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The Star Wars Holiday Special: Remastered and Restored (Released)

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A little while ago, I decided to start a small project, in which I would “restore” the Star Wars Holiday Special in widescreen. I slowly realized this project was more just a way to see if I could commit to this kinda thing, and I can! I did make the mistake of not making a post about it until now. I did spend a lot of time on it and am very proud of it.

Includes 2 audio tracks, The Custom Mix (Default), and Original Audio.

If you want it, send me a PM or let me know in a reply.

–UPDATE–
A revised edition has started production! Here’s a list of changes I want to make:

Recropping to a 1.78 resolution. (Thanks to MattMahdi for the suggestion.)
Now using the EditDroid version of the Holiday Special as main source. (Thanks to nobodybutjarjar42 for the suggestion.)
Fixing an issue in the credits in which one of the credits was in the wrong place.
Remastering the 20th Century Fox Television logo.

I have already tried to remaster the 20th Century Fox Television logo, and would like feedback on it.
Here’s a link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wKLNmDam86i8LNEXsM8FrS51enVTCMGJ/view?usp=sharing

Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
-beeswithchainsaws

–UPDATE UPDATE–
Okay, so, I might put this project on hold.

sorry, beeswithchainsaws

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beeswithchainsaws said:

I did make the mistake of not making a post about it until now. I did spend a lot of time on it and am very proud of it.

I feel that is the best way to announce a project…when one is finished. Good call on you to do that.

Other members announce their projects to the group before they even started working on it. Meanwhile, the group gets interested in the project and wait eagerly for its release.

Then, after some time has passed, the project owners announce that they have to quit working on it either because life gets in the way, or they lack the funds to work on it, or the project is way over their heads. Meanwhile, the group is disappointed after they have had their hearts set on checking it out.

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i have try to watch this but it´s in terrible shape.file less than 1gb.😕
sorry for these kind of words.
watched this movie several times in different quality but for a “restored” movie it´s very,very bad…
no offense to your work,but it´s the worst i´ve ever seen.
this bad movie needs a quality upgrade not a downgrade…
i´m sorry to say this,but it´s unwatchable…😦
try again.
harder,more intense…😃

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benduwan said:

i have try to watch this but it´s in terrible shape.file less than 1gb.😕
sorry for these kind of words.
watched this movie several times in different quality but for a “restored” movie it´s very,very bad…
no offense to your work,but it´s the worst i´ve ever seen.
this bad movie needs a quality upgrade not a downgrade…
i´m sorry to say this,but it´s unwatchable…😦
try again.
harder,more intense…😃

It’s okay. I understand I didn’t do a very good job, I just really wanted to release it. This was a very special project to me, and I just really felt like I needed to get it out to the public. As I said in the original post, this was more of a project to see if I could commit to this kind of thing, and the file size reduction actually doesn’t mean anything. I compared the project file with the final export, and they look and sound exactly the same. Of course, I respect your opinion, and if you dislike it, that’s okay.

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beeswithchainsaws said:

benduwan said:

i have try to watch this but it´s in terrible shape.file less than 1gb.😕
sorry for these kind of words.
watched this movie several times in different quality but for a “restored” movie it´s very,very bad…
no offense to your work,but it´s the worst i´ve ever seen.
this bad movie needs a quality upgrade not a downgrade…
i´m sorry to say this,but it´s unwatchable…😦
try again.
harder,more intense…😃

It’s okay. I understand I didn’t do a very good job, I just really wanted to release it. This was a very special project to me, and I just really felt like I needed to get it out to the public.

this movie is really special…😃
the movie is on the spleen in very respectable shape.give them a try…
and this is no offense in your work or would be like rude.editing is very tricky.
regards

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benduwan said:

and this is no offense in your work or would be like rude.editing is very tricky.

Absolutely no offense taken. I could try making a revised version with a better copy of the Holiday Special, along with some other changes. Again, I am in no way doing this because you said it’s not the best, this was kinda what I wanted to do from the beginning. 😃

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for better quality use movie scenes and parts from the deletet scenes.the boba fett cartoon is in better shape as bonus on bluray or d+.

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benduwan said:

for better quality use movie scenes and parts from the deletet scenes.the boba fett cartoon is in better shape as bonus on bluray or d+.

I did use deleted and movie scenes, and i did rip the boba fett cartoon from the blu-ray

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what was the source for this version
PS the best quality source without commercials is the editdroid edition

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nobodybutjarjar42 said:

what was the source for the main program
PS the best quality source without commercials is the editdroid edition

there is a french one out.looks very nice too.

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It is a shock to see the Special in widescreen and the opening start destroyers so clear – and then to shift to a fairly muddy-looking main program. Not a bad shock, just a surprise – I’d somehow missed that word in the opening post.

As nobodybutjarjar42 asked a few posts earlier, which transfer did you use? The EditDroid transfer really is fabulous, and if you’re going to be cropping and zooming it’s probably the best place to start.

And if I may offer an opinion…

At times the widescreen seemed too severe. The moment that stuck out the most is when the Imperial officer’s transmission came in looking for the missing trooper. It seemed so HUGE that I wonder if it might have been wiser to aim for an aspect ratio of 1.78 (plain old widescreen TV) rather than the 2.35 you used. Just as pan-and-scan of an old movie to a 1.33 screen was a sad thing once upon a time, here you’ve lost almost half the original image if I’ve done my maths correctly.

That said, a great experiment.

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MattMahdi said:

It is a shock to see the Special in widescreen and the opening start destroyers so clear – and then to shift to a fairly muddy-looking main program. Not a bad shock, just a surprise – I’d somehow missed that word in the opening post.

As nobodybutjarjar42 asked a few posts earlier, which transfer did you use? The EditDroid transfer really is fabulous, and if you’re going to be cropping and zooming it’s probably the best place to start.

And if I may offer an opinion…

At times the widescreen seemed too severe. The moment that stuck out the most is when the Imperial officer’s transmission came in looking for the missing trooper. It seemed so HUGE that I wonder if it might have been wiser to aim for an aspect ratio of 1.78 (plain old widescreen TV) rather than the 2.35 you used. Just as pan-and-scan of an old movie to a 1.33 screen was a sad thing once upon a time, here you’ve lost almost half the original image if I’ve done my maths correctly.

That said, a great experiment.

The transfer was… just a post from youtube…
I currently am thinking about making a revised version of this, and I do feel kind of motivated now. The EditDroid scan looks a LOT nicer than the scan I used, and it would probably be better to use a 1.78 aspect ratio.

Thanks!

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Using a 1.78:1 ratio would make a lot more sense than cropping way down to 2.35:1. Either way, you’re still going away from the intended framing. Plus, you’re blowing up an image that already isn’t quite the best to begin with. For quality purposes alone, you may want to rethink that.

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–UPDATE–
A revised edition has started production! Here’s a list of changes I want to make:

Recropping to a 1.78 resolution. (Thanks to MattMahdi for the suggestion.)
Now using the EditDroid version of the Holiday Special as main source. (Thanks to nobodybutjarjar42 for the suggestion.)
Fixing an issue in the credits in which one of the credits was in the wrong place.
Remastering the 20th Century Fox Television logo.

I have already tried to remaster the 20th Century Fox Television logo, and would like feedback on it.
Here’s a link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wKLNmDam86i8LNEXsM8FrS51enVTCMGJ/view?usp=sharing

Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
-beeswithchainsaws

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benduwan said:

in the disney boba fett documentation are a few sec of holiday special in very nice shape
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoUL-OqzxY

I was thinking of using that, however, it would be weird if I spliced in a higher quality version of the movie for a few seconds out of nowhere

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