(jamesaevans @ Feb. 28 2009,11:01)QUOTE[quote=Shane,Feb. 25 2009,17:01]Hi Shane,Thank you for posting these comparison screen captures, I think it shows that Japanese DVDs are sharper and have more details than the UK release. Any chance you could post a few more, perhaps a couple of scenes in space and a couple of close up shots of the crew inside x-bomber.Yep, my pleasure. Here are four more images taken from the Japanese DVD. These are all from episode 4.[IMG]http://img244.imageshack.us/img244....MG
]I still don't own the new Star Fleet set, so if someone wants to post the equivalent Star Fleet grabs for each shot - be my guest.The Japanese DVD does have a bluish tint to it, although I think this is just it's natural look, rather than degradation. however it does suffer from the appearance of dirt and scratches on the film from time to time. It is MUCH more detailed though, and although the film had not been cleaned up for it's Laser Disc release or subsequent DVD release, it still looks very good indeed.Star Fleet probably has the advantage of having made new masters of the X Bomber footage back in the early 80s when the film was in a much better condition. The downside is that the initial conversion degraded the image and gave it a more soft focus, less detailed, washed-out look. Now over time these new masters have become degraded, and so the need for some re-mastering jiggery pokery. Also the word re-mastering can be quite a broad term. Taking old footage and just encoding it into a digital format is classed as remastering by some companies, whereas others actually try to do something positive with the source material, such as sharpening the image and changing color-values. Other companies such as Warner and in particular their treatment of the recent Blade Runner release work a lot harder, and have the resources to seemingly do miracles with old masters. The new version of Blade Runner is what I term a proper re-master, completely restored footage re-mastered with a crystal-clear sound-mix. Star Fleet was never going to get that kind of treatment.In a world of limitless possibilities the Japanese footage would be completely restored frame by frame with a stunning new 5.1 UK-style sound-mix by Paul Bliss.I can dream can't I?