Should the remastered episodes be released on DVD?

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  1. Skywalker

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    If they released them on DVD, they wouldn't sell as many Blu-rays. Simple as that.

    By offering the series only on Blu-ray, they've got at least some people going "Well, guess it's time to upgrade!" Those people would be content to just stick with their old DVD players if they offered it on both formats.
     
  2. The Laughing Vulcan

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    See, I disagree completely with this. The industry should not drive change in technology, the consumer should. VHS died a natural death because DVD and PVRs were better. DVD should also be allowed to die of old age, not be taken out back while it's still in its prime and shot, just because there's a young whippersnapper with go faster stripes.

    If the demand for TNG-R on DVD is there, then the studios should cater for it. I just wonder if the demand is there.
     
  3. Nacluv

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    I also think that the whole fixation with releasing movies on Bluray takes the focus away from movies and TV series that haven't even been released on DVD (maybe not even VHS). It's all about upgrading movies, who have already had 20+ DVD releases.
     
  4. Nacluv

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    Like I said, if I weren't content with the way my TNG DVDs are, then of course I'd want the remastered editions to be released on DVD since I don't personally own a Bluray player.

    And people who claims that it is futile to release the remastered on DVD are of course amblyopic partisans. I myself love the more equiposed colors of the TOS-R editions.

    DVD:
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    TOS-R DVD:
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    TOS-R Bluray:
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  5. Mott the barber

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    But that's just it...DVD's haven't been in their "prime" for years now. When TOS-R came out, there was still more DVD overlap because Blu-Rays were much newer on the scene a few years ago. This isn't the case anymore.

    As far as demand goes, I'd put good money on it that most fans would MUCH prefer the Blu-Ray. You'd be missing out on the whole point of the remastering project watching in 480i!:cardie:
     
  6. BillJ

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    Now blow up the DVD to match the size of the Blu-ray version. :techman:

    At the end of the day, it's not on DVD. If I own a PS3 and a game I want to play comes out exclusively for XBox 360, I either get a 360 or I don't play. It was only a matter of time before we started seeing Blu-ray exclusives... I'm just surprised it took this long.
     
  7. The Laughing Vulcan

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    I'm not talking in their prime as in surfing the wave of technology, I'm talking in their prime as currently holding market saturation. Everyone has a DVD player, not everyone has a Blu-ray player. Even today, very few Blu-ray releases outsell the equivalent DVDs. In that situation, it makes sense to release everything on DVD.

    The industry wants DVD dead, they want everyone to upgrade their DVDs to Blu the way that people filled up skips full of VHS tapes when DVD came out. It's why so many movies and shows are released as combos, where you get Blu-ray, DVD and digital all in one box. At the end of the year, they'll tot up the number and say we sold so many Blu-ray units, and decide that DVD should die, even if 70% of the people who bought the combo can't even play the Blu.

    and as for the reason for releasing it on DVD, the film quality TNG-R at 480i will blow the video quality original TNG at 480i out of the water. It won't be Blu-ray but it will still be infinitely better than what was originally released. You have to remember how crap the original TNG DVDs actually are...
     
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    I actually really like the silver season box packaging that holds my TNG dvds. They look really nice and classy.

    At least it didn't look super cheap like the plastic DS9 season sets or plastic VOY sets that are going to fall apart after a few uses. Since the sets are so expensive, you would think Paramount could have gone with better dvd packaging! :wtf:
     
  9. Dream

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    They weren't crap. TNG dvds were first released in 2002. They were fine for when they first came out, but not now obviously now that televisions have gotten so much better.

    It is really outrangous that Paramount is still selling all Trek season dvd sets for $50 each after ten years though!
     
  10. BillJ

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    They were crap when they first came out. Especially when compared to other things being released on DVD.
     
  11. Dream

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    Review that says the video was good

    http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/4979/star-trek-the-next-generation-season-5/
     
  12. The Laughing Vulcan

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    A review written in November 2002...

    I reviewed the sets back then as well, and you know why fans were raving about the image quality? It's because we were comparing them to the videos that we had just thrown out...

    Let me quote what I wrote back then

    Season 1

    Season 3


    Season 5

    Season 7

    My initial squee at DVD quality, and compressing 13 tapes into 7 discs faded pretty quickly I guess...
     
  13. BillJ

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    And not a single review site mentioned the glaring audio issues with the TNG-R set. So excuse me if I see them as nothing more than shills for the studios when it comes to high-profile releases. :shrug:
     
  14. Dream

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    I'll just say I've had my TNG and DS9 season dvds for years, and the video quality has never bothered me. But I have had my tv for years and it didn't cost thousands of dollars to buy.:vulcan:
     
  15. BillJ

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    My 1080p 40" LCD, bought back in 2009, cost me $569 before tax. My 1080p 3D 32" LCD, bought earlier this year, cost $369. I'm not sure where you're getting that people are paying thousands of dollars for HDTV's. :eek:
     
  16. The Laughing Vulcan

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    I watched my TNG sets on a Sony 28 inch widescreen CRT, and found the quality to be better than VHS, but not as good as DVDs from film source.

    Last year I got a 37 inch HD LCD TV and a Blu-ray home cinema (It cost me under a £1000 for the TV and Blu-ray BTW), and a few months later I started a rewatch of TNG (I'm up to S7 now) and I watched a couple of eps on the HD TV upscaled. I can't watch them that way. The quality is horrendous on a larger screen. I'm still watching them on the CRT, 5.1 audio be damned.

    EDIT: I should add that I watch most of my DVDs upscaled onto the HD set now, just to see how many films I'm going to double dip on to upgrade to Blu-ray. It's been 18 months since I went HD, and so far I've only felt the need to upgrade around 20 DVDs to Blu, usually DVDs upscaled are good enough to watch.
     
  17. Nacluv

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    I couldn't care less about the picture quality in general. But I guess as a lifelong cineast who constantly quests for the rare and unappreciated masterpieces it has a lot do with habits.

    Of course, I prefer quality prints on DVD rather than an old VHS tape where the color is out of the place and the sound is distorted. The point is that the discordances between DVD and Bluray is nugatory to me. I think that sometimes some people tend to embellish the superior "experience" of Blu-ray to exorbitances. There are differences, of course, but it's not SOO big as some people seems to make it.

    I'm abhorred by comments such as "What? It's not on Bluray? Well I don't want to watch this with crappy picture!" and I can't help comparing it to the classic "What? It's older than 2002? I don't want to watch an old boring movie!"

    I have to admit though that my biggest concern regarding the accretive popularity of Blu-ray is a personal one as a lifelong movie buff. If this fixation of Blu-ray also would start to infect the smaller distribution companies, that could distract them from distributing movies who have never been released on DVD (or VHS) before. And they might get too preoccupied with replacing their former releases with higher resolution rather than replacing something much more important, such as dubbing. There are unfortunately a great deal of foreign movies that only exists in dubbing form, which is pretty sad IMO.

    I have nothing against Blu-ray really, I just don't want the small difference between Blu-ray and DVD to become a distraction from elements that are actually much more important. That they are so consumed by the superior resolution of Blu-ray that they forget about adding more language options and bonus material.
     
  18. Nacluv

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    The 2011 box was actually the cheapest alternative for me, though I'd really prefer the 2002 editions.
     
  19. BillJ

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    The only things that got replaced in my collection is Star Trek (which I own on DVD and I have all of the Blu-ray releases), Star Wars and Stargate (the movie). My wife replaced her Scream DVD's (which were eyesores) and she would grab Buffy the Vapire Slayer if it ever is reissued.

    There are certain things I want the absolute best picture and sound quality. :shrug:
     
  20. Mott the barber

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    For those that are saying they wouldn't just mind TNG-R on DVD... how many of you have seen TNG-R on Blu-Ray through HDMI connected to a 1080p HDTV?

    If you haven't yet...you should.

    If you have... I'm dumbfounded. :confused: