I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now. While waiting for a good reference for my theatrical regrade of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I’ve upgraded the ColorCorrect tool I’ve developed, and ran some tests on the Star Wars bluray. I was pleased with the results, so I’m going to go ahead with regrading the entire Star Wars Trilogy shot by shot. My main inspiration was this shot posted by Mike Verta:
When I saw that image, I thought, that’s what I want this trilogy to look like.
I will be using print scans, mostly a color corrected LPP, also used as a basis for the Silver Screen Edition, and to a lesser degree Technicolor print scans for Star Wars, Mike Verta’s samples, production photos, and the Japanese Special Collection laserdiscs as color references. I will use NeverarGreat’s technicolor recreation as the main source of this project, since he’s vastly improved the quality of many shots, and fixed a host of issues with the official bluray release.
When will this be finished? I will start with Tantive IV, and we’ll see where we end up from there.
Here are a number of regraded shots, that are close to finished for the Tantive IV sequence, based on technicolor and 1997 SE print references:
Here’s the same color grading with a 70s bulb effect added:
More shots will follow soon…