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Laserschwert

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#1267395
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I don’t think they have the ANH Falcon in any of the newer films though.

I guess recreating the SE shots would be a relatively easy task, if they could just salvage any of the camera and object animations of the old data. The shots themselves are much less complicated than what they are used to do today. Were they still using Softimage for the SE?

Anyway, re-rendering with updated models and rendering software would certainly open a can of worms and create just another SE.

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#1267340
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I’m pretty sure it’s the theatrical versions, because all new effects shots (including all recomposed space scenes) would have been only at sub-1080p resolution, which would look worse on a 4k version than the original optical effects. That being said, this doesn’t mean we would get this and not the SE in the end.

In theory it wouldn’t cost Disney a fortune to have ILM re-render the new effects shots in 4k. Re-compositing all the shots involving live-action material might be a bit more work (IF they actually have 4k scans of the newly 1996-filmed material).

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#1260568
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Thoughts on Star Wars Titles
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Z6PO said:

The Last Jedi is actually referenced in the first paragraph of The Force Awakens opening crawl:

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen from
the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until
Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.

A fitting title I must say! (Before the release of the movie everyone was speculating who were the last Jedi, was the title plural, when the answer was there all along)

What are you talking about? The “last Jedi” in the TFA crawl refers to Luke, so it’s singular. The “Last Jedi” in the title of Episode 8 is plural (which is proven by several international translations of the title), so it HASN’T been there all along…

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#1249656
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Krieg der Sterne - Despecialized Edition 2.7 (German)
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“Vor langer Zeit in einer Galaxis weit, weit entfernt…” was only used in ROTJ.

“Es war einmal vor langer Zeit in einer weit, weit entfernten Galaxis…” was used in SW and TESB.

This is true for the theatrical versions (that’s why the Despecialized Editions have these title cards). I don’t know if the SE, DVD, Blu-ray released changed these lines.

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#1249179
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Star Wars Games
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I’m one of the team members of the XWVM project, and while we have a pretty much playable version, we are still missing quite a few 3D models (which we are all building from scratch). For the videos we are using many models from the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade Project, which we are replacing piece by piece with our own models before release (since we are not allowed to keep all the XWAUP models in an eventual release, PLUS they don’t come with the level of detail we are aiming at, which is totally the old XWA engine’s fault). With the recent Lucasfilm C&D against the KOTOR-remake by Apeiron though we’ve decided to lay low for the time being, while also stripping the project from any copyright protected logos and names. So if you don’t mind, don’t advertise the project.

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#1239885
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Ewok Films
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I’d be very interested in HDTV versions of these.

dvdmike said:

Chewielewis said:

Just had a hunt for some, found some german versions with german audio. 720p 16:9, is this what you have?

Edit: They are pillarboxed, but they do seem Highish quality.

Edit2: On closer inspection, they look to come from the same SD masters as the DVD and dont have much more detail.

They have English audio, I can cap later if needed?

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#1216692
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1997 Star Wars Special Edition 35mm Project
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SilverWook said:
I recall a shot of the set without any opticals or foreground matte paintings got published somewhere back in the day. You could easily see the Y-Wing in the foreground was three pieces not really attached and a smooth dome where an R2 unit should be!

I’m kind of surprised Lucas didn’t have them SE this shot.

He was busy putting CG rocks in front of R2. Priorities.

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#1215035
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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mverta said:

getting Star Wars is why Disney’s trying to buy Fox in the first place

That’s very hard to believe though… Fox’ involvment in SW is tiny compared to all the other assets that deal encompasses.

Still, sounds like an huge step forward and I hope you’ll manage to get the presentation filmed the next time.

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#1213979
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Star Wars - What is wrong and what is right... Goodbye Magenta
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UnitéD2 said:

Laserschwert said:

they could’ve just taken a promo photo from right next to the camera lens.

Were there two suns in the sky ok Tunisia that day ? 😉

I’m not saying the photo wasn’t airbrushed for promotional purposes afterwards 😉

But if it is the actual shot of the film AFTER the optical effect of adding the second sun, why is it looking so different? Why is it this clean? Why don’t the prints of the movie even come close to this crazy high resolution?

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#1213734
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Star Wars - What is wrong and what is right... Goodbye Magenta
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I was always wondering where this shot came from:

… and how much of a color reference it could provide (or why it does look so different from the movie).

Perspective-wise it does line up exactly with the scene in the movie, but they could’ve just taken a promo photo from right next to the camera lens. And timing-wise this exact frame would come 2 or 3 frames AFTER the cut to Lukes close-up (judging by the position of his left arm).

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#1212640
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Empire Strikes back 35mm restoration feedback thread (POUT)
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poita said:

Here are some larger files for the pixel peepers.
The scanner wasn’t calibrated or refocused, just sneaked in a few frames in-between other jobs.

Same three frames, just higher res and not scoped.

https://we.tl/hvnq50Ej49

Is this missing calibration and focus the reason for the glow around bright areas (like the audio track or the crawl)?

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#1206808
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The Original Trilogy restored from 35mm prints
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DrDre said:

Laserschwert said:

I’d really love to see what amount of detail you could get from the speeder shot. You could always add grain to it afterwards to make it appear more natural. Since cleaning up the shot at all is already revisionism in itself, I’d say it’s fair to cheat a bit like that.

I would say cleaning up the shot to approach the image on the original negative is not revisionism. Cleaning up the shot to recover the maximum amount of detail with modern techniques with the purpose to recover an enhanced image beyond what was possible in 1977 is revisionism in my view.

Well yeah, I meant cleaning up the dirt that was created during those optical printer runs is revisionism. But most of the dirt in that shot came from that, and not from striking prints of the final shot. It’s never going to look much better than what we have now anyway. But that’s why I’d like to see HOW much better Poita’s tool can make this look (including removal of the defects that were created during compositing) without recomposing it.

I have to admit though that this cleanup wouldn’t have a place in a preservation, but in the Despecialized Edition.

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#1206804
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The Original Trilogy restored from 35mm prints
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I’d really love to see what amount of detail you could get from the speeder shot. You could always add grain to it afterwards to make it appear more natural. Since cleaning up the shot at all is already revisionism in itself, I’d say it’s fair to cheat a bit like that.

Also to clean up the non-Blu-ray parts of that Despecialized shot, I used AviSynth (and some manual painting in AfterEffects), which quite likely might have produced inferior results to what your new tool might do.

Furthermore we now have much better sources for that shot available (like 4K77).