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#1288022
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POSSIBLE SHOWING OF 1981 CUT OF NEW HOPE!!!!
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oojason said:

It is indeed good news mate - and something that is being already discussed in this thread:-

70mm print of GOUT on Saturday in Academy Theater in CA!
 

There are also a couple of other threads re recent showings of Star Wars on the big screen too (one was a 2006 DVD GOUT showing, the other has unfortunately just been changed to a showing of the SE, I think) - in the General Star Wars Discussion section.

 

My mistake. Thanks for the link 😃

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#1287998
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POSSIBLE SHOWING OF 1981 CUT OF NEW HOPE!!!!
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I was just on thedigitalbits.com and found out about Lucasfilm/Georgie-boy himself allowed the showing of a 70mm print of a 1981 cut of New Hope (aka, the 1977 cut with “Episode IV: A New Hope” in the crawl)

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/070219-1430

Finally, I’m mentioning this today in a sort of “just leaving this here” kind of way… but Lucasfilm just allowed The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show (on 6/29) a 70 mm print of the original version of Star Wars in a double feature with Rogue One. As in the ORIGINAL original version, with Episode IV in front of the crawl but otherwise unmolested by special edition changes. Yes, you read that right. I’ve heard through the grapevine that George Lucas personally gave the okay for it. What else this might import, I would not yet dare to say. But I hear from friends that the screening was every bit as awesome as you’d expect.

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#1089213
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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Possessed said:

I’m not sure if roku fully supports 5.1 or not, but I can tell you that if your 5.1 system has a pro logic setting the 2.0 tracks will still give great surround. They are matrix encoded to be compatible with dolby surround/pro logic and you will get legitimate surround, as in actual surround effects where they are supposed to be not just ambience. Use movie mode. In fact the 5.1 mixes present in de specialized are basically just doctored pro logic mixes anyway.

CatBus said:

Some players don’t know what to do with DTS-MA audio in an MKV (even if they deal with it fine in other media formats). Converting to AC3 will give you a (lossy) 5.1 track. Burning to a Blu-ray will give you a lossless 5.1 track, but not in an MKV. Or you could try PC software playback, etc.

Understood. Thank you guys. Yeah, my 5.1 doesn’t really play back in lossless, so I’ll try AC3 first. If that doesn’t work, then Pro Logic (that was DEFINITELY mention in the manuel). Thank you Possessed and Catbus.

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#1089120
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Harmy's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Despecialized Edition HD !!!MKV and AVCHD v2.0 NOW AVAILABLE!!!
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First off, great work Harmy. Turning a bunch of different sources into one cohesive whole, and in HD no less, is pretty darn awesome. Thumbs up.

I have a question directed to all of OriginalTrilogy.com: I have a Roku with a USB port and that is how I usually watch Harmy’s Star Wars cuts, converted from MKV to MP4 with the best 2.0 audio track. Recently, I got a 5.1 speaker system and reconverted the MKV file using the 5.1 audio. When I plugged the USB into my Roku, NO sound came out. I had the audio settings set the same as the original audio (in terms of bit rate and that) but nothing. If anyone knows what happened because it happened to them or just know I would appreciate it.

FYI, because my dad was with me and wanted to hear Return of the Jedi (I know this is the Empire thread, I just figured what works for one file works for the others) in 5.1 (like me), I had to play my 2011 blu-ray (don’t feel sorry for me; I actually tolerate the special editions. I just prefer the originals/Harmy’s).

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#1079275
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"Scrubs" coming to Comedy Central in Widescreen and HD
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digitalfreaknyc said:

I can definitely cap!

But I wouldn’t count on it being 16x9. I just checked Hulu and they’re still 4x3

I checked as well, that’s true. Our best hope is that Comedy Central just has exclusiveness for a while. The promo looked promising but it did have a border on 3 sides so I couldn’t tell for sure (only watching on my phone probably doesn’t help).

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#1079163
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"Scrubs" coming to Comedy Central in Widescreen and HD
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I can’t. I feel bad for not being able to because you just made my day.

I found a promo on Comedy Central, but it’s pillared box with a border for the channel to promote it. However, it does look like it 16:9. Hope someone can confirm and see if Scrubs got a long awaited remaster 😃

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/1krgkh/the-best-of-scrubs-marathon

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#1075820
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Beauty and the Beast 35mm "Help Needed"
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RU.08 said:

Hi monkeyjb- guessing from your username you of course couldn’t have appreciated this film in its original run! I was able to see it in 2015 projected from a theatrical print, and I can tell you 100% it looked nothing like the DVD or bluray. 😃

Aladdin looks pretty much correct compared to the theatrical prints. Not perfect, but not different enough that I would worry as much about it as I do BATB. You are more than welcome to have a crack at restoration, it will be scanned in Prores format, but all you would need to do is load a clip in Resolve and export .TIFs.

And I’m still waiting for some high-res preview images! I’m a little surprised it’s taking so long given that Face/Off has been scanned and can’t move anywhere until this scan gets done (sorry face/off fans lol).

Yeah, I was 3 (but already awesome 😃). Still one of my top 5 favorite films and my favorite soundtrack.

I don’t have Resolve but I do have Blender and I know how to turn a clip to Tiff files 😃

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#1075689
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Beauty and the Beast 35mm "Help Needed"
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Lord Starfish said:

I remember seeing a complaint against the BD’s colors in that the brightness made the Beast’s design far too discernable in the early scenes, taking the impact out of the “Step into the light” scene, which was originally the first time the audience gets a clear view of what he looks like…
Being that this movie is older than me and I never saw it in theaters though, I obviously can’t say for sure. But the idea of a 35mm scan of the film still appeals to me because I really don’t like how the BD looks. It looks to me like they applied some rather aggressive edge enhancement or something to it, and the gradients look really messed up at points.

‘‘Almost’’ the same for me: it was the first movie I saw in theaters but the first I ‘‘remember’’ is a little film starring a cowboy and an astronaut where they and others, including a dinosaur, a stretchy dog, and a mutant potato, worship a deity. Points if you can guess what it is (I promise you’ll laugh 😄)

Anyway, I can’t judge how Beauty and the Beast should’ve looked, but I never really had a problem with the DVD or Blu-Ray (although if you’re making the accusation, maybe I remember a little less of a blue tint. I don’t know shrug). I wish you luck on funding and scanning, and I’d be more than happy to help clean it up if you want (I have GIMP, so it’ll have to be TIFF frames). I’d appreciate a comparison video, just to see what changes there are.

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#1073826
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Godzilla 1985 - Reconstruction Project
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Downloaded the mp4 versions of 1.0 and watched a few bits. Great work. I noticed a little wobble in the subtitle masking, but barely noticeable and better than what I could do. Also, great job upscaling the SD footage. It’s not a perfect match to the HD footage from Kraken’s Blu-Ray, but certainly better than what I was expecting. Again, great work.

I didn’t realize the Monsters HD copy had different music from the theatrical copy. I don’t care in any case, I just don’t understand why they just replace the Def-Con music for release. Does the VHS copy have Japanese music or is that from the Monsters HD only?

In any case, thanks for helping me find this version. First Godzilla film I ever saw and I wanted to give it another chance despite me remembering I wasn’t too big a fan. I’m rewatching because I like the Japanese cut and I just want to see what’s different; been a LONG while I saw this version. Also, I was surprisingly pleased by the Raymond Burr version of the 1950’s Godzilla and I wanted to see Steve Martin again… er, not THAT Steve martin 😄

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#1063756
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Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray
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Swift S. Lawliet said:

monkeyjb1988 said:

mutantchair said:

I found a better source for the 2020 figure… Disney’s official SEC filings for Q4 FY2013:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1001039/000100103913000164/fy2013_q4x10k.htm

“Prior to the Company’s acquisition, Lucasfilm produced six Star Wars films (Episodes 1 through 6). Lucasfilm retained the rights to consumer products related to all of the films and the rights related to television and electronic distribution formats for all of the films, with the exception of the rights for Episode 4, which are owned by a third-party studio. All of the films are distributed by a third-party studio in the theatrical and home video markets. The theatrical and home video distribution rights for these films revert back to Lucasfilm in May 2020 with the exception of Episode 4, for which these distribution rights are retained in perpetuity by the third-party studio.”

Well, THAT’S definitive. I’m sure Disney will work out something to include IV with any movie set, but I’m sure the accountants will want to wait until May 2020 to ONLY worry about IV.

Disney will never release Star Wars individually, even if the rest of the Saga and/or Original Trilogy will be released by Disney.

Fox will probably release Star Wars and maybe it will have matching artwork but Disney won’t do it.

Disney can, however, include Star Wars with the rest of the Saga and/or Original Trilogy in a box set as long as they have permission from Fox.

Disney already did it with The Incredible Hulk (Universal) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One box set and with Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Eastern Star Media/Discotek) in The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki box set and they had permission from the companies that distributed the respective films from their respective box sets as well as the fact that Disney owns every other movie in said box sets.

In The Incredible Hulk, Disney didn’t author a new disc, they just recycled the same content from Universal’s disc.

Though with Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, they did author a new disc just so it will have the same menu style as the other Studio Ghibli Blu-rays by Disney and so it won’t have bonus features like the other movies in the Hayao Miyazaki box set.
They also used a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 version of the remastered audio mix from the 2014 Japanese remastered theatrical reissue which was only in a lossy form in the US standalone and Japanese Blu-rays.
And they also upmixed the Streamline dub to 5.1 for their box set but they only duplicated the mono channel in all of the speakers.

So maybe the Star Wars Blu-ray by Fox can be also authored similarly to the other movies.

I know it won’t be on it’s own. I’m just saying, waiting until May 2020, Disney can release their set and only need to pay Fox for one.

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#1063680
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Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray
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mutantchair said:

I found a better source for the 2020 figure… Disney’s official SEC filings for Q4 FY2013:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1001039/000100103913000164/fy2013_q4x10k.htm

“Prior to the Company’s acquisition, Lucasfilm produced six Star Wars films (Episodes 1 through 6). Lucasfilm retained the rights to consumer products related to all of the films and the rights related to television and electronic distribution formats for all of the films, with the exception of the rights for Episode 4, which are owned by a third-party studio. All of the films are distributed by a third-party studio in the theatrical and home video markets. The theatrical and home video distribution rights for these films revert back to Lucasfilm in May 2020 with the exception of Episode 4, for which these distribution rights are retained in perpetuity by the third-party studio.”

Well, THAT’S definitive. I’m sure Disney will work out something to include IV with any movie set, but I’m sure the accountants will want to wait until May 2020 to ONLY worry about IV.

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#1062594
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Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray
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nickyd47 said:

mutantchair said:

nickyd47 said:

mutantchair said:

Fang Zei said:

Quick side question:

I’m just throwing this out there for anyone who might have the answer, but do we know exactly why Fox loses the rights to the other five movies in 2020 as opposed to some other time?

Just to clarify, I’m not asking for an explanation of why they’re losing the rights. That much has been made clear. I’m just wondering why it’s happening in 2020 and not some other time. I’m also curious how we were able to figure this out in the first place. There was an article written on some website shortly after the Disney deal that gave the 2020 date, but I don’t think it was ever explained how the writer knew it was 2020.

This article in the Hollywood reporter is the main source for the 2020 date, which is a solid source for industry reporting. A “fox insider” was apparently interviewed for the article.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tangled-rights-could-tie-up-384541

It’s also worth remembering that Disney has digital distribution rights to all but ANH.

So what? They have to give Fox money every time a digital copy of the Special Edition of a New Hope sells.
What would waiting till 2020 change? Nothing. They’ll have to give Fox money for every sale of Star Wars, Special Edition
or not.

Actually, Disney can’t sell ANH digital copies at all. You can’t buy ANH on the Disney Movies Anywhere platform.

Right, I have forgotten about this. Still, Disney has nothing to wait for, as Fox owns Star Wars forever, correct?

True, but I can totally see their reasoning to wait until 2020 so they have to pay Fox for ONLY A New Hope. 2020 means they can release the other 5 with impunity, so they may be waiting to minimize payments to Fox.

Do I like it or agree with it? Heck no. They’re raking it in with The Force Awakens and Rogue One and will do it again for The Last Jedi. I’m just saying, I can see what Disney might be thinking.

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#1052662
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Shokara said:

imperialscum said:

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

imperialscum said:

What is this crap about digital being bad? Digital medium is by far superior in terms of storage and preservation. Unlike analogue recording (film), which starts to degrade/change from the point it is being recorded, the digital recording is basically time-invariant. For example, the colour encoding of digital video is strictly defined, while in analogue film it varies based on the current conditions.

Of course, you might still want to use analogue film camera for some reason to shoot the film, but in any case you should digitalise the film as soon as it shot (in highest possible resolution).

Who here has lobbied for not preserving film elements digitally? As far as I can tell this conversation is all about capture mediums.

Still, I do not see why wouldn’t you immediately record it digitally. If you use analogue film to record a scene, by the time you transfer it to digital medium it will not be the same as it was originally recorded. Not to mention conditions of transformation process which requires projector (use different lighting during the projection and you have different results, etc.)

If you originally record it digitally, you have it completely preserved. You carve that digital recording into stone inside a cave and aliens will still be able to read it tens of thousands of years after we will destroy each other in the exact form as it was originally recorded.

The reason is that 35mm film still has inherently higher resolution than digital cinematography does. Each time we invent new video technologies with higher resolutions, 35 mm film still continues to surprise us by how much previously hidden detail was captured when we make updated digital scans and transfers of those film reels. However, digital photography and cinematography provides no such surprises. We know their respective resolutions from the get-go, and those remain constant despite whatever new resolutions come along with new technologies. Something shot in 4K will remain in 4K twenty to thirty years an so on. However, whenever we think we’ve wrung as much detail as modern technology possibly can from film, it always manages to catch us off guard.

Also, digital is not as robust as you make out. Film is still the go to for movie preservation as digital storage can falter or become unreadable over time. Film can last for 100+ years if properly preserved while digital only has 50+ at the most. You’d have to convert it and move it to new storage over time, but even then it can cause rot (the term is ‘bit rot’). Heck, Disney is printing it’s CURRENT films to separation masters to preserve them:

http://www.disneydigitalstudio.com/preserving-our-movies/

IF (ie, I understand there is NO proof either way we may get the OOT this year) Disney restores Star Wars, it’s gonna make a new archival master and have that and the original as back up. Star Wars is gonna end up back on film under Disney.

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#1052153
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Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray
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My God, my heart is pumping. I’ll keep some skepticism until we get official word but, as a digital Carrie Fisher said in Rogue One,… “Hope.”

Shoot, part of me wants to take the plunge and pay for Jedi, just to see.

Checked Google Play: The film is the dreaded 134 minute version… BUT, Lapti Nek is listed instead of Jedi Rocks and samples of that and the finale are of the original music 😃

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#1051963
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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It’s been my hope Disney would release the OUT, but I saw this Digital Bits article:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/022417-0100

I don’t know if anyone else saw this, but my hope for an OUT release this year dropped. Don’t delete your Harmy files yet. I sincerely don’t get why Disney just doesn’t do the restoration, especially since they’ve been otherwise sympathetic to fans otherwise.

Someone earlier said the more popular films seem to not get as much love. I don’t believe that to be completely true, but somedays it DOES feel like that.

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

This article is comical. What does it even mean that the effects won’t hold up in HD? Does the author realize that for its first few years, Star Wars was only available in better-than-HD quality? (I.e. Film)

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/feb/28/george-lucas-special-edition-star-wars-disney-may-release-unadulterated-version

Facepalm Harmy’s editions look great on my big screen TV and those are 720p. I get that the special editons have better composting, but it’s not like the GOUT’S an eyesore.

It kills me everything someone says something on film can’t look good because “film’s not HD”. No, it’s not… it’s better.

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#1029760
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Harmy said:

Handman said:

Harmy, your “Introducing the Despecialized Editions and its Sources” video has been taken down by Fox recently. It must have been recently, because I’ve seen it in my recommended videos until just about a week or so ago.

Well, that sucks.
Not sure if I should file a dispute, because while I do believe that the use of the footage in the video is fair use, I don’t wanna drag too much legal attention to the project itself 😕

Smart move. The documentary’s awesome, but not worth sacrificing the Despecialized Editions. Thank you for sharing the download link 😃