Friday, January 23, 2009

Star Trek: The Original Series coming to Blu-Ray in May

Well, I've been saying for a while that I wouldn't buy a Blu-ray disc player until the remastered original Star Trek was available in that format.

To coincide with the release of the new J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie, Season One of The Original Series is coming to Blu-ray in May 2009. Reports are that the set will contain both the original versions of the episodes and the new remastered versions (with CGI special effects).

Since the five original Planet of the Apes films are already on Blu-ray, I'm going to have to make the plunge come the spring.

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At January 23, 2009 7:47 PM , Blogger Justin Beach said...

I wouldn't buy a blu-ray player, internet television is coming

5 years from now no more tapes or discs sitting on your shelves, just digital files on a hard drive that you access through a menu.

At January 23, 2009 8:07 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Five years is an eternity in the world of consumer electronics, Justin. :D It'll make my happy now, and part of the pride I take in my home is my shelves of books that mean things to me, and my cabinets of DVDs that likewise make a statement about my personality. :)

At January 24, 2009 12:03 PM , Blogger H Don said...

I'm with you Rob.

I like physical Things.

There are just too many drawbacks with the whole "digital" thing (be it books, music, movies, etc) for it to be of any interest to me.

At January 24, 2009 12:11 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Don. Well, for movies, I agree, but here's a paragraph I wrote just yesterday for WATCH (my current novel):

There it was: a message from Matt sent about 1:00 a.m. this morning. She read it with her refresable Braille display, in part because that was the fastest way for her to receive text, much quicker than reading English onscreen, and even faster than what she normally had JAWS set for. And partially because there was something intimate about reading that way. She'd heard people arguing about ebooks vs. printed books, but couldn't really understand what those who preferred the latter were on about: they claimed they liked the feel of paper books, but you didn't feel the text in them, you looked at it, just as you would on a screen. But Braille was tactile, sensual -- even when rendered by electonically driven raised pins on a device plugged into a USB port -- and that was how she wanted to experience what Matt had to say.

At January 24, 2009 12:35 PM , Blogger H Don said...

Now that puts a whole new spin on things. What an interesting idea.

However, I still like my paper books, my CDs, DVDs, etc.

I like books & magazines because I don't have to charge them up, have a (back)light in my eyes, worry about breaking the screen, things like that. Only having used a computer for reading (documents) and not an ereader I can't say 100% I wouldn't like an ereader, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't.

As for music and movies? We have a Very Long Way to go before the internet can deliver the high resolution audio and video formats I/we have come to demand.

Why would I listen to an MP3 on a computer when I can revel in the beautiful sonic perfection of my $43,000 stereo?

Why would I watch TV or a movie on a computer when I can watch it on my 10' theater screen?

Anyway, to Justin and all the rest, I like stuff on my shelves. The computer to me is a business tool. No different than any other tool I use to earn my money. It is not an entertainment center. And never will be. It just can't compare or compete.

At January 24, 2009 2:56 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

All too true, the Net's good for a lot of things but there are limits.


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