Originally Posted by Fanboyz
I have doubts because a modern HD presentation of the OT would be technically superior to the Special Editions in every way.
This would make the "improved" versions terribly inadequate presentation wise to the "old" versions.
Not if they do 4K rebuilds of them for the 3D conversions, which will now be hitting theaters much earlier (and more rapidly) than anticipated. With the prequels, they have actual 2K files to work with (yes, Clones and Sith were shot at 1920x817, but that footage was essentially scaled slightly to full 2K when the effects were added). On the other hand, the Lowry masters of the OT (made for the 2004 dvd and used for the blu-ray) are entirely
stuck at 1920x817. I'm sorry, but for a movie that was shot in cinemascope with visual effects shot in vistavision, 1920x817 cannot be considered a "digital negative" as Jim Ward called it in '04. If LaserPacific can do 4K jobs of Raiders TWICE in the span of four years, I think Disney and LFL can swing for the OT's first new scan since 2003.
I'm wondering if ILM still has the final renders of the cgi shots added in '97.* I'd assumed the new Phantom Menace transfer would essentially be a 2K scan of the negative, which was itself mostly a filmout of 2K files. Then it turned out ILM had practically the entire movie still saved somewhere after all these years!
*I'm guessing the answer might be no. I remember watching the 2004 dvd and noticing certain filmic anomalies during the '97 shots, like frame drift/weave, which would mean they were scanned off the '97 assembly of the negative just like everything else. I guess this wouldn't necessarily
preclude the possibility of the files still sitting in a computer somewhere at ILM, but fifteen years is a pretty long time.