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Star Trek The Next Generation Beams Up To Blu-ray

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TNGHDThis morning, CBS Home Entertainment has unleashed a teaser trailer for their long-rumored, long-awaited remastering of the most popular of the Star Trek series, The Next Generation. This December, a sampler disc of three (well, technically four) key episodes will be released as a teaser for next year’s season boxsets. Rescanned from scratch using the original 35mm negatives, this is a true HD reconstruction of each episode, taking advantage of the high production values TNG enjoyed.

“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray release

CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, and editing the episodes together precisely as they were when they originally aired between 1987 and 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned. The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. And all of the work is being done in conjunction with respected, longtime Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.

Most of the special effects models and matte paintings were shot on film, so it’s simply a matter of re-running those elements and re-assembling them. Effects that were created on video — like phasers, space jellyfish glows, or transporters — will of course have to be redone, but in the end should be virtually indistinguishable from the original. The sampler disc, featuring “Encounter at Farpoint,” “Sins of the Father,” and “The Inner Light” will ship on January 21, 2012, and we should see the first season on shelves later next year.

See the trailer, with your first, quick look at HD TNG at the source link

Via: [Star Trek.com]

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