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#1420146
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Star Wars SE 4K - 1997 (a WIP)
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SnooPac said:

Btron said:

Definitely sad that my account on a certain tracker went inactive. I’ve been looking for this project outside of there for a long time… maybe one day I’ll find it.

Is it even available there?

Not sure if this invite code still works, but maybe you can try here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/4k77-released/id/60815/page/32#1391579

It isn’t. When they were accepting new people on forums.thestarwarstrilogy.com in December I had an issue with the email registration sending after the confirmation time expired. It would have been my intention to upload it to the Spleen (if I received permission) but sadly, no dice.

Williarob if you read this, don’t worry about it. I have too much respect for the work you guys do to hit-and-run your site. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure it’s a raw scan and still needs work before it’s ready to replace Harmy’s edition so I’m not really chomping at the bit to get it tbh.

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#1388889
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Help: looking for... getting the 1080p versions of <strong>4K77</strong> &amp; <strong>4K83</strong> - please
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Woops I completely forgot about this thread.

Well anyway, the different color grades from different people is a can of worms I don’t even want to open. Star Wars isn’t anywhere near as cancerous as Jedi as far as how many versions there are. But the different color grades are even worse.

As far as getting an invite to thestarwarstrilogy, I can’t help anyone there. I’d just scour the web for an “alternate” place to get it. I’ve seen the 4kxx projects floating around a few different places.

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#1379437
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Return of the Jedi 1997 Special Edition HD Reconstruction (Released)
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staracipa said:

“We get a lot of “one hit wonders” around here who take projects and sell them elsewhere. A lot of people only share projects with other members of the community for that very reason. These project threads are hit almost everyday with one-post accounts that are never seen or heard from again after obtaining a link”

“Stay around, explore topics, post around for a couple months, then come ask for links to people’s projects”

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https://originaltrilogy.com/post/id/1101504

I understand buddy, you registered in 2017 and you did not take part in the Peter Harmy project but you use it! Projects Harmy’s Despecialized Edition, Laserschwert Despecialized Edition German, Yotsuba Despecialized Edition French it is only for the elite registered on the forum…

Okay ouch. Claws are out today, aren’t they?

I wasn’t trying to be condescending or mean spirited. You have my sincerest condolences if you felt that way. I wasn’t saying it’s “just for the elite registered on the forum”, all I was saying is just make a few post in any random thread like, twice a week for a few weeks. People around here are much more willing to share content with accounts that have been around for a while.

As a response to your point, no one gave me the files for that box set despite me asking for them. So gg I guess.

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#1379213
Topic
Return of the Jedi 1997 Special Edition HD Reconstruction (Released)
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staracipa said:

The guy doesn’t reply, the topic is closed.

We get a lot of “one hit wonders” around here who take projects and sell them elsewhere. A lot of people only share projects with other members of the community for that very reason. These project threads are hit almost everyday with one-post accounts that are never seen or heard from again after obtaining a link.

Stay around, explore topics, post around for a couple months, then come ask for links to people’s projects.

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#1377930
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New fan site - thedarkside
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V.I.N.Cent said:

Is this spam?

It appears to be a website still in development, asking for donations, with Mickey Mouse dressed up as The Emperor, and very little else about it.

I apologize if it is on the level, but there is not much to go on at all.

This. What is going on here? All I have to go off here is an extremely vague post with a link to a website where he’s e-begging without any description as to where the money is going or what he’s doing.

OP, you have my sincerest apology if this is a sincere project but I’m also lost.

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#1377640
Topic
I don't think Revenge Of The Sith is as good as everyone says it is.
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I agree, but I disagree with it being the best of the prequels.

It has highs as high as Jedi, but the lows are lower than Clones. There’s a lot more lows than highs. There’s good fan edits of the film. Add few extended/deleted scenes, cut a lot of the filler and it’s a solid 6/10. The official edits though are like 4/10. Most of my problems with the movie are it’s pacing and it’s tonal inconsistency. I also really don’t like how everything is wrapped up at the end to lead right into Star Wars. It’s lazy.

I still maintain that The (theatrical cut of the) Phantom Menace has aged the best out of the prequels. It’s pacing, it’s tonal consistency mixed with using actual sets, miniatures, costumes, etc. It’s sound design is absolutely fantastic. It’s a competently made movie that’s bogged down by cringe slapstick and bad writing. Overall though, it’s a 5.5/10.

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#1368695
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How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981?
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Fated-Dualist said:

‘Star Wars: Maclunkey!’

A film before its time 😉

“Star Wars but random elements of the mix are replaced by Maclunkey” is an edit I would give my lefty to see.

Crank the volume and compress the audio so it peaks/gets really distorted. REALLY go at it with adding DNR and over-saturating the colors of the 2004 version to create all the visual artifacts you can to really add to the experience.

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#1368461
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The Phantom Menace - Bobson's Theatrical Recontruction v1 (Released!)
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Moiisty said:

was 4k99 ever gonna come out? cause I saw on the forum that a 4k scan of the prequels was happening

That’s on hold indefinitely. Poita (the guy doing the scans) went radio silent about a year ago. He was having a lot going on in his personal life and I imagine he just got burnt out. That, and on the first attempt scanning the film he got ill from the print itself. I really hope the cat is doing well.

Side note: I seem to remember ZigZig mentioning somewhere he got his hands on a 4k scan of a print but upon looking around again, I can’t seem to find where he mentioned it. If anyone could find that for me I’d be very appreciative. Take this with a grain of salt. I might just be having a burnout moment.

JEDIT: Oops didn’t even see page 2. Sorry about that guys.
@jzilli
Thanks for finding that. I knew I wasn’t crazy.

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#1368185
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The Phantom Menace - anyone want to chat about TPM?
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RUKUSBUILD3 said:

Only after the criticism do people realize how good the prequels actually are.

I re-watched it the other day, sorry for going a little fanboyish. I hadn’t seen it in years. (Let me shamelessly plug my boy Bobson for a minute. I watched the test version of his theatrical project and it’s pretty good. I’d keep an eye on his project and ZigZig’s/ChewieLewis’.)

I’ve always maintained that Phantom Menace was okay. The biggest problem is that the characters don’t command the presence they did in the OT. I don’t know if it’s writing, directing, acting or all three. But the end result is the same, the characters feel kinda bland and lack charisma. That’s really the biggest sin of the movie. Overall though, It’s slightly lower than Jedi.

Again, it’s not great but it isn’t terrible. It’s a fun watch every once in a while.

Vladimon man, I’m with you. It’s a childhood favorite of mine despite it’s flaws.

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#1367878
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The Phantom Menace - anyone want to chat about TPM?
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@Vladimon
I definitely agree that Phantom Menace holds up the best out of the prequel trilogy. As far as it’s pacing, tone and visual effects. The CGI doesn’t look quite as nice as Sith, but the use of practical effects, model work, miniatures, costume design and real sets more than makes up the difference. The ships and space battles look the best they ever have for a Star Wars movie (even more so than the new films) and the Pod Race is amazing. It was also a nice touch that it was shot on film as well. Don’t even get me started on the sound design. It makes me

The movie has a nice flow to it (in the theatrical cut). It’s very fast paced and the action set-pieces are genuinely fun and exciting. They don’t linger any longer than they have to and you move from one to the next quickly. Everything is well choreographed. There’s nice subtle character moments all throughout the duel (I don’t know where that went with the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel but that’s a discussion for another thread), everything in the Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon/Maul duel is purposeful and executed with surgical precision.

Setting aside Jar Jar and the Gungans, the biggest flaw is the characters. As stated above, the have their moments when they shine through the stiff acting. The stiff acting is really what brings it down to me, all the characters just feel bored and disinterested. They don’t have that life to them the did in Star Wars. They don’t play off of each other like they did in the OT despite little moments where you can tell they’re trying.

Also, #ReleaseTheImaxCut
That is all.

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#1367756
Topic
The Phantom Menace - Bobson's Theatrical Recontruction v1 (Released!)
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I completely agree visually. But as far as the original edit goes, this is still the most accurate version released so far aside from the laserdisc.

Also Bobson, I have to reiterate ChainsawAsh’s post. This is very nicely done. The LD footage blends very well with the blu-ray footage and the pod race looks phenomenal. I think it blends better than Ady’s version. I’m very excited to see what you do with this going forward. Much love and many thanks.

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#1367678
Topic
The Phantom Menace - Bobson's Theatrical Recontruction v1 (Released!)
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Vladimon said:

TPM is a great (and greatly underrated) movie and I support any project that tries to bring us closer to its theatrical presentation. Sadly, we have yet to see a true 4k99 (1080p will more than do), and I hope we will some day. To me, the mood and atmosphere of the film as seen in its original form is something quite different from what we get in all the official releases. Colors, lighting, film grain, the uniformity of image quality throughout the whole thing,… these all play a huge role in how we feel about the story and have a great impact on the mood those movie images evoke in all of us.

Personally, I do not mind the CGI Yoda, but any future projects that attempt to restore TPM from a good theatrical source should definitely retain the puppet as a first choice.

Well this is still using the official blu-ray as the main video source so the DNR/sharpening are still going to be present. And I believe Bobson intends on releasing another version with puppet Yoda.

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#1367101
Topic
Project Ewok | Caravan of Courage &amp; The Battle for Endor - 4K Upscales (Released)
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JakeRyan17 said:

As many others have mentioned, I would love access to these. I’m always worried about scratching the double-sided DVD… a paranoia from childhood that never went away, and the unavailability of the discs now makes me extra cautious.

If it makes you feel any better, the side with Battle for Endor on mine never worked. I had to track down a VHS copy. Then about a year later Caravan of Courage quit working without a single scratch.

Double sided DVDs are great.

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#1366931
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<strong>Return Of The Jedi</strong> - a general <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> thread
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ShamanWhill said:

There are a lot of different ways I would change Return of the Jedi. I think it’s still an enjoyable film, but it’s definitely the weakest of the OT.

First off, I think the writers completely forgot about Darth Vader’s motivation in Episode V. If you can recall, Darth Vader seemed to be misleading the Emperor into thinking that he would either turn Luke or kill him. But instead, we find in the famous scene where he tells Luke he’s his father, that Vader was actually plotting to get Luke to kill the Emperor for him. Come Episode VI, this plot line is completely abandoned, and I think that’s a real shame. I think it would make the movie 10 times more interesting if Vader was constantly bothering Luke, trying to get him to turn to the dark side so he can kill the Emperor. And at the same time, everyone on the light side can be telling Luke the same thing; kill the Emperor! We can then have Luke plan to turn his father back to the light side, and Vader will ultimately become the one who destroys the Emperor. After all, this was Vader’s problem. He had been living as a pawn of the Emperor for decades. It would be ultimately cowardly of him to get his son to get him out of this mess. And it is his Son that ultimately redeems him. So firstly, the movie should be more about Anakin’s relationship with Palpatine, and how it has soured.

Secondly, I think it would be best to change Endor back into Kashyyyk. In Episode III, the Battle of Kashyyyk is presented to the audience as one of the turning battles of the Clone Wars. We see the Wookies free and fighting in the beginning, then annihilated and forced into slavery at the end. It would be poetic if come Episode VI, the Wookies are the ones to turn the tide of the War again by defeating the Empire.

Thirdly, I think the whole Jabba’s Palace adventure needs to be toned down. Ultimately, Luke’s plan makes NO sense. In the movie, Luke sends R2 and 3PO to Jabba as gifts. Why? Now we have more hostages to save. Then Luke sends Leia disguised as a bounty hunter, and sells Chewbacca to Jabba. Why? Now we have more hostages to save. You see the pattern here? If not, then Leia gets captured rescuing Han, and now we have another person for Luke to save. And thru all of this, Lando happens to have infiltrated the Palace and does… nothing. Wow. What a BS plan.

Fourthly, I think we need to have a more political plot line in the movie. Why is the Emperor building another Death Star? In Episode IV, Tarkin reveals that the Original Death Star was to be used to keep the Regional Governors in line with the Empire. So since the rebels destroyed the first one, are the Regional Governors not following the Emperors will? Just throwing a couple of lines that explains the state of the Galaxy would help tremendously.

Although I think there still needs to be more to change, those are some of the more basic things I can think of.

THIS.

I’ve always given the Jabba’s Palace stuff a pass just because of how fun and exciting of an action set-piece it is. I love the sleazy atmosphere there. The space slug mob Don running rackets, smuggling guns and drugs, enslaving people, putting hits on people, etc. It’s such a cool den of vice which really sells how lawless the galaxy is outside of the Empire. Dagobah was a nice touch too.

Honestly it’s a really jarring tonal shift how we go from that to cute fluffy teddy bears in the woods. The middle act of the movie REALLY drags. Basically Luke, Leia and Han are bumbling around on Endor not doing anything until Luke gets bored and decides he’s done with the cynical product placement and wants to return to the plot. It’s a shame Leia and Han don’t do the same.

All the Vader/Emperor/Luke stuff is fantastic and is the high point of the series. Nothing will ever come close. It’s not the perfect book end for the series but it’s a fantastic closure to Luke’s story.

I’d argue that’s what the whole trilogy was, Luke’s story. He goes from being a whiny insecure young 20 something year old dude living with his parents, to a cocky over confident brat after blowing up the Death Star, to growing up, saving his friends and mending his dysfunctional family.

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#1366769
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The Phantom Menace - anyone want to chat about TPM?
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JadedSkywalker said:

It is far from a perfect film. But i always liked the duel of the fates and how the original edit worked. The original 35mm version. I hate the DVD and Blu ray cuts with added things that slow the pace of the film, and i really despise cgi Yoda in every version since 2011. I also think the original theatrical audio mix of the film was better than every version since. The only thing that came close was the Laserdisc.

This. The post '01 cuts are completely unwatchable.

The Phantom Menace: Not good, but not bad. It’s a shame all of the releases after the DVD completely kill the flow of the movie. The extended Pod Race is the worst offender.

The horrible red shift of the DVD and the DNR/sharpening of the blu-ray is just awful. It’s looks like complete shit visually because of the horrible video transfers.

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#1366598
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ben Solo should have been Luke's &amp; Leia's son
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DuracellEnergizer said:

DominicCobb said:

I understand your POV just fine, but you’re forgetting the end of the movie. Or, you would be if you had gotten to that part.

Luke astro-projects himself to Salt Lake Planet, gets shot at by gorilla walkers, has a non-lightsaber duel with Darth Millennial, then dies of a broken heart, inspiring broom boys throughout the galaxy to get creative with their sweeping.

Making this my sig

JEDIT: I succeeded.

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#1364589
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:

J0E said:

Darth Lucas said:

While I think it’s looking pretty darn great so far, I think I ought to throw my two cents into the teal walls debate. I’m sure some of it would have been visible in '77, but it would have been projected with very warm bulbs, which would have counteracted the teal in the walls a bit, not a ton, but a bit. I don’t have much of a preference, as I think either way is going to be “accurate” in one sense or another. However, I do think you’ve gone a bit overboard on that teal look in certain shots. For instance, I’m seeing quite a bit of teal in Leia’s dress in some of those shots, which I don’t think would have been the case. It may have picked up a bit from the walls around the edges of her dress, but it’s not reflective enough of a material, I think, to have the wall color drastically affect our perception of the dress color itself.

Just a little nitpick, but I think it’s worth addressing.

The teal walls may have been painted like that so they’d show up as a cool white on film. Like how the Superman suit was teal so it would look blue on film. IMHO set photos as a color reference isn’t always accurate when it comes to movies shot on film. A lot of things are colored a certain way on set so they appear the way the director wants them to look projected.

That’s why I only use set photos to support what is seen on film, and what is seen on film both on the frames, and projected is a bluish green color for the walls with creme colored panels.

Projected Derann print:

Despecialized 3.0:

Oh okay, I definitely see what you mean now.

Also sorry, I haven’t seen the '19 cut yet. I’m still not familiar with the color of that version.