TNG Season 4 Blu-ray Trailer: HD Downloads, Stills and Comparison & Analysis

Six weeks ago CBS released the family-themed trailer to Star Trek: The Next Generation's Fourth Season, coming to Blu-ray at the end of next month. TrekCore was running on limited service at the time so we only had a quick initial look at the trailer. This article dives in a bit deeper and also offers higher quality download options of the trailer for those who want to avoid the compression inherent with YouTube's version.

Responsibility for Season Four's visual effects landed in the hands of post-production house Modern Videofilm while CBS Digital handled the conform. Thanks to a close working relationship between staff from both companies, the finished work appears strongly consistent with the standards displayed in Season Three. You can take a closer look at some of the work that's been done on the latest Season of TNG Remastered with the higher-quality trailer below, with download options available at 1080p, 720p and 480p resolution.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is - by nature - an episodic TV show and for the most part lacks any common theme between one episode and the next. For that reason it could be considered daunting trying to tie together 26 disparate elements in a 2-minute trailer. Nevertheless it's been accomplished with a nice amount of panache here, introducing the sweet "family" element which is so pivotal early on in Season Four. Fans of the amazing "Best of Both Worlds" trailer will be pleased to hear that there's an equally cinematic trailer for the single-disc release of "Redemption" in the pipeline - watch for it surfacing soon!

Moving on to the remastering itself. There has been a lot of discussion and speculation amongst fans on whether Modern Videofilm will match the high quality of CBS Digital's work. Firstly it should be noted that both parts of "The Best of Both Worlds" and "Redemption" were done wholly by CBS Digital to ensure consistency across those two parters. Modern Video took care of the 24 episodes sandwiched in between. From the trailer and the other shots I've seen so far, I will go out on a limb to say that Modern have done a great job with Season Four. The look is far more faithful to that of CBS Digital's than HTV's Season Two remaster. You can take a look for yourself with our special gallery of over 100 stills from the Season Four trailer and in the meantime, here are some of our favorites alongside their SD counterparts for comparison:

Original SD (DVD) Remastered HD (Blu-Ray)
The seismic transformation in TNG's color brought about by this remastering never ceases to amaze me. Thankfully, CBS has retained colorist Marvin Hildebrandt to do the color correction on Season Four (Marvin also worked on Season Three which met with critical acclaim from fans) The work on display here is simply stunning, flesh tones are realistic and the bold primary colors of the uniforms jump off the screen. (TNG 4x06: "Legacy")
 
The original SD version of Season Four was fraught with color issues. Some episodes had a strange heavy yellow tinge to them ("The Wounded", "Devil's Due") and some were faded beyond belief. This shot of Riker from "Future Imperfect" is a prime example - almost drained of all color in SD and vibrantly colorful in HD. Thankfully there is now far more consistency between the color of episodes not just within a given season, but across the whole show. (TNG 4x08: "Future Imperfect")
 
This particular shot has always looked poor. The Enterprise is totally over-illuminated in the SD version and looks a bit like a toy in front of the cosmic string. The HD remastering improves things slightly, toning down the brightness of both the Enterprise and the cosmic string. The cosmic string itself has been nicely recreated, staying close to the original artistic intent. Admittedly not the best shot from the trailer, but still an improvement on the original. (TNG 4x10: "The Loss")
 
This is a great shot! Modern have done excellent work replicating the rather unique energy beam coming from Guinan's big-ass gun. It's virtually indistinguishable in the standard def, but in HD the energy tendrils "spilling" from the main beam look wonderful! (TNG 4x17: "Night Terrors")
 
As TNG progressed, technically advanced shots like this became more and more frequent. Modern have done a great job of matching the warping effect on the Enterprise's saucer section and the increase in detail on the hull is really quite beautiful to look at. Bravo! (TNG 4x19: "The Nth Degree")
 
This shot really is like a piece of artwork. I've always loved this particular angle of the Enterprise and the newly remastered shot is simply wondrous. Say goodbye to those matte lines clearly visible on the saucer's leading edge in SD and take in the stunning clarity of the model which is nicely composited into the scene. The dreamlike center of the galaxy has been recreated with high accuracy and the original artistic intent is nicely preserved here. (TNG 4x19: "The Nth Degree")
 
Shots like this really benefit from the high definition nature of the 35mm film used when filming the show. There's a nice amount of grain which always pops in dark scenes like this, adding a subtle dimensionality which is totally lost in SD. Details such as the intricate patterning on the iridescent apparatus above Barclay's head lend a nice amount of realism and depth. Phaser beams have been closely matched to replicate the original scene, as have the forcefield ripples. (TNG 4x19: "The Nth Degree")
 
Wow!! "Qpid" is surely one of those shows that benefits the most from an HD remastering. The on-location scenes in "Sherwood Forest" were always very soft and washed out, failing to capture the natural beauty of the filming location. After seeing this shot and others from the episode in HD, I'm lost for words at the giant leap in realism that the HD remaster offers. The forest is lush and green with beautiful natural detail wherever you look. You're really pulled into the story like never before... and those Merry Men costumes? Fantastic! Totally digging the colors on Geordi's court jester outfit! (TNG 4x20: "Qpid")
 
This shot came under some criticism when the trailer initially came out with some fans complaining about the color. The shot in question features the Enterprise bathed in the light of a nearby star and - as you can see from the shots above - was originally colored the same when the episode debuted. The stark illumination brings out all the detail in the four-foot model. It's somewhat toy-like in nature, but that's mostly down to the model itself. (TNG 4x22: "Half a Life")
 
What a difference! This is a very poignant scene at the end of the season finale, and the remastered version now allows us to see the faces of almost every crewmember lining the corridor for Worf. Again, the jump in resolution makes iconic shots like this all the more immersive and realistic. (TNG 4x26: "Redemption")
 
An awesome shot from CBS Digital. Max Gabl's planet Qo'noS is back (having previously appeared in Season 3's "Sins of the Father") and looks great as the backdrop to this dramatic shot. The extra detail on the orbiting Klingon ship is surprising when it's so small on the screen. However the bulk of the kudos has to be given for the awesome work done with the Enterprise here. In the SD shot it's grossly overlit and somewhat toy-like, yet Eric Bruno and his team have managed to skillfully light the ship so it feels fully integrated into the shot with a hint of reflected color from the planet increasing realism ten-fold. This is great work and will make "Redemption" a treat to watch! (TNG 4x26: "Redemption")
 

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What do you think of the remastering of Season Four from the HD screenshots and trailer? Let us know if you agree with our analysis! A quick caveat - not all shots in the trailer are final and some were inserted before color correction.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Four will be released as a six-disc Blu-ray set at the end of July. As usual, the set will be loaded full of special bonus features including a two-part documentary, a reunion of the TNG Art Department, episode trailers, new audio commentaries and a gag reel.

Fans in the US & Canada can expect a release date of July 30 for this disc. Fans in the UK can get their copy one day early, as Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) have nominated July 29 as their release date. Unfortunately it seems as though Paramount Germany have decided to release the set later to coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray. Our best guess at the moment is September. If you want it earlier, you'll have to buy from Amazon UK!

Haven't already pre-ordered? Secure your copy today using the links below. Fans wanting the single disc "Redemption" Blu-ray will have to order from Amazon in the US as European distributors have decided not to release it.

Order Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 Blu-ray today!



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  • Chris915

    I was really hoping the could color correct the warp engines from that shot in “The Loss.” Right now they look UV rather than the bright blue seen in other shots using this model…

  • Chris915

    A few people I know, who do VFX, recently have been talking about how the blending mode for the warp engines is wrong, like in this shot:

    http://tng.trekcoe.com/hd/albums/1×01/farpoint_hd_040.jpg

    It should be set to “Add,” but it seems like they’re only set to “Lighten” or something similar… which is why the glow doesn’t brighten the hull behind it…

    • Beeby90210

      Sounds like absurd nitpicking to me. CBS Digital’s work is faultless to my eyes.

    • archer9234

      I think it comes down to a certain way they want the shot to look. I’ve done similar work. And times when I’d normally use screen as a option. Add would look better to the eye. Even though I’d normally not use it.

      • Chris915

        True, but the people making the points about that, are saying that “Add” would’ve been the more realistic way to blend them… they say glows, flares, etc. should always be blended using the “Add” mode…

        • archer9234

          Not always true. I’ve used Screen and Overlay on places that Add didn’t work right. It blew out parts I didn’t want.

          • Chris915

            Well, I’ve said that too when justifying my blending mode of choice for an effect like a glow and I’m told it’s wrong, period. *sigh*

            I myself have no “professional” experience or training… but they do… so, when I argue my decision, I’m told that I’m claiming to know better than them, because they have professional experience, etc. and all that stuff…

          • archer9234

            It’s only wrong if your boss says it’s wrong. Nothing is really wrong when your eye says it looks good. Just like movies that will fudge physics for action. I bet you the people who complained about the blending mode didn’t think that they might have picked lighten out of actual choice. And not by “mistake”.

          • Chris915

            Well, they think whether it was willingly chosen or a mistake, it’s wrong… they are resilient in that it should be Add, period. lol. As well as the bloom effects…

            As you can see here:
            http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/showthread.php?80135-DS9-in-High-Definition-could-it-be-one-step-closer

  • archer9234

    People had complaints from the torpedo shot? When I saw that one it popped in my head it was near a sun/planet. That shouldn’t off been picked on. What I saw from modern videofilm is they stuck true to the original shots and kept everything constant to CBS-D’s quality. I have no complaints towards anything they’ve shown. So I hope they can stick around for season 6.

    • trekcore

      Modern aren’t on Season 6, archer… thankfully CBS Digital were able to schedule it for their team. Seasons 5, 6 and 7 will all be CBS-D now.

      • archer9234

        I thought they where doing the odd seasons. That’s cool they figured a way to do everything themselves.

      • Mat Rowe

        Not to take anything away from the great work (hopefully) that Modern has done, that is awesome news. Now we KNOW the rest will be AMAZING!

      • Allen Williams

        oh really? I was beginning to think that modern was going to get DS9 season 1 by it technically being the 8th season remastered.

      • Friend of Sonic

        Woah! That’s huge news. I love CBS-D so much ^_^

  • Jonathan Archer NX01

    Great article, Trek Core. I agree – Marvins work is phenomenal, he makes the show really come alive. Please tell him his work is appreciated!!!!!! :)

    • Beeby90210

      YES! What he said. The color is delicious, he does a FANTASTIC JOB.

  • Platitude

    Excited to see more screencaps from Season Four! Great article.

  • Riker William T

    An observation. I’m still shocked that CBS do hardly anything to promote these titles. The “official” site is terrible – barely any coverage since the project started. If it wasn’t for Trek Core I’d never have picked up one of these blu-rays, never mind 4 sets. You are doing a great job Trek Core, I hope CBS appreciate all your hard work.

    Yeah – and – roll on Season 4 !!

    • Allen Williams

      For me I was so desperate to get TNG remastered (and DS9 and VGR) that even if it only showed up on amazon, I still would have found it.

  • JohnS

    I still thinks it’s unfair to compare the “remastering” of season 2 with the others since the whole look of season two – from color timing to film stock – to photography and lighting – were markedly different from what came before or after…

    • Grundie

      It isn’t comparing, its just saying its more faithful to CBSDs remastering, which is true.

      Yes, the color timing and film stock were different, but that doesnt excuse the appalling job HTV did with the bulk of the compositing.

      • JohnS

        That’s just it – “remastering” to achieve the “new” look. I was more happy that they kept the “original” look and merely made it the highest quality of that “look.” So I say faithful to what – the modern interpretation —- or the original look. I say they did a GREAT job of being faithful to the original look – which I think would be preferable.

        • JohnS

          And as an aside… I think it’s the “bandwagon” approach to say HTV’s job was “appalling.” I didn’t see it that way at all.

          • hypnotoad72

            How so?

            It’s good at times, but really really bad at others. The quality is so variable between episodes, that the word “appalling” is very appropriate.

          • JohnS

            Are you sure? Maybe your screen is out of adjustment? I suppose it could be a particle of pre-animate matter caught in the matrix.

          • YourMotherIsACheesecunt

            Your mother is a red rocket lovin’ dogfucker.

        • Grundie

          *waits for New Horizon or Chris to come in and post the laughable S2 planet blur images*

          • JohnS

            Go ahead. If you’re going to point a handful of shots out of the MANY that comprised a whole season… well – that’s more telling about the petty nitpicky qualities you are exhibiting in your total condemnation of the season’s remastering.

          • Chris915

            “Handful?”

            Well, it’s kind of silly to see issues that would’ve been understandable back in the 80’s… but not in 2012… e.g. matte lines… some FX shots were decent, but they still leave much to be desired…

          • Silver83

            Putting aside the fact, that you like the look of S2, you didn’t say anything regarding the usage of DNR. EVERY visual effect in Season 2 has DNR. And this WAS lazy. They just DNR’ed every scene so they could just put in the computer generated effects without hassling with grain. So regardless of wether you like the overbright and flat “original” look or not, the usage of DNR has nothing to do with keeping an intended look. It was just a matter of time. And they weren’t willing and or capable of investing it.

          • hypnotoad72

            I’ve said it before – the fuzzy planets were a non-issue for me. Inaccurate colors were easily the worst problem, along with occasional compositing problems (“Q Who” had a huge goof with the Borg ship), and the variable nature of the quality (from passable to total slop) are more than nitpicks. Only people who’ve not seen the show wouldn’t care, and – here’s the fun part – most hyper fans say “Just wait for season 3″. Since season 1 was given care and it set the stage for which quality would be determined, there is no way that season 2 should be given a “get out of jail free” card. Especially as CBS Paramount owned up to the issues in the season 1 set and fixed them. At no additional charge!!

            Heck, some of us would pay real money to see season 2 redone and by professionals.

      • archer9234

        Guys, really? Can we stop with the HTV hate. I didn’t like their work. But this is about S4. This becoming beyond a dead horse now…

        • http://www.randomtuesday.com/ Aatrek

          Yes, please.

        • Chris915

          I agree, lol. I only comment to people who comment about it, I don’t bring it up. :3

        • hypnotoad72

          Yes, but we bought and paid for the oats via a state of deception. Pre-release stills only had fuzzy planets – not a big deal. Seeing the thing in real life revealed a LOT that no pre-release dared to do and for rather obvious reasons.

          I otherwise agree – this is about season 4. Paramount won’t be touching any of these until UHDTV (4k) comes out.

          • JohnS

            “we bought and paid for the oats via a state of deception” – that’s the stupidest fucking thing Ive ever seen in print… You bought 2nd season of TNG – you got 2nd season of tng… and whether you want to admit it or not – you still got the whole season at a quality BETTER than what it had ever had… regardless of whatever bullshit you want to spew… the fact that you resort to stupid histrionics like your statement shows that in fact you’re just a fucking moron.

      • hypnotoad72

        Actually, “Time Squared” has a scene composited perfectly on Blu-Ray whereas the SD DVD version has the nacelle at the left corner chopped off (a la “schizoid Man” having the saucer chopped off in the Blu-Ray but find on the SD DVD!)

        Some of the compositing was variable, but color timing was too often an issue to be given a pass on.

    • Russ Shackleford

      In certain aspects, I agree, HTV did a fine enough job. However, things like the saucer of the Enterprise disappearing against a hard edge with a good bit of the picture still remaining to the right is inexcusable, especially when the same shot was reused in Season 3 and CBS didn’t have trouble compositing it. Same with the mis-alignment of the lighting passes on the models. Or how about the shot of the Borg cube that shows up again in BoBW? CBS brought out so much color and detail in that shot while HTV’s efforts are very flat. It was disappointing compared to the efforts CBS and now Modern Videofilm have put out.

      • JohnS

        It’s interesting that none of you bring up the GREAT shots they composited. And if you say there are none… then don’t bother replying – because that’s just not true. Likewise… there are shots interspersed throughout the seasons CBS worked on that aren’t the greatest either.

        • JohnS

          Additoinally – it’s more interesting that you talk about all the “extra” stuff CBS did with the images. When TOS was originally remastered – people were up in arms that they wanted it to look JUST like the original. That attitude seems to have gone out the window – and now everyone wants it better than before. other than being in higher resolution… I don’t see a need to make it better. that wasn’t the experience I had when first watching it. And in fact – I think Season 2 was the best example of the TNG remastering of making a season in HD – yet making it the closest in “look” to the original. And to me – that was more important.

          • Russ Shackleford

            Well, as I said, I think they did a fine enough job. Personally, I don’t feel there were any I’d qualify as being “GREAT”, especially in the face of CBS’ efforts on Season 1, but it isn’t fair to say they were all horrible across the board, which is why I didn’t say it. It’s just that, if I was going to use a season to present as an example of how gorgeous the modelwork and such is, Season 2 would not be my first choice.

            As for the complaints about the TOS remastering compared to this, the difference is, they did EVERYTHING with CGI for TOS. Here, they are at rebuilding it from the original film elements and bringing out detail we simply didn’t see before. It was always there, we just couldn’t see it. The difference lies in how much care is taken to transfer and assemble the elements and preserve the detail, color, everything that makes up these shots. I don’t think HTV gave it the same kind of care CBS has. Clearly, the fact that CBS didn’t bring HTV back says they agree.

          • Chris915

            I agree… there are some good FX shots in Season 2, but when you see some of the same shots done by CBS Digital… it kind if puts things in perspective… HTV just didn’t put as much care into Season 2 as CBS Digital and now Modern Videofilm has…

          • JohnS

            The fact that you called the noise reduction in the still from the Child “bad” compared to Lonely Among Us pretty much tells me what i need to know about your “argument.” You apparently live in a analog world where film grain apparently holds an illogical and purely emotional “edge” over something without it. All I see are two different looks… each is nice in their way. And ultimately – either one can be used – as even Gene R believed – what we see should all be in service to the story they are telling. And I think why i enjoyed the “smoother” shots in Season 2 is because I felt that was one of their best seasons in terms of keeping an edge of the “mysterious and unknown future” alive in TNG. The first two seasons we truly went to places none had gone before… than afterwards – all we ever seemed to go was places we’ve already been before… But – regardless – now that you fully explained yourself… I realize you’re just jumping on the bandwagon – and your complaints are merely ‘in your head.”

          • JohnS

            As an aside… it’s always funny to me when people try to show their point – and always put side by side two pics which are NOT the same frames… (yes – I’m aware most people are just plucking them from the trekcore archive… but still… light and color can also vary frame to frame – anyone doubting that has obviously never worked with either film or video.

          • Chris915

            Both shots I pointed out use the same elements of the Enterprise, yes, they’re different scene set ups, in the case of the “Lonely Among Us” and “The Child,” but the Enterprise elements are the same…

            These 2 shots, are the exact same Enterprise elements used in the exact same scene…

            These are the exact same scene elements, as far as the Enterprise goes:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×01/thechild_hd_152.jpg
            http://tng.trekcore.com/bluray/images_bobwreview/review8.jpg

            As are these, even if the Enterprise is scaled down and moved in “Lonely Among Us:”
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×07/lonelyamongus_hd_418.jpg
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×01/thechild_hd_040.jpg

          • Chris915

            Erm, no, removing film grain removes details, because it blurs and smudges the image… film grain adds realism, that’s why many people can tell CG from real shots, because a lot of people don’t add film grain to their CG shots, so they look too clean and fake…

          • JohnS

            Your comment now shows that you’re an armchair commentator with no actual idea about the techniques and processes used in compositing, special effects, color timing and image processing. Film grain removal does not “remove details” as you call it. You also think “stills” mean something in the context of what you are talking about… When in fact – the moving image means more. What may look “less real” in a still can in fact look quite well as a moving image. And it’s interesting you talk about “too real and fake.” Did you whine like a bitch about the Hobbitt movies and the process in which they were photographed. Were you one of the dummies who thought they looked fake because there was no grain? Your comments now show that you either have no idea of actual aesthetics in media… or you’re just jumping on the bandwagon and taking the “highbrow” approach to appear like you’re in the know – a common failing amongst a lot of you.

          • Chris915

            Actually, I do compositing, FX, etc. every single day… I also get input from people who are better at it than I am and the one thing that’s always pointed out for many people’s CG images and/or videos, if it applies to their work, is their lack of film grain, as it lowers the realism, especially when CG is involved, because without grain it looks too clean… there are noise reduction algorithms that are pretty good at targeting specific types of noise well but they can take out some detail or leave other artifacts in the process… every single place I’ve ever read, mentions the pros and cons to noise reduction… the possible loss of details is mentioned in just about every single one.

            So as I said, for the loss of detail, you may keep some detail, but you can lose fine detail… and you can see the loss of sharpness, detail and such in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’s blu-ray release… the noise reduction they used for the blu-ray release… everything is smudgy, etc. it looks terrible, sure some shots still have noticeable grain, but many of them don’t… it may not be as noticeable while the movie is playing, but it is noticeable compared to the DVD.

            Well, I’d share motion shots if I could upload them to YouTube… but even in motion, the DNR in Season 2 is noticeable, because everything looks too clean, it’s all smooth, etc. people’s faces look like they’re wax figures… not all the shots, but mainly shots that contain VFX… so it’d be easier to composite the visual effects into the shot… and they could’ve just added the grain back in, which can be done.

            Ah, personal attacks… you know, personal attacks are the last resort someone takes… and for the record, I haven’t seen the Hobbit movies.

            However, looking at screenshots, since the movies are new, even Star Trek Into Darkness, etc. doesn’t have strong film grain, simply as a result of how they’re shot… lack of film grain is understandable when shooting with equipment, etc. that doesn’t produce much film grain… but if you have footage that has film grain, cleaning it up a little is one thing, but if you go to the point where footage comes out looking like this:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×10/thedauphin_hd_401.jpg

            Which has literally no film grain… compared to a shot like this:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×10/thedauphin_hd_395.jpg

            Then that’s just awful.

          • JohnS

            Hello to a fellow compositor then. But, as a compositor then you also know your argument about “film grain” making CG less “realistic” is usually only applicable in the situation where CG is combined with live action that HAS grain – and creates a jarring contrast. It’s absence in a totally CG shot is actually secondary to it’s level of realism as the addition of chromatic aberration, depth of field, etc. Those elements contribute more to “realism” than grain. infact – grain is merely a conditioned response we have come to believe makes “realism” as evidenced by all the controversy surrounding the higher frame rate and tech used in movies like the Hobbit, etc. Your argument falls in line with the people who still think film is superior to digital which has no logical or factual basis and even the experts agree is more of a “creative” response. in this case – its also funny you talk about “realism” when in fact – none of the space shots are ‘realistic” in the slightest. Have you seen shotsfrom nASA of what ships look like in space – or planets – or why there are no stars in shots of space when an object like a planet or a ship are in the same frame… Your idea of “realism” is just subjective and is held in place by dogmatic beliefs that have no basis in reality.

          • Chris915

            True, but I’ve seen very little live action that doesn’t have some kind of grain, even if it’s really really faint…

            Well, the cause of grain in cameras is why many people think it adds realism, since a CG camera doesn’t get affected in this way, since film grain is the random optical texture of processed photographic film due to the presence of small particles of a metallic silver, or dye clouds, developed from silver halide that have received enough photons.

            I’m fine with newer technologies producing less grain… but TNG is not one of those instances… it’s filmed on film, that has somewhat strong film grain… in Star Trek (2009) it’s not always noticeable either, it’s still far more noticeable when the movie is playing, but it’s not as strong as movies used to be…

            Here it’s barely noticeable:
            http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xihd/trekxihd0983.jpg

            Here it’s more noticeable:
            http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xihd/trekxihd0972.jpg

            Star Trek Into Darkness also has noticeable film grain, more in some shots than others… however, this frame:
            http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xii/teaser/startrekintodarkness_hd_03.jpg

            The chromatic aberration, while not as noticeable in motion, in this still frame, it bothers my eyes, I’ve used chromatic aberration before in my stuff, but the effect hurts my eyes and has given me a slight headache sometimes.

            Sure, in movies like Apollo 13, etc. they take artistic license, most noticeable is their presence of sound in space, when that’s not the case in reality… the sound is mainly for dramatic effect, because, it would be pretty boring to people to listen to soundless space, even if it’s realistic, 2001 had soundless space and while it’s fun to watch, it’s not got that feeling that is delivered in movies that depict sound in space.

            Same in real pictures, the lack of stars is due to the extremely low exposure, if they had the exposure high enough to see stars, it’d wash the Earth, Moon, etc. completely out of the shot…

          • Chris915

            For example, in this shot:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×10/thedauphin_hd_401.jpg

            The grain is non-existent… everything looks smudged and smooth, because they had to add the VFX… which they could’ve done without removing the film grain, they could’ve just added the grain onto the CG element… and some tweaking…

            However, for my purpose, I took this shot for my source to re-add the grain to the other shot:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×10/thedauphin_hd_392.jpg

            Using “Match Grain” in After Effects, I added the grain back into the shot:
            http://chriscorner.binhoster.com/SharedImages/thedauphin_hd_4012.png

            No additional tweaking was done to the grain, I just picked the shot I wanted, as they could’ve used the same shot I’m adding grain back into, because they had the pre-DNR’d shot…

          • http://www.randomtuesday.com/ Aatrek

            Stop with the personal attacks. This article is about Season 4; please focus your discussion on that topic.

          • JohnS

            Did you suffer oxygen deprivation in your mother’s cheesecunt? A personal attack is something more along the lines of saying to someone like YOU – You’re a stupid fucking moron whose mother let’s dogs bang her in the rear with their red rockets cause she’s a stupid dumbwhore. A personal attack isn’t what I posted above. What was posted above was called a conversation dumbfuck. Now use your “mod” powers to make me go away – that way I don’t have to smell your mother’s cunt on your breath anymore. Stupid bastard.

          • YourMotherIsACheesecunt

            I’ll bet that made you feel powerful for the first time in your little life… stupid bastard. Hopefully someone will rape your mother while they tie your father down and force him to watch.

          • Russ Shackleford

            And understand that I feel the majority of the stuff involving the actors and ship interiors, including the effects shots they had to recreate there, have no major issues at all. I’m simply talking about the ship effects here. As a whole, Season 2 does contain more good than bad, but that is by nature of the actor and interiors footage making up the majority of the season, and the show as a whole. It’s certainly watchable, it’s just the errors stand out much more when they show up, like the Enterprise’s disappearing saucer trick.

          • New Horizon

            That’s a somewhat simplified version of what people were after with TOS. People wanted it to look like an enhanced version of the original shots, so that the exterior shots better matched the live action. They wanted the ship to look like a physical model and not a CGI facsimile. I don’t know how you can say that has gone out the window with TNG when what we’re getting is a cleaned up and very ‘moderately’ finessed version of the ORIGINAL filmed miniatures. There is a bit of extra love and care here and there, but that is exactly what I would have hoped for with TOS if the original miniature film negatives still existed too.

            The TOS effects would have been a different story had they been able to recomposite them too. The planets were all made with practical effects, so there would have been little need to recreate them in CGI since they already would have been HD ready and jsut would have needed a little extra love to look nicer.

            In any case. I don’t agree with your perception of the matter.

    • http://www.randomtuesday.com/ Aatrek

      Hey folks, let’s try to keep discussion here focused a little more on the S4 stuff, rather than starting up another lengthy HTV debate. Thanks!

    • Allen Williams

      Actually there is a shot of the borg both in season 2 and season 3. It looks WAY better in season 3 even though its the same shot. I said the same thing. Its that stupid 2ft model’s fault, but nope CBS-D managed to make the 2ft shine big time.

  • Frequent Guest

    After seeing what a perfect job CBS Digital has done with remastering TNG and after reading that J.J. Abrams greedily tried to shutdown all TOS merchandising, I really hope CBS will buy the Trek Movie rights and restore/remaster them, giving us true 1080p versions (Especially the Director’s Cuts.). I’d love extended versions of Generations and Nemesis and a director’s cut of ST V.

    On a somewhat related note, I finally found the missing stardates from seasons 1-5 of DS9 and 1-3 of VOY on the UK VHS covers and I’d like the rest, including from TNG (First Contact; Tapestry; Liaisons.) and Insurrection so I can watch everything from TNG Season 2 onward in stardate order.

    • trekcore

      I think a lot of those stardates were just guesswork by the folks at Paramount UK, probably calculated by averaging the two adjacent episodes that had stardates…

      If they’re not stated in the episode, it’s unlikely there is an “official” source that has them

      • Frequent Guest

        Fascinating. I wonder why they stopped doing it?

    • Allen Williams

      Star Trek 3+ on blu-ray is fine as they are now. I miss the extended cut of Star Trek 2 (Scotty’s Nephew etc…) as well as the improved cut of TMP. I’ll admit I did like what they did to star trek 6 (they showed the faces of the conspirators which was not originally in the movie), but its not a huge deal.

      • hypnotoad72

        TMP’s director’s cut sped things up, and fixed some f/x, and added a needed exterior shot of Vger’s ship, but – good grief – replacing the good “red alert” noise with a squeaking mouse or whatever that was only had me bursting out loud in hysterics over how bad it was.

        • Allen Williams

          Yeah I hated the sound changes. Give me the “annoying” klaxon any day. Not to mention I love the transporter room shouting “MALFUNCTION!” over and over again. I don’t know why but I love it. I hated the fact that none of that was on the DVD not even in bonus features.

          • archer9234

            Some of the cut scenes still has the old kalaxon. I actually liked the one they replaced it with. But since they didn’t fix it in the later movies. The DC became a goof.

          • Allen Williams

            I got rid of all my DVD’s that I have on blu-ray. I think I remember what you’re talking about though. Still I would like to see DC done correctly. Some of the new CGI looked cartoony (like the warp engine in the window) and I would like to see that done correctly.

      • Chris915

        Well, I would still love to see a re-composite FX shot of the original movies, especially ST:V, since there are some layers that are just a little off… and ST:V is just dismal…

        But layers that are slightly off, like here:
        http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/twokhd/twokhd0542.jpg

        Then I see an image like this:
        http://techspecs.startrek.acalltoduty.com/images/excelsior/spacedock-st3.jpg

        And can’t help but wonder what a re-composite of the FX for the movies might look like…

        • Allen Williams

          For most of the movies they don’t need it. TMP could benefit. There are times the enterprise becomes see through during the Kirk/Scotty fly by scene. Star Trek 5 is so bad, you would be better off just doing CGI for the whole thing. 2 could use some work on the nebula. I never felt like the Enterprise or Reliant were actually in it but on top of it. I believe 3,4,6-11 are solid on their own (No I haven’t seen 12 yet). Fact is that ILM did a lot of the movies and their work was quite good.

    • hypnotoad72

      Abrams needs to grow up.

      Yes, “Into Darkness” had some great moments – and maybe it’s because I never got into DS9 or later that half the stuff he regurgitated from the spinoffs felt ‘original’ here. Indeed, the retooling of Khan (overall) was decently well handled, though he was underused (apart from the copout with the magical blood).

      But come on – TOS should not be neglected; there will be a general if not niche audience and there’s still good money to squeeze out of us turnips. :)

  • chutterbug

    Woah, I was worried that Modern would have a different color corrector – I’m glad CBS kept Marvin doing it (and Max doing the planets). Season 4 looks great, thanks for this article.

    • trekcore

      Season 4’s color was all over the place in SD/DVD… it’s arguably the roughest season for color. It REALLY benefits from the polish Marvin and the rest of the team have given it.

      • Allen Williams

        Interesting that is the only DVD set I ever purchased. After I bought it, I HATED it because of how horrible it looked. At the time I didn’t have a lot of money so a $100/season deal was difficult for me. By the time I could afford it I decided to wait for the blu-rays, which I was told over and over again would never happen. I’m glad I waited.

      • hypnotoad72

        I saw some occasional issues in season 2 as well – I should have written down the names; but given season 2 has some SD snafus that were fixed in the HD edition, yet the HD edition has snafus the SD did not (especially in the classic episode “Peak Performance”)…

        But what you’re relaying on the work done on season 4 is absolutely impressive. Luv it!

        • trekcore

          Yes, the Season 3 + 4 colorist didn’t work on Season 1 or 2 (but he did the pilot)

  • Allen Williams

    The cosmic string still looks like crap, but everything else looks great. Maybe its the trailer, but it looks like its 720p rather than 1080p.

    It occurred to me that if they do 3 seasons next year, that means that this company will probably be doing season one of DS9 rather than CBS themselves. Something interesting to think about.

  • Muzer

    I rather like this. I’m not yet sure whether or not it’s as good as CBS D’s, but IMHO, it’s much better than HTV’s.

    Are there any S4 shots that are similar/identical to S3 or S1 (or S2, for that matter!) shots? I’d be interested if we can eventually get a comparison shot.

    • trekcore

      Eventually, yes. We’ll have more comparison shots as we approach release date :)

  • Friend of Sonic

    Fan-freaking-tastic. It looks like they’re creating a fantastic product this even number round. We’ve got seasons 5 and 7 covered by the masters– all we need is one more focused effort and we’re going to be left with a near perfect run of converting everything to HD. I’m so stoked for what may wait after TNG.

    • Chris915

      CBS Digital is doing Season 6 as well.

  • http://www.scream-movie.net/ Charles Petrosky

    Man that 4-footer is a piece of junk isn’t it? Looks like a cheap toy model in some of the shots (particularly the shot of the Enterprise being stretched). Too bad they couldn’t just use the gorgeous 6-footer for everything!

    • archer9234

      More 4 foot bashing I see.

      • http://www.scream-movie.net/ Charles Petrosky

        I don’t want to hate it, the simple fact is that the 6-foot model is so much better. The Enterprise is downright gorgeous in HD with footage of the original model.

  • Matt_Cardiff_UK

    As per usual TrekCore, you go above and beyond every Trek site on the web, to bring us these amazing images and reviews.

    Anyone who reads my posts will know that ‘The Nth Degree’ is the episode that got me hooked on Trek. Thank you so much for posting HD stills from that episode and for the marvellous review. I should like to echo some of the comments below:

    1) Why on earth is CBS not promoting these products on TV and in cinemas, in the national press, etc. When TNG was first launched, I remember there being unprecedented coverage across the UK press. Without TrekCore there would barely be a market for the remastering project. Come on studio execs – pull your fingers out of each other’s asses and market this stuff properly. I agree with Allen Williams’ comment below – I would still be actively searching for any information about the remastering. That’s how I found TrekCore in the first place.

    2) I’m extremely pleased with the results of the remastering in season 4 – my favourite season by far. I want to spend hours gushing over the astonishing differences (that last shot, with the greenish hue on the hull is so beautiful).

    3) I’m also pleased about the news that CBS are going to work on season’s 5-7. This is how it should have always been. Here’s hoping CBS exclusively work on DS9 and Voyager.

    4) The four foot model looks crap yes – but compared to the combination of the 2 foot model and HTV’s attempts in season 2, I have no reason to complain any more. It looks gorgeous in season 4. No more awful ‘planets’, no more terrible re-compositing – no more excessive DNR. Let’s all put season 2’s problems to bed now – time to move on – I have. So much more to look forward to.

    5) Into Darkness was shit. Peter Weller kept me from walking out the theatre.

    6) Want DS9-R!!!!!!!

    • trekcore

      Great post, Matt_Cardiff! Setting the trailer aside, Season 4 looks very nicely balanced. The material I’ve seen is all very much in keeping with the “style” established by CBS Digital, thanks in part due to the close relationship the two companies had during the remastering. I only came across one dubious looking shot, although I expected it would be rough from the start.

      We certainly want DS9-R! Obviously that’s a far more complicated project in terms of logistics and finances, but fingers remain crossed!

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Thanks TrekCore!

        The fact that the original elements (or at least, some of them) for the CGI in DS9 still exist, is very encouraging. Fingers crossed indeed! Can’t wait for a preview of what may come, with Birthright!

        • trekcore

          Yes! Birthright will be an excellent preview! They’re sifting through DS9 boxes as we speak pulling out the footage for that episode.

          • stevebrt

            Well here’s a very short video of what DS9 R would look like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJs0-hhOZFQ

          • trekcore

            Please bear in mind this is the work of a VFX artist who inherited some scene files, it’s not any indication of a DS9 Remastering. It’s beautiful, yes, and he’s had a lot of time to polish this particular segment.

          • Chris915

            Yea, IRML’s work is always that spectacular… it’s what DS9 could be, but I doubt it will be…

          • stevebrt

            True, but hopefully they at least make use of Tobias Richter’s recent 3d models considering they’re using his Enterprise D for some shots in the TNG Blu Rays

          • trekcore

            Tobias’ Enterprise is good, but they still need to do a lot of work to it to get it up to scratch for some shots. Many of the talented artists who worked on the shows have their own original models which are far more detailed and accurate.

          • Chris915

            Well, I imagine new CG will only be used in shots where original elements, etc. can’t be located…

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            That’s sooo beautiful. Can CBS please hire theIRML to work on everything they have yet to remaster? Pretty please?

  • hypnotoad72

    Could anyone do a 16:9 re-frame of trigger-finger-happy Guinan? That would clear up any claim that 16:9 is the cure-all, since so much vertical detail would be weeded out. The laser blast would be truncated or you’d lose a big chunk of the gun and left hand.

    And as I re-watched “V: The Final Battle” on DVD, where they did the 16:9 matting treatment… so many chopped off heads, I’m surprised the brains didn’t leak out onto the floor… many scenes had little things now gone… Even the opening credits’ text got chopped (albeit slightly, and only for a couple of lines) but still proving the matting was just slopped in, without any tact. To try such a thing right would involve re-framing every single scene – and if one scene looked wrong, it would be a huge waste of time. Not worth it.)

  • James

    I agree with many of the posters here who have commented that CBS has not done enough to promote these season box-sets. I just purchased BOBW from HMV for £8.99 and it was great – the picture upgrade is unbelievable. It’s slightly disconcerting to see how much lippy the girls are wearing though – Shelby especially.

    As usual, the comments on Trek Core seem to include disappointing Abrams bashing. I really expected Trekkies to like STID a lot more, after all it is a movie that would have made Gene proud:
    http://ryesofthegeek.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/star-trek-into-darkness-film-review/

    With TrekMovie.com seemingly dead, I had hoped that TrekCore might run some articles on the most successful Star Trek movie of all time, but no. Do the people that run Trek Core dislike the new films like some of the people who post on this site? For those who enjoyed the film, I suggest checking out Wil Wheatons blog as he gave an interesting write up.

    • trekcore

      Ha! The lipstick sure does pop on Troi and shelby in BOBW… the color on that episode is eye popping to say the least.

      Honestly, I’m not a fan of the Abrams movies at all which is why you see so much content focusing on TNG Remastered here – that is far more interesting to me than Into Darkness.

      • James

        Fair enough, thanks for the straight reply.

        I love all the shows except Enterprise and TAS (which I’ll still pick up on blu-ray eventually!). I hope that the new films increase the sales of TNG on blu-ray though, because I crave a new TV series!

        I remember when TNG came out that it took ages for some parts of fandom to give that a chance as well. I can remember people laughing at Data’s name being too ‘on the nose’ and my dad was so critical of the dialog and stilted performances at the time (great joy and gratitude) . Eventually of course, time has shown TNG to be a true classic.

        I continue to check Trek Core every day as you run some great articles here, for which I’d like to offer my thanks.

        • trekcore

          Thanks James! We’re also quite limited on staff, so it’s a bit impractical to cover the Abrams stuff on top of everything we already do…

          I’m glad you continue to enjoy the site, we have some great stuff coming up over the next few weeks!

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Agreed TrekCore – I think the remastering project is something all fans of all Trek need to know about and be kept up to date with. It’s a bit difficult to miss Into Darkness being in the theaters at the moment. I suppose the one thing I like, is that Trek is in everyone’s face and they love it. Makes Trek cool in the eyes of non-trekkers. Can’t fault JJ for that – even if he is a bit of a hack.

        • James

          OK, so the Praxis thing is easy – it’s an alternate timeline. Maybe the Klingons mined it more than they did in the prime universe. I liked how JJ and co went out of their way to give us trekkies some easter eggs.

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            I’m sorry but I disagree – it was lazy.

          • James

            fair enough.

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            That’s an interesting alternate timeline possibility – it would certainly work as a plot hole filler. I still think that rather than try something original, JJ resorted to peppering in lots of abject, inconsistent, lazy references.

    • archer9234

      People have every right to like and not like the JJ movies. But people that get annoyed at it. Simply because it’s just copying and pasting what we already know and saw from TOS and its movies. Just in some weird order. And stuff added in. Ends up being a old hat problem. I liked ’09. It was something different. it didn’t reuse stories from other movies. It took a old TNG story line and continued it. Albeit ending it in the process. But ITD has a lot more grips of ripping off ST2. The hate when JJ kept saying “IT’S NOT KHAN” lies. And Kirk/co. breaking so many prime directive rules, makes Picard driving Argo in Nemesis, and shooting at pre-industrialized people funny.

      Oh, and Spock beaming out of the volcano when they couldn’t beam in from it before….yeah. No internal continuity.

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Agreed with everything you said – bar the bridge window. I quite liked the saucer section stretching out in front of the window.

        • archer9234

          Which could be accomplished with a view screen of they really wanted that view. Some design choices should stay the same. I think the View Screen is one of them. I didn’t really mind the appleprise look.

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            Haha – I hated the appleprise look! It’s a tough one – I don’t like the re-boot – but I’ve always thought the bridge should have had a proper window/viewscreen with the saucer in the background. One of the few things JJ did that I actually liked – a lot.

      • James

        Archer, I will attempt to address some of your points, though I understand and respect your right to disagree with me.

        Ripping off Star Trek 2. I don’t see that at all. The story was completely different. The only scenes where they pay a sort of homage was the reversed sacrifice thing. Admittedly, the Khan scream was all kinds of wrong though.

        I watched the movie with a hardcore TOS fan who had stayed away from the Trek websites for over a year. The grin on his face when he realised it was Khan made me wish that I’d stayed away too. It’s so hard to keep a secret these days that I understand why JJ might’ve fibbed to preserve the surprise.

        Breaking the prime directive – Kirk did this all the time in TOS and didn’t get pulled up on it like he did here. I liked this aspect of the story and I think GR would have liked it too. It would be so easy for JJ to ignore this aspect of Trek.

        Spock beaming out of the volcano – I thought that the big E just flew much closer to Spock than the shuttle was capable of. I also (maybe incorrectly) assumed that the shuttle didn’t have transporters.

        Carol Marcus as soft core porn – the writers have apologised and admitted a mis-step here. I don’t remember the apology for having Troi in a catsuit for 5 seasons or having Jeri Ryan in the most revealing catsuit ever though ;)

        The Vengeance was a tip to Franz Josephs dreadnought class. I liked the reference but I think the ship was far too big – the same problem I had with Nero’s ship and also Shinzons.

        I think JJ has an almost impossible job to appeal to a wide audience and to Trekkies. I think he walks the line as well as anyone possibly could. This film felt like he was trying to acknowledge the legacy of the previous movies.

        • Matt_Cardiff_UK

          To be fair – you’re spot on with Troi’s catsuit. In HD, it’s a different experience. ;-)

        • archer9234

          Except Troi, 7 and T’pol all have brains too. We know how she acted like in ST2. Which she didn’t in here half the time. People still bitch at the ENT Decon scenes. They pulled the same pointless porn stuff. You want sex scenes EARN IT.

          • James

            To be fair, Carol showed her nerve deactivating the bomb and saving McCoy. Regarding Enterprise and the decon scenes – I agree completely, they were just uncomfortable to watch.

            I also agree with the whole captain in 8 seconds comment even if he did save Earth from destruction.

            I still don’t see how they ‘ripped off’ Star Trek 2 though. My interpretation is that it’s only the Kirk death scene that plays as a homage to the previous film. The thing I disliked about the film was that the ‘game of wits’ element from Star Trek 2 wasn’t played out here – Spocks deception was for my money too simple.

            I’d love for the next movie to have a change of pace – as Star Trek IV was brave enough to try. I don’t think that every Trek movie should have a big-bad in it. I expect that the next one will focus on war with the Klingons, but I hope that we see a film where we explore a strange new world and seek out new life and new civilisations….

            And I’d dearly love a TV show set on the Kelvin – though I think that ship has sailed…

          • archer9234

            ITD had too much of ST2 in it. It’s the Second movie in the series, just like TWOK is, Khan is in it, Kirk death mirrors Spock death, Khan scream, Carol Marcus.

  • hypnotoad72

    After paying closer examination to the crew setup (penultimate photo) and one other frame from the teaser, there is some issue with black crush. It’s usually minor, but I’m starting to worry that there will be many scenes of big black blobs instead of minute details in uniforms and other issues… so far the HD version will be far better overall, but I don’t think it’s gotten the same level of precision that seasons 1 and 3 got… as long as it doesn’t jump out and scream at the viewer, I promise not to nitpick. :) Nothing could be worse than season 2’s issues, and even I will admit some of those aren’t as bad (but some were…)

    • Chris915

      I’m not sure what you’re pointing out…