Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The lace line...
Star Trek has never been seen at this resolution and quality before. When it was first broadcast, Star Trek was viewed by many Americans in black & white, watching 525 scan lines of a not-so-well telecined 16mm or 35 print. Either way, the resolution and quality available in the DVD re-masters and now the HD re-masters of the original 35mm negatives is showing up a lot more detail than was originally intended that the viewer would see.
One consequence of this is that the frontal lace line of William Shatner's toup is becoming easier to spot.
Below (and at the top of this article) are some screengrabs from the third season episode "Spectre of the Gun". In this scene, the wind blows Shatner's frontal piece upwards exposing the unnaturally thick harshness of the toup line. The lace line is also visible.
Posted by Footstep at 1:16 PM