Thanks to everyone involved in getting my version up on myspleen and all the seeders.
Here is the nfo file for my Holiday Special release last year (copied and pasted, sorry the formatting is a little crappy):
Star Wars Holiday Special - Hybrid Edition
.:: Release Information ::.
Release Date....: 17NOV2010
Air Date........: 17NOV1978
Source..........: WBBM 2nd Gen. VHS tape with commercials taken from the
WMAR version posted on Google Video
Format..........: DVD5 NTSC
# of Disks......: 1
Size............: 4.28 GB
Video Format....: MPEG2 (3-Pass VBR)
Aspect Ratio....: 4:3
Frame Rate......: 29.97fps
Audio Format....: Track 1 (Original): Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kbps CBR)
Track 2 (RiffTrax): Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kbps CBR)
Genre...........: Black sheep of the Star Wars franchise
Run Time........: 01:57:35
.:: Group News ::.
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.:: Synopsis ::.
Art Carney and a bunch of muppets waste time waiting for Chewbacca and Han
to show up for Life Day. Luke experiments with makeup. A stoned Leia sings.
.:: Release Notes ::.
This DVD is mainly a cleaned-up version of the original WBBM transfer,
taken from a 2nd-generation VHS copy. I added the commercials from the
WMAR version posted on Google Video in order to sync up with the RiffTrax
audio. This is far and away the best quality version of the Holiday
Special currently in circulation, IMHO.
The original WBBM video was already pretty damn good, but I took it one
step further by adding some sharpening and color correction filters. I
also added some fades to make the transitions to and from the commercials
a little smoother. The fades match up to the WMAR version for the most
part. The quality of the commercials is substantially lower, but
unfortunately I don't know of any other source that's better.
The original audio was sharper compared to the other versions, though
quite noisy. I used a noise filter to get rid of most of it. The quality
of the commercials is substantially lower.
MENU and CRAWL
The DVD menu is an original creation. Star Wars "Disco" tune originally by
Meco, with some added sound effects. The crawl was taken from the WMAR
version on Google Video, but redone by me to more closely match the films'
If you intend to watch this DVD with the RiffTrax commentary (which is the
only way to watch it IMO), please take a moment and donate a few bucks to
RiffTrax for their awesome work: http://www.rifftrax.com/donate
.:: Thanks ::.
Thanks to SKot for all the expert info on the Holiday Special, Rikter for
the original inspiration to create my own DVD version, and of course the
RiffTrax crew for making this DVD watchable. Also a big thanks to Jay,
Moth3r, and everyone at OriginalTrilogy.com.
Looking back at this project, I realized that I could have done a much better job on the video. I actually used Adobe Premiere for the sharpening filters and color correction, which I now wish I hadn't done. However, at the time I was a little rushed on this project and I chose the quick and easy path, rather than going all out and using avisynth.
Obviously, we now have a much higher quality version of the commercials, so I'd love to go back and add those in as well. I have a new and improved version in the works (as mentioned earlier in this thread), but it's been stalled for months due to the many other projects I have currently involved myself in. I also managed to screw up the 2TB RAID10 partition all my video projects reside on, rendering the entire drive unreadable, so there's that problem as well. Here's hoping I can recover it and get back to working on some of my video projects in the near future.