Originally Posted by Hobbun
And you are right, if itís lost, they canít do much about it. But it doesnít mean I am going to be happy about it if you are noticing scenes switching back and forth between HD and non-HD. If it is a decent amount that they lost, yes, I would prefer they didnít make it. Unless they are able to devise a way where it is not noticeable at all. But so far, that is not the case on that one scene between Riker and Crusher.
I've had some discussions with Trek fan friends about this and basically all I do is throw the Firefly situation in the mix as the perfect example of how there's still a benefit. In this case Firefly was shot on film but all visual effects were rendered in SD. Does it mean there's a noticeable drop in resolution? Yes. Does it affect my enjoyment? It might bring me out of the experience slightly (and this is being projected on a 100" screen so the effect would be less pronounced for many with smaller screens). Would I rather have no Firefly on Blu-ray at all because of this? Absolutely not. Anyone comparing the DVD to the Blu release can see a clear improvement in all areas.
TNG will be exactly the same for me though in this case instead of 100% of visual effects being SD it will be a small portion of lost footage being upscaled. I'd rather accept that small issue (which is EXACTLY what it is when you consider the sheer amount of film there must be and the fact that 25+ years have passed) instead of live with DVD versions which lump everything at SD resolution, limited by the scan and editing processes of the time and saddled with a lossy soundtrack.
Considering how some high profile films
have lost footage all I can say is that I'm ecstatic that they haven't encountered difficulties which make the project all but impossible such as entire damaged reels of film. Firefly would routinely feature 1-2 minutes of visual effects per episode which would equate to about 2.5-5% of episode time. I was more than willing to accept that amount of upscaled image as a trade off for having the rest of the show in fantastic HD with lossless audio and in the case of TNG it will appear that any lost footage would account for a percentage of screen time which pales in comparison to Firefly. Considering the age of the show and the job ahead of CBS this is a small price to pay to have TNG presented in the best way possible, both for fans now and in the future.