Twenty-five years ago, Star Trek: The Next Generation re-launched Gene Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the Stars” onto television and into the hearts of a generation of fans. To commemorate the anniversary, the series is being completely remastered into full high definition, a painstaking process that requires going back to the original film negatives and re-cutting each episode shot for shot. As this exclusive side-by-side look at the climax of the two-hour pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” makes clear, the result is pretty darn impressive (expand to full-screen view for the complete effect):
The first full season will be available later this year, but to whet Trekkers’ appetites, on Jan. 31 CBS Home Entertainment is releasing three episodes — “Encounter at Farpoint,” season 3′s “Sins of the Father,” and season 5′s “The Inner Light” — in Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level on Blu-ray. It’s available for pre-sale on Amazon.com.