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#1292359
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How do I convert from mkv to mp4 without losing quality???
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The DVD-5 versions were made by Chewtobacca. They are designed to fit on DVD-5 discs (i.e. single-layered) and play in a standalone DVD player. Two of the films are available on Usenet in this format: SW v2.7 and ROTJ v2.5. They can be found by searching for chewtobacca on the NZBKing search engine. I’m not sure how to get hold of the DVD-5 version of ESB v2.0 any more, now that most of Harmy’s links on Uloz are sadly broken.

If you want discs which will play in a PC DVD player (as opposed to a standalone DVD player), then a better option is to go for the AVCHD versions. These are about 8 GB in size and designed to fit on DVD-9 discs (i.e. dual-layered). With the video in 720p and of almost the same quality as the larger 20 GB MKV files, they are a great compromise. Most well-known PC video software (e.g. VLC) will play AVCHDs burned on DVD-9 discs fine, as will most standalone Blu-ray players. But standalone DVD players will not usually read these discs at all.

The AVCHD versions of all three films are available on Usenet. Try searching for despecialized avchd on NZBKing.

Bluto

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#1290653
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Harmy's Despecialized Star Wars 1977 - Color Adjustment Project for v2.7 (released)
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Welcome!

Sadly, nearly all the manual/multipart files on Uloz for Harmy’s Despecialized Editions are dead. Checking Harmy’s posts (click on a user’s name to see their post history) reveals that he was searching for a replacement host in May & June, but I do not think he has uploaded the files to a new site yet.

The mkv files you have found on Uloz look suspicious/unofficial to me; I suspect they are re-encoded and heavily compressed.

Fortunately, some kind soul appears to have uploaded the most recent mkv files for all three films on Usenet within the last year. Search for “despecialized” on NZBKing. If you haven’t used Usenet before, I recommend getting a free account from the “free-usenet” provider along with NZBGet software (also free).

Bluto

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#1289473
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Link to Star wars 1997 special editions?
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Adywan’s ESB 1997 was released in MKV (14 GB) and AVCHD (8 GB) formats. Both can be found on Usenet by searching for “adywan 1997” in the NZBKing search engine. If you are new to Usetnet, try NZBGet software along with a free account from the “free-usenet” provider. I do not think any ROTJ 1997 has been reconstructed, but a number of laserdisc rips are available.

Bluto

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#1287660
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Star Wars OT & 1997 Special Edition Info.
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If I recall correctly, Team Blu only released Star Wars 1997; it seems to be difficult to track down outside of the Spleen. I don’t think they completed ESB 1997 or ROTJ 1997.

However, Harmy made his own Star Wars 1997 called the “Respecialized Edition”. The thread for it is here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Respecialized-Edition-97-AVCHD-and-MKV-now-out/id/16682

To download it, follow the link for the “Ultimate Guide” in the first post of Harmy’s main thread for Star Wars here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Despecialized-Edition-HD-V27-MKV-IS-OUT-NOW/id/12713

As for ESB 1997, Adywan released a nice version in both MKV (14 GB) and AVCHD (8 GB) formats. Both are available on Usenet by searching for “adywan 1997” in the NZBKing search engine. If you haven’t used Usenet before, I would recommend NZBGet software along with a free account from the “free-usenet” provider. It might take you a day or two to download, but hey - it’s free!

I am not aware of any ROTJ 1997 versions out there other than Laserdisc rips.

Bluto

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#1280605
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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I didn’t warm to it either… Interesting as a separate mini fan-film, but it seems out of place to me with the rest of Episode IV. I felt the same way about the end of Rogue One - while Darth Vader’s antics worked quite well in that film, they didn’t seem to flow naturally at all into the beginning of Episode IV where he calmly enters after his troops and does very little dirty work other than to pick up and choke Antilles one-handed.

Vader in this YouTube clip also lacks the stature of Prowse to be convincing; he’s barely taller than Alec Guiness. (That always irritated me at the end of RotS too.)

Bluto

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#1278484
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If you could only remove one SE change...?
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All the changes annoy me intensely; I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one. But the one change that disappoints me most is the redub of Fett’s lines in ESB, as mentioned in a few posts a couple of pages back. This is arguably a relatively minor change, but Fett was always my favourite character due in no small part to Jason Wingreen’s superb, menacing delivery of his lines. Temuera Morrison’s redub sounded indifferent to my ears - almost bored. (I suspect he could have sounded fine, but the lines just seemed to have been rushed and recorded in one lousy take.)

Here is a comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07PmuVgxj4

Bluto

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#1264832
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NJVC Custom Blu-ray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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I’m not sure about the error, but even with a successful burn these ISOs do not seem to play with VLC. I have managed to get the extras to work with VLC, but the actual films themselves cause it to crash. (The mkv files are fine with VLC, however.) The films should play fine in a standalone Bluray player, and from memory I believe other posters have had success on their PCs using Leawo Player or PotPlayer software.

Bluto

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#1262620
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NJVC Custom Blu-ray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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Just a thought - perhaps the servers Mega use aren’t particularly reliable, and data can get corrupted with no automatic back-up? I wonder if any other users here have had similar problems with their own files on Mega. Although I have a Mega account, I don’t use it much (and not with huge files) and haven’t experienced any issues yet.

Bluto

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#1262338
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4K83 Released
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Your newsreader should be able to handle “par2” files which allow any incomplete rars to be repaired automatically. If you can’t get this to work in your newsreader, then try QuickPar software. It’s free and will fix your rars provided you have downloaded enough par2 files from the newsgroup.

Bluto

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#1258089
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Harmy's STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97 - AVCHD and MKV now out!
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Of the 4 usenet search engines I’ve tried, the 8 GB and 14 GB versions of Adywan’s 1997 ESB only seem to show up under NZBKing. This site’s NZB files changed format for some reason a year or two ago immediately after their servers crashed for a few days, and ever since then my usenet software (alt.binz 3.94 - free and portable) hasn’t pulled in their data correctly whether the file was uploaded before or after the crash. It seems to think the individual rar file sizes are only 250 kB, for example.

You may have better luck with more up to date software. As for a news server, free-usenet is great albeit slow.

Bluto

JEDIT: I’ve just tested these popular newsreaders for Usenet: NZBGet and SABnzbd. Both are also free, and have the advantage of being fully compatible with NZBKing as well as more user friendly than alt.binz.

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#1256231
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Project 4K80
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Williarob said:
All the frames are at least a little pink. Some are pinker than others, but on the whole there is less fading than on the other 35mm prints we scanned. So the samples above have been adjusted slightly to show how much color information is still there.

Here is an untouched frame from the same set, for reference:

Thanks for the comparison; the untouched frame doesn’t look too badly faded at all. Is this Fuji type of print therefore generally more stable and slower to fade to red than whatever was used for the Grindhouse print (Eastman?). I remember seeing a few untouched frames from the Grindhouse a few years ago which looked like they had been doused with ketchup!

Bluto

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#1247118
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4k77 released
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It’s very hard to estimate the risk, but keeping things seeded would certainly help your cause. Another solution is just to get 4K77 (and possibly some of the other scans you are after) from Usenet. I can vouch for “free-usenet” along with portable alt.binz software. Not the fastest way - it may take three days or so - but completely free and won’t hurt your spleen ratio.

Bluto

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#1237695
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Harmy's Despecialized Star Wars 1977 - Color Adjustment Project for v2.7 (released)
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Here are some checksums taken from HanDuet’s “Supplementary Guide: File Verification”:

File Name: Star.Wars.Despecialized.Edition.v2.7.mkv
CRC-32: 86C303FB
MD5: 5D26CD805E0E6AAAA3E031A9712E5E2B
SHA-1: F7DAF6EB6292F867D18DBFB1C55C19A13450C696

A link to HanDuet’s full guide can be found in the first post of Harmy’s thread:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Despecialized-Edition-HD-V27-MKV-IS-OUT-NOW/id/12713

Bluto

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#1236385
Topic
Team Negative1 - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 - 35mm Theatrical Version (Release Details and Updates)
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It’s a little tricky to find on Google, admittedly, since slight variations on the search words lead to nearly identical sites (all in French as it happens), but only one site allows you to successfully follow the link to sign up. Try searching for: dreamastered 1980. The site you want has the “.is” domain.

Note: I can’t vouch that this is genuine, but the details and file size in the description check out.

Bluto