Ok, so here's what I'm thinking. Harmy's Despecialized Star Wars, Adywan's Theatrical Empire Strikes Back, and Dark_Jedi/You_Too's Return of the Jedi.
What do you all think of Moth3r's Pwnage edition? I did a little further research and looking at comparisons between the two, Moth3r's seems to have nearly identical colors to Dark_Jedi's but a crisper image. Then again sometimes stills like this don't do justice.
Thank you all for the opinions. I'm going to check out Dark Jedi & You_Too's v3. Seems to be what I'm looking for as the main problem I have with Harmy's Despecialized Editions is color correction.
Something I've been thinking about for a while, and it's actually been suggested on this site once or twice before. I really think a small band of OT members needs to get together, and write, produce, and edit our own version of the prequels. Given the popularity of Kickstarter I don't think raising funds would be a problem, and given what I've seen on just this thread alone shows that we are more than capable of coming up with a much, much better story than what Lucas crapped out.
How important is "HD" to you?
Not important at all. In fact most of my dvds are SD and look fine on my hdtv imo. I mean, obviously I want it to look good. I could always hook up my old vcr and show her my old '95 vhs tapes if I didn't care at all, but it doesn't have to be HD, just at least as presentable as a standard definition dvd.
I found out with a shock recently that my girlfriend has never seen Star Wars… any of them. Obviously, I would not stand for such a catastrophe. So I’m planning on having her over to watch the OT (and maybe… maybe the PT) for a day. Here’s my issue: I want to show her preservations, so she can see them the way they were meant to be seen, but not having time to really commit to watching many of them, I can’t say which is of the highest quality. Which one should I show her? I’ve been leaning toward Dark_Jedi’s preservations based on what I’ve heard, but would really like some outside opinions. If all else fails I will show her Harmy’s Despecialized Editions which I have relied on for quite a while for lack of time to really commit to watching others.
I like that you made the comparison to Harry Potter, Bingowings. I actually think comparing it to wizards in Harry Potter perfectly explains it. Magic is passed down as a hereditary thing, but there are also the muggle-borns who can use magic, but have no magical bloodline. That's the way it is, but it's never explained in any more detail than that, and doesn't have to be. I think the same kind of principles could be applied to force-users in Star Wars. I would make some variations on it though. Basically, here's how I see it: Some individuals are born with a higher potential to manipulate the force. This cannot be measured by any scientific means, but can be sensed by those whose minds are in tune with the force, however, anybody has the ability to manipulate the force with training, some are just born stronger with the force than others, thus have an easier time learning and are more likely to be more powerful. This natural strength with the force is passed down through generations. Ben's line "I was amazed how strongly the force was with him." perfectly fits in with this ideology. The Skywalkers simply have a very high natural connection with the force.
Hey, I just joined OT recently (don't know why it took so long), but I've been following the progress on this for about a year as a guest and would just like to say how amazing it feels knowing that there are people like you who are willing to put so much tender love and care into preserving our cultural heritage. I have a girlfriend who has never seen Star Wars and I have decided to wait until this is released to show it to her so that she can see it how it was meant to be seen (although knowing me, I'll probably get impatient and just show her Harmy's Despecialized Editions =P) In any case, thank you so much for what you are doing and I will continue following this with great interest.