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Favorite OT Color Grade (Official Releases)

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Of all the official releases of the OT, which ones do you like the most for their color grading? I often find when watching a release I havent seen before, the grading is what often has the biggest part in whether I like it or not. If for some reason you don’t like the entire set of films in one release, then pick for each individual film.

Going off of 35mm scans I’ve seen and certain aspects of the home releases on VHS and Laserdisc, my personal favorite is all three of the 1997 Special Editions. For as controversial as they may be (not to mention despised), I think they do a good job of giving the films an updated and vibrant color grade that still has the spirit of the original grading. Best of all, the blacks aren’t crushed into submission.

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I’d have to agree. Maybe it’s just because those are the VHS tapes U came up with, but they feel more right to me than anything since.

I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently.

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I’ll have to take a look at that. I didn’t think the GOAT releases would have a project like that given it’s questionable quality. I wish at some point we can get a blu-ray release one of these centuries that is color matched to the Tech print. It’s coloring is crisp yet not overly saturated. It finds ways to liven up the image even in areas that seem borderline monochromatic.

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The pre-1993 VHS and Laserdiscs. There seems to be the least screwing around with the colors.

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I actually really like the colors on the GOUT, and while the quality may not be the greatest, I still love those DVDs, and don’t find the quality to be as bad as most say (although still unexcusable as the best official release of such classic movies). Even though I know the op said official releases, I’d say 4k77 has the most eye pleasing color palette to me.

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ANH - GOUT
ESB - 2004/2011
ROTJ - 1997

I’m not really that much of a movie purist. I really should’ve thought my name out a bit more.

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When it comes to my personal favorite color grades, first for ANH I like the theatrical technicolor grade the most. It just seems the most suited grade for that film. Although, the 97 grade is pretty close too.

And for ESB I actually really like and prefer the GOUT colors for that one. I feel the fair and bright looking colors compliments the locations and sets within the film pretty well such as Hoth and Cloud City. Even though it seems anymore that a lot of people aren’t really a fan the GOUT grades nowadays. Idk, it seems that way to me at least.

Anyway and finally, for the ROTJ grade I like the SE 97 grade the best. I think it does really improve the overall look of that film than compare to previous grades for ROTJ which always seems off to me due the inconsistencies and oddities of those grades, especially the original theatrical grade.

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