The OFFICIAL STNG Next Level Bluray watch and review thread

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by RAMA, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. StewMc

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    Something I've just picked up watching a comparison of the first 10 minutes of The Inner Light (DVD vs BD) on YouTube, in the shot of Picard looking over the cliff at the village near the start, he's a holding a hat in his left hand, but not in the previous or next shot! :)


    Might be an old one (or mentioned previously in this thread), but never noticed before.

    Also noticed via info on the video that there's a typo in one of the credits for the same episode ("Telelay by..."), tut tut! :guffaw:
     
  2. Maxwell Everett

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    It only really becomes an issue with people who have an HDTV with more than 5% overscan. For instance, on my bedroom HDTV, some of the credits in "Sins" sit right at the bottom of the frame and the very top of heads are slightly chopped off even in wide shots! In other words, the head room is gone. Definitely not the intended framing. This is why filmmakers shoot with these tolerances and safe areas in mind. Not every TV is the same. Not every projectionist is on the ball.

    I'm really more puzzled than anything. Why are the pilot and "Inner Light" pretty much the same as the DVD, giving us a bit more image in most cases and this episode rather severely cropped? Either the episode was telecined incorrectly back in 1990, or today in 2011. Only one can be correct and I'm just wondering which one.

    I figured this was kind of a fast moving production line and everything would be done consistently for the most part.
     
  3. Trekker4747

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    Still on a re-watch, I guess for now I'll post random thoughts on episodes in expectation for how they'll turn out on Blu-Ray.

    I just watched "The Booby Trap" and it's actually amazing how good the SFX are in it. I think some of the model shots of the Enterprise maneuvering through the asteroid field (this would be 6' model in most shots) looks great and really shows of some of the nicest angles of the ship and the near "art-deco"-ness of her design.

    Also as noted before the music in this episode is just fantastic and pretty much how the music should have been for the series as a whole instead of being reduced to "sonic wallpaper." I don't think the music in the episode takes away from what is going on on screen at all and actually enhances things. I can't imagine any lesser level of music in this episode without harming the episode in some manner.

    I do think Geordi's behavior in this episode is... odd. He spends a lot of time in the holodeck with the prototype designs to solve the problem and, of course, uses the help of a simulation of a junior engineer on the Enterprise's team. (Leah.) It's odd on a ship filled with "the best and brightest" he has to resort to using a simulation to do things. I get the story rules all but it would have made more sense for him and a team of engineers to be in the Utopia Planitia room working on a solution with the Brahms facsimile. There's also a tone to Picard's voice as he talks and interacts with Geordi in this episode both in the way he visits Geordi on the holodeck and talks to him over the com-system before the final solution is reached; he almost sounds disappointed in his chief engineer dicking around in a holodeck simulation instead of working with his staff. But, I guess, given the dire circumstances they were in...
     
  4. tomswift2002

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    If you watch Farpoint, when Picard, Troi and Riker are in Zorn's office, if you look at Troi's headband, in every close up shot on the Blu-Ray her headband goes into the top casing of the TV, but on the DVD there is quite a bit of open space between the top of her head and the TV casing.


     
  5. NewHorizon

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    I thought there was something weird about Sins of the Father.

    I hope there is some way to let CBS know that the framing is off in that episode. I was under the impression from Farpoint and Inner Light that we were getting slightly more of the image. Certainly shouldn't be getting less.
     
  6. Destructor

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    Yeah, sure, retouch and remaster and whatnot, I was more saying that I think it'd be a mistake to replace the odd, off-kilter 'battle scenes' in that episode (where the Enterprise and cube just sort of stand there looking at each other, most of the time) with a more modern interpretation (The Enterprise whizzing past doing strafing runs and so forth). I think a big part of that episode's charm is its stateliness- the tension comes from the strange absence of action, the utter lack of concern from the Borg.

    The 'pull-out' shot of the cube interior actually made me say: "Woah!" when I first saw it- I don't see the need to replace it, beyond the rescanning and remastering of the original plates.
     
  7. Maxwell Everett

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    You're right, the framing is slightly different there. But in this case I'm okay with it because they are just framing down slightly, rather than cropping the entire image on all sides. Notice how we see more of her com badge as a result? As long as they take their new TV extraction from within the Academy aperture area, the picture should still look okay and be within the tolerances that the filmmakers intended.

    DVD:
    http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s1/1x02/farpoint2_039.jpg

    Blu-ray:
    http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x01/farpoint_hd_537.jpg
     
  8. GalaxyX

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    Could the framing issue be due to damage of the original negative for that episode? Maybe the edges had damage that was too expensive to restore, so a decision was made to crop instead?
     
  9. Maxwell Everett

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    It's certainly possible, but there's a few things I can think of which make that rather unlikely:


    • The TV Transmitted Area they're supposed to be using is already set back pretty far from the edges of the negative.
    • Every time a live-action VFX shot is shown, they consistently go back to the larger DVD equivalent area; no problem there.
    • They probably wouldn't have chosen the episode for the sampler in the first place if they noticed it had significant damage.
     
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  10. davejames

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    Actually I think there's one other thing I might try to fix-- the strange part where Data keeps firing in the completely wrong place while trying to destroy the Borg's tractor beam. :p

    Not really sure how you'd fix that though. Perhaps have a beam emitting from each of those three places he fires at? You obviously can't direct all the fire at just the one area, because you'd still have the two other giant craters to explain...
     
  11. BillJ

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    Perhaps Data was simpy gunning for the power source first, unsuccessfully.
     
  12. JarodRussell

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    LOL, that was intended.
     
  13. Trekker4747

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    You realize Worf, as the tactical officer, would be the one firing the phasers, right?
     
  14. Patrick O'Brien

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    I agree totally. The true craftsmanship of the effects team comes through in brilliant 1080p. The Enterprise D has never looked better:bolian:
     
  15. davejames

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    Well yeah, I know that's how we've all rationalized it over the years, but it still looks odd. Especially considering the beam doesn't actually STOP until he finally fires at where it's coming from.

    Plus, regardless of where the power source is, wouldn't the emitter be the first place you would fire anyway?
     
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  16. Trimm

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    Funny that I didn't notice this. Possibly because there was MORE picture in the first episode on the disc, and never bothered to check the others..
     
  19. Start Wreck

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    Intriguing. Any speculation on what happened there? Interesting that FX shots weren't affected, suggesting they were handed over to another department while the untouched shots may have been improperly framed for some reason.
     
  20. BillJ

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    Well, finally sat down and watched The Inner Light. The experience reinforces something I learned from TOS-R, these episodes really aren't going to be any better or worse than the first time around.

    If you thought that The Last Outpost or Up the Long Ladder was a bad episode every other time you watched it, you're still going to find it a bad episode this time around. Just much, much clearer.