Well. I Knew this would happen.
My marathon has been stalled for over a week now, coming up to 2. And after the first night only.
I’m planning to continue tomorrow if everything goes right but for the meantime, here’s my overall marathon agenda (with no dates as I could never follow them!)
I shall be screening the movies in the following order:
IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII
Now, the infamous ‘Special’ Editions have plagued this franchise for too long. Fortunately however, for the purists, an HD theatrical version does exist, known as the Despecialized Edition. We shall be watching these for our marathon along with the official blu-rays of the Prequel Trilogy as well as going to the cinema to see The Force Awakens if we catch it.
Star Trek is where everything gets complicated…
I shall be screening the movies and tv episodes in this order:
Click link to see episode list! (and also Star Trek Into Darkness)
As far as remasters go, you have TOS and TNG remastered on blu-ray so far.
TOS-R is, although very faithful, 100% CGI (which I don’t like). Fortunately this set, unlike the Star Wars: Special Editions, includes the original effects (Yay!!).
TNG-R is a different story however, but different good.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Full Journey – does not include the original episodes but this might not be as bad as it sounds. TNG-R is an excellent remaster which is extremely faithful to the originals. It fixes things which needed to be fixed (e.g. boom mikes in shot) and changes things which effect continuity of the series as a whole (e.g. enterprise phaser firing in the wrong place) and also does light touch-ups of the original model shots and only does a CGI reconstruction if it is completely necessary. When they do have to do a CGI reconstruction of a model shot, they study the original shot frame-by-frame to make it look as authentic as possible.
VOY and DS9 are currently only available in DVD quality although ENT is available on blu-ray but no remastering took place as it was aired in HD originally.
Episodes shall be screened in this order:
Click link to wikipedia! (bar Shada as currently unaired)
All Classic Who is DVD quality up to Doctor Who: The Movie, bar Spearhead from Space which has been remastered for 1080p full HD blu-ray due to the video format it was shot on.
Doctor Who is the best for the purists. Although there are many (excellent) remasters, they are considered the secondary viewing option whereas the originally aired episodes are on disc 1!. This makes it extremely easy to screen it as it is as simple as slotting in disc 1, hitting play and possibly fiddling with a few audio options to get 5.1 surround sound. (I do not have a 5.1 surround sound speaker setup although there are still nice additions such as added rain sound effects “Resurrection of the Daleks”)
Nu-Who shall be screened in blu-ray quality. Although some say that the BBC did a bad job with the Series 1-4 blu-ray upscale, I say that it is unnoticeable at most.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my review of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which should be out tomorrow (emphasis on the should XD).