Originally Posted by LexInVA
Honestly, I see no difference between the two, except for the overall color. I see no increase in detail that should come with a 4K master. I guess this was minted from something that Paramount had been sitting on since their remaster for the original release. I'll hold out for the UHD version.
I'm with you on the UHD version, but that's only because the UHD version will likely come with the Blu-ray, so why double-dip?
This is a remaster of the existing 4K scan
used for the 2009 Blu-ray. However, it uses different color, different cleanup, different contrast, etc. If you look closely at some of the captures, you can see where the reduced boosting helps resolve some of the finer details on faces, fabrics, insignias. There's also improvements to noise reduction from a new encode. Also, at least one capture I saw has dirt/scratches that were removed in the 2009 master.
The blue cast is gone, space is black, the Enterprise is gray/white. Now the control panels actually distinguish between greens and blues. It seems to walk the line between the red/brown push of the DVD and the blue push of the 2009 Blu-ray. I can't wait to see how HDR affects the UHD release!
On second thought, I'm so excited that I'm going to double-dip after all. Paramount earned this one and I want to encourage them to redo the rest of the movies.
EDIT: However, they screwed this up:
One of Sulu's few lines and they biffed it. "Oh my!"