Well, I finally got around to seeing my Return of the Jedi 4K tonight.
Beh. What a fucking let down. Far from the truly eye-popping colours of the Rise of Skywalker 4K, the colours and hues in Return of the Jedi were bland and mediocre. It was almost as if they just couldn’t be bothered with any kind of remastering, and simply did a straight pixel upgrade from the blu-ray.
There was a tiny bit of a difference, like for example some of the final scenes of the Emperor, and you could really see more texture to his skin. But other than that, if you told anyone “it’s vastly different to the Blu-ray version” you would be lying (presumably after another Disney press pass).
I already have the complete Blu-ray box set (obviously) of all 2 Star Wars trilogies, so now I can save some money I’d have wasted buying A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back on 4K.
It’s as if Lucasfilm now can only be arsed taking care of the Disney Trilogy stuff, and the 4K was just a cash grab (outlandish thought, I know). But all the scenes, especially on Endor, that you could, and should, have really been able to see the differences over the Blu-ray, you just didn’t.
When you own one of the most iconic sci-fi franchises of all time, Disney, at least pretend to give a fuck about it, eh….? I really wish Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers or hell even Lionsgate would have bought the Star Wars franchise. Because at least, and there is clear evidence to back this up, they actually GIVE a fucking shit about the films they own.