Besides the 2013 Star Trek sequel, the other big thing going on these days is the Star Trek: The Next Generation Remastered project. Just in time for the 25th anniversary in 2012, CBS is bringing the show into the HD world. And now it has been revealed that some of the great design vets from the series are back to help the project along. More details below on who is back and what they will be doing plus info on the Blu-ray sampler pack now available for pre-order.
Trek design vets returning for TNG Remastered project
Long-time visual effects artist Doug Drexler revealed on his blog that today he is joining the Star Trek: The Next Generation Remastered project. According to Drexler, he is joining other TNG art and design vets Dan Curry, David Takemura, and Mike and Denise Okuda.
As previously reported here at TrekMovie, the Star Trek: TNG remastering project is very different than the HD remastering of the original Star Trek. This time the team are going back to the archives and remastering the original film shot by shot and then re-editing each episode. This includes the original filmed effects shots. Drexler explains the process:
Unlike the remastering of TOS, this job will be 100% true to the original. Visual effects shots will not be reinvented, pulling you out of the show. What’s about to happen is truly extraordinary. The studio has saved all the original footage, and VFX elements from the good old days.. We will be recompositing them, and then outputting them in high definition. Here and there, elements have been lost, and we will recreate only those missing pieces, and with this promise: aside from looking like you had your windshield cleaned, you won’t know the difference. Star Trek: The Next Generation is Gene Roddenberry’s legacy, it is culturally significant, and we will rejuvenate the show with curatorial eyes only. Paramount Picture deserves a round of applause, and I can’t wait to dig in with my friends.
TNG Remastered Sampler Blu-ray available for pre-order
Earlier in the fall CBS officially announced Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered, revealing that they will be bringing all 178 episodes into the HD world. The first release will be the "Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Next Level"
Blu-ray sampler with four episodes: the two-part pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", the season three episode "Sins of the Father" and the season five episode "The Inner Light". The sampler, touted as "a taste of TNG in HD" will be released on January 31, 2012. You can pre-order the sampler pack now at Amazon for $14.99 (discounted from the suggested retail price of $21.99). All seven seasons of the show will follow sometime after.
Here is the latest trailer:
TrekMovie will continue to track this project as further news is announced.