Power windows will definitely be in the 2020 BRs too. And probably some in the 11 BRs.
I’m my opinion some of those corrections are a bit revisionist and should be replaced on a shot by shot basis.
But not all. Despecialized seems to be the project where such modern grading techniques are acceptable. And In a world where we have 4K77. Some work done to invisibly tidy up the presentation of Star Wars is… fine.
As had as the sources go. I do believe that a 10bit SDR workflow is the way to go.
The current HDR BR do not use HDR to its fullest. Keeping the picture largely in the lower range of the brightness spectrum. There isn’t a tone of HDRness to use there.
Considering how difficult it is even for professionals to do quality HDR grading I would strongly advise against amateur HDR grading, even as an optional release.
If I were in this position I would cap both releases and look at how we can conform one to the other. Either by using Dr Dre’s tool shot by shot (It can be done), or a blanket adjustment if it works. There is detail in the 4K surprisingly, but the image on the 1080p is more than enough to make a future presentation.
I’d like to think that the future of Despecialized becomes more of a community driven project than a largely solo effort. As a community we should look at what Despecialized look like. And how we would achieve that goal.
Despecialized has become the “brandname” of the theatrical editions of Star Wars. It’s what people talk about outside of the Star Wars forum (that and 4K77). It’s important that all the fans out there (who aren’t as savvy as us) that perfect, comprehensive, community approved versions are out there and easily identifiable. And it should happen soon.