The release date is now so close I can almost taste it, and following last week’s revelations surrounding the specifics of the Blu-ray extras, we now have a little more detail as to what we will be getting when the collection arrives on shelves next month.
- The image size has been increased
2. The image quality of the Prequels will naturally be bettered thanks to improvements in the technology of transferring from the source. This will also hopefully deal with the offputting and unnecessary edge-enhancement and colour issues that blemished the previous Episode I DVD presentation.
“It went through three phases of QC (quality control) processes,” describes Diane Caliva, Production Manager for Media Operations at ILM. “In addition to Lucasfilm reviewing, there were outside companies hired as well. The first was Blu-focus/THX QCing our masters. Then it went through Deluxe and their QC process. And at last was the emulation phase, by the Deluxe team . We would get ‘kickback notes’, and then Dorne and our team we would assess the shots, and go in and clean up the files.”
“We’re trying to get back to the intention of the original film experience,” says Dorne Huebler, an Associate Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM. “That’s really what’s going on with the lightsabers. You want that hot white core, and it was just right for film, but on video, that was dampened.”
And here’s the perfect example of what Huebler is talking about, first up is the DVD, followed by the fixed version on the new blu-ray:
So there we have it, all exciting stuff, and based on what those lucky enough to see footage so far have said, the blu-ray release looks likely to be the fitting tribute and celebration that the two trilogies deserve.
Will you be buying?