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Offline Trivial Psychic

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Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
If you're not yet aware, the entire complete B5 series, including "The Gathering", will be released on Blu-Ray on December 5th, 2023.  In fact, even though you can only pre-order it at this point, it's already a best seller on Amazon.
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Re: Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
So have all the CGI scenes been recalculated or just upscaled?

 

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Re: Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
Not sure if they've done any more work than what was done for the streaming HD upgrade.
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Re: Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
I only have the DVDs, what was done for the streaming HD upgrade?

 

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Re: Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
Original live shots were done in 35mm, and so could be scanned as 4K.  Unfortunately, the CGI shots only exist in the 480i that was available when the episodes were rendered.  The 4K live stuff is down-scaled to 1080p, and the CGI shots were upscaled and then got some touching up.  Better than the original, but hardly an overhaul like ST:TNG, where they had 35mm of the exterior shots too, then did new SFX over-top.
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Re: Babylon 5 - Complete Series on Blu-Ray, Announced
Original live shots were done in 35mm, and so could be scanned as 4K.  Unfortunately, the CGI shots only exist in the 480i that was available when the episodes were rendered.  The 4K live stuff is down-scaled to 1080p, and the CGI shots were upscaled and then got some touching up.  Better than the original, but hardly an overhaul like ST:TNG, where they had 35mm of the exterior shots too, then did new SFX over-top.

I'm suddenly thinking of those mods for Wing Commander's FMV games that added the high-definition scans of the films but the game itself still looks straight outta 1996 :D