Star Trek The Next Generation: The Next Level
This teaser disc includes three episodes, Encounter at Farpoint, Sins of the Father, and one of my personal favorites, The Inner Light, and the results are magnificent. The multi-colored Star Fleet uniforms leap off the screen, and the detail is out of this world, especially on the exterior shots of the Enterprise. The DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio tracks are an improvement over the original stereo tracks (also included), but they aren't quite as demo-worthy as the video. If you're a fan of the series, this will certainly wet your appetite for the upcoming release of season one sometime later this year.
Encounter at Farpoint
- Chapter 2, 00:02:20
- The opening shot of the Enterprise as it travels through space highlights how much work went into the restoration. Check out the various colors on the hull and how legible the NCC 1701-D designation is. When the camera switches to Picard, you'll see the thin veil of grain fully preserved in the 1080p encode.
Sins of the Father
- Chapter 4, 00:19:55
- Shadow detail, detail
- As Worf stands before the high council, check out the detail in his uniform and how distinct and clear the dimly lit background remains.
The Inner Light
- Chapter 3, 00:13:58
- Detail, color saturation
- One downfall of the higher resolution is that the makeup on Data shows a lot of flaws. In this scene, you can see how unnatural it looks, but on the plus side, Riker's red uniform pops off the screen.
Release Date: January 31, 2012