Hi all. (My first post on the OT forums!)
After being contacted by members of this board regarding my ESB bootleg I decided it was time to join. I've been a lurker for a few years anyway. Time to contribute :-)
I have both ESB and Jedi on bootlegs from 1982/1983, and understand they may be of interest to you guys.
First, I've already made arrangements with None to give him DVDs of these bootlegs. I'm sure this will benefit all members of this forum, if you catch my drift ;-)
Empire Strikes Back: This is a telecine of a UK print, not a CAM. It IS from circa 1982, but I have no idea how such a copy came to be.
I'm enclosing a few grabs. As you can see the print is dark and oversaturated, and partly cropped albeit squeezed by some 90% both horizontally and vertically. I've enclosed a frame from Luke under Bespin to show the Falcon dish is present (ergo: No 70mm source here, sorry).
I'll fix the ratio when I master the DVD. There are some frames missing here and there where the tape is ruined. BTW: This is a PAL copy, and the DVD I make will remain so.
Also, there is a lot of telecine wobble in this, but I'll leave that to the Avisynth gurus to stabilize somewhere down the line. There are lots of small tracking errors as well, but what do you expect from a 30 year old tape and a 25 year old Sony Betamax player?
As you can see, the telecine operator has a hard time aligning the frame for the first several seconds. This happens at several reel changes. Just adds to the charm, I think.
It's kinda dark, but the dish is clearly present.
In my next post I'll cover my Jedi bootleg. Brace yourselves :-)
Now, to shamelessly plug my Star Wars Video Collection site: