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Original trilogy deleted scenes restored Project?

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As I was looking through this site, it seemed that there is some great interest in getting the deleted scenes restored so they can be used in others who are doing extended versions. Should we just make this a priority? A mini project with goal to complete once and for all?
It seemed to me that many tried and either quit or have taken down links to their attempts.
Now that the technology has come along way in the last 5 years as far as restoration tools, I think the time is now to finish these.
While my plan was and still is to incorporate these into my extended “-x” versions. I could certainly just share these out as I finish them and focus on them first. I am curious if anyone that has WIP on these that would save me time? Below will be the full list of deleted I am adding in, followed by my process which uses 2021-22 technology. Adobe tools have come along way
I would like to start a regular cadence of finishing these off if this is the better approach. Reply to this tread if interested in this and I will divert my focus to it. If I focus on this and plan for 1-3 weeks per scene we should be able to have them all by year end. It also may depend on how much headway people have made on these as well.

ANH

  1. Luke w/treadwell on the surface - Completed
  2. Troopers searching hallway doors immediately after entering the Tantive - completed
  3. Tosche Station #1 - Luke & friends look to the sky - 50% complete
  4. Tosche Station #2 - Luke & Bigs - 10% complete
  5. Blue Milk and Lars Breakfast - 60% complete
  6. Search for R2 (POV in the Speeder)
  7. All 4 sandpeople mounting their Banthas
  8. Longer Cantina scene - All creatures - 25% complete
  9. Stormtroopers Search Tatooine (“stilt monster”)
  10. Extended scene with governers in death star board room - TBD quality is horrible
  11. Darth Vader Widens the Search - 10% complete
  12. Stormtroopers on Death Star corridor searching
  13. Death Star Sneaking Around Scene
  14. Leia and Han in falcon before Yavin - 50% complete
  15. Gonk Droid in Death Star Hallway

ESB

  1. Leia and luke after his recovery - 5% complete
  2. Extra scene of han and liea in hallway - 20% complete
  3. 3po switching the sign
  4. Extra wampa scene breaking free in the base
  5. Luke’s light sabre training
  6. Han repairs the falcon
  7. Lobot gets caught
  8. Luke in Falcon medical Bay extended - 40% complete

ROJ

  1. Vader walking to chamber, calling to luke, lightsabre construction
  2. 3PO and R2 enter Jabbas Palace.
  3. The sandstorm
  4. General madine extra scenes going into hyperspace before Lando
  5. Rebels inside the shield bunker
  6. Jerjerrods hesitation

My current Restoration process

  1. Obtain HD footage
  2. Color correction, enhance contrast/clarity using AE and curves in AE
  3. Rotoscope actors off of background
  4. Create clean background plates for scene and angel changes and use content aware fill in PS to remove scratches and dust (skip if camera/background moves to much and instead use content aware and laso tool to remove all dust and scratches by hand frame by frame full frame with no rotoscoping and masking)
  5. Motion track any clean plates if they were made and match to original camera/footage movement if background plates are used
  6. Composite back any elements to background plate
  7. Use Content aware fill on spot areas of the elements after they are composited back in
  8. Use JPG AI neural filters in PS to remove any pixelation
  9. (Optional)Using original footage, mask out any elements that need to be composited back in but not edge rotoscoped (shadows)
    (Optional)fix any surfaces that can be improved with a photographic texture remapping, use PS warp, liquify tools and AE’s CC powerpin to stretch over and replace damaged blurry texture on objects or background.
  10. Add audio improved where needed, but not surround sound at early stage.
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I’m interested. Like you say, AI software has made some massive leaps these past few years, so I’m surprised there isn’t more talk here about this sort of thing.

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Hiya, super interested in this thread. Was wondering by any chance do you intend to restore this scene of Crix Madine? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeOhP7KYILU from 0:00-0:39

It’s not part of the ROTJ blu-ray deleted scenes, I think it’s from the rinzler ROTJ ebook. I’m dying for good quality of this to put into my fan edit clip. Anyways, would be cool to see this scene restored if part of the plan.

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jadenkorr41 said:

Hiya, super interested in this thread. Was wondering by any chance do you intend to restore this scene of Crix Madine? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeOhP7KYILU from 0:00-0:39

It’s not part of the ROTJ blu-ray deleted scenes, I think it’s from the rinzler ROTJ ebook. I’m dying for good quality of this to put into my fan edit clip. Anyways, would be cool to see this scene restored if part of the plan.

yes…it’s #4 above under ROJ,

#4 - General madine extra scenes going into hyperspace before Lando

I have in HD, but not restored or color matched yet. it’s a good briefs scenes but needs to go in the proper place and also there is a fix where ackbar says on my mark and everyone takes off without even waiting, which is kind of weird. I am working on fixing that part too, Crix should go after ackbar and then lando is left with about 18 craft he is leading and should be the last group to jump, which is a slight re-order from what you see in the original cut, but makes better sense.

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jadenkorr41 said:

You have that in HD?? is it higher quality than this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=811TMjwEH04

I like the idea you have for the jump to hyperspace order. Cool to incorporate more of general madine in ROTJ.

Here’s how I wanted to incorporate Madine in my episode 9 edit. (He will be aged, but I need an HD restored footage first) https://youtu.be/5nlIKCXSZPk

enjoy!

The link you referenced is very low res have not seen that one in HD yet as I have the other more common that is before they are in the battle…Here is a link to my copy of that in 1920 Wide HD.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OFl8wE6qrK48dr3kEEHqH2mEuu7mrr2J/view?usp=sharing

It needs to be enhanced, color matched to bluray or adywan color grade (when his is done) and some dust and scratch removal. Audio needs work to and the battle music behind it. but if you want to have it as is. I really like your idea for episode 9! You should look at EbSynth tool where you just get the first and maybe last frame of him aged using photoshop AI filters or any of the new aging tools out there. I think it would work well if as you said you had an HD version. You could prob do alot with lighting and sparks and really sell it.
I have not played around with the aging tech, but it’s getting pretty realistic now. First I have seen that 2nd clip to be honest. The scream at the end seems odd in the episode 9 clip as I think that scene was meant to be a victory scream? but looks weird as they are all in sync and it is very sudden. Might depend how it flows into the next cut. I would probably stick with just the cameo first shot if it were me. but sorry I do not have that 2nd clip of Madine in HD… if I run across it will let you know

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thanks for the share man.

I’m working with “Guy with No Name” to help me restore and remove dust/scratches.

Yes that second clip with the scream is something i’ve been wanting to put as a victory scream when they take down the star destroyer. Because I think that scream was for in ROTJ when the executor super star destroyer was destroyed.

I have topaz video enhance ai, so perhaps ill try running that second clip through every preset there is and hope i get something decent

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jadenkorr41 said:

thanks for the share man.

I’m working with “Guy with No Name” to help me restore and remove dust/scratches.

Yes that second clip with the scream is something i’ve been wanting to put as a victory scream when they take down the star destroyer. Because I think that scream was for in ROTJ when the executor super star destroyer was destroyed.

I have topaz video enhance ai, so perhaps ill try running that second clip through every preset there is and hope i get something decent

hehe.

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jadenkorr41 said:

thanks for the share man.

I’m working with “Guy with No Name” to help me restore and remove dust/scratches.

Yes that second clip with the scream is something i’ve been wanting to put as a victory scream when they take down the star destroyer. Because I think that scream was for in ROTJ when the executor super star destroyer was destroyed.

I have topaz video enhance ai, so perhaps ill try running that second clip through every preset there is and hope i get something decent

I use these two for my enhancements.

https://aescripts.com/clearplus/

https://aescripts.com/contrastup/

These plugins by vimager are the best enhancement tools I have seen in years and way better than curves alone and other traditional image enhancement techniques. Although I do run curves or a Hue and saturation after these sometimes. They have a scale up, but did not get it. Curious how it compares to Topaz. Topaz seems good from what I hear If you have that, It might be your best bet… too bad 304P is the best out there for that clip.

I took a shot of running that clip through my plugins in case you want to try to use as a base to scale up from. It’s gonna be tough such low res 😃

could only fix so much because so low res…took some of the pink out…tried to match the other HD clip. Maybe that a 50/50 % looks better…again it hard to improve when such low res. I saved the settings if you end up scaling it up with good results and want to me to try it on what you come up with

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gIcRCQkgIErHbnnpuNLK6FRskZnpoN7Z/view?usp=sharing

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Thanks for the share. I’ll see what I can do. If only that clip existed in HD… there’s just so many details missing that AI can only do so much