WOW, looks amazing Harmy.
Harmy proudly presents…
RETURN OF THE JEDI - DESPECIALIZED EDITION HD v3.0
People already started reporting problems with the current release. I really tried to avoid this by sending out workprint versions beforehand but some things just fall through the cracks.
So far, nothing major that would spoil your enjoyment of the movie has been discovered - the biggest thing is that one of the Jabba subtitles is missing but I’m letting you know there will definitelly be a version 3.1 in a month or so, if that affects your decision to download this one.
I would appreciate, if you could post any issues you may find in this thread. Thank you!
Where to find it:
The Ultimate Introductory Guide - a particularly helpful guide by HanDuet; a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the Despecialized Editions
Here’s a list of all the audio options available in both the 4K and HD versions of Return of the Jedi Despecialized Edition v3.0.
Big thanks to hairy_hen, schorman, Mavimao and CatBus!
Please report any quality issues you find here.
A comparison gallery will be posted here:
This is a fan preservation. Fanedits and preservations must not be bought or sold. Please report every fanedit or preservation you find for sale to webmasters of originaltrilogy.com. Fanedits and preservations are an artform and to be shared among legal owners of the officially available releases only. Do not support piracy.
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.
It is currently available as a DVD9 AVCHD and 20GB MKV. Here are the full NFOs for both versions:
Mod Edit: These two threads may also be of some interest and help for alternative possibilities in acquiring the Despecialized Editions - as well as for any technical assistance or ‘How do I do this?’ questions or issues:-
Some info & help for Harmy’s Despecialized Editions of the Original Trilogy… - in ‘General Assistance’.
Despecialized Editions by Harmy : Index of ‘How-To’s & Help’ Threads | Index of ‘General Despecialized Threads’ | ‘Where are they? And how do I get them?’ mega-merge thread… - in ‘How-To’s and Technical Discussions’.
The three main Despecialized Edition project threads on the OT•com - Star Wars : Empire Strikes Back : Return Of The Jedi