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Solo: A Colorful 80's Version

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Following the first release of my regraded ROTS, I’m looking to start work on a regrade of Solo.

Of the new Disney era SW films, I’ve been very happy with the unique cinematography each one has had and the color grades that accompanied them. But while I do like the style Solo’s look is, I just don’t think it fits the tone of the movie so well.

My plans is to make this a mix of the vividness of recent films like Mad Max Fury Road and Guardians of the Galaxy while keeping the colors and feel to that of the original trilogy and Indiana Jones movies.

I was inspired to make this after watching a recent regrade of Solo which was shared over at the fanedit forums and showed me just how different the film could be with a drastic grading change.

I’m excited to start work on this because honestly at least this film is a lot more palatable to watch than the prequels.

Just thought I’d get this going now and if any of you have any thoughts or suggestions I’m totally open.

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I’ve capped the theatrical subtitles from the streaming version of Solo. For whatever reason, they’re not on the UHD or Blu Ray. Let me know if you’d like links.

If I had some gum, I’d chew a hole into the sun…

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I would love to see what you could do with this film!

"The other versions will disappear. Even the 35 million tapes of Star Wars out there won’t last more than 30 or 40 years. A hundred years from now, the only version of the movie that anyone will remember will be the DVD version [of the Special Edition], and you’ll be able to project it on a 20’ by 40’ screen with perfect quality. I think it’s the director’s prerogative, not the studio’s to go back and reinvent a movie." - George Lucas

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schorman13 said:

I’ve capped the theatrical subtitles from the streaming version of Solo. For whatever reason, they’re not on the UHD or Blu Ray.

Well that sucks. I have the BD but I didn’t even care to see it again. 😄 Good to know.

And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as the Son of the Suns.

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schorman13 said:

I’ve capped the theatrical subtitles from the streaming version of Solo. For whatever reason, they’re not on the UHD or Blu Ray. Let me know if you’d like links.

is the Netflix stream in UHD?

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Not sure, but I can tell you it doesn’t have the theatrical subtitles at all. Very strange.

If I had some gum, I’d chew a hole into the sun…

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Any chance you have the theatrical-styled subs in PGS format? Maybe even the theatrical-styled ones but in white instead of yellow?

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No, I don’t have the skills to do that sort of thing. I would need serious help from CatBus on something like that, or the exact font they used.

Edit: Also of note is that the subs are rendered in 4K on the video, but PGS subs are limited to 1080p, at least for UHD discs.

If I had some gum, I’d chew a hole into the sun…

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I have an After Effcts project file that mimics the OT subtitles you can use if you would like.

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“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Why not just use the burnt in subs for Rogue One? Just for consistency with the Star Wars?

If I had some gum, I’d chew a hole into the sun…

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I was actually kind of hoping someone would eventually make OT-mimicking forced subs for the PT, ST, and standalones. I like consistency. And I really, really hate the yellow theatrical subs for Solo, but the generic PGS ones on the BR are just as bad…

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Jackpumpkinhead said:

I have an After Effcts project file that mimics the OT subtitles you can use if you would like.

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Wow that’s great I’m sure a TON of editors would appreciate this, If i were you I would send it to Adywan himself.

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I would definitely love to put in burnt-in subtitles that are the style of the unaltered OT as that would be fitting for the goal of this project.

I’ll see about posting preliminary screencaps soon!

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Definitely interested in this edit btw. Exactly what I wanted in the first place with this movie.

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I have a link if anyone would be interested. PM for a link

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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I don’t know about going too bright with the palette but I would dearly love to see a version that hews more to the look of the OT; something more approximating a normal realistic saturation.

Oh, and a little film grain wouldn’t go astray. 😃

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I’m ripping the 4K Blu-ray as I post this, and will start color grading tomorrow. I was originally just going to work from the standard Blu-ray, but I’ve found for certain sections there just isn’t enough color data to work with in the non-HDR 8 bit source so I need the higher quality HDR 10 bit source. Of course this means I will be able to release a native 4K version as well, although I still don’t have the necessary monitoring equipment for accurate HDR color grading so it’ll just have to be SDR releases for now.

As soon as I can, I’ll post a preview clip on MEGA. I haven’t been this excited to work on a fan project since I started on the prequels, which yes I will still be releasing ROTS soon if anyone’s wondering.

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Cool!
Looking forward to checking this out

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Got a clip rendering right now, that’ll I post tomorrow! I haven’t perfected converting the HDR10 to Rec709 yet as the highlights are still clipping a bit, but I’ll work to improve that in the next itteration.

Basically all I did in this go was do the color space conversion, raise the saturation, and apply one of my filmized LUT’s from my PT project. I still think it looks pretty good for a first attempt.

JEDIT: I revised the color space conversion so the highlights don’t clip anymore although they maybe could be a tad brighter.

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Getting an error with that key

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Jackpumpkinhead said:

Getting an error with that key

Okay, I don’t know why it did that, I instead included the full unprotected link this time.