Originally Posted by LexInVA
There will be a 4K remaster in the next five years. There's no getting around that. Whether or not it will be what we want, is another question all together. I personally, want to see a new TMP Director's Cut done in 4K, with CGI by ILM. I liked the work done by the Foundation Imaging guys, but it just wouldn't hold up in HD because the models don't have realistic texturing like the ILM ships. I'll take 4K re-masters of 2/3/4/6 expanded cuts (with the really dodgy CGI passing shot of the Enterprise in 6 from the end ship battle re-done by ILM) and a 4K Director's Edition of 5, with all the model VFX shots replaced with ILM CGI. All the TNG films could use 4K remastering and replacement of the CGI effects ala TNG on Blu-Ray since only the last of them had HD-resolution CGI to begin with.
What CG shot? The only CG ship in THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY is a few shots of the Excelsior
when it gets hit by the Praxis shockwave, because it was much easier to composite a CG ship with a CG animation effect (textures taken from the studio model). The rest of it is all studio model shots.
Originally Posted by Geoff D
Woah, nellie. I want new transfers as much as the next guy, but don't be touching the original VFX! They didn't redo TNG because it didn't hold up in HD, they redid it because it didn't exist in HD at all. While that shot of the 1701-A in VI has always looked a bit hinky, I'd rather keep it 'as is' instead of opening up a Lucas-style pandora's box (Meyer has ****ed with that movie enough as it is) and to be honest I can't recall a single duff CG spaceship shot in the TNG movies, ILM's work was always stellar, pun intended.
INSURRECTION and NEMESIS weren't ILM. The CG work of INSURRECTION is not up to par. Digital Domain's Enterprise-E going to warp in NEMESIS to me are the worst FX in that film: no stretching of the ship - breaking continuity with all of the Berman-era TREK...not to mention those *stupid* smoke trails. Was it the VFX supervisor or Baird who came up with that?!? If ILM had done it I find it unlikely John Knoll would have allowed it.
The VFX retouches I would want are:
HD VFX for the Director's Edition of TMP
Replacement of the stock footage from TMP used for THE WRATH OF KHAN
Digital recomposites of II-IV (nothing wrong with fixing transparencies and matte lines, clearly things everyone involved at the time would love to get rid of)
Complete replacement of all VFX in THE FINAL FRONTIER (when the TV TNG crew is doing better work in a tenth of the time you know Ferren & Associates were incompetent beyond belief).