Trekkies rejoice! Star Trek.com is reporting that Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Rays are due to hit store shelves in 2012:
Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released in high-definition Blu-ray, starting in January with a sampler of several popular episodes, followed by a season-one set to be released later on in 2012, and subsequent seasons beaming down after that.
CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, and editing the episodes together precisely as they were when they originally aired between 1987 and 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned. The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. And all of the work is being done in conjunction with respected, longtime Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.
Now fans will be able to see the individual fibers of Riker’s manly beard, as well as the latex and glue around every bumpy nose piece on the aliens in stunning 1080p HD. Here’s a teaser trailer:
It’s no secret that I have a giant man-crush on director J.J. Abrams. The man created LOST, which is my favorite television show of all time; directed a beautiful homage to the sci-fi/kid gang films of my youth with Super 8 last Summer; and in the Summer of 2009, he was able to do something that I thought would never happen — he made me like Star Trek.
J.J. put together a terrific cast and made a Star Trek film that was bright, fresh, and easily accessible to non-Trekkies. Of course, many Trekkies now have a deep-seeded hatred for Abrams simply because of that — “How dare you put explosions and action in a Star Trek movie!” Despite the outrage expressed by these hardcore Trekkies, Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel, and the last piece of the puzzle was put into place today when J.J. Abrams finally signed on to direct once again. Vulture has all the gory details, which involved multiple delays due to JJ’s commitments to Super 8, and Alex Kurtzman’s (one half of the notrious Kurtzman/Orci screenwriting duo) plans to make his directorial debut.
“Stuff Geeks Like” is a new semi-regular feature on LaserCola.com that explores the anthropological reasonings behind the attachments geeks form to a wide variety of genre media and culture.
Much like the ancient Greeks looked toward the heavens for guidance and wisdom from their Pantheon of Gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Ares, so to do geeks in modern society worship powerful beings who sit upon high thrones and dispense their wizardry to the masses. These powerful beings, however, are more apt to entertain their followers with retarded Rastafarian aliens or homoerotic hobbits than cast down thunderbolts or give fire to mankind.
Greetings, Trekkies, Guildies, Losties, Browncoats, Jedi Knights, Mutants, Replicants, Zombies, Spartans, Big Daddies, Hobbit-lovers, S-Mart shoppers, Chang-Sings, Wing-Kongs, and whoever else you may align yourselves with! This is The Carter here, welcoming you to the official launch of your new favorite geek news blog, LASERCOLA.COM! Before you pop open a can of our tasty posts, be sure to check out the About page for more in-depth details on the site, and visit the Staff page to pay homage to the writers we have chained up in a dingy basement with laptops scouring the Internetz to bring you the latest trailers, casting news, reviews, etc. on your favorite geek properties. Enjoy!
Chances are, even if you aren’t a geek yourself, you have someone close to you that can recite Rutger Hauer’s final monologue from Blade Runner word for word, or has a vast collection of Batman underwear. The chances are even greater that, more often than not, you’ve struggled to find said loved one a suitable geek gift at Christmastime, threw your hands up in futility, and purchased them a DVD of the latest Hollywood bastardization of a beloved comic book property. Well, I’m here to help you to not be a thoughtless, unoriginal bastard this Holiday season by giving you five great, no-brainer Geek gift ideas to appease that Star Wars or X-Men nerd on your shopping list. (And to make it even easier on you, all items have an Amazon.com link and are $50 or less). Read the rest of this entry