Given the nature of most Trek fans, I find it hard to believe that Paramount would take a half-assed approach that would likely result in significant backlash. I also agree with someone else who said that the cost concern here has to do with re-editing. Re-composing the special effects is likely an afterthought, unless they want to use the film elements there too. We know they used them for Generations.
Having said that, re-editing the entire series would probably be a safer venture than trying to bring new Trek to TV, so in that sense it's probably a safer bet. God knows the series is immensely profitable in syndication worldwide almost 20 years after it went off the air. It would make much more sense for Paramount to future proof that investment by ensuring it will remain presentable well into the future than take a chance on something new. And I have to assume that re-editing TNG would be a much cheaper enterprise than producing a new series.
It's the artwork from the Best Of collections released on DVD.
Re-composing the special effects is likely an afterthought, unless they want to use the film elements there too. We know they used them for Generations.
Nearly all the other film elements for the series were done in 35MM at Image G, quite a bit at 30fps (instead of the usual 24fps). Those would need to be redone.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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.
Well, there are several things at play.
In the first two seasons the Director of Photography was Edward R. Brown (Marvin V. Rush and Jonathan West did seasons three through five and six and seven respectively); the first three seasons were finished on 1-inch analog tape (the rest were digital D1); and the costume designer changed: Season one was William Ware Theiss; season two was Durinda Rice Wood; seasons three through seven was Robert Blackman. Herman Zimmerman was the production designer on season one only. Richard James handled the rest of the series.
Also, the show was produced in America obviously, and therefore used the NTSC video standard. Since you are in the UK, you're most likely viewing the show in the PAL video standard. PAL and NTSC have slightly divergent color spaces.
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Yeah they did them out of sequence.
But if they are just using the 480i master, I dont know why they would bother
Yup. They also initially did the new VFX in 16:9 widescreen so you'd have multiple aspect ratios for those episodes.
Assuming this is true, my personal hope is that fans will be forgiving of the changes (intentional and otherwise) that are absolutely going to happen during this process, from lost alternate takes, to changes in cut points, to color timing changes. If you are the type who will scream and rant because one shot in an episode used a slightly different take in the remastered editions compared to the aired versions, please do us all a favor and don't bother to buy them, 'mkay? Thanks.
Movies look their best when they look like movies. More Patton-esque remasters!
If they just started with S1 it would probably go nowhere as it's the worst season BD barely resembles the show when it hit it's stride
With rabbid Trekkie fans, they have a built in populatiuon garenteed to buy them, then they suck revenue gradually from casual fans as prices drop. With the lack of a current Trek series, the fans are pretty starved for new Trek stuff to buy.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Only if they have money... and jobs. Trekkies notoriously are employed in the same kind of jobs that have been moving overseas or just flat out reduced these days... I know, as I resemble that remark.
Also... these seasons won't be cheap.
IF they were coming out now, though, I couldn't afford them no matter how good they look... so while I hope they do this... I'm not in a hurry until things turn around and I actually could afford to buy them.
I expect I'm not alone... unfortunately.
I would very much like to share your optimism. At this point, we've got no other information so I'll stick with that.
Whoops... maybe this is the wrong thread for that sort of talk
I dunno maybe some of you might disagree with them doing that, but I always felt that the Borg cube(s) in TNG, especially the earlier eps, never really looked in line with later Trek's.
Will be really interesting to see what they do anyhow - 16:9 episodes maybe? re-framed? (but ONLY with extra info, not cropping) Hopefully they have something neat up their sleeves anyway.
Another interesting episode they might pick is Where No One Has Gone Before... it's an early episode with a lot of warping-through-space-really-fast stuff, a lot of potential for updated effects there I guess. But it's been a while since I've seen any TNG this is just from memory And looking up wikipedia
If Paramount is putting out a sampler disc for fans this year, that must mean that they are doing it the "right" way (rescanning and reediting episodes down from the original film elements). There's no way they'd just put out a disc of four upscaled episodes ahead of time--they'd be ripped to shreds by fans.
Another likely reason (and probably far more profitable in the end) is that they want to remaster them for syndication in high definition to cable networks and local stations. Obviously a simple upscale won't cut it.
Seinfeld was redone in HD a few years back and is constantly played in the afternoon on a local ABC affiliate in HD. My understanding is that something similar was done for Knight Rider (though I haven't seen that on local stations, last I heard it was strictly a cable-only thing from Universal).
I expect the relative cost in remastering these shows (a one-time cost) is likely irrelevant in the big picture where these shows are licensed yearly to stations looking for HD content.
They would be smart to do the same thing with TNG... because going in order, the show really didn't hit its stride until the third season... and knowing there are 7 seasons... I would expect sales of the first couple of seasons to be slow (especially in this economy) while people wait for their favorite episodes to come out.
So... if they could do the pilot episode and then skip around to other seasons and release a bunch into syndication that might help them fund the restoration as they go along... and then wait to release season sets until they can release them close together so fans have confidence they will release all 7 seasons in short order.
What's your source for this? It's my understanding that D1 is a component video format and D2 is a composite format. But I've found no info that TNG used D2. The article I found which mentions 1-inch analog and D1 was published in the Official Star Trek Fan Club magazine.
Home for ST:TNG in the fourth season became The Post Group's new Digital Center in Edit Bay B. ST:TNG moved so it could work entirely in the digital format (D1) and abandon the fickle one-inch analog tape format. The reason ST:TNG was analog for three seasons is simple, the technology just did not exit. To bring this point home further, even now some of the equipment in the bay is still considered R & D (Research and Development) and came with no manuals.
The total list of the equipment in the bay is astounding; Abekas A84 (there are only three in the U.S. and the first and third one built are at The Post Group), Abekas a64, two Abekas A60's, two Sony D1 Digital Recorders, CMX 3600 Edit System, DFX Paint FX, ADO 2000 With Digital Interface, ESS-5 Still Store, Quantel Mirage (digital version) and Touchscreen Digital Routing System (The Post Groups' own system). This, of course, does not include the software that is necessary to make all this work. And, it takes all of that hardware and software to bring together all the various elements for ONE effects shot.
Would have been cool if Paramount had held a poll on here or elsewhere where fans could pick the first remastered eps for the sampler disc. Similar to the Stargate Atlantis fan's choice blu-ray.
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