I hope some of you with the technical insight about these things will chime in.
As we all know, AOTC and ROTS were shot using then-state-of-the-art digital camcorders rather than on film, the former being the first ever movie shot completely digitally. This arguably did the industry a favor by pioneering or what have you, but the films seem to pay the price by having substantially less picture information than their film-based predecessors to hand off to increasingly higher resolution remastering.
AOTC and ROTS were shot, mastered, and distributed in 1080p and short of re-rendering out CGI created around 2001-2004 (which I imagine would be extremely unfeasible), they seem to be locked into that resolution forever, since there is no additional picture information to pull out of not just the masters, but the ‘original negative,’ as it were.
I know that the new UHD 4K format offers more than just sheer resolution increase, like HDR and better color depth. What I want to know if whether anything at all about the new format could possibly benefit movies like AOTC and ROTS, over the efforts of people around here who would do upscales of them (like emanswfan). Would the studios just be doing exactly what they are doing here? Or does the new format allow color details, if not outright resolution details, to better come through from these two movies?
I wonder, too, if they’ll do TPM justice in 4K if its two sibling movies can’t be helped.