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Old December 11 2009, 11:57 PM   #527
Hober Mallow
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Re: Star Trek TNG Remastered?

Harvey wrote: View Post
But the idea that making something HD means it's no longer the original is wrong. In most cases, making it HD is actually showing it closer to what it really looks like on film, making it more like the original.
Star Trek was mastered on 35mm film because that was the technology of the time. All television series that were shot on 35mm film in the 1960s were mastered on film. They were never meant, of course, to be exhibited on film nor shown in High Definition television. Indeed, HDTV didn't even exist at the time.
I wasn't talking about Star Trek in particular in the passage you quote. Feature films from the 60s -- or 50s or 40s or 30s, for that matter -- were indeed meant to be seen in great detail on the big screen. Thus, HD versions of, say, Casablanca or Planet of the Apes or 2001 or The Birds are closer to the way they were seen in the theaters. Too many people are under the mistaken impression that films made prior to "HDTV" are in the same definition they saw it on DVD on SD television, and that HD versions of old movies are somehow "new" versions, when in fact they are closer to the theatrical experience than VHS or DVD allowed.
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