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Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007, 12:42 pm
Star Trek Remastered

My man Lowell sent me heads-up about forty newly digitally remastered episodes of classic Star Trek that will air beginning Sept. 15. Also, the first season of remasters will be available on DVD in November. Granted, for $220....

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)

You know, I was skeptical at first about the remastering. I figured it would update the CGI and leave the rest alone, which would look awful. But I've seen some shots, and it looks like I was wrong. The CGI is specifically in old style, just cleaner--it looks more like it fits with the show, not less.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)

It's gorgeous. The new HDTV transfers off the masters are huge improvements all on their own, and, as you note, they've done the Right Thing (tm) with the new sfx. I'm all for it.

Now, that $220 thing? I'm not at all for that. Not even a little. WTF?

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)

Well, that's the whole series on HD-DVD. It sounds like a steal to me.

If you have an HDTV and an HD-DVD player and you're ready to choose a side in the console war, which I don't, I don't, and I'm not.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)

...I stand corrected, it's just the first season. And it's probably jacked up by being both HD-DVD and DVD.

Waste of cash.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

I have seen all the remastered Treks that have been aired to date and they all make me smile. The care they've taken in the updates is amazing. You can tell the folks doing the work are doing it as a labor of love.

The new CG work is very sympathetic, matches the palette of the episodes. And its so nice to see the classic ships done which such details. Many of the single episode ships have been complete redesigned, often going back to the original production drawings to do what Justman and crew wanted to do in the first place.

In the Detroit area, the air on CH 7 at random times between 12:00 to 2:00am Sunday mornings (Thank god for DirecTV DVR and an up to date guide.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)

I haven't seen any of these yet. I'm gonna have to check 'em out.


Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)

I was never a big series collector (although I did do Heroes). The one thing I may splurge on is the upcoming collection of Blade Runner in a five-DVD set, with four separate versions of the movie, including one with new re-shot scenes.

Incidentally, my old roommate conned me into buying all the episodes of Hogan's Heroes on VHS. He had a thing for Bob Crane - very much so, as he came out of the closet a couple years after he moved out. I'm conflicted as to whether to eBay the bunch or pitch 'em.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)

They've been airing in the Philly market for MONTHS now, and they look lovely.

My fav is THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE. There's a shot where the Enterprise strafes... STRAFES... the ice-cream-cone-of-death! It's freakin' GORGEOUS!

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)

My dad got me season 1 of the original DVD releases for Christmas. He was going to get me the rest for upcoming B-Days & suck, but I had to tell him to stop. I wanted to wait for THESE DVDs...

The Doomsday Machine practically brought tears to my eyes...

Okay...so I exaggerated there, but it DID look DAMN SPIFFY. The fact that the CG is not over dome, and stirves to keep the look and feel of the original show is great!

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Fri, Aug. 24th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)

whoever pointed out, on my flist last week, that Babylon 5 was at Best Buy for $20 a season has my eternal gratitude - it's not on sale this week, but that was a bargain too good to pass up).


Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
archiver_tim: Little details

It's the little details that impress me. Like the Gorn blinking, or clouds passing by in the alien world orange sky, or movement amoung what was once static matte paintings.
I never did check with the consumer VHS collection I have, but it seems that you hear "fire phasers" and you see photon torpedoes and vice-versa. I take it that the remastering is just following what the original did. Still cool to see the reflection of photon torpedoes or phasers on the ship's surface as they fire.

Anybody else notice some small details that you recall?

I would not mind more music being put into the episodes, as the original incidental music library was small and sometimes when it came in in the original episodes, it was aburpt and jarring (by today's standard of wholey scored episodes). First couple of seasons of Next Generations also suffered from only using an incidental music library and I laugh or cringe when watching those episodes with akward sound cues than I do seeing 1st season NG in their pajamas, before they got uniforms.


Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)

We have a bunch of the old style DVDs and I love breaking them out and watching them. It kind of makes me torn as to whether I should pick up the remastered ones even though I've seen a couple of the new ones and I like them. :)