WATCH: Fan-Made ‘Deep Space Nine’ Blu-ray Teaser

Star Trek fans David Frank and Christian Lerch recently posted a teaser for the first season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Blu-ray. While there’s no official word from CBS regarding a high-definition release for DS9, this gives us a glimpse of what could be.

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Watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on Blu-Ray we developed the idea to create some (non-profit) teasers featuring animated interface designs from our favorite Star Trek show “Deep Space Nine” in the hope that CBS will give it the same HD treatment.

So here is our teaser for Season 1 of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. It features the Cardassian Space Station shortly before the pilot of DS9. The Cardassians just left after over 50 years of occupation and the Bajorans are about to take over the Station. The station kind of senses the imminent arival of the bajoran military forces and “wakes up”.

We are David Frank and Christian Lerch and this is a fun project we did in our spare time. We are Motion Designers, Star Trek Fans and Sci-Fi nerds.

We want to thank MICHAEL OKUDA, HERMAN ZIMMERMAN, DOUG DREXLER, RICK STERNBACH, JOHN EAVES, RICK BERMAN, MICHAEL PILLER, IRA STEVEN BEHR, RONALD D. MOORE and all the people who worked on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” who inspired us to create this teaser.

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  • Very nice!

  • UMA_Fan

    I hope if it’s done they do it widescreen 16×9 as well.

    DS9 holds up well to this day and could gain a whole new set of fans in HD

    • I doubt it, since the show wasn’t likely filmed for widescreen, you’d have the same conundrum as TNG…

      • UMA_Fan

        I know it’s unlikely. However there’s usually all that extra space captured in the original film. Adding extra information to the sides would be amazing! However there may be things like boom mikes in there which they can cut around or use pan and scan to avoid it.

        An HD take plus 16×9 would be EPIC.

        DS9’s story was WAY ahead of its time and would be amazing in 4K

        • I doubt they’ll alter the framing to make it widescreen, but I’m alright with that… the show was framed and filmed for a 4:3 aspect ratio…

          With new scans, we might get some new information, such was the case with TNG, but it wasn’t anywhere near the amount needed for widescreen.

          The TNG season 1 blu-ray explained why making it widescreen would be impossible, especially for the visual effects passes, since most were for certain rendered for a 4:3 viewing, there literally is no information outside that frame.

        • John P Williams

          I wholeheartedly agree and the same with Voyager. After all fans of TOS and TNG plus Enterprise have theirs on Blu-Ray

  • I really don’t see any point to this video. Someone made the DS9 logo in HD and they think it will influence CBS to spend millions remastering DS9? Don’t get wrong, I hope they do, but this does nothing for me.

    • dub

      It sounds like they just did it for fun and shared it since they made it. The part about hoping it influences people at CBS, I’m pretty sure that was tongue-in-cheek. Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool. I love the HD version of the logo.

    • TheFandomMenace

      I appreciate when talented people love something enough to add their creative touch to it. It helps to connect fans to the show. I guess you can say it does “something” for me.

  • dapranak .

    I really don’t understand why they do not make these old tvshow in BLURAY.
    they prefer to sleep on their gold.
    they prefer not make a new tvshow
    they prefer to finance jj abrahms’s crap
    they prefer we buy dvd.
    uh … who still buys DVDs today ? who buys star trek’s vhs ?

    • TheFandomMenace

      Unfortunately CBS doesn’t see much gold in remastering DS9 at this time. The Next Generation Bluray sales were a big disappointment, and DS9 never gained the fanbase that TNG had. If a DS9 remaster happens, it most probably will be an attempt to future proof it for streaming services that will most definitely keep HD content and get rid of content that is SD in years to come. And even then, the cost of remastering the digital FX work will need to become much cheaper.

      I hold out hope that it will happen, but whether it will be a remaster as ambitious as what was done for TNG or whether it happens 10 years from now is anyone’s guess.

      • Smithian

        The X-Files quietly getting an HD transfer for Netflix and Amazon leaves me a bit hopeful. Perhaps the 50th Anniversary hoopla or a successful run by the new series will create an opportunity for HD versions of DS9 and Voyager, if only starting out as exclusives on CBS Access?

        • TheFandomMenace

          That’s a good point about CBS access. That could be part of their business model to help pay for the expense of upgrading those series!

          • Smithian

            No point in liking Star Trek if you can’t be optimistic sometimes!

  • calamitysi

    Oh my gosh that was amazing! I want this series in blue ray so badly!

  • DS9 so needs to come to blu-ray already… I mean, we can’t leave DS9 and Voyager hanging in the world of SD…

  • Michael Wherry

    I think the truth here is until every DVD copy floating around is sold out, they are not likely to do anything. Poor DS9 has always been treated as the unloved step child by the main franchise (A great shame).

  • Watching this trailer gave me goosebumps. Maybe if everyone contacted/tweeted someone high up at CBS and let them know that we want to see a Blu-Ray of DS9 it might get the ball rolling.

  • bytes

    If not HD remastering, I would accept a fresh transfer from the current masters to Blu-ray. It would look great compared to the existing DVD release. An easy way to get more than 480p, but less than HD.

  • Joseph Tahdel

    The blu-rays for TNG don’t seel well because you can watch all the episodes on Netflix. Therefore DS9 will not be released on blu-ray until Star Trek is not on Netflix or any streaming service that requires a subscription.

  • Phill Plait

    es segurisimo, si llega a salir esta serie en bluray la compro de cabeza en la primer tienda. cueste lo que cueste.

  • This looks sweet, it would be great if CBS take the step to invest in future proofing not only DS9 but Voyagers too! As a long time fan of Star Trek, I would love to add these to my collection.

  • dingleburt

    The feature that I feel looks dated in Star Trek is the instrument panels. This fan made video perfectly demonstrates just how good DS9 would look with modern panels. They should have modernised the panels when they remastered TNG as well.