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15. January 2016 15:16
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Team Negative One completes 35mm Restoration of Star Wars

15. January 2016 15:16 by Team Negative One | 0 Comments

There hasn't been a lot of new content posted here recently, but that is not because I don't have any! Even before the build up and release of the new film, I had stacks of magazines waiting to be scanned, and Gigabytes of videos just waiting to be encoded and uploaded to the site.

But I haven't had a lot of time to do anything with it, because for the last three years, most of the spare time I would have devoted to keeping this site up to date has instead been spent helping Team Negative one with this project. In August 2015, I completed my work on Reel 3 and posted a short preview. Since then, like all of you, I have been waiting for them to complete the color correction, stabilizing, sharpening and assembly of the final completed film.

Star Wars - It's Back Poster

Despite having access to the original source, and to all the cleaned footage as the project progressed, I was still completely blown away by the final version. I had no idea it could look so good! Honestly! Way back at the start I had created a comparison clip with the 2006 Bonus DVD on top and the raw scan of LPP on the bottom, in order to see which frames (if any) were missing from the print, and I remember being rather alarmed that it made the GOUT look good!:

Don't worry, we were able to recover the stars - this is how it looks in the final version:

Nevertheless, we all plugged away day after day, week after week, cleaning frame after frame after frame. Personally I found that it look me about one minute to clean each frame, sometimes longer, so I might work on it for an hour, believing that I must surely have cleaned about 10 minutes worth of film, only to find that I had barely cleaned 3 seconds worth of film. 60-90 minutes per day was about my limit, with a family and a full time job I couldn't spare any more than that.

In August of last year, I finally completed the reel and assembled all the cleaned shots, adding some contrast adjustment, deflickering, cropping, etc. and posted a sample of it here on the site. It looked much better than before, but still not as good as I had hoped. So, I sent all my cleaned footage off the colorist and after a short break I started work on version 2.0, using a second print of Star Wars and some new techniques I had been itching to try out. More on how version 2.0 is progressing in a future post... In the meantime, let's take a look at some brand new before and after comparisons. In this first comparision you can see just how faded this section of the original film was...:

I assure you this is the same piece of film! There was no cheating. Every single frame in the film was scanned in to the computer from a 35mm film Reel:

The beginning and end of each reel is always rougher than the middle, here is the beginning of Reel 2, before and after.

And how does it compare to the official Blu-ray?

The official Star Wars Blu-ray was sourced from the original negative, while Team Negative One's was sourced from a theatrical 35mm print, several generations away from that negative, so it is more grainy and not nearly so sharp. However, the colors are much more natural than the overly saturated levels artificially applied to the Blu-ray in an attempt to make it "fit in" more with the look of the Prequel trilogy.

Edit: More comparisons.

The Blu-ray is clearly sharper, cleaner and nicer in a lot of ways, but I miss the wolfman! And keep an eye on that pink light behind the bar. In the original film it was a soft pink, on the Blu-ray it's neon!


Studio shots like this one are not so grainy, and the 35mm print hold up pretty well. At first it looks a little washed out here against the overly saturated Blu-ray, but Luke's armour is pink very briefly in the blu-ray, and the watch the lights behind C3P0's right shoulder change from one version to the next...

I watched the whole film with my family last weekend and it was awesome!

There are some more, screen shot comparisons on imgur:

 
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The Star Wars Trilogy | The Supplemental / Bonus Feature Discs Cover Art Archive

The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

The Supplemental / Bonus Feature Discs Cover Art Archive

Looking for artwork for the Making of Star Wars, or Star Wars to Jedi? Here's where you'll find it.

007 DISC   007 LD Extras   008 Making The Trilogy   3e83  
Adigitalman Star Wars Spoofs   ADM A Musical Journey Label   ADM A Musical Journey zpsrap2ibni   ADM A Musical Journey  
Auditions   beneath the dome cover   Blue Set Definitive OT Supplementals   bonus  
BonusDiscGold   BonusDiscSilver   Classic 1975 The Casting Auditions   Classic 1977 The Making of Star Wars  
Classic 1980 SPFX The Empire Strikes Back   Classic 1983 Classic Creatures   Classic 1985 From Star Wars to Jedi   Classic 2004 The Forgotten Scenes  
classic creatures dvd black   classic creatures dvd front sally   Classic OT Supplementals   Code9Trilogy  
Definitive 1975 Casting Auditions   Definitive 1975 The Casting Auditions   Definitive 1977 Making of   Definitive 1977 The Making of Star Wars  
Definitive 1980 SPFX The Empire Strikes Back   Definitive 1983 Classic Creatures   Definitive 1983 SPFX   Definitive 1985 Classic Creatures  
Definitive 1985 From Star Wars to Jedi   Definitive 1989 From SW Jedi   Definitive 2004 Forgotten Scenes   Definitive 2004 The Forgotten Scenes  
Definitive Edition LaserDisc Supplemental Material bonus disc cover   Definitive OT Supplementals   Definitive Supplementals   Definitive The Making of the Trilogy Disc I  
Definitive The Making of the Trilogy Disc II   Disc4   Dr  Gonzo MOTcover   Dr  Gonzo MOTlabel1  
Dr  Gonzo MOTlabel2   Ep 0 BM TR47 Black Fritzdog   Ep 0 BM TR47 White Fritzdog   from star wars to jedi black  
from star wars to jedi dvd front sally   From Star Wars to Jedi v2   From Star Wars to Jedi zpsi7si7ljf   From Star Wars to Jedi  
jedi2   LD  Anamorphic Version 1 Supplementals   LD  Anamorphic Version 2 Supplementals   LD  Anamorphic Version 3 4  
LD  Anamorphic Version 6 4   LD Classic Creatures BlaK   LD Classic Creatures   LD From Star Wars to Jedi BlaK  
LD From Star Wars to Jedi   LD OT For Any Set Supplementals   LD SPFX Empire BlaK   LD SPFX Empire  
LD Supplementals   LD The Making of BlaK   LD The Making of   LD The Musical  
LD4   Making 1   Making 2   making star wars 1  
making star wars 2   Mark s Making of Star Wars Version 1 zpsndtack02   Mark s Making of Star Wars Version 1   Mark s Making of Star Wars Version 1a THX  
negative LD Anamorph Cerbero Star Wars SM   OT Supplementals B   OT Supplementals Faces   revengeofthelenseflare9ma  
SM cover   SPFX dvd front black   SPFX dvd front sally style   Star Wars 1975 The Casting Auditions  
Star Wars 1977 The Making of Star Wars   Star Wars 1980 SPFX The Empire Strikes Back   Star Wars 1983 Classic Creatures   Star Wars 1985 From Star Wars to Jedi  
Star Wars 2004 Star Wars The Musical   Star Wars Extras 2 Disc Set   sup dvd cover gold 1   Supplementals Definitive LD Anamorphic  
Supplementals Definitive LD TR47   Supplementals Definitive LD TR47b   Supplementals Disc   Supplementals Poster Anamorphic  
SW Bonus   sw mkttrlgy unknown   SW SUP   The Dean Supplementals  
the making of star wars black   the making of star wars dvd front sally   The Story of Star Wars Cover   Tremors in the Force Black Fritzdog  
Tremors in the Force White Fritzdog   trilogy extras dvd label  disc zps8bntjswg   v 2 bf cover 2   v 2 bf cover 3  
v 2 bf cover 4 or 5   v 2 bf cover 6 or 7   v 2 bf cover   wYKFlqW (2017 01 20 18 04 14 UTC)  

Also be sure to check out the other Cover Art archives, here on The Star Wars Trilogy:

The Star Wars Cover Art Archive

The Empire Strikes Back Cover Art Archive

The Return of the Jedi Cover Art Archive

The Star Wars Trilogy Box Set Cover Archive

The Holiday Special Cover Art Archive

The Droids Cover Art Archive

The Supplemental / Bonus Feature Discs Cover Art Archive

The Force Awakens Cover Art Archive

The Phantom Menace Cover Art Archive

The Attack of the Clones Cover Art Archive

The Revenge of the Sith Cover Art Archive

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