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5.0 out of 5 stars Icing on the cake, November 14, 2008
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3) (DVD)
When I first heard about the 40th anniversary remastered episodes, I was skeptical. Having seen the original Star Trek series on prime time TV in 1966, 67, & 68, and always liking it better than any of the other Star Trek series that came afterwards, I thought that it would be a huge mistake. I was wrong. These new effects are what Roddenbery would have done had he the budget and technology. They are not out of place; they very much have the feel and flavor of the live-action scenes and mesh perfectly. The live-action scenes themselves are now much sharper, colors more saturated, better contrast. Of course I have the complete series as it was originally broadcast- that is a must and I can't part with them. But the remastered episodes are just as essential. They are the original series episodes with the fine details that they have always deserved- even if it took 40 years to finally finish them. I can't imagine any of the original writers or directors having complaints about these remastered episodes- especially since they are in addition to, and not replacing- the series as it was first produced and broadcast.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2012, 4:09:16 PM PST
Chase says:
what makes you think roddenberry would have been interested in revamping and changing his vision and original show? you think he was some greedy money grabbing attention getter to gain some sort of self relevance and build a resume in hollywood by butchering classics? No. he was a visionary creative artist. You are thinking of George Lucas who hasn't really come up with anything besides revamping his movies. No the whole show looks like it has the worst lighting job now because everything is in the dark and shadowy. The cgi looks rushed and some scenes not re-touched . Lastly it looks completely ot of place. Ruining the old show. It literally ruined it. So did this jj abrams crap.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012, 4:45:59 PM PST
Jack Cards says:
Well, you completely missed the point, Chase. These are artistic embellishments, and I am sure Roddenberry would have embraced them. You need new glasses. Or something...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012, 7:58:56 AM PDT
The CGI SFX are awful -- really, really awful. A terrible decision, on a par with Turner Broadcasting "colorizing" classic BW films back in the early 90s. It's NOT an improvement. The original special effects were art -- CGI ruined everyone's appetite long ago, it all looks the same. Nothing special about it. A world made is not a world born and all that.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013, 1:43:23 PM PST
Vintagegal says:
I finally saw one (the remastered versions air on MeTV) and frankly I gotta go with what Nick Meyer said in his commentary on Wrath of Khan...."You can do a lot with CGI, but it will never replace the look or feel of models. When the model ship is damaged, you feel it like it's real because it IS real." I have only had the series on VHS but am thinking it's about time to upgrade. However I'm concerned....can you still get the show with its original sfx?

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2013, 7:27:53 PM PDT
Vintagegal - These discs allow you to watch it either way. You can easily switch back and forth between enhanced and original versions on the fly.

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Posted on Jun 13, 2013, 4:21:31 AM PDT
DR SHOCK says:
I haven't seen the "embellished" episodes, but unless they included the original untampered versions of the entire series also, I wouldn't want this in my collection. If you're wanting to revisit childhood classics, who needs revisions???? I would like to have them as an alternative veiwing experience, but I think it completely misses the point of why we buy old TV shows and movies in the first place.

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Roddenberry would most definitely have looked for a way to do it. For one, he had been quoted that the original series klingons had no head ridges like Next Gen because they couldn't afford the make up budget back then. No reason to think special effects would have been different. Secondly, he tried to license and sell the IDIC medallions way back in the day. Or at least that was Nimoy's objection to its addition to "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" according to his book "I Am Spock." If you look at the way it is brought up in those scenes, it's completely artificial and the scene would have not suffered one bit without that exchange. It was there to highlight something to merchandise. Try to make some cash off the show? You bet your bippy he would.

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