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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)

I also recently downloaded the Despecialized Editions. Absolutely fantastic work, they look great. Many, many thanks to Harmy, and those whose work contributed to these!

To the previous post re: Mac users, I had no trouble burning the folders to DVD9 just using the Finder's burn to disc function... discs work fine in my Samsung BD player. 



Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)


SCENE: Exterior, Lucasfilm Ranch. Night.

Fans: George, what’s wrong?

George: Guys… do you remember the trilogy? The “original trilogy?”

Fans: Just a little bit. It died when we were getting old.

George: What do you remember?

Fans: Just images, really… from the Internet, and old laserdiscs.

George: Tell me.

Fans: It was really beautiful. Flawed… but perfect, with those flaws. Why are you asking us all this?

George: I have no memory of this “original trilogy.” I never knew it.

Fans: George, tell us. What’s troubling you?

George: The Blu Ray is here, now… a full box set.

Fans: How do you know?

George: I can feel the leaks hitting the Internet.... As long as I live, this will be the only trilogy anybody ever sees. Well, along with the prequels. You have to face it.

Fans: Why?

George: This is my vision, the way it was meant to be.

Fans (horrified): Your vision!? 

George: There’s more. It won’t be easy for you to hear it, but you must. You need to forget there ever was an original trilogy. You’re the only hope that everyone forgets I ever made a movie with models and puppets.

Fans: George, don’t talk that way. The original trilogy is a piece of history, and needs to be preserved for future generations!

George: You’re wrong, guys. The original trilogy is gone. This is the REAL trilogy. In time, you’ll learn to accept it as I have. Greedo shot first. Jabba was always there… and Darth, well, he’s a screamer.

Fans: (Staring Blankly)

George. Yes. It’s true, guys.

Fans: (sad) We… we know… somehow, we’ve known since 1997.



The Mono Mix Restoration Project (Released)

Using the GOUT SW DVD, the mono .wav file that Chainsawash provided for me, Moth3r’s guide above and the various guides to converting from LB to anamorphic in the tech forum, I was able to create an anamorphic theatrical edition of Star Wars with the mono mix on DVD – which is FANTASTIC. A most welcome addition to my collection. Thanks to Chainsawash, Moth3r, and everyone who contributed to the DVD creation guides!


Info: When does fullscreen show more than widescreen?
negative1 said:


For the opening crawl in each Star Wars film, on the pan and scan versions the viewer has to wait until a line of text of the opening crawl reaches the center of the screen to read through that whole line. On the widescreen versions, each line of the opening crawl text appears in its entirety beginning at the bottom of the screen.




Actually, though its obviously been a while since I watched the P&S versions, as I recall, the P&S version that came out on VHS in the late 80s/early 90s was just fine - you could read the crawl almost from the bottom of the screen. It was like they "zoomed" it out or resized it maybe?

It wasn't until the THX/Faces VHS set came out (1995?) that it became the way you describe, and I very clearly remember this because I found it incredibly frustrating at the time - even though this was supposed to be highest possible quality you could get on VHS, you could barely read the opening crawl!

(I still have my tapes but no VCR, otherwise I'd queue them up and confirm, but that's my recollection... )

Max_Rebo's '97 SE superset' preservation (* unfinished project *)

I swear that trailer for the SE was on the 2004 bonus disc. I love it too:p


The Star Wars SE trailer (the “on the TV screen” trailer) is on the 2004 DVD bonus disc, but the SE trailers for Empire and Jedi – both of which are on the VHS tapes of the respective film – were not, which was disappointing because like the “TV screen” one, they were great! The Empire one ended with the tagline “you haven’t seen anything… till you’ve seen everything!” and Jedi had the tagline “feel the Force… like never before!” All three were really well done, and are really the only reason I keep my 1997 VHS tapes. :)


Incidentally, for completionists’ sake, as I recall there is an alteration in that SW SE trailer – originally the narrator said “this President’s day weekend,” but when the release date was moved up it was changed to “this January.” I believe the “January” one is on the VHS and “President’s day” is on the DVD (although I may have those reversed.)

STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

I'll have to wait until I get home from work to see it, but I hope it goes something like this:


VADER: What is thy bidding, my master?

EMPEROR: Darth, I was just wondering, have you heard from Tarkin lately? He hasn’t called me in ages. He still working on that Dark Star project of his?

VADER: I beg your pardon, my master?

EMPEROR: You know, that space station with the big laser on it.

VADER: Master… the Death Star was destroyed three years ago.

EMPEROR: Oh, right, right… Well. Pity about that. Let’s build another, shall we?

VADER: Yes, master.

EMPEROR: Just how did that Death Star get destroyed, by the way?

VADER: A young Rebel named Luke Skywalker, master… it was on the news.

EMPEROR: Oh, well, I was watching Matlock re-runs. Skywalker, you say? What is he, a relative of yours? Cousin or something?

VADER: He’s just a boy.

EMPEROR: Well, bring him on over to the dark side anyway, will you?

VADER: He will join us or die, my master.

EMPEROR: Before you go, be a good Sith and fetch my slippers, would you?

VADER: Master… I’m thousands of light years away…

EMPEROR: Oh, right, right. Holograms, right. What will they think of next? Mas! Mas, my slippers!

VADER: … sigh.


STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
Sluggo said:

Not to beat a dead horse here, but it seems Lucas created the new Vader and Palpatines lines to forshadow the big reveal later in the movie.

EMPEROR: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
VADER: How is that possible?
EMPEROR: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You will know it to be true. He could destroy us.

VADER: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
LUKE: He told me enough! He told me you killed him.
VADER: No. I am your father.
LUKE: No. No. That's not true! That's impossible!
VADER: Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

I think that the idea behind the new dialogue is interesting, but the wording along with Ian's delivery don't make the SE change an improvement to the original.


Beating done.


I agree that it does have nice symmetry, and it would work well, if not for the earlier reveal that Vader is already “obsessed” with Luke. In fact, if you think it about it too hard (which we all clearly have) it starts to seem like the evil Emperor, who meticulously plotted his rise to power, started an intergalactic war to help him along and even (possibly) manipulated the Force into conceiving his own apprentice, has clearly lost a step or two if it takes him three years to find out who blew up his big 20-year long construction project a couple days after it was finished!

STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

I wonder how he learned Luke's Full name... I don't remember it being mentioned in ANH... in fact... save for about 10 seconds of Leia screaming "Luke it's too late!" as he kicked some old man clothes on the floor, he never heard the boys name lol...


Leia: "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"

Luke: "Huh? Oh the uniform! I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you."

Now that the old Emperor dialogue has been changed, this is the only time you hear his entire name in the whole trilogy.


I think he was saying the Death Star hangar scene was the only time Vader had a chance to hear Luke's name, first or last, in A New Hope.

And doesn't Luke say his full name in his message to Jabba in ROTJ? I think Bib Fortuna says it too.

In any event, I agree that in the time between films, Vader, the Emperor, and pretty much the whole galaxy would have heard Luke's name - blowing up the Death Star would surely make him famous...


STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

It'd also be interesting to learn more about the planet the Death Star is orbiting in ANHR, what was it called?


For some reason, in my mind I have been calling it "Had Abbadon" which I believe is the Imperial capital in early drafts of ROTJ. I don't know why but that just popped into my head when I first watched "revisited"!



I think Winrar is up to 3.8, chech out www.rarsoft.com for the latest.

This was the first thing I have burned Dual-layer as well... I had heard Verbatim was the way to go but they were sold out at my local store, so I bought the Fujis... when that didn't work I had to search out Verbatims (and luckily found them on sale). So I ended up wasting the dough on the fuji spindle, much as you you'd be wasting the money you spent on the memorexes... but when you see this version of the flick in all its glory, I think you will agree it's worth it!


Kurgan said:

 I have NOT, tried to take the ISO image, "extract it" (nobody has really detailed how I'm supposed to properly do that I don't think) and then add in the layer break manually (which supposedly is a compatability liability anyway) and THEN burn with ImgBurn with the "fingers crossed" burn-at-low-speed thing. Is THAT the magical way to do it, or what?



The latest version of WinRar can extract from iso files - that's how I did it. Meanwhile, download the fix Ady posted on fanedit.org; extract the files; overwrite the old files in VIDEO_TS; create the ISO with PGCEdit (another freeware program); burn the iso with ImgBurn (at 2.4x). The fix includes more detailed instructions, but that's the gist of it. You don't need to manually add a layer break.

I tried it with Fujifilm media and encountered the exact same errors you described (freezes at layer break and won't play in some machines). Did it again with Verbatim DL discs and it has worked perfectly. Definitely invest in some, it's worth it.

Hope that helps!




I here am new. Just wanted to add my praise to Adywan for the amazing job he did on this. This is the best version of Star Wars I’ve seen… possibly ever… but definitely the best since 1996 and the best on DVD. It made me appreciate the original film all the more and forget about the prequels. Well, mostly.


Thanks so much for all the work you put into this and sharing it with the world. And good luck on ESB!




PS. For the record, and I know it’s been said, but I will add again that anyone having trouble burning a DVD9 should try it again with Verbatim DL discs – I coaster’ed a couple Fujifilm discs using both Nero and ImgBurn, but had no problems with the Verbatims.