Hi. I’m new to this forum, so let me introduce myself. I am a sixteen-year-old kid with a high interest in the film industry and its history, the technology that powers the filmgoing experience, and the preservation of fading works. I’ve been lurking this forum for some while now, because I was interested in how fans are endlessly restoring the ORIGINAL theatrical versions of the Star Wars OT, which has been over the years, insecurely modified to a film more incomplete than it originally was.
On the subject of film preservation, I became aware that an earlier mix of the THX trailer “Cimarron” existed, and it’s not just different in panning and levels, but it has a completely different soundtrack! If you are not familiar with “Cimarron”, it was produced at ILM and released in 1988 with the premiere of the almost-forgotten Lucas/Howard film “Willow.” When I found a crappy in-theater live recording of the trailer, I’ve realized that the fate of that mix is in the hands of whoever owns the closest-to-the-original materials and myself, as THX, Ltd. today consists of very different people who are not aware that an early mix of “Cimarron” exists.
Below is the latest version (v1.1) of the restoration project on YouTube:
As you can hear, I’ve gotten one step closer to the original since I’ve started this project in August. If you have any contributions to the project, please let me know.