An Introduction - and some useful information…
‘Introducing the Despecialized Edition and Its Sources’:-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGrXO2RDzLg - a video from the HanDuet youtube channel (with useful info in the description).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDz8VMMJU6I - the same 20 minute video as above, but in 4K, at the Petr Harmy youtube channel.
The blurb: ‘Star Wars: Despecialized Edition is a fan edit project with the goal to reconstruct the original theatrical releases of the Star Wars original trilogy at a quality comparable to the high-definition medium of our time.’
Harmy also has some useful and informative social media channels, here - Facebook : Youtube : Twitter : Instagram
Harmy also made a video very much worth watching for anyone interested in his Despecialized Editions - or for Fan Edits and Preservation Projects in general:-
‘Fan Projects Must Never Be Bought Or Sold’:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrwKZHv4OS0 - a 4 minute video at the Petr Harmy youtube channel.
Be sure to check out his quality youtube videos - including the work currently being done for Version 3 of Despecialized…
The three main Despecialized Edition threads on the OT•com, by Harmy himself - where information is in abundance, along with the history and process of the project is also contained, and many many questions having been already answered:-
Star Wars - v2.7 is the latest version
Empire Strikes Back - v2.0 is the latest version
Return Of The Jedi - v2.5 is the latest version
HanDuet’s The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy’s Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions - in the 1st post in each of the Star Wars threads linked above… will likely be particularly helpful. All credit to HanDuet for making a great, easy-to-follow and useful guide.
^ a ‘must read’ for information on Harmy’s Despecialized Editions.
towne32 also had a thread here for his quality work on Harmy’s Despecialized Edition version of Star Wars (fully endorsed by Harmy himself):-
Harmy’s Despecialized Star Wars 1977 - Color Adjustment Project for v2.7 (released)
These two threads also contain a lot of useful info on a custom set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions:-
Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set - by the talented and gracious NJVC
NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega - by the generous and ever-helpful Solkap
Obviously, the main rule of acquiring the Despecialized Editions is that you must own the official retail release of the Original Trilogy on blu ray - or the HD Digital Download of the OT.
For more info see the ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ by HanDuet mentioned above - and also the OT•com Rules on this…
Fan Edit / Preservation Forum Rules and FAQ can be found here - link
Harmy’s Despecialized Editions can also be found on some public (and private) torrent sites - in various formats and sizes.
Of course, it’s up to you which format you’d like to have the Despecialized Edits stored on - many people like them on blu ray discs - some in quality Box Sets and cases or covers with quality artwork, a few have them stored on USB flash drives, or their computer hard drive, some have them on standalone HD Players, or plex / kodi / media centre type set-ups…
PS - A few more Harmy-related threads for his projects:-
Despecialized Edition Quality Control Thread - Report Issues Here - by Harmy
Harmy’s Despecialized Star Wars 1977 - Color Adjustment Project for v2.7 - by towne32
Harmy DeSpecialized gets a big write up! - by TheBoost
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles) - by CatBus
Harmy’s STAR WARS ReSpecialized Edition '97R thread - by Harmy
Harmy’s STAR WARS TRILOGY “Partly Despecialized Edition” HD!!! These version are now obsolete - by Harmy
Harmy’s Grindhouse 35mm edition of Return Of The Jedi - by Harmy
Krieg der Sterne - Despecialized Edition 2.7 (German) - by Laserschwert
Das Imperium schlägt zurück - Despecialized Edition 2.1 (German) - by Laserschwert
Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter - Despecialized Edition 2.5 (German) by Laserschwert
The Despecialized Editions by Harmy : Index of ‘How-To’s & Help’ Threads | Index of ‘General Despecialized Threads’ | ‘Where are they? And how do I get them?’ Mega-Merge Thread… thread may also be of interest.
The ‘Case Covers, Disc Labels, and Fan Art’ section of the OriginalTrilogy•com site has an array of cover and disc art for Harmy’s Despecialized Editions - well worth checking it out for ideas & inspiration, for printing info, and help too.
Also, if you are experiencing technical difficulties in acquiring Harmy’s Despecialized Editions…
In Section 10 of HanDuet’s superb and helpful The Ultimate Introductory Guide:-
'If you find any errors, have feedback, or can think of ideas for improving this guide, please leave a comment on my Facebook page. I will also post on that page when a new version of this guide is published, so please “like” the page if you’d be informed of future updates:
Or read through the various threads located in the How-To’s and Technical Discussions section of the site - searching for any previous similar questions and answers to your own queries - before making your own post in there.
The three main Despecialized Edition threads, linked at the top of this post also contains some answers to technical queries.
These alternative options in acquiring Harmy’s Despecialized Editions may be of some interest…
Bluto’s comprehensive and quality Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet thread, in the How-To’s and Technical Discussions section of the site, may also be of interest for those members looking to acquire Harmy’s Despecialized Editions, or TN1’s 4K OT Preservations, and many other preservation projects too.
Solkap’s insightful and step-by-step guide for acquiring the NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega thread may also be of some use.
Harmy’s Despecialized Editions can also apparently be found on many public (and private) torrent sites - in a range of file sizes and formats to suit - including many of the previously released versions.
An online search using ‘unfiltered’ search engines such as ‘DuckDuckGo’ may also provide you with some links to obtain the Despecialized Editions (at your own risk, of course).
Good luck with it - and hope you enjoy watching them, and any of the other great projects on the site too.
Other preservations, fan edits and fan projects can be found in…
Star Wars Preservation - link
Star Wars Fan Edits and Other Projects - link
Preservation of Other Properties - link
Fan Edits and Projects for Other Properties - link
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And, the ‘George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist…’ thread attempts to highlight and catalogue some of the revisionism, altering of history and contradictory claims by George Lucas / Lucasfilm as to the formation, planning and history of the Star Wars films and universe therein.
Finally, the Some useful OT.com threads re the non-release of the theatrical OT | How you can help… thread - highlighting just a few of the many discussion threads on this site focusing on countless fans’ love and appreciation for the Original Trilogy - and ongoing dedication in attempting to achieve a modern, high quality, official release of the unaltered theatrical version of the classic Star Wars movies.
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(and take the time to look around to see how this place works - and doesn’t - before posting requests for projects on here - thank you)
A fair few people join here for a particular the Preservation Project, Fan Edit, documentary, blu ray or dvd cover etc. We ask that those who do… also have a look around; see if there are other Projects, Edits or works of interest to your liking. To give the Star Wars discussion threads a read through, or those in the Off Topic sections. To have a think about becoming a part of the community here; and consider not becoming a one-time poster… asking for a link to a project and to never be seen again.
Many of the projects on here have been undertaken by volunteers or enthusiasts who’ve devoted considerable time, effort, dedication and some expense… to locate, preserve, restore & archive - or edit - films and TV programs in their best possible presentation. This is often with painstaking commitment - yet all projects are available for free; not to mention our members also improving upon & sharing techniques, knowledge, technical assistance, experiences - and a few stories, along the way.
Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted. Taking the time to learn about a project - by reading through the project thread - as well as how to acquire them; simply making an effort to be part of the community here, and how this place works, even if just leaving feedback for acquired projects, can go a long way…
NOTE: Many editors & preservationists choose not to make their projects available to ‘hit & runners’ or people with a post history of mainly asking for many projects - which is completely up to them. That some people join up here looking to simply take - instead of give something back; not even leaving a simple ‘thank you’, feedback or review, or join in with the community here - and instead move on to asking for more projects… is not encouraged. As above, such requests may likely be ignored.
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