No, I do not believe there were different color graded versions of the EE DVDs. The color grade in the HDTV EE looks similar to your re-grade, but your work is producing a better product. Whoever created that HDTV torrent did not rip the disc at a sharp resolution either. Your finished product, by comparison, is sharper and better colorized. Keep up the good work! 😃
Dwalin, I would encourage you to continue with your color grading. I looked at the video quality in the link that was taken down compared to your grade of the first 20 mins, and your work is far superior to that in the link. Please do forge ahead and don’t give up. You have much to be proud of with the progress and results you have achieved thus far!
Dwalin, is that link you provided your finished product of your color grade, or no?
Well done, Dwalin, good work! Looking forward to seeing more updates when available. 😃
Thanks, Stotchy. Really like the screenshots above of what you guys have already done. Good work!
So when this is complete, is it going to look completely different from Dre’s grade of 4K77 and the blu-ray or pretty much the same? Just curious… 😃
Once again, Dre, you’ve out-done yourself! I REALLY like the new base color; I assume this is the new “balanced version?” When I examined it, it made me feel as though Star Wars was filmed just yesterday with the most cutting edge cameras and technology; it’s as if I am looking at the movie in real-life with my naked eyes. I think that’s why I favor the base color above all others.
For the in-theater experience, I have to say the 70s lightbulb effect is the pinnacle. That slight warmth it adds is very effective, and it really does a great job at subtly conveying the 70s vibe.
With the green Technicolor effect added in, I just can’t seem to connect with it. Perhaps my photographer’s eye is getting in the way and telling me that the green cast just doesn’t look right. I’m curious: how did the green cast and “Technicolor” become associated together? Why isn’t “Technicolor” associated with the 70s lightbulb effect, for example? If anyone can explain this history/background, I would be grateful.
That was fanTAStic, Poita, thank you for sharing reel 6! This was exactly what I saw in the theater as a little kid all those years ago and was the genesis of my admiration and fondness for this epic franchise! It brought back so many memories and excitement at seeing this for the first time. THIS is what started my Star Wars journey, and it was so good to see the genuine article once again! Thank you!
THANK YOU, Dre! These look fabulous! Really like the subtle exposure improvement in the Tantive IV scenes and tweaks in the Antilles interrogation. They can’t get any better than this–masterful job! 😃
Fantastic work, Poita! Thank you for sharing these screenshots with us!
I actually like the June 11th subdued contrast and corrected exposure/under-exposures in the Antilles interrogation as apposed to the June 1st. You can see more shadow and black detail in Vader’s costume in the June 11th grade as apposed to June 1st.
I would not vote to add warmer tones to the balanced version because it causes the Stormtroopers to appear even more yellow where they should be whiter as in the June 1st grade. But in the end, I understand this is Dre’s call, and I will be happy with whatever he determines. 😃
Thank you, Dre!! The balanced version is looking superb! Really like where you have the contrast and exposure in the Antilles interrogation–spot on. I can see when comparing your June 1st balance grade to this update that some of the “hot light” areas on Antilles’ face/hands and a few dark shots have been improved: excellent work!
One small suggestion if I may: the screenshot comparison link below compares your June 1st balance grade with today’s. I confess that I prefer the color of the June 1st a bit more. You can see particularly on line 4 shots 1 and 2 of the Antilles interrogation that the Stormtroopers seem to be a touch too green, yellow and red as apposed to the June 1st. Thoughts?
June 1st balance vs. June 11th balance: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115175
Apart from that, this is looking SO good–excellent work as usual, Dre!
One final update before moving on to other shots:
Dre, I’m also curious about the balanced version… 😉
One humble suggestion on your final updated screen shots if I may:
It seems, particularly in shots 1 and 2 on line 4, that the stormtroopers look a bit too yellow as apposed to your June 8th Cpt. Antilles interrogation grade where they look less yellow and more naturally colored. Just a thought. 😃
Haha, can’t figure out which, lol.
I see, thanks, Dre! I’m loving your work overall; much improved there with the interrogation!
It looks like you are color grading the current reel 1 that has been DNR-ed, is that correct? Or are you DNR-ing the non-DNR version of 4K77 yourself and applying your color grading? Just curious. 😃
Here’s an update of the color grading:
I’m also working on some new shots. Here are two examples:
Good work, Dre! A few questions:
I compared your June 1st Tantive IV Technicolor (green-cast) screen shots to your newest above and cannot identify any discernible differences. Just curious what you tweaked, if anything, there.
When I compared your June 1st Technicolor green-cast and balanced screen shots of Vader’s interrogation of Cpt. Antilles to your new screen shots above, there is a marked improvement in shots that were under or over exposed particularly in the skin tones, his jacket and the background.
Have you decided to abandon the “balanced grade” and “marry” it with the green-casted Technicolor version to create a happy medium, or are you still keeping both separate?
Here’s what the color grading would look like without the technicolor green cast:
Dre, that looks absolutely OUTSTANDING!! Fantastic subtle work! Absolutely love it, and 100% agree with ChainsawAsh: your color grade will be my go-to for watching SW!
Ah, thank you, Possessed. I appreciate the explanation. 😃
Ah, I see. So, will you be offering your color graded film versions of both the non-DNR and DNR of 4K77 to download or is this something we would have to do ourselves once we obtain the 4K77 we want? (Please excuse the ignorant questions).
That is really fantastically awesome news, Poita! So, is your original 35 mm restoration started back in 2016 of ESB going to be shelved now and replaced with this new and improved print? Just curious… 😃
Great work, once again, Dre. Just curious, is this Blu-ray regrade available for download somewhere and if so, where, or is this project not complete yet?
Fantastic work, Dre! Is this 4K77 color grading meant for the non-DNR version already released or is this for the upcoming DNR version? Thanks!