The main reason I’m worried about theatrical reconstructions is mainly purism. Yeah, edits to the Original Trilogy do worsen the movie, yeah cultural preservation is important, but my biggest issue is that when someone sees Star Wars for the first time, they should watch Star Wars. They deserve the same experience as those who saw it in theaters.
I can’t stand Yub Nub, for example, but if I hear that someone has never seen Star Wars before, when I inevitably sit them down to watch the Holy Trilogy with me, I’ll power through it just so they watch the real Return of the Jedi.
That’s the thinking behind this project. There are a bunch of WIP Phantom Menace restorations, and there’s one or two SD restorations, but there is no completed, HD restoration of the Phantom Menace. If someone wants to see the Phantom Menace (god forbid), they deserve the same experience as those who saw it back in 1999.
This is what this project is, a restoration of the Phantom Menace that’s Good Enough to watch, for purism’s sake.
Keep in mind: While I believe it’s a success for that quest in the restoration crusade, it’s a massive failure for cultural preservation and enjoyment. This is not a reliable archive of what the original film looked like, and you’re not gonna get much enjoyment out of any version of the Phantom Menace. Even if you did, the changes are mostly neutral or good.
Basically what I did in this project is that I took Schormann’s Preservation of the 2001 HDTV version of the Phantom Menace, plopped it into Sony Vegas, matched it roughly to Adywan’s (SD) Reconstruction of the theatrical movie… and also edited out the ugly as hell subtitles burned into Schormann’s Preservation and replaced them with ones that look kind of like the font in the Original Trilogy and the new movies, using Blu Ray footage (which doesn’t have burned in subtitles).
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I will also be rerendering it… soon, because I’m not 100% happy with the way it turned out, but it is pretty good (IMO) at the moment.
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