Harmy’s Despecialized Editions of the original Star Wars trilogy were brilliant and refreshing, but Team Nagative One’s Silver Screen Edition, created from an original 35mm print from (purportedly) 1977 after 4 years of restoration, is the crowning achievement of fan dedication to seeing Lucas’ original vision untouched. It looks like the team that dedicated so much time to this has now disbanded due to all the press. I think it’s wonderful that folks care so much about something and have given back to the community what Lucas would not. He could have made another billion dollars simply by doing this himself. Oh well, his loss.
If you haven’t heard, the Silver Screen Edition is a digital copy of the film literally recorded from an entire original print. A team of fans took the 35mm film, digitized it and spent years cleaning it up. The process included touching up the video noise, enhancing the audio, color correction and other improvements. The result is a stunning full HD 23GB copy of the original film in its entirety, unedited, including the original title sequence prior to the addition of “Episode IV – A New Hope”.