Thats a misconception as the original episodes were only edited and saved onto video not filmed onto video.They've re-cut the episodes shot by shot from the original film negatives so the detail is all there.I thought it was said that TNG was shot on video and therefore BR wasn't really possible?
Apparently not. Huge level of difference.
They've already announced the seasons will start later this year. I believe the goal is two seasons a year if I remember. So you can hold off on the sampler if you want to save up for later this year.There were a number of effects elements that were shot on video, that will have to be upscaled or replaced. All animation effects, stars and planets, were also done on video and will be replaced.
There is also a short live action scene that they are missing the original film for, so they will upscale the video.
I've said for years that this will never happen, because of the cost of redoing all the video work. But it looks like they're spending the money to do it This sampler disc is a test to see how it will sell, so if you want more go buy it now!
Many old "shot on film" shows are being shown on HDTV, and some have been cropped to fit the widescreen. The top and bottom of the frame is cut off, and the enlarged frame has heavier grain as a result. I saw a few episodes of Hogan's Heroes on HDTV, and close ups were cut off at the forehead and chin. It looks like very bad framing. I'm so glad they didn't do this to TNG.I know it's a minor nitpick, but I wish it was widescreen. I know WHY it's not but IMHO, it's really kinda lame that the onscreen menus etc are widescreen and awesome, and the episodes themselves are not.
That being said, the effects and remastering are awesome.
Actually it was a digital disc format, just in standard resolution....a flyby shot of the Enterprise passing a planet would have been shot in several passes: one background plate of the star field in the distance, one layer with the planet, one pass with the Enterprise model lit by external lights, and one pass with the model in the dark, lit from within to illuminate the windows. These were all combined on standard-def analog video the first time around, which left the final composite rather fuzzy...
I have the full set of DVD and have yet to make it past Season 3. And have had it for a few years now. So I'm stuck - watch all the DVDs, THEN buy the BR and watch it all again? Or dump the DVDs?
First off, are you a "casual" Trek fan or avid? This isn't a loaded question, just asking to get a better idea.I have the full set of DVD and have yet to make it past Season 3. And have had it for a few years now. So I'm stuck - watch all the DVDs, THEN buy the BR and watch it all again? Or dump the DVDs?
There are still 'some' gems to be found.Seasons 1 and 2 were easily the worst.