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Star Trek TAS on blu-ray



Like Doctor Who, for which I'd just received DVDs for season 9(1972) from the UK as PAL DVDs have 20-30% more detail than NTSC DVDS (which is quite noticeable on an HDTV), I decided to go back to the very beginning of Star Trek and rewatch everything in order.

I recently wrapped up the last season of TOS (The Original Series) and had started in on TAS (The Animated Series). I decided to start ripping the movies when I realized I only had 1-8 on Laser Disc:

However, my Laser Disc player hasn't worked in years :( So I went to order the Star Trek 1-10 collection from Amazon and noticed that TAS had been released on blu-ray back in November. I was quite impressed with how well TOS turned out on blu-ray, so decided to order it as well even though I already had it on DVD.

I've watched the first few episodes so far (basically the ones I'd recent rewatched on DVD before ordering the blu-ray) and was quite impressed with the extra detail - more stars are noticeable in all space shots, ships and planets have more texture, etc I've taken a few screen grabs of the first episode from DVD and blu-ray - DVD is the first of each pair. Be sure to click on the images and view them full size in order to see the extra detail!

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I don't normally repurchase content on blu-ray when I already have it on DVD, though in this case I'm glad I made an exception.

After I finish the TAS I'll watch movies 1-4 then start in on TNG (The Next Generation), which I've been acquiring on blu-ray as well. The first 3 seasons of TNG have already been ripped and are awaiting viewing on my Mac mini DVR :D


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I've had to have my Laserdisc player repaired a few times over the years. I'm not sure if there's anything left that I own that's still exclusive to Laserdisc though. Pretty much everything has come out on DVD or Blu-ray now.


I have ST:TAS on DVD. Not sure I'd buy the Blu-ray set. I've kind of stopped buying physical media, except on rare occasion.

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I prefer physical media because the picture quality is normally1 better.


That said, it's not worth waiting a year for physical media so I purchase current series, like Fargo, via iTunes so I can watch the episodes the day after they're broadcast.


1 I did recently pick up an expection to that - in Sliders - The Complete Series they're squeezing 5-6 episodes per disc, while the stand alone season sets would put 3-4. This results in dull colors, limited detail, etc. On top of that, they mixed up the even/odd lines somehow during the encoding, which is very noticeable during the vertically scrolling credits. I happened to find the first few seasons at Half Price Books not long after, so picked them up. Those original sets were significantly better.

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