Sunday, October 24, 2004

Restoring A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars A New Hope Screenshot - R2-D2 and C-3PO land on Tatooine
Now that the wait is over for the most requested DVDs by fans, movie buffs, and consumers, Apple.com has posted an article about Lowry Digital Images and the restoration of The Star Wars Trilogy for DVD. Using an astonishing 600 Power Mac G5 computers, 378 terabytes of storage, and 3 months of work, the films were given more than a fresh coat of digital paint. Lowry's efforts must be seen to be believed. Of all the versions of The Star Wars Trilogy I own, these are the absolute sharpest looking versions yet. Check out the article here. Also be sure to take a look at the QuickTime VR movie of the computing horsepower used to restore a galaxy far, far away.

More from Lowry on the Star Wars restoration can be found here at BBC News / Click Online.

With about 35,000 frames of scratches to correct due to the age of the films, The Indiana Jones Trilogy also required an enormous amount of cleansing in order to provide the best presentation on DVD. Read more here.

2 comments:

Ken Bautista said...

Thought you'd find this interesting - it's a comparison between the original print, the special edition print and the DVD. Enjoy! http://www.dvdanswers.com/sw1.html.

Chad Kerychuk said...

Thanks! Worth its own post.