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  • Shabaz
    JMS actually answered some questions by me about a HD version of original B5 a few days ago.

    I'll just copy paste it here:
    [email protected] wrote:
    > JMS,

    > Star Trek: The Original Series is getting a
    > makeover for the HD era (more info can be found on their website here:
    > ). The
    > show is being remastered for High Definition video, and the effects
    > scenes are getting a CGI makeover. I had a twofold question about such
    > an HD makeover, if I may. A deal with the Sci-Fi Channel got us a
    > widescreen version of the show. How realistic is it to expect a similar
    > HD treatment for original B5, maybe when HD has become as common as
    > colour television now, after another network or syndication deal?
    > Possibly with the CGI re-rendering we never got because WB lost the
    > computer files?

    That's a studio question, far outside my expertise. I suppose it's as
    possible as anything else.

    > Second, is it _technically_ possible to do an HD version of original
    > B5? Does the Super 35 film that I believe the live action was shot on
    > offer the option of re-scanning for HD? For the live action / CGI
    > composited shots, are the live action parts of those still stored in a
    > format that would allow rescanning into a higher resolution and
    > different aspect ratio? And last, with new CGI assets being created for
    > The Lost Tales, would that make it in any way easier for the CGI to
    > finally be re-rendered at some future point in time, even with the
    > original files missing?

    Yes, you can up-rez 35mm to HD fairly easily, especially since we had
    to deliver film negative masters to WB...but again you'd have to crop
    the CGI if you wanted it in wide. We tried experimenting with
    up-rezzing Jeremiah to HD and it looked fine.

    Most of the blurryness comes from the fact that all the composited shots, and full CGI shots are cropped versions of 4:3 frames to look wide though, which wouldn't automatically be solved by a HD transfer of the live action stuff. It would require the CGI and composited shots to be redone. If not, then "again you'd have to crop the CGI if you wanted it in wide", like JMS said, and it probably would stand out even more in a HD transfer.

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  • Harrdy
    As far as I know there would be serious problems regarding the computer graphics...


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  • Phil Harmonic
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    B5 and HD-DVD or Blue Ray

    Redo all the episodes in HD from the 35mm master and I will buy all the seasons and movies again!!!!!

    Get er done JMS I'm sure I'm not the only one. The DVD's are SUPER blurry.

    I've about worn out all my DVD's anyway from overviewing.