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UPDATE: HD Version Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray Preview January 12, 2012

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG,TNG Remastered , trackback

Last week we showed off a preview trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation Bluray sampler pack. CBS has now provided us with an HD version of this trailer, which you can check out below in up to 1080p!.


HD promo for Star Trek TNG Bluray

CBS has provided TrekMovie with HD version of the preview showing off the old vs. new Bluray transfer of the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot "Encounter at Farpoint."

[Select HD and go full screen to get the full effect]

The "Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level" sampler disc will be released on January 31, 2012 with a suggested retail price of $21.99. The disc will include the feature-length pilot – “Encounter at Farpoint” – as well as two more “fan favorite” episodes, “The Inner Light” (Season 5) and “Sins of the Father” (Season 3).

You can pre-order it on Amazon for $14.99.

All seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation will follow, with the first season coming later this year. TrekMovie will continue to track this project as further news is announced.


1. New Horizon - January 12, 2012

Our new HDTV is on the way! Just have to pick up a basic bluray player to watch this sucker.

2. Darkwing - January 12, 2012

Whatever you do, don’t get Samsung!!!!

3. Sven - January 12, 2012

Yesss :-)

4. Ensign RedShirt - January 12, 2012

Pre-ordered it weeks ago-can’t wait to see it!

5. Nacho MG - January 12, 2012

Oh My God… DNR’S BACK…

6. Thomas Jensen - January 12, 2012

Can’t get into it without some new visuals.

7. devonp - January 12, 2012

Is the old version really this bad or has the difference been exaggerated by Paramount in this video clip? I mean there is absolutely no definition to the creature in the older version and the background just looks like cloudiness or fuzziness to the eye! I mean really I am a lover of Hi-Def but if we were really watching this Crap all along wouldn’t we have thought it was crap while watching it? I never thought it looked bad while watching previously. Is the difference this monumental or have they slightly exaggerated to peak our interest once again?

8. sean - January 12, 2012


Weird, Samsung is one of the only brands I feel comfortable recommending!

9. PaulB. - January 12, 2012

#7 I agree with you. I just watched the same clips on both Netflix and Amazon Prime (Farpoint turns into jellyfish, Picard & Q facing Zorn, etc.)

The “old” bridge footage they used in the sample looks far more faded than the Netflix/Amazon versions, which had closer-to-the-HD colors than this comparison suggests.

The SFX look about the same–that is, the “old” sample looks like the current streaming footage–except that there is more detail in the streaming versions than this old footage. The ground around Farscape, for example, has more detail in the current streaming vids than in this sample “old” clip.

That said, there is no doubt that this is a HUGE improvement in resolution overall. Sadly, it’s still “Encounter at Farpoint.” HD doggy poo is still doggy poo!

10. BeatleJWOL - January 12, 2012


Actually not too surprising; the “OLD” on the clip appear to be from the actual video mastertapes from Paramount’s vault. Well, the DVD transfers from those tapes were done about a decade ago(?), and the video tapes they were transferred from have undoubtedly aged (pull out a VHS tape in your house from the early 2000s and see how it looks :p) Meanwhile, the Netflix/Amazon versions were probably copies of the same digital transfers done for the DVD sets, so they would retain the quality of the Paramount mastertapes circa 2000-2002.

I think.


11. Robert Meyer Burnett - January 12, 2012


I can honestly say the difference in the TNG blu ray is absolutely one of the most drastic differences I’ve EVER seen in an HD upgrade of any film or television show. Just STUNNING. Even the viewscreen during the Saucer Sep in FARPOINT…WOW.

CBS has set a standard so high I don’t think it can ever be surpassed.

Just AB the disc with the standard DVD when you get it…you’ll be blown away.


12. New Horizon - January 13, 2012

#2. It’s an LG smart TV, with newer LED lighting tech.

13. MJ - January 13, 2012

What’s up with Patrick Stewart’s face looking so wet when in HD. It is very distracting — he looks like his face just went through a car wash???

14. Ishpeming Guy - January 13, 2012

Samsung has excellent quality but if you need service of any kind – you’re cooked

15. DaddlerTheDalek - January 13, 2012

This BL makes me really curious…

16. Jon B - January 13, 2012

I think the old side only looks worse than usual because it has to compete with the new scans. On it’s own, it’s okay. The HD side is way better, but I totally have no problem with the old SD.

17. Jtrekker - January 13, 2012

Honestly, I think the “Old” side looks like it came from a VHS or one of the 3/4″ tapes they used to use for syndication distribution. Personally, I doubt the actual “master tapes” look this bad. Otherwise, I don’t think any level of restoration would have given the results as seen on the “New” side.

All that said, the improvement is still noticeable. I think I agree that if you compared this side-by-side with a DVD copy (which has been the highest quality available up until now), you would still be blown away. Just can’t wait to see some of the other transfers from later season – especially “Best of Both Worlds”!

18. rm10019 - January 13, 2012

16 and 17 You are actually wrong. The HD side is, does in fact, have THAT much more actual picture information if you do the math. It’s not a sales pitch or a distortion to say that what we saw broadcast or even on the DVD’s was a blurry messy.

It is beyond noticeable, the HD remaster gives people a chance to see the true work that the TNG and ILM team did.

19. rm10019 - January 13, 2012

19 Sorry about the tone and typos guys, not awake just yet.

20. captain_neill - January 13, 2012

Pre ordered it myself, cant wait to see it.

21. MikeTen - January 13, 2012

Is CBS redoing the FX shots like with TOS remastered? If so I wish they would have put Best of Both Worlds on the sample Bluray.

22. MONGO - January 13, 2012

Mongo say “Hello” to Mike Ten mans .

Mongo also say no. FX shots original. Remaster peoples use original elements and recomposite when necessary. Some improvement to old shot done. Mongo say look at warp effect from opening credit. Window and nacelle light is on. But it original model shot.

23. jerr - January 13, 2012

it’s going to be fun reading all the small print on displays and doors ;-)

24. Keeper of the Katra - January 13, 2012

Mike and Denise, you Rock!

25. Simon - January 13, 2012

#12 – Ah, Lucky Goldstar (that’s what LG actually stands for BTW).

If it’s not a full-array LED LCD then it’s inferior to the standard CCFL LCDs.

I’ve also found LG sets with poor black reproduction (the space scenes in TNG HD will look more like dark grey) and wonky fleshtones that range from sunburned red to orange to greenish. And I’m talking on the humans! Trying to calibrate them can be a nightmare.

Sony/Samsung/Panasonic/Sharp (in that order) is what I recommend.

26. Red Dead Ryan - January 13, 2012

I have a Samsung 40 inch LCD. 1080p. Great for Blu Ray watching. Movies like “Star Trek”, and “The Lion King” look really great on it.

27. conscienceoftheking - January 13, 2012

I’d love to get these, but I just KNOW they’ll be set at some god-forsaken price that I simply can’t afford now. I’m sure it’ll be at least $100 a season. At that price, there’s no way I can get these.

It looks great, and I’d love to see TNG look that good. I just can’t get around the cost.


28. Sebastian S. - January 13, 2012

The only downside to the improvements to the remastered “Encounter at Farpoint”? It’s still the same script…. (hee, hee!)

I’m teasing. Just because TNG isn’t my thing doesn’t mean it isn’t someone else’s. Actually, the remastering work is very well done. Should look great.

29. Daoud - January 13, 2012

@28 Fortunately, “All Good Things” retconned some of E@F for the better. I’d have loved to see them edit appropriate parts of AGT into E@F, such as the early scenes before the initial encounter with Q.

30. psychojediboy - January 13, 2012

If that’s what the Enterprise-D model looks like in HD, why did they feel the need to destroy it in Generations again?

31. captain_neill - January 13, 2012


Next Gen is still one of my all time fav shows. I cannot wait for this.

32. Red Shirt Diaries - January 13, 2012

Does anyone know why Picard’s face look so “wet” in the HD upgrade? It looks like his is sweating profusely for some reason? In the original version his face appears “dry” and normal.

Is this an after-effect of them using too much Dolby noise reduction on the original video to upgrade it to HD? This is very noticeable and tends to ruin the HD upgrade for me.

It looks like Picard just did ad hour on a StairMaster.

33. New Horizon - January 13, 2012


The model we’re getting is the lg42LV5400. The majority of the reviews I’ve read have been extremely positive about the picture quality. It comes with wifi built in and everything else I need it to do. (Netflix) :)

34. Tony Todd's Tears - January 13, 2012


I mean, yeah, it looks awesome. I can’t wait to see it.

35. Tony Todd's Tears - January 13, 2012

@ 32 It was probably the heat from the Ten Thousand watts of light they were using to light the bridge.

36. spooky - January 13, 2012

32. People sweat, mannequins don’t!

37. Odkin - January 13, 2012

@32 Red Shirt

It was confirmed weeks ago that they are NOT uprezzing old video to create HD. Unbelievably, they were allowed to go back to the original live action film elements and basically recreate/re-edit the episodes back together. I thought that the complete re-cutting would be way beyond Paramounts willingness to spend. I guess we’ll see if there’s any follow-through depending on sales. Trek is a perpetual asset for the company, so permanent hi-def preservation is in their long term interest regardless of initial sales of the Blu-Ray set. For all we know, selling the set may just be “gravy” for a corporate asset preservation project.

Anyway, because they went straight back to the film, there would therefore be no digital resolution tricks or artifacts from conversion. Maybe Picards’ makeup was just too shint that day. It’s also possible there are some things we will see that the creators thought would be invisible, or toned-down to correct levels, in the original lo-res broadcast and VCR incarnations.

38. gatetrek - January 13, 2012

I don’t know…but I kind of like the lower definition version of the creature…it seems more natural to me, while the HD version looks like a model being pulled by strings; the lower quality one obscures this in its blurriness. But besides that, interior bridge scenes and the stars in the viewscreen look great in HD!

39. Red Dead Ryan - January 13, 2012

The reason why Picard looks sweaty may have to do with the tightass jumpsuit he had to wear. Patrick Stewart has said the early uniforms were highly uncomfortable to wear, and very hot.

I think too, though I could be wrong, that the sets were not air conditioned for the first few seasons.

40. Red Dead Ryan - January 13, 2012

Some of the other tv brands include Vizio, Curtis, Dynex, Toshiba, and VisionQuest.

But I’d recommend staying away from those.

41. BeatleJWOL - January 14, 2012

Vizio’s getting decent reviews for their equipment, and Toshiba’s probably the lowest of the low, but not TOTALLY out of the running. Agreed on the rest, though.

42. Red Dead Ryan - January 14, 2012

Yeah, I previously had a 32 inch 1080i Samsung. It was really good, but after four years, I upgraded to a 40 inch 1080p Samsung. “Avatar” is jaw-dropping on my new telly.

43. GraniteTrek - January 14, 2012

Let’s not forget that E@F was the very first episode shot. They don’t have the makeup quite finalized on Data, there are skorts/skants and other costumes rarely seen again, and it was the first time through on this show for the entire production team. So you’ll spot things that aren’t quite right yet as both the shooting process and elements of production haven’t been refined yet. You’ll even see changes from the first to second episode, never mind as this season and the series as a whole moves forward.

44. captain_neill - January 14, 2012

Well to me the first half of “Encounter at Farpoint” I think is great. I love the whole first 35 mins with Q appearing on then putting the crew on trial for the crimes of humanity. I think it sags in the second half with the Farpoint mission and because it was originally meant to be an hour long pilot it does feel slow in places.

It is still a good watch to see how it began. Loved the courtroom and the saucer separation.

45. Allen Williams - January 14, 2012

Why does everyone hate encounter at farpoint so much? I love it, except for the lame part with jellyfish holding hands (which even in CG will still look lame).

46. New Horizon - January 14, 2012

45. Allen Williams –

They are not being remade in CG. The show is being re-scanned and “RE-COMPOSITED” from the original negatives. Anything that exists on film will be re-composited with modern technology. The only items done in CG will be missing model work footage and things like phaser blasts, transporter beams, etc.

For example:
Here is the original composite from Encounter at Farpoint. Zorn is in front of a blue screen with the stars added in later.


Here is that same scene composited with modern techniques. Note all of the wisps of hair that are now visible that got masked out before? :)


Here is an explanation for anyone who isn’t sure what compositing is. :)


47. Stanky McFibberich - January 14, 2012

I’m not a huge fan of TNG, but this is great news to see attention placed on this instead of only on the abominable new movie series.
I look forward to seeing the restoration.

48. DS9 Forever - January 14, 2012

“Encounter at Farpoint” is probably the hokiest of all the Star Trek pilot episodes. Just imagine “Emissary” – Wolf 359, the Cardassian attack on DS9, Sisko’s encounters with the Prophets. It would be brilliant.

49. MJ - January 14, 2012

“I’m not a huge fan of TNG, but this is great news to see attention placed on this instead of only on the abominable new movie series.”


50. MJ - January 14, 2012

@25 “Sony/Samsung/Panasonic/Sharp (in that order) is what I recommend.”

You’ve go to be kidding. Panasonic is hands-down #1, and Sony is no longer in the Top 5.

51. MJ - January 14, 2012

@46. Thanks for the explanation, but that does not explain how the jellyfish got taller in the HD version. Re-composition should not change the size of the objects.

52. Magic_Al - January 14, 2012

I think CBS will follow through on remastering the whole series unless Blu-ray sales are truly abysmal. The real money will be in licensing the HD episodes for television, streaming and the iTunes Store. Yes, this is expensive, but there are no signs CBS plans a Star Trek TV series anytime soon and a spruced up TNG greatly increases the value from rerunning that series. One can argue that some of the cost is merely delayed from when they saved money 20 years ago by using video post production. In hindsight cutting the negative together would have better future-proofed the show.

53. Red Dead Ryan - January 14, 2012


Maybe they altered it to make it look more like what it was originally intended to be? Or just to improve it a bit?

54. New Horizon - January 14, 2012

51. MJ – January 14, 2012

I don’t really think it’s taller, it’s just that when they rescanned the negatives they allowed more of the edges of the frame to show this time around. Take note of Q’s arm when they do the wipe from old to new. Nothing is taller, the framing is just slightly different.

55. et - January 15, 2012

I have to confess I’m of two minds about the new transfers.

On the one hand, yes, they’ve never looked more gorgeous, and it’s about time TNG got the blu-ray treatment.

On the other hand, now you can see that “alien planet” is just a sandbox. Awesome!

I know new CGI isn’t economically practical, but I think I was spoiled by the TOS releases.

56. New Horizon - January 15, 2012

55. et – I know new CGI isn’t economically practical, but I think I was spoiled by the TOS releases.

The funny thing is, I didn’t find the CGI consistent enough in terms of quality to impress me because I never really felt they nailed a consistent look. A few episodes were great, but the rest just looked like CGI tacked into a 60’s television series. Daren Dochterman got the look just right. He was able to add some dynamics to the shots but still have the CGI look like it was a studio model shot with 60’s tech…except better!

I’m only too happy to have some of the original TNG crew back rescanning and recompositing the original footage. At least it will be the real show and not a facsimile.

57. Chris Freeman - January 16, 2012

Trekmovie people — maybe include all the info up to this point with each update of these TNG videos. That way we don’t have the same comment threads about CGI effects and upresing video.

Even just a bulleted list, like so:
– They are rescanning the original 35mm film that the series was shot on
– It will not be in widescreen as the original shots were composed for 4:3
– The effects are all original, recompositing the original filmed elements
– No additional CGI enhancements
– In cases where an effect originated in the video domain (low res), it will be re-created digitally in HD faithful to the original
– Wesley has not been digitally removed

Oh, who am I kidding? People don’t read. :P

58. BeatleJWOL - January 16, 2012


y’know CGI.

Actually we *don’t* yet know how the original CGI effects will be recreated; matching the original or not. My guess is yes, but who knows?

59. New Horizon - January 16, 2012

> Actually we *don’t* yet know how the original CGI effects will be recreated; matching the original or not. My guess is yes, but who knows?

Doug Drexler said that anything that needed to be recreated in CGI would match the original footage.

60. Bart - January 16, 2012

We’ve seen what the galaxy class can do in cgi: ds9 battles, these are the voyages… A few more different shots would be welcome. There are always the same shots in orbit or while at warp.

61. BeatleJWOL - January 16, 2012

“Doug Drexler said that anything that needed to be recreated in CGI would match the original footage.”

Oh yeah, he did, didn’t he? :D

Still, they’re in mid-project; I would not be surprised if they come across a shot or two, look at it and go “yikes. that really DOES need to be fixed”.

62. Captain Dunsel - January 17, 2012

I have said it before, and I say it again. Paramount should be offering an “upgrade” option to folks who have in the past purchased the official DVD releases. Take the original DVD packages to authorized dealers of the bluray release and get a hefty discount on the new release. Otherwise the next release in 5 years will be the one with new CGI FX in 7D … Paramount has got milking Star Trek fans down to a fine art!

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