Very interesting! Charles Bunnag, one of the colorists of the new 4K HDR Disney+ version of the Original Trilogy, as well as “The Mandalorian,” has spoken regarding the negative claims that the Disney+ HDR is “fake.” There’s even an interesting comment from Marc Wielage (colorist of the 2004 versions). https://mixinglight.com/color-tutorial/is-the-disney-series-the-mandalorian-fake-hdr/
The podcast in the link there is very interesting, I recommend everyone who’s interested in HDR give it a listen.
Yeah, it’s a great one. I loved it too. I’m actually a subscriber to MixingLight, because their insights are incredibly helpful with my work. They had another podcast a couple of years ago talking with the colorist of the 2004 SE, and in that podcast the colorist actually talks about it being a myth that Lucasfilm doesn’t have the theatrical OT negatives or prints anymore, because he actually used them in his restoration. I went back and tried to find it, and the listing for that podcast is still there but the link is broken. I’ll reach out to them and see if they can fix it. It’s a great listen.
If anyone was interested in this interview I referenced earlier with the colorist of the 2004 SE, it’s back online now. It’s very interesting to view restoration, in general, from his perspective. The whole podcast is great, but about 33:27 is when he starts to talk about Star Wars. https://mixinglight.com/color-tutorial/color-restoration-hollywood-interview-marc-wielage/