Star Trek: The Next Generation 7 Seasons 1987

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Season 1
(156) IMDb 6.9/10
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1. Encounter At Farpoint AGES_12_AND_OVER

The crew of the Enterprise is put on trial by a mysterious force called "Q" for all the crimes of mankind.

Patrick Stewart,Jonathan Frakes
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Encounter At Farpoint

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Corey Allen
Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes
Supporting actors LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn
Season year 1988
Network CBS Studios International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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147 of 151 people found the following review helpful By M. Palmer on 24 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It's a shame that Amazon have included the DVD reviews under the blu ray product because although the stories are the same the product is completely different. I just received the blu ray box set of season 1 today.

The Next Generation was shot of film (both live action and special effects) however both were immediately transferred to standard definition tape, and they used this tape to edit the episode together and composite the special effects into the live action, and it is this tape copy that is the source for the old DVDs and what was and is broadcast on television. Paramount have gone back to the original film negatives and scanned them in high definition and have re-composited and re-edited and cleaned up every single episode shot for shot. Some people may be complaining and wondering why the blu ray release is apparently so expensive, well this is why, it's taken A LOT of manpower and resource to make these.

I have all TNG episodes on DVD so I watched the first episode "Encounter at Farpoint" on DVD to familiarize myself with it and then on blu ray.

For anyone who says that they are happy with the DVDs seriously needs their head examining. The picture quality on the blu ray release is totally and utterly stunning, I cannot overstate how spectacular it looks. The DVDs picture is blurry, fuzzy with incorrect colour timing and terrible picture smearing.

The blu ray picture on the other hand is pin sharp with correct colour balance.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In 1987 Paramount undertook one of the bravest gambits in their history. They revived their most famous franchise, Star Trek, as a new, ongoing television series. Unable to afford to bring back the original actors, they created a new ship and a new crew, boldly going where no-one had gone before roughly a century after the events of the original series. Everyone expected the new series to flop badly, but instead it was an instant smash hit. 27 million people watched the pilot and the show would go on to last for seven seasons and 178 episodes (a hundred episodes more than the original series). It spawned no less than three spin-offs (the superb Deep Space Nine and the somewhat-less-accomplished Voyager and Enterprise) and led to a resurrection in small-screen SF shows of all stripes.

It would be fair to say that the series did not start off at its most promising, however. The show spends most of its 25-episode first season finding its feet. Fierce behind-the-scenes battles between Gene Roddenberry and his writers resulted in some muddled scripts, whilst Roddenberry's own vision of an egalitarian, equal future are let down by some dubious sexism (it's not until quite late in the season that the female characters get some interesting storylines and cool moments) and racial stereotyping (the episode Code of Honour is particularly wince-inducing in this regard), severe enough to draw criticism from the show's own star.

What saves the first season from early disintegration is Patrick Stewart's thoughtful and intelligent performance as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart hits the ground running and never gives anything less than 100% to the role and to the scripts, regardless of how hammy the dialogue or how embarrassing the storyline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2014
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It hardly seems believable now in these days of plentiful top quality science fiction tv drama, that you can watch on cable channels or via the internet, download or purchase on shiny discs, but back in the 1980's, it wasn't an easy time to be a fan of such programming. Because there wasn't a lot of it about. And it was strictly a minority interest. Doctor Who was in a bit of a state, Blake's seven were long gone, and you would if lucky get repeats of the original Star Trek. But not much else.

So to suddenly hear there was a new version of Star Trek coming along was like a dream come true.

Even then the bbc took a while to get to it, as did sell through VHS, so we had to survive on edited together rental video of episodes from the first season.

But it was new Star Trek! An all new Enterprise, with an all new crew! Boldly going where nobody had gone before!

Then we saw the episodes.

Some shows start well up to speed, have great first years, and gradually fade away, unable to live up to wonderful early days.

Some shows take a while to get going, and don't quite click till a year or two in.

This dvd contains all twenty six forty three minute long [approx.] episodes of the entire first season, complete over seven discs. In four slim plastic boxes. Contained inside a cardboard one.

This New Enterprise and it's new crew have a season that we could see at the time was uneven, but which was held together by an effortlessly charismatic performance from Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean Luc Picard.
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