Harmy’s RETURN OF THE JEDI - DESPECIALIZED EDITION HD v2.5 IS NOW OUT
Where to find it:
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This is a reconstruction of the 1983 theatrical version of Return of the Jedi. The original shots were painstakingly restored using various sources (listed below) and the film received an extensive shot by shot colour correction based on a fade free 1983 LPP Print. ROTJ v2.5 is pretty much completely despecialized, apart from a couple of wipes, which were recomposited optically in 1997 and look nearly identical to the originals, so for all intents and purposes this is the original version.
The remastered version (v2.5) represents a significant improvement in picture quality over the earlier 1.0 version due to the use of better encoding and higher quality sources and replacing many of the despecialized shots with higher quality ones.
RETURN OF THE JEDI Episode IV A New Hope Official Blu-Ray (2011)
LPP 35mm print scans (Team Negative 1 and Poita)
Schorman’s HDTV Preservation - Return of the Jedi (2004 DVD version)
RETURN OF THE JEDI 2006 Bonus DVD (sourced from the 1993 Definitive Edition Laser Disc Master - upscaled by Dark Jedi)
RETURN OF THE PUG (1983 16mm print transfer)
It is currently available as a DVD9 AVCHD and 20GB MKV. Here are the full NFOs for both versions:
Harmy, thanks for the great work! Amazing stuff!