Fixing The Cockpit Crops

Something that really bugged me about the DVD/Blu-Ray releases of the Original Trilogy ( apart from the messed up colour pallet of course) was the re-framing/ cropping of all the wide shots inside the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. This was something that started to appear in a few shots in the 1997 SE’s, but was further changed upon the release of the DVD’s. Almost every wide shot inside the cockpit was heavily cropped.

Now many may not have even noticed this, but to me and many others, it stuck out like a sore thumb. Well, not any more……

I have been able to restore these shots to their original framing in glorious HD. Luckily i didn’t have to use those low quality Bonus DVDs that were released in 2006, or any of the other various home video releases, to restore the framing. i had a 1080p scan from a 35mm source. It was a pretty beat up print and badly faded, but did the trick in the end. I have been able to do all of the cropped shots. All i have heard about the cropping is that George preferred the tight framing done in ANH for the cockpits. How true that rumour is, is anyone’s guess.

So…. Click on the link to go to the comparison page…

Main image is the Official Blu-Ray and place the cursor over the image to see the restored version.

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/70730

And the comparison between the GOUT and Revisited:

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/70735

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Nerd/Geek. Webmaster for Star Wars Revisited, former co-host of Standard Orbit on Trek.fm. Hero of 7-year-olds everywhere.
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