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The Theatrical Blu-ray – Return of the Jedi Fan Project

The intent of this project is to create a despecialized viewing of Return of the Jedi that is equal in quality to the UHD Blu-ray. Using the Blu-ray as a base, this project will not be truly theatrical but instead a hybrid that attempts to imitate what an ‘official’ theatrical Blu-ray release might have looked like.

Many of the despecialized shots included were made using After Effects while others are simply colour-matched and cleaned in Premiere.

Removed CGI dug from Jabba’s palace.


Restored the original Sarlaac pit and audio


Removed CGI Ewok Eyes


Replaced Hayden Christensen with Sebastian Shaw


These are just four of the shots I’ve re-composited, right now there are currently over sixty remastered shots in total that span the entire film.
I need to clarify that this project is not guaranteed to be a complete despecialization when it’s finished, in fact, I currently have no plans to do so. The purpose of this thread is simply to document and gather feedback on the re-composites I’ve been working on, so I’ll try to post more over time.

Sources (for your information):

  • Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi UHD Bluray
  • 4K83 v1.3 (10bit)
[Audio File] Episode VI: ROTJ - Blu-ray Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Track without Vader's scream. (Released)

Losslessly removes Vader’s “Nooooooo!” from the Blu-ray Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Surround audio, making the film watchable. It does NOT remove any other Special Edition changes and does not make any visual changes.~~

Download: 4.1 GB FLAC file, mux into UHD Blu-ray with MKVToolNix GUI, NOT compatible with the 2011 Blu-ray or any other versions. PM for details.


Q: What was your process for this edit?
I don’t know but if I did I would tell you! I wasn’t creating long-term memories at the time.

Q: Does this contain ‘Dolby Atmos’?
The metadata contains an Atmos layer but seeing as I’m unsure how this track was created I cannot officially promote it, seeing as I have no Surround setup to check for myself.

Q: I don’t have a 7.1 Surround setup, Can I still use this?
You can use a 5.1 setup, or a stereo setup, or no setup, this will be backwards compatible with most devices.

Worst Edit Ideas

Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi: Very Special Edition


  • CGI the Ghost into the Battle over Endor.
  • Palpatine no longer explodes when falling down the reactor shaft, continuity fix for TROS.
  • Extended Max Remo Jedi Rocks scene
  • The Max Remo band reappears on Endor, new dance and rap segment while the Ewoks roast Han and Luke.
  • Sebastion Shaw’s Vader scene has been deep faked with Hayden Christiansen’s face.
  • Jabba the Hutt now farts at random intervals.
  • The Sarlacc pit talks!
  • Boba Fett’s scream re-voiced by Temuera Morrison.
  • Vader says ‘This is where the fun begins’ at the beginning of his duel with Luke.
  • Replaced Victory Celebration with an all-new Max Remo song ‘Celebration Boogie’.
Return of the Jedi 4K HDR Partially-Despecialized Project (Released)

I’ve been working on a personal edit of the new 4K Bluray and 4K83 which restores most of the film to its 1983 counterpart while retaining some few changes that I prefer/don’t mind. Think of it like kk560’s semi-specialized, but maybe a little more polished. Here is the list of changes:

  • Replaced Jedi Rocks with Lapti Nek
  • Restored the original sarlaac pit and audio
  • Removed CGI dug
  • Restored some lost frames
  • Vader no longer yells ‘Nooo!’ when saving Luke.
  • Victory Celebration has been kept but a random gungan no longer shouts ‘Meesa free!’
  • Restored Sebastion Shaw as Anakin Skywalker.

Anything not listed probably hasn’t been touched.