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The Star Wars Trilogy

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Project 4K77

Welcome to project 4K77.

"There will only be one. And it won't be what I would call the "rough cut" it'll be the "final cut." The other one will be some sort of interesting artefact that people will look at and say, "There was an earlier draft of this... Even the 35 million tapes of Star Wars out there won't last more than 30 or 40 years..." 

-- George Lucas

Sorry, George. We're not going to let that happen.

Simply put, we are restoring the original, theatrical version of Star Wars in 4K. Using multiple 35mm prints, scanned at 4K, cleaned at 4K, and rendered at full 4k UHD resolution. To be clear, this is not simply an upscale of any other source, this is all to be done natively in 4K from 35mm sources. The only exception to this rule is when we don't have a particular frame available, in that case either an upscale of the Silver Screen Edition, or the official Bluray will be used.

Completion Date is uncertain due to the amount of work involved, but we really hope it can be completed in 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary. Formats TBD, but probably an MKV initially.

Latest sample:

0247-Cleanup-Progression PW: LookSir-Droids!  (Note: Color correction here is not final! Colors have changes a lot since this was made)

Each frame is a 16-bit color Tif or DPX file that weighs in at nearly 100 MB. Therefore each complete film requires 21 TB of storage. If you would like to contribute to the purchasing of additional storage space and computing power, please consider donating.

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Thank you to all who have donated so far.

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Take a closer look at the lifecycle of a shot. 

Watch the extended preview

Learn more about the cleanup techniques.

Find out more about the 35mm sources being used.

Progress (Frame by frame Cleaning) 







Whole Film

Color Correction

Reel 1, October 2017 preview:

Last Updated: 10/16/2017

More updates, videos and samples coming soon!

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