STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Warps to Blu-ray
First time ever in high definition...
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The series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION will be transferred to high definition for the first time ever and released on Blu-ray, it was announced by Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment.
All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally.
Transferring STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION to high-definition presented numerous challenges – The series was originally shot on film and then transferred to videotape, which was used to edit episodes together. In order to create true HD masters, CBS is going back to the original uncut film negative – all 25,000 plus film reels of it – and cutting the episodes together exactly the way they originally aired. The visual effects were all shot on film and will be painstakingly recompositioned, not upconverted from videotape. The newly cut film will then be transferred to true high-definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. Denise and Mike Okuda are consulting on the project.
While the first full season won’t be available until later in 2012, CBS Home Entertainment is releasing STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE NEXT LEVEL, a single Blu-ray disc to give fans a taste of the series in HD, on January 31, 2012. The disc will include the feature-length pilot – "Encounter at Farpoint" – as well as two more fan favorite episodes, "The Inner Light" (Season 5) and "Sins of the Father" (Season 3). The single disc will be available for a suggested retail price of $21.99.
Source: CBS Home Entertainment
Re: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Warps to Blu-ray
This seems to me like the perfect time for Diamond to announce that they're re-starting the Star Trek line by maybe releasing all those cool but cancelled Trek protoypes they've been sitting on. -- Dontcha think, hmm Diamond?
Cuz I still want 'em all!