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The Empire Strikes Back bluray regrade

This looks really promising overall. I agree that there’s rather a lot of magenta in some of those frames (faces aside, that wall should surely be white rather than pink) but it may well be that the film did indeed look rather pinkish in theatres pre-1997.

There is an ongoing set of screenings of Empire (from what I think must be the 2K master use to render the 1080p Blu-rays) currently touring with a live orchestral performance of the score, which was an excellent experience from a musical standpoint but a pretty frustrating one visually. I agree that it was likely done shot for shot because some scenes were surprisingly naturalistic (a lot of Hoth was very white and really not blue at all) but I could hardly believe how much green and orange there was throughout most of the rest of the film. This is pretty obvious in that shot of Admiral Piett, for example: in the Blu-ray the back wall is a weird green, but in this regrade it’s actually grey as it appears that it should be.

I’m dying to see how 4K80 turns out!

NJVC Custom Blu-ray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega

Torch5013 said:

ImgBurn and VLC seem to think that my BD 50 iso is a DVD. ImgBurn reads it as a DVD ROM, and when I use my PC’s default mounting, VLC says “VLC is unable to open the MRL ‘dvd:///E:’. Check the log for details.” Is this normal?

Well, yes and no. It’s normal behaviour in the sense that VLC, seeing it mounted as a “DVD”, tries to open it as a DVD and fails because it’s not a DVD. It’s not normal in the sense that it should not be interpreted as a DVD in any sense; I don’t know enough about that to understand why this is, but my guess is that it’s to do with how it was authored (maybe a quirk of the particular software used or something).

However, it’s easy to work around: instead of launching VLC from the file (e.g. “play with VLC” from Windows context menu), open VLC first then go to the Media menu and choose “Open Disc…” then manually select the Blu-ray option and correct virtual drive letter before proceeding. That works. Except that for me it doesn’t, apparently due to the file having too many audio tracks (as I discussed in the post above).

Of course, you posted this two months ago, so you’ve probably figured that out by now.

NJVC Custom Blu-ray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega

Similar to the above, the ISO for SW DE 2.7 (the MD5s of which all check out 100%) mounts as a DVD in Windows 10. If I try to play the actual film itself from the menu, it fails. When I manually mount it as a Blu-ray specifically in software, it still fails to play the film. Manually playing the relevant .m2ts fails. Copy the .m2ts out of the ISO and playing it from another location fails.

Apologies for the necropost, but does anybody out here have any ideas?

EDIT: It doesn’t work at all in VLC but it does play (from the beginning anyway) in Leawo… but trying to navigate through the file at all crashes the player so only audio works.

I’m wondering if it has something to do with the sheer number of audio tracks muxed into the film’s .m2ts. I’ll try muxing out some of the audio tracks (languages that aren’t English, for example) and see if that improves compatibility…

EDIT 2: Yep, that was it. If I mux some audio tracks out, it plays fine in VLC (both from .m2ts and after recreating ISO from the smaller .m2ts with fewer tracks). Guess that could be handy if anyone else is having the same problem.