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"Each print has been completely restored, digitally remastered, restored again, then reverted back to crumbling nitrate film stock just for the jolly hell of it."
Jeff Fitzgerald, "Rare Jazz Films Restored"
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Taken in the literal (and original) definition, "remastering" is a process where the original video or audio (analog) source material is edited to (in theory) look newer, brighter, cleaner, etc. and put on the new commercial release, likely of the digital kind in the post-'90s world. It initially started with music in the move to Compact Disc Digital Audio, abbreviated CDDA (the CDDA standard is known as the Red Book standard), before expanding to use with film reissues come the introduction of DVD, which allowed for much better picture quality than prior videotape formats. The practice especially picked up with the advent of Blu-ray and HD video streaming, and nowadays is most commonly associated with new releases of old films and TV shows.

Literal definition aside, though, Remastering is associated with the process of making an old product look more "better", or at least like it's in mint condition. The usual process of a remastering includes such things as;

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  • Making the product look more colorful, if not applying Colorization in general (Messing this up may lead to more brown, or oversaturated colors)
  • Making the audio sound more clear (although some just make stuff louder)
  • In the era of hi-definition, increasing the resolution of the masters.
  • And of course, some companies may think "Remaster" is a metaphor for "any kind of rerelease we feel like doing", and do changes to the product outright.

This term tends to get used pretty fast and loose with Video Games - although their digital nature means that they usually aren't "remastered" in the traditional sense note  the term is generally used to refer to a game being ported or updated to newer hardware, often with enhancements and tweaks being made to take full advantage of the hardware and bringing previously outdated aspects of the game design up to modern standards. These generally fall under Updated Re-release, though the line between that, a straight-up port, and a Video Game Remake can often blur together.

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The quality of a remastered product tends to vary a lot. Generally, though, people appreciate Remasters the best when they're able to increase the visual and audio quality of their product/make them enjoyable to watch on their new Hi-Def monitors with as little modifications to the source material or their memories of the product as possible. Digital Destruction and Loudness War are when the Remaster actually makes the product worse than before; unfortunately, the common consumer is typically unaware of this happening.

One of the advantages of remastering a project shot on film is that images shot on film have no fixed resolution, being captured as tiny crystals on a filmstrip. Thus, the quality of the transfer depends largely on the quality of the digital scan and not the film negative itself. With a good scan, a competently-made film from fifty years ago can look like it was made a week ago. A disadvantage of moving to digital cinematography is that projects are recorded with a finite number of pixels from which no new resolution can be created, which is why digital cinematography didn't take off until the image quality was more comparable to film in theatrical projection.

Remastered products tend to be sold as a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition or an Anniversary Edition. Compare the George Lucas Altered Version. Contrast The Not-Remix, in which the material is improved in quality but also altered from the original version.

The Other Wiki has some more general information. Also look up Master Recording for information on what Masters are when referring to this - so as not to confuse it with all the other kinds of masters there are or are not.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • The Dragon Box Sets. Not to be confused with FUNimation's previous remastered box sets from 2007, known as the "Orange Brick" set.
    • Funimation also started doing their own "Level Set" Blu-ray remaster in 2012 from the 16mm elements they had on-hand (which are notably prints and not the original camera negatives), and the results were arguably even better than the Dragon Boxes. Unfortunately, they canceled their release after two volumes because of how expensive it was and are instead releasing cheaper Blu-rays with a remaster that can best be described as a cleaner-looking Orange Brick job, featuring decent picture quality and clarity but cropped to 16:9 (albeit more competently than the Orange Bricks) and with noticeably bleached color grading.
  • Renewal of Evangelion, known overseas as the "Platinum Edition." Painstaking efforts to eliminate as much grain as possible while keeping in as many details as possible were made, as well as fixing the infamous "shaking-camera" effect that the original footage suffered from. It's almost impossible to see any grain in the new footage at times.
    • There is a caveat, however: the original 16 mm master negative for episode 16 was lost somehow, so Gainax had to make do with an internegative. As a result, that episode has a blurrier and more washed-out look compared to all of the others.
  • Typically, anime from the 80's and early 90's get a clean-up job, with visuals made more contrasting in color and audio made crisper, when DVD/Blu-Ray releases come around. Most of these attempts also try to remove film grain from the original footage as well, out of a preference among domestic audiences for animation that looks as consistent with modern digital productions as possible (this mentality is so prevalent that keeping film grain, typically regarded as common sense among western videophiles due in part to the high risk of Digital Destruction, can and will lead to significant backlash from Japanese buyers). In most cases, the fans like them. "Most" being the operative word. Lately anime from the 1960's and 70's has been getting this treatment as well, although most of it so far is a case of No Export for You or such.
  • Every Studio Ghibli film has been remastered, with Disney, Sentai Filmworks (in the case of Grave of the Fireflies), and GKIDS (in the cases of Only Yesterday, Ocean Waves, and My Neighbors the Yamadas) carrying over these same versions for their North American releases. Notably, the Ghibli remasters preserve film grain rather than removing it, a huge rarity for anime (given the aforementioned Japanese preference for de-graining) that results in much greater preservation of detail.
  • AKIRA underwent a major restoration in the US in 2001 to become THX certified. It was also redubbed because the original dub recorded in 1989 couldn't possibly live up to these standards on a technical level.
  • Ghost in the Shell was originally issued in a George Lucas Altered Version known as Ghost in the Shell 2.0 in 2008 with added CGI effects. The original 1995 film finally got a proper remaster a few years later, with Anchor Bay carrying over this version to their 2014 North American/UK Blu-ray. Although, despite much of the film being animated digitally, the remaster was struck from a 35mm film master complete with noticeable telecine wobble. It was still a huge improvement from the version presented as a bonus on the 2.0 Blu-ray though, which was struck from a horrible LaserDisc master.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena has a rather notable remaster in that the grain reduction wasn't the biggest goal for them. In order to keep the fine lines and details in animation the show was famous for, they focused on color correction and redoing most of the sound effects. This has resulted in one of the best remasters of 90s anime, according for some reviewers, stating that it is on the same level as the Neon Genesis Evangelion 10th anniversary collection mentioned above.
  • The 1986 Fist of the North Star movie is a unique case in the fact that while most of the footage was remastered for the DVD and Blu-ray releases, the censored footage was taken from what looks like a VHS copy of the movie, presumably due to said censorship being done on videotape. The difference is quite jarring, and is a contributing factor to the belief that the uncensored film print is missing.
  • Pokémon got the first episode remastered on Pokémon Smash on the 15th anniversary of the anime. The episode Holiday Hi-Jynx was also remastered in Japan, with Jynx recolored purple. Despite this edit, the episode remains banned in the U.S. The first thirteen movies were also remastered in high definition for a limited edition Blu-ray set. Of these, the first four and the eighth and ninth films have seen similar remasters outside Japan. The remasters for the first four movies each streamed for a brief period on Pokemon.com (and before that, the remaster for the first movie aired on Cartoon Network), and the first three of them were re-released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 9, 2016, while the fourth, eighth and ninth movies were released on iTunes. The trilogy was released on Blu-ray in Australia in December 2015.
  • Remastering many anime TV shows from the 2000s onward is difficult because they were animated digitally and more often than not are locked in their original aspect ratios, unlike their cel-animated predecessors. They would require an upscale, and the results often vary. Nonetheless, it has been done for early digi-paint shows like Fullmetal Alchemist, Blue Submarine No. 6, Shakugan no Shana, and Last Exile with mixed results. Funimation also did their own upscales for later SD digi-paint shows like Ouran High School Host Club and Slayers Revolution, and Viz did one for Death Note.
    • Cowboy Bebop was mostly cel-animated, and benefited greatly from an HD remaster, though a few later episodes were entirely digitally animated and had to be upscaled. On the Blu-ray, they were noticeably of lower quality than the rest of the series. Ditto for Serial Experiments Lain from the same era. It's mostly cel-animated, but some shots were animated digitally and stuck out in the remaster. One Piece was animated in standard definition until episode 207, when it switched to HD. HD upscales of original episodes don't look as good, as well as have cropping to widescreen if they're official.
    • Inuyasha has not been remastered because half of the show was cel-animated onto film (with some CGI effects), but it switched to digital with episode 98. Only the first half of the show would benefit from a remaster. However, Rumiko Takahashi's older shows (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Ranma ½) all have excellent HD remasters.
  • After the success of their Kickstarter-funded Blu-ray release for Bubblegum Crisis, using the gorgeous Japanese HD remaster, AnimEigo recently announced that they will be doing new telecines themselves for some overlooked anime that haven't received HD remasters. A.D. Police Files (a spinoff of Crisis) will be the first such title. AnimEigo has the original 35mm film, and will be funding a new in-house transfer through Kickstarter.
  • In contrast to the Sailor Moon anime series (see Digital Destruction for more information on that debacle), Viz Media released a full native HD remaster of Sailor Moon R: The Movie to theaters in a limited engagement in early 2017, with a DVD and Blu-ray release following a few months later. Despite grain removal, the remaster retains sharp linework and solid visual detail, averting many of the issues seen in the aforementioned TV series releases.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: The Season 1 and Season 2 episodes were originally aired in fullscreen before being given widescreen HD remasters for future releases (such as the Youku copies of the episodes).
  • The official YouTube channel for Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has uploaded widescreen HD versions of older episodes that were originally released in fullscreen, though other episodes might receive Bowdlerise when put on YouTube.

     Comic Books 
  • Youngblood's first five issues were completely redone for a hardcover release, with prolific writer Joe Casey redoing the story almost from scratch, changing every single piece of dialog and even re-organizing pages for coherence's sake. On top of that, the colors were redone entirely, fixing some of original colorist Brian Murray's less thought out color schemes.

     Films — Live Action 
  • Home video distributors like The Criterion Collection and Shout! Factory are known for their high quality film restorations.
  • Star Wars has had multiple remasters, starting with THX enhanced remasters on VHS in the early 90's. The Special Editions was another round before the onset of DVD's, with the added George Lucas Altered Version.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird uses many zooms in the film by zooming in the negative, increasing grain size. Instead of removing the grain for Blu-Ray, the restoration team matched it with the other grain to make the effect more seamless, while keeping the original picture.
  • Monochrome/Black and White movies. Sometimes companies try to color them, too, but that tends to upset some people.
  • Some DVD bonus features of films directed by The Coen Brothers parody this with Forever Young Film Preservation, whose "accomplishments" include restoring The Big Lebowski using an Italian film reel and redubbed audio, and making Blood Simple More "worthy of preservation" by cutting out "the boring parts".
  • The first 20 James Bond movies had digitally restored "Ultimate Edition" DVDs released during the same year as the premiere of Casino Royale (2006).
  • Halloween (1978) has multiple remasters. Cinematographer Dean Cundey oversaw one in 1998 that was issued on a THX DVD, and another occurred in 2003 for the film's 25th anniversary. The latter has it's fans, but it's color timing was criticized by some (including Cundey) for being inaccurate (it attempted to make the daytime scenes look more like Fall; the original remaster made it obvious that the film was shot in Spring), and it's DVD fell out-of-print in favor of the 1998 THX DVD. The 2003 remaster was issued on Blu-ray in 2006, but another remaster (again supervised by Cundey) was issued in 2013 for the film's 35th anniversary Blu-ray. It was more well-received, but some fans still preferred the 2003 remaster. Anchor Bay realized this and included both Blu-rays in their 2014 franchise Blu-ray boxset. Unfortunately it still didn't stop the fans from arguing.
  • Prom Night (1980) has an excellent remaster that improved tremendously from prior DVD releases. Since the 90s, all releases of the film were struck from a PAL VHS that was slightly sped up, extremely dark (the nighttime scenes were incomprehensible), open-matte with boom mics visible in some shots, and with very muffled audio. When Synapse released the film on Blu-ray (and reissued it on DVD), they did a brand new 2k scan from the original film elements and the results were night and day compared to previous releases.
  • Universal's Dracula (1931) had an extensive remaster, along with the Spanish-language adaptation released the same year. This included removing surface noise, scratches, and tears, undoing the fading that the master negative's dye suffered over the years, and stabilizing the image. Surprisingly, the Spanish version was in better condition, with the exception of one reel, which had to be filled in with a poor-quality projection print from Cuba (it was thought lost for decades). For the English version, the audio for the "Black Swan" song from the Swan Lake ballet that plays during the opening credits for both films had to be cut/paste from the Spanish film because the English sound print was in such poor quality.
  • The two editions for the Super Sentai V-Cinema & Movie Blu-Ray Box sets marked the Blu-Ray debut for every Sentai film from Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Ohre Vs Kakuranger to Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Vs Go Onger Ginmaku Bang, as well as Goseiger Returns and Go-Busters Returns. The special thing about these two sets are the films from Ohranger vs. Kakuranger to Go Go V vs. Gingaman/Go Go V the Movie: Clash! The New Super Warrior: During the time they were made, both Super Sentai movies and TV episodes were mostly finished on film but completed after being transferred to videotape. Due to the early tapes used, the movies and shows were blurry and didn't look real good. Come the V-Cinema & Movie sets and the films in question look excellent, with good color reproduction and great details. While it's debated whether it's a decent 1080p scan from The New '10s or an upscale of a 480p transfer done during the Turnofthe Millennium, the consensus is that the master copies on the Blu-Ray sets ARE NOT the same masters that were a blend-field riddled mess on the original DVDs. This only applies to the aforementioned films: the direct to video films from Timeranger vs. Go Go V to Boukenger vs. Super Sentai were definitely upscaled from their original masters and, while fairly decent, are not as eye-opening as the older films. Good news: the THEATRICAL films got HD transfers and also look fine, as do all the films after Boukenger vs. Super Sentai..
    • The Blu-Ray sets also fix some Digital Destruction wrought by the DVD of Dekaranger the Movie: Full Blast Action: during the music video playing under the end credits, the color correction desaturated the blue, turning Hoji's/Deka Blue's uniform and Deka suit gray (it also affected Deka Break). The Blu-Ray fixes this. (Pictures from the TV-Nihon wiki: [1], [2], [3]).
  • The Godfather and The Godfather Part II underwent a restoration from 2006-2008,note  after director Francis Ford Coppola used the Paramount/Dreamworks merger as an opportunity to alert his friend and DW co-founder Steven Spielberg how worn out the original elements had become.
  • David Cronenberg noted in a 2004 DVDTalk.com interview that he refused to do a DVD Commentary for The Fly (1986) (which was first released as a Vanilla Edition on the format) upon initially being asked because 20th Century Fox wouldn't allow him to supervise a transfer, which mattered to him because previous TV and home media prints had always been too bright. They apparently relented, as a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition complete with commentary arrived in October 2005 and was praised for (among other things) its much-improved visuals.

     Live Action TV 
  • Television shows shot and edited on film can be easily remastered in high definition by simply rescanning the episodes at a higher resolution. As most shows prior to the 2000s were also broadcast with 2-channel stereo audio, many remasters also remix the audio to 5.1 surround sound.
  • ABC advertised a remaster of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, with CG edits, increased color saturation, higher contrast, and a bit less print damage than some recent airings.
  • The team that remaster the classic Doctor Who episodes care so much about the series that they practically (and sometimes literally) invented several methods of remastering (such as RSC, VIDFIRE, and the colour recovery techniques). Much of this has to do with the fact that the series was shot via the Video Inside, Film Outside technique, then transferred to black and white 16mm film for international broadcastersnote ; because these copies are the only means of sourcing recovered footage from missing episodes (of which there were and still are many), the Restoration Team's main goal is to restore the image quality of the studio footage to approximate how it would've looked on the original videotapes, maintaining consistency with the visual presentation of seasons 12-26 (which were made after fan Ian Levine convinced the BBC to grant the show immunity to their wiping policies; the BBC would later abandon the practice completely in 1978 to take advantage of the growing home media market).
    • The 1970 serial Spearhead from Space was able to benefit greatly from a remaster, being one of only two serials shot entirely on film rather than videotape. The other film-only story... not so much, being nothing more than an HD upscale from a 480p broadcast copy (as the film was originally edited on videotape and the BBC had neither the time nor the money to manually re-edit the film from the original negatives, assuming they even still existed).
  • When it came to remastering Star Trek: The Next Generation in high definition, there was no film master to restore, as the series was shot on film but edited on videotape. Instead, CBS Digital took the original camera film negatives and re-edited each episode shot-by-shot, going the extra mile to revise the visual effects as well. At the moment, the same can't be said of later Star Trek series (which were also shot on film and edited on tape), due to their heavier reliance on CGI that requires much more complex work to integrate with the available film footage, leaving folks stuck with the 480i broadcast copies for the time being.
    • Owing to the fact that this was an exceptionally expensive and labor intensive process, and that sales were not as good as Paramount had anticipated, The Next Generation may be the only modern Star Trek series that will ever receive this special treatment. However, with advances in artificial intelligence making it possible to intelligently upscale standard definition footage to higher resolutions without sacrificing clarity and detail, we may yet see high definition releases of Deep Space 9 and Voyager in the future.
  • Friends was released on Blu-ray in 2011 as a complete series set. The quality varied, but many fans were unhappy that the episodes didn't contain the extra scenes present on the DVD releases, since no HD materials existed for them (that, or Warner Bros. just didn't bother looking).
  • Freaks and Geeks received an HD remaster similar to Star Trek: The Next Generation, with the original 35mm film reels from the camera re-scanned and re-edited to match the original SD-video tape edits from the 1990s. Since the show was only 18 episodes long, it wasn't as big of an undertaking. The company doing the restoration also used a software program to perfectly match the edits automatically. Shout! Factory even released two versions: one in 16:9 and one in 4:3, as originally broadcast. The show was filmed with a "safety" aspect ratio, which means it can easily be shown with either aspect ratio. The exception was the pilot, which was filmed only with 4:3 in mind, and the 16:9 version has noticeably poor composition.
  • The 2014 high definition remaster of The X-Files restored many episodes to their intended widescreen aspect ratio. The show was shot in 16:9 beginning with the fifth season at the insistence of Chris Carter as widescreen televisions were evidently on the horizon, and to give the series a more cinematic feel, though Fox broadcast the episodes cropped to 4:3, while the original versions were only available on DVD. Most broadcast and streaming platforms used the cropped version of the series prior to the remaster. The first four seasons were converted to 16:9 as well with minimal cropping as Carter had the foresight to shoot episodes wider than intended.
  • ER is similar to The X-Files in that it was always shot on film in a widescreen format, but broadcast on NBC cropped to 4:3 until Season 7. Warner Bros. rescanned the original film prints in HD in 2003 for DVD release, meaning that every season is available in widescreen on DVD even though it wasn't broadcast this way. Since then, digital distribution services such as iTunes have made these HD versions available and they are now used when rerunning the series on TV. These transfers are actually very high-quality, with a lot of image gained at the sides of the screen with minimal, if any, cropping of the top and bottom of the picture, not to mention the colors are more realistic and the image is a lot sharper. Warner Bros. didn't bother to clean up these transfers, though, and so some, especially from the earlier seasons, are covered in film hair, dust and scratches in some scenes, as well as some equipment becoming visible in places that were previously cropped out.
  • Sex and the City received a full remaster in 2021, rescanning the original film negatives at 4K and reassembling each episode from scratch. The series had always been shot wider than intended, meaning the reformatted 16:9 frame was achieved with minimal cropping.

     Music 
  • Pretty much anything transferred from pre-CD tapes to, well, Compact Discs or some other Digital media.
  • Many, many acts have remastered (and even remixed) part or all of their back catalogue long after the original mixes were released on CD. This isn't always a good thing. This is often the result of Executive Meddling, especially if bands are no longer with the label: if the band has signed a bad contract, reissues might come out on budget labels, and this leads to the band not getting as much in profits as they should be entitled to.
  • Similarly, a push to uploading music videos to YouTube motivated record labels to start remastering music videos in HD for the platform, oftentimes being reinserted in place of an earlier, lower-quality upload (and consequently retaining the old metadata, right down to the upload date), as bandwidth limitations result in 480i material looking and sounding much lower-quality as a streamed video than as a TV broadcast. The cheapest cases simply upscale the TV masters, which is also an outright necessity if they were shot on videotape rather than film, but with music videos shot on film, more ambitious labels will outright seek out the original negatives, re-scan them in high definition, and re-edit them from scratch to be as close of an approximation to the broadcast version as possible. "Last Christmas" by Wham! is a notable case of the latter, receiving a great deal of press attention for how good it looked in 4K (with only one reel needing to be upscaled due to the negative being misplaced).
  • One notable exception to the tradition of "replace the original SD video with the HD remaster" on YouTube was with Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer", which simply included both versions on his official channel without restriction. Part of this might have to do with the fact that the HD version was released just months after the SD one, but whatever the case, it's an interesting outlier to typical convention.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers have a couple of remasters for Californication, thanks to the egregious Loudness War on the CD and digital versions of the album. Some even include alternate, demo versions of the songs on the album and the b-sides of the singles.
  • The Beatles' music has been remastered and remixed several times over the years, and each and every time it's a big enough event to reach even the mainstream public (because it is, after all, the Beatles).
    • The first of these was the 1987 CD reissues of the band's UK studio albums, which definitively codified those as the canonical version of the band's back-catalog (and consequently catching American buyers off-guard after decades of only having the radically different US albums to go off of). These CDs included new stereo mixes of Help! and Rubber Soul by original producer George Martin, who felt that the original stereo mix was poorly done and with an excess of Gratuitous Panning; while he intended to remix the rest of the band's albums, he only had time for those two, leaving the others to be released exclusively in mono. In hindsight, the high profile of these reissues played a major part in the Compact Disc format reaching mainstream acceptance, as they occurred at the height of the second wave of Beatlemania and helped drive enough sales for the CD format to outsell vinyl records for the very first time, a trend that would be maintained all the way until 2019. Today, the 1987 CDs aren't regarded too highly by either Beatles fans or audiophiles, as the audio was sourced from safety tapes rather than the original masters and consequently were lacking in sound quality compared to previous LP releases, but the historical importance of them is impossible to ignore.
    • The second and more notable instance was in 2009, done to coincide with The Beatles: Rock Band. These were a more thorough series of remasters, reusing the 1987 mixes for Help! and Rubber Soul but maintaining the original stereo mixes for the rest of the bunch, poorly-panned audio and all. Notably, these remasters were put out not only on CD, but also on digital download (and later streaming) services, marking a burial of the hatchet between Apple Corps and Apple Inc. after a trademark dispute between the two that stretched all the way back to 1978. Concurrently, it also marked the end of the CD format's dominance as the main means of distributing music, as it marked the Beatles' official entry onto online platforms for the first time and brought greater attention to the already rapidly-growing iTunes as a viable platform for music distribution. Eventually the mono masters also got rereleased on CD as well, but only for CD, though their later "US Albums" collection contain a lot of the original stereo masters as well.
    • In 2015, the engineers at Apple Corps, under the direction of Giles Martin, grandson of the original Beatles producer George Martin, remixed most of the tracks on the 2000 compilation 1 to produce a more modern stereo mix, which allowed for a lot of elements that were buried under others in the previous mono and stereo remasters to be heard with better clarity and a lot of people responded positively to it as a result. This re-release, titled 1+, also included a DVD and Blu-ray that featured remasters of all of the band's music videos and multiple filmed performances, including some in the latter category that were previously thought to have been lost. Over the course of the rest of the 2010's, they remixed the entirety of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, and Abbey Road, each for their 50th anniversaries and to similar results and reception (especially in the case of Sgt. Pepper, whose original 1967 stereo mix was notoriously sloppy).

     Video Games 
  • Strangely, Don Bluth Studios made remasters of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace - although game data is digital, the LaserDisc video is analog as the format is analog — for high-definition gameplay. This makes these a notable case of video games being remastered.
  • Kinda questionable if it counts (yet), but with the way Satellaview games were released as ROMs - with huge chunks of data missing and all - many of the games require extensive hacking to make a project out of which requires restoration of various missing contents. Just check out the BS Zelda hacks, and compare them to the "original" ROM dumps. The difference is almost as drastic as the difference between a prototype and a final game. This trope applies more to the Satellaview's Soundlink audio, but so far the scale isn't quite that high - only a select few songs have been attempted so far, nothing amounting to the amount required for a full game.
  • Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror got a "Remastered" version shortly after the first game got a "Director's Cut" version. The game has several cartoon cutscenes so they're remastered justifying the title.
  • Many HD ports of video games are re-releases of the older titles that are usually redone to be in widescreen and have better quality character models and textures.
  • Square Enix has had to go to great lengths to remaster older 3D games they produced in the late-90s and early-2000s due to a loss of their source data, as confirmed by one of their regular directors, Tetsuya Nomura. This included Final Fantasy VII, VII, and XI. These were done by piecing together data from the original PS1 discs and recreating portions of data they couldn't readily upscale to HD, which also keeps them in 4:3. VIII got the most extensive remaster out of the three of them with redone character models and other things per the original creative team's preference. The results are a bit mixed, but at least there are modern ports of the games with some notable improvements out there for multiple platforms. For the X/X-2 HD Remaster, they also recreated X with the same method, which included redoing some of the character models and some of the camera angles to accommodate the widescreen conversion, as well as Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, which had some character models taken from Dream Drop Distance to replace the originals. The remasters of that game and the others for PS4 from the PS2 days would also receive rerecorded music with an actual orchestra to give the games a more grand feel.

     Web Original 
  • Alfabusa, the creator of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, made a remake of series' first episode, adding second season's "bending" animation, additional scenes in the beginning and speaking lines for the Dreadknight.

     Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Animated Series was remastered in HD in 2018 for a Blu-ray release. This involved rescanning the original 35mm film elements, and the result was a tremendous upgrade from the original DVDs.
  • The Golden Age of Animation tends to have various cases of remasters with large amounts of controversy and drama, typically due to the abundance of DVNR in these remasters that leads to Digital Destruction.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the first movie restored with digital computer software, in 1993.
  • Warner Home Video started releasing remastered Blu-ray sets of Hanna-Barbera shows in 2019, with The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and continuing with Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Scooby-Doo Show, and The Flintstones.
  • The Simpsons had all its episodes prior to mid-season 20 (when the show switched to producing episodes in HD with digital animation) remastered initially for a marathon on FXX and then for all reruns on the channel. Although the episodes did certainly look better, having been color corrected and appearing much sharper, they were unfortunately cropped from their original 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9, through a combination of stretching and pan-and-scan. This meant that about a third of the image in most scenes was lost, which caused some controversy due to the fact that many visual gags were lost.
    • These cropped episodes also made their way into syndication in some places, and were also the default viewing option on the now-defunct Simpsons World website (although the old 4:3 versions were an option too).
    • This problem gained much wider attention in 2019, when Disney+ acquired streaming rights to the series, and the cropped episodes were used for seasons 1-20, with no option to change to the 4:3 versions. Fan outcry was enough for Disney to announce they would make the 4:3 versions available in 2020. The new 4:3 versions that then appeared on Disney+ turned out to be the remastered versions but before they were cropped creating a "best of both worlds" situation that gave viewers the vibrant colours and sharpness of the remasters but in their original ratio. Many fans now consider those versions to be the best way to view the series, especially considering they are considerably higher quality than the versions on DVD.
  • South Park is a pretty interesting case. Although the show's made digitally, the production team still had the master renders for all of its older seasons (1-10), allowing them to simply re-render these episodes in HD widescreen for their Hulu streams, future reruns on Comedy Central, and Paramount's 2017 Blu-ray releases. The sole exception is the first episode, which has been remastered (or at least scanned through an HD camera), but unlike the rest of the series it was made with cutout animation and shot only in 4:3; for reasons that should be obvious, remaking the entire episode in 16:9 from scratch would be too impractical. There was one scene in episode 5 of Season 1 which was taken from the original pilot that was re-animated digitally for the HD version to be consistent with the rest of the episode.

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