Friday, November 16, 2007

They Were Right!

My buddy Eric and I went to see the Star Trek TV episode, "The Menagerie" at the movie theater last night, and I have to say, the advertisement told the truth. We saw the remastered episode in HD. Literally, it was HD DVD. We know that because we saw the little Windows "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen when the "movie" ended. Yes, they actually charged us $12.50 to watch an HD DVD from someone's computer put up on the movie screen with an LCD projector. They didn't even have to make a print of a film. They just burned a promo DVD!

Preceded by a 15-minute introductory advertisement for Star Trek Remastered Season One, the episode looked good, with some nice revamped digital effects, none so different that they would take the viewer out of the story. Everything about it was very nice except for the outrageous price that we were charged with no notice until we arrived at the box office, and the fact that this was clearly promotional material that we paid to view.
One thing that amused me about the episode was that during Spock's court martial, Scotty was operating the viewscreen that projected Captain Christopher Pike's story that served as Spock's testimony. The irony struck me immediately: If it required a starship's chief engineer to run a projector, it's no wonder that it cost $12.50 per ticket to see this feature!

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