The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition Color Restoration
Hello to all fans of the Peter Jackson’s trilogy! Unfortunately, all official Blu-ray releases of The Fellowship of the Ring suffer from many problems: Extended Edition — ugly green tint throughout the entire course of the film, Theatrical Edition — the overuse of both digital noise reduction (DNR) and artificial sharpening.
To restore the colors of the Extended Edition I had to create more than 4000 LUTs! I used the Dr. Dre’s Color Matching Tool, Adobe Premiere Pro CC with the plugin Voukoder and AutoOverlay AviSynth plugin.
Some scenes I took from 44rh1n’s release (he doesn’t mind):
Dwalin used my grades of the extended scenes, but went even further by completing a shot-for-shot regrade of the rest of the theatrical footage from the extended Blu-ray as well (unlike my release, which uses the theatrical Blu-ray for those scenes).
I haven’t watched it yet, and I haven’t done a side by side comparison with the DVD yet either. So I can’t yet verify the integrity and consistency across all of its shots. But a quick scrub through of the film looked pretty good to me!
I think it’s really cool that there are multiple restorations out there now! Hopefully Warner/New Line will see our demand for a proper release!
I am currently restoring the colors of the Extended Edition of The Two Towers.