I'm very impressed by how well the new technology works with the original episodes. It creates a totally new perspective. The previous feature film special edition releases did a good job with the new visual effects and they worked quite well in conjunction with the original episodes. But what surprised me about the Remastered 'Star Trek' is how well the majority of the new footage blends right into the old. While the differences stand out in a few occasions, in most others the transition is amazingly seamless (a claim that cannot be made about the revamped 'Star Wars'). The new effects serve to pull you into the stories and the universe Gene Roddenberry created, not knock you out of them. I must admit that I'm a lot more impressed than I expected.
I've had the opportunity to play with this DVD set many times in my review copies, but have only had the chance to be fully immersed in this one once. The visual and audio enhancements are impressive, and the new graphics are much improved. The music and sound effects have been restored. This is the definitive version. If you're a Trek fan, this is something you have to have.
There are many other good reasons to buy this DVD set. For one thing, the picture quality is fantastic. It's the first time that all of the episodes have been released on their original screen format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) from the era. The sets have all been cleaned up and repaired, and the audio has been remastered. The quality is so good that it will put the movie fans out of their misery and make the rest of us wish we owned them all.
Still, it was cool to see the characters and settings restored to the way they appeared in the original television show. And in some of the best episodes, the new 'Star Trek' actually adds something to an already iconic work. 'Space Seed' is the most significant case of this: the episode is entirely remade, yet it's a far more successful and cohesive experience. Using the original 4:3 frame and keeping the original special effects shots intact, 'Space Seed' creates a perfect contrast to the remade 'Enterprise' episode. Unlike that one, which is both self-important and a little silly, this is a tense, well-written adventure, and a good way to cap off the first season.
Where they have altered the visuals, the new transfers mostly consist of a few minor refinements: making the 16:9 screen a little wider here and there, re-mapping the color timing to match the color palette of the original 4:3 frame, and even splicing in a few new pieces of visual effects. For the most part, it's just an update, not a complete overhaul. 827ec27edc