Since I don’t want to clutter NeverarGreat’s regrade thread with ongoing discussions about the original colors of the Star Wars trilogy, I decided to start a dedicated thread to this subject, as it is relevant to future Star Wars trilogy preservations.
The discussion that prompted this thread is about the colors of the corridor where Leia gives R2-D2 the disc with her message for Obi-Wan Kenobi. On the bluray this scene looks like this:
The panels have a grey color, as they have had on most home video releases that preceeded it. Here’s the same shot as it looks on the 1986 Japanese Special Collection laserdisc:
This is the way most fans remember this scene.
However, in the 1977 theatrical release the colors seem to have had a rather pronounced green cast, as is seen for a 1977 bootleg recently shared by williarob:
Color balancing the raw LPP scan used by Team Negative1 for the Silver Screen Edition reveals a similar color palette:
This color timing can also be found on the earliest home video release. Here’s what the shot looks like on the 1982 pan and scan laserdisc release:
Let the debate begin!