The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy’s Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

The Ultimate Introductory Guide

to
Harmy’s Star Wars Trilogy
Despecialized Editions

How to Download, View, and Stay Informed

THE DESPECIALIZED EDITION IS AN UNOFFICIAL FAN PROJECT AND MUST NEVER BE BOUGHT OR SOLD.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. (Original concept art by Ralph McQuarrie)

Authored by HanDuet




Guide Contents

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: About the Despecialized Editions

Section 3: Multipart RAR Download

Section 4: Other Download Methods

Section 5: File Verification (Optional)

Section 6: Playback

Software Playback

Disc Playback

USB Playback

Section 7: Staying Informed & Helpful Links

Section 8: Closing

Section 9: Feedback

Section 10: Change Log


Section 1: Introduction

Greetings!

Thanks for your interest in the Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions. As the author of this guide, allow me to emphasize that I’m simply a fellow Star Wars fan helping others discover this amazing project. Credit for its creation goes to Harmy along with countless others who have dedicated their time, skills, and resources toward this restoration. Getting copies of the Despecialized Editions (“DEED”) can be a hurdle, so I’m here to help.

As with any fan edit, YOU MAY ONLY DOWNLOAD THIS PROJECT IF YOU ARE A LEGAL OWNER OF THE OFFICIAL SOURCE. For Harmy’s DEED project, this means YOU MUST OWN AN OFFICIAL HD RELEASE for each respective film (i.e. Star Wars Episodes IV, V, & VI), such as the official Blu-ray Discs or digital collection.

This Star Wars fan community is built on the honor system with the understanding that if people who don’t own legal copies of the Star Wars Original Trilogy obtain the DEED, it’s possible that the entire project will be shut down due to piracy allegations. So please encourage people to support the Star Wars franchise and purchase the official releases!

This guide is meant to introduce people to the DEED project, outline methods of obtaining copies, and explain various ways to view the media.

For convenience, I encourage people to refer to this document as “TUIG” (short for “The Ultimate Introductory Guide”).

Special thanks to Harmy himself for reviewing this guide and approving its content for publication.

TUIG featured by Harmy at the following links:

http://originaltrilogy.com/post/id/488639#TopicPost488639 (links to “The Ultimate Introductory Guide”)

https://www.facebook.com/despecialized/posts/1619445311665007 (pinned on official Facebook page)


Section 2: About the Despecialized Editions

Born out of frustrated fans’ failed attempts to convince George Lucas to release the unaltered theatrical versions of the Star Wars Original Trilogy films (Episodes IV, V, & VI), the online forum community built around a popular petition hosted at OriginalTrilogy.com turned to discussion of fan edits as a means to obtain their shared goal without Lucas’ help. Eventually, a fan restoration project led by Harmy as the primary video editor resulted in the Despecialized Edition (abbreviated as “DEED” or “DE”).

Since the initial release of the Despecialized Edition of Star Wars [“Episode IV: A New Hope”] in 2011, Harmy has since published DEED versions of The Empire Strike Back [Episode V, “ESB”] and Return of the Jedi [Episode VI, “ROTJ”], and continues to release landmark updates to each of these restored films.

As of December 2016, the Despecialized Edition of Star Wars was remastered then recolorized at version 2.7, ESB stands at v2.0 with additional improvements in development, and v2.5 of ROTJ saw the implementation of highly superior source material. If you plan to enjoy Star Wars DEED to the fullest, check for the most current versions (Section 5), and learn how to stay informed (Section 7) so that you’ll know of future updates when they’re available!

Each of the DEED films includes a combination of three projects: video, audio, and subtitles.

The video itself was painstakingly restored from various sources, including the official Blu-rays, bonus DVDs, Digital TV broadcasts, film scans, and more. All these were gathered from fans around the world, then compiled and underwent massive fine-tuning by Harmy and others.

The audio features availability in numerous streams. From 5.1 DTS-HD-MA surround, to 1.0 mono mix to reproduce the feel of the original theatrical showing, to various dubs in a multitude of languages, the sound choices bundled with Harmy’s DEED allows the films’ sound to accommodate any preference. Most audio work was contributed by hairy_hen and Belbucus.

Finally, Harmy’s DEED also includes and supports subtitles courtesy of Project Threepio led by CatBus. This ongoing fan project provides high-quality subtitles for Star Wars films in their unaltered forms in order to broaden the appeal of fan preservation efforts beyond the English-speaking world.

HELPFUL TIP:

Be aware that official releases Star Wars DEED are provided in multiple formats:

  1. MKV (.mkv) – the full, complete release with all features

  2. AVCHD (.iso, BDMV folder) – full video with limited extras formatted for Blu-ray Disc

  3. NTSC DVD5 (VIDEO_TS folder) – compressed content to fit on a DVD

(see Section 6 for more info)

Many view Harmy’s Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Edition as the quintessential version of the Original Trilogy and a testament to the unwavering dedication of fans inspired by the films. You can learn more about the project’s origin, development, and goals by reading this news article or searching for other online articles, as knowledge of the project has made its way into mainstream media on more than one occasion.

The rest of this guide explains how to obtain and enjoy Harmy’s DEED.

 

FAQ:
Why don’t you distribute this release with an official public torrent / upload to my favorite download site / post on YouTube / etc.?

Answers:

  1. The file hosting site is selected based on convenience to the uploader, who is either Harmy or a volunteer. Upload ability and file uptime must take priority.

  2. Highly public methods may be too easy to access, and would greatly increase the chance of illegal downloads by people who don’t own the source material.

  3. If people aren’t willing to follow step-by-step instructions to obtain a free copy of a project created with countless hours of volunteer effort, that’s their loss. We’d rather take these steps to keep the project alive long-term.


Section 3: Multipart RAR Download

Method Summary:

Install download manager. Add list of URL links to initiate automated downloads of a multipart RAR file.

Advantages:

Preferred method for official releases. No account creation.

Disadvantages:

Download speed may vary. Installation of a program (optional).

Preface

Steps 1 – 9 describe how to install and use the download manager FreeRapid Downloader, which is highly recommended to speed up the download process. However, the provided download links (Step 7) can be used with any capable download manager, or even accessed directly to manually download each multipart RAR file, and then continue with Step 10.

(One successfully-tested alternative is MEGA Link Downloader, though this manager will only work with downloads from MEGA and may only be available on Windows.)

Step 1

Java Runtime Environment version 7 (“JRE 7”) or newer is required to run the recommended download manager. You probably already have this, but be sure to install or update to the newest version of Java as needed:

https://www.java.com/

Step 2

Download the program FreeRapid Downloader (“FRD”). For convenience, use the following Dropbox direct download (no login required):

FreeRapid-0.9u4.ZIP (Windows/Mac/Linux/Others)

MD5: A067ECBD37AC7C83A795C34A3DC6388F (official source & alternate download links)

Step 3

Extract the downloaded .ZIP file. Move the extracted folder to a location on your computer where you want to save the program.

Windows users: It is recommended that you not save the FRD program under “Program Files” as this can prevent plugin updates. It may also be necessary to run the program “as administrator”.

Step 4

Within the extracted folder, open the file named “frd.jar” as shown in the image below. This will launch FreeRapid Downloader.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

Mac users: Since the file is unsigned, the first time you launch this program you will need to locate this app through Finder (not Launchpad), click “frd.jar” while holding the Control key, and then choose “Open” from the shortcut menu.

For more information, see: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/open-a-mac-app-from-an-unidentified-developer-mh40616/mac

Step 5

Once the program loads, go to the Help menu to check for and install any updates for the program and plugins.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

Step 6

Take a minute to open and view the Preferences window under the Options tab and configure settings as you want.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

Step 7

Visit the Download Sources supplemental guide with the link below:

https://goo.gl/5Sif60

Follow the guide’s instructions to find the film, release version, and format you want of Harmy’s DEED. Use the relevant link, then select and copy all download URLs you need from the Pastebin post as shown in the example image below.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

Step 8

Open FRD. If “Clipboard monitoring” is enabled, all the URLs you copied will be automatically shown. Otherwise, click the “Add URL(s)” icon and paste all the copied URLs copied from Step 7. Choose a “Save To” location where the files will be downloaded onto your computer, then select Start to begin downloading.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

Step 9

FRD will analyze, queue, and begin downloading the files automatically. If you encounter errors, close and restart FRD. If some download links are offline, recheck those links later by right-clicking and selecting “Validate” in FRD.

Once started, FRD will run multiple downloads simultaneously and start the next queued items once a download is completed. At any time, you may pause the downloads and later resume them, even if you close FRD or restart your computer.

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions

NOTICE: It’s very common to encounter “ERROR – Error starting download” or “Connection reset”, which is caused by the file host site imposing a bandwidth limit. This can be resolved by waiting (4 to 24 hours) then restarting the download.

Step 10

While waiting for your download(s) to finish, install a free RAR archive extractor that works with multipart RARs such as 7-Zip (Windows / Linux) or The Unarchiver (Mac).

Step 11

After you’ve downloaded ALL files of the multipart RAR archive, use your installed RAR extractor to extract the first part of the RAR archive (will say something like “…part01.rar” at the end of the file). The first part of the multipart RAR archive contains information about how many parts are in the complete file, so the RAR extractor will automatically combine all parts into the complete, original file.

[How-to article for more help.]

The password for extraction is provided in the Download Sources supplemental guide (https://goo.gl/5Sif60).

That’s it! See Sections 5-7 for additional helpful information.


Section 4: Other Download Methods

The download method described in Section 3 is the most efficient known ways to obtain official releases of the Despecialized Editions as provided by Harmy. However, it is worth noting that a number of alternative download methods are available if you know where to look. While detailed guides will not be provided, here are a few more summaries to get you started if you want to consider other options.

Method Summary:

Obtain the files through Usenet.

Advantages:

Usenet files are good at staying online and accessible. With a paid Usenet subscription, downloads are very fast. Good source of other fan projects.

Disadvantages:

Free access to download from Usenet is possible, but very slow. Availability of files may expire after a given amount of time.

To start…

Follow Bluto’s Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet

Method Summary:

Get an alternative release or different format of Harmy’s DEED.
(As independent projects, other fans have compiled Harmy’s DEED into different formats, which may or may not be edited.)

Advantages:

Other project’s releases of DEED may provide alternative formats, additional features, or edits that interest you. These files may be available even if the official DEED release is temporarily offline.

Disadvantages:

These alternative releases are different files than those originally provided by Harmy, and may be built from older versions of DEED.

To start…

Search online forums (such as OriginalTrilogy.com). For example, a custom Blu-ray Set by NJVC is provided by a guide from solkap.

Method Summary:

Download through a torrent tracker.

Advantages:

Potentially faster downloads. Different formats and versions may be available (smaller file sizes, BD25 format with menus, etc.)

Disadvantages:

No guide. Obtained files may be not be official versions provided by Harmy (see Section 6), and are likely lower quality.

To start…

Search your favorite public or private torrent trackers.


Section 5: File Verification (Optional)

This is an optional step you can utilize to ensure you find and successfully download the official current versions of Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized Edition. File names, sizes, checksums, and instructions to accomplish this are provided at the link below:

Supplementary Guide: File Verification (https://goo.gl/mI0qtC)


Section 6: Playback

OK, so you’ve made it this far and finally obtained a copy of the Despecialized Editions. Now, how do you watch them? Depending on which version you downloaded, the official files will be in one of three possible formats: MKV, AVCHD, or NTSC DVD5.

The MKV (.mkv) releases are the highest-quality, most comprehensive versions, with all the available soundtracks and subtitles included. This version can most easily be converted into other formats with the right programs.

AVCHD is formatted for burning onto a Blu-ray Disc (BD) or even a dual-layer DVD (DVD-DL). This version usually downloads as a .ISO file (often with a .MDS file included), or may be a BDMV folder. Not all soundtracks and subtitles are included in this version due to BD limitations. See this article to learn how to “mount” an .ISO file on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

NTSC DVD5 is for burning onto a compatible DVD. This version often has a compressed video stream, and may only include a single soundtrack and possibly no subtitles in order to make the files small enough to load onto a DVD.

Software Playback

For viewing directly on your computer (my preferred method), the MKV version is best. If you don’t already have a program installed that can play MKV files, here are some recommendations:

VLC (Windows / Mac / Ubuntu / others) is a very popular free media player that’s compatible with almost all media file types.

MPC-HC (Windows) is a minimalist player and my personal favorite.

I recommend downloading and installing codec pack such as K-Lite Codec Pack, which includes MPC-HC bundled with powerful playback options.

Both VLC and MPC-HC can also be used to view the AVCHD / NTSC DVD5 versions on your computer by opening the BDMV or VIDEO_TS folder with the media player.

Disc Playback

To store the videos on a disc to playback with a hardware player, you can obtain the AVCHD format (for BD) or the NTSC DVD5 format (for DVD). Then, use a program like ImgBurn (Windows) to write the files onto an appropriate disc (ImgBurn guide for AVCHD files).

As independent projects, other fans have provided Harmy’s DEED in formats designed for disc playback, sometimes with menus and added features. For a definitive Blu-ray Disc collection, the BD set created by NJVC is highly recommended (release info / download instructions).

USB Playback

If you’re wanting to watch on a TV screen but don’t want to burn on a disc, some modern TVs and Blu-ray players can play files from a USB drive. Some of them can even play MKV files directly.

Otherwise, you could try converting the MKV file to the widely-compatible .MP4 format with a program like HandBrake (Windows / Mac / Ubuntu / others). Research online as needed to learn about file converting programs.


Section 7: Staying Informed & Helpful Links

Staying Informed

As stated in Section 2, Harmy and others are constantly working on new versions of the DEED Trilogy as better sources, technology, and skills become available. To stay informed about the ongoing work and updated releases, you’ll want to connect and/or get involved with the project through one or more of the following ways.

First, I highly encourage you to visit the official forum threads on OriginalTrilogy.com for each film of the Star Wars Original Trilogy, found at the links listed below. The first post of each thread will tell you about the most current version of that film along with detailed specifications. In addition, it’s a great place to communicate with Harmy and the other contributors of this project!

Official OriginalTrilogy.com Project Threads:

Star Wars: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/id/12713/

Empire Strikes Back: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/id/12511/

Return of the Jedi: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/id/12905/

Other good ways to connect with Harmy about the Despecialized Editions are through his official project social media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/despecialized

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HarmyDespecialized

Twitter: @despecialized and @HarmyP

Follow my Facebook page to be informed of updates to this guide and other helpful/interesting information related to the Despecialized Editions:

https://www.facebook.com/HanDuet.SWDE/

Other Helpful Links

Finally, here is a collection of links that might be of help or interest to you. Directly relevant links are already incorporated into this guide.

Video Sources Documentary for Star Wars DE v2.5 (11 min version)

  • Short version of documentary about the creation of Star Wars Despecialized Edition v2.5

Extended Video Sources Documentary for Star Wars DE v2.5 (20 min version)

  • Updated and extended version of documentary about the creation of Star Wars Despecialized Edition v2.5.

Other Star Wars Projects by Harmy:

The “Machete Order”

  • A recommended way to view the Star Wars Saga

IFDb – The Internet Fanedit Database

  • Source for information on many fanedit projects

L8wrtr’s Star Wars Prequel Trilogy:

Episode I: Shadow of the Sith

Episode II: The Republic Divided

Episode III: Dawn of the Empire

  • One of many “FanFixes” that improves the prequels

VideoHelp.com

  • A good place to get technical help with video playback, conversions, and more.

Other Star Wars Preservations and Fan Projects on OrigialTrilogy.com Forums

  • Discussions of a myriad of other ongoing projects by fans of Star Wars, including some used as sources in Harmy’s Despecialized Editions.


Section 8: Closing

Thank you very much for referencing this guide! While admittedly lengthy, I strived balance between comprehensive and concise for this summary to provide detailed answers to the most frequently asked questions by those who discover the Despecialized Editions.

As long as you credit “HanDuet” as the source and provide a link back to this document, feel free to download, share, and reference this guide in part or in whole (see license for more info).

Please use this link when sharing TUIG: https://goo.gl/1WGHBA

 

   May the Force be with you,

   -HanDuet

The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy's Star Wars Trilogy Despecialized Editions


Section 9: Feedback

I’m working hard to keep this guide up-to-date and constantly improving. See the Change Log for past updates made so far.

How to Give Feedback

If you find any errors, have feedback, need support, or can think of ideas for improving this guide, please send me a message through my Facebook page. I will also post on that page when a new version of this guide is published, so please “like” the page to be informed of future updates!

https://www.facebook.com/HanDuet.SWDE/


Section 10: Change Log

2014-01-05, v1.0:

  • Original post on Pastebin.com.

2015-12-10, v2.0:

  • Changed title from “Star Wars Despecialized” to “How to Download Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized”.

  • Content completely revised. More detailed step-by-step instructions added, non-working methods removed.

2015-12-11, v2.0.1:

  • Added second mirror for JDownloader installer to accommodate high bandwidth demand.

2015-12-11, v2.0.2:

  • Fixed MEGA download link for JDownloader.

  • Added MD5 hash value for hosted installer of JDownloader.

  • Added most recent revision date and version of this article at beginning of post.

2015-12-11, v2.0.3:

  • Added link to support article for JDownloader not installing on Windows machines.

2015-12-12, v2.1:

  • Added Section “Playback”. Renumbered following sections.

  • Additional minor clarifications and rewording. Added some details in other sections.

2015-12-14, v2.2:

  • Final Pastebin version, eliminating all content except for a link to the new Google Doc guide.

2015-12-14, v3.0:

  • Content from v2.1 transferred from plain-text Pastebin post to formatted, rich-text Google Doc to improve readability and navigation of expanded, comprehensive content.

  • Title changed to “The Ultimate Introductory Guide to Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized Editions” with subtitle “How to Download, View, and Stay Informed”.

  • Added Section “About the Despecialized Editions”.

  • Added Section “Hashcheck Verification”

  • Added Section “Staying Informed & Helpful Links”.

  • Rewrote Closing section.

  • Revisions, clarifications, and reorganizing of existing content.

2015-12-14, v.3.1:

  • AVCHD “(.ios)” corrected to “(.iso)” per Harmy’s review.

  • Added statement “Content reviewed and approved by Harmy” to beginning of guide.

  • Added special thanks for Harmy and documentation of review in Introduction.

  • Created Google URL shortener link for referring people to this document (Link Analytics).

  • Added links to Video Sources Documentary (11 & 20 min versions) on YouTube under “Other Helpful Links”.

  • Created “TUIG” shorthand name for this document.

  • Added “Trilogy” to document title, reformatted to put “The Ultimate Introductory Guide” on a single line to emphasise shorting to “TUIG”.

  • Revised Closing to mention license and crediting of / linking to TUIG.

  • Minor formatting updates.

2015-12-15, v3.2:

  • Added link to new HanDuet Facebook page under “Staying Informed” section as a means to communicate updates to TUIG.

  • Added my common user avatar to signature to help people recognize me online.

  • Corrected numbering of sections.

  • Added “Feedback & Planned Updates” Section.

  • Added ability for viewers of TUIG to comment directly through Google Docs (experimental; may discontinue if abused / unmanageable).

  • Minor formatting and spelling updates.

2015-12-16, v3.2.1

  • Removed viewers’ ability to comment directly through Google Docs to suggest edits (didn’t work like I expected; restored to v3.2).

  • Minimized screenshot from PM discussion with Harmy’s review of TUIG.

  • Provided links in Introduction to locations where Harmy has shared TUIG.

  • Added “Announcements Box” for high-visibility or live messages.

2015-12-23, v3.2.2

  • Changed recommended link to share TUIG to https://goo.gl/1WGHBA to accommodate higher volume traffic and load faster (Link Analytics).

  • Changed recommended BitTorrent client from µTorrent (ad-supported) to qBittorrent (no ads).

  • Changed “Announcements Box” to “Available Languages” box to list links and credits for translations of TUIG as they become available.

  • Removed page headers and footers (doesn’t appear in new “public” version). Moved copyright license notice from footer to first page.

  • Formatting updates for new public version.

2015-12-24, v3.2.3

  • Removed unnecessary and confusing phrase about single-file HashChecks.

  • Minor corrections and formatting updates.

2015-12-27, v3.2.4

  • Added link to new instructions for users who cannot access tehPARADOX.com.

  • Text about support for common technical issues is smaller font, dark red, and italicized.

  • Font size for change log decreased.

  • Updated Available Languages section. New version numbers will not be issued for release of new translations.

2016-01-08, v3.3

  • Links to recommended programs are now followed by a list of supported operating systems.

  • Changed recommended file archiver/extractor from WinRAR (trialware) to 7-Zip (freeware).

  • Replaced reference to Daemon Tools Lite with referral to WikiHow guide that shows how to mount .ISO files on Windows (with Daemon Tools Lite), Mac, and Linux.

  • Replaced all instances of “HashCheck” (program / shell extension) with “checksum” or “checksum verification” (generic terminology).

  • Added referral for iHash, a checksum verification program for Mac.

  • Text for technical support is now further highlighted with dotted red border.

  • Section 6 renamed from “HashCheck Verifications” to “File Verifications”.

  • Content of “File Verification” section removed from TUIG and modified to create supplemental guide. This allows linking to checksums separately from TUIG (optimized traffic), and helps reduce the overwhelming size of TUIG by removing optional content utilized by everyone.

  • Assigned Star Wars concept art and relevant movie quote to each guide.

2016-01-17, v3.4

  • Private Torrent Tracker Method (i.e. MySpleen) instructions removed by Harmy’s request. Getting an invite to MySpleen is too difficult for this to be an efficient method of mass distribution.

  • Section 4 renamed to “Single RAR Method”; notice of method under development added.

  • Notice of major updates in development for Section 5 “Multi-part RAR Method” added.

2016-01-24, v4.0

  • Complete review and minor revisions throughout for clarity.

  • Added Amazon product link to Star Wars Original Trilogy Blu-ray Discs in Introduction.

  • Corrected link to Harmy’s Facebook post sharing this guide.

  • Revised “As of December 2015…” paragraph in Section 2, adding sentence and link for Harmy’s Facebook post about development plans for future releases (including v3.0 of entire trilogy).

  • Added “Multi-part RAR Method (Manual)” Section for users who don’t want to use download managers.

  • Renamed Section 5 to include “(Automated)” at the end to differentiated from newly-created Section 6.

  • Renumbered all Sections after Section 6, updated internal references.

  • Multi-part RAR Method (Automated) completely rewritten to describe use of JDownloader 2 with captcha service, including pictures as part of guide.

2016-02-07, v4.5

  • Removed “Public Torrent Tracker Method” Section; renumbered following sections.

  • Added directions for “Single RAR Download”.

  • “Multi-part RAR Download” directions completely rewritten (again) to recommend FreeRapid Downloader instead of JDownloader 2.

  • Added “Other Download Methods” section, providing brief summary of other possibilities.

  • Minor updates of links and references.

2016-02-07, v4.5.1

  • “Single RAR Download” renamed to “Uloz.to Manual Download” and instructions temporarily removed by Harmy’s request. Will add back in future version of TUIG once method is further developed and available for all releases.

  • Revised OriginalTrilogy.com forum thread links.

2016-02-07, v4.5.2

  • Due to feedback, Mac users are now advised to try JDownloader or Mipony rather than FRD.

  • Minor revisions.

2016-02-10, v4.5.3

  • Minor revisions not even worth mentioning, but here I am, writing about it in the change log.

2016-02-11, v4.5.4

  • Clarified that users are required to own any HD release, not exclusively the Blu-ray Discs, of Episode IV, V, & VI prior to download of DE.

2016-02-13, v4.6

  • “Multipart RAR Download” method revised for compatibility on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.).

  • Minor revisions and corrections.

2016-05-04, v4.6.1

  • Corrected “L8twrt” to “L8wrtr” and fixed IFDB links to Other Links.

2016-10-21, v4.7

  • Uloz.to Manual Download instructions added.

  • Changed recommended codec pack in Software Playback section from KCP (no active development updates) to K-Lite Codec Pack (still free, active development).

2017-01-02, v4.8

  • Added “fan project” disclaimer at top of TUIG by request from Harmy.

  • Added attribution to Ralph McQuarrie for original concept art.

  • Removed Available Languages section at beginning in TUIG (not maintained).

  • Updated Section 2 comment on current status of DE versions and development.

  • Added “FAQ” at the end of Section 2 explaining the choice of Uloz.to over other distribution methods.

  • Added subsection on Blu-ray Disc Boxset.

  • Removed List of Planned Updates (no current major updates pending).

2017-01-03, v4.8.1

  • Replaced broken MEGA link with new Dropbox download for FreeRapid-09u4.ZIP file.

2017-09-27, v5.0

2018-01-03, v5.0.1

2018-10-10, v5.0.2

  • Corrected URL for Uloz.to from <http://www.ulozto.net> to <https://ulozto.net>. Special thanks to solkap for Bantha_Tracker for pointing out this necessary update. [P.S. I’ll plan to give the whole guide a thorough review soon and correct any outdated or incorrect info.]

2019-08-26, v5.1

  • Added notice at top of guide and made edits throughout document to indicate that Uloz.to download links are offline.

  • Outdated instructions either removed or struck through.

  • In Section 5, added table describing Usenet as a method to obtain the Despecialized Editions, as this is one of the only confirmed source currently known.

  • Removed tracked date and version of Harmy’s review for this guide (last performed 2017-01-02, v4.8). Due to time constraints, there is no expectation that he can perform regular reviews, but his support for the creation and maintenance of this guide is unchanged.

  • Minor revisions throughout to improve clarity and reduce wordiness.

2019-10-20, v6.0

  • Guide comprehensively rewritten with new download methods since Uloz.to links are permanently offline.

  • Removed screenshot of Harmy’s first approval of the TUIG’s content in a 2015 conversation.

  • Redirected ULR referral for digital download purchase of official Star Wars movies from Amazon.com to StarWars.com.

  • Consistently use “DEED” abbreviation for DEspecialized EDition.

  • Removed Section 3: Uloz.to Manual Download. All following Sections renumbered accordingly.

  • Section 3: Multipart RAR Download [previously “Section 4”] slightly revised. Added Preface that clarifies alternative download managers to FRD (or no download manager at all) may be used.

  • Updated Section 4: Other Download Methods [previously “Section 5”] with suggestions to consider Usenet, other fan projects, and torrents as alternative sources of DEED. Special thanks to Bluto for permission to feature his Usenet Guide.

  • Revised link in Section 5: File Verification [previously “Section 6”] to show short URL (https://goo.gl/mI0qtC).

  • Removed specific mention of Blu-ray Boxset format from Section 6: Playback [previously “Section 7”], as this is now incorporated in Section 4.

  • Under Section 7: Staying Informed & Helpful Links [Previously “Section 8”], updated Harmy’s official social media pages for Despecialized project news with Twitter accounts and streamlined YouTube channel URL.

  • In Section 3, Step 4, updated Apple support link for opening unsigned apps (previous support page no longer available).

  • Replaced picture in Step 7 of Section 3 to show selecting only download URLs for desired format from a Pastebin post that provides links for multiple formats.

  • As many links and URLs as possible were updated from HTTP to HTTPS.

2019-11-26, v6.1

  • In Section 2, removed comment linking to Harmy’s previously-stated plans for DEED v3.0 releases in 1080p. With the revelation through Disney+ of new transfers to provide 4K HDR releases of the Star Wars Trilogy, Harmy plans to wait for this superior source to continue work on future DEED versions.

  • In Section 3, Step 9, added troubleshooting notice explaining how to resolve common download errors encountered because of file host bandwidth limits.

  • In Section 4, corrected title of referenced usenet guide by Bluto.

  • In Section 6, streamlined “Disc Playback” sub-section and highlighted NJVC’s BD set.

  • In Section 7, removed reference to Harmy’s Star Wars Respecialized Edition ‘97 because the files for this project are currently unavailable.

  • Minor formatting revisions.

2020-07-07, v6.2

  • In Section 3, added reference to MEGA Link Downloader as an alternative download manager to FreeRapid Downloader.

  • Spelling and format corrections.

2020-07-14, v6.2.1

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