Geek alert!

Oh boy. Geekgasm approaching. Star Trek: The Next Generation is being re-released on HD Blu-ray, and the difference between the old version and the new, digitally cleaned version is phenomenal. I’ve never had any desire for a Blu-ray player before, but this has the potential to change my mind. (And if they redo Voyager, I’m sunk.)

Check out this scene from the series premiere, “Encounter at Farpoint.” Ah, the joy of modern tech! (Better in HD and fullscreen if you can.)

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26 Responses to Geek alert!

  1. Inge says:

    oh man.. this will be heartbreaking to decide.

  2. Alma says:

    Wow… How do they DO that?

    • oregon expat says:

      They go back to the original films and use modern tech to transfer them to crisp, digital HD format. The data was always there, but the original masters created for distribution were limited by the tech of the time (meaning, broadcast capability and TV set resolution). The videotapes and later DVDs came from those same masters. So now they’re creating new masters. They plan to do this for the entire series, with one new set coming out each year. It’s in honor of ST:TNG’s 25th anniversary (which makes me feel a bit old, geez).

  3. Jbrandao says:

    Wow, that has to be one of the biggest differences in quality I have ever seen from the regular quality to BR disc quality.
    Fortunately for you, Bluray players have hit the 100€ mark. http://www.worten.pt/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=04708520&oid=13|36387&c=2655775

  4. Astrid says:

    Stunning. Simply stunning. We do own a Blu Ray player for over a year now and it’s really worth it. Especially if you’re into SciFi and BBC documentaries 🙂

  5. JJ says:

    I will run to the store the minute that Voyager hits the shelves in BlueRay. I will mimic a bulldozer, and shout “One blue-ray player here. STAT!”

  6. Ana_ñ says:

    I confess I am not so sure about the need to buy a blu-ray player based on this post. They have remastered this series wonderfully, as I can see in my computer. I mean, I am not watching it with blu-ray technology. So, will not be enough (or much better) simply with a remastered DVD? Am I being silly?

    • Ana_ñ says:

      Okay, yes, I was being silly. I understand that they are not planning to remaster these series in formats different from blu-ray. So, if you want to see the new versions you must have a blu-ray player. You can tell that I have not seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, nor Voyager… I just have read the most fantastic fanfiction based on it 🙂

  7. For now they will only release 4 episodes, Encounter at Farpoint, The Inner Light and another episode I don’t remember. If the disc is successful they will start to release each season. I hope they will do the same for Star Trek Deep Space 9, it is by far the best trek series. On par with Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica (the 2003 one)

    • We agree in many of our tastes: BSG 2003 and Babylon 5. But, ST:DS9 as the best ST series? Oh, no, no, no… It could have been if the actors/characters were better. (I do concede on the *general* plot, which has ingenious.) From all of them I could only get enthusiastic for Jadzia Dax, O’Brien and Quark. All the others pissed/bored/annoyed me to no end… to the point that I stopped watching it after 20 or 30 episodes. 😛

      Give me ST:TNG or ST:V anytime, please. Especially Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) or Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)! 🙂

      • Lol, you lost the argument when you invoked ST Voyager, that series was the worst ever set in the ST universe, even Enterprise was better.
        DS9 had the best characters (Sisko was the best and most bad ass captain in Starfleet, Quark and Odo had great chemistry, even the kid characters weren’t annoying, a rarity in ST), the best villains (Gul Dukhat and Weyoun were only behind Khan as the best villains in the ST universe and the Dominion was a great enemy), the best storylines (the Dominion War was the most important event ever portrayed in the ST universe, The Federation/Klingon War was also very important), the meaniest ship in the Fleet (the USS Defiant wasn’t big or shiny, but it had very sharp teeth and it could go toe to toe with any ship). There was no reset button on ST DS9, there were season long arcs and the events of one episode affected the outcome of the following episodes. Some people say that DS9 was boring but it had more action that all other ST series combined. Battles with thousands of ships were common from season 5 onward, were else in Star Trek did we see that?

        • I agree I must disagree with you. You don’t like ST:V, I dislike ST:DS9, including Sisko. I did like Gul Dukhat… just as much as I despised Kira Nerys. And let’s not even approach Dr. Bashir, who was even more irritating than Neelix! 😛

          Like my grandfather would say: “gostos não se discutem… lamentam-se.” 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      I would love to see Babylon 5 remastered! That’s still my favorite sci fi series ever. Can you imagine what B5 would have been like if they’d had Star Trek-level funding? (For one thing, they could have hired better guest actors…)

      • Babylon 5 is also my favourite sci-fi series of all time, the best space opera ever to grace the small screen. It’s a series that deserves a remaster with new special effects, but unfortunately there’s no market for that, B5 was allways a small niche show that survived for 5 years because every episode costed about 900 000 dollars each, less than half than a contemporary show called Space Above and Beyond costed. It’s impressive that the F/X were made using Amiga Computers less powerfull than my HTC Magic.

        • PS: you should read the companion books for the RPG set in the B5 universe, it provides a detailled background on each species. My favourite was the one about Vorlons and Shadows, Dozens of pages with First Ones goodness.

          • Now, here we DO agree. 🙂 B5 was a great series (although lacking in the quality of secondary characters). Wonderful, engaging, realistic (as much as a scifi series can be) storyline.

            Indeed 5 stars.

  8. @Helder Carvalho

    I think I managed to watch up to the beginning of Season 3 (skipping some and watching some further on the line).

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