There were originally 3 broadcasts of the original Star Wars Trilogy on
cable/satellite. One in German 1080i 25 fps PAL and 2 channel stereo in H.264 format, one on United States Cinemax 1080i 5.1 NTSC MPG2 format and the third British Sky Broadcasting again with 25fps PAL, 5.1 sound in H.264 format.
The German release was generally considered to be of reference quality and had such fine detail in the image it was the best viewing of the trilogy ever before witnessed at home. A New Hope had very minor glitches, Empire and Jedi had noticeably more glitches but couldn't detract from the overall amazing visual quality.
The British Sky Broadcasting version was very very good but suffered from a softened (still detailed) image due to heavy filtering and de-blocking making it a mediocre but generally satisfactory edition for those that wanted the English opening crawl, English subtitled scenes, 5.1 sound and to be glitch free.
The United States Cinemax version in normal tradition of most US broadcasts had an obscene amount of blocking, low bitrate and glitches making it the poorest HD broadcast of them all. But standard viewing to subscribers not knowing any better.
What I have done here:
I took the superior German H.264 picture quality edition originally posted by "Born In A Skip" (THANK YOU!!!), edited in the English opening crawl and subtitled Greedo and Jabba scenes from the Sky broadcasting H.264 originally posted by 'BK (THANK YOU TOO!!!!), time adjusted to 23.976 fps for NTSC, used the high quality 5.1 AC3 from the New Hope DVD and made what should be the most definitive 1080P High Definition version available. In some ways, I spent the time doing this so the official retail version would be announced making my efforts all worth nothing
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