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Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects

pehache said:

This is an old post now, but anyway…

oojason said:

ZigZig said:

  1. The official sources are/were TehParadox (which is closed) and MySpleen (where invitations are not available anymore).
  2. When a newbie asks “where can I get them” on this forum, the 2 ou 3 same guys always answer with jokes, or “read the first post” (which is outdated), or don’t answer at all, or forbid access to newbies (you must be a member for 6 months before getting the private links, which is quite justified and understandable, but can give the impression of a closed club).
  3. If you want to learn more about how to get the Despecialized Editions, you have to read 161 pages of private jokes. And do not try to give your opinion or to answer to a post, you’ll receive “get out of here” or “ridiculous” for answer from some people who think that this forum is their playground, even though the vast majority of members are kind and caring.

On the other hand, if you pay on eBay, you receive a beautiful package with a box, inner sleeves and beautifully printed blurays.

I am obviously outraged that people get paid on eBay for the volunteer and free work of other people like Harmy, Poita, Adywan or DrDre. No one should claim $ 100 on eBay for Harmy’s work, it is not fair. And I’m happy to be a (young new) member of this forum, where I can learn a lot of things about SW, and share my passion with people who are, for the most part, extremely sympathetic.

But I understand why many people end up finding eBay easier than this particular forum …


You raise some good valid points ZigZig - and I appreciate your efforts in here to try and come up with a solution to these issues.

To try to answer some of your points - and in the interests of clarity for others reading up about this topic…


Harmy’s Dspecialised Editions are widely available on both public and private torrent sites - in many differing formats and sizes. That new posters state on here that they searched ‘high and low’ on the public torrent sites and still can’t find them is somewhat baffling. Also baffling are those that say they don’t know how to use torrent sites and then ask to join myspleen…

In Harmy’s first post in his Despecialised Edition thread on this site is the linked ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ -
which chronicles how to obtain the DE.

Harmy also has a facebook page - chronicling how to obtain his Despecialised Editions - via ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked on it.

And a twitter page too.

There is also a youtube video out there with ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked in on how to obtain the DE.

I think (though am not certain) that the above video, with ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked in, is available on other similar video sites too.

As a kind-of-newbie, I think that this is indeed difficult to access the files. The information about them on this forum is spread over multiple topics and over multiples posts in each topic, and even some headposts contain outdated information. The guide: I followed it today to get ESB, and just failed (I can see files for TLJ, not for ANH or ESB). Public torrent trackers: mmh, there you can find multiple versions, without knowing if they are the “official” ones or altered in any way (for instance I can see a 1080p version of Harmy’s ESB, but as far as I know his version is 720p, isn’t it ?). Private trackers: probably a better source, but you have to be a happy member… Anyway, using torrent trackers if you’re not a geek who knows how to use a VPN or a remote seedboox, can get you into legal troubles in many countries. The truth is, many people don’t have many options apart from buying the stuff on ebay.

I don’t think anyone is blaming people who may not know any better who buy them. But the people taking this freely available labor of love thing and making a rather hefty profit off it is pretty despicable.

Harmy has even said he’s trying to figure out a way to make it easier to access. So hopefully that will help things somewhat once he does.


While I’d say it is possible to remove the Ronto and keep other elements, like the shadow under the landspeeder, I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it. The problem with the SE landspeeder shadow is that to do it, they cut off the bottom half of the landspeeder. It just doesn’t look right. It’d be better, in my humble opinion, to roto out the landspeeder entirely and then reinsert it to have more stable movement and a new shadow beneath it that doesn’t rely on cutting off parts of the speeder to begin with.

Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers

NeverarGreat said:

Very nice. What is the source of this artwork?

It is the mural displayed at Star Wars Celebration this year.
If memory serves, this is where I saved it from:

There is also artwork for Clone Wars and Rebels in there, but I didn’t feel particularly obliged to create covers for those. Maybe I will someday.


The ROTJ Blu-ray really bothers me. Not because of the changes, because I had kind of made my peace with the fact that stupid changes were going to continue happening. But because I felt it was handled the best in terms of color. Was it spot on? No. But it at least looked mostly natural. But then it had to be ruined by these long sections of out of focus scenes that made it just as irritating to watch as the botched color on the other two.

Force bless Williarob and all involved in 4K77, 4K83, and eventually 4K80.

Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects

From the Wikipedia DMCA page:

"Rulemaking was scheduled to occur in 2009, but the final rule was not issued until the following year. The 2010 exemptions, issued in July 2010, are:[39]

Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances:
Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students;
Documentary filmmaking;
Obsolete software and video game formats.
Noncommercial videos. (A new exemption in 2010, similar to a previous educational exemption.)"

One could argue fan edits fall under "noncommercial video’ I suppose. Or if you’re a film studies student like myself, could argue it falls under educational use.

4k77 released

Williarob said:

Chewtobacca said:

fmalover said:

The subtle pink cast has been completely removed, which is great, but I kinda like the grain. Is there any possibility of releasing a version of 4K77 with the colour timing of the DNR version and film grain? It would be the best of both worlds.

I’d very much like such a version as well.

So would I, but I’m afraid it’s not that simple. I took the original release and ran it through After Effects for Denoising, then Phoenix for additional cleanup and PF Clean for shot by shot color correction. It went through After Effects again for additional scene by scene color correction to arrive at RC1 (the first private beta release). Then the output from RC1 had a second round of shot by shot color correction (almost every shot in the film) to get to the final release.

So to get to roughly the same place colorwise, at the very least I have to render it all out to DPX again (this time without the DNR), run it through my PF Clean project again, and then render it out of not one but two After Effects project files.

A potential solution could be to put the dnr version on top of the non dnr version in premiere or after effects and set the blend mode to “color”. Theoretically you’d get the luminosity of the non dnr version but the colors of the dnr version.

The Disney/Fox acquisition....

Possessed said:

Colson said:

SparkySywer said:

SilverWook said:

Hopefully, they never dare do that to the Indiana Jones films, as the dissolve from the Paramount logo into the prologue is a signature of the series!

I can live with the 20th Century Fox logo gone from Star Wars.

But this is just offensive.

The fanfare was written for Star Wars specifically

Uhm, wrong? Even the recording of it found in the movie itself is from the 50s.

I always heard that the extension of the fanfare (the part that plays over the lucasfilm logo) was written by Williams for Star Wars, but that fox liked it so much they continued using it. Is that not correct?

The Usual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread - * <strong>TROS SPOILERS WITHIN</strong> *

Gimpy said:

I had an idea for a radical edit of episode 7 that I’ve started to work on, where I have tried to integrate some of Captain phasma’s scenes from 8 into 7, specifically her duel with Finn, and some of the Rose, DJ, Phasma scenes.

(I dont have the vfx skills that I need.)

I want to take some of the Finn, Rose, DJ stuff and put that into 7,

ie Finn and Rose (both imperials in this edit) try to escape the 1st order together. Phasma catches them, kills Rose, and then sends finn to “re-integration.” Ie his mind is wiped.

So, is his interest in Rey real? Is it a remnant of a past memory of Rose? Adds depth to both characters.

The next time we see Finn he has his breakdown on Jakku, escapes with Poe, etc.

I would love to integrate Finn’s duel with Phasma into the destruction of Starkiller. (She escapes the compactor and tries to confront finn.)

To me, Finn being underutilized in both movies was a real downer. They had a real opportunity to show the Star Wars universe an unfiltered view of the Empire’s/1st order’s cruelty from a soldier’s perspective. What is life like for imperial citizens etc. they squadered it.

The only problem with killing off Rose is she’s confirmed for Episode 9 and we don’t know how big a role she’ll have.