DS9 on blu ray?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by borgboy, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Mage

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    I know, and the transfer to HD is horrible. Dunno how they did it, all I know is it sucks.
     
  2. USS KG5

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    But would you pay $400 for it?

    Sure as we all know at some point the series would plummet in price, but the studio want people buying it upfront at full whack.

    I probably wouldn't bother for, well, not even as much as half a job. I'd probably wait until it came on the streaming services.

    Of course, in the UK DS9 isn't streaming anywhere at the minute, or any other Trek, its obviously considered unpopular.
     
  3. Tomalak

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    Right, you mean the upscales that are floating around. They just got a blu-ray release here, and I was tempted by the series one set. I still have the DVDs in that enormous Tardis cube box from the original release in 2005. If the price is right I might get it just for saving space if nothing else. Though I don't expect an improvement in picture quality.
     
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    Having purchased none of the Trek shows before on any format, they've now fallen in price enough to attract me. I've recently purchased the complete Voyager DVD box for £45 new. I'd have preferred a Bluray, even if it was an upscale and would have paid a little more - up to about £70ish.

    For those of us without the earlier releases, even a marginal (uncompressed) version would be attractive.

    It's unlikely to please the suits though, not at those prices.
     
  5. danielcw

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    What is the framerate of those Doctor Who Blu-rays?
     
  6. Mage

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    Yeah, I asume those are the ones on Netflix. I really don't want a version of DS9 like that on Bluray, a lot of the SFX would look disgusting.
     
  7. Dac

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    True, but DS9, TNG, Ent and Voyager are airing multiple times daily on at least 3 separate TV channels, Syfy, CBS Action and PickTV. I'm pretty sure I remember Enterprise airing on Sky Atlantic when I was round a friends house once, although that was a year ago now.

    I guess my point is, although its not on streaming, Star Trek is very much a valuable commodity for TV reruns here in the UK. Don't forget CBS Action actually ran a billboard campaign here for TNG when they first got it a couple years back. If it were available on streaming, I don't think there's any reason to assume it would be a dismal failure.
     
  8. Squiggy

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    The UK has a tenth of the population of the US.

    There aren't enough people there to make it a financially viable endeavour.
     
  9. Lance

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    24p, with with 'pitch correction' to compensate.
     
  10. Dac

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    I'm not talking about the Blu rays, I'm talking about DS9 as is appearing on Instant streaming in the UK.
     
  11. danielcw

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    I would be really surprised, if the possible viewership is not accounted for during negotiations.
    I.e.: CBS won't be asking for the same kind of money for streaming rights in the U.K. compared to the U.S. or compared to any other country.

    Thanks, I feared that :(
     
  12. Lance

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    They didn't do a bad job of it all being told. I have seen worse. And the pitch correction does go a long way towards compensating, it's *almost* imperceptable. But there are definitely purists out there who'd prefer them to be in their native 50i at least. Alas and alack that isn't gonna happen. :(

    The Blu Rays do benefit from the lack of compression and a lossless audio track, but they also lose out with the 4% slow-down instead of being the speed that they should be. In practice there are both pluses and minuses to upgrading, depending on how well one perceives these things. :)
     
  13. Savage Dragon

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    So if the new show does well on CBS All Access, what are the chances they'll decide to remaster DS9? Still slim to none?
     
  14. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ Well, we should make it a point never to say never, but I'd say "slim" would be accurate. :sigh:
     
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    From what I've heard, CBS spent about $20 million to do TNG restoration. And that was a full restoration; going back to the original film and re-editing the episode and effects together from basics.

    For that investment? They got about nothing back. The blu-rays basically bombed. Despite being awesome.

    At some point in the next 10 years, they'll have to do something with DS9 and Voyager. But that something will sadly likely be an upconverting, because it's a fraction of the cost and effort. And the results will be pretty lousy, because upconverting is an awful thing.

    Getting DS9 and VGR fully restored like TNG? It's going to take a miracle. Even if the cost of doing it was somehow only 2-3 million, I don't think they'd invest even that much at this point.

    I think we'll get the crappy unconvert treatment within a few years and that's about all. Because the time and effort and money to do it true to form just isn't going to happen. DS9 and VGR are the underdog step-kids basically.
     
  16. Tomalak

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    $20 million? Wow.
     
  17. Lance

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    Agreed. It's pie-in-the-sky to hope otherwise.

    ... and so you can understand their ... reluctance, shall we say, to committing a similar amount to DS9 and VOY, whose public profile isn't anywhere near as big as TNG was. And given that sales of TNG-R failed to meet expectations, to throw money at those two shows would be tantamount to making a big bonfire out of hundred dollar notes.

    *IF* the new Star Trek show takes off and gives the franchise a booster shot in the arm, then maybe they might commit something to preserving those two shows, although as Frontier points out that'd be much more likely to be an upcoversion than a full HD remaster like TNG got. But otherwise, it's fantasy-land. IMHO. ;)
     
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    Well, they got something back from their $20M. They got a high definition show they can air on their network or whatever other distribution mechanism works out well for the next several decades. Not claiming it's a money winner, but it's not a total loss.
     
  19. Lance

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    I see your point, but it doesn't really make it a easier pill for the studio execs to swallow.

    Certainly not to the point of being able to commit another $20m to DS9, and another $20m again to VOY.

    Nobody is going to sell the farm now for the potential dividends five, ten, twenty years down the road. That isn't good business.

    TNG-R was made that way, on a ''prediction of earnings'' that didn't materialise out of Blu Ray sales, at least. It backfired big time. Sure it'll break into profit eventually, but that's too big a gamble for the suits.

    They can get a network ready HD show more easily (and cheaply!) from upscaling the existing SD sources. It ain't gonna look great, but it'll be sellable.
     
  20. Reeborg

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    The first season BDs sold very well. Then the released remastered seasons went very quickly to official streaming services. I (often) wonder if there is a direct connection to streaming availablility and the diminished sale for later seasons (from 2 forward).