For what it's worth, Team Negative 1 has released their first scan of a 35MM print of the original 1977 Star Wars (Han shot first and all that).
I don't know if I'll have it all downloaded before my computer dies or not. But if I make it, I'll report back how it compares to the works from Harmy and Team Blu.
I'm a happy geek tonight. All downloaded. Haven't watched it yet on my big TV, but here are some comparison shots:
Team Blu (based on data extracted from the 2006 "original version" DVDs, which were sourced from the old LaserDisk masters):
Team Negative1 (based on high resolution scans of original 35MM theatrical films):
) (based on the Blu Rays, with most -- but not all -- "new" scenes replaced by the best-available clip of an original version):
On this one Harmy is clearly the best, with Team Negative1 second, and Team Blu coming in last.
Harmy (the apparent greater clarity in this image is bad
-- the noise reduction algorithm used in making the Blu Rays reduced smoke and mist throughout all the movies):
On this one the best is a tie between Team Negative1 and Team Blu, with Harmy coming last.
On this one Harmy is best again, with Team Blu coming in second, and Team Negative1 coming last.
There will likely be a new version from Harmy coming sometime soon, as this new offering from Team Negative1 might give him better versions of the scenes that he replaces.