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Star Wars Holiday Special - Zion Hybrid v2

Admittedly, my decision to use your version was mostly based on the resolution difference, as well as the difference in the amount of color present. I may have to go back and compare the two again to see if the DVNR annoys me enough to switch back, but doing some color correction on yours to look more like the EditDroid (and/or the officially released cells) is definitely an option for the final release.

Star Wars Holiday Special - Zion Hybrid v2

I have completed a beta version of a new release of the Star Wars Holiday Special. It is now up on MySpleen. I am currently working on a few fixes, which I will list in a future post. I am also seeking feedback from the community for possible further improvements.

This is a hybrid release combining the best versions of all currently available sources. It is a recreation of the RiffTrax version of the Holiday Special (i.e. the version originally riffed by the guys at, complete with opening crawl, WMAR commercials, and RiffTrax commentary.


  • Program: EditDroid DVD
  • Commercials: Tasjo v2 DVD [thread]
  • Boba Fett Cartoon: g-force’s blu-ray remastered edition (edited into program) [thread]

The program and commercials have been enhanced with a small amount of color correction and video noise reduction. A conservative amount of sharpening has been applied as well. The commercials were individually color corrected.


  • Original and Rifftrax audio
  • Full motion menus with transitions, including chapter menus
  • Custom DVD first play bumper based on “CBS Special Presentation” bumper
  • Custom 70’s style DVD credits sequence
  • Restored “Fighting the Frizzies” WCBS clip Easter egg - Sourced from WCBS DVD - Filtered video noise and flicker - Audio enhanced with noise reduction
  • A brief program intro explaining this release (I decided to include the intro after hearing feedback from casual fans who viewed my v1 DVD (as well as a couple YouTubers) who didn’t seem to understand why the commercials were left in or that the opening crawl wasn’t part of the original Holiday Special broadcast.)


The bitrate for both audio tracks was set to 192Kbps to match the EditDroid DVD audio track. (There’s no point in going any higher even for the RiffTrax audio because the original commentary MP3 is only 96Kbps).

  • Program audio same as EditDroid DVD
  • Remastered RiffTrax commentary track
  • Audio for commercials enhanced with noise reduction and normalized to -10dBFS


  • Opening crawl re-rendered using a higher quality star field
  • The color of the opening crawl text (and DVD menu text) was changed to match the color of the opening crawl from the Team Negative1 Silver Screen 35mm transfer
  • Smoothed out commercial break transitions compared to previous SWHS RiffTrax releases and resynced RiffTrax audio to match
  • Removed audio noise from commercial break transitions and added proper video dissolves (fade to black goes completely to black, removed audible analog noise during transitions)
  • Kenner Star Wars Commercial: Fixed two audio drops (filled using audio from Rikter’s KCCI DVD)
  • Remastered General Motors sponsor slide (sourced from Tasjo WHIO DVD)
  • Audio for the “Sponsored By… General Motors” announcer clip sourced from Tasjo WHIO DVD (The EditDroid version does not contain this audio clip (or the sponsor slide), and instead has a different take of the announcer saying “The Star Wars Holiday Special is brought to you by…” with no sponsor indicated.)
  • The “Star Wars disco” main menu music has been remastered using higher quality sound effects and samples sourced from the EditDroid DVD
  • Created separate menu transitions for each menu item: Play, Play with RiffTrax, and DVD Credits
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special

DrCrowTStarwarsreborn said:

2)Does it sync up with the Rifftrax? That isn’t a deal breaker for me but it would great if it did since watching this special with the rifftrax has become a Christmas tradition in my house.

The Rifftrax commentary does not sync up to the EditDroid version because it contains no commercials like the “Google” version the Rifftrax is based off of, among other reasons.

In the interest of comparing all the SWHS releases, I am actually working on a screenshot comparison page similar to the old OT screenshots site I made several years ago. Stay tuned.

Info: Something that might interest folks here..."ROTJ" Editdroid Laserdisc Footage

Just wanted to chime in here and say I'm glad one of us was able to acquire that LD. I probably would have bid on it as well had I known about the auction.

I first heard about this last week from one of the news stories that popped up about the facebook page. Then earlier this week, I had two different people come up to me and ask if I'd heard about the long-lost Star Wars LD of old footage and blooper reels that had been found (clearly they'd gotten the news from CNN or some other outlet that also had the facts mixed up).

Anyway, I'm just glad to see all the news I've been hearing about the past week originated with someone connected to the OT community. :)

Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special

Sadly,  the original WBBM source is from a transfer done on one of those VHS-to-DVD machines (not by me) and the resulting mpeg2 file was a constant moderate bit rate. I believe it was only 3.2GB in size or something along those lines. (I can't pull up the file to confirm because my drive is corrupted at the moment.) I could still output my final video at a high vbr for DVD9, though I don't know how much better it would be.  What the hell, I'll do it anyway.

Upscaling to 1080i/p might be laughable. I'll see how 720 looks and decide whether HD is even worth it.

Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special

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                                                
  Image...........: ISO                                                      
  # of Disks......: 1                                                        
  Size............: 4.28 GB                                                  
  Video Format....: MPEG2 (3-Pass VBR)                                       
  Resolution......: 720x480                                                  
  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)      
  Subtitles.......: None                                                     
  Menu............: YES/Custom                                               
  Genre...........: Black sheep of the Star Wars franchise                   
  Run Time........: 01:57:35                                                 
  .:: Group News ::.                                                         
  Secret-Shadow Ninja Pirates                                                
  Are you a pirate? Have you always wanted to be a pirate?  Do you talk like 
  a pirate?  We are currently looking for more 1337 pirate types to join our 
  super-awesome team.  So grab your eye patch and fake Scottish accent and   
  get with it!                                                               
  .:: 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:
  .:: 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                               




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.