Make it so! The official Star Trek site has unveiled plans to remaster and release the classic series Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray for the 25th anniversary of the show in 2012. They have also issued a teaser trailer, which you will find below.
Each of the 178 episodes will be transferred to high-definition 1080p for the Blu-ray release, and sport a new 7.1 DTS Master Audio track. This has been achieved by returning to the original film negatives from 1987 to 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned.
Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”
A sampler Blu-ray, featuring the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint”, season three’s “Sins of the Father” and season five’s “Inner Light”, will be released in January, followed by a complete season one set later in 2012.