Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by trekfan_1, Apr 28, 2021.
Oh, I don't disagree, I was just saying generally, which is how I took @ZapBrannigan's comment.
Sometimes the extra sharpness of a picture can take you out of the story. I just have a 720p TV, but even so, an HD cable cast of The Search for Spock I saw once revealed a surprisingly coarse fabric in the red officer's uniforms. I felt like I wasn't supposed to see that.
I haven't seen my TOS Blu-rays in true 1080p. It might be a bit much for me. But I'd drink it in anyway, who am I kidding. On the Lost in Space Blu-rays, you can actually read the specs that are printed on the Chariot's camera lens, the one facing forward on the dashboard. It's pretty amazing.
I agree, I think Star Trek in HD was pulling the curtain back a bit too far. The producers relied on the poor resolution and small screens to hide their tricks. I don't need to see Shatner's toupee line or the ear seams on Nimoy. I tend to really like the DVD prints, even though the audio drives me crazy sometimes.
Feature films are actually meant to be seen on a huge screen in crystal clarity (unless there's an artistic reason otherwise). So, the films I don't mind seeing in 4k resolution. I would love a 4K upgrade on all of the classic films.
I'm of two minds about the HD and BluRay TOS transfers. Yes, sometimes the extra clarity shows things that were never intended to be seen. But I enjoy Trek in two distinctly different ways. I love it as an charming, adventurous space opera; but I also love it as a TV show.
I recall getting my DVD set and, given the extra clarity even that medium gives over VHS, noticing for the first time the wood grain in certain panelling, the parting lines on Nimoy's ear extensions, and the way the frosted rear projection material in the overhead bridge monitors rustles when George Takei jumps off the turbolift with his foil.
Yes, these things can break the illusion of the drama; but they also transport me right back onto the film set on a certain day in Los Angeles in 1967.
And for me, that's gold....
I love my TOS Blu-rays. The episodes, even with the original effects, look incredible in 1080p.
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