I plan on releasing both 1080p and 4K versions.
I pretty much have very little more work to be done on version 1 of ROTS. I still need to check certain scenes and make some more tweaks.
There’s a lot more things I want to do with this project, which is why I’m planning to release multiple versions over time similar to what Harmy does with despecialized.
First versions will be single pass grades of each of the films, as well as the deleted scenes, hd and upscaled ones.
Later versions will introduce better upscaling and decompression restoration techniques, new “filmizing” techniques, shot by shot color grading and actual changes to the color direction of the films. I also plan on starting HDR10 grades on all the films once I have the proper calibrated equipment.
I also have planned to release higher quality restored versions of all the deleted scenes that have finished or near finished vfx.
Currently I’m on a bit of hold as I’m taking new classes and picked up a new job with more hours. Sundays are pretty much my only free day especially going into the holidays. But rest assured I’ll be back on it as soon as I can be. As much as I love this project, life still has to be priority #1.
When I started this project, I was on Windows and currently now I’m on mac. I plan on returning to a Windows based environment to work once I build a new computer system for myself as a lot of the restoration software I plan on using in later versions is windows-only.
I can render out version 1 of ROTS in January, so look forward to that!
JEDIT: One quick thing also! I will say I’ve had more motivation and drive to work on this project ever since Adywan’s revisited PT was cancelled. I’m a huge fan of his work on the OT, and while don’t think I can ever live up to his work I feel like I have to be the one now to give some of the necessary work to help make the prequels better, at least from a visual standpoint. I hope these releases can be both superior viewing options for the fans of these films and resources to fan editors that are not satisfied with the prequels.