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Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray taster later this month

This will be old news for most, but Paramount and CBS have been hard at work restoring Star Trek: The Next Generation for Blu-ray release and the first fruits of that work are coming to the UK on 30th January and the USA on 31st January 2012. The initial 'taster' release - Star Trek: The Next Generation® – The Next Level - is a low-cost offering that includes the feature-length pilot – “Encounter at Farpoint” – as well as two more “fan favourite ” episodes, “The Inner Light” (Season 5) and “Sins of the Father” (Season 3). The single Blu-ray disc will be available for a suggested retail price of £9.99 in the UK and $21.99 in the USA.

A few choice paragraphs from the press release:

One of the most popular series in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: The Next Generation® celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. It premiered in first-run syndication during the week of September 28, 1987 and ran through 1994.

All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release over the next two years on Blu-ray.

Transferring Star Trek: The Next Generation® to high-definition presented numerous challenges – The series was originally shot on film and then transferred to videotape, which was used to edit episodes together. In order to create true HD masters, CBS is going back to the original uncut film negative – all 25,000 plus film reels of it – and cutting the episodes together exactly the way they originally aired. The visual effects were all shot on film and will be painstakingly recompositioned, not upconverted from videotape. The newly cut film will then be transferred to true high-definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. Denise and Mike Okuda are consulting on the project.

And below is a video demonstrating the restoration, followed by the Blu-ray Trailer (click-through to YouTube to view them in HD):


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