Good day, or night, depending on where you are.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share my work-in-progress edit of Return of the Jedi. I’ve named it The Final Cut. I would like to stress that this name is liable to change and my title for this project, once the skywalker cut, then the victory cut, now final cut, has been the cause of some protest, so I don’t want to dwell too much on the name of this project and more on the technical side of things.
So what am I offering with this project that’s new and different? I don’t know, I don’t pay much attention to the projects here. I haven’t labeled this project purely as a restoration because it’s more of a SE/theatrical mix. The real kicker here is the preservation of the Victory Celebration in an otherwise theatrical film. What I’m offering is a cut of the film that is specifically made for my own enjoyment, it is only if you share my same feelings regarding the special edition changes for this film that this fan edit will appeal to you, and if it doesn’t then I apologize.
The list of changes are as follows:
- Removed Vader’s “Nooooooo!”, that was added in the Blu-ray release.
- Jedi Rocks has been vanquished, Lapti Nek has been restored.
- Restored the old sarlaac pit and associated audio.
- Removed CGI dug from Jabba’s palace.
- Restored some lost frames.
- Anakin’s ghost is portrayed by Sebastian Shaw.
- Victory Celebration remains.
- Ewoks no longer have creepy CGI eyes.
These changes were accomplished with a combination of UHD Blu-ray 4K83 footage, courtesy of TN1.
Theatrical shots have been color-matched to the Blu-ray and a universal custom color grade (D3) is applied to the film.
Final project will be available in SDR 1080p and 4K and 4K HDR.