First, I commend your work. The despecialized editions are a fantastic version of the trilogy.
I’ve been checking this place out since I decided I couldn’t deal with the post-97 changes. I got into Star Wars with the 97 SE trilogy and prefer to watch that version of the films, bad CG and all. I naturally started by trying to find copies online, since I don’t watch anything on disc. And I joined the few who were bummed to learn that they never even made it onto DVD.
So I went ahead and bought the NTSC laserdisc collection and a laserdisc player. I captured local copies of the movies and all’s well. These are standard def, letterboxed, 640x480 copies. I even kept the laserdisc operation prompts and side flips to make it a true laserdisc experience. It looks rough but this is all about nostalgia for me anyway. Nothing more nostalgic than CRT-quality Star Wars movies.
My question is what’s the best way to contribute these to your efforts, or if it’s even necessary?
Most projects are uploaded either to alt.binaries.starwars on usenet, as a torrent on Myspleen.org, or using links to various file-locker sites on tehparadox.com.
The truth is that althor1138 has posted 720p upscaled versions of all the 97se laserdiscs which are at or near the best the medium can look. However, he has not included the side changes, etc. the way you have, so it might interest some folks out there.