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Old 01-25-2012, 10:07 AM   #181
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Trekmovie.com is running a two part interview with the Okudas about the Blu-Rays.

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Mike Okuda: Over the course of the series, many different techniques were used. For example, some phasers and photons were film elements, others were purely video creations. For example, the beautiful shot of Deneb IV ("Encounter at Farpoint") was actually a matte painting done by Industrial Light and Magic, and that was done on film. The planet is pretty much dead on with what was done in the original shot. Whereas in "Sins of the Father," the planet existed only in video resolution, and so Max Gabl at CBS Digital actually did a new planet.

TrekMovie: Speaking of "Sins of the Father," I noticed that the opening shot of the Enterprise and the Klingon ship looked a bit different. Was that computer generated? And how do you choose when to use a CGI version of the Enterprise or other ships?

Mike Okuda: Virtually all the ship shots are the original film elements. Occasionally a film element wont be found or will be unusable for whatever technical reason. In that particular case, that was not a CG Enterprise, that was actually a new matte painting. However, they do have a digital Enterprise, because we know it will be needed at some point.

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Old 01-25-2012, 10:09 AM   #182
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Matte painting, hmm? Interesting. I'd think that'd be much more work than simply using a computer generated Enterprise.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:36 AM   #183
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Matte painting, hmm? Interesting. I'd think that'd be much more work than simply using a computer generated Enterprise.
If the painting already existed and was ready, maybe not?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:40 AM   #184
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Pre-order at amazon for $14.99

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:19 AM   #185
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Part 2 of the Trekmovie.com interview with the Okudas.

This should settle the debate about 16:9 vs. 4:3.

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TrekMovie: That brings up an issue that has been brought up by some fans who are wondering why this set is not being done in widescreen. Some believe the original film elements have more information on them and it could be done in widescreen without cropping. Is that possible?

Mike Okuda: First of all, it is our very strong desire is to respect the original work by the original directors and cinematographers. By cropping and letterboxing, we change the composition. You make things appear bigger and more crowded. It is true that in some shots – not all – but in some shots there is additional information on the film. But then again you are changing the original intention.

Denise Okuda: And in a lot of cases there are things that aren’t intended to be seen – sandbags, light stands, whatever – on the sides. The major thing is that we want to preserve the composition and the look of what the original filmmakers wanted to offer.

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Old 01-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #186
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This should settle the debate about 16:9 vs. 4:3.
It should, but will it?


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Old 01-26-2012, 12:22 PM   #187
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In my Netflix watching I saw quite a few boom mics in the shots that would never have been seen in an overscan television world. I expect they will clean up those issues for the BR release.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:41 PM   #188
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In my Netflix watching I saw quite a few boom mics in the shots that would never have been seen in an overscan television world. I expect they will clean up those issues for the BR release.
Those weren't boom mikes. Those were positronic neutrino relays.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #189
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Those weren't boom mikes. Those were positronic neutrino relays.
I thought that they were self sealing stem bolts.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:53 AM   #190
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It should, but will it?

No way!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:58 PM   #191
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My copy was waiting when I got home. Popped it in right away. Only watched a few minutes, but boy does this look good!
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:08 PM   #192
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You can actually see a person walking around in the conference room from the exterior Enterprise shot at the end of the opening credits.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:37 PM   #193
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You can actually see a person walking around in the conference room from the exterior Enterprise shot at the end of the opening credits.
I heard on a podcast that was actually Patrick Stewart filmed and inserted into the conference room windows.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:08 PM   #194
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You can actually see a person walking around in the conference room from the exterior Enterprise shot at the end of the opening credits.
That's always been there.
It's just that now, you can see it better.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:57 PM   #195
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My copy was waiting when I got home. Popped it in right away. Only watched a few minutes, but boy does this look good!
This. I won't have time until this weekend to do any extended, dedicated viewing. Running "Farpoint" while I do some other things, so I get to look every now and then. Very nice.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:01 PM   #196
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Man, this is so tempting. Ideally, what they should do is include a $10-20 coupon for the eventual season 1 box set. If they did that, I'd probably bite.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:03 PM   #197
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I'm supposed to have mine Thursday. (Didn't pop for overnight shipping...)
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:04 PM   #198
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Man, this is so tempting. Ideally, what they should do is include a $10-20 coupon for the eventual season 1 box set. If they did that, I'd probably bite.
I like that idea, but they could just as easily offer a rebate that requires sending in the proof of purchase from this new "teaser" and achieve the same thing without having to do any extra printing now.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:49 PM   #199
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"The Inner Light" is running now. This one is a major improvement. While the episode is excellent, I always thought the "outdoor" shots looked terrible. Much better now.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:41 AM   #200
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Very impressed. The grain kind of bugs me a little but its so vastly superior to SD it blows your mind! I'm curious to see when in 2012 the 1st full season comes out and how much it costs.
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The only weirdness I've seen so far is the saucer separation sequence in Farpoint. The lighting looks flickery and the back of the saucer looks pixellated. I wonder if that's upconverted SD material composited with other HD material, because the engineering section looks fine.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:33 PM   #202
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Very impressed. The grain kind of bugs me a little but its so vastly superior to SD it blows your mind! I'm curious to see when in 2012 the 1st full season comes out and how much it costs.
I'm going to guess an MSRP in the $150 range, and a street price around $100.
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I'm going to guess an MSRP in the $150 range, and a street price around $100.
Ewwww.. I'll have to wait a while then..
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I'm going to guess an MSRP in the $150 range, and a street price around $100.
That's pretty much exactly my guess.

And me with a kid starting college (meaning money's really tight)...


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That's pretty much exactly my guess.
Pretty much exactly your guess? Right around there, more or less exactly?
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176 episodes at $100 would be $.56 per episode for a Blu-Ray version. Seems very fair to me. I'll be getting it if that's the price.
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I assume the in 2012 means probably not until towards the end of 2012?
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I assume the in 2012 means probably not until towards the end of 2012?
http://trekmovie.com/2012/01/31/trai...ease-timeline/

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176 episodes at $100 would be $.56 per episode for a Blu-Ray version. Seems very fair to me. I'll be getting it if that's the price.
If these are priced similarly to the DVDs, then they will be $100/season or around $4/episode.
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176 episodes at $100 would be $.56 per episode for a Blu-Ray version. Seems very fair to me. I'll be getting it if that's the price.
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If these are priced similarly to the DVDs, then they will be $100/season or around $4/episode.
Yeah, I meant season box set, not series box set. Sorry.
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