Harmy's Return Of The Jedi - Despecialized Edition Remastered (v2.5) 22
Harmy's Return of the Jedi - Despecialized Edition Remastered (v2.5) 22
Star Wars fans who are not satisfied with the official releases of the original trilogy have a reason to celebrate: Harmy's Despecialized Edition, a fan-made restoration project that aims to preserve the theatrical versions of the films in high definition, has released a new version of Return of the Jedi, the third and final installment of the saga.
Harmy's Despecialized Edition, also known as Harmy's DE, is a series of fan edits that reconstruct the original Star Wars trilogy films: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The project was started by Petr Harmáček, a Czech English teacher and Star Wars fan who goes by the online alias Harmy, in 2010. He was motivated by his dissatisfaction with the changes that George Lucas made to the films over the years, such as adding new scenes, altering dialogue, replacing music and sound effects, and inserting computer-generated imagery. Harmy felt that these changes were unnecessary and detrimental to the films, and that they should be preserved in their original form for historical and cultural reasons.
Harmy and his team of collaborators used various sources to create their edits, such as the 2011 Blu-ray releases, the 1993 LaserDisc releases, the 2006 DVD releases of the original theatrical versions (also known as the GOUT versions), and other fan projects such as Team Negative One's Silver Screen Edition and 4K77. They also used specialized software and techniques to clean up, color correct, de-noise, re-composite, and re-sync the footage. The result is a high-quality replica of the original theatrical versions that is compatible with modern devices and displays.
The first version of Harmy's DE was released online in 2011, followed by updated versions in 2012 and 2015. The latest version, v2.5, was released in 2020 for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and in 2021 for Return of the Jedi. The new version features improved picture quality, more accurate colors, better audio options, and some minor fixes and enhancements. The v2.5 version of Return of the Jedi also includes a new feature: an optional remastered version of Scene 22, also known as "The Emperor's Arrival". This scene shows Darth Vader and a group of Imperial officers waiting for Emperor Palpatine to arrive on the Death Star II. In the original theatrical version, this scene had some noticeable flaws, such as mismatched lighting, inconsistent matte paintings, visible wires, and poor compositing. Harmy decided to fix these issues by using a combination of rotoscoping, masking, painting, cloning, tracking, grading, and blending. He also replaced some shots with higher quality ones from other sources. The result is a seamless and polished scene that matches the rest of the film.
Harmy's DE is not intended to replace or compete with the official releases of Star Wars, but rather to complement them and offer an alternative for fans who prefer the original versions. As a derivative work, Harmy's DE cannot be legally bought or sold in most countries, and is only available through various file sharing methods. Harmy encourages fans to own a copy of the official releases before downloading his edits. He also respects Lucas' artistic vision and does not claim that his edits are superior or definitive.
Harmy's DE has received mostly positive feedback from critics and fans alike, who praise its quality and fidelity to the original versions. Some fans consider it to be the best way to watch Star Wars on home media. Harmy's DE has also inspired other fan restoration projects for other films and franchises.
Harmy plans to release a final version of his DE in the future, which will be based on new 4K scans of the original film negatives. He also hopes that one day Lucasfilm will officially release the original theatrical versions of Star Wars in high definition.
For more information about Harmy's DE, you can visit its [official website], [Facebook page], or [YouTube channel]. You can also watch a [documentary] about its making.
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