Film editor Petr Harmy, who created Star Wars Despecialized Edition, and who has extensive film restoration and remastering work under his belt, has joined the NanoTech’s 4K Studios. For those who aren’t familiar with this offering, Harmy, a Star Wars purist of sorts, created the “despecialized” version of the original Star Wars by going through and correcting all additions and changes that the later special editions added.
NanoTech Entertainment is a technology company that brings the 4K experience to consumers via it’s UltraFlix streaming service.
Harmy is joining the 4K Studios team as they prepare to launch the new “Remastered by 4K Studios” effort, where films that have been previously released in 4K will be remastered using second-generation tools and techniques that differentiate them from other offerings of the same film.
“I’ve always been a big proponent of presenting movies in the best possible quality while maintaining their original artistic integrity,” explains Harmy. “I am very excited to be joining the 4K Studios as part of the UltraFlix team.”
“As someone who grew up part of the Star Wars-generation, I’m very excited to have Harmy joining the 4K Studios team,” says Alex “LX” Rudis, head of 4K Studios. “His Despecialized Edition Star Wars has a remarkable aesthetic sense and fantastic attention to detail. When I first viewed his work on Star Wars, I was emotionally transported back to the very first time I saw the film. I feel that Harmy’s attention to subtle aspects of color grading and shadow detail will provide similar depths of emotional impact to the 4K restoration and master work that we provide for UltraFlix.”
Rudis says that even though the same films offered on UltraFlix might be available on other streaming services, 4K Studios’ goal is to offer what he calls a “true cinematic experience.”
Starting in February, UltraFlix viewers will start to see the “ReMastered by 4K Studios” Logo appearing on films that are updated through this program.