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New trailer for Star Trek: TNG Remastered November 14, 2011

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG,TNG Remastered , trackback

Last month CBS officially announced Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered, revealing that all 178 episodes would be re-scanned from the original film elements and re-composited for a 1080p Blu-ray mastering. We now have a new trailer for the project, which you can watch after the jump.

As previously reported here on TrekMovie, CBS will release a sampler disc featuring three episodes from the series: the two-part pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", the season three episode "Sins of the Father" and the season five episode "The Inner Light". While the reveal trailer — which you can watch at this link if you haven’t already seen it — only featured a brief look at the restoration, CBS has released an updated version of the trailer which contains new footage from the episodes featured on the sampler disc. Watch the trailer below [YouTube via TrekCore]:

Watch the trailer in 720p at YouTube. Here are some screen grabs from the trailer courtesy TrekCore:

Click here for more screen grabs including comparisons of the original SD and remastered HD where you’ll notice improved color timing, contrast and clarity.

Cover art for “The Next Level: A Taste of TNG in High Definition”:

The ‘Taste of TNG’ sampler disc will be released on January 31, 2012 with a suggested retail price of $21.99. All seven seasons of the show will follow sometime after.

TrekMovie will continue to track this project as further news is announced.


Comments

1. Sybok - November 14, 2011

An odd selection of episodes…

2. Daniel Shock - November 14, 2011

An amazing improvement in clarity! The impressive clarity reveals special effects that are going to look cheesier than than the TOS remastered ones, in my opinion. I kind of wish they went for a full re-do.

3. agentm31 - November 14, 2011

Looks sharp, but I’m not paying $20+ for three episodes I already have

4. John Gill - November 14, 2011

While this looks good, somehow it doesn’t have the excitement for me as the remastering of the original series did when it was done weekly and broadcast…

5. Allen Williams - November 14, 2011

@agentm31 in that case enjoy your horrible betamax transfer. I can’t stand the current DVDs the color is faded and washed out. Thankfully this never happened with DS9 or VGR. I think they used digital tape instead. I still want both in HD though.

I wonder when they are going to release 1080p footage. I want to see what it will really look like.

6. Brett Campbell - November 14, 2011

#4 – That’s because TOS was groundbreaking. Calling TNG groundbreaking is like calling “Beatlemania” the same — while ignoring the Beatles. TNG was a coat-tail ride with more contemporary special effects. TOS was the pioneer that blazed the trail; the spin-offs were but the cash-cows that followed and were milked to death by the time of “Enterprise.”

7. desertrat - November 14, 2011

Really, there seems to be no significant work done on this. Why heck, anyone can clairify negatives. I wanted more and obviously didn’t get it.
Just another Paramount effort to extort money from the fans.

8. rm10019 - November 14, 2011

Cool!

9. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - November 14, 2011

I was hoping for a remastering of the FX. Bluray is great. But would prefer a remaster of the FX.

10. njdss4 - November 14, 2011

Much better looking than the TOS Remastered episodes. TOS-R lost a lot of the charm that the original version had. Just like the Special Edition Star Wars re-releases, imo, where effects were added instead of just improving the original effects as far as they could go. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

This TNG HD looks like they just want to make things clearer, crisper, and more defined, not go back and add unnecessary effects that only take away from the original.

I hope Netflix gets these. I don’t want to buy them, but I definitely want to watch them.

11. Allen Williams - November 14, 2011

You guys seem to forget that this trailer is only 720p and horribly compressed for youtube. Download the orignial from trekcore. Its much better.

Also while scanning and recompositing negatives might not be groundbreaking, its necessary. The current betamax transfers look like crap and need to be replaced. I just hope they can find the missing 13 seconds from “sins of the father”.

Also there is a chance they will reduce the matte used to the 16:9 version which will include never before pieces of every scene. Which although probably not a big deal, will make it fit better on modern TVs.

12. ST:EXP - November 14, 2011

#11 … if they were going to show wider aspect of these episodes, this would’ve been indicated in the trailer to entice viewers and promote the release. Guarantee 4:3.

Only hoping, yes, that this whole project isn’t just all to make TNG “sharper”.

That’s nice, but at least finally releasing cut scenes and alternate takes in an extras section for each season release…. actually showing NEW content to the fans instead of re-tread of the same material again and again.

13. Browncoat1984 - November 14, 2011

Typical Paramount gouging Trek fans and charging absurd prices for content they likely already have. They should have released this at the least for $10, $20 is way too much especially since I’ll likely buy the seasons on blu ray anyway.

14. Driver - November 14, 2011

Eventually, they’re going to Netflix rental and streaming. So, one needs only to be patient if you want to save money.

15. RAMA - November 14, 2011

13. They dont already have them, that’s the whole point….we’re talking about Sd video compared to HD, that alone makes a huge difference. When watching most shows or movies I haven’t seen in HD on a big screen for the first time, its usually a revelation. This will be even more-so, considering we’ve seen inferior versions on VHS, tv and DVD.

16. RAMA - November 14, 2011

1. I think we covered this…Farpoint was the pilot, makes sense to include it. It also got a Hugo nomination. Sins of the father expanded the Klingon saga with Worf and won a Art Direction Emmy. Inner Light is widely considered the “City on the Edge of Forever” of STNG, and won a hugo award.

17. RAMA - November 14, 2011

13. The price posted is retail, you are not likely to see that price anywhere.

18. I Wish I Was Spock - November 14, 2011

I am very VERY excited for TNG to come out on Bluray. TNG is my favorite out of all the Star Trek series’ and I think it’s about damn time they get this underway. I’m not entirely upset that they aren’t redoing the SFX because they way they are fixing it up makes it look great. The only thing I think would really be great to fix up is to replace the matte paintings (like the one of Kronos) because they wouldn’t be very expensive to do. Otherwise…superb!

19. Will - November 14, 2011

It is cute how the flying pancakes are now boy and girl, pink and blue.

20. Will - November 14, 2011

Roll over this before/after and see the vast improvement in resolution:

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/94084

21. Will_H - November 14, 2011

Looks awesome, but not going to buy just three episodes. I did those collections on DVD and what a waste that was. I’ll wait for the entire set on Bluray like i did with Galactica which was totally worth it.

22. spock - November 14, 2011

I have to agree this doesn’t have the same sort of “cool” factor TOS-Remastered project did. If they put this effort into TNG when it was initially produced they wouldn’t have to re-assemble the episodes now. Goes to show what a cheap product Paramount was cranking out in the 80s. The color, clarity of the picture looks really good in HD, not sure if it is worth upgrading all 7 seasons to blu-ray though.

23. Captain Peabody - November 14, 2011

I can’t believe people are actually wanting crappy CGI effects rather than the original, lovingly-detailed models in HD. The TOS-R effects, while acceptable, were at times shockingly fake-looking and obviously CGI. There’s absolute nothing fake about those giant space jellyfish; every detail is real and true to life. That Enterprise shot above of the model is truly a beautiful thing, and impossible to equal using CGI.

I’m really excited for this. Even the picture clarity and quality jump is amazing. Picard’s head is so shiny!

24. Allen Williams - November 14, 2011

I think the only reason why some of the TOS-R CGI didn’t hold up in some areas (I thought it held up in many occasions), was they were trying to make it look like it could have done in the 60 if they had more time and money. All I would ask for is that if they were going to do full CGI (they are going to have to replace the existing CGI elements anyway) I would think they would try to bring it up to Star Trek 2009 quality (except minus the stupid lens flares).

25. Reign1701A - November 14, 2011

^^What 23 said. The original model work was great, and it looks gorgeous in HD.

26. Captain Peabody - November 14, 2011

Yeah, the TOS-R stuff mostly held up pretty well, though there were quite a few occasions where it simply didn’t (for whatever reason–I blame lack of time/budget, personally). But even the very best of the TOS-R effects don’t even begin to compare to the beautiful model shot of the Big E in the trailer. That is one classy lady, my friends.

As far as I’m concerned, this is the best of both worlds (pun sorta intended). A perfectly faithful, high-definition remastering that preserves everything good about the original, and makes it even better. Color me excited.

27. Anthony M. - November 15, 2011

CBS/Paramount Reps, if you are reading these responses, please pay close attention to what we say (especially this one).

Picture quality looks outstanding! Here is my problem though (and I see others agree). There are many errors in the televised and DVD released episodes that should be addressed to do this series justice on Blue Ray. Spacecraft exterior model shots that don’t match interior shots in the next cut, missing spacecraft or special effects in certain shots, bad matte lines for some older SFX shots, sound effects that are not correct or missing, low quality planet paintings, low quality period specific CGI, and the big problem – the difference between the 6 foot/2 foot Enterprise model used mostly in seasons 1-3 and the 4 foot model used in seasons 3-7.

I am all for keeping “art” true to the original intended version, however by correcting the errors and SFX with new (correctly done) CGI, it would blow away fans and casual viewers, hopefully as much or more than TOS-R. We will always have the DVD’s to fall back on for the original version.

If you are still in production, and wish this to be extremely profitable, please take these considerations seriously.

28. Jim - November 15, 2011

It was my understanding that since the show was shot on film and then transferred to a digital medium for editing and special effects additions. That would mean that the FX would need to be created again from scratch much the same as TOS was. The only thing they can transfer from the original negatives would be the live action scenes….

29. Pointing Out The Obvious - November 15, 2011

The TNG HD Box set: Yours for the low low price of only The right arm of your first born!

30. Hat Rick - November 15, 2011

In “glorious” HD?

Could they have used a MORE Venture Brothers reference?

31. DJT - November 15, 2011

I can’t wait to see TNG in *glorious* HD.

And when I say “glorious”, I say it in a Will Ferrellesque voice, referencing the movie ‘Old School.’

:)

32. Glenn Burgess - November 15, 2011

@27 spending epic amounts of money to fix things unnoticed by the casual viewer will not make it “extremely profitable”. I definitely don’t think it would be wise for CBS to put all that investment in.

I’m not too keen on the four-foot model myself, but I can live with it. Until I read behind-the-scenes info about the VFX, I wasn’t even sure there was a new model, just a different way of shooting the old one.

Now I know, and yeah, I prefer the six-footer, but I really don’t think it’s worth fixing. It would require either new model shots, or some really beautifully built CG to match the 6-footer. That’s a significant cost investment.

Also, personally, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about TNG, but even I am hard pressed to remember incidents of missing sound effects (the odd combadge?) or incorrect exterior-interior matchups (ten-forward vs the six foot model?). As for missing effects, I often remember being let down by an episode that would mention, say, another federation starship, and it barely appear in the episode, or not at all. Or whenever there was one, it was another Galaxy or the Excelsior model. Or the horrible Stargazer kitbash. But honestly, it is what it is. Those issues really aren’t important.

Casual viewers are not going to notice the ten-forward windows. Hardcore Trek-fans are not enough to support that kind of investment. We didn’t show up to see the TNG cast on the big screen when they were still making new films. (Well, I did, and I suspect you did!) We’re not likely to be flocking to the stores to buy older oft-repeated fare.

People often mention that the TOS-R effects are poor, for many reasons: time, keeping the 60s look, etc. The main reason, I’ll bet, is that CBS wanted to spend the absolute bare minimum, because the return is simply not that high. They needed the series in HD, and they wanted to do it cheaply as possibly. Would time have been an issue if money wasn’t tight? No, it wouldn’t.

In this case, if CBS can re-use all the old model shots etc., then great. They were good-quality models (except Stargazer ;) ), and I’d rather that than a rushed-job CG makeover for some shots, for the sake of fixing a few windows and a chunky saucer section.

As for matte lines, they should be dealt with through the remastering process anyway.

33. Paul B. - November 15, 2011

#19 – Pancakes? What kind of pancakes have you been eating?! Since when do pancakes have tentacles or tendrils or whatever those trailing bits are called? YUCK! Remind me to avoid your breakfast table. ;)

But yes, the pink and blue jellyfish are cute, even if the color coding is a bit anthropocentric for my SF tastes.

34. P Technobabble - November 15, 2011

TOS had 79 episodes (not including The Cage), and not every episode was full of FX.
TNG was 178 episodes, so that alone means a lot more FX. TNG episodes had many more FX shots than TOS ever did anyway. I don’t think there’s any chance CBS would spend the time, money and effort required to re-do TNG’s FX from scratch.
In addition, TOS FX were upgraded in order to appeal to a younger crowd who were used to seeing better graphics in a video game. Generally speaking, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT FX still hold up pretty well. It seems to me that CBS’s intention is to get all of the series into Hi-Def, and that’s it. Redoing FX does not seem to be in the cards.

35. Jeff - November 15, 2011

In case it hasn’t been mentioned yet, the original TNG compositing and “digital” effects were all done in SD resolution. That means any effect which wasn’t generated in real life and captured on film such as models and explosions will have to be recreated.

Basically the whole series will have to be recomposited and they’ll have to generate new effects for all phasers, shields, planets, and similar digital effects. I doubt the blu-ray is going to be crappy.

36. Captain Rickover - November 15, 2011

# 28
Nope. Every single fx was shot on film. Only the final composition was done on video tape. The effort to restore TNG on HD is still an huge, but it’s not necessary to make all the fx from scratch.

37. Tom - November 15, 2011

I think the original SFX rendered in HD will look really good. A lot of the original elements were done with motion picture quality.

Now, the live action pieces are another story. The sets, make-up, etc may have been designed with just SD in mind, as motion picture detail is sometimes costly.

Even when TOS went to DVD, the improved resolution showed a lot shortcomings (wood grain on bridge consoles, seams in Spock’s ears, to name two).

38. rm10019 - November 15, 2011

I’m really looking forward to this, can’t wait to watch TNG clearly, displaying the show on my 1080p projector is just embarrassing on DVD.

I think all the details have been covered by RAMA and the other good people here. The model photography will be glorious in HD.

39. kregano - November 15, 2011

I just hope that they do something about the giant Birds of Prey and maybe add a few of those Best of Both Worlds designs to break up the monotony of the ship shots. I wouldn’t mind a totally CG Enterprise-D for Yesterday’s Enterprise, since the model doesn’t have a battleship vibe at all.

40. rm10019 - November 15, 2011

Fixing the Phaser from the torpedo bay in Darmok is #1 on my list. I was also wondering what they could do to smooth out the very rough stop-motion animation of the bugs in Conspiracy.

41. SciFiGuy - November 15, 2011

I applauded and supported the new FX for TOS but found it to be an uneven effort. I never found them to be feature film quality — which is what they deserved. The digital matte paintings were excellent and seeing some of the new ships was cool but did anyone anyone really expect Paramount to for the bill for redoing the effects for a 7 season series?

That’s just not realistic and I think the newly restored footage looks AMAZING!!! It’s like night and day and the remastered footage looks better to me than TNG did even on first run!!!

The main issue for me with this release is COST. I hope they do more “best of” sets. I’d buy those in a heartbeat.

There’s detail in these shots that I never knew was there until now!!

You can’t beat the work that ILM and Image G did on this show. There’s no need to redo the effects in CGI. Is much rather Paramount hire ILM or another real effects FX house to go back and redo the TOS effects in a more quality and convincing fashion. Some of those were poorly staged and executed…even looking “video-gamish” in some shots. Green blob Klingon disrupter beams anyone?!

42. Jorg Sacul - November 15, 2011

#37… Maybe on the original 1701, the wood grain was stamped into the metal of the bridge consoles? You know, intentional like.

(ok, it’s just a cheesy excuse for justifying plywood… but hey, I’m a fan)

43. Desstruxion - November 15, 2011

TNG is not aging as well as TOS.

44. Vultan - November 15, 2011

Yeah, TOS has aged beautifully.
“So many cardboard sets… so many memories.”

;)

45. rm10019 - November 15, 2011

43, just wait 5-10 years when nostalgia for the late 80′s early 90′s kicks in. It will do just fine.

46. Romanes Eunt Domus - November 15, 2011

#19 the space jellyfish were always pink and blue. it was, IMHO one of the cheesier points of Encounter at Farpoint.

That was one optical effects sequence that I hoped would be completely reworked, such is life.

47. SciFiGuy - November 15, 2011

#33 — Your post made me laugh out loud at work!!! HAHA!!! Thanks for the morning laugh — and, yeah, I was wondering about his pancakes too!! HAHA!!!

48. New Horizon - November 15, 2011

I am consistently confounded by the people who belittle this project because they’re not CGI’ing all the space scenes.

The only reason TOS had to be redone in CGI is because the original filmed elements of the TOS ships have been tossed in the garbage.

With TNG, we get to see what the show could have looked like with a higher budget and more time for the space shots.

All the ships are being recomposited, yes, but the planets and even the stars are being CGI’d in from what I can see in this comparision shot.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/375800_10150945054915788_644095787_21833952_2062435428_n.jpg

It’s quite literally the best of both worlds. We get to see physical models, spruced up with modern compositing and computer wizardry…but we also get some CGI elements tastefully added in. Something I wish we could have had for TOS as well.

The show and special effects look amazing with the work they’ve done.

49. CmdrR - November 15, 2011

Kinda missed the Christmas sleigh, didn’t they?
Ah well… it’ll make a great MLK Day gift.

50. New Horizon - November 15, 2011

To sum up my feelings…this is the type of restoration project I’ve dreamed about for a Star Trek show.

51. They call me Stasiu - November 15, 2011

#20 Thanks for that comparison link. It’s now obvious how much screen area, chroma and detail has been regained.

52. PEB - November 15, 2011

like some of the other posters here, I’d be set to snatch this up IF the fx had been re-done. it’s like the big reveal of the enterprise-b in generations, loads of fanfare and then you realize “…oh, it’s the excelsior…with fins.” dont get me wrong, the clarity is great and all, but it just seems that as a bigger thank-you to the fans, a total remastering would have been nicer.

53. Mark Lynch - November 15, 2011

Well, I’m definitely getting the sampler disk. It’s a cheap way to get a look at TNG in HD and it has one of my favourite episodes on it too.

I think this is going to blow everyone away come January…

I just hope I can buy it in the UK!

54. Jeyl - November 15, 2011

@52 PEB: “like some of the other posters here, I’d be set to snatch this up IF the fx had been re-done. – it just seems that as a bigger thank-you to the fans, a total remastering would have been nicer.”

This IS a total remaster. You think they just took the finished effects footage of the Farpoint creature coming out and converted that into HD? They had to recomposite, re-color and remake that scene from scratch. If that’s not a total remaster, I don’t know what is.

I prefer this method of bringing TNG to High Definition. We’re not replacing the work that was done, we’re kicking their work up to 11.

55. M. Bouffant - November 15, 2011

What, none of you noticed that the dialogue is not exactly synched? This may be an error uploading to YouTube, or they just weren’t paying much attention for the trailer, but come on!

56. Holo J - November 15, 2011

I was watching captain Christopher shown around the bridge by uhura the other day. She points to some of the screens on the bridge. You can’t hear what she is saying as Kirk is talking to Spock but she is mouthing something. I guess she was saying in the future we have crinkled monitor screens because our budget doesn’t stretch far enough to get these fixed even after remastering ;)

While there were some some nice things done with TOS Remastered I always felt it could and should have been alot better. TNG doesn’t look too dated effects wise, especially in the later I series. All the monitors on the bridge don’t suffer from crinkled screen syndrome either. Obviously due to having more money spent on the sets. Most of the models for TNG also look great still, but TOS lacked models for ships that were mentioned but never actually seen so it needed its new effects more than TNG does. Although I must admit I would have loved to see some new stuff effects wise.

57. I'm Just Sayin' - November 15, 2011

WHO ARE WE KIDDING HERE…TNG SUCKS!!!

58. Mark Lynch - November 15, 2011

^
So that’s what a troll looks like…

59. Nick Cook - November 15, 2011

I see the TNG haters still have too much time on their hands.

Anyway, I look forward to TNG in HD. I’ll be buying these and they’ll sit proudly alongside my TOS sets.

60. Kirk's Flying Wig - November 15, 2011

Wow! This looks amazing! I am amazed by the look of it!

Of course, I’m not shelling out for just 3 episodes. But when the complete series is finished, I will be buying.

61. New Horizon - November 15, 2011

>52. PEB – November 15, 2011
like some of the other posters here, I’d be set to snatch this up IF the fx had been re-done. it’s like the big reveal of the enterprise-b in generations, loads of fanfare and then you realize “…oh, it’s the excelsior…with fins.” dont get me wrong, the clarity is great and all, but it just seems that as a bigger thank-you to the fans, a total remastering would have been nicer.

This IS a total remastering. Remastering doesn’t mean ‘replacing effects’ with CGI.

To that end, the FX ARE being redone….but they’re using the original model footage, but it’s all recomposited with modern tech….new star backgrounds and planets. It looks great. CGI is not the answer when all of this movie quality model work exits.

62. RAMA - November 15, 2011

22. Cheap product???? It was $30 million a year. One of the most expensive shows of the time. The tech didn’t exist then to be able to crank out FX on a level like today within time and resource requirements. Video was used, analog then digital to speed up editing. Just becaus the rate of technological expansion is increasing doesn’t mean they didn’t put the resouces they had into it. In factm the fact that they are doing this ground up approach to bluray remastering shows the opposite.

63. Azrael - November 15, 2011

Ya know, mentioning the Enterprise B in Generations, and your apparent suprise that it was an Excelsior class vessel. I have to wonder how you didn’t already know that was the ship’s class, after all the model of the B was clearly visible in the D’s briefing room for years before Generations came out, and very obviously it was an Excelsior class. I knew what class the B was before the C appeared in Yesterday’s Enterprise (which IMO was more of a TNG City on the Edge of Forever than Inner Light, which I barely remember). Other posts here simply anger me, especially since I still remember watching Encounter at Farpoint in the original broadcast in 87 and every episode after, I was almost never disappointed. I would also like them to fix the Phasers in Darmok

64. Adam W - November 15, 2011

Completely not interested because they listened to “purists” and are doing these in 4:3. Many TV shows have been reframed and look great – Seinfeld, Friends, etc. They could have been done in 1.78 and preserved artistic intent, and since they went over them with a fine tooth comb anyway any discrepancies could have been addressed. No way I’ll be buying them, I’ll just wait to watch the syndicated ones on TV which they said will be in 1.78 (they did a reframe job, just not giving it to us on Blu).

65. RAMA - November 15, 2011

27. From what I understand, they are allocating funds to “correct” certain mistakes in FX of the series before ever thinking about creating new ones.

66. Sybok - November 15, 2011

16. I’ll give you the fan favorite INNER LIGHT though it is hardly the most illustrative example of HD worthy visuals. SINS OF THE FATHER is somewhat understandable. However, ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT is dreck. If I only get three episodes then I’ll go with Entertainment Weekly’s top picks of YESTERDAY’S ENTERPRISE and THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PARTS I AND II. Which 3 pack do you think would have better sales?

67. SPOCKBOY - November 15, 2011

Looks good!
Groundbreaking though?
TOS was ground breaking. They started with a blank page and made Star Trek out of it. Now THAT’S groundbreaking… :)

68. Simon Belfast - November 15, 2011

Stunning work. Can’t wait to see the full first season without the beige-red 80s hue. I’m so glad the FX were recomposited rather than rendered in CGI.

69. RAMA - November 15, 2011

67. Well considering TOS was on film, it was relatively easy…taking a TV show from the original film negatives because it is incapable of being transferred from video masters to bluray and making a NEW edit is ground breaking.

70. Tarrax - November 15, 2011

#6
Groundbreaking? The only groundbreaking part of TOS was the casting and the fact it even got aired. The stories varied from passable to cheesy and don’t even get me started on the ham-fisted acting. Maybe Shatner’s skills at over-acting were groundbreaking for the time. Is that what you were refering to perhaps?

71. Kevin - November 15, 2011

I for one am very glad this is being done. However, I’m not thrilled with the episode choices for this sampler. I’ll probably still buy it just to see TNG in HD. TNG looks the worst off all the series on DVD in terms of resolution and color. This looks amazing.

My next issue will be the price of the Bluray seasons. The Star Trek series have always been the most expensive on the market when compared to any other TV show, and the prices rarely go down at all from their original retail price unless you can get them used or another medium is released that makes them obsolete (VHS to DVD for instance).

I… and I’m sure many like me (especially in today’s economy) simply don’t have a disposable thousand dollars laying around to spend on a 25 year old TV show that we’ve seen a thousand times in syndication before. Many have also purchased these in one form or another already and aren’t ready to replace thier incredibly expensive set quite yet. But I do realize that this cannot be an inexpensive or easy undertaking for CBS.

This is why I like the fan collectives. I don’t need to buy a whole season and can get related episodes from all of the series.

I’m hoping that they’ll release some of these that way. As for Netflix (if it still exists in a few years)… I love having the series there… but it’s just not Bluray high def. At most it’s compressed 720p… better than 480i, but a far cry from Bluray.

72. New Horizon - November 15, 2011

Unlike TOS remastered, which I didn’t buy because of the spotty CGI…I am 99% certain that I will buy this collection. I never bought TNG the first time around because i was poor, and also because I had high hopes they would do something like thing. I’m just so happy they’re doing it right.

73. Brett Campbell - November 15, 2011

70 – I meant it in terms of originality of concept , writing and everything that went with these. I was with TOS when it began on NBC, against other sci-fi shows at the time. TOS outclassed them all. Doesn’t sound like you were there, so you can’t possibly know. Plus, the first seasons of TNG were pure garbage. Let’s see which series is still remembered best as groundbreaking in another 50 years. It won’t be be TNG. Oh, TNG WAS groundbreaking in turning all the spin-offs into soap operas in space. I almost forgot about that.

74. Son of Captain Garth - November 15, 2011

I will not purchase this until they fix some rather egregious f/x sins, like the Big E always being on the same X/Y axis, even when it’s “drifting”, or when there’s supposed to be hull damage, but we get the same static stock shots of the ship, and some of the awful slow-mo battle footage. Honestly, I can barely even watch the first season of the show because it looks so cheesy.

I detest most of DS9 and VOY, but at least the f/x looked better.

75. FlyingWok - November 15, 2011

Can’t we all just agree that we’re fans of Star Trek instead of fighting over whether TNG or TOS was more “groundbreaking”? Someone else liking TNG better doesn’t diminish TOS and vice-versa. They’re all products of the time in which they’re produced, and so are we, and all brought different aspects of Trek’s future vision to the table.

In any case, I’m pretty excited about this TNG set because the picture looks incredible compared to the fuzzy, yucky, purple tinted VHS/Betamax-mastered images we get on the DVDs and on Netflix. Also glad they’re recompositing the original film FX shots rather than going the CG route. I feel that that route more strongly preserves the original feel and integrity of the series rather than something like the sometimes dodgy TOS-R CGI shots. (I really think the primitive 60s effects of TOS are part of its charm!)

I’m not surprised they chose these three episodes for this set instead of the big fan favourites simply because they don’t want to cannibalize sales of the full season sets. I know that if I got a box set with BOBW, Yesterday’s Enterprise, and All Good Things I’d probably be more hesitant to get the full season sets.

Hopefully the full season sets are on par with the market rate for full season TV shows (e.g. $30 – $40 price range).

76. JP - November 15, 2011

The faces looked a little waxy which makes me fear that this will be DNR’d within an inch of its life like the movies were when released on blu ray (TWOK was the only one that wasn’t).

77. Red Dead Ryan - November 15, 2011

Can’t wait for this!

As for TOS being “groundbreaking”, well it’s true to a certain extent. Mainly in the casting. Particularly with the casting of an African American woman and a Japanese American man.

The most groundbreaking show in all of sci-fi still has to be “The Twilight Zone”. It did for sci-fi on television what “2001: A Space Odyssey” would later do for sci-fi on the big screen: Depict the genre in a deep, meaningful way with brilliant casting, stories, and helped inspire “Star Trek” on both the small and big screens.

“The Next Generation” wasn’t groundbreaking like those that I mentioned, but it’s tremendous success helped usher in a new (arguably the greatest) era of sci-fi on television. Not only that, but the list of great guest stars (some even before they became superstars) like Terry O’Quinn, Terry Hatcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Sorvino, Kirsten Dunst, Ashley Judd, Michelle Forbes, Steven Hawking, and astronaut Mae Jamison.

Yeah, I think it’s kind of silly that the TOS versus TNG bickering continues, but hey, it’s Trek fandom we’re talking about. Some things just never change!

78. Basement Blogger - November 15, 2011

Watching movies on HD TV with a Blu-Ray is great. You get a theater experience. And with TNG coming to Blu-Ray, our Trek lives are going to get better.

Interesting choice of episodes for this disc. Two of them are very cerebral. “Encounter at Farpoint.” and “The Inner Light.” I’ve always wandered how the space creature could live in the vacuum of space. All right, though they ae cerebral the shows are beloved. So, let’s go once more with Captain Picard. “Let’s see what’s out there. Engage.”

79. DeShonn Steinblatt - November 15, 2011

Wait. Some people thought they were going to redo the fx? I haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere.

80. Son of Sarek - November 15, 2011

My only fear is that the black cardboard cutouts to obviate the glare of the back wall bridge panels in Seasons 1 and 2 will be painfully apparent.

81. Allen Williams - November 15, 2011

#80, yeah completely agree. I wish they could scrub them out, but overlaying parts of season 3+ on it. Unfortunately it would be a very tedious task and most likely would need to be done by hand frame by frame.

82. Sven - November 15, 2011

Makeup is an issue. In high res Klingons look like actors in disguise as one easily sees the borders between latex and skin. Phlox had to deal with that already. Looks flimsy like Landau in the first seasons of Mission Impossible.

83. Magic_Al - November 15, 2011

The long-term reason for this project is to keep TNG viable on TV and online streaming. Everything studios have in the vaults is getting digitized and TNG has to keep up with the competition, or people will see a fuzzy, desaturated 1980s video picture on their 50-inch 1080p set and change the channel to T.J. Hooker. (Yes, T.J. Hooker is now in HD on some cable channel.)

The improvement in detail is amazing. If you don’t think the Farpoint jellyfish look 100% better in HD you must be blind!

84. Dr. Cheis - November 15, 2011

I can’t understand all the hate shown here. This is incredibly exciting for me. I’m amazed at how close the new effects look to the originals. I think this will be a much more “literal translation” than the TOS remastering was, and I very much doubt we’ll be seeing any shots that look plastic this time around, and I can’t wait to see the new additions as well (lightning! omg!) I’m also super glad they’re fixing the coloring, as the originals always bothered me.

Unfortunately I don’t have a Blu-ray yet, and even id I did, I wouldn’t buy this because it just means I’d have to re-buy it when the whole set comes out. I hope Paramount is taking that into account in analyzing sales. However, if I had a Blu-ray, I might rent a copy if the local video place had one.

85. Chris M - November 16, 2011

I will definitely be purchasing this, looks awesome! And no doubt eventually I will collect all seven seasons on Blu Ray lol

86. DJT - November 16, 2011

I just finished watching El Shat as T.J. on HD myself! Kinda makes me wish they had done Phase 2 back in the day just to see him as Kirk during “the lost years”.

87. DJT - November 16, 2011

You know, if TPTB had put this TNG-HD sampler out by the holidays, I think they would have had a hot seller on their hands. It’s not too expensive and it is a nice gift for a Trek fan. By putting it out in January, sales will inevitably be lower due to the fact that everyone is broke after the holidays.

“Your timing is excellent Mr. Scott. You fix the barn door after the horses come home.”

88. New Horizon - November 16, 2011

-86

I’m sure they rushed they could have gotten it out by Christmas. Personally, I’m happy they’re taking their time to do it right.

89. SPOCKBOY - November 16, 2011

@70
Umm, let me see…. phasers, communicators, tricoders, starships, transporter, warp drive, tractor beams, shuttlecraft, the Federation, Starfleet, Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans, Dylithium crystals, photon torpedoes, shields, scanners, hypos, impulse power, etc etc.

TOS created ALL of those ideas and concepts.
That’s, what was groundbreaking. TNG didn’t create the world of Star Trek at all, it piggy-backed on something that was already created.
To quote Sir Issac Newton, “I stood on the shoulders of giants”

I’m not knocking TNG, but for you to agree with the statement that TNG was “groundbreaking” and say TOS was not?

Pure sillyness brother. :)

90. sean - November 16, 2011

Both TOS and TNG were groundbreaking in different ways. There were things TOS did that no other show had done before, but there were also things TNG did 20 years later that TOS simply wasn’t capable of, especially in terms of storytelling. TOS is legendary, but there’s a whole generation out there that grew up on TNG (to the tune of 20 million viewers every week), so let’s not discount that show’s impact on the culture at large.

91. Dr. Image - November 16, 2011

Groundbreaking??? TNG?? Haaahaahaa!
And seriously, some of those episodes DID really suck.
Impressive technical effort though.
Interesting how they reduced the robin’s-egg blue of the E- which was a mistake IMO anyhow.
Now it looks MUCH better- almost as good as the darker coloration in Generations.

92. Vultan - November 16, 2011

Good grief. You guys are really arguing over the use of the word “groundbreaking.”

It’s marketing language. Nothing more. Don’t take it seriously. Frosted Flakes are tasty, but they’re not exactly “Grrrrrr-reat!!!” Overselling it just a bit, eh Tony?

Anyway, TOS was a good show. TNG was a good show. They both had excellent episodes… and both had their share of stinkers. Such as it goes in TV land.

93. Red Dead Ryan - November 16, 2011

#88.

A little correction for you. TOS didn’t “invent” the transporter, “Forbidden Planet” did.

BTW, “Forbidden Planet” was the other groundbreaking sci-fi movie I forgot to mention. Yeah, it might have been “The Tempest” in space, but it also was the inspiration for Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek”. As well as “Star Wars”. FB is almost the “Star Trek” before “Star Trek”. Heck, the numbers 1-7-0-1 came from that movie!

94. Paulaner - November 16, 2011

I can’t wait to get my hands on TNG remastered. That’s a wonderful job: original sfx and sharper images.

95. Brett Campbell - November 16, 2011

93 — Also, “The Fly” (1958) was also about teleportation gone horribly wrong.

96. Brett Campbell - November 16, 2011

92 – Vultan, well said and rationally presented. There is a career for you in mediation if it is not already your current vocation.

97. Brett Campbell - November 16, 2011

90 – Sean — also very good points.

98. Vultan - November 16, 2011

#96

Thanks, Brett.

And the original “The Fly” is an excellent movie! (as is the ’80s remake).

99. SPOCKBOY - November 16, 2011

@93
A little correction for you ;)
Actually it wasn’t a transporter. It was device that stopped people’s bodies from smashing into bits when the ship came out of light speed. They called it”DC Stations” (deceleration stations?) Trek’s “transporter” suggested “transporting” something from place to place. The Fly was the first time there was a transporter (teleporter) that I am aware of (that or Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a Half Century) But I take your point about FB inspiring Star Trek. Blonde haired heroic captain, friends with the Doctor and the Engineer, ray guns, “United Planets” ship, green alien planet skies…and I noticed the 1701 thing too ;)

Fantastic movie. MGM at its finest.

:)

100. Jeff Adams - November 16, 2011

With the new trailer I’m kind of torn. The live action stuff looks great. But I’m disappointed in the new fx shown. Its not up the quality of the original release. I was hoping with them being recomposited they would be higher quality. Sure they are sharper because of the rescanned elements…but the compositing work is a little sloppy. Most of the shots shown have small errors in them that should not have made their way into the final output. Example the odd looking/moving star field on Sins of the Father shot, and on the landscape shot in Encounter at Farpoint the ground element is warping and scratches are present. Each of these things are simple 30 sec fixes that they are letting slide. I am hoping that its possible these are still works in progress. But since they appeared in the trailer, I guess they think they are final. That has me worried.

101. SPOCKBOY - November 16, 2011

Fantastic web page about the behind the scenes of Forbidden Planet…
http://nzpetesmatteshot.blogspot.com/2011/03/forbidden-planet-shakespeare-in-space.html

:)

102. Robert Bernardo - November 16, 2011

Spockboy, thanks for that look behind the scenes of Forbidden Planet. Now those are special FX. :)

103. PEB - November 16, 2011

@63 it’s not that i was surprised that the enterprise b was a version of the excelsior class ship considering what was shown/talked about previous to the release of generations BUT lets not act like continuity has always been kept up in Trek. The idea to create enterprise (archer’s ship) when there hadnt been a mention of that captain, any of his crew, his ship, or even the fact that there was a starship named enterprise before TOS 1701 kind of contradicts the point you were making. my only point was that it couldve looked like a better refit of the excelsior class, i never said it needed to be an entirely different type of ship.
and to others, i get what you’re saying about not replacing the effects with computer generated effects, believe me, i’m not george lucas or anything. I just felt that it worked nicely in the original series remastering and also it was beautiful with the way it was done in the motion picture dvd that was released. that’s all.

104. Admiral Ackbar - November 16, 2011

Chryst some of the comments here are depressing. I hope most of you jadrools will be buying this and supporting TNG in HD.

105. Chris Freeman - November 16, 2011

Still excited about this!

The CGI camp is wrong wrong wrong! Re-compositing is the way to go! Original models in the digital domain will be great!

The widescreen camp is also wrong! Unless you want to see a bunch of lighting rigs and stage hands at the edges of every shot.

We’re going to see a lot of makeup on Data’s collar!! I can’t wait!!

106. Chris Freeman - November 16, 2011

Why has no one commented on the lightning bolt in the establishing shot of the Klingon city?

There’s your CGI, people!

107. Brett Campbell - November 16, 2011

98 – Agreed. Cronenberg’s “Fly” was listed by “Time” magazine as one of the 10 best movies of the ’80s, and deservedly so. Powerful, visceral film.

108. Jeff O'Connor - November 16, 2011

Man, I don’t even particularly like “Encounter at Farpoint” but I won’t be able to resist scooping this up.

109. Vultan - November 16, 2011

#107

Yep. And Jeff Goldblum has (arguably) never been better.

110. BeatleJWOL - November 16, 2011

@105.

Still doesn’t have to be either or; the physical models will have never looked better than these new transfers, and the phasers/shields/etc effects will have never looked better than in their new CGI incarnation.

Truly, (prepare yourselves), the best of both worlds.

:D

111. Jeff Adams - November 16, 2011

It remains to be seen how good the new cg additions will be. There were only a few in the shots that were shown. The new planet looked decent…but the star field behind could have been better. There’s no telling at this point how much effort they’ve decided to put into the cg elements.

112. Bucky - November 17, 2011

Is it still the same framing or are they making it widescreen? Cause every shot in that trailer, oddly aside from the reveal of the Enterprise-D, are framed like they were originally. Of course, I’m picturing lots of shots where the crew is just hanging around in the corner of the frame, eating sandwhiches.

113. New Horizon - November 17, 2011

-106

The lightning was in the original shot, that’s not CGI.

114. Bart - November 17, 2011

The clip from Inner Light looks like it came from Generations, same picture quality, colors, detail. Will be great to see all episodes like this.

Effects could be a bit more advanced though, especially with big episodes like Best of Both Worlds…

115. spooky - November 17, 2011

I probably will not buy this sampler but I imagine that I will be getting it as a belated Christmas present, my family loves that much me heh heh heh. The price is a bit high and thinking about the actual season sets when they are released has me reeling. I don’t know if I would want to shell out big dough again, I have only recently purchased the 7 boxsets for TNG when they were at their lowest cost. Anyway, I love the footage so far except for the planet surface shot with the alien thingie rising up. The surface looks very cheesy still, I had hoped that they would improve that somehow making it look better. Still, it will be great to see this in its intended look when complete. As for people complaining about CGI, and widescreen. Jeez, pick your battles wisely. The budget on this is limited… while I wish that they would spend millions on this per season I doubt that is going to happen. Give the CGI is better mantra a rest, CGI is good in small doses. Widescreen is overated, so get over it already. I like the direction that they are going though, using real models and improving the other elements with modern tech, etc. I never liked the space shots of planets in TNG, they tended to look like blurry blobs. I hope torpedoes and phaser effects will be redone with light from these elements illuminating the ships surface or people and environments in a realistic manner. The sets also in some episodes could do with some set extension and animated backgrounds. Static shots where the set or matte paiting backgrounds looked flat and fake. Still, I imagine that this is a massive undertaking. I think Paramount should pony up the money for this because they owe it to the fans who have stayed true. Putting in the money and love into the product makes for a highly sought after product, it makes us happy too. I hope that the extras will be worth waiting for; deleted scenes, commentary tracks, etc. This needs to happen CBS, learn from the errors of the mountain.

116. captain_neill - November 17, 2011

I cant wait to see Next Gen in HD

117. Fubamushu - November 17, 2011

Since everyone is either too stupid or too lazy to click on the link to the first TrekMovie article discussing TNG in HD, here are a few of the key points from that article, copied and pasted for your reading pleasure.

The remastering process:

•CBS is starting from scratch using the original film negatives, 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 from the film elements available.

•The freshly cut film will be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio.

•Work is being done in conjunction with Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.

•Aspect ratio for Blu-ray release is the original aspect ratio as it aired on televsion – 1.33:1 (4:3) – confirmed by TrekMovie.com and The Digital Bits.

In addition to learning these critical bits of information which would put idle speculation to rest and kill half of the silly arguments here, you’d also be able to see a series of before and after shots. When I first saw these many moons ago, I thought new CGI had been done. But in re-reading that first article, it is now clear those are not new CGI special effects. Despite this, the enhanced clarity is AMAZING because the Big E looked like a super-detailed CGI but it is not. Those new details are what was captured on film but lost in the compositing process to video tape.

So maybe if everyone would read and comprehend, then everyone could shut up and enjoy.

118. Bucky - November 17, 2011

^ Thanks for copying and pasting, now I don’t have to do any work, chump! Bwha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

119. Bucky - November 17, 2011

“Since everyone is too stupid” & “Shut up and enjoy”. Lemmie guess, you’re a guidance councilor, ain’t cha? Golly, you sure are special though. Because you read an article. Great job. Go you.

120. rm10019 - November 17, 2011

119 – lol

121. Morns' uncle - November 17, 2011

Can’t we just trade in our DVD versions and pay for an upgrade to Blu-Ray? I’m sure that in 5 years Blu-Ray will also be obsolete!

122. Christine - November 17, 2011

Well, uh, I don’t have a Blu-ray player.
Remastered on DVD, please? Otherwise they’re not making a cent off of me!

I think it would be awesome if they re-broadcast the remasters like they did with TOS. I think that, when it first came out, TNG had more of a popular following from the start than TOS, which mainly had a cult following in the ’60′s (if I’m not mistaken). It was reruns that got TOS popular.

I wonder if, any time down the road, they’ll ever remaster DS9..? Voyager might not need it, by today’s standards anyways. But even DS9 was pretty good in visual comparison to TNG.

123. rm10019 - November 17, 2011

122 Sorry, it kind of defeats the purpose to recompress the HD back down to lowly DVD standards. Sorry, but perhaps you will sample it through Netflix someday. I hear they are planning to put it on VHS if that helps? ;)

You can pick up a Bluray player anytime at Walmart or Kmart or Target for $99 or less when you are ready and enter the 21st century.

124. rm10019 - November 17, 2011

Oh, and yes, I’m sure TNG-R will be sold into syndication, to be shown at 1am in Duluth, and 3am in New York on WPIX :) And you are mistaken, the following for TOS started in 1966 and went until…. right now. JJ 2009 proves that in spades.

Yes, i would imagine in about 5 years you may get some DS9 in HD and then Voyager. All the Trek spinoffs will ‘need’ it, only Enterprise in its later seasons was actually posted in HD.

125. Jeff Adams - November 17, 2011

@123

Not true. A downsampling of the remaster will still look better than the original DVDs. You’re not going to lose the improved color in a resize. Plus it would be 480p instead of 480i. There’s more to the remaster than resolution.

126. Christine - November 17, 2011

#123 :: Oy, I don’t have a hundred bucks to spare! I got tuition and board bills to pay! And just for the record, I’ve lived over half of my life in the 21st Century. Just because I don’t have a Blu-Ray player because I think textbooks are more important doesn’t mean I’m not here. ;)

127. Red Dead Ryan - November 17, 2011

#126.

Just “borrow” someone else’s, if you have an HD television set, of course! :-)

128. Valen - November 18, 2011

There should be an easter egg where they use CG to edit Wesley out. :)

129. Trekboi - November 18, 2011

can someone explane to me why they cant gice us both aspect ratio’s on blueray- if they could let us toggle between old & new effects in the original series why can’t they let us choose an aspect ratio- full screen or widescreen?

Same goes for the original series (if re-released at any point)

130. CommanderJacobs - November 20, 2011

TOS and TNG were shot only 4:3, Babylon Five, DS9, Voyage and ENT were shot in 16:9. (pretty sure on these).

131. Brock - November 20, 2011

I can’t @ some people on here hating the post TOS Trek.
Apparently they just “milked” the franchise. Apparently taking an established universe, expanding it hugely and bringing us some fantastic sci-fi and tv in general is just “milking” the franchise. TNG and DS9 were fantastic and VOY even had its episodes. I feel sorry for people who can only appreciate TOS, it must be difficult having such narrow tastes.

132. MelodyMaster - November 21, 2011

Just to clarify, TNG was was shot on film, but not EDITED on film, as was TOS. Each and every shot was scanned to 1″ then edited on VIDEO to a C-format master, the noisiest of the broadcast tape standards (High-band 2″ quad was much cleaner, as was High band Betacam and digital formats that followed.) Thus TNG is very grainy-looking, and early episodes tended to be too reddish. To do a modern HD version of TNG means each and every shot has to be scanned separately from the in-camera negative, then every single edit has to be REDONE on video, and re-balanced. In other words the entire run has to be started from scratch to create the new masters. (And most special effects only exist on the old C-format master.) During these new edits, If they like, they can even change the edit decisions, use different reaction shots, alternate dialogue, make longer versions, etc. It’s no extra effort. This is a simply huge undertaking, much more so than TOS which was already presented to the scanner as a finished product since it was edited on FILM. Voyager and DS9 were also edited on video but look somewhat better because video archival fomats had improved. HOWEVER they too will have to be started from scratch, from the film elements, to make new HD versions. This is one reason why TOS was done first, it was the easiest for making new Hd masters. Paramount is not “milking” the TNG franchise, they are creating honest-to-goodness new product at a cost that will take some time to amortize. (There’s no “Betamax” here, that’s a home video format, distibution of programs was done on BetaCAM.)

133. Daniel Buckley - December 4, 2011

#129
They would need to have two separate versions of each episode encoded on the disc. That would greatly impact either the amount of compression they would have to use or the number of disc per season. More compression could have a negative impact on picture quality. If you just add more disc that would probably double the disc count since you’re doubling the number of episodes per season and would definitely increase the price. Neither option sounds like a good idea to me. I say keep it the way it was made, 4×3.

134. Matthew - December 19, 2011

@21 “Looks awesome, but not going to buy just three episodes. I did those collections on DVD and what a waste that was. I’ll wait for the entire set on Bluray like i did with Galactica which was totally worth it.”

They’re testing the market, so if they scrap plans to go ahead due to poor sales of the teaser disc, I’ll blame you and people like you.

135. Matthew2 - December 19, 2011

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for keeping it true to the original and I’m pleased they’ve gone this way instead of a CGI rush job. Although I’m a big fan of TOS-R all the same. But those saying CGI wouldn’t have been “profitable”, may I remind you just how much money TNG has spun for them already? It has been syndicated to all hell, all over the world, and while an average DVD box-set of a TV series was £30 per season in the UK a few years back, Paramount were charging £84.99 PER SEASON for their TNG DVD sets. Lame, eye gouging, washed out old prints in the original Betamax/VHS resolution, or whatever it was, with no remastering whatsoever. Not to mention this will be re-sold to TV networks world wide again, in HD, and they’ll likely charge us £50 per season on Blu-ray.

Believe me, the cost of new CGI would not be prohibitively expensive. I believe this was a decision taken largely on the grounds of artistic integrity, and with real fans like the Okudas overseeing it, it will be done with love. I for one am pleased about this.

Just one thing confuses me. We were told for years that the only way of doing this was to re-shoot all the FX as they were shot/edited and stored on videotape, and that only the 35mm negatives for live action scenes were available. How and when did this change?

136. Steve - February 12, 2012

Funny, those jellyfish creatures were actually CGI to begin with in ’87, done by the predecisor of Pixar i believe.

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