Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

"The Menagerie" on the big screen

by Rob - November 17th, 2007.
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Well, after thinking about it for five days, I’ve decided that the particular showing I saw at the Empire theatre in Mississauga of the classic two-part Star Trek episode “The Menagerie” was a disappointment. There’s no way the theatre was using a true 1080p HD projector; my guess is that it was just VGA quality — scan lines were clearly visible. More: the image wasn’t bright enough; black objects (such as the uniform pants) were just solid black blotches, instead of showing details.

Now, yes, they technically didn’t advertise this as an HD projection, but it was geared around the release of the first season of Star Trek on HD DVD. Apparently, some theaters — Calgary was one it, seems — did use true HD projectors, and those who saw the episodes projected thus were blown away. But the theater I saw it in didn’t do that … and, frankly, I feel ripped off, although Carolyn and I enjoyed the company of friends Chris Knight, Lee Amodeo, Lou Sytsma, and others at the showing …

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