Last week Amazon published a low-resolution copy of the a special trailer promoting the upcoming release of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “The Best of Both Worlds” on Blu-Ray. Since then, CBS Home Entertainment have released an HD version on their official YouTube channel which – whilst a vast improvement over Amazon’s copy – is still marred by heavy compression artefacts. I’ve been in contact with CBS who have kindly supplied us with a super high-resolution copy of the trailer for our readers to enjoy.

With every effort to restrain from breaking into excess hyperbole, the uncompressed HD 1080p trailer for this Blu-Ray is jawdroppingly beautiful and presents Best of Both Worlds in a quality unimaginable just a few years ago. Without further ado, here’s the higher-quality trailer on our YouTube channel. Analysis and stills follow. You can download an even better quality version below, with links to 1080p, 720p and 480p resolutions.


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Kudos must again go to the company CBS has contracted to produce the trailers. This preview exudes off-the-scale epicness on every level. The tension and excitement of TNG‘s finest episodes are beautifully relayed in this trailer which – coupled with the glorious HD remastering – gives the episode a feature film quality.

TrekCore has got a special extended gallery of almost 200 HD 1080p screenshots from the trailer available for your viewing delight – just click here! In the meantime, here are some of our favorite shots alongside the original SD DVD quality that we’ve become accustomed to over the past 25 years.

Original SD (DVD) Remastered HD (Blu-Ray)
One of TNG‘s famous poker scenes. The overexposed SD shot is nicely rebalanced in the remastered HD print with new detail emerging and even the playing cards are legible!
Bravo CBS Digital! After the multitude of poorly composited viewscreen shots in the second season, this is a delight to see. No DNR visible, grain applied carefully and even a small correction – Admiral Hanson’s reflection is now visible in the Observation Lounge table.
A ten-fold increase in realism! I loved this shot in the original SD print, but now that the exposure is correct and little details such as the missing registry number underneath the nacelle have been fixed, it’s even more beautiful. Total wallpaper material for you all!
No, you’re not seeing double! The top two images are from “The Best of Both Worlds, Part I”, the bottom is from “Q Who” in Season 2. The shots use identical elements for the Enterprise and the Borg Cube, however the tractor beam was different. This is exactly the comparison which shows off the difference in the remastering techniques from CBS Digital (top row – “The Best of Both Worlds”, Season 3) and HTV Illuminate (bottom row – “Q Who”, Season 2). It’s night and day – the Borg Cube looks just like a toy model in HTV’s version of the shot, overly bright and artifical looking, even compared to the SD version of the same shot. Flip to CBS Digital’s version – the cube (admittedly a kitbash of model parts to start with) looks fantastically threatening against the Enterprise. The lighting, shadows and little flecks of green add a dimension of reality to the ship that is totally absent from HTV’s version. When you see the work of the two effects houses side-by-side like this, it’s quite clear that CBS Digital’s efforts come out on top.
Oh my! The true colors of the Paulson Nebula can finally be seen. It’s such a vivid creation and the original element translates beautifully to HD. The washed out colors and video tracking lines of the original print will soon be a distant memory.
Another huge jump in quality. The Borg uniform is such an intricate piece of costuming, and every different texture and material glistens with the new HD transfer. Also – look at the new details coming through in the ceiling pattern behind the drone. Fine detail like this makes the show look so much more realistic.
Oh brother! Those command reds just pop off the screen in the remastered version. CBS Digital do fantastic work with color correction. TNG is a colorful show, but that saturation has always been masked due to how the show was edited in standard definition. It’s vivid shots like this that bring the show alive.
I’ve always loved this shot of badass Beverly taking out a drone with her phaser. The rotating frequency phaser beam looks awesome here. I know from speaking with Eric Bruno and CBS Digital just how long a shot like this takes to knock out (we’re talking upwards of an hour per phaser beam) so the amount of work the team have had to do for an episode like this would have been significant. Their efforts and attention to detail have really paid off – they managed to make Beverly look even more badass!
Mr. Worf, Fire! Damn, it keeps getting better… a pretty ropey shot of the model to start with, the team have done wonders with the lighting and shadow work here. Lots of “extra love” went into this shot – the reflected light of the deflector beam against the underside of the saucer section and the shadows it casts look incredible. I could wax lyrical about shots like these forever – fantastic work.
This shot has undergone some pretty major work, all for the better I would say. The overly exposed lighting has been toned down to appropriate levels of Borg Cube creepiness and the existing matte painting has been replaced with the new interior matte we saw in Season 2 – complete with moving drones in the background. Very cool!
Close-up shots like this really show off what a huge leap SD to HD is for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Borg headpiece was such an intricately designed appliance made with incredible craftsmanship during the production of the show. It totally holds up in high definition and looks even more disturbingly alien.
The terrific pay-off for the episode: the destruction of the Borg Cube. This was always a shot to marvel at, even with the restrictions inherent in SD resolution. In HD, this comes close to perfection. I am totally digging the fires streaming out of the cube prior to explosion. The debris thrown out in the explosion looks far more realistic here and the slightly dubious “firework-style” remnants shooting out in all directions have been toned down to a more subtle and ultimately more realistic level. Again, beautiful work.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – “The Best of Both Worlds” will be released on a special single disc Blu-Ray edition with both parts edited together as a special feature length movie. The disc is chock full of exclusive bonus features including an audio commentary from Director Cliff BoleShelby actress Elizabeth Dennehy and Mike & Denise Okuda. There’s also a brand new gag reel unearthed from the original film-reels and a special documentary “Regeneration – Engaging the Borg”. Fans in the US & Canada should expect a release date of April 30 for this disc (the same day Season 3 is set to hit shelves). Fans in the UK can get their copy one day early, as Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) have nominated April 29 as their release date.

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  • $38633853

    Yay!

  • $12900556

    First of all, that looks gorgeous.

    Second, I can’t help but feel the rest of Season three is getting shafted with the hype of Best of Both Worlds. Hopefully if you get pictures of other season 3 episodes you could post them. For example, I expect the cluster effect in Evolution to be beautiful in HD. Also the Astroid field in Booby Trap might look great too. I just hope as we get closer to the release date, other episodes will be featured in this news and not BOBW all the time.

    • trekcore

      Check the Season 3 trailer again – the work on display throughout looks fantastic. BOBW is important – of course – but from what I’ve seen CBS Digital have done a stunning job throughout. I’m going out on all four limbs and saying Season 3 Remastered is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD!

      • $12900556

        I’ve seen the trailer many times. I know it’s going to be terrific, I just wish we got more screencaps of the episodes not named BOBW. Would love to see Evolution Screencaps, for example. Also, it seems all the news is about BOBW but that’s not the only episode in Season 3. Just want to see some love for the other episodes.

        • Matt_Cardiff_UK

          I’m sure that TrekCore will, as always, devote a massive thread of its own to S3 when it’s released. I look forward to it.

    • MalcolmTucker

      Don’t worry, even though BoBW is the selling point I doubt anybody has forgotten that Season 3 had a lot undeniably excellent episodes and the effort CBS D has put into remastering them. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing more of Max Gabl’s matte’s, I’d bet money that Mintaka III looks immense out of the Observation Lounge windows now..

  • Thomas Elkins

    It would have been interesting if they made the Borg Cube explode in a giant green fireball like the First Contact Cube but I suppose that would have been too big of a change.

    • Ashley Williams

      Actually with color hue rotation it wouldn’t be hard. Personally I didn’t like the fact that it was green. I do remember saying that they did it because they didn’t want to compete with the explosions from other movies at the time. I believe they were competing against Independence day. If I’m right, its very hard to compete with blowing up the white house.

  • atexp80

    Very nice! The final colour timing for season three is looking great. Adam – the links for the screenshots for the HTV-Illuminate Q Who comparison don’t seem to be working though…

    • $38633853

      haha, are you telling me?

      • atexp80

        Oops, meant Adam. 😀 Fixed now.

        • $38633853

          haha

    • trekcore

      Fixed! Agreed – the color timing is really sumptuous in Season 3, those reds are just delicious

      • atexp80

        Cheers. That Q Who comparison really is just the final nail in the coffin for HTV-i. Shockingly bad execution: that cube is completely flat with no dynamics whatsoever. So glad they’re gone. Watching on a 100″ screen I find the lacklustre work on season two to be just as much of an issue as the original audio faults on season one. I know it’s a money issue for CBS but not only is it bad for fans purchasing season two but as a major Trek fan it’s disappointing to think that season two will look like that when future generations experience it.

        As for the colours, the original season three trailer raised a few eyebrows for some as black levels were elevated and colours were very saturated. Patience shows though that it was just unfinished work and the end product looks great. Really looking forward to experiencing it!

        • Neill Stringer

          Yea CBS D is def giving more love than HTV ever did. That said I still think season 2 on blu ray is a vast improvement over the DVD. The Schzoid Man shot of Enterprise fly away is the one that sticks out most for me as could have been improved.

          Those CBS D have more love in adding realism, like the reflection of Admiral Hanson’s image onto the briefing room table. Awesome. Season 3 and BOBW TV movie are two purchases I cannot wait to get.

          • hypnotoad72

            Apart from color timing problems, especially with the f/x, I can’t entirely disagree… but so many ship shots where the nacelles are a bright day-glo teal is off-putting and shows that even the most basic “restoration” work was screwed up royally. Anyone could have put together season 2 and have it look the way it came out. “Schizoid Man” and “Peak Performance” are two great episodes but the exterior ship shots and (to a lesser extent) bluescreen shots look hideously poor…

  • Ashley Williams

    Now I feel like an idiot for defending HTV. I thought season 2’s effects (other than the planets) were due to bad quality during the actual shooting of season 2. I was wrong HTV sucks. CBS digital clearly knows how to salvage that 2′ model. I hope we never have to settle for sub par effects again.

    • New Horizon

      I don’t know why anyone defended HTV. It was pretty clear that they did a shoddy job and that the same footage that looked amazing in Season 1 looked extremely poor in Season 2. The painful part is that due to time and money, Season 2 will never be fixed. 🙁 Such a shame.

      • archer923

        Just gotta hope for a proper restoration when they do 4k transfers in the future.

    • Jimbo

      CBS-D can even salvage the 4-foot model 🙂

      • xavier

        Agreed. The detailing looks amazong…

        • trekcore

          CBS-D have worked wonders with the 4-footer despite its limitations.

  • Ashley Williams

    Considering how mad I was that I was going to have to buy season 3, 4, AND BOBW to get everything, I’m not anymore. These guys clearly put a lot of love and care into this and they deserve my money. It will be interesting to see how the more 100% CGI based effects go in the future. TNG didn’t have much, but DS9 and VGR had a lot. I’m also hoping they will show me whats wrong with the VGR opening. I’ve heard there are missing textures, but I haven’t ever been able to see it.

    • MalcolmTucker

      I believe its towards the end of the opening credits when Voyager passes by the planet before she goes to warp, there are no textures on the ventral saucer.

    • $38633853

      Yea, it’s the underside sections of the ship, due to the conversion process as they used 2 different programs… it’s seen in quite a few shots, not just the opening…

      It’s noticeable in the final shot of “Caretaker.”

      Here in the end of the opening credits:

      http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/Main%20Title%20Sequence/ZDVD_093.jpg

      The dark black squares should have the same color as the rest of the secondary hull…

  • Quinn

    I’m more interested in seeing if they can edit Frakes’ beard and haircut to match in the feature length cut (P1 vs. P2)!

    http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s4/4×01/bestofbothworldstwo029.jpg
    http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s4/4×01/bestofbothworldstwo053.jpg

    • Gilbetron

      Lol. True enough. But forget Frakes’ beard… what about Gates McFadden’s noticeably longer wig in Part 2?

      • $38633853

        Wig? I don’t think it’s a wig…

        • Gilbetron

          I’m pretty sure it is, and that I read her remark about it somewhere. But I suppose that’s not the point. I could be wrong. Wig or not, the difference in hair length from Part 1 to Part 2 is pretty extreme.

        • Gilbetron

          I think it is, having seen/read Gates remark about it somewhere. But I could be wrong… wouldn’t be the first time. Wig or no wig, though, the point is that the difference in hair length from Part 1 to Part 2 is extreme.

          • $38633853

            Well, Marina Sirtis wore a hairpiece for most of the series and her real hair was styled around the “fall” while Gates McFadden wore a full wig for the first few seasons, so it could be a wig in BOBW, not sure… never really noticed the difference in hair length…

          • Gilbetron

            Lol. Apparently I needed to find proof… anyway, it has to be a wig. Check out this YouTube video of Gates McFadden on the Joan Rivers Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntrmzQuqRhc. The TNG clip used is from “Remember Me,” which means the show must have been taped around the time of “Best of Both Worlds, Part 2,” to promote the fourth season. And McFaddens’ real hair is *much* longer in real life.

          • $38633853

            Proof is always a good thing… otherwise one can’t make a rational conclusion…

            “Remember Me” was the 78th episode produced and released in TNG… it was the 5th episode of Season 4… first aired October 22, 1990. This “episode” of The Joan Rivers Show was December 16th, 1990… Best of Both Worlds Part 2 first aired on September 24, 1990.

      • Quinn
        • Gilbetron

          Thanks for posting the pics! 🙂 I suppose there’s only so much CG can do.

  • Friend of Sonic

    I guess the only possibility with a fixed season 2 is if they decide to do 4K restoration in another 15 or 20 years. I doubt that’ll happen though

    • Drew Watson

      Yeah, you’re probably right. But it sucks that I paid good money for something I expected to be brilliant. But it’s not. Hopefully CBS will do the rest of the series justice…

  • Drew Watson

    I almost wish that CBS Digital would go back and fix Season 2. I’m not at all happy with the way that it turned out compared to what I’ve seen of CBS’s work for seasons 1 & 3. Although there is some incredible work in Season 2, it’s no where near the quality of 1 & 3. Really wish they would have taken the time to do it right the first time. I really want CBS to fix Season 2!!

    • hypnotoad72

      http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/bobwpreview/bobwtrailerhd_043.jpg

      I took that as a wallpaper, as I did a screengrab from the Yamato with the teal windows (“Where Silence Has Lease”.) On my 2560×1440 screen, the BOBW image upscales so much nicer – the WSHL image looks like grainy pixelated fuzz.

      Oh, it’s still a bit blurry, since one cannot add real detail to upscaling, but
      I was not expecting the BOBW image to be any better by comparison – yet it was. And that further shows how badly season 2 was cobbled together…

  • Corran

    Just a minor correction but the Borg cube wasn’t a kitbash other than the shot where it blew up at the end. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Borg_cube_model

  • Bart

    The starfield from QWho and BOBW is exactly the same… Minor nitpick from a great remastering!

    • $38633853

      The original SD versions are, but the remastered versions aren’t…

    • New Horizon

      You’re looking at the SD versions. The ‘remastered’ starfields are different.

    • Bart

      Sorry, my mistake!

  • xavier

    Honestly guys… we are watching this awesome show for the first time in our lives! Forget those original runs, the VHS and DVD releases… this is TNG how it was supposed to be… I love it and cannot wait to get both the BOWB and Season 3.

    Now… let’s hope CBS will eventually refit season 2. Yes, I would spend money twice on that one to get a show with coherent quality!

    • Sky

      Yes cbs, re-remaster Season 2!!!!

    • archer923

      Don’t insult the original tape masters :P. I’m keeping them since that contains all the original elements that can’t be used.

  • Matt_Cardiff_UK

    In a different thread I was going on about how cool it would be to have a souped up, enhanced version of BOBW – I was told it was unlikely to happen.

    Looks like I got my wish after all… 🙂

    Thank you CBS – thank you so much! 🙂

  • stjanss

    What about Amazon Germany? Any words when it might be available there? I would like to pre-order now 😉

    • xavier

      They are always delayed… I guess because of the steelbook special edition which is unique worldwide.
      I hope they will release BOBW as a steelbook as well.

      • stjanss

        Yes i guess they are. But i only want to buy the regular ones.

  • James

    Excellent article, and thanks for the HD trailer 🙂

    Those comparison shots really show that HTV’s job was badly done. There is no comparison. Outstanding.

  • Ivan Ofitserov

    Something wrong with perspective in bottom right corner http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/bobwpreview/bobwtrailerhd_117.jpg

    • $38633853

      Could be due to the FOV (Field of View) the CG camera had, as the lower the lens length is the more distorted the outside edges of a shot become…

      Not sure what CG program they used, probably Cinema 4D as that’s what the new planets are created in, but 3D Studio Max defaults at 35 mm… but to achieve the perspective of the original TOS shots, I have to sometimes take the camera down to like 24 mm if not lower…

  • archer923

    I really love the proper colors on all the shots. So many things went wrong in the SD shots. Like the yellow thruster markers on the drive section. They were red in SD.

  • Platitude

    Looks slick! Probably gonna preorder this one. Kudos to CBS for wanting to treat this series with the respect it deserves as one of the greatest television series of all time.

  • Frequent Guest

    I’m not buying TNG-R Season 2 until CBS remasters it.

    BTW, What does everyone else think is going to become of HTV-Illuminate? How will they be effected by their unacceptable bare minimum effort with TNG and the fact that CBS has dismissed them from any future remastering? Didn’t they also ruin Patton with excessive DNRing?

    • New Horizon

      They did…and a few others I’ve read.

    • Matt_Cardiff_UK

      Grain was a major issue for me in S2 (amongst other things). I appreciate the film stock was different to S1 and perhaps S3….but even so – it was awful.

  • teabag

    Beautiful!

    Shame no-one picked up on the broken bulb in the left side view screen scanner, it was broken for a number of episodes, would have been an easy CG fix. You can see it near the start of the trailer. Bugged me for 20 odd years!

    • jerr

      LOL!! I never noiced that before. Now it’s gona bug me

  • hypnotoad72

    WOW.

    Great storytelling with great f/x to finally match!

    Hurry up April!

    If anything, the 4′ model has 3 observation windows below the nacelle, which have the same blue nacelle glow instead of white lighting (the original film had this issue), but that’s hardly a nitpick.

  • Datshon Cheung

    I’m surprised that no one has yet noticed that CBS-D despite doing a marvelous job still didn’t fix the phaser fire coming from the nacelle pylons. The phaser strips are far lower on the pylons than where the beams are coming from.

    • $38633853

      All things considered, minor nitpick really…

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Ditto – don’t care – am happy. Very happy…I got my ‘no chance it’ll never happen’ enhanced version of BoBW. Nothing will detract me from my joy and gratitude.

    • New Horizon

      Considering all of the MAJOR improvements, who cares, but someone did mention it in another thread.

    • archer923

      They purposely left in the goof. They know about it. You can’t tell me huge fans of Star Trek wouldn’t notice the phaser pylon strips are a bit lower. And not fix it. They just like handpicking when they leave a goof in and what they need to fix. Like the view-screen reflection fix in the briefing room. I bet you the Connie secondary hull will still disappear during the commercial break.

  • The Chadwick

    nit pick nit pick nit pick, holy shit people….what the hell was wrong with season two? I have watched both season one and two twice over in blu-ray and nothing, except for a few grainy shots stuck out…and I have a very discerning eye but maybe Im not as anal. What was wrong with season 2?

    • archer923

      If you can’t see the issues with the same shot from BOBW. There’s no point in explaining it any further.

      • The Chadwick

        “There’s no point in explaining it any futher” you sound like a f*cking child. No I cant se an issue or problem with the same shot used twice, I noticed it but its not really visually deterring compared to things like grainy shots in TOS blu-ray, or a section of film that has a visible black spot like the Enterprise leaving space dock in TMP which could have been digitally removed. Its issues with existing shots, things to clean it up so to say, not duplicated shots. I’ll say again, I don’t see an issue with a duplicated shot, as long as it looks good.

        • Justin Olson

          It’s not merely that the shot was duplicated… it’s the fact that it was executed poorly from a compositing point of view by HTV. Compositing is an art form… and the same filmed elements can be combined by two different compositors in an aesthetically pleasing way that sells the shot or in an unsatisfying way that reveals the artifice. What archer9234 and the article above is arguing is that CBS-Digital is more adept at compositing than HTV-Illuminate was. I happen to agree.

        • archer923

          Everyone here has discussed this countless times in the S2 review threads and photos. You could of just looked them up. And then understood why everyone hates HTV.

    • James

      Are you a HTV employee? Can your very discerning eye not see a difference between the seasons 2 & 3 Borg Cube shots above?

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Those are two, very good questions.

        • The Chadwick

          Indeed Matt, Indeed.

      • The Chadwick

        Read the response I made to archer9234, I’m not going to duplicate a response.

    • New Horizon

      Well, you can’t have much of a discerning eye if you see no issues with Season 2 beyond a few grainy shots.

      I think you’re misunderstanding what people are actually commenting on. Nobody is upset that they ‘reused’ the same shot. That’s how the episode originally aired and that’s fine. They’re talking about the huge difference in quality between what HTV did with the exact same shot compared to what CBS did with it and actually make it look good. Heck, even the SD versions of those shots had far more textured lighting on the borg cube and Enterprise than HTV’s HD version did.

      HTV’s Season 2 was loaded with issues. Misaligned lighting passes, layers in the wrong order, blown out flat lighting, poor color correction, squashed footage due to film shrinkage that wasn’t corrected, live action shots requiring effects were DNR’d to remove the grain in the shot…rather than adding grain to the sfx to match the grain in the rest of the episode, poor blue screen compositing when characters were in front of a view screen, low res planets and stars. It’s a mess.

      It’s only nitpicking when it’s an extremely minor issue, like the missing phaser shot in the original release of Season 1, but Season 2 has so many major issues…it’s embarrassing that CBS allowed it to be released.

      • Sky

        Exactly right!!!! ..Just re-do Season 2!!!!

  • teabag

    Well the team read these comments apparently so if they really didn’t notice this when remastering the series hopefully it isn’t too late to fix it before release!

  • My wife never saw the problem with Season 2 either, then again, she can’t tell if we are watching an HD channel or a Standard definition channel – unless I flick between them.

    Sure, the Season 2 stuff is passable and the average Joe probably won’t notice or be bothered by the small flaws. However, there is a massive difference in quality – as you can see by the comparison pictures.

    For those who are passionate about their Star Trek – there is a huge difference. It’s not about being overly picky or anal – there are those who love the VFX side of things and there are those that couldn’t give two hoots. So of course, if you care about the model work, you are going to notice a poorly composited shot. It’s the same with audio quality – there are those who are happy with mono or stereo and then there are those that absolutely must have the 5.1 experience. For them there is a huge difference as well.

    So in summation – if you are an audio/videophile you will notice huge improvements in the blu-ray / HD broadcasts. If you aren’t and you dont have an HD TV then the changes will be pretty minor and inconsequential. Again – the wife does’nt understand why I cant be satisfied with the ‘perfectly good’ DVD !

    • Chris2027

      I agree, I care about the show through and through, the Enterprise is just as much a star of the show as the actors… and when she looks like crap, it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        For me, the Enterprise IS the star of the show. It’s even more important to me to see that beautiful unique ship displayed in the best possible quality, than it is to see the actors in HD.

        We should not have had to create comparison shots between two dramatically different new releases to showcase the poor ‘remastering’ attempts in S2 and the properly composited shots in S3 / BoBW.