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dark_jedi said:

I am sure some of us here can get together and form our own team to make our own Blu-ray versions of these movies,Hell I have Blu-ray authoring software and ALL the 1080p HD versions of all films,English & German,I just don't have a Blu-ray burner to test them out,but sure would like to try,but I would keep them to a BD25 not an overblown BD50.

 

 

 

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@ PaulisDead2221,

I am confused,you quoted me but did you have anything to add?

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Wideload said:
dark_jedi said:

I am sure some of us here can get together and form our own team to make our own Blu-ray versions of these movies,Hell I have Blu-ray authoring software and ALL the 1080p HD versions of all films,English & German,I just don't have a Blu-ray burner to test them out,but sure would like to try,but I would keep them to a BD25 not an overblown BD50.

 

Not a bad idea at all.  I have a Blu-ray burner and a supply of BD25s (and BD50s :(!!).  Very happy to help if I can...

 

Now that sounds like a match made in heaven !. If theres anything i could do to help PM me anytime . Well done guys !!

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Did Wookie Groomer change the ending of Return Of The Jedi/remove Hayden and reinsert the original Anakin ?

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Not that i know of.

I think he or someone else posted audio fix test for return of the jedi on the newsgroups though.

Does that mean he is actually going to do a fixed release?

“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.

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Not to steal WG's fan club or anything but who wants to team up and try and make our own BD25 versions of the Saga? I have all the materials just would like some help,if there is any interest just let me know,I am ready to put my time into this project ASAP.

 

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Was is the bitrate on Ady's dvd 9 1080p and his 14gb version?

Any screenshots?

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Thanks DVD-BOY and dlbsyst, that's 2 so far,we should probably start our own thread soon as to not steal WG's Thunder.

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dark_jedi said:

Thanks DVD-BOY and dlbsyst, that's 2 so far,we should probably start our own thread soon as to not steal WG's Thunder.

 

Hey DJ, sounds like a good idea, and it means the kids can always follow along at home ;)

Do you want to do the honours?


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OK a new one started,we can leave this one to WG now.

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I'd just like to thank Wookiegroomer for uploading the corrected audio files that fix the low level center channel issue on The Empire Strikes Back (BD50).

Keep up the good work!

 

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BD-D2 said:

I'd just like to thank Wookiegroomer for uploading the corrected audio files that fix the low level center channel issue on The Empire Strikes Back (BD50).

Keep up the good work!

 


 

I second that. Many thanks Wookie Groomer, it's much appreciated. I can't do anything with it for a week and a half as am on holiday but I'm hopeful that a kind soul will explain how to mux this into the existing DB50.
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                           WOOKIE GROOMER PRESENTS
                Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
                               HIGH DEFINITION
                              BD50 BLURAY FORMAT
                      2009 Minor Color Adjustment Edition
                          ....Boba Fett still speaks

  ****PROPER RE-ISSUE WITH CORRECTED CENTER CHANNEL AND WORKING MENUS****
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                            General Information
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Release Date : June 2009 - Proper Re-Issue August 11, 2009
Source       : 1080p Sky Broadcasting/1080p German Premier Hybrid Caps
Frame Rate   : 23.976 fps
Video        : 1920x1080 @ 35,000kbps
Audio        : English DTS 5.1 @ 1509kbps
Audio        : English AC3 5.1 EX @ 640kbps
Audio        : Isolated Film Score DTS 5.1 @ 1509kbps
Audio        : Isolated Film Score Uncompressed PCM Stereo
Audio      : Audio Commentary 1 - Untouched from Region 1 Retail DVD.
Audio        : Audio Commentary 2 - Custom made from various sources
Length       : 2h 7m
Size         : Not for sissy boys or entertainment center hometheaters


This Bluray was meticulously edited and COLOR ADJUSTED to cut back on the blue tinting/saturation that blankets the film. For the 2004 re-release the original trilogy underwent extreme color saturation changes that altered the natural colors originally shot on film. For this final and definitive release the blue tinting present through almost the entire film has been nearly wiped away.

In addition to the extensive color adjustments a short Tri-Screen Vignette is included that showcases the differences between the newly restored 2009 Wookie Groomer edition with the original 1980 theatrical version and 2004 official re-release version with the blue tinting which is selectable via the Bluray menu.

In the audio department I have made an alternate audio commentary 2 track to compliment the original commentary already found on the official DVD release. This 2nd alternate commentary is a collection of rare interviews pieced together and placed in many key sequences through the film. In addition, I have created using raw uncompressed PCM 2 channel stereo a complete isolated music score that syncs through the entire film in both 2 channel uncompressed PCM stereo and DTS 5.1 Simulated surround sound also selectable via the menu. Not to mention the orginal Boba Fett voice has been restored again and corrected from the previous editions.

With the color adjustments, highest possible bitrate for unquestionable picture quality, Tri-Screen Vignette and a total of 6 audio channels including isolated music score no fan of the series could possibly pass on having this in their collection. The intention with this release is to provide a single definitive video/audiophile edition that can be enjoyed by even the most elitist home theater afficianadoes. My only regrets are that I could not do the animated menus, pop up menus and picture in picture split screen due to the major limitations of the authoring software I used. For the little girls that aren't serious fans that complained about file size I wish I could make this 60GB!

Included in the rar set is the iso & mds files and updated Bluray insert cover reflecting the subtraction of languages and corrected typos.

To burn the iso please use the provided mds file in ImgBurn.

wookiegroomer@hushmail.com

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Fantastic news. I am so glad that Wookie Groomer has decided to re-post this in its entirety. The picture quality on this always was amazing. Thanks Wookie Groomer, I really appreciate your perseverence and hard work on this.
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So is WG's Star Wars Blu-ray fine? and now a PROPER REISSUE of ESB(Great to hear),and I wonder will he do a PROPER REISSUE of ROTJ?

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ANH bluray also has a sound sync issue starting just before Mos Isley and going through the cantina scenes.

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dark_jedi said:

So is WG's Star Wars Blu-ray fine? and now a PROPER REISSUE of ESB(Great to hear),and I wonder will he do a PROPER REISSUE of ROTJ?

 

 Proper reissue's are forthcoming for Star Wars and Jedi according to Wookie Groomer. His Empire proper is still uploading to the servers. I will be getting it once its complete and post here my impressions. Wookie Groomer says it is perfect.)

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Looking forward to hearing your review, dlbsyst.

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dlbsyst said:
dark_jedi said:

So is WG's Star Wars Blu-ray fine? and now a PROPER REISSUE of ESB(Great to hear),and I wonder will he do a PROPER REISSUE of ROTJ?

 

 Proper reissue's are forthcoming for Star Wars and Jedi according to Wookie Groomer. His Empire proper is still uploading to the servers. I will be getting it once its complete and post here my impressions. Wookie Groomer says it is perfect.)

Yeah, been acquiring this on a file by file basis as it appears. Can't wait to see what it looks like, even bought some dual layer BD-Rs specially for it. I noticed a couple of files missing (90, and one or two others?) but I'm sure the PARs will sort all that out! :D

 

Empire on Bluray, what could be better? :D

 

Badges?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges…

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Guys,

Wookie Groomers Empire proper has finished uploading to the servers.) I should have it in about 5 hours and will post here my impressions later tonight. Also his "A New Hope" proper is currently going up.

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                           WOOKIE GROOMER PRESENTS

                     Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

                               HIGH DEFINITION

                              BD50 BLURAY FORMAT

                        2009 Minor Adjustments Edition

            Han Shoots First / Restored Original Darth Vader voice

                   PROPER RE-ISSUE WITH CORRECTED AUTO SYNC

              AS TESTED BY MEMBERS OF WWW.ABHDTV.NET AND MYSELF                        

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                            General Information

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Release Date : July 2009 - Proper Re-Issue August 14, 2009

Source       : 1080p Sky Broadcasting/1080p German Premier Caps Hybrid

Frame Rate   : 23.976 fps

Video        : 1920x1080p @ 35,000kbps H.264

Audio        : English AC3 5.1EX

Audio        : English DTS 5.1

Audio        : Isolated Film Score DTS 5.1 @ 1509kbps

Audio        : Isolated Film Score Uncompressed PCM Stereo

Audio        : Audio Commentary -Untouched from Retail R1 DVD

Length       : 124m

 

Like Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, Lucas went back and made color adjustments to the Special Edition releases. With Empire he went  blue and A New Hope he went Red. With A New Hope, the bland black and white universe dominated by the Empire had suddenly become more colorful. Some of the scenes were overly hot adding a reddish hue and laserblasts were now a hot pink?!. WTF... I tried to clean up some of those issues. I didn't want to get tied up in some sort or obsessed "restoration" because I am only a little crazy. I tried to "fix" the pink/magenta laser blasts with either red or white depending on what seemed closer to the frame on the original theatrical version. However, I didn't do a frame by frame adjustment through the entire movie so I know I missed a few. I wanted to take away the obviousness of them so watching the scenes with a lot of laser blasts you shouldn't really notice anything except the action on the screen- no pink pops. Again, this is NOT an extensive restoration and against popular belief these blurays are NOT "color corrections" I never said they were. They are simple adjustments here and there to my liking. In fact, I could probably spend months tweaking the colors and brightness and never truly be satisfied. No one knows for sure what "correct" even means and should never claim so. One other tweak worth mentioning is the Cantina scene, I had to lighten it up some. I thought it was way too dark in many scenes and had to give it some breathing room. Compared to the theatrical version it looks like it was shot completely in the dark when in fact it use to be well lit.

 

For this release I mainly dialed back on the overall red saturation trying to bring the color tone closer to what appeared natural to me like I did 3 years ago on the original release. I felt the majority of the feature looked pretty good and I did leave a lot of things "as is" because I liked the punch of color. Even though I had already visited the high def saga back in 2007 with several of these adjustments- this go around is my preferred versions because I went much deeper than before and never quit felt happy, not to mention Han does shoot Greedo first as I have always done.  I never had access to H.264 encoding and my old obsolete version were compromised in almost every way. These things seem kind of trivial now since several have imitated this technique over the past couple years but up until now no one has actually threw the bits at it to fully enjoy it all on a real home theater system in a convenient "just hit play" format.

 

In the audio department I dug up an old laserdisc capture I had laying around and extracted the center channel dialog. I pulled out all of Darth Vaders dialog and plopped it into this release because I really liked how the old Vader sounded. I extracted the AC3 rf on an old capture card from a Pioneer DVL-909  Laserdisc/DVD combo player eons ago. I always hated the picture quality of the cap but the audio was bit perfect and sounded great. I also replaced the sound Obi-wan made when he first appeared on screen to scare away the Sandpeople with the original sound also from that cap.  So basically, these blurays are still the new Special Editions with what should be minimal "transparent" tweaks. I debated on deleting the Jabba scene but Harrison Ford is in that scene and you can't delete Harrison Ford. Like the rest of this project I am the first to provide a full uncompressed isolated music score that sounds awesome and I will NEVER use mp3 files downloaded from the internet on my releases. For the record the isolated scores on all my releases are directly ripped bit perfect from the original outstanding Sony Classics remastered CD's of the trilogy and carefully edited to match the films score as close as what's reasonable.  Even if you are a casual viewer you owe it to yourself to sit back and just listen to the fantastic scores that run through these films.

 

As a side note, you may notice an audio sync issue with the background sounds on the audio commentary. To re-edit the Han Shoots First scene several frames had to be removed. Since I plugged in the audio commentary as-is that edit will be apparent after the scene is over. I did not feel editing the audio commentary was warranted since it technically does not impact the feature itself. I also omitted all the foreign language tracks as they would have to be re-edited too in order to sync with the film and I did not need the extra headaches. New covers are provided will all these re-issues to accurately depict the actual contents of the disk.

 

Special thanks to the members at www.abhdtv.net for helping me and understanding the weight of this project. 

 

wookiegroomer@hushmail.com