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#1376491
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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oojason said:

A Conversation with Harmy, creator of the Star Wars Despecialized Edition - PART 1’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjp3e9lj5Cs - at the HelloGreedo youtube channel. (52 minutes long)

 
 

'A conversation with HelloGreedo, Star Wars YouTuber - Part 2:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcpdACUYYCA - at the Petr Harmy youtube channel. (59 minutes long)
 

Those were fun to listen to. Thanks for sharing.

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#1369467
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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DavidMDaut said:

there’s far less incentive for Disney to release the unaltered original trilogy than fans estimate (the home video market is effectively dead and the number of people who know or care enough to seek out the original versions of these movies are diminishing by the day).

I think you’re massively underestimating the Star Wars fanbase, in particular the fanbase of those who love the original film in its original theatrical form. This is a movie that literally millions of dedicated Star Wars fans haven’t been able to see, in an official way, for over 20 years (crappy GOUT version excluded).

And the home video market is nowhere near dead. What a strange thing to say. It’s pivoted to digitally-owned movies, sure. But dead? No way. In fact, it’s stronger than ever.

If Disney were to release the original theatrical version in 4K, the press would be all over it, and thousands upon thousands of people would buy or rent it. Guaranteed. Not to mention, with a little bit of marketing, Disney would reach the casual fans of the series who maybe hadn’t realized they’ve been watching an altered version.

Disney is literally sitting on a gold mine with this.

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#1369257
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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He has finished his restoration from the multiple prints, and he has given it to Disney. So they have it. However, he hopes to eventually get a scan of the negative to use as an additional source in the future. Probably won’t happen, but we can hope. I just hope one day Disney will choose to release it on home video to the public. He’s done some fine work!

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#1369239
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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I just stumbled upon Mike Verta’s livestream from May 2020 about his unreleased 4K restoration. I remember him working on this a number of years ago, when he was about to present it to Fox and Disney. In this livestream he gives some new info about it. Pretty interesting stuff! I wish Disney would just release his restoration. It looks phenomenal!
https://youtu.be/G3W_O-tp0_g

 

Mod Eidt: For info… here is the link to mverta’s StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread

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#1367183
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Info: Guide for Working with 4K HDR Blu-ray Rips in SDR
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CorellianSmuggler said:

Is there a way to make it properly identified as Rec.2020

Sorry for the belated reply. Yes, you just need to tell Resolve what the input color space and gamma should be. This can be done by simply right-clicking the ProRes file in the media pool and specifying the color space and gamma as Rec.2020 and ST2084, respectively.

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#1367181
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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CatBus said:

I wasn’t able to repro the issue either, both VLC and MPC-HC, the only software video players I’d ever used. So IMO whatever I saw was either a bug fixed in a newer release, or something in the Windows audio mixdown to stereo, which may be different since I’m using a different machine now than when I saw this before.

Thanks for looking into it! Yeah, I couldn’t produce the problem on my end either, on any of my computers or players. So I wonder if it’s a system setting or something.

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#1365285
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Info: Guide for Working with 4K HDR Blu-ray Rips in SDR
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CorellianSmuggler said:

Thank you for this. It’ll be very helpful.

I have a question. I want to take a UHD and edit the film. I want to keep the grading that it was released with, but do my edit, and be able to output the edited version with identical grading from the source, but with the new edit.

This used to be as easy as making an MKV of the film, converting it to ProRES, and then outputting a new ProRES after the edit. NOW when I try this, the color is washed out and completely off, and I believe I lose the HDR grading entirely.

I really appreciate the direction to process the MKV to ProRES 444, that’s good… but I still see it with the ungraded look. Is there a way to extract a LUT from the MKV?

Thanks so much for your help.

The color is “washed out” and “completely off” because it’s a Rec.2020 source, but your video editing application is assuming it’s a Rec.709 source. What software do you use to edit?

If you want to preserve the original HDR grading without making any modifications, then it should look washed out on your SDR display. That’s normal. And then in your timeline and export settings, you need to specify that it’s Rec.2020 ST2084 so that it doesn’t default to exporting in Rec.709.

This is a simple color management setting in DaVinci Resolve.

In other common editing programs, unfortunately, it’s complicated and sometimes not even possible to specify your timeline and output color space and gamma. So I recommend DaVinci Resolve for that reason.

HDR video will always look washed out on an SDR screen unless it’s being tonemapped. So when you’ve exported your film, you can try playing it in VLC or MPV to see it with the tonemapped colors. (Or just simply play it on an HDR TV).

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#1365192
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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Matt_Stevens said:

I was able to grab this and have it on my hard drive. What’s interesting (in a sad way) is that VLC gives me no center channel.

That’s very strange! Audio works like a charm for me in VLC. MPV is also a great free player and it works great too. If it’s any consolation, the DTS-HD MA 6.1 and DTS 5.1 tracks were lifted directly from the Blu-ray with no tampering whatsoever (other than merging parts 1 & 2 together with mkvmerge for V3).

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#1364304
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:
The titles could indeed use a little more red, but the blue in the opening shots is something of the later home video releases. All the prints show the planet in the background being gray:

Those titles are much improved! It’s crazy how much of a difference a subtle change can make. 🙂

Any thoughts about the “Episode IV: A New Hope” lines?

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#1364278
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:

Here’s the current status of the colors for Despecialized 3.0 (with some tweaks):

Great work! My only thought this time around is that maybe the opening shots could use a bit of color separation / color contrast. Right now, they look a tad faded, with a bit too much of a brown tint IMO. In particular, we’re lacking a bit of blue all around.

The colors in the opening titles feel off to me as well. Same problem. The “Star Wars” title and opening crawl actually look slightly lime green.

Also, the green beams and the explosion both lack the “punch” that I always recall feeling when the movie first starts.

I know you’re using prints for reference, which is awesome. So I may be wrong. But I wonder if the prints aren’t as accurate as we sometimes like to think they are. I think they’re a great reference – But I also believe we can actually improve on them while also retaining the spirit of their overall look.

I actually think Harmy’s Despecialized 2.7 is a great color reference for these opening shots. You might might argue they’re tiny bit oversaturated, but they have the color separation I’m talking about:

One last note: Is that “A New Hope” line going to stay in the crawl for Despecialized 3.0? (It’s actually the one change George made that I like; but I know a lot of people on here might want that gone.) Just curious, more than anything.

Awesome work!! Can’t wait to see more! So excited for this! 🙂

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#1362800
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:

Here’s the current status of the color grading:

It’s looking really great so far!! My only note would be the pinkish blocky artifacting that seems to be present quite a bit. Maybe it’s just a limitation with the source? It doesn’t appear to be too major, but for pixel-peepers like myself it’s still noticeable.

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#1362384
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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J0E said:

pat man said:

J0E said:

I WAS thinking about buying the individual 4k releases of the Original Trilogy just to check out the “new” transfer. From everything I can gather, these don’t have Dolby Vision. Isn’t Dolby Vision the standard for true HDR color/contrast interpretation on 4k OLED displays? We get the higher resolution but we don’t get the true HDR color range with these discs?

Send help.

Disney Hasn’t released/ re-release tiles with Dolby Vision on Disc for a while. They do have standard HDR10. The only way to get DV is either stream their titles or Download them using the Included Digital code or D+.

Well that’s disappointing.

Yeah, I believe the last Dolby Vision physical release from Disney was The Last Jedi. However, the new 2019 disc of The Last Jedi doesn’t have Dolby Vision anymore… It’s only on the original release. Pretty lame. I wish they’d bring back Dolby Vision to their physical releases.

But at the same time, I’m at least glad Disney’s a huge deliverer of Dolby Vision on Disney+. That makes me happy.

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#1362383
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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J0E said:

I WAS thinking about buying the individual 4k releases of the Original Trilogy just to check out the “new” transfer. From everything I can gather, these don’t have Dolby Vision. Isn’t Dolby Vision the standard for true HDR color/contrast interpretation on 4k OLED displays? We get the higher resolution but we don’t get the true HDR color range with these discs?

Send help.

HDR10 has the exact same HDR color range as Dolby Vision. The difference is that Dolby Vision’s tonemapping is created by the colorists/filmmakers rather than automatically created by the TV. This means if you have a very high quality, expensive OLED TV, then Dolby Vision and HDR10 should theoretically look exactly the same. The problem with HDR10 arises when it’s viewed on cheap HDR TVs that aren’t capable of producing the full color gamut (or close to the full gamut), so the TV’s automatic — and very crappy — tonemapping kicks in to remap the color gamut to fit the display.

So yes, Dolby Vision is superior. But HDR10 isn’t bad — What makes HDR10 look bad is a bad TV.

Also, the Dolby Vision standard is capable of 12-bit color, which is of course capable of producing a wider range of colors than the 10-bit color maximum of HDR10. But the vast majority of Dolby Vision content right now is only 10-bit anyway.

I agree that it’s really dumb Disney has neglected Dolby Vision on physical media. But HDR10 is still hood, and the digital codes will give you the Dolby Vision versions if by chance your TV doesn’t bode well with HDR10.

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#1362069
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:

Here’s C-3PO and R2-D2’s arrival on Tatooine:

Great work so far! But I can’t help but feel like this particular scene lacks a bit of color separation now. I think some of the blue needs to be brought back into the sky and in R2 just a little bit, to give it the color contrast that it needs. Not to the crazy extent of the 2011 Blu-ray, of course, but just a little bit. (Right now, it’s is feeling kind of like a faded, brownish film print rather than a color-accurate film print). 🙂

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#1361780
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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stretch009 said:

44rh1n said:

stretch009 said:

44rh1n said:

brian0975 said:

Amazing work.
I have the BD Extended Edition trilogy. I would love to have a copy of this masterpiece if it’s still available. I am happy to offer proof of ownership and a PayPal contribution.

Thanks! Feel free to send me a DM, if you haven’t already. And my restoration is free for anyone who owns the extended Blu-ray (it’s important to support the filmmakers and studios who make the films we love). Fan restorations should never be bought or sold. 🙂 But if you’re interested in donating towards the creation of future restoration releases, you’re absolutely welcome to. It’s completely optional, of course. https://www.paypal.me/44rh1n/

I know what a PM is, what does this uncommon DM mean?

It’s not uncommon. DM = Direct Message, PM = Private Message. They’re the same thing. 🙂

It’s uncommon on this site.

If that’s really the case and you think “DM” would have caused confusion, then thanks for letting me know. I just edited the post to say “PM” instead.

I honestly never thought a single person would have misunderstood what “DM” meant though, haha. 🙂

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#1361776
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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stretch009 said:

44rh1n said:

brian0975 said:

Amazing work.
I have the BD Extended Edition trilogy. I would love to have a copy of this masterpiece if it’s still available. I am happy to offer proof of ownership and a PayPal contribution.

Thanks! Feel free to send me a DM, if you haven’t already. And my restoration is free for anyone who owns the extended Blu-ray (it’s important to support the filmmakers and studios who make the films we love). Fan restorations should never be bought or sold. 🙂 But if you’re interested in donating towards the creation of future restoration releases, you’re absolutely welcome to. It’s completely optional, of course. https://www.paypal.me/44rh1n/

I know what a PM is, what does this uncommon DM mean?

It’s not uncommon. DM = Direct Message, PM = Private Message. They’re the same thing. 🙂

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#1361599
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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brian0975 said:

Amazing work.
I have the BD Extended Edition trilogy. I would love to have a copy of this masterpiece if it’s still available. I am happy to offer proof of ownership and a PayPal contribution.

Thanks! Feel free to send me a PM, if you haven’t already. And my restoration is free for anyone who owns the extended Blu-ray (it’s important to support the filmmakers and studios who make the films we love). Fan restorations should never be bought or sold. 🙂 But if you’re interested in donating towards the creation of future restoration releases, you’re absolutely welcome to. It’s completely optional, of course. https://www.paypal.me/44rh1n/