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Report: TNG on Blu-ray Coming In 2012 July 26, 2011

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG,TNG Remastered , trackback

According to a new report, the long-awaited Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD project is starting to gear up at CBS with a possible "Best of" pack of four episodes on Blu-ray coming this year and more to follow in 2012. See below for more on TNG in HD.  


Report: TNG in HD coming in 2012 w/ test in 2011

For years CBS has been talking about remastering Star Trek: The Next Generation  in HD like they did for the original Star Trek series. In May our friends at Digital Bits reported that CBS was starting to gear up to give TNG in HD a shot. TrekMovie later confirmed that the talk inside CBS had increased on this project, but that there are technical challenges to this process.  Now Digital Bits reports that sources at Comic Con confirmed that the first effort for TNG in HD will be a test to come out in 2012: 

Multiple sources I spoke with at Comic-Con have also confirmed our report from earlier this year that CBS is hard at work on Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered for Blu-ray release starting sometime in 2012. The latest word is that 4 test episodes are currently being worked on for release as a sampler/demo BD disc of the project, and that sampler disc will somehow be available to fans by the end of this year.

It is worth noting that 2012 is the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The remastered project for the Star Trek was released in 2006, just in time for the 40th anniversary.

TrekMovie will continue to monitor this very exciting project and provide updates when possible.


1. Hat Rick - July 26, 2011

Just when I was starting to regret buying my Blu-ray player, along comes this news. Awesome!

2. nxalex - July 26, 2011

that would be SO AWESOME!!!

3. spock - July 26, 2011

I wonder what 4 episodes were picked??? Best of Both Worlds 1 and 2, and maybe a Q episode or two?

4. DarthDogg - July 26, 2011


How could you possably regret buying BluRay? LOL.
Awsome nrews though. If they could one day remaster DS9, my life would be complete. I await the return of THE SISKO.

5. Greg - July 26, 2011

Is there a link to the Digital Bits page where you found this?

6. ECHUSA - July 26, 2011

I figuring Best of Both Worlds 1 & 2 and maybe either Encounter at Farpoint or All Good Things…

7. Matt Wright - July 26, 2011

#5 It’s on the main page squeezed in under the Star Wars Blu-ray stuff from Comic-Con

8. Hat Rick - July 26, 2011

4, because I get all my movies from Netflix and other content from Apple TV these days. I literally have only about eight Blu-ray titles and most of them are Trek-related.

9. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 26, 2011

Ok. For blue ray I say do best of both worlds and yesterdays enterprise and cause and effect. That would be a good start. I for one will be there to get the remastered blurays.

10. Count - July 26, 2011

Guys, to show off the remastereing, they need to pic 4 eps from season 1 and 2. Those are the eps that require remastering (literally) from origianl film clips and to have their SFX re-drawn. Later seasons are easily a direct film transfer. So don’t get your hopes, up, we’ll be seeing ones like encounter at farpoint, arsenal of freedom and whatnot

11. Rob - July 26, 2011

Does this mean they’re adding new special effects shots like with TOS, or are they going to try and clean up what’s already there? Inquiring minds wanna know!

12. Captain Dan - July 26, 2011

Wow, this will be absolutely awesome if it happens! TOS in Blu-ray is amazing. I have TNG on DVD, might have to sell that set in preparation for TNG Remastered!

13. MvRojo - July 26, 2011

Can’t wait. I love the Remastered TOS, and love that the BDs have both the original and remastered effects. I hope if this project works out, they’ll do the same.

14. 12YearOldTrekker - July 26, 2011



15. Jaykay - July 26, 2011

Awesome news!!

16. John - July 26, 2011

They should do “The Drumhead”. It was an inexpensive episode to produce and there aren’t even any warp effects outside the windows as the warp drive was off-line for the entire episode. It’s also a great episode that doesn’t need fancy effects to enjoy.

17. MJ - July 26, 2011

I assume that they are going to have to redo all the special effects for these episodes. If so, this would be a one-time shot to improve and significantly redo the awful Enterprise D design. They should fix the bloated saucer, increase the height of the engines, and make the secondary hull taller. Plus they could not make it look real, instead of that awful “painted model” look.

18. Jim Nightshade - July 26, 2011

I bet the okudas are going to be gainfully employed by paramount again to oversee the conversion-my guess is they will have to redo the efx shots just like tos—wonder how expensive it will be–just buying the original 7 seasons cost a lot–fyi i am now watching tng n other trek including trek09 on my nintendo 3ds thanks to the netflix app–its awesome-if u already have netflix its easy to add to it–also the web browser is slightly improved-still wont run flash or videos tho—but great for browsing great sites like—

19. Davidj - July 26, 2011

Wow, awesome news!

The “Best Of” idea always seemed like best option to me. Considering how much more complicated the process will probably be, it only makes sense to focus on the really great episodes that fans actually want to see.

20. Davidj - July 26, 2011

17. Um, no. The Enterprise-D is fine just the way it is.

21. Adam Collings - July 27, 2011

Awesome news. Sounds exciting. I’d love to see what they could do with the effects.

I think the Enterprise D is a thing of pure beauty and doesn’t need modification.

22. BeatleJWOL - July 27, 2011


Let’s not, shall we? There are still a multitude of fan complaints about how “wrong” the (indistinguishable from the original!) TOS-R Enterprise is; I’d hate to be the one responsible for ACTIVELY CHANGING something so classic. However, having it “look real” is probably very much in the cards. ;)

23. Norbert - July 27, 2011

Let’s enlarge it to 16:9 and redo all SFX, please.

24. cd - July 27, 2011

20, 22: agreed. No need to change Enterprise-D, but showing some good detail (in scale detail, not the hyper bumped up detail of the smaller model) and some of the greens and blues of the hull would be nice. I do hope remastered does mean the special effects will be recreated, not some half baked ‘uprez’.

25. Vultan - July 27, 2011


As opposed to the “painted CG model” look?

26. captain_neill - July 27, 2011

It will be awesom to see Next Gen on blu ray

27. MJ - July 27, 2011

@23 “Let’s enlarge it to 16:9 and redo all SFX, please.”

Since the live action was not shot in 16×9, there is now way then can do a 16×9 presentation on Blu-Ray. I suppose the new space-only special effects could be done in 16×9, but that would be distracting as they go back and forth to 3×3 live action.

@25. How about just something that looks somewhat real. I don’t care how they do it, I just know that the presentation of the E on TNG looked lame to me. I want to believe it is a real starship.

28. BeatleJWOL - July 27, 2011

Yeah, no 16:9 from 4:3 sources, please; that’s what the “zoom” option on your television is for.

29. DJT - July 27, 2011

Woop, Woop! Me so happy!!

30. Juan - Argentina - July 27, 2011

Thanks CBS!!

31. jliebe - July 27, 2011


32. Corinthian7 - July 27, 2011

#10 I kind of agree with you there Count, season one really doesn’t stand the test of time from a visual perspective and I’d be very interested and seeing then with remastered fx. However’ season one was weaker it terms of story as well and this is something they can’t fix. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no TOS season 3 (and I bought that!) but they are going to be hard pushed to find 4 episodes that are going to entice the post Abrams generation to by the box sets. I say they should release 2 of the two part episodes and show them as feature length. This way those of us who will definitely be buying all 7 seasons will have a reason to double dip*.

* this seems the wrong phrase here given all the various formats of this show many of us have already forked out for!

33. Trekboi - July 27, 2011

Glad to hear it- it wont be any easier to do for the 30th Anniversary.
I’m guessing they found the original film elements from the original effects processed on video & will just recomposite rather than do any CG modelling.

34. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

Any chance of Star Trek Enterprise on Blu-ray for its 10th Anniversary? Since there’s less that needs doing to it, and in the case of Seasons 3 & 4, nothing at all.

35. Toonloon - July 27, 2011

It won’t be Farpoint or Best of Both Worlds. That’s bad marketing for future sets. They would never have used The Doomsday Machine as their first forray into the market. They went with Balance of Terror.

What I’m saying is they won’t play their best cards first. They’ll pick a good episode which will bring in the less enthusiastic fans and a fan favourite and do something terrific with it.

36. Malte - July 27, 2011

I ´m wondering how they plan to re-do TNG. As far as I understood it, it´s really complicated because all of the live-action has been done on film, but all the SFX shots, even if someone stands in front of the view screen, have been done on Video tape with it´s much smaller resolution. So there´s a lot of work to do…

37. Eric Rylee - July 27, 2011


38. naHQunn - July 27, 2011

I’m still waiting for TOS Seasons 2 & 3 on HD DVD…

39. Jeyl - July 27, 2011

@27 “Since the live action was not shot in 16×9, there is now way then can do a 16×9 presentation on Blu-Ray.”

Sure there is. It’s called cropping. Manga Entertainment did it with Ninja Scroll, as did Funimation with Dragon Ball Z. Should it be done with The Next Generation? No. That’d be silly.

40. spock - July 27, 2011

I figure Best of Both Worlds is an obvious choice, since it is probably equal in demand to Trek’s Doomsday Machine. Maybe they will do another effects heavy episode like Booby Trap

41. Ciaran - July 27, 2011

As awesome as this news is, how are they going to upgrade the quality of the episodes? They were all edited on videotape and we all know how bad the quality is on those things, thanks to DVD and Blu-Ray. The reason why TOS was able to be completely remastered was because the shows were all edited with the film stock itself so they were able to go back and get the original negative and remaster it from the source material.

Now, I don’t know if Paramount/CBS still has all the originally shot film reels from TNG lying around somewhere, but that’d be the only way to get a quality looking picture. You cannot, I repeat CANNOT get a HD picture from a videotaped image.

And yes, they’d have to redo ALL the VFX for the show as well. If they’re going to do that and release all 7 seasons in such fashion, I’d say that’d be the greatest thing EVER to be released onto Blu-Ray since it’s inception. LOL.

42. Alec - July 27, 2011

Does this mean they’re going to re-do the special effects (or that they have to re-do the special effects) or are they just going to release effectively a blu-ray port? If the former, this is excellent news. I’ve been re-watching TNG, recently, and the effects are rather dated. I hope the four test episodes are top episodes, like Best of Both Worlds (1 and 2), Yesterday’s Enterprise, The Inner Light, etc.

43. Justin Olson - July 27, 2011

My vote is for a Time Anomaly set:

“Time Squared” (S2)
“Yesterday’s Enterprise” (S3)
“Cause and Effect” (S5)
“Timescape” (S6)

This would also nicely show off the 3 different Director’s of Photography over the course of the show from ’89-’93 (Edward R. Brown, Marvin V. Rush, and Jonathan West).

44. spock - July 27, 2011

From what I have read, they would need to basically run an episode through post production. Reassemble them from film elements and add all the effects, not just the space shots, but the view screens, phaser beams, transporter, etc. It needs more work than Trek did since it is all done on video, where Trek was on 35mm film.

45. Damian - July 27, 2011

Excellent news. This is the one series I have on DVD that looks like it can use it the most. DS9, Voyager and Enterprise all look good on DVD, but TNG has a grainly, less crisp look on DVD. HD should really help clean it up. I hope they redo the special effects, at least from season 1 to 3. I still cringe when I see the roaming starfields behind the ship and planets. Who’s idea was that anyway? I was fine with the design of the ship, but I agree somewhat with MJ that it could use some cleaning up.

I’m surprised Enterprise has not been released on Blu-ray. It was already in HD in season 3 and 4 and close to in 1 and 2.

46. Ant-Matter - July 27, 2011

For reasons alluded to by others here, it is best to remain skeptical until the goods are out. The people getting excited now might not realize the fundamental problem. This topic has already been discussed and explored on technical boards for a while (when HD became a commercial topic), and even people at CBS/Paramount had hinted that it wasn’t going to happen–because it couldn’t happen.

Well, the source material has not magically changed since, so what gives?

If you are confused, I recommend that you read through the comments carefully and educate yourself. And then just wait and see.

Personally, I’m expecting something less than stellar.

47. Kirk, James T. - July 27, 2011

This makes perfect sense. Theres no doubt in my mind that Star Trek: The Next Generation will become recognised as a classic just as the original Star Trek has become.

I can’t wait :D

48. Gary - July 27, 2011

The only way you will get a 16×9 look that is even close to proper is if TNG were filmed like Seinfeld apparently was:

Scroll down a bit and you’ll see an overlay of the 4×3 and 16×9 presentations. Since this is Seinfeld, not some cinematic masterpiece, it works.

49. Planet Pandro - July 27, 2011

hardly makes the $$ spent on each individual season DVD set seem worth it, eh? How will I explain buying all these over again to the Mrs.??? The TOS blu rays were enough of a debacle!

50. Craiger - July 27, 2011

I liked TNG but its funny how the computer effects are starting to look dated compared to todays laptops. Even the TNG Padd’s look ancient compared to today’s tablets. Windows 7 and 8 looks more advanced then the LCARS system.

51. mike - July 27, 2011

I cant imagine the crazy price the BD Sets will be at least 99.99 each !!!

52. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

Geeze all the bad information here is killin’ me.

TNG was shot on FILM, that FILM however was all scanned and EDITED together on low res (by today’s standards) video.

It’s the new assemebly edit that is real time consuming proces here, scanning in the film in HD and then editing it all together to match the original

THEN adding the new effects, or scanning in the original 35mm model shots and insertitng those,

THEN redoing all the video effects in HD. Remastering the sound will be done as well I’m sure.

53. Tom - July 27, 2011

I don’t think that TNG was framed with HD or widescreen in mind. It premiered in 1987, which is before their was an HD standard. But when Space 1999 was restored for HD broadcast in the UK they were able to crop it nicely for 16:9, and that was made in 1975.

Even though most of the series is filmed (SFX models and live action), it was always composited on video for NTSC broadcast. The final version would not look good mastered for HD. Certain things would look somewhat pixelated.

If all the original film elements still exist (which wasn’t the case for TOS), those can be scanned and recomposited in HD with all the animated effects rendered in HD.

54. Some Dude on the Internet - July 27, 2011

47 – I’ve been impressed with the Seinfeld HD presentation. I’ve never felt that the image was crowded or obviously cut down. I wonder how much (if any) of TNG was shot 16:9 – 4:3 safe.

55. VOODOO - July 27, 2011

I won’t be buying these again. Too many seasons for far too high a cost. That said TNG needs it. The series looks really bad (almost like a vhs tape) on dvd or even regular tv.

They really have their work cut out for them trying to make these look better.

56. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

52 – Yes, good summary!

57. samrock83 - July 27, 2011

So, is this HD only? Or with the updated special effects as was done for TOS?

58. Aqua - July 27, 2011

great news, but why isn’t Enterprise out on blu-ray given that it was HD from the very beginning?

59. dana - July 27, 2011

Great news! I can’t wait for DS9 to come out on blue-ray too

60. Martin Pollard - July 27, 2011

Yeah, I saw this bit of news at The Digital Bits (which ceased being a useful site when they turned into a gang of Blu-Ray partisans). If they redo the effects, ala TOS:R, and release it on DVD in addition to Blu-Ray, I’ll gladly fork over the cash. Otherwise, count me out.

61. matt476 - July 27, 2011

i would love TNG in hd bluray.
However it would cost a bomb to buy all 7 seasons, surely – if it happens anyway.. It would likely be a 5-10 year project and be expensive one too!
Probably looking at £400-£500.

This is still exciting news though!

62. VZX - July 27, 2011

Awesome news! Although I will not buy TNG on Blu Ray, I’m excited about the possibilities this opens up for DS9. I will buy DS9 on Blu Ray.

63. denny cranium - July 27, 2011

@49- I’ve found its easier to plead forgiveness than to beg for permission.

64. Jordan - July 27, 2011

They are not going to enhance or redo any of the SFX. That would take years.

65. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

64 – they will HAVE to redo some of the effects done in SD video, otherwise they would look 10 times WORSE in HD. They will be redoing some effects, trust me. Think the Planets, beams etc. The majority of the effects, like models would need to be recomposited if that composite was done in video.

66. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 27, 2011

Now. Lets get DS9 Remastered. Would be great to see the battles of the Dominion War remastered. That would be a lot of fun. For Tng. My list of the first 8 movies would be. The Best of Both Worlds 1 and 2. Yesterdays Enterprise. Cause and Effect. Q Who. Encounter at Far Point. Darmok.

67. Shannon Nutt - July 27, 2011

I’m still in a “I’ll believe it when I see it” mode on these. They should really let fans vote on the four episodes, but I’ll throw my suggestion into the ring:

“The Inner Light”
“Yesterday’s Enterprise”

68. rogue_alice - July 27, 2011

#67 – Inner Light!! YES!!!!

69. Janeway's boy toy - July 27, 2011

If they don’t remaster the special effects, then it won’t be worth it.

70. mars396 - July 27, 2011


how do I get on the list to get one of these sampler/test Blu-rays ???

71. jas_montreal - July 27, 2011

hoorah !

72. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

Settling for the whole series on DVD* and occasionally remastered Greatest Hits Blu-ray discs, is probably the best way to handle it I’d say.

If the expense of unearthing and rescanning the film negatives and creating convincing replacement FX shots for variety, is so great, then just going with the odd release of episodes fans really want is the smartest move.

* It looks okay upscaled to me, far better than what’s running on CBS Action here in the UK, or likely wherever in the US. Grainy due to the video master, particularly until around 1990-91 but I’ve seen much worse.

73. jed - July 27, 2011

Slightly off subject but it seems almost criminal that early season 1 TNG will receive the HD/remasterd SFX treatment, but Paramount are not willing to upgrade the STTMPDE SFXs to Blu-Ray HD stanadard and that the STV TFF will not be upgraded in any fashion. I would rather send $100 each on TMPDE in HD and TFF with Remastered SFX than I would on any of the seasons of TNG!

74. Anthony Thompson - July 27, 2011

8. Hat Rick

Netflix doesn’t carry Blu-rays?

75. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

73. I do wish Shatner had been given his wish for TFF, teamed with Daren Dochterman and others, and given his baby the full Director’s Cut treatment.

76. Pat Gleeson - July 27, 2011

@ 52 Well said sir :-)

What’s basically happening here is the series is being taken apart piece by piece. The parts that can be are being remastered and edited to HD (the reassembly process), and the videoeffects (shot in SD) are being completely reshot in HD (as in TOS). Take a look at the original effects shots on the TOS Blu-Rays – they look awful, even compared to how they look on the remastered DVD’s a few years earlier. The TNG effects probably wouldn’t look as bad as the TOS one’s but would still look noticablely poor compared to native HD material.

77. Toonloon - July 27, 2011

@ 60 Martin Pollard

“a gang of Blu-Ray partisans”??? Wow. I thought sour grapes would have gone off by now. Something tells me someone bought an HD-DVD player.

78. Toonloon - July 27, 2011

@ 73 Jed.

Well said mate. It would be cheaper for Paramount/CBS too.

79. Captain Bryan - July 27, 2011

So they can do Enterprise Remastered in 20 or so years!!

80. OneBuckFilms - July 27, 2011

The exterior VFX shots would need to match the standards of the series visually. Perhaps utilizing the Enterprise model from “These Are The Voyages”, and building CGI models that match the original physical models used for the SD video materials.

One thing to bear in mind, is that there are also things like Transporter effects, phaser effects, and matte paining shots that would need to be redone, as all of the editing, and most of the post, were done on Standard Definition video.

If done right, this could be really awesome.

73 – CBS own Star Trek TNG, but Paramount would be responsible for the movies.

CBS may want to get the DE re-implemented on Blu-Ray, with the effects re-rendered in HD, but it is Paramount’s film.

81. ToMaHaKeR - July 27, 2011

I only hope it will be JUST remastered, NOT over-reworked like TOS-R.

82. John from Cincinnati - July 27, 2011

Kind of strange they could remaster a 40 year old series in TOS to HD no problem, but TNG which is 20 years more recent and it gives them terrible technical difficulties.

This is one of those, “huh?” moments

83. John from Cincinnati - July 27, 2011

TOS-R was perfection

84. Rolando - July 27, 2011

How about a 100 episode Star Trek 24th Century set, best of. 50 from DS9,30 from TNG and 20 from Voyager?

85. John from Cincinnati - July 27, 2011

My 8:

The Inner Light
Yesterday’s Enterprise
Time’s Arrow Parts I & II
Unification I & II
Chain of Command I & II

86. Mark Lynch - July 27, 2011

Not really. TOS was shot on film and CBS had access to that and some of the negatives too I think.

TNG was shot on film but edited together, including special effects, on video. That is where the problem lies. The only way to get TNG to HD resolution is for the original film to be used and to redo all the special effects. That would have to include the any live action effects, Worf firing a phaser and so on.

Video is much easier to use for editing, but boy did TNG suffer visually the first few years because of it.

87. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

79. I can see that happening. On YouTube, I’ve already seen some fan’s attempt to Abramsverse-ify shots of the NX-01. Shakey camera work. Lens flares coming off the sun, as the Enterprise orbits a planet.

88. Jeff O'Connor - July 27, 2011

25th anniversary of TNG, eh? Alright then, I guess I’d best start counting down to 2018 for my beloved DS9 Blu-Rays to come to fruition.

89. Bob Tompkins - July 27, 2011

I noticed something on my Lois and Clark DVD set recently I hadn’t noticed before. The producer took a 16 minute demo of the pilot to a comic-con in 1993. The demo was presented on the L&C season 1 DVD.It was shot 16×9 ratio.
Is most everything shot at a default 16×9 these days? Wouldn’t it be great if all the recent Treks were?

90. Planet Pandro - July 27, 2011

@ 63.

Good advice! Thanks!

91. ML31 - July 27, 2011

I’m thinking that since the effect work in TNG was pretty good to begin with the HD project will only be to upgrade the quality of the image rather than new cool digital effects.

92. Thorny - July 27, 2011

I vote for Volume 1 to include…

Q Who?
The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1
The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2
Yesterday’s Enterprise

Volume 2 would be…

Encounter at Farpoint
All Good Things…

93. Red Dead Ryan - July 27, 2011

This is a bit off topic, but on the latest Lindeloff thread, the comments section isn’t there. I get the article, but no ads and no comments section.

I figure it has something to do with the Collider videos, since the last couple of times I had the same problem, they were articles with Collider videos. The videos work fine, but seem to screw up the page.

If someone can help me out great, I’d really appreciate that.

As for TNG on Blu Ray, I hope it happens. But we’ll have to wait and see.

94. Vultan - July 27, 2011


I get the same thing, RDR. Some kind of glitch, I guess.
Damn nannites!

95. DJ Neelix - July 27, 2011

Really great news. The downside though, is that the sets and props of TNG may not look all too good in HD. Their computers for instance, look very cheap and clearly wasn’t made to be seen in high def.
In any case, I’m very pleased about these news.

96. DJ Neelix - July 27, 2011

@38. naHQunn – July 27, 2011

” I’m still waiting for TOS Seasons 2 & 3 on HD DVD…”


97. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

82 – it’s less a case of ‘huh’ then of d’oh! It was SO MUCH faster and cheaper to shoot and/or edit on tape it was a no brainer for the industry to adopt it.

All series shot and/or edited on video during the 80’s and 90’s will face this same limitation. Luckily few of them really demand HD preservation, I can certainly do without a Walker Texas Ranger Bluray box set ;)

98. Pro-Khan-Sel - July 27, 2011

why is it such a problem to rescan and re-edit star trek episodes? Some people seem to think that its too hard to do. dosent cbs and paramount have the machines and facilities and technicians that already know how to do this stuff? The answer is yes. For them it’s not rocket science. (no pun intended)

99. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

98, the episodes do not exist in EDITED form on film… that is the problem.

100. Shannon Nutt - July 27, 2011

Since the effects appear to have to be done from scratch, I wonder if they’ll go the TOS route and update them in the process? I’d actually rather see “updated” effects (epecially for some of those shows from the first couple of seasons) than them try to “match” the originals. And hopefully they’ll round up the crew for some brand-new interviews and video commentary…there’s so much you can do with Blu-ray, I wish studios would start taking advantage of the format more than they have been.

101. They call me Stasiu - July 27, 2011

98- It’s still a question of available staff, hunting through the library of materials, computer processing power, and the budgets allocated to pay for these efforts. Time is actually needed to perform these tasks as well.

Right now I feel like Major Kong riding the nuke down while screaming: YEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW!

102. Sean4000 - July 27, 2011

I hope CBS-D can pull some more impressive visuals this time around. But the fact that they used ancient SGI Onyx servers, and un-hyperthreaded Pentium 4 workstations last go round dosn’t give me too much hope.

“the FX can’t look too good, they wouldn’t fit in with the spirit of the 60’s..errr…90s”

Can’t wait to hear this argument the next 1000000 times.

103. Shigg 'Ole Bitt - July 27, 2011

Maybe they’ll remake the titles and ship sequences only. Then do what they did with Babylon 5 and Firefly.

104. Sean4000 - July 27, 2011

101, yeah. CBS wouldn’t fork over the money in 2006, what the world makes anyone think they’ll fund a top-end remaster in 2011??

105. Shigg 'Ole Bitt - July 27, 2011

Well they need to do something about TNG, another 5 years and no station will want to rerun those rubbish soft old SD transfers of the eps. It’s a case of future proofing a show that potentially is still able to pull in tv viewers.

106. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

Selling it in syndication is the name of the game. That is what inspired TOS-R and will drive this effort as well.

107. rm10019 - July 27, 2011

I just hope that in syndication it gets better air times than TOS-R did. TOS-R deserved at least one Prime Time special airing. The theatrical exhibition of Menagerie I and II remastered was cool though.

108. Holo J - July 27, 2011

Bang goes any slim hope of a re remaster of the original series any time soon then!

109. Shigg 'Ole Bitt - July 27, 2011

It doesn’t need one.

110. Joseph Burns - July 27, 2011

I can’t wait, and am thrilled they are going ahead with this. The DVDs were a letdown, in some ways not as good as my S-VHS airtapes, with a strange “grid” pattern overlaid on the image.

On the effects redo: all this talk about people in front of the viewscreen has me thinking: do they not have the original film elements for the FX, not even the live action elements?

Some of the FX were video generated CGI or animation like phasers, but the model work was shot on film (five passes IIRC, one for the matte, one for the hull one for the windows, one for the nacelles etc)., and many FX shots included live action elements shot on film as well. These were all composited and edited in NTSC, but =if= the original film elements exist, then rescanning at HD and redoing the composites should be possible in many cases. Film elements do exist, or they wouldn’t attempt the project, so the question is: how much film? Only live action stuff and no FX elements? Are they actually going to try and use NTSC elements as source for some material that is lost? I would hope if the film exists that they would use it.

My votes for sampler episodes:

Where No One Has Gone Before
The Neutral Zone
Q Who
The Emissary
Sins of the Father
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Defector
The Mind’s Eye
Cause and Effect
The Next Phase
Ship in a Bottle
The Pegasus
Preemptive Strike

I wouldn’t do a two parter if there’s only 4 altogether, particularly BoBW, that’s giving away the store. Some slice of life episodes could be good, like Data’s Day, Clues, Lower Decks. Great suggestions upthread as well.

111. Holo J - July 27, 2011

# 109 Shigg ‘Ole Bitt

I meant a re remaster of the new effects. You may not feel it needs it but I would have like to have seen more attention to detail and a less rushed job. CBS digital did a good job with the time they had, But it could have been so much better!

112. Jeyl - July 27, 2011


You’re right Holo. Despite many good instances in the remastered TOS run, they were overshadowed by many letdowns. I would like to see a lot of care go into these episodes because seeing them in High Definition would really be a unique experience.

113. Ryan Spooner - July 27, 2011


My life is now complete! Please make the sample episodes “The Best Of Both Worlds”, “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “All Good Things” :)

I will buy this and dump my DVDs in a heartbeat if/when this comes.

114. ST:EXP - July 27, 2011

Perfect opportunity to extend the episode with all the legendary stories of those cut scenes they took out for time’s sake.

Or will die-hards complain about changing what they think is “perfect”?

Here’s your chance to see brand new unseen TNG…. why jeopardize it?

115. Ryan Spooner - July 27, 2011

Oh forgot to mention, “Cause and Effect” also please :)

116. MJ - July 27, 2011

@114 “Perfect opportunity to extend the episode with all the legendary stories of those cut scenes they took out for time’s sake.”

Agreed. That, plus some well-needed design tweaks of the Enterprise E to make it look better and more realistic, would really improve the product.

117. MJ - July 27, 2011

I meant Enterprise D

118. Shatoupee - July 27, 2011

Let’s hope the braintrust at Paramount/CBS doesn’t screw it up like they (largely) did on TOS remastered. I don’t want the studio boys re-invisioning TNG. Just re-do the special FX just as they originally appeared on TNG. Also, don’t do the remastering on the cheap with CGI special FX, or they’ll appear “cartooney” like on TOS remastered.

119. DC - July 27, 2011

Too many comments to read through them all, but from a business perspective, they would probably use only season one episodes for the tests. This way, that’s four episodes done and out of the way for the potential Season One release (which would be released first) and since four episodes would be already done, should the project go forward, that first season could be released a bit ahead of schedule, leaving more time for Season Two, etc.

120. Simon Belfast - July 27, 2011

I have to say firstly, I cannot wait for this and I nearly leapt out of my chair when I read the news earlier.

But please don’t change the composition of VFX shots like CBSD did with certain shots in TOS-R.. I hate the idea of iconic shots like the first glimpse of the Enterprise in Farpoint being replaced by a cartoony hull ultra-close up.

Good luck with the project! Hoping the expertise and technology has improved since TOS-R and we’ll be seeing more photorealistic ships.

121. RAMA - July 27, 2011

There is already a practical look at the HD STNG in Enterprise’s “TATV. It has a slightly wider picture using the overscan area, and then crops part of the top and bottom…surprisingly, this looks rather good, with only a 5.8% stretch.

122. RAMA - July 27, 2011

Note how it looks more “cinematic when the horizontal is widened, and of course, the colors are truer and richer.

123. MJ - July 27, 2011

@120 “iconic shots like the first glimpse of the Enterprise in Farpoint.”

You’ve got to be kidding. Those special effects and that Enterprise model looked horrid. The special effects and the Enterprise-D design need a face-lift.

124. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

Even uncropped, there would still be more visable frame on show and therefore less pillarboxing. Less black at the sides, than what it’s possible to see currently on DVD – even using the 16:9 fixed option on most players, which generally shows you all the available 4:3 overscan. Seems that there’s even more to see going back to the 1.37:1 than the 1.33:1 maximum video allowed.

125. Marcel0815 - July 27, 2011


126. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

On certain of the FX shots in Season One, playing a DVD on my Sony Blu ray displaying the original ratio and with the output set to 16:9 fixed… you can see where the video shot ends and model filming comes in/out of that shot.

There’s an edge to the video background effect visable – a thin black margin at the edge, previously unseen where old TVs generally lost information. It’s in that area the ILM “Encounter at Farpoint” filming model moves into, before finding something closer to the true edge of viewable frame.

127. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 27, 2011

many of the space ship effects look more dated than some of the original Series original effects shots

I watched a very dumb episode the other day on Netflix where they had to chase a stray torpedo in an asteroid field and it looked like a poorly lit ugly model against a field of floating Cornflakes

Many other episodes I have seen have equally poor opticals. The shooting model itself was quite heinously ugly with way too many large overly bright white portholes and x-mas ornament engines.

128. MJ - July 27, 2011

@127. Finally someone who is looking at this objectively like me. I completely agree!!!

129. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

126. I also noticed it on a Season Three episode, just the other day. “Evolution” if anyone’s all that interested. LOL.

123. They lifted a shot from ILM’s model work on Season One, and put it into Generations.

It’s right after Soran asks Geordi about trilithium and right before the Stellar Cartography scene. There’s a Captain’ Log entry from Picard, in which the Enterprise-D does that beauty pass – swooping down into shot. That was reused endlessly throughout the series, usually in front of an early video effects planet.

130. Christopher Roberts - July 27, 2011

129. (cont) So you all can see a little bit of what TNG Season 1 ILM modelwork looks like in HD. By digging out Generations on Blu ray.

131. ST:EXP - July 27, 2011

I hope “they” are taking note that this is one of the rare situations where a Trek product is being announced and the *vast* majority of responses in the comments are overwhelmingly positive.

132. Vultan - July 27, 2011

Hey, go figure, a show from twenty years ago looks dated.
Might we see a remastered “Cheers” anytime soon? Ted Danson’s hair is magnificent… but looks soooo dated. Please sign my petition at:

“Because the past needs a facelift…”

133. Chadwick - July 27, 2011

The big question is…..

Are they remastering using the same digital effects (because we all know of the lost originals and only remaining copy on cassette horror story) or are they going to create brand new special effects?

For 2011 and beyond its getting harder and harder to swallow standard def at 4:3, but I would have hated TOS to be cropped and expanded to 16:9 same with TNG, DS9, and VOY. We have to keep them as they are to retain the essence. ENT is a different story. And hopefully in the future we have something to look forward to…a new Star Trek series shot 16:9 and in HD.

@34. Christopher Roberts

I hope so, Enterprise needs no work, its 16:9 (or close to). It would be easy and fast to pop Enterprise out on blu-ray and I would buy it in a heart beat, but (and its a big but) Enterprise’s ratings were so low, I don’t think Paramount/CBS are in a hurry to get it out. Its been..what…6 years and not even the first season of Enterprise on blu-ray.

@49. Planet Pandro

I understand your concern but for me I would give my TNG DVD set to someone as a gift (which would be a wicked gift lol) or trade it in somewhere and get cash or store credit.

@81. ToMaHaKeR

I disagree. I had no words for how incredible the TOS remastered is, its the way Gene Roddenberry envisioned it. He said on multiple occasions that he did not have the budget he wanted, he wanted to make it better etc etc. And the TOS blu-ray includes the original effects as well. TNG deserves the same treatment.

DS9, VOY, and ENT are fine for the simple reason that as technology advances we are making things more timeless. After 20 years in 1986 TOS looked horribly outdated. Almost 20 years later and DS9 and VOY still look acceptable, they show their age but are acceptable.

134. Markus McLaughlin (@MarkusMcLaughln) - July 27, 2011

I like to hear audio commentary from the cast, not all in the same room, just piped in from wherever and put together; and I love to see Enterprise-D look like it did in GENERATIONS in ALL of the TNG episodes! :D

135. PM1701 - July 27, 2011

Too excited to describe the joy I got from this news. Fingers crossed…

136. The Squire of Gothos - July 27, 2011

Great news! I’m guessing these will air on network or cable for a while too. I would be interested in the 4 episode blu ray disc too. Not sure about all of the seasons of the show though.

Very cool news. I’ll be curious to see the work they do for the episodes.

137. sean - July 27, 2011


They aren’t going to change the Enterprise-D. You can expect something similar to the revamp the ship received in Generations, and that’s about it.

138. Dr. Image - July 27, 2011

In Generations, it looked pretty damn good, probably the best it ever did, courtesy of a new darker paint job.
But for TNG-R, they had better honor the “robin’s egg blue” of the original. (A look which was a misguided attempt to emulate the badly color timed Enterprise TOS effects shots.)
Good luck tracking down all the original film elements though.

139. Daniel Broadway - July 27, 2011

I would LOVE to be a visual effects artist on this project. That would be a dream come true.

140. Daniel Shock - July 27, 2011

What we all need to demand from this is that they actually REALLY remaster the series correctly by scanning and re-editing the film elements. There was a post on the AVS bluray forum claiming that the decision had been made to “uprez” the video. Essentially faking HD. I hope it’s false, but I post the info here hoping that people make it clear they prefer and insist on the job being done correctly or not at all.

The relevant post is #156 in this thread:

141. Magic_Al - July 27, 2011

I wonder if Encounter at Farpoint might be the easiest to convert. As the first episode and feature-length, might it have been edited on film for possible foreign theatrical release, like was done with the first episode of the original Battlestar Galactica? ILM did the effects for this episode and the ship passes in this episode became stock elements used for the rest of the series (and that one shot in Generations).

142. RED DEAD RYAN - July 27, 2011

Well, I do like the Enterprise D. But I think the E-E is better. It has a shark-like appearance from certain angles and the nacelles were nice and long.

143. The 76th Distillation of Blue - July 28, 2011

104 because Netflix has been rumored to be subsidizing part of the cost of the remasters in exchange for exclusive streaming rights.
sort of how Toshiba helped subsidize the cost of the TOS remasters for HD DVD exclusivity way back durring the middle of the format war.

144. ToMaHaKeR - July 28, 2011

@133 Chadwick

Oh yeah, I forgot that BOTH original and remastered versions of TOS are available on Blu-Ray x)

145. Christopher Roberts - July 28, 2011

133. Chadwick – “I hope so, Enterprise needs no work, its 16:9 (or close to). It would be easy and fast to pop Enterprise out on blu-ray and I would buy it in a heart beat, but (and its a big but) Enterprise’s ratings were so low, I don’t think Paramount/CBS are in a hurry to get it out. Its been..what…6 years and not even the first season of Enterprise on blu-ray.”

The conspiracy theorist in me believes that CBS (its CEO having deliberately cancelled the show in the first place) deliberately want Enterprise to be forgotten and squash every opportunity to revive interest in the show on purpose.

146. Christopher Roberts - July 28, 2011

145. (cont) Enterprise is 10 years old next month and there’s nothing. Nadda. Zip. Nothing out there to buy. No article in Star Trek Magazine remembering it. No comic strip. No series on Blu ray, unlike the likes of BSG or Stargate – whose ratings Enterprise was on a par with!

Admittedly, there might be one Romulan War book on the horizon. But ENT was the first to be seen in HD (for those priviledged enough to have that viewing option in 2003), the first in Widescreen and the first to have effectly completely computer generated.

147. Christopher Roberts - July 28, 2011

146. *correction* = effects completely computer generated.

148. John - July 28, 2011

Awesome news!!

149. Bren (Destructor!!!) - July 28, 2011


Joy. TNG was my world, growing up.

150. Alex Prewitt - July 28, 2011

Checked with Mike Okuda yesterday–thus far he is univolved and was unaware of this news development.

151. BJB - July 28, 2011

2012 to TNG is what 1991 was to TOS.

Where does the time go!

152. Steve - July 28, 2011

I’ll take DS9 or Voyager (in that order) in blu-ray any day over TNG. Watch TNG with a critical eye; it just doesn’t hold up. Too many episodes about:

1. The misunderstood space alien who seem malevolent, but in the end was just lonely.
2. bratty kids, cute kids, kids taking over the ship, regulars turning into kids, Alexander’s problems, blah, blah, blah…
3. A created treknobabble problem overcome by a created treknobabble solution.

At least DS9 and Voyager told actual dramatic stories. And knew how to fold in the appropriate amount of humor.

153. paustin - July 28, 2011

#152 ditto

154. NuFan - July 28, 2011


Yes, it’s a terrible show from what I’ve seen. I can understand why they’re only doing 4 and then waiting to see if anybody buys it.

155. Dr. Cheis - July 28, 2011

Ha! I knew if I ever got around to buying TNG on DVD, they’d just release a Bu-ray of it. I’m glad I resisted the temptation.

156. Scott - July 28, 2011

I will believe in the Remastering only when I see it. Paramount knows that enough people will buy the series just because it says Blu-ray on the package, knowing nothing about the actual conversion process. They may simply “up-convert” it and put Blu-ray on the label, throw a 25th anniversary press party and start making money. I would probably still buy it. But I too believe that the remastering would take forever. It took the TOS guys 1-2 weeks per episode with a full team to remaster TOS. It would cost a bundle to do it for TNG. I seriously doubt that it will happen.

157. James T. West - July 28, 2011

I played the ‘Time Travel’ DVD set’s “Cause and Effect” on my Pioneer BluRay player recently, and was nauseated at the horrible resolution.

Judging from these posts, actually ‘Remastering’ of TNG’s 178 episodes would entail RE-EDITTING it from its film raw footage…then inserting new updated special effects shots! This, to me, seems amazingly ambitious, incredibly costly, and very time consuming! Is this even realistic?

I am all for it, and would plunk down my dollars to own a truly Remastered 7 season set. BUT I don’t want to get excited for something that is probably unable to actually happen.

What was up with the Highlander: The Series BluRay transfers? Season one was ridiculous, and I purchased the ‘re-issued’ versions? Please advise…


158. RAMA - July 28, 2011

You know they have high speed digital scanning technology and the techniques improve all the time..CGI is easier to icreate with higher quality than in 2006 when the TOS-R first came out.

159. RAMA - July 28, 2011

154…Um yeah right…70 plus Emmy noms, hugo awards, Peabody awards, Writer’s Guild noms…the highest viewing figures in syndication for years….and still being rerun to ratings on certain cable channels that rival some new shows…yeah its a terrible show. LOL


160. JP - July 28, 2011

One thing I really appreciate about TNG now more than ever is how it ISN’T like modern day shows. I kind of dig that its a little slower paced and a little more “square” than modern shows. Some people see that as aging badly, but I really appreciate how different it is to what’s out there today. Everything nowadays is made with quick 3 second cuts whereas TNG is much more deliberately paced (as were many shows of the time).

It’s the fact that it is different that has me coming back to it even more as the years go by. It has its flaws and its dud episodes, but so does every Trek show.

161. Steve - July 29, 2011

As much as I’ll bust on TNG (really, I think there were only like 10 great episodes…), I’ll always credit it for helping to revive scifi television. Remember, in 1987, it had been YEARS since there was any decent scifi on television at all. Except for the “new” Twilight Zone and V, neither of which were all that great, I can’t remember a network even TRYING to get a scifi show going.

So TNG proved it could work, and helped lead to a mini golden age for scifi starting just a few years later (an age which I think just ended with the cancellations of “Caprica” and SGU…) It also paved the way for DS9, the first great serialized scifi show.

162. Jeyl - July 29, 2011

While the effort to redo the episodes from scratch seems like a costly endeavor, it does have some areas of potential. If the restoration team were to gather all of the footage for instance, they could unearth outtakes and deleted scenes that have never been seen before. Who knows, maybe they could invite some directors to come back and re-edit the episodes slightly to create a “Director’s Edition” version of the episodes the way Family Guy, Clone Wars and Battlestar Galactica series have done.

And if not for deleted scenes / outtakes sections, it would provide a great backdrop for making-of documentaries that showcases the setting up and shooting of the episodes to coincide with the new interviews.

Overall, I think a lot more would come out of this project than just HD renditions of the episodes.

163. Tom - July 31, 2011

TNG is my favourite series out of all the Star Trek Franchise and I’m really pleased they have decided to upgrade it to Blu Ray.

I know it’s probably a bit controversial but I really would like to see them push the star ship out on this one and really re vamp the whole thing. The special effects need to be re done for sure and I hope that they will make them a bit more dynamic. The Enterprise D looked quite sluggish in her moves and we know the Galaxy class starships can move from the later episodes of DS9. With TOS -R they wanted to be faithful to the original but I think with TNG they can boost the SFX and make it more up to date.

Additionally I would like the music score to be redone in the earlier seasons. Get rid of that tacky synthesizer noise and make it more like the later seasons. And do something about the echoy voices on the bridge too! It sounds like it was recorded in my bathroom!

I also like the idea of doing directors cut versions of the really famous episodes. Like Best of Both Worlds.

164. Obsidian - July 31, 2011

I would love to see them digitally remaster TNG ala TOS. One season at a time. Could take many years… but one season at a time would be like having the show new again on TV for 7 seasons!

Would something like that be financially feasible? Would enough money be made back to pay for the remaster, and see a profit too? Did they make money on the TOS remaster?

165. Daniel Shock - July 31, 2011

#150 – That is not an encouraging comment. I hope CBS is smart enough to involve the Okuda’a

166. Dom - August 1, 2011

I doubt we’ll see much proper HD TNG on Blu-ray. An HD revamp will incur considerable, likely unmanageable, costs, not just rescanning the negs, but trying to re-edit the material ***exactly the same way as the original eps***, bearing in mind fun issues such as the tape versions running 29.97fps interlaced and the HD scans running 24fps progressive. Effectively, you’d have to do seven seasons of post-production all over again from scratch with the added complication of trying to match it frame for frame with the originals.

It would likely be cheaper and easier simply to make a new show. And really, is the world crying out for an HD overhaul of The Last Outpost? ;)

167. Southern Trek Fan - August 1, 2011

TNG, DS9, and VOY were shot to 35mm film and composited to 4:3 aspect. Everything was filmed 35mm but the VFX shots were layered and edited to Beta-SP. This is where the problem lies. Luckily the KeyKode was retained on the original film, so re-editing via match-back will be possible.

Here is a good article detailing this.

168. Matt Wright - August 1, 2011

Uh oh that news that the Okuda’s didn’t know about a TNG remastering is not confidence insipring about the project.

Like Dom and Southern Trek Fan, I remain quite dubious of how this all is supposed to work. The cost in time alone is huge to re-edit a show and then re-make all VFX. At least later shows like VOY were done in a rudimentary digital workflow.

I’m wondering if the end product won’t be a hybrid of HD footage when there is no VFX in the scene and then SD upconverted footage whenever there is VFX. The Blu-ray release of Firefly does it, since there was no money to go back and re-do all the VFX. I’ve seen the HD remasters of Firefly on The Science Channel, it’s a bit jarring to go from richly detailed shots to blurry ones, but it seemed to work OK all-in-all…

169. Greg2600 - August 1, 2011

I hope they decide to sell the episodes into syndication.

170. Jon Spencer - August 1, 2011


171. Tom - August 2, 2011

Southern Trek fan – thanks for the link. Really interesting…

172. Sean4000 - August 2, 2011

167, excellent link. So, re-editing won’t be such a complete shot in the dark. There’s at least a dim night light in the corner.

168, I have mixed feelings about not having the Okudas involved. I don’t want to put them into words for fear of saying something I will regret. Not that I have anything negtive at all to say about them it’s just I don’t know how to say what I feel.

One thing I WILL NOT regret saying is that trusting cut rate CBS-D to succeed ILM, Rhythm and Hues, and all of the other FX talent with this level of a project is sure to deliver mixed results.

173. Matt Wright - August 3, 2011

Yep, but of course we’ll never get ILM level VFX on a limited budget remaster :-(
I really hope they re-composite the ship model shots, and not try to re-do them in CGI… they can redo the phaser shots and the planetscapes need a major resolution increase, but the model work (at least in the later seasons) would probably almost always better than some random CG model.

174. Andreas -horn- Hornig - August 4, 2011

Sometimes, Apri Fool’s Day jokes become true :D

175. raffie - August 5, 2011

This is the Best News I’ve read on this site. The first TNG episodes by the end of this year no less. Amazing. There would be just one thing that could top this and that would be the news they’ll be able to make 16:9 widescreen versions using the excess cropped footage left and right on the 35 mm film. Like they did i.e. with the show Friends:

It would just blow my mind seeing all those classic episodes in 16:9 High def =P

176. Michael Schaeffer - August 15, 2011

Oh my god, I hope they redo the VFX for the bluray. I hope EDENFX does em!!

177. Daniel Shock - August 22, 2011

Waiting on info is killing me… I can’t wait to see this project. I haven’t watched TNG in years… can’t wait to see it again for the “first” time!

178. David Cole - September 8, 2011

Cropping = bad idea. Especially if the show was framed in 4:3 to begin with.

“V” (1983) was filmed in 4:3 but the creators had 16:9 in mind, which made cropping work. “V: The Final Battle” (1984) was not, and by chopping off the top and bottom of the screen, there are often problems.

Also, I don’t care about netflix. Standard-def DVD quality beats streaming every time, to say nothing about the superlativeness of Blu-ray.

I hope they use the edit in the originally filmed f/x shots, but add CGI if needed (e.g. f/x shots in later years when money was tight).

4 episodes, based on fan reactions/popularity over the years and not necessarily my favorites, will likely include at least two of the following:

“Best of Both Worlds”
“The Inner Light”
“All Good Things”
“Q Who?”

179. David Cole - September 8, 2011

#158 – given the original f/x films exist, surely it would cost more for 3D animators to make models and then render all of those scenes just to be re-edited into the full episodes, along with needed f/x overlays (bridge screen, etc)?

Either way, it’s costly. But just re-editing all the original film sequences with Premiere instead of *snicker* 1988 betamax is still going to be cheaper. Assuming all the filmed f/x sequences exist, are still neatly ordered for easy accessibility, and if modern CGI can outdo the original model work (which was phenomenal for the time; modern CGI – of filmic quality would take tons of time to render as well…)

#161 – even then, TNG needed to get past the awful decisions made during season 1… is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.