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Star Trek: The Next Generation Confirmed Release in Blu-Ray In 2012   Star Trek: The Next Generation Confirmed Release in Blu-Ray In 2012
By Salar Golestanian @ 01 Oct 2011 :: Article Rating
 
When I heard the rumours that Next Generation on HD, I did not think it was true as I was sure it was shot on video and not film, and now StarTrek.com can officially confirm it: Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released in high-definition Blu-ray, starting in January with a sampler of several popular episodes, followed by a season-one set to be released later on in 2012, and subsequent seasons beaming down after that which would keep broadcasters happy as StarTrek repeats seem to still have significant viewing.

Each of the 178 episodes spanning The Next Generation's seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release in the Blu-ray format and, eventually, for runs on television and digital platforms in the U.S. and across the world. Star Trek: The Next Generation will, as fans know, be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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 unconverted from videotape, but instead will be re-compositioned. 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, long time Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.

StarTrek.com’s story also confirms that the full run of the show will follow on Blu-ray later, with at least season one arriving in 2012. The Next Level sampler disc is more a proof of concept and a chance for sceptical fans to see if the show’s high-def upgrade is worth a new purchase. I imagine since the show’s full release is coming, most fan’s will skip the sampler disc and just wait for the full-season sets.



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