Well, I guess I’ll have to buy a 4K TV just to watch these. Fantastic job!
Space Hunter M said:
Could you re-rip .VOB #2 from the Reloaded disc? It’s corrupted in the .ISO. Thanks!
Thanks for notifying me! I did a re-rip and the same .VOB is corrupted. The disc itself plays fine so I think it may be an issue with the DVD ripper that I’m using. I’ll give it another shot within a day or two and see how that goes. In the meantime the MP4 plays fine if you want to watch it that way for now. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Cool stuff, didn’t know this existed.
Yeah now it’s my mission to find more Open Matte dvds when I go to Goodwill. I just picked up Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 1 which appears to be open matte as well (hopefully I’ll find Spider-Man 2 in full screen as well)
With my excitement for the Matrix 4 starting to film right now, I thought it would be a good time to put this preservation together. A lot of people (including myself) were disappointed with how the Matrix sequels were matted. I read that the two Matrix sequels were shot on Super 35mm, and wondered if the full screen DVD was open matte, or simply pan and scan. Luckily it is open matte, and in a lot of scenes shows more information than the open matte HDTV preservations (top is widescreen blu-ray/dvd, middle is open matte HDTV, bottom is open matte 4:3):
However, like pretty much every open matte release, there will be some shots that are cropped on the sides to varying degrees. This is usually done to hide things like boom mics, or on sfx shots:
I have both 1:1 backups of the DVD iso’s as well as MP4 versions. I also have access to a scanner so if anyone wants the artwork preserved I can do that as well. PM me if you want a link!
I have a similar thing that I am looking to do. Is it possible to take multiple dvd iso’s and mux them into a larger blu-ray iso, or is that too complicated to pull off?
Does anyone still have the 35mm sourced PAL DVD of Revenge of the Sith with the cue marks? I mean the full 576i “TUN” DVD.
I have not heard of this before. I’m definitely interested in it as well 😃
This looks fantastic! Do you have plans on giving other movies Criterion menus and features?
The first one that comes to mind for me is Se7en CCEHD which is an HD version of the movie color matched to the Criterion LaserDisc.
I’m not sure if anyone saw this (it was uploaded to the spleen a little bit ago), but this project titled “Se7en CCEHD” is finished and it looks amazing!
Finally got my hands on 1997 ESB in HD. Thanks to trillary dump for the movie reconstruction!
So that I’ve made my cover based on 1997 VHS. Gold and Silver version…
That cover looks amazing dude! You planning on making them for ANH and ROTJ?
That it definitely will. My point was simply that there’s little point to 4K when even the 1080p Blu-Ray has more fine detail.
I think the reason that 35mm film is scanned in 4k so it captures the most amount of film grain not so much for its detail since it’s expected to have a softer image than the original negative.
Well, have you at least finished it yet? I already have HD Special Editions of the first two movies and I am really wanting a copy of your preservation of the Special Edition of ROTJ to complete the trilogy. Thank you.
V2 has been done for some time now. Pm me if you want a link.
Hi all! Just looking for a link to Return of the Jedi 1997 Special Edition HD Reconstruction - would be the perfect Christmas gift!! Thanks in advance
Will this version be released on the 'spleen?
I didn’t have any plans on uploading to the 'spleen myself but if anyone wanted to do that themselves I don’t have a problem with it!
I’m only going include the “Skywalker Saga” films. My list changes every time I marathon the films but this is my ranking as of now. Just for some context I was -1 years old when TPM came out so the Prequels were always a part of Star Wars when I got into it, which is why they are probably ranked too high.
- The Empire Strikes Back 10/10
- A New Hope 10/10
- Revenge of the Sith 9/10
- Return of the Jedi 8/10
- The Rise of Skywalker 7/10
- The Phantom Menace 7/10
- The Force Awakens 6/10
- The Last Jedi 4/10
- Attack of the Clones 3/10
(“Relative to its budget, Attack of the Clones is the worst movie ever put to film.” -Rich Evans)
I just got out of the theater about an hour ago. I did go into the film with some spoilers from the leaks, not all (i.e. force healing, Rey Palpatine, Rey’s yellow lightsaber).
On paper I thought a lot of the plot details sounded pretty bad and seeing the RT score made me think that this would be a terrible film. But after seeing film, I found most of the plot points that I already knew about was fulfilling and entertaining. So the moral of the story is go see this movie and form your own opinion about it 😃
I think that this movie would benefit from being longer since it is trying to do so much within its runtime, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. My ranking for the Sequel Trilogy as of right now is TROS, TFA, TLJ.
No need to apologize! All good things take time and patience 😉
Do you know if the final version will be BD compliant?
If it’s the theatrical version I seriously doubt it would be a different master than has been used in the past, so the edge enhancement will likely still be an issue.
Is it possible it could be a 35mm telecine?
You probably already know and took care of this since you were very thorough when talking about your last version before using Hal’s work as a source, but just a quick reminder since you didn’t mention it in your post - the Wampa scene and the Emperor scene also require a different source than Hal’s custom SE.
Yeah I should’ve mentioned it. I used the 2004 version for the Wampa and KK5SO’s version had the original Emperor
Just finished using Hal’s Custom SE and KK5SO’s version (for unaltered cloud city scenes) and I must say, DrDre did a great job on the color grade! I’ll have a link available for it tomorrow.
Any thought of authoring your 97 reconstructions to blu-ray?
Yeah I have thought about it but I wouldn’t know where to start if I were to make menus for them. I usually just put the mkv into tsMuxer (I think) to create a Blu day iso without any menus just the film.
I’ll do just what Ash said, give me a few days to throw this new version together and hopefully that’ll turn out better!
Is there going to be color correction? Harmy said Adywan’s version was very Gout like in color which is incorrect for the 1997SE.
I wasn’t planning on doing a cc since I really like the completely white Hoth scenes, but if I were to replace the Hoth scenes with a regraded Blu Ray source so it’s slightly blue again, would anyone be more interested in that?
Weren’t these ESB and ROTJ 1997 preservations meant to be accompaniments to Harmy’s existing ANH 1997 preservation?
Yep that’s right. I have no intentions of doing ANH, Harmy and Team Blu have perfectly fine preservations!
Some screenshots comparing the changes (using LD and Blu Ray screenshots not from this preservation):
Hi everyone after doing a restoration of the 1997 version of ROTJ (very close to being 100% completed) I thought I’d make a more accurate version of ESB 1997 based off of Adywan’s great work. Adywan’s ESB 1997 kept in a lot of changes that were made in 2004 that bothered me (mostly all of the Falcon’s cockpit shots being left cropped) so I threw this version together in a couple of days. This preservation is in 720p unlike Adywan’s version which is 1080p, so I would say that if you don’t care about the changes that I made here, go ahead and get Adywan’s since it’s higher resolution.
- Main source: Hal9000’s Empire Custom SE
- KK5SO’s Custom SE
- 2004 HDTV
- Harmy’s Despecialized ESB v2.0
- Harmys Respecialized ANH (for “A long time ago” title card)
- ESB 1997 LD (for one shot that is zoomed in on only for the 97 version)
- Used Harmy’s Respecialized ANH to replace the Episode II style “A long time ago” title card in the 2004 version (and was still present in Adywan’s version)
- Used a clip from a 1997 LD capture to replace the shot of Luke’s feet stuck in the Wampa’s cave since it was zoomed in on only for this version
- Used Harmy’s Despecialized ESB to replace all of the zoomed in Millenium Falcon cockpit shots (except for one shot that was zoomed in for the 97 version)
- Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace all scenes with lightsabers since they were redone for 2004 (and were still present in Adywan’s version)
- Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace scenes on Bespin where Han’s shoulders have shadows on them which creates the illusion that he’s wearing his vest (shoulders were digitally lightened in 2004)
- Used Harmy’s Despecialized to replace scenes where the Imperial rank badges on some characters have been digitally re positioned (2004 change)
- The entire film has also been synced to the cinema DTS and LD 5.1 track
There are still a few things that are 2004 changes that are still in here, but they are just re composited elements that look almost identical to the 97 version.
Pm me for a link (it’s a 20gb file so it’s a megalink this time)