If the producers of ‘What We Left Behind’ get their way we might finally see at least some ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ scenes in HD.
Star Trek fans have been clamoring for HD versions of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager for years. Although we have Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and even Star Trek: The Animated Series in HD on Bluray it’s unlikely that DS9 or Voyager will ever join them.
The problem is that while the effects for TOS and TNG were practical effects and appear on the series negatives many of the effects for DS9 and Voyager were made by computer. It may seem like the computer effects would be more advanced, and they were at the time, but there is no way to scale them up and make them HD. The computer effects for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager would have to be completely remade to appear in HD. This of course would be a very costly endeavour and it’s why we are unlikely to see HD versions of these Trek series anytime soon. Star Trek: Enterprise avoided this issue by being a little more modern and being filmed with better cameras.
Now however we may have a way to get at least a little Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in HD. What We Left Behind is a documentary about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine being made by Ira Behr and director Adam Nimoy. According to TrekMovie.com the team behind What We Left Behind is looking to acquire the negatives of DS9 from CBS to create some HD scenes. It gets even better than that though, apparently the What We Left Behind crew want to recreate some of the CGI effects as well.
I have to admit that there was a part of me that was hoping that this documentary and the excitement surrounding it would spur CBS to make a move on HD DS9, but this is better than I could have hoped. I’m really looking forward to possibly seeing the iconic DS9 opening in HD.
If you haven’t donated or checked out the What We Left Behind Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign do that now; they have some great rewards over there.
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