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A picture so clear that you see the greatness...and the flaws,
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Star trek has been written about probably more than any show. From its countless pop culture references, to it examination of political and social commentaries, Star Trek has been talked about ad nauseam. Given the vast amount of writings, in some ways, its almost arrogant to try and add something new. However, if you're reading this, you're probably not as interested in a review of the series and episodes as much as you're interested in whether the Blu Ray is worth getting. I will say this new Blu-ray is something rather special. The picture is amazing, and I feel almost like I'm watching the show again for the first time, kind of like when you've heard a joke a hundred times, but then one day you hear it a little different and you laugh, like its new but familiar as well.
However, the trouble is that the Blu ray is almost too good. I can tell when the make up meshes with real skint. I can tell when a punch misses the target. In fact, the Blu Ray is so clear that you can actually see and clearly identify the stunt doubles as they are intermixed with the close up of kirk or whoever is fighting. So your interest in the Blu ray may vary. While the show's strengths in story and acting are highlighted, the weaknesses of the technology are made the more apparent. That being said, I love having the ability to watch both the new and old effects addition, as well as the slew of special features included makes this a must have for me.
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Initial post: Oct 29, 2010 11:07:53 PM PDT
I was about to post my own review when I read yours.
Given the amount of grain in the film stock used in 1967, restoration on the original film elements is nothing less than "utterly impressive" (and, as such, worth the quadruple-dip -- even the remastered standard-def DVDs aren't as impressive, which is saying a lot because the remastered standard-def sets are impressive).
The cool thing is the ability to select the original f/x or the updated f/x. I adore the new effects because they flesh out what the preceding dialogue was saying, without becoming gratuitous, self-indulgent, or garish. Real thought and care were put into the updated effects and it shows. Especially as I typically dislike effects being updated "for the sake of it" (e.g. a British sci-fi sitcom and an American sci-fi franchise that's rather well known but isn't "Star Trek"), I was apprehensive over seeing new f/x for TOS. I was quickly proven wrong -- the new effects do the material real justice. And, in high-def, the effects don't disappoint either.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 8:50:13 PM PST
King Dimholt says:
I don't hae Blu Ray myself. But I have heard that complaint you raised. It does seem that Blu Ray often puts a magnifying glass on all the little imperfections. Maybe that's one reason I still prefer DVD.
Posted on Oct 2, 2013 8:54:32 PM PDT
Derek Schmidt says:
No, the Blu-ray is not almost too good. Far from it, it is perfect as is, or as close as it can be made. From my memory of watching this every day after school in the late 80s and early 90s, phaser shots were aimed way off, and with the low definition of TV back then it was still obvious that punches are missed. What matters is that on the Blu-ray everything else looks so much better, more beautiful and well defined. Not too well defined, even--simply perfectly well defined.
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