Now with examples of restored footage and FX, this updated trailer for CBS/Paramount’s THE NEXT LEVEL sampler is due for release January 31st, 2012 as part of STAR TREK” THE NEXT GENERATION’s 25th Anniversary.
StarTrek.com revealed further details about that STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION High Definition Blu-Ray “sampler” that’s been generating some buzz.
The release will be called STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION —THE NEXT LEVEL, which will indeed include the two-part pilot Encounter at Farpoint as a “feature-length version”. Third season episode The Sins of the Father and the fifth season The Inner Light will also be included on the single disc.
“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”
CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, and editing the episodes together precisely as they were when they originally aired between 1987 and 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned.
The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. And all of the work is being done in conjunction with respected, longtime Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.”
THE NEXT LEVEL will be released by CBS Home Entertainment on January 31st, 2012 with a suggested retail price of $21.99.
The rest of the first season will be released at an as yet unspecified date in 2012, which happens to be Next Gen’s 25th Anniversary year. Current plans call for the entire series to be remastered, all 178 episodes.