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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.

Update: December 12th, 217

Color Correction is about  99% done. We are currently waiting on the final 2200 frames of Reel 5 to be completed. After that, there will need to be some test encodes, and then some final encodes, all of which will take days to render. 

The London Premiere was December 27th 1977, but the rest of the country wouldn't see prints of the film arriving until the end of January. While I would still love to have this completed by December 27th, I just don't think it's going to be done in time for that. There's still too much to do and we don't want to cut any corners and produce a sub-optimal product. Plus, our families will be expecting us to spend at least a little time with them over the Holidays and to enjoy some time off - not be tied to our computers, rushing to get this finished. January 29th, however, should be possible, and will still mark the 40th anniversary of 35mm Technicolor prints like our sources arriving in British Theaters.

We are getting real close!

Update: November 26th 2017

2nd Beta version is being reviewed. Here is a nice screenshot comparison between Beta 1 (created back in May), Beta 2, The Silver Screen Edition, The official Bluray, GOUT and more. Best of the Best of the Best?

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/0J1NNN8U

Update: November 11 2017

I just created some new trailers for the project. 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.

4K77-November-Trailer_A

4K77-November-Trailer_B

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 Password: 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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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) 

Finally, Huh? All six reels are now clean. Before you get too excited though, there is still some work to do. All six reels need to be color corrected. The Final colors for each scene have been decided upon and a reference created, now they just need to be applied. During this stage, we will likely find some small issues that need correcting - I've already found and fixed some frames that had smearing caused by the deflicker filters, and some issues with cropping still need to be dealt with. Finally there will be encoding. Choosing the right encoder and the right settings for the best experience. With a little luck, it will all be ready by Christmas...

Reel1

Reel2

Reel3

Reel4

Reel5

Reel6

Whole Film

Color Correction

Reel 1, October 2017 preview:

Right now, we are reviewing all the reels, making additional fixes to various shots including additional dirt and dust cleanup when it looks necessary. Unfortunately, this work is much harder to quantify, as it's happening on several reels at once, and being performed by multiple people, so some sort of progress wheel for this stage would be hard to do. However, work continues at a blistering pace! Here's a look at the latest version of the Binary Sunset from Reel 2:

Reel 4 Color correction in progress:

Screenshot of Reel 4 being color corrected

Last Updated: 12/12/2017

More updates, videos and samples coming soon!

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