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Old 03-12-2011, 01:52 AM   #31
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Nick Meyer = baller director.

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:40 AM   #32
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Precum activated, Captain.

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We believe a high-definition film scan of The Next Generation is very likely in the cards for the entire series run, along with the requisite digitally-upgraded effects. Of course, in addition to syndication and streaming, the end result of all this might be a Next Generation: Remastered Blu-ray release down the line.

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Old 05-10-2011, 12:44 PM   #33
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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

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There are obviously major challenges as, while the show was shot on film, all the effects and post production was done on SD analog video. So (in our opinion) in order to convert the series to HD and really do it right, all the original camera negatives would have to be scanned in HD resolution, and then all of the special effects and post production would have to be completely redone in HD via a similar CG upgrade process as was done with the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series. You'd basically have to rebuild each episode for HD. At least we HOPE that's what they'd do, because if they just simply digitally upconverted from 480i to 1080p, there's NOBODY who would want to buy that on Blu-ray. But rebuilding the show in HD is obviously a time consuming and expensive process. Nevertheless, Citters told the crowd at the Con, "It is being worked on and I expect it will happen, it is just a technical challenge."
So....if it was shot on film, does that mean the basic footage is in widescreen?!?! The framing would now be a bit different, but that definitely sounds awesome.

The TNG FX is clearly outdated, but I don't think the show did anything too embarrassing past the first season or two. They figured out what they could do. Still, great news.
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #34
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When Trekkies do porn:

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As unlikely as it may seem, a recently released pornographic parody of Star Trek: The Next Generation is an astonishingly good, big budget fan-film based on the classic television series. Featuring impressively faithful recreations of the sets, costumes an even technology seen in the original Gene Roddenberry show, writer and director Sam Hein puts forth a wholly acceptable plot in which Lt. Tasha Yar returns to the Enterprise alive and well, and in such a way that is completely in keeping with established Star Trek continuity.

While this has something to do with comics only by the thinnest possible stretch of the imagination, I was so taken aback by The Thumbcast's shockingly decent version of the film, which cuts out all the sex, that I felt compelled to pitch it as a feature to ComicsAlliance Captain Laura Hudson, who inspected the material and replied, "Make it so."

The following 25-minute film has been edited to be SAFE FOR WORK. There is no sex on the Enterprise. No sex.

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Biggest wimp in the Star Trek cinematic universe:

Will Decker
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #36
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Biggest wimp in the Star Trek cinematic universe:

Will Decker
Fortunately he only lasted one boring film.

I'm surprised you didn't take the more common "bash Wesley Crusher" route
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I had to roll with Decker because he was in a position of authority and then whined his way through the movie.

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One boring movie indeed. As Canadiens said, Nick Meyer = baller: thank god they brought that cat in for II.
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I don't think Robert Wise quite knew what to do with the established characters, let alone the new ones.
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That would be an understatement, yeah. Not only is the film slow (and for me to call something slow takes a lot, I'm a patient viewer) but they completely ignored the humor that was such a staple of the original series. Such a debacle after so much hype (I saw the film opening weekend). Thank god the studio gave it another shot.
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And give Meyer credit - even though he didn't know much of anything about Star Trek, he made it a point to watch the entire run from beginning to end. And, unlike Wise, he "got it."
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Most definitely.....reading and watching interviews with Meyer about his preparation for II as well as the things he wanted to focus on is extremely interesting. At least to me.
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He also deserves tons of credit for the performance he pulled out of Shatner. That alone should would him a fan favorite
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It's true, Shatner's never been better than in that film.

I'm a huge dork so my words have to be taken with a grain of salt as it pertains to II but it's hard to find a better action film than that.....life/death/aging, action, revenge, regret, family, friendship all explored to some extent, as well as those great lines that we sort of laugh at now but are still pretty cool when viewed in context. Not to mention Kirk ordering Reliant to lower her fucking shields.
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That would be an understatement, yeah. Not only is the film slow (and for me to call something slow takes a lot, I'm a patient viewer) but they completely ignored the humor that was such a staple of the original series. Such a debacle after so much hype (I saw the film opening weekend). Thank god the studio gave it another shot.
The Motion Picture feels more in line with Next Gen than anything else given the tone and pacing of the film. The Decker/Ilia relationship is Take 1 as far as Riker/Troi is concerned. Also, the emphasis of trying to separate itself from Star Wars and be more in line with 2001 or other ponderous science fiction is the biggest misstep.

The Motion Picture and Final Frontier aside, I want to own the TOS films set on Blu. Shame that they don't include the Director's Cuts of Wrath of Khan (Best subtitle ever?) and The Undiscovered Country.

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It's true, Shatner's never been better than in that film.

I'm a huge dork so my words have to be taken with a grain of salt as it pertains to II but it's hard to find a better action film than that.....life/death/aging, action, revenge, regret, family, friendship all explored to some extent, as well as those great lines that we sort of laugh at now but are still pretty cool when viewed in context. Not to mention Kirk ordering Reliant to lower her fucking shields.
Apparently he wore down Shatner with multiple takes to the point where the hamminess subsided. He's almost as good in The Undiscovered Country, but the only thing that bogs that film down are the more overt comedic bits (Uhura not knowing Klingon being a prime example).

If only Khan knew where the override was.
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You know, in retrospect, you can't say that Khan wasn't trying very hard to find the override. "A" for effort.

Good points re: the Motionless picture. The last time I re-watched it, I did think to myself that some of the scenes were 2001-esque, but without he majesty or realism, even.

I think Shatner is great in Khan and pretty damned good in IV and VI.
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