Those look really nice! The extra brightness makes everything really pop. It looks like the shadows are rather crushed though, and some gradients have shifted too green. But overall it’s a big improvement.
I like it too ! Perhaps it deserves to be a little less contrasty though.
Wow. That’s a huge improvement. The younglings shot is gorgeous.
I would add that I too find the look a little dark for my tastes - the colours seem a bit “dirty” to me - but kudos all the same.
I think the changes help some things pop, but there’s a lot of lost detail in there.
There’s also some over-exposure in a couple of the scenes because of the altercations, specifically the ‘sand’ scene.
The biggest issue with the OT BDs (outside the obvious altercations) were the crushed blacks and loss of fine detail as a result, I fear a similar case here. I do quite a bit of professional editing and that’s just my opinion, but I think you could achieve the same ‘look’ you’re going for without abusing the contrast and exposure quite so much.
I hope I don’t come off as overly negative or snarky, just giving my opinion!
You did a good job color correcting things to your apparent liking, I’m just commenting on some more technical details (:
I’ve taken all critiques into account and matched the contrast better to what’s present on the discs. I’ve been attempting exports of the film with a few failed outputs, but at the moment I am waiting on a 4TB drive to arrive in the mail because I’m all out of space. (Who knew you could fill lots of TeraBytes just by being a part of these forums:P) When I get it exported I’ll upload it to the Spleen and start a new thread to avoid confusion in this one.
From there you can watch it and provide further input if you’d like, and I’ve already made note of some issues like ghosting from moving objects, but this correction is merely a single grade over the entire film so that I can watch it and not cringe. In the future I expect to do entire scene by scene corrections but for now this is good enough for me.
can these 35mm trailers be used as reference?
Czech Episode II 35mm Scope Trailer
Czech Episode III 35mm Flat Trailer
Czech Episode I 35mm Scope Trailer
Czech Episode II 35mm Scope Trailer 2
Czech Episode III 35mm Flat Trailer 2
These are great sources, and I’ve had them bookmarked since they were posted. I might inquire about the source file from Rob, instead of settling for a YouTube compression, as they will be great for a scene by scene correction in the future! My current single-grade correction is not based on any sources–just an intuitive “repainting” of the colors built on some custom film looks.