Owners of the new Star Wars Trilogy DVDs will probably wonder how come the picture quality is so startlingly clean and clear. In fact, you probably don't recall them looking so good even at the first screening of the first day back in May 1977, when you were six years old.
Well, you have to thank Lowry Digital and their 600 dual-processor G5 Macintoshes for the cleanup.
When Lucasfilm began to prepare the trilogy for a digital release, they called upon John Lowry and Lowry Digital Images to step in to save the day. In the past four years, Lowry Digital has been hired to use their patented custom software processes to digitally clean and restore hundreds of films, including high-profile efforts on Snow White, Citizen Kane and last year's acclaimed Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD set.
At the Lowry Digital Images facility, over 600 Macintosh dual-processor G5 computers utilizing over 2400 gigabytes of RAM and 478 terabytes (over 478 million megabytes) of hard drive space processed each of the classic Star Wars films for over 30 break-neck days to create the stunning new versions fans will see in the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set.