star trek original series blu ray original special effects question

Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by tmosler, May 17, 2013.

  1. tmosler

    tmosler Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Hi I just have a quick question about the star trek original series blu ray seamless branching original option to view the original special effects. I was wondering whether the original effects are in sd, up converted to HD, or are like the effects in the tng remastering where they went back to the original elements. Also I was wondering whether any of the original effects have been cut at all to save time?
     
  2. BillJ

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    Re: star trek original series blu ray original special effects questio

    They are copies of the original composited effects. The original elements no longer exist. :(
     
  3. tmosler

    tmosler Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: star trek original series blu ray original special effects questio

    yes but are they in sd or up contveterted to hd or HD
     
  4. SpHeRe31459

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    Re: star trek original series blu ray original special effects questio

    They are 1080p scans of the original film.

    In the 60's shows were done on film (VFX, editing/splicing, and all), so there is no SD version like there is for TNG. Doing editing and VFX on video tape wasn't something generally done until the 80's.

    CBS Digital scanned in the archival film copies of the entire original episodes and then added in CG replacements that fit in the time allotted to fill in where the original VFX sequence was.

    The original VFX sequences were in terrible shape thanks to having so many generations of film used to composite each scene together, not to mention the inevitable dust and dirt the creeps in when you put layers of film together.
     
  5. Hober Mallow

    Hober Mallow Commodore Commodore

    Re: star trek original series blu ray original special effects questio

    Actually none of the above.

    The entire episodes, with the original FX, are in HD. Unlike with TNG, the completed episode masters are on film, so all that was needed to make the episodes HD was simply to transfer the episodes from film. So, yes, the original FX are, along with the rest of the episodes, in HD. However, also unlike with TNG, the original separate FX elements don't exist. It's only the completed shots with imperfections from 60s limitations that exist. What you see in the DVDs is what you get in HD, just a little clearer. Some of the FX look pretty good in HD, others not so good.


    It wouldn't have saved any time to cut out the original FX. It actually would have made the transfer to HD unnecessarily complicated, since all they had to do was transfer entire completed episodes from their film masters.