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The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

Project 4K77

Welcome to project 4K77.

"There will only be one. And it won't be what I would call the 'rought cut', it'll be the 'final cut.' The other one will be some sort of interesting artifact that people will look at and say, 'There was an earlier draft of this.'...What ends up being important in my mind is what the DVD version is going to look like, because that's what everybody is going to remember. The other versions will disappear. Even the 35 million tapes of Star Wars out there won't last more than 30 or 40 years. A hundred years from now, the only version of the movie that anyone will remember will be the DVD version [of the Special Edition]."


-- George Lucas, "An Expanded Universe", American Cinematographer magazine, February 1997

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

Simply put, a rag tag band of rebel scum spent two years restoring the original, theatrical version of Star Wars in 4K. Using multiple 35mm prints (including two Technicolor prints), scanned at 4K, cleaned at 4K, and rendered at 4k UHD resolution. To be clear, this is not simply an upscale of any other source, this was all done natively in 4K from 35mm sources. The only exception to this rule is when we didn't have a particular frame available on 35mm film, in those few cases, either an upscale of the Silver Screen Edition, or the official Bluray was used.

Latest sample:

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.

Despite more than two years of working on this project, some people are still skeptical and post comments like "Yeah, I can use Instagram filters too," or "That's just the Bluray." So here is a very short clip from the uncropped source files in full 4K... So go ahead, skeptics, rip this scene from your official bluray disc and see if you can recreate it in instagram with some "filters". The tighter cropping and the CGI falcon in the bluray version shouldn't prove a problem for such powerful tools...

These are recreations of original TV Spots, and all the movie footage is exclusively from project 4K77. The audio tracks are from the original trailers.



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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.

On May 16th 2018, both the 1080p and UHD versions without DNR were completed:

Versions with grain reduction will be coming very soon...

Early beta version of the Binary Sunset from Reel 2:

Reel 4 Color during correction:

Screenshot of Reel 4 being color corrected

Last Updated: 6/22/2018

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