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I want to download the Despecialized Editions, but...

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Hello,

I was watching unboxings for the LDS distributed copies of the Despecialized Editions but after some research, I’ve deemed them too controversial to consider.
I want blu ray copies of the Despecialized Editions, however, but heard it’s way more expensive.

What resources do you recommend for making my own blu ray copy of the Despecialized Editions myself?

EDIT: Please don’t say the Harmy quote, I know what he said about distrubution or selling of movies and I’ve read it a million times. Hope I don’t sound too rude. Thank you!

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Other than the cost of materials, it should be free. It’s a fan made restoration and as such should never be sold or bought for profit.

What you’ll be looking at is a Blu-Ray burner, which can be had for around $100 for an external USB one, or around $50-60 for an internal one that goes in your PC case’s disc drive bay.

Then you’ll need blank Blu-Ray media to write the files to a disc. I recommend Verbatim brand, price depends on if you go for a large spindle of discs, if you go for printable (plain white surface) discs or not, and if you go single layer (25GB) or dual layer (50GB).

Finally, you’re going to need the files themselves! If you’re burning to disc, I recommend NJVC’s set, which has both single- and dual-layer options, complete with menus and such. There’s a thread with details about it in this very forum.

For burning to the disc, the free software imgburn will be all you’ll need to get the downloaded file burned to your blank disc.

And that’s it!

Now, alternatively, you can just download the MKV video file versions, put them on a flash drive, and plug the flash drive into your Blu-Ray player (or possibly even just your TV), which should have no trouble playing the standalone files.

The last option is to get the ~8GB AVCHD versions, which can be burned to a DVD+R DL (dual layer DVD) with a standard DVD burner. This still results in an HD disc that can only be played on BR players, but it isn’t universally compatible and the quality is ever so slightly reduced compared to the full size MKV releases.

Hope that helps! Feel free to ask any questions either here or in a private message if you’re confused or have any issues with any part of the process.

a trolling bantha

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Just adding a little to what Chainsaw Ash put so well above - probably worth asking a friend, neighbour or family if you can use their computer or equipment to burn some blu ray discs if money is an issue. Also may be try the local internet cafe etc too.

Good luck with it 😃

 

PS - glad you didn’t go with buying the Despecialized Editions from one of the dark side scumbags out there…

Harmy made a youtube video to remind everyone that Fan Edits must never be bought or sold:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrwKZHv4OS0

 

As posted elsewhere on the site…

The people who sell these freely available projects do so on the backs of the Fan Editors’ long, arduous & hard work - all given for free. The same applies to those who designed the cover and disc art, and also the people who put together any extras such as interactive menus or bonus / additional content made for these projects as well.

Many of these sellers make considerable money from selling these Fan Edits - despite often claiming that they are only charging ‘for their time and to cover costs’. These claims are false - they substantially profit from their actions.

The quality of product you see in many sellers’ ‘unboxing’ or ‘promotional’ videos on youtube etc may be nowhere near the quality of what you actually receive; some people have received non-working discs, cheap quality discs, poor quality covers printed on standard letter paper, low quality ink settings used, broken disc cases, just being sent the discs themselves instead of in their protective boxes - and without disc covers and artwork too (despite some ‘review’ videos showing the contrary).

They also endanger the future of any and all future projects too. It is a golden rule of owning these freely available Edits that you must own the official retail release (or digital download) - and that no-one profits from the making & distribution of them.

Some sellers have even deleted comments on their sites from Harmy and other Fan Editors letting people know the above info - and that all these projects are freely available elsewhere…

 

For more information on Harmy’s Despecialized Editions:-

Some info & help for Harmy’s Despecialized Editions of the Original Trilogy…

 

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I think it’s harder now than it used to be. I search for the torrents but seem to always end up with malware or something of the sort. Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

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Number 1 piece of advice I have for that particular issue:

Never ever ever visit a torrent tracker site without an ad blocker enabled. The malware you’re talking about is almost certainly from a malicious “ad” masquerading as a download button.

Get uBlock Origin and leave it on any time you’re visiting a site that offers legally-dubious content. Because those kind of sites aren’t going to be doing much vetting of who they’re selling their ad space to as long as the checks clear.

a trolling bantha

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ChainsawAsh said:

Get uBlock Origin and leave it on any time you’re visiting a site that offers legally-dubious content. Because those kind of sites aren’t going to be doing much vetting of who they’re selling their ad space to as long as the checks clear.

Good suggestion, I’ve now replaced ABP with uBlock Origin on my driver and there’s a marked improvement in web browsing speed. However, on my computer that I use for visiting sites that offer “legally-dubious content”, ABP is much better at preventing pop-up windows from opening. 😃

“Logic is the battlefield of adulthood.”

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