESB to replace all of the zoomed in Millenium Falcon cockpit shots (except for one shot that was zoomed in for the 97 version)
  • Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace all scenes with lightsabers since they were redone for 2004 (and were still present in Adywan’s version)
  • Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace scenes on Bespin where Han’s shoulders have shadows on them which creates the illusion that he’s wearing his vest (shoulders were digitally lightened in 2004)
  • Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace scenes where the Imperial rank badges on some characters have been digitally re positioned (2004 change)
  • The entire film has also been synced to the cinema DTS and LD 5.1 track

There are still a few things that are 2004 changes that are still in here, but they are just re composited elements that look almost identical to the 97 version.

Pm me for a link (it’s a 20gb file so it’s a megalink this time)

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Some screenshots comparing the changes (using LD and Blu Ray screenshots not from this preservation):

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Is there going to be color correction? Harmy said Adywan’s version was very Gout like in color which is incorrect for the 1997SE.

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and this,i´d like to watch too.
if a new hope is ready,a link would be great.
thanks

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Weren’t these ESB and ROTJ 1997 preservations meant to be accompaniments to Harmy’s existing ANH 1997 preservation?

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ChainsawAsh said:

Weren’t these ESB and ROTJ 1997 preservations meant to be accompaniments to Harmy’s existing ANH 1997 preservation?

Yep that’s right. I have no intentions of doing ANH, Harmy and Team Blu have perfectly fine preservations!

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stretch009 said:

Is there going to be color correction? Harmy said Adywan’s version was very Gout like in color which is incorrect for the 1997SE.

I wasn’t planning on doing a cc since I really like the completely white Hoth scenes, but if I were to replace the Hoth scenes with a regraded Blu Ray source so it’s slightly blue again, would anyone be more interested in that?

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trillary dump said:

stretch009 said:

Is there going to be color correction? Harmy said Adywan’s version was very Gout like in color which is incorrect for the 1997SE.

I wasn’t planning on doing a cc since I really like the completely white Hoth scenes, but if I were to replace the Hoth scenes with a regraded Blu Ray source so it’s slightly blue again, would anyone be more interested in that?

I am interested in that.

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As long as you remember to swap out the couple bits of ESB Revisited and a few other things, Hal’s custom ESB SE would probably be a good source to work from for more accurate color.

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A Bluray regrade would be more accurate and of higher quality than Adywan’s version as well.

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Yeah, Hal’s v1 of his custom SE used Ady’s 97 ESB (same as this), but for his v2 he switched to a regraded Blu-Ray. The 1080p encode of his v2 is very high quality, almost certainly good enough to use as a source.

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He may even have a regrade without his customizations. He is collaborating with Dre on an ESB regrade.

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Any thought of authoring your 97 reconstructions to blu-ray?

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WDW203 said:

He may even have a regrade without his customizations. He is collaborating with Dre on an ESB regrade.

Yes, that was for his custom ESB. I don’t believe he has a version without his customizations rendered out, I’m pretty sure applying the color LUTs was the last thing he did before rendering the final version out.

There’s not that much that would need to be changed video wise, though - you’d need to use the BR or HDTV version of the Wampa scene, the shot(s?) of the window on Cloud City, and Vader’s shuttle ride, and Despecialized for the Emperor hologram, which you’d have to do anyway. Plus, of course, all the other 1997 reversions that are already a part of this project.

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I’ll do just what Ash said, give me a few days to throw this new version together and hopefully that’ll turn out better!

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dgraham414 said:

Any thought of authoring your 97 reconstructions to blu-ray?

Yeah I have thought about it but I wouldn’t know where to start if I were to make menus for them. I usually just put the mkv into tsMuxer (I think) to create a Blu day iso without any menus just the film.

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In theory I’ll be putting out a ‘DrDre ESB color correction’ version of ESB once he’s generated all the necessary individual LUTs to his satisfaction.
For my Custom SE version I just had him do enough for me to be able to mess around with them and get things good enough. I wasn’t necessarily going for a sense of accuracy per se, though the 1997 colors for ESB are what feel best to me subjectively. The Hoth nighttime scenes are a bit bluer than that, though, to better meet the (mostly) Revisited version of the Wampa scene I used in the middle.

PM me for links to my edits; apparently, some feel shy about this.

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Just finished using Hal’s Custom SE and KK5SO’s version (for unaltered cloud city scenes) and I must say, DrDre did a great job on the color grade! I’ll have a link available for it tomorrow.

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You probably already know and took care of this since you were very thorough when talking about your last version before using Hal’s work as a source, but just a quick reminder since you didn’t mention it in your post - the Wampa scene and the Emperor scene also require a different source than Hal’s custom SE.

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ChainsawAsh said:

You probably already know and took care of this since you were very thorough when talking about your last version before using Hal’s work as a source, but just a quick reminder since you didn’t mention it in your post - the Wampa scene and the Emperor scene also require a different source than Hal’s custom SE.

Yeah I should’ve mentioned it. I used the 2004 version for the Wampa and KK5SO’s version had the original Emperor

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Yeah, I assumed, but I also know what it’s like to accidentally overlook something like that and not notice until after you’ve released the thing, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to mention it.

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