So 4k83 is here.
Which edition wins the all round, one-copy-only, best ROTJ at the moment?
Harmy 2.5 or 4k83?
Personal preference, really. Despecialized contains virtually zero GOUT. It’s basically all blu-ray and 35mm.
4K83 is extremely clean. I’ve seen commercial blu-rays and TV airings of movies with more scratches or dirt. The image is a little softer, and there are clearly limitations that are inherent to the reel-by-reel grading method. I think once someone does a shot-by-shot version of 4K83 (and as a personal preference, removes the reel change markers), it will be pretty damn hard to beat that. I think some shots look better in 4K83, because they’re purely from the original source. For instance, the early shot of 3PO and R2 at the door.
Two fantastic options.
The 35mm footage in Despecialized is shaky (I believe the technical term is gate weave) during the dance scene and some of the sail barge scenes. Is this present in 4K83?
The Person in Question