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Old 26-07-2011, 22:15   #41
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Multiple sources I spoke with at Comic-Con have also confirmed our report from earlier this year that CBS is hard at work on Star Trek: The Next Generation - Remastered for Blu-ray release starting sometime in 2012. The latest word is that 4 test episodes are currently being worked on for release as a sampler/demo BD disc of the project, and that sampler disc will somehow be available to fans by the end of this year. Watch for additional news in the months ahead.
Very interesting.
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Old 26-07-2011, 22:32   #42
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I like the sound of that!

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Old 26-07-2011, 23:37   #43
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I bought all 7 seasons last year thinking it would never happen, now I am beyond thrilled at the thought of a HD release but also wishing I hadn't blown about £70 on the DVD sets
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Old 27-07-2011, 10:31   #44
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I can see the logic of a sampler release - test sales and fan reaction to the remaster before spending a scary load of money on the full series.

I'd never sell my DVD sets - the original edits are what I grew up with and I wouldn't want to lose them.

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Old 27-07-2011, 11:02   #45
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A day one purchase for me
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Old 27-07-2011, 11:23   #46
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A day one purchase for me
Absolutely! Cost is not really a factor for a fully remastered, 7 series Blu Ray TNG release.

A no brainer for me
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Old 27-07-2011, 11:48   #47
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Interesting news but I'll need to see it first and even then it will never replace the originals. I suppose it will all depend on how well the new special effects sequences fit in with the live action stuff. If only they could do something similar with Enterprise, but instead keep all the special effects sequences and replace the actors.
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Old 27-07-2011, 11:54   #48
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Be good if they release some teaser samples online just to show what they are intending to do, the TV broadcasts are so blurred it's quite shocking.

If it's good I'll be shelling out.
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Old 27-07-2011, 12:04   #49
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Thinking about this, I'm still not sure. The Next Generation relied a lot on the actors and I don't remember an excessive amount of effects shots. I suppose if they intended to elaborate on what was already there instead of just recreating it then it might add something.

As for Deep Space Nine it is my favourite series and the special effects looked very good right from the first scene - the battle at Wolf 359 with the Borg. They did switch from models to CGI in season 5 or 6 which was probably a wise move with there being more battles. Amazing really how they managed to make an episode like Way of the Warrior using jsut models.
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Old 27-07-2011, 12:12   #50
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Be good if they release some teaser samples online just to show what they are intending to do, the TV broadcasts are so blurred it's quite shocking.
What we see is standards conversion from NTSC, doesn't look too bad on a normal telly, but all tellys are big now, so yes, blurred. The first series has a magenta cast over it, it looks terrible. Hopefully in the next year or two my box sets will take a trip to the charity shop.

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"test episodes". Why would they need to 'test' it? Unless they think that upscaling it with bells on is the way to go and are awaiting feedback.
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I bought all 7 seasons last year thinking it would never happen, now I am beyond thrilled at the thought of a HD release but also wishing I hadn't blown about £70 on the DVD sets
Be thankful it was "only" 70 quid! I forked out over 40 quid a season for mine when first released - and that was getting them cheaper via ebay. Have I watched them all? Er....

(there's a lesson in there which I never seem to learn...!)
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Thinking about this, I'm still not sure. The Next Generation relied a lot on the actors and I don't remember an excessive amount of effects shots.
There's loads. Matte shots, ship shots, bluescreen. Considerably more work than TOS remastered and there's 7 seasons of TNG.
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I am very curious to see how this pans out. The DVDs looked like VHS and the VHS editions looked like crap!
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"test episodes". Why would they need to 'test' it? Unless they think that upscaling it with bells on is the way to go and are awaiting feedback.
I don't think they'd get away with that for a moment!
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It always looked **** on TV as well, but that's what you get for NTSC converted stuff.
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I suppose the test sampler disc is to see how well it sells. If it doesn't the project will be abandoned. Get those wallets ready.
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"test episodes". Why would they need to 'test' it? Unless they think that upscaling it with bells on is the way to go and are awaiting feedback.
As Lee Rose said, its sales will give Paramount an idea of whether it is worth shelling out on a costly reconstruction project. Also, I would think that it will test the feasibility/cost of the project without having to initially sign contracts for full seasons of work.
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Be thankful it was "only" 70 quid! I forked out over 40 quid a season for mine when first released - and that was getting them cheaper via ebay. Have I watched them all? Er....

(there's a lesson in there which I never seem to learn...!)
I paid £70 per season?

While I am nuts about Trek, I will not start getting into rebuying TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.

I am still not convinced that they can do anything other than a upscale just from they need to re-work 178 episodes. I don't want them to start and then stop due to being too expensive.

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What they could do is a compromise, replace all the external ship shots, like TOS remastered, upscale anything too costly and have true HD for material that is sans any visual FX.
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