Planned Changes to ANHR in HD

There will be some differences between the original A New Hope Revisited and tbr 1080p rebuild because i can’t recreate it 100% faithfully but it will be as close as possible. Although the edit will be closer to the “Purist” version i released and not the main version. But i won’t be taking any suggestions for changes/ fixes for the HD version

Planned differences so far between the original and HD version of ANH:R

1 – 2 audio tracks. One containing the prequel music during the Vader/ Obi-Wan duel and the other without

2 – No electrical effect on the torture droid needle

3 – Altered Mos Eisley entrance ( no mirrored stormtroopers) and a return to the original 1977 version of the music

4 – Final shot of Tarkin reinstated

5 – Spinning hyperspace jump starfield reinstated

6 – Removal of the Special Edition CG Dewback and Stormtrooper during the “I don’t like the look of this ” scene,
instead just keeping the cg background addition which is less ” in your face”.

7 – Removing Yavin 4 from the SE shot of the X-wings approaching the Death Star. This was an error added for the
Special edition that didn’t exist prior. The Special Edition version now shows Yavin 4 in direct line of sight of
the Death Star. I replaced all of the background ships with the original ships used in the 1977 version, so it’s
now a mixture of original and Special Edition.

8 – No extended Death Star battle sequence. It was something that was more of an experiment in my original version,
but it didn’t work, so it was removed when i did the “purist” version.

9 – No extended Death Star reveal. Another sequence i don’t think worked too well in my original. Original timing and
music will be restored in the HD version. But the Death Star will still be orbiting the planet, as in the original
ANH:R, but it will now be Scarif.

10 – Ponda Baba’s arm with the “furry hand” will be returning to the HD version. The “hoof” hand we see him have
earlier in the scene, while standing at the bar, will be replaced instead with the furry hands.

11 – Obi-Wan ignites first during the Vader / Obi-Wan duel. I wasn’t able to fix the jump cut when he ignites
originally , but now i have been able to. Plus it was originally meant to mirror the ROTS duel where Obi-Wan
ignites first, but i prefer the way it was originally. The whole duel also will have different editing than in my
original version of ANH:R

12 – Most, if not all, jump cuts fixed or smoothed

13 – Droids added to the y-wings during the trench run that were originally missing from the models in that shot

14 – The sources used will be a mixture of the 2011 Blu-Ray and the new 2020 blu-ray. Both releases have major problems
with them but the over use and bad use of “power windows” in the 2020 version ( really horrendous masking where
the section power windows was used stick out like sore thumb and over brightening of areas of a shot that destroys
the original cinematography)tipped the scales in favour of the 2011 version being used as the main source. In many
way the 2020 version is worse than the 2011 version ever was. Although for ROTJ:R, it will be the 2020 blu-ray
used because the 2011 version has more major problems.

15 – Fixed Vaders helmet during the Death Star battle where it has slipped back due to being pressed against the TIE
fighter seat

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March 2022 Update

I’m Back!!!

Well what a shit start to the year. facebook has finally given me back posting rights to this page after all he fuss with my phone number . Took them bloody long enough to accept it. I would have been back early last month but i had to go and get bloody covid. Knocked me for six and still suffering with the after effects. Energy levels of a 90 year old now. lol.

Anyway, since Facebook blocked me i decided to stay off the net and concentrate on working on ANH:R. Bloody hell i got so much done. Its surprising just how much longer its taking me to do each shot compared to when i did the same shots in the Standard Def version all those years ago. Working in HD really does slow things down. Rotoscoping especially. Things you could get away with when working in DVD res you just can’t with HD. But it will be worth it in the end.

Work on ROTJ:R, at the moment, has almost halted. I want to get ANH:R HD out of the way first. Working on both at the same time became a bit of a nightmare. Burned me out almost. That doesn’t mean to say that nothing is being done on it though. I’m about to start building some of the models that will hopefully be ready to shoot in the summer ( need the good weather to shoot some outside) . I’ll also be tacking some of the FX shots when i take a break from ANH. But the majority won’t start until ANH:R HD is complete and released

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TO ALL THE FOLLOWERS OF THE FACEBOOK GROUP….

Things have been very quiet from me lately on the Facebook group. This has been an unintended consequence of facebook being complete idiots and changing the Revisited page to a bloody Business page, without bothering to inform me. This page was never and shall never be a business, so why the hell did they think it’s ok to do that? With them doing this they are now demanding that proof of my residential location and phone number to prove i am who i say i am. I don’t have the Facebook app on my phone and i don’t intend to install it just for them to track my location ( something i never have switched on my phone anyway). Even when i try to add my phone number to my adywan facebook account it says the number is in use and that i have to provide another one so they can send me codes to input when i log in . Contacting them has been a waste of time. I don’t even think there are any humans working there by the looks of things. Just one automated reply after another. So i am unable to post anything on the Facebook page at the moment

So, what can i do now? Well apparently my other account, which i use solely for family and friends i know in my real life, still has admin privileges. That is until i try to post anything and there is no way of posting anything as this feature has been disabled. So what is going on facebook? It’s all about money now. But them doing this could have serious consequences for fan pages that end up getting switched to a business page as this could look like it’s been set up to profit from the copyright holders IP, which , as you know, is something that i am completely against. I do this for fun and that is it.

So i have been quiet of facebook because i’m fed up with it until this crap is sorted out. But there really isn’t an alternative. Twitter is pretty much useless for posting updates because of the text limits.

So updates , for the foreseeable future will be here and over at Origionaltrilogy.com. Hopefully after Xmas i can get a cheap phone that will enable me to install their crap so things can get back to some sort of normality.

I can’t apologise enough for this, but it’s out of my control at the moment. But don’t worry….the edit is still going ahead. Lot’s of work has been done on the 1080p version of ANH:R ( staying off facebook has helped me focus more on the edit, so there’s at least one good thing that has come out of this. lol)

I’ll do the prize draw for the B-Wing helmet as soon as i can post again on the Facebook page

Adywan

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ANH:R:HD Clip!

Here is a short clip from the 1080p version of ANH:R. In this comparison clip it shows that i’m using both the 2011 & 2020 blu-ray versions. You can identify which version I am using because , when that source is used, the sources title will turn red. It also shows just how washed out and badly graded the 2020 versions really are. At times its a sea of muddy brown whereas the 2011 versions had a blue tint added.

The audio track is just a temp track using the 1997 version and not and indication of what the final mix will sound like.

https://www.facebook.com/swrevisited/videos/814222812600112/

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Donation Drive Update and New ANH:R HD Clip

We’ve had an amazing response to the donation drive since my last post. The total needed has almost halved in the last week. The amount now needed to reach our goal is just £387. Thank you all so much. At this rate we could hit our goal by next weekend. As usual you can donate through Paypal’s Money Pool feature using the following link:

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

For those that have had problems donating this way I have set up a temporary link that you can donate using USD. Sadly this way does incur Paypal charges on my side, but at least its pretty minimal.

https://www.paypal.com/donate…

Don’t forget that , for every £20 you donate, you will get a ticket into the prize draw to win Blue Leader’s B-wing pilot’s helmet that was used in filming the extra scenes for ROTJ:R. If you have donated multiple times then your total donations are added up and divided by 20 to give the total number of tickets entered.

Now , as I promised last week, here is a short clip from the 1080p version of ANH:R. In this comparison clip it shows that i’m using both the 2011 & 2020 blu-ray versions. You can identify which version I am using because , when that source is used, the sources title will turn red. It also shows just how washed out and badly graded the 2020 versions really are. At times its a sea of muddy brown whereas the 2011 versions had a blue tint added.The audio track is just a temp track using the 1997 version and not and indication of what the final mix will sound like.

https://www.facebook.com/swrevisited/videos/814222812600112/

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ESB:R 1080P 12GB MP4 IS NOW AVAILABLE

Well, a bit of a shock, but the download links for the 1080p version of ESB:R ended up being ready a lot quicker than i thought. Sadly though , ALL the DVD files for Ep4 are no longer available as they have been removed from the server. A 4GB MP4 of Ep 4 has now been added though for those who want the Standard Def version of ANH while i continue work on the 1080p version.

Links and instructions can be found here:

https://swrevisited.wordpress.com/how-to-get-revisited/

Enjoy

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JULY UPDATE – ESB:R 1080P NEXT WEEK!

I’m Back!!!

Well 2 months+ without internet was a nightmare. ISP claimed the problem wasn’t to do with them and that they couldn’t send an engineer to my house because of their Covid rules. Restrictions here were relaxed last Monday, engineer came around and it turns out the problem was at their junction box at the end of the street. So it seems the problems i was having with facebook and other sites was all linked to my line starting to crap out.

Anyway, some good news. ESB:R 1080p is complete and should be available to download next week. It will be a 12GB MP4 file with AC3 5.1 @640kbps. So keep an eye out on the page next week for the links. This is not a 100% upscale though. Many, many shots have been re-rendered in native 1080p . The opening crawl and end credits have also be re-rendered in 1080p

Now ESB:R 1080p is out of the way, i can get back to work on ROTJ:R & ANH:R HD. ANH:R HD will be native 1080p. I’ve already completed up to the droids going their separate ways on Tatooine. It was originally about 70% complete when i was originally doing it in 720p, but now i have to re-render all the FX & fixes i did in 1080p. Luckily the colour correction i did for ANH was originally done in 1080p, so i can just swap out the 720p version with the higher quality one. Here are a few screenshot comparisons of the new 1080p version of ANH:R….

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP76GNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F29MMNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP76PNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F29MCNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP7PLNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F292JNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F2921NNU

As you can see, there a mixture of the 2011 & 2020 blu-rays being used here. I don’t think that the new 2020 blu-rays are as great as people that are raving about them think they are. There are some serious problems with both releases. The 2020 blu-rays have a serious problem with static grain, as you know, and the grading is horrendous. They’re just so flat. Just look in the bright areas and there’s no definition on details. A flat, muddy mess. It’s almost as if they didn’t even grade the raw scans they did. Also the digital noise reduction they used has eliminated a lot of detail. For the shots i have already added any fixes and effects work, i need to keep to the 2011 as a source, or i would have to start from scratch and i really don’t want to have to do that. So it’ll be a mixture of both sources.

Now onto the donation drive….

We’re now just £976 away from the goal target. So, if you can help us reach the target it would be very much appreciated and i can then get things really moving on ROTJ:R. I got the extra drives needed, but thanks to Brexit and the pandemic, prices of things have rocketed up here, so getting those wiped out a large chunk of the budget.

You can donate through Paypal’s Money Pool feature using the following link:

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

For those that have said they are having problems donating this way then i will be setting up an alternative and i will post that tomorrow.

Thanks everyone and i’m sorry again about the lack of updates. Hopefully things are back to normal and i can get back to those that messaged me during this downtime.

Adywan

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April 2020 Donation Drive Update & Prize Announcement!

Sorry I’m late in sharing this from Facebook, I missed it! -005

Donation Drive update:

So far the total amount raised now stands at £1327. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. But there is still a long way to go to hit the target.

One thing i realised is that i forgot to do this time around was set up a prize draw. So here it is…..

For every £20 donated, you will receive one ticket that will go into a prize draw to be held as soon as the drive total has been reached. This includes everyone who has donated so far from the start of this donation drive. So, for example, if you had donated £40 , then that’s 2 entries into the draw etc etc. If you have donated more than once then your total amount donated will be added up and divided to give a total amount of entries you will receive.

So, what is the prize this time around? Well , on offer, is Blue Leaders helmet that was used when we filmed the B-wing pilots for the Endor space battle ( as seen in the attached photo) and will be seen in ROTJ:R.

Once the total had been reached the draw will take place and the winner will be announced on this page.

Donations can be made via paypal’s money pool using the following link

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

Good luck

Now onto the 1080p version of ESB:R. Well the good news is that it is about 90% complete. If i can find a way to be able to encode the audio as 24bit DTS then i will, but as the software just isn’t available for me to do this then it will have to be standard AC3 audio. So it hopefully won’t be too long now before the 1080p version becomes available.

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February Donation Drive and Audio Options Update

We’ve just passed the £1000 mark in the donation drive. Thank you everyone who has donated so far. We’re a third of the way to the £3000 goal already. I really couldn’t do these edits without the amazing generosity of you guys, so i am eternally grateful for all your help.

First render passes ( 1 standard and one reverse) on the ESB:R upscale have been completed . I’m about half way though replacing the first 2-3 frames at the beginning of every shot to combat the issues with the upscaler bleeding frames from a previous shot. It’s a long process but this stage should be completed by the end of next week. So far i have counted over 100 shots that need to be either replaced , because the upscaler didn’t do a very good job, so it won’t be a 100% upscale. These will either be re-rendered in 1080p from the original project files, some native 1080p from the original blu-ray & some shots replaced using the new 2020 blu-ray versions. I’m hoping the video side of things will be finished by the beginning of May 2021.

Now the audio side of things for the 1080p releases . I’m not sure if rendering a 6.1 or 7.1 track is even worth it TBH. The 6.1 audio track on the 2011 blu-rays for the OT are a bit of a con. The extra track contains silence for about 99% of the film. There are very quick sound effects in about 6 places throughout Empire . And the 2020 7.1 just duplicate this track to give the extra track. So anyone that complains if i just do 5.1 audio is really complaining for no reason. But the main reason why it may just be 5.1 is because i do not have any software that can encode DTS-MA let alone encode a 6.1 or 7.1 audio track. The DTS software suite is ridiculous price and now only seems to be available for Mac. If i were able to create a 6.1 DTS track then i would need to remake the extra channel(s) from scratch and i only have a 5.1 setup so i couldn’t really test out the extra channels anyway.

But one thing i have decided about the audio tracks for the 1080p versions of ANH:R & ESB:R is that these will have duel audio tracks…

ANH:R –

Track 1 – New audio mix without the “Battle of the Heroes” music during the Vader / Obi-Wan duel

Track 2 – Same audio mix as above but with the “battle of the Heroes” music added to the sabre duel

ESB:R –

Track 1 – New audio mix featuring Jason Wingreen’s original Boba Fett dub.

Track 2 – Same audio mix as above but with Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett dub.

So, for these two films, you will get a choice of audio track. Jedi will likely just have one.

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ANH:R & ESB:R 1080p UPSCALE UPDATE AND DONATION DRIVE

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New year. I missed the New Year completely. Fell asleep a few hours before midnight and slept through, so that’s why there was no “Happy New Year” message from me this year.
So we are back in full lockdown again here in the UK. At least there now seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. So there’s at least a chance now we could get part of the live action shoots done late summer this year. But at least being stuck indoors all day has given me enough time to really play about with the upscale of ANH:R & ESB:R.

I did some tests with the trial version of the latest version of Topaz Video Enhance AI. OMG, what a difference. Much better than the old version i have. They have managed to iron out most of the problems with the older version. It now seems to be able to recognise parts of the image that are meant to be out of focus, whereas the older version tried to bring things into focus. The speed is about 3x as fast. Sadly the pro-res encoder has problems and shifts colours, so i can still only render as image sequence, which creates huge files. Also it has a bug which, when a shot changes to the next, the previous image can bleed into the first 2 frames, or the image quality really drops for those frames. Also, mainly when lasers are moving across screen, you see the ghost image of the laser from the previous frame bleed into the next. The only way to fix this is to do a first pass upscale, then render out a reversed version of the film and upscale this and replace the first two frames of every shot in the film in the editor. A long process, but worth it. Sadly the trial version has run out and I can’t afford the £200 for the full version just yet.

Another problem with the upscaling I found was that there were many shots it just didn’t give good results in the final upscale, so I had to render it again using different settings and replace the bad ones in the editor with the new ones. But a lot still looked bad, no matter what settings I used, especially when I had to use lower res images/ video and used any form of sharpening filter. Strange artefacts where it tried too hard to add details, over-sharpened sections and images that almost look like an art filter had been added to the picture. Very artificial. And it really doesn’t like shots like holograms or macrobinocular displays. Luckily for me I still have all of the original project files , so I have the luxury of re-rendering these shots to help eliminate these problems. I also have the chance to use some element from the new 4k versions of the films to replace the lower quality from the 2011 blu-ray. For example, the picture below, where I enlarged Obi-Wan so he didn’t look like a tiny little figure in the shot. The results were never that great using the 2011 blu-ray, but sort of passed when being 720p. But upscaled to 1080p it looks horrendous. But using Obi-Wan from the 4k version, the results are miles better.

So I will be able to improve all of these type of shots for the upscale version. There are a lot, but many are just an easy re-render with some of the original filters turned off and applied after the upscale process. Plus there are some shots that were originally rendered in native 1080p and downscaled for the original release that I can use in the upscaled version. So it won’t be a 100% upscale for ESB:R and with ANH:R I can swap a lot of the upscaled footage with the original 1080p colour graded master I created when I started that. ROTJ:R of course will be native 1080p. ESB:R 1080p could well be ready in a couple of months after i can start work properly on it.

But now I come to the biggest problem with the upscale. Just rendering ESB:R as an upscale using uncompressed image files, and a few test renders of replacements, it almost filled a 4TB drive. The resulting filesizes are huge. And with working on ROTJ:R, upscales of ANH:R & ESB:R AND being able to back the files up, there just isn’t enough space even with the new larger format drive I have now.

As you may know, last year wiped us out financially with my wife losing her job. We were lucky that she was able to find a job later in the year, but at a greatly reduced salary. This sadly meant that I am no longer in a position to plough any more funds into Revisited for the foreseeable future. So I have no option other than to reopen the donation drive. As I said last time, I was planning on matching the money raised during the last one plus any extra, which would have fully funded this project, which was £3000. I’m just going to use the same Paypal money pool as last time as it’s the easiest thing to do, keeping the same links. I desperately need to get some more large size external drives for backup purposes and a couple more large format internal drives for the main rendering of the upscaled versions. Plus the last batch of materials for the live actions shoots and miniatures.

You all know I really hate doing this, but I have no other choice at this point in time. Here is the link for the donation drive. Any help is greatly appreciated.

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

Thank you

Adywan

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