Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Ray Officially Coming has officially confirmed that Star Trek: The Next Generation is getting the HD treatment starting with "The Next Level" release. The Blu-ray release for January 31, 2012 is three episodes of TNG that acts a prelude to the planned release of all seven season sets on Blu-ray in 1080p.
“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation," Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”

CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, 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. The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. And all of the work is being done in conjunction with respected, longtime Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.

As for that sampler, it will be called Star Trek: The Next Generation -- The Next Level. CBS Home Entertainment has set a January 31, 2012, release date for the single disc, which will include the feature-length version of the series pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint," as well the fan-favorite episodes "Sins of the Father" and "The Inner Light," the former from season three and the latter from season five. The Next Level will sell for the suggested retail price of $21.99.
Considering I am the proud owner of the very expensive DVD sets for TNG, I have to admit I am ambivalent about the news. It will be interesting to see what price point the season sets land on as The Original Series sets didn't exactly come cheap.

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