What's better than a colony of space jellyfish swarming the Enterprise? Those same luminous leviathans in the full glory of High-Def! Since the original Star Trek series was remastered in 2006, fans have been chanting for a similar treatment of their beloved TNG and now their wishes have been granted. And it's not even Christmas yet!
A new extended spot for the Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray transfers is teasing our Trek sensibilities with tantalizing digital images of four key episodes. All 178 episodes are being converted to high-definition 1080p and will be released in Seven Season Sets beginning later in 2012. The sampler disc being launched January 31th, 2012 will be called Star Trek: The Next Generation—The Next Level and includes the two-part pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint," "Sins of the Father" and "The Inner Light," which won a 1993 Hugo Award.
The wizards at CBS Paramount are returning to the original negatives of the show, working from over 25,000 reels of footage, and will recut film for transfer to high definition with a 7.1 DTS Master Audio mix. Warn the neighbors and crank up the sub-woofer! Here's the trailer.
The image quality in comparisons between Standard and High-Definition is amazing with a bold color palette and deep blacks that provide a more balanced picture that intensifies the visceral appeal of the Star Trek universe. By using recomposited shots instead of simply upcoverting the video material, this project will create true HD masters with true HD special effects. Also, before anyone blows a galactic gasket, the episodes WILL be presented in their original 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio. Whew!
Now the only question is—Can you wait until after the holidays to unwrap this tinseled Star Trek treasure?
The sampler disc engages fans January 31, 2012 as part of The Next Generation's 25th Anniversary.
(via Furious Fanboys)