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MattMahdi said:

SKot said:

Tobar said:

I hope the panel went well!

It did go well! I’m guessing there were around 400 people in the room. And I’m hoping video of it will surface at some point.

–SKot

Finally!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2hSxIaV83s

Awesome! Glad somebody was able to record it, at least.

–SKot

Projects:
Return Of The Ewok and Other Short Films (with OCPmovie) [COMPLETED]
Preserving the…cringe…Star Wars Holiday Special [COMPLETED]
The Star Wars TV Commercials Project [DORMANT]
Felix the Cat 1919-1930 early film shorts preservation [ONGOING]
Lights Out! (lost TV anthology shows) [ONGOING]
Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation [ONGOING]

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I had to respond to this earlier post, because…

SilverWook said:

Again, how do they get away with selling this? And what’s next, a live show in theaters?

Funny you should say that!

https://www.wired.com/story/star-wars-holiday-special-stage/?fbclid=IwAR1T8Jk0sCm48LYQyzVi430W7weqUjlq0263MvfxmBgVQGFCUV9UJUIpBvk

I guess this is the year for it!

–SKot

Projects:
Return Of The Ewok and Other Short Films (with OCPmovie) [COMPLETED]
Preserving the…cringe…Star Wars Holiday Special [COMPLETED]
The Star Wars TV Commercials Project [DORMANT]
Felix the Cat 1919-1930 early film shorts preservation [ONGOING]
Lights Out! (lost TV anthology shows) [ONGOING]
Iznogoud (1995 animated series) English audio preservation [ONGOING]

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What is considered the better release in terms of image quality - the Editidroid, or the Zion Hybrid which is sourced from the Editdroid? The Zion Hybrid says:

Sourced from the EditDroid DVD

  • Video enhanced with noise reduction and color correction
  • Remastered Boba Fett cartoon by g-force edited into the program (sourced
    from the Star Wars Blu-ray)
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Well, I obviously have a personal bias. But if you watch the two side by side, there’s a significant difference between the EditDroid and mine in terms of video noise and color. I used a very good noise reduction plug-in for After Effects called Neat Video that significantly reduced the video noise while preserving both sharpness and detail. I can’t remember if I ever posted any side by side screenshots back when I was working on the project, but if I did they’d be in my SWHS thread.

My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Well, the Emerald City Comic Con us over. When I was exploring the show floor I was surprised a) to find three booths selling obviously illegal DVDs (expected only one or two) and b) find the SWHS at only one of them. I had also expected bootleg Blu-rays but only saw legitimate ones and those at only one of the three.

The SWHS was packaged badly in a thin case. Needless to say I left it there.

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This request is a bit of a reach.

I’ve got a LOW resolution copy of The Colbert Report from January 10th 2012?

It’s the one where he discusses the Star Wars Holiday Special and, well, I’d just love to have it even in 480p. The copy that I’ve got is THAT bad.

Thanks,

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These photo:
https://everettcollection.com/#/image/150352/0/CfDJ8JCyVKqn7dFPhfo4OYCQ6U2-MV9Kb2TQ7jkwGfUDfzcWwzoGq-39XtG1_C01XSqxAj7w_r2SY6iFCTord5shuAYYoAzGX7ViqxHkpJ0EBP6N0U59Porge4OISpnB_Sjizg?query=star wars
https://everettcollection.com/#/image/150352/0/CfDJ8JCyVKqn7dFPhfo4OYCQ6U12bpqKNPitS-ob8Y9OinAT2r6uSwAXQ5fzU6K1Oe2fzcRXtbRnYnYF5gH_TCFq1rzlzF_JIB9A0Rgco3s7nSHiRaDUVPnRLYocr0Yi4UMKWQ?query=star wars
https://everettcollection.com/#/image/150352/0/CfDJ8JCyVKqn7dFPhfo4OYCQ6U1YhXrKNXcyHJTGYudAOfE3JCeJbkR-9Mw_aFB_ls96o9AKb3Ivc4ptHSo7IwwUAmtG9vVFH_ChrNB5Yo6iM3js2kUsZGKJV-QYKn9fmfi2Cw?query=star wars

Seems to be from the same photoshoot as:
http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/swhs-old/photos/leia_3po.htm

Fisher’s look in the first one speaks volumes.

https://www.binsearch.info/?server=0&b=the.colbert.report.2012.01.10.hdtv.xvid-fqm&g=alt.binaries.starwars&p=Gonk+<Gonk%40Gonk.Gonk>&max=250

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Thank you, none!

It’s good to see that clip of Colbert and I’m amazed that before it was posted today I couldn’t find anything Colbert-related on Usenet.

It won’t look great blown up all the way to 1080p, but on the other hand better to have it than not!

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I had NO idea. Thanks – will investigate!

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Thank you again, none.

768x432 (CC website) isn’t much, but it is an improvement over 624x352.

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Hypothesis: Will watching the Star Wars Holiday Special backwards negate the previous mental conclusion of the event?

sraW ratS Holiday Special 1978 Edition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhZTfTPZAOA
Many thanks to “Emperor Mays” for the reversies.

Take the test and report your results. See you in 2 hours!

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Need a bit of help.

I’m trying to collect a few more video interview clips if I can find them.

There are lots related to Star Wars – but few about the SWHS.

Here’s what I have:

Bea Arthur on Archive of American TV

Anthony Daniels on Captain Cosmic

Anthony Daniels on Digital Spy

Carrie Fisher from Dragon*Con

Carrie Fisher from Celebration VI

Carrie Fisher from Time’s 10 Questions

Mark Hamill at FanExpo in Dallas

Harrison Ford on Conan O’Brien

Harrison Ford on Digital Spy

Peter Mayhew MURKY convention Q&A

Bruce Vilanch on Archive of American TV

Anyone have a treasured bit that I’ve missed? Thanks

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MattMahdi said:

Harrison Ford on Conan O’Brien

Have you downloaded the HD version? Conan’s official Youtube channel uploaded it this spring.

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Stang! I had not heard and cannot find! I don’t suppose you can find a URL?

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So I started a new project to compare a couple different SWHS releases, then…this happened.

SWHS Mega Compare

This is a Premiere Pro project with 12 separate Holiday Special releases at full 480 res lined up on one 2560x1440 video sequence.

A few things I noticed:

  • We’ve come a long way since the days of the initial DVD releases
  • Color varies quite a bit with every source
  • You can tell how clean the EditDroid source is compared to all the VHS transfers
  • What the hell was I thinking with the aspect ratio on my v1 release, lol
  • RiffTrax definitely sourced the video on their site from my v1, only they cropped it, did a ton of smoothing and noise reduction, and for some reason converted the whole thing to 23.976 fps (I’m honored, though I wish they’d used my v2 release instead)
  • I really like the news segment and Wonder Woman/Hulk bumper intro used on the Tasjo and Gormaanda releases, and how Rikter put the SW and ESB trailers at the end of his KCMO release
  • “Fighting the Frizzies at 11” is still the best commercial break segment and should be added to commercial breaks in future releases

My Projects:
[Holiday Special Hybrid DVD v2]
[X0 Project]
[Backstroke of the West DVD]
[ROTS Theatrical DVD]

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Zion said:

  • I really like the news segment and Wonder Woman/Hulk bumper intro used on the Tasjo and Gormaanda releases

So much this. The references to other shows, the graphics, the music on the various intro bits, it all puts you right back where you were when you were dead certain this was going to be the best thing you’d ever seen on TV.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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Sighted over on a torrent site called M_S_l_e_ (and it’s taking genuine effort to avoid correcting the typo in the fifth line):

The Star Wars Holiday Special Bonus Disc 2.1


The first version of this disc was a single-layer DVD in 2012. Thw update is
a dual-layer Blu-ray just to be able to fit in all the material.

Version 2.0 had such a limited release that it almost doesn’t count. There was
just enough space to add one more item without removing anything which brings
us to 2.1.

The disc was created with Nero Video. Everything has been upconverted to HD –
even if it was standard definition or below – because I found two instances
where YouTube-sourced videos would lock up my LG player when encoded at their
original resolution. (Thanks, Nero.)

Material new to this disc is marked with an asterisk (*) and reprise material
with a dash (-).

ANIMATION

  • EditDroid transfer
  • HD version from 2011
  • Animatic reel
  • Interview with Boba Fett animator John Celestri
  • Boba Fett animation roughs
  • “Bucket Head” from 2002
  • Boba Fett costume test (post-dates the SWHS but fits thematically)

MUSIC

  • Christmas 2008 and 2009 (animated from Star Wars Galaxies)
  • “Christmas Tauntauns”
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Spike TV commercial
  • Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy”

INTERVIEWS

  • Bea Arthur (The Archive of American Television)
  • Anthony Daniels (Digital Spy)
  • Carrie Fisher (Dragon*Con)
  • Carrie Fisher (Celebration VI)
  • Carrie Fisher (a Time interview)
  • Harrison Ford (Conan O’Brien)
  • Harrison Ford (“Cowboys and Aliens” junket)
  • Mark Hamill (FanExpo Dallas)
  • Peter Mayhew (a MURKY convention panel)
  • Peter Mayhew (“Bring Back Star Wars”)
  • Bruce Vilanch (The Archive of American Television)

REFERENCES & ALLUSIONS

  • The Colbert Report (2012.01.10)
  • Community (S03E10)
  • The Goldbergs (S04E10)
  • The Richard Pryor Show
  • Robot Chicken
  • Transylvania TV (2009)
  • Transylvania TV (2012)

ANALYSIS & COLLECTING

  • Honest Trailer
  • Star Geek: The 40 Greatest SWHS Moments
  • Star Geek: The History of Life Day (seems to be sourced from Wookiepedia)
  • Vox: The SWHS Explained
  • FanX Salt Lake City Comic Con: Forty Years of the Holiday Special
  • Star Wars Celebration 2019: Special Collections: 40 Years of SWHS Collecting

WORDS & PICTURES

  • Blue Milk Special (first of forty strips)
  • The Kashyyyk Depths (Russ Manning’s nine-part newspaper strip from 1979)
  • Star Wars Galaxy (three trading cards + one)
  • Story Treatment
  • Trading Cards
  • Twisted Toyfare Theatre
  • The Wookiee Storybook
  • Wookiee Tree (cutaway view from Complete Locations)
  • xkcd: So Bad It’s Worse
  • You’re Barred!

MATERIAL NOT DUPLICATED FROM THE DVD

  • Media coverage: Fox News, TV Land, Nightline, TV Guide
  • SciFi Department
  • The People vs. George Lucas (excerpt)
  • I Grew Up Star Wars
  • Nostalgia Critic
  • Anthony Daniels on Captain Cosmic
  • Carrie Fisher on Opie and Anthony [audio]
  • Bruce Vilanch on Feast of Fun [audio]
  • Remastered KCCI animation
  • Unused animation commercial placeholder
  • DLD Conference: Trans Media
  • Two scenes cut from Star Wars and recycled
  • “Hey, CBS, what’s coming on?”
  • Animated introduction to the RiffTrax commentary
  • “Chewie Chewie” by Ohio Express
  • Fighting the Frizzies
  • South Park: Fighting the Frizzies
  • Venture Brothers: Very Venture Christmas
  • The TRON Holiday Special
  • The Glee Holiday Spectacular (excerpt)

FINAL THOUGHTS

The scans of “The Kashyyyk Depths” were done by an anonymous person years ago.
For those intrigued by the story, IDW has published a three-volume set
compiling the entire five-year newspaper strip as part of The Library of
American Comics. HIGHLY recommended, and these nine pages appear in volume one
in much better quality.

Blue Milk Special has published parody strips for the entire original trilogy,
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Shadows of the Empire, The Star Wars Holiday
Special, and are currently working through Heir to the Empire. Reproduced here
is just the first of forty SWHS strips, and they skewer every aspect of the
Special. Hilarious and also highly recommended.

Matt Busch’s painting “Encounter on Panna Prime” (background for the animation
screen) still had a few copies left in his online store when last checked.
It’s even more gorgeous in real life.

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