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#1381548
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan (a WIP)
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Sadly, not really. I feel guilty every time I’m on here and I’m not showing progress, but like my mental health has been bad since the lockdowns and losing my job. At first I was happy that I had all the extra free time to work on this project, but now I’m just ready to be done with all the shit going on in the world.

But as soon as I’m feeling better and have more stability in my personal life, more samples of TPM will be available for feedback and soon after a Beta release.

And also I really need a new PC to be able to even think about doing a proper high quality HEVC 4K 10 bit render.

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#1379208
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The Mandalorian: A Vergence in the Force (RT 2h 27mins) (Released)
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Watched this the other night, and I gotta say how impressed I was. I tend to be a nitpick over Star Wars edits, but besides the transition into and cuts during the mudhorn scene, and maybe the unavoidable time jump issues going from episode 3 to 4 and 4 to 7, this edit was near perfect. (I shouldn’t be surprised given the fantastic TCW edits which I still mourn the loss of) I honestly thought about showing this edit to more casual SW fans.

This movie really felt like the kind of like the EU books I read as a kid and imagined movies of, so it was quite the nostalgia trip in that sense.

Hope to see more excellent work from you on this site!

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#1366528
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SOLO - A subtler remaster of 'The Bold One' (a work in progress)
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I played around with both the blu-ray and 4K blu-ray, and the 10 bit color of the HDR version definitely has more information that can be recovered, of course it is more demanding on a computer to work with and you have to deal with the HDR to SDR tonemapping as well.

Definitely though this movie needs scene by scene or even shot by shot adjustments to make it look more normal, which The Bold One definitely does even if over the top.

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#1364593
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan (a WIP)
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Just started trying out the latest update to Video Enhance AI. Finally, they’ve added an AI model that allows you to adjust settings for compression detail restoration, sharpening, and noise reduction. This greatly improves the usabiity of this, as it was inferior to Gigapixel AI due to missing those options. AI models could still be improved but looks promising. Still takes about 20 seconds per frame to upscale to 4K on my macbook pro, which is frustrating when trying to make adjustments, hence the need for a new PC desktop.

Likely I will be evenutally enhancing at least Attack of the Clones through the AI to enhance the sharpness and clarity of that film, as it is quite soft compared to the other two. And as you know, all SD deleted scenes will be upscaled through this program.

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#1364584
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Watched this last night (my third time fully through), and I really enjoyed it. It may not look as good picture quality wise as the new 2020 Blu-rays or whatever will likely be 4K80 at some point, but it’s nice to be able to sit down and watch a Star Wars movie without me complaining about distracting errors or poor SE changes.

Really felt like a kid again watching the film.

Also, I felt a little weird my first time watching the digitally enhanced Yoda, but he’s grown on me now. It was nice to have something closer to the detail of facial expressions on CGI Yoda, while still staying true to his original puppet form.

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#1364582
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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As much as I can complain about these new transfers for the OT compared to other classics restored to 4K, they’re still a marked improvement over previous sources. Excluding the DNR and SE changes, they’re the best I’ve ever seen these look. I decided to watch despecialized and revisited again, and it’s just hard to go back to such an inferior source even if these have been my definitive ways to view the trilogy them up until now. Even 4K77 and 4K83 look better than the 2011 Blurays, even if they are a little soft.

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#1357266
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Got a chance to watch the new 4K Dolby Vision version of Lawrence of Arabia, and my goodness did it remind me what a proper film restoration is supposed to look like with the latest tech. It was bright and grainy and the colors looked more like old film stock than some of the HD clips from an earlier release I found on Youtube. I pulled up Empire Strikes Back by comparison that looked dull and waxy by comparison. (Of course LOA was shot on 65mm vs 35mm for SW, but I don’t think most of what I was seeing was due to that).

I even watched King Creole, a B&W film staring Elvis Presley from the 50’s, in 4K Dolby Vision and that looked better these 4K versions of the Original Trilogy. (forgive some sections that were restored from a late generation print, but otherwise the vast majority was sourced from the original negative).

I seriously am more and more disappointed and confused about how these movies continue to look like absolute shit when compared to other classic films.

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#1348817
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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canofhumdingers said:

I haven’t watched his rebels episodes yet, but shouldn’t Rex be like super old and dead by the time of the Mandalorian? I mean, he was a clone who ages faster, right? And his timeline of clone wars-rebels-post ROTJ would span, according to official cannon… …wait. Less than 40 years?! What the crap? The events of TPM, the clone wars, the fall of the republic, the empire, the rebellion and all happened in a span of just 36 years?! That’s ridiculous!

Well, I guess if you compare it to the historical timeline and of the lead up to WW1 on through to WW2 and the aftermath, it’s not that preposterous, but it still seems a bit far fetched. Whatever, its all pretend anyway.

There’s a rumor that in a yet unnanounced animated Rebel sequel series, Ahsoka and gang will find a way to slow down or even reverse Rex’s accelerated aging.

Still something does seem like the timeline from the beginning of TPM to the end of ROTJ is a bit compressed.

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#1348660
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<em>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</em> To Return With New Episodes
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I’m definitely going to have to dive back into rewatching The Clone Wars from the start. I’ve owned the blu-ray’s of seasons 1-6 for a while now for viewing fanedits, and for use of potential fanedits of my own. But honestly, I’ve seen most of the episodes only once through. I have very fond memories of The Clone Wars, but I was less critical of the prequels at that time.

In all honesty, I get more enjoyment these days from the tv side of Star Wars then the movies. They are just able to dig into details the movies don’t have time for and really give us lots of time to get to know the characters. Plus, they seem to explore some aspects of Star Wars that are a little less mainstream.

And specifically for the animated series, there’s always that 80’s/90’s Saturday morning cartoon feel, especially in Rebels, that makes me fond of my childhood.

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#1347031
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan (a WIP)
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Unfortunately, my current laptop is slowly dying, and I may have to replace it sooner than I had planned. Once the tech stores open up again, I’m gonna get it checked out, although I suspect whatever repairs it may need will not be worth the cost, and it’ll just be better to get something new. It’s still functioning fine for basic applications, but start doing something more demanding and the whole system freezes up.

Not to mention, that I’ve been currently out of work due to the COVID crisis, so money is quite limited, though it has given me more time to work on this.

It’ll probably be a new laptop likely, so not the eventual desktop that I plan to get. I’m waiting for the next generation of GPU’s from NVIDIA and AMD for the desktop. (likely I’ll be going with a NVIDIA GPU as it has more optimization for video rendering and AI applications).

Playing around with TPM in Davinci Resolve, I know I’m going to be able to achieve far better results than with Premiere, it’s just going to take quite an adjustment for me to learn all the necessities of color grading in Resolve as it is a lot more complex.

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#1345018
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan (a WIP)
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For reference here’s probably the best comparisons I’ve seen between 2011 1080p releases and the 2019 4K releases.

TPM: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/819-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-I.html

AOTC: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/820-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-II.html

ROTS: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/821-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-III.html

Pretty minor improvements, but still worth it. It will be good to see what AI enhancements can do to the footage.

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#1344793
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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My goodness, that’s the best comparison I’ve seen in the improvements in the color for this 2019 release. Certainly a much better source to work off in that respect.

How much extra detail there is, seems to vary, but pretty significant in some areas. Shame there’s so much DNR in the image a lot of the time, it looks just awful zoomed in from that aspect.

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#1344373
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Info: AI Upscaling of Deleted Scenes and other content
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Video Enhancer AI still needs a lot of work in training the AI compared to Gigapixel which produces better results however it doesn’t take into account multiple frames or have good motion consistency. I think it’ll get there eventually.

I wanna do 4K upscales of the Revisited Trilogy once Ady releases the full bitrate versions, which won’t happen till ANH and ROTJ are done as well.

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#1341939
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A new Star Wars theatrical film confirmed - to be directed by Taika Waititi
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Well there’s no way this can be the next movie coming out in 2022. Thor: Love and Thunder is coming out earlier in the year, and a Marvel movie is no small undertaking.

Curious to know of who of the known writers/directors is doing the 2022 film. I’d hope we get an announcement this year, but maybe we won’t…it’s not like they’d have to start shooting till Fall 2021, so it might not be till next year we even find out who’s or what that movie is.

Anyhow, count me in as excited! I really enjoyed Jojo Rabbit. And he did an admirable job with the season 1 finale of The Mandalorian.

The only thing I could see people complaining about, is his tendency to focus more on comedy. I think he’s excellent at it, but I know many disliked those types of jokes in the sequel trilogy.

That said, I’ve been the person that’s been advocating for “genre movies” for Star Wars, like what was originally promised for the anthology series, and we saw Lucasfilm pull a 180 on that. So hell if someone wants to make a funnier Star Wars movie, go for it!

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#1339476
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan (a WIP)
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Decided I will be transferring to doing these grades to Davinci Resolve instead of Premiere Pro/After Effects. I’ve played around with Resolve before when trying out my own grades for 4K77, it just has a lot more freedom and ability to control the footage to what I like. That said, I’m going to have to do some online learning to really get the most out of it. I’ve used the Adobe suite since 2011 regularly versus Resolve being only since end of 2018 in small tests.

So it might be a while till I can upload another render, but rest assured the new grade will be a lot better.

I’ve been looking over the resources I’ve received of scans of the theatrical prints for TPM, and have been studying the colors closely and hopefully I’ll get something close to the look of these or at least what the current official grade looks like printed to print film stock.

AOTC and ROTS will replicate both negative and print stock, as well as some lens distortion adjustments to make them closer to the anamorphics used on other Star Wars films.

Also, I recently saw the film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” which was shot on Kodak 7219 and my god it looks beautiful. Now it is a 16mm film so it’s a bit softer and grainer than would be for these projects, but it’s a a film that has a very raw film look to it, in other words that it is not overly digitally graded unlike in many modern films still shot on film. It’s definitely a good modern piece to study what true modern film stock looks like without excessive digital tinkering.

To that note, there’s a lot more filtering to be done to recreate the look of film beyond the color grade, which I am further studying. They may not be in the initial releases. Steve Yedlin’s (cinematographer on The Last Jedi) material has a lot to say on this.