I’m aware that the negative for TPM is essentially a print of the 2K DI. But of all companies, can’t Disney have access to the original camera negatives. I don’t buy the fact that Lucasfilm hasn’t stored them, somewhere. WB has been putting in an insane amount of effort into their 4K transfers. Wizard of Oz and 2001 were scanned at 8K and given a 4K DI. Pretty much any WB restoration is now being done in 4K. Sony’s had 4K DIs of pretty much most of their library ready for about a decade or so. They’ve been mastering in 4K since Spider-Man 2 in 2004. Same with Criterion who doesn’t even release 4K UHD discs as of yet, but most of their own restorations have been in 4K, even for black and white movies. Do they even have half the resources Disney has? I doubt it. No, this isn’t some issue with the film industry for classic releases. Pretty much every studio is restoring their own back catalog in native 4K, except Disney. Hell, Batman and Robin and Batman Forever, with all their outdated primitive CGI glory have gotten native releases, and their presentations are getting rave reviews. Sorry, I just don’t buy that the most historically massive film franchise ever, can’t be afforded a proper 4K transfer.
I’m fine with good upscaling for the prequels, even if the digital footage will certainly show its age. The masters were meant for a 3D release and it shows, since detail is basically wiped out with 3D.
I’m not exactly a fan of how MCU movies look even if they’ve been mastered in 2K.