Warp speed bull breach in alternate version of the Star Trek Into Darkness international trailer. See it, here.
The nice people at Paramount Interactive and Digital Extreme have released a new trailer for next year’s inbetwequel Star Trek video game.
Just days away from its release, StarTrek.com have released another new trailer for the bluray release of Star Trek: The Next Generation season one. They also posted a new interview with CBS’s producer and director of special features, Roger Lay, Jr., in which he discussed the approach they are taking with the new extra features in this season and beyond.
Some of the highlights he noted from season one:
The process of going back to the original film elements in order to rebuild the episodes from the ground up allowed us to get our hands on material that had never been seen by the public before. David Grant, Ryan Adams, Angelo Dante, Craig Weiss and the team at CBS Digital have found amazing footage that we have been able to incorporate into the body of the documentaries you’ll find on the season one Blu-ray set. We also have cast and crew members commenting on these discoveries and sharing some incredible stories to go along with these really fascinating visuals.
At times it was information we got from the cast and crew during our interviews that led to some amazing discoveries. For example, Rick Berman, Dorothy Fontana, David Gerrold and Patrick Stewart all told us about an actor Dorothy had introduced to Gene Roddenberry early on during the casting process who became his first choice for the role of Captain Picard. After hearing this, we went ahead and reached out to him and were utterly surprised and thrilled when he confirmed the story and agreed to come in for an interview. So for the first time ever, fans will get to hear from the man who was almost cast as the Captain of the Enterprise-D and the story on how he ended up passing on such an amazing opportunity is really compelling. There’s also a really fun Easter egg featuring Brent Spiner which we’ve included on disc six which I’m hoping the fans will find! None of the early reviewers have mentioned it, so I guess they haven’t come across it yet.
He also talked about the efforts they are making to have the new extra features work as a whole across the release of the seven seasons, giving an in-depth look into the creation of TNG. He highlighted some of the features plans for future seasons:
Along with the individual interviews for the documentaries, we’ve also been able to get the entire cast of the show together for a really intimate reunion piece. I think fans are going to be very surprised with that one. It’s just wonderful to see them all together again as a family. It could be a one-hour network television special, but the only way to see it is on the season-two Blu-ray set. There’s also a standalone piece I’m really excited about that we are calling Inside the Writer’s Room. It will feature key staff writers from the show, including Ron Moore, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria and Naren Shankar. These guys have gone on to incredible careers since TNG wrapped and you’ll see them together again, taking fans through the process of coming up with and breaking a story for TNG. We also have Seth McFarlane, who created Family Guy and is a huge TNG fan, discussing the impact TNG had on his career and modern science fiction programming.
Down the line we also have a piece on the directors of the show, a piece on the music of TNG, and a tribute to Michael Piller for season three. We’ve shot over 100 hours of all new interviews with cast and crew with a very specific plan in mind in terms of how we would use these interviews to build all the documentaries and supplemental pieces.
You can read the full interview, and see some new sample images, on StarTrek.com.
Rather more impressive than their actual set, is Hasbro’s awesome Kre-O Star Trek teaser trailer animation, based on the original 2009 movie teaser trailer, showing the Enterprise under construction (pay attention to the awesome variant of the Bad Robot logo at the end). This is itself just a tease for a Kre-O Star Trek animated short that is on the way from Bad Robot, telling an original Star Trek story in Kre-O form.
StarTrek.com has posted a newly extended trailer for the cinema screenings of two TNG episodes, marking the release of TNG season one on bluray this month. TrekCore meanwhile has released details of the special features on said release. They include a new three-part documentary and a look at how the remastering process works:
The all-new, three-part documentary Stardate Revisited – The Origin of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION provides unique insight into the early beginnings of what was soon to become one of television’s most successful sci-fi series.
The first part, entitled “Inception,” includes interviews with original staff writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold discussing the early days of the show and Gene Roddenberry’s mission to create a program that would live up to the cultural phenomenon of the original Star Trek series. In addition, executive producer Rick Berman looks back on the crucial pre-production period including preliminary casting choices and key creative decisions for year one. Plus, the documentary includes insight from the entire art department including Star Trek expert Mike Okuda – who, along with Denise Okuda, served as a consultant throughout the ongoing Blu-ray project – providing a revealing look at the design process for such iconic elements of the series as the Starship Enterprise and redesigned Starfleet gear for the 24th century.
Part two of the documentary, “Launch,” features all-new interviews with cast members Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher). With never-before-seen makeup and screen test footage of the cast, fans will have their first look at Burton and Spiner trying multiple versions of their iconic design elements such as the VISOR and Data’s makeup. Plus, the cast will walk viewers through their auditioning process, and share memories of the making of Encounter at Farpoint, the fan-favorite television movie that launched the series.
The conclusion of the three-part documentary, “The Continuing Mission,” includes first-hand accounts by Berman and producer David Livingston who detail the creation of the first season of the series from script to final edit. Members of the special effects teams also provide a never-before-seen look at the creation of the groundbreaking effects from motion control photography to video compositing techniques. Also, Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar) joins other cast members to take a look back on the controversial decision to kill off her character in the first season episode “Skin Of Evil.” Finally, Eugene Roddenberry shares memories of his father, series creator Gene Roddenberry, who was responsible for one of the most enduring and beloved franchises in history.
In addition, the set also includes a newly produced documentary titled Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the FX artists and film restoration technicians at CBS Digital, detailing the philosophy and process behind the restoration.
StarTrek.com also recently posted a bit about the extra features, where they managed to talk at remarkable length with the Okudas about the neat little animation of people walking around inside the observation lounge, which can be seen in the opening titles - A cool little detail which was practically invisible until being rediscovered and recomposed for the remastered episodes. You can read all about that, here.
CBS have released this new trailer for the not so far away TNG Season 1 bluray release.
Here’s a trailer for next month’s cinema screening of two TNG episodes, to mark the release of TNG Season 1 on bluray. It includes a new look at the new CGI crystalline entity.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to season 2, Trekmovie’s eyes in the twitterverse have glimpsed something exciting. The writer of Measure of a Man has revealed a 20 minute longer version of the episode may be released!:
Need to send first cut of The Measure of a Man back to CBS today.Version is 20 minutes longer than broadcast.Will be on DVD’s. — Melinda M. Snodgrass (@MMSnodgrass) June 20, 2012
More treats like that please CBS!
Space Milkshake, a sci-fi comedy featuring rubber ducks, Amanda Tapping, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd, and Robin Dunne. I’m seeing Red Dwarf or Hyperdrive like sci-fi comedy, perhaps with a hint of The Life Aquatic, and obvious allusions to Alien… Looks good!