In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine (out now in the UK and elsewhere, in the US next week) TOS-R producer Dave Rossi talks about progress on the project. He says that the team are ‘really proud’ of the work and jokes that ‘the mini skirts look really good’ in HD. Rossi acknowledged that the biggest challenge is time, but noted that now that they have a ‘cache’ of 90 new shots of the Enterprise they can re-use (more than the 17 TOS used), they can focus on episode specific shots. Regarding those he talked about a number of episodes (some of which have already aired), but also gave some hints at what we can expect in four unaired episodes…detail below.
Rossi on various unaired episodes
"Court Martial" (unscheduled…on TOS-R HD-DVD)
Will show USS Intrepid in orbit of Starbase 11
"Return of Archons" (unscheduled…on TOS-R HD-DVD)
Did something amazing…It’s an orbital and establishing shot Star Trek has never done before and it’s really beautiful.
"Operation: Annihilate!" (unscheduled…on TOS-R HD-DVD)
…will do something that demonstrates how versatile starships are designed to be as they confront the mysteries and dangers of the frontier.
"Ultimate Computer" (unscheduled…2nd season…probably Fall 2007 in syndication)
…trying to figure out how to get the most of the war games battle into existing shot times while respecting the intent of the original work of the editors. It’s always a daunting task to use the original cut times and requires a lot of thought, but ultimately is very satisfying for us. Poor Excalibur…I love a good starship battle and we’ll be trying to squeeze as much out of this one as we can!
Some HD-DVD Details emerging
TrekMovie.com has learned that CBS-Digital have now completed the episodes for the first year of syndication as well as additional unscheduled TOS first season episodes for the upcoming HD-DVD. They are currently on a Trek hiatus with some on vacations and others working on a film project. Work on Trek should recommence in a few of weeks. CBS have still not officially provided a firm date for the TOS-R HD-DVDs but sources indicate it will be released in November (US, Japan and I believe Europe). We have also learned that they are creating entirely new special features for the disks including ‘pop up’ extras related to many of the episodes. As we get more details we will bring them to you
For more from Rossi pick up the new issue of Star Trek Magazine