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4.0 out of 5 stars Great picture quality - but not a lot else, 9 April 2009
This review is from: Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The original DVD releases were remastered, but there was still some evidence of grain, scratches and washed out colours. This release presents all the episodes in as near pristine condition as possible,and they look brilliant, so it's worth buying for that alone. As for the updated special FX, well there weren't really that many to start with in the original series. Bad matte scenes have been spruced up, and the model shots of the Enterprise have all been replaced by CGI. Phasers and hand phasers have also been given the treatment, as have the opening credits. If you intend to buy these sets simply for the new CGI, then you are in for somewhat of a disappointment. It's obvious that the main exercise here was to present the show looking better than it had ever done before, & I suspect the CGI was a very small part of that. I've compared my old original series DVDs alongside my new R1 remastered copies, and the difference is apparent. Question is should you shell out £90 to replace your original DVDs when paramount should have done a decent remastering job in the first place? Well, I did, and I'll be keeping both sets simply because I prefer the original versions with the out of the ark SFX over the new state of the art alternatives.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2009 12:33:05 BDT
Mark Twain says:
Astounding that this reviewer should say that CGI has been a small part of the remastering. You only need to look on Youtube and yes there is a great deal of difference on planet shots, the Enterprise exterior shots, blinking monsters and planet scenes and architecture in particular which all add to the realism and entertainment spectacle. The difference would tempt hard core fans to buy again. I am one of the lucky ones who didnt buy the original dvds and this will be my first Trek on dvd. I was considerig buying a blu ray player to accomodate the new box sets, but now we have the dvds in a box set packaged sensibly, Ill go for these at the lower price. Its a pity for the HDV buyers who also have had to tolerate the silly plastic box set packaging but thats life.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2009 02:29:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2009 04:31:47 BDT
Definitely! The new CGI FX are WAY more than a small part of this remastering work....I entirely agree. It was the most significant part of this undertaking by a long chalk. The actual idea in the first place was so that the TOS FX didn't underwhelm younger fans who were raised on mind boggling CGI - they wanted the new CGI to take TOS boldly into the future in search of a new generation of fans, who will no doubt have their interest in TOS sparked by the upcoming Abrams movie. Of course, the CGI does indeed blend beautifully with the overall cleaning of the prints....so the two are a very happy marriage, but the CGI is definitely the eyebrow raiser here. I also can't understand where the reviewer is coming from here.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2009 00:12:57 BDT
I think you are both misunderstanding the point the reviewer is making. (S)he's saying that there's probably been just as much effort paid to sprucing up the live-action pictures as to replacing the old ship and planet effects - and that since the ship/planet effects were only ever a small percentage of what you saw in the average Star-Trek episode, it's not the be-all and end-all of this release.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2009 04:28:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2009 04:48:07 BDT
No, the CGI isn't the be-all and end-all of the restoration, but it is by far and away the most *significant* part of the job. And the most significant thing to happen to Star Trek in donkeys years. Frame-by-frame hair/blemish removal and colour/contrast touch up type restorations are ten-a-penny, completely redone CGI scenes (yes....however small a percentage of the actual episodes the CGI scenes are) are not. Neither of us missed the point, I can assure you. It's just that the point was way off the mark. He/she is saying that if you bought the new sets just for the CGI, you would be disappointed. Not true......read all the reviews, it is the new CGI that people wanted to see above all else. Of course the fact that the actual prints have been cleaned clearly comes as a bonus to us all, but we all know what the big seller here is. Well, all bar two of you...it seems.

He/she made the point of saying how few space/effects scenes were in TOS originally - well yes, and that feeling was compounded by the fact they used lots of 'samey' fly-bys and orbit shots. This is another thing they have changed with the new CGI, as now you get umpteen different angles used for the fly-bys and orbit shots....some distant shots of the Enterprise, some rivet scraping shots of the Enterprise etc etc... so there just feels like so much more to it.....even if they are all contained in an almost equal number of actual scenes. Which is another important point this review misses.

Like I say, the CGI may indeed make for a small percentage of the actual episodes, but it is *easily* the most significant and important feature of the new restoration. In short, it *is* the main selling point.
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