First, let me say thank you very much, lion, for taking the time to reply in the thread with your input, opinion and viewpoint; it is appreciated.
You make some very interesting points, so let's get to them...
84lion;40524858]I purchased most of the OS on DVD years ago. I bought the BR set as a "Deal of the Day" on Amazon for something like $90 if memory serves, at least 2 years ago.
Oh, okay -- I didn't realize the "three season collection" had been available on BD two years ago; I thought that was a recently-released package...
At any rate, I already own Season One -- so we'd be talking about acquiring Season Two and Three on BD...
While by no means a "videophile," I have to say that I have gotten to the point where I only watch DVD when I must. I also have a BDP-83 (and a BDP-93), and while it does a great job of upconverting, there are limits to that. I have a 55-inch LCD display, and the difference between upconverted DVD and BR is noticeable...at least to me.
I hear you; on my display, SOME very well-mastered/authored DVDs are indistinguishable from Blu-ray, but I am also dealing with a slightly-less-than-ideal seating distance arrangement, so this plays into that as well. For what it's worth, and in general right now with my current gear, most of the DVD stuff we watch looks absolutely fine upscaling to 1080p via the BDP-83 (glad to see you're rocking one too!)...but I did note that with this new "completely packaged" DVD set of The Original Series
, even upconverted through the Oppo the picture quality wasn't all that stellar.
I hear what you are saying about the issues that the BR resolution reveals - the consoles that look like mock-ups, bad paint jobs on the sets, fake-looking make-up/wounds, etc. Then again there are times where the BR resolution helps to bring the costumes/sets/actors alive. And I prefer the updated special effects. If you don't like them, there is always the option of choosing the "original" versions.
You are absolutely right on all accounts here...
The series was filmed in 4:3, for TV, so if your new DVD box set is filling a 16:9 screen I can only surmise that either the 4:3 image is being stretched to fill 16:9, or in the "remastering" process they cut off the bottom and/or top of the image to "make" a 16:9. I don't like pillarboxing but I would like having video information removed must less.
As I mentioned in my original post, I have the BDP-83 set, under TV Aspect, to "16:9 WIDE" so that full-screen material is automatically stretched to fit my widescreen display -- this mainly comes into play with full-screen DVDs I still have in my collection from before I bought into widescreen HDTV, as I prefer these to fill the screen rather than watch them with the pillarboxing. So when the Trek
DVDs are "filling my screen," it's not because of the new remastering of the episodes -- it's because my BD player is stretching the full-screen signal to fit. Now, where the problem comes into play is that with native 1080p material (i.e. Blu-ray) that happens to be in full-screen form (on old classics such as Casablanca
, or on this Star Trek Original Series
set), the signal CANNOT be "forced" to fit the widescreen TV...it's almost like it's "locked" into a 1080p encode that "forces" the viewer to watch it in its proper form. I totally respect and understand this, but with FULL-SCREEN material, for some reason, I just prefer it fill my screen without pillarboxing...though I CAN'T do this with the Star Trek
episodes because they're "locked into" this pillarboxed image, as they're native 1080p...
As far as the presentation (graphics and logos) of the set goes, I agree that the BR set leaves something to be desired, but I don't find it objectionable enough that I wished I hadn't purchased the set. The BR set is available for a lot less now than what I paid for it, but that's the way it goes. I've enjoyed rewatching the shows with the new effects.
The entire BR set is now about $68 at Amazon, IMO a great bargain. My recommendation would be to get the complete BR set, and if you can return the DVDs, I would.
Best wishes for your final decison!
Well, as I said, I already own the first season on BD -- so it would be a matter of hunting down the second and third seasons to complete the set on Blu; but I appreciate the heads-up regarding the sale!
Thank you very much for your input and recommendation to return the DVDs; I will see what I can do about taking them back to Best Buy, or trying to unload them at a used DVD/CD/BD store if I decide to go that route. Any other input would be greatly appreciated.