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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released) — Page 575

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tehparadox has the only ‘official’ links to the .rar files if I am not mistaken. Almost all are missing from the mega.co.nz server for StarWars IV past file/part 14. Any ideas or help? I am loving this, I got ROTJ and even bought a FileFactory account for a month to get Empire, my favorite. I had done my own ‘edit’ for each in my limited capacity to keep quotes the same and such but nothing close to this project. Any help is appreciated to the fullest.

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Hello again friends,

I abandoned trying to get the files to run on my PS4 - media playback on that thing is too buggy to begin with, and everything I’ve read indicates that PS3’s playback is a more generally stable option. Also, I didn’t need admin access to get all of the required programs to extract etc. 2.5 to run on PS3, which is a small but happy miracle. But I’m still not there yet.

I’m running mkvextractgui to get the proper A/V tracks, and in fact have been running the program all night, but to no avail.

The image is not pasting, but it shows the extraction is running, but is at 0% (and has been for the last 15 hours). I am extracting tracks 1, 2, & 4, for no other particular reason than they are the tracks extracted in the example on the dedicated thread. The flash drive to which I am extracting is exFAT, not FAT32, if that’s significant. Anybody have any tips on how to kick this thing into gear? My wife is getting antsy about wanting to see the Trilogy for the first time.

Thanks all.

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Tsmuxergui is what we generally use around here. The ps3 is indeed much better, but it only works with fat32 drives, which is problematic for files this big.

I would generally recommend not extracting or remuxing directly to a USB drive if it is giving you trouble just make the file on a local drive and copy them over when you confirm that they are correct.

Does your mkv app you’re using reencode? I think the best option may be to remux to m2ts and stream to ps3. Though my ps3 is hacked to do NTFS so I need to be careful about making suggestions that will actually work for other users.

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I’ll take a stab at using the app you suggested instead. Since the tracks being extracted are smaller than the file as a whole (obviously), I’m not forced to use my exFAT USB for it - I can reformat one of my smaller ones to FAT32. The dedicated thread on PS3 playback does detail breaking the file down into tracks to skirt the 4GB limit, so that part shouldn’t be a problem. If it is, I’ll just extract the whole thing onto my lappy and plug the lappy directly into my TV. I think that’ll be slightly preferable to trying to Chromecast it from the lappy to the TV; I fear the sheer loss that would invite. Will update soon.

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Error: Matroska parse error: Invalid EBML number size 0 at pos 2095173

Interesting, but not meaningful enough to a layman.

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captlancemurdock said:

@Zero0Squared - please post the paypal link to donate for the newsletter publishing. I will remain an occasional visitor but even so I’d like to support this effort. Thanks!

While I wouldn’t mind taking peoples’ money for this effort, since Harmy set up the Facebook page (and YouTube, etc), it really doesn’t make sense to continue with the newsletter. People can just 'Like" his page and be notified of his releases when they happen. I think the only people that would benefit are people that don’t have any kind of social media account - and even though there are a few people out there like that, they are in the minority.

Let me know if I’m wrong, guys.

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Nanner Split said:

Too bad they ruined it by zooming in until it fit the 16:9 aspect ratio

It’s just a test. The final version won’t be stretched to 16:9 and they have a lot on their plates so I would look at this as a minor inconvenience. They’re not stupid.


**😮ver&out:
**mumbles

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mumbles_ said:

Nanner Split said:

Too bad they ruined it by zooming in until it fit the 16:9 aspect ratio

It’s just a test. The final version won’t be stretched to 16:9 and they have a lot on their plates so I would look at this as a minor inconvenience. They’re not stupid.

I was referring to that Onion Film Standard review video, what did you think I was talking about??

http://i.imgur.com/7N84TM8.jpg

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Nanner Split said:

mumbles_ said:

Nanner Split said:

Too bad they ruined it by zooming in until it fit the 16:9 aspect ratio

It’s just a test. The final version won’t be stretched to 16:9 and they have a lot on their plates so I would look at this as a minor inconvenience. They’re not stupid.

I was referring to that Onion Film Standard review video, what did you think I was talking about??

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Jedi Master Skywalker said:
Btw I have started a petition:
https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-the-release-of-the-unaltered-cut-of-star-wars-in-4k/
Please sign
towne32 said:
They should build a whole website and forum based off a petition like this.

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clutchins said:

Nanner Split said:

mumbles_ said:

Nanner Split said:

Too bad they ruined it by zooming in until it fit the 16:9 aspect ratio

It’s just a test. The final version won’t be stretched to 16:9 and they have a lot on their plates so I would look at this as a minor inconvenience. They’re not stupid.

I was referring to that Onion Film Standard review video, what did you think I was talking about??

Team Negative 1

Yes, sorry. Wrong preservation project. My bad!


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I’ve tried to look through this whole thread as much as possible, but haven’t seen anyone with similar issues to mine. Playing several different ways (Local drive on Kodi or VLC, Network share on Kodi or Plex on 3-4 different networked devices) I can get perfectly solid playback, but FF/RW/skipping to a location (or resuming from a location) is IMPOSSIBLE. With high bitrate encodes I of course expect a delay while the stream catches up, but at best I’m seeing like 30-60 seconds frozen, followed by a brief restart at the location, followed by playback terminating. I’ve found that on my desktop machine IF the file is on my Samsung 850 SSD I can get it to skip forward and resume playback with only a 20-30 second delay, but everything else just fails outright. Is it possible I downloaded a bad encode or is this just the nature of the beast?

It’s a shame because it is truly BEAUTIFUL and both the video and the DTS-MA audio tracks are to die for. But I’ve played a number of files with equally high density video and audio content without this kind of trouble. Just curious if this is a common issue. If I need to re-encode or strip audio tracks I’m not using or anything like that I’d be happy to put some effort into this, I just want to know if it’s possible to make it better.

My wife got so upset when we couldn’t resume playback that we had to finish watching on the official Blu-Ray release. Which I hope doesn’t happen again.

Thanks to everyone who has had a part in making this happen!

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That’s weird - I’m assuming you got the large MKV, since you’re talking about DTS-HD - it definitelly shouldn’t be doing that - it could be a bad download. You could also try just re-muxing it using MkvMergeGUI or maybe making an m2ts file with TSmuxer.

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What are the specs for the system you’re watching it on? You may just have old hardware.

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I’ve been lurking on this thread for a while and I finally had to post. I just finished watching the latest versions of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and was blown away. Harmy, and the community, thank you so much for undertaking this process.

Because of my age, I was not fortunate enough to be able to see the movies upon their original release. However, I was fortunate enough to see the original unaltered movies on VHS as a child. Ever since those first viewings I have been in love with the series. Even the imperfections of the originals, the black and white R2D2 or the slightly pink lightsaber of Vader, bring a smile to my face. Thank You!

I do have two questions.

The first is that I noticed while watching Star Wars that C3P0’s line when describing the detention chamber is missing. I appreciate this because I am aware that most Cinema showings were also missing the line. However, I was wondering which, if any, of the audio tracks have it. I know the original mono track did but I would prefer a stereo one with its inclusion. If not obviously not a big deal.

Also, this next question might be controversial. I, like I am sure many on here, am not a big fan of the prequels. However, I was wondering if there was an undertaking to release those Despecialized as well. The home releases are much less altered than the originals, but there are differences; such as changed camera wipes, extended pod racing etc. Just wondering if you or anyone was planning on doing something like this.

Thanks again Harmy. Love what you’ve done and await the new release of Return of the Jedi and future releases. May the Force be with you, always.

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Do you mean C3PO’s tractor beam line? If you switch the the Mono track, I believe it is there, just as in theaters (mono version but not stereo). edit: oops, you know that. As Catbus says, use the 85 mix.

Prequels - Valeyard is working on what should be a very good TPM. Little changed in RoTS, but Schorman should have a theatrical-accurate version up soonish.

As for AoTC, we can’t do a perfect theatrical version as far as the 35mm film is concerned. We lack the near-end shot of the still robotic hand and the speeder that was deleted to make a flying lightsaber more clear. The DCP version is closer to possible. The hand shot is the same as the DVD/Blu-ray. If we want to assume that the speeder was too (which would be a big assumption - we have no idea), then it could be done. Would just need to use the theatrical audio (which we have) to remove ‘to be angry is to be human’ and change ‘uh huh’ back to ‘yes’. For the ‘to be angry’ deletion to be frame accurate, we would need a few frames of video that were deleted when inserting Natalie’s line, so the change would only be approximate, otherwise.

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Noah182 said:

I know the original mono track did but I would prefer a stereo one with its inclusion.

The 77 mono mix, 85 stereo mix, and 93 stereo mix all have it. For stereo I’d recommend 85.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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Shows what I know. That’s the mix I never listen to.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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Zer0Squared said:

captlancemurdock said:

@Zero0Squared - please post the paypal link to donate for the newsletter publishing. I will remain an occasional visitor but even so I’d like to support this effort. Thanks!

While I wouldn’t mind taking peoples’ money for this effort, since Harmy set up the Facebook page (and YouTube, etc), it really doesn’t make sense to continue with the newsletter. People can just 'Like" his page and be notified of his releases when they happen. I think the only people that would benefit are people that don’t have any kind of social media account - and even though there are a few people out there like that, they are in the minority.

Let me know if I’m wrong, guys.

Have you considered just starting extra accounts every time you hit 2,000 subscribers?

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Harmy said:

One thing was the colors - not so much the color choices (even though there I will also want to make some changes, since it became apparent that the scans I used as reference, while still pretty close, were not 100% accurate to what the print actually looks like) but rather color errors, like whites being green, and these color artifacts on people’s faces and stuff like that. But mainly most of the GOUT sourced stuff just stands out to me and I should be able to get some 35mm scans soon and finally get it to the same level as what ESB and ROTJ v2.5 will be with pretty much no standard definition sources used.

By whites being green, do you possibly mean the occasional green tinting in the background while Luke is cleaning R2? That has been driving me crazy, I can’t help but notice it every time now.

Harmy said:

No, actually, v2.5 has always been my original vision - until v3.0 comes out, then that will have always been my original vision 😄

I watched “From Star Wars to Jedi” for the first time in a long while yesterday, and it is unbelievable how many times George put his foot in his future mouth throughout it. He shot so many holes in his Original Vision claims… The only thing he has been consistent about was not liking how the Cantina turned out, everything else he has since completely done the opposite of; from comments about the importance of pacing and the mistakes other filmmakers make of showing off scenery over telling a story (PT implications, all the way), to admitting it was best he didn’t finish the Jabba scene in original Star Wars as it gave him the chance to completely reimagine the design of Jabba. Overall, it was a strangely fun watch with the knowledge we have now.

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towne32 said:

Do you mean C3PO’s tractor beam line? If you switch the the Mono track, I believe it is there, just as in theaters (mono version but not stereo). edit: oops, you know that. As Catbus says, use the 85 mix.

CatBus said:

The 77 mono mix, 85 stereo mix, and 93 stereo mix all have it. For stereo I’d recommend 85.

Yeah I meant the tractor beam line. And alright I will check out the 85 mix. Any major line differences I should know about in that version?

towne32 said:

Prequels - Valeyard is working on what should be a very good TPM. Little changed in RoTS, but Schorman should have a theatrical-accurate version up soonish.

As for AoTC, we can’t do a perfect theatrical version as far as the 35mm film is concerned. We lack the near-end shot of the still robotic hand and the speeder that was deleted to make a flying lightsaber more clear. The DCP version is closer to possible. The hand shot is the same as the DVD/Blu-ray. If we want to assume that the speeder was too (which would be a big assumption - we have no idea), then it could be done. Would just need to use the theatrical audio (which we have) to remove ‘to be angry is to be human’ and change ‘uh huh’ back to ‘yes’. For the ‘to be angry’ deletion to be frame accurate, we would need a few frames of video that were deleted when inserting Natalie’s line, so the change would only be approximate, otherwise.

Thanks for the info on this too. It continues to amaze me the various nuances between releases and how difficult it is to get the versions back to the theatrical cut. I’ll be on the lookout for theatrical TPM. That is a shame about AoTC though. After reading your response I did a little digging and was surprised to learn about the multiple theatrical versions. Strange how the digital version and film version had differences. I had known there was a much shorter IMax version, but never about the difference between 35mm and digital. Maybe one day someone will find a reel of this movie too.