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Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best Of Both Worlds [VHS] [1990]

Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: 16 Jan 1995
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CPTP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1987, some 20 years after the original series had ended, Star Trek: The Next Generation was launched into a decade renowned for its materialistic greed, but also for its hesitant steps towards a more unified world order. Creator Gene Roddenberry revised his vision of humanity's future accordingly, shifting the Trek timeline 80 years on and reinventing the new Starship Enterprise as an Ark-like exploration vessel full of families, schools, soothing recreational facilities and a maternally pacifying computer voice (Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett). The Next Generation crew were not soldiers, but scientists and diplomats. Unlike the fiercely individualistic Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart's patrician Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a model team leader: no matter how desperate the crisis, he ensured that everyone got to sit round the Conference Room table and talk it over. And in a true late-1980s touch, a key member of the Bridge crew was psychoanalyst Counsellor Troi, always on hand to discuss everyone's feelings.

Season Two saw the welcome introduction of the cybernetic horror that was the Borg. Originally a powerful symbol of technological misuse in an otherwise technologically utopian universe, ultimately their hive-like existence served to reinforce the message that everyone would be much happier as a team player. Even renegade super-entity Q (John De Lancie) relied on Picard as much as his fellow god-like playmates; Data followed Pinocchio and Spock in a quest to discard what made him an individual; and there was even an episode that rationalised why all aliens basically looked alike (we're all one big family). Even the slogan change to "Where no one has gone before" acknowledges that there's no "one" in a team. But for all its earnest political correctness and an over-reliance on "technobabble", good stories played by an appealing ensemble cast were at the heart of the show's success. After seven successful seasons, "All Good Things" finally came to an end. Until Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, that is. --Paul Tonks

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Stardate 43989.1. Eighteen months after the USS Enterprise's initial encounter with the Borg (a collection of half humanoid, half machine beings) the Federation is again threatened. Insufficiently capable of defending itself against the overwhelming invasion force, Starfleet assign Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Shelby to the Enterprise. Picard is abducted by the Borg who assimilate him into their consciousness in an attempt to pre-determine Starfleet tactics in response to their invasion.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
those of us that faithfully followed 'Star-Trek' down the years will
no doubt not be a stranger to this two-part 'TV' classic.
our heroes 'Captain Picard' 'Commander Riker' 'Data' 'La Forge'
'Worf' and the crew of the 'Enterprise' again encounter the 'Borg'
'Commander Shelby' who has knowledge of the enemy joins the team on
board hoping to replace 'Riker' should he accept promotion.
in this memorable double episode 'Borg' clones board the 'Enterprise'
snatching 'Captain Jean Luc Picard' with the intention of using his
knowledge and presence to persuade the Federation' to succumb to
their 'will'
'William Riker' takes command of the 'Enterprise'
after a failed attempt to snatch the now 'Borg' 'Jean Luc'
now 'Riker' and the crew try to buy the Federation' the time to
prepare the fleet to do battle with the 'Borg' vessel.
a terrific way to spend around an hour and a half bringing back
the memories of this iconic 'Sci-Fi' series.
'Make it So'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the TNG none movie movies. 24 Jun 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This show toyed with these cliff hanger plots a little to often for me, but when put together as a movie it works well. Of the TNG 2 parters released as a single movie this is my favorite and forms the basis of many future episodes and movies. By this stage in the series the actors had really begun to become comfortable with their characters making the show feel a lot better to watch.

The appearance of this as a Bluray made me curious as to any increase in quality over the DVDs I already have of the series. I have to admit that there is a substantial increase in quality, although this may be because I have always been disappointed with the DVD releases of TNG as lacking in colour saturation and excess graininess. The Bluray gets rid of the worst of this and has an excellent soundtrack, all be it that they seem incapable of re-framing in to 16:9 retaining the 4:3 ratio. I had my doubts if it was worth buying the Bluray version but having waited until the price had fallen I think overall it was a good buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering 20 May 2013
This looks fantastic.
Some people complain it's not as nice as it could be, or not widescreen, but this was TV in 1990!! What do you expect!?
The job they've done is fantastic. The detail and colours really come out and create a very immersive viewing experience.
5.1 sound is the icing on the cake too.
I'm also pleased they've not gone overboard when redoing the effects, like star wars remakes, as it's all similiar looking to how it was originally, just nicer and more detailed.
Top marks to the team behind this work. Can't fault it.

If you're a fan of Star Trek, you owe it to yourself to own this!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resistance is futile 19 Oct 2006
By Bones
Format:VHS Tape
This was such an important episode for Star Trek TNG and is a very significant episode for Picard. A alien race known as the Borg invade the federation intent on assmiliating the technology and people of the federation into their collective. Their extremely powerful ship, (a single cube) engages the federation fleet and the Enterprise providing plently of action.

What this episode captures very well and convinces, is the real dread that humanity is in serious danger as the Borg seem to be totally unstoppable and relentless. There are subplots interwoven in this episode with the introduction of the highly ambitious commander Shelby character who causes some tension between herself the "seasoned" commander Riker, a little bit of character development there, as Riker questions his career choice.

The acting is to a high standard and so is the main storyline which unfolds perfectly to produce tension and suspense. The episode is also accompanied by an eerie musical score which again compliments the storytelling perfectly, although maybe a touch dated these days.

I can't finish without saying Part 1 of this episode is ended brilliantly, with probably the best cliff hanger in TV history. It leaves you desperately wanting to see the second half, and it was this that made everyone talk about the show asking themselves "what will happen to Picard?"

If you have not seen this then all i can say is it is a must see for any self respecting sci-fi fan, it does help too if you watch the episode "Q who?" before hand :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The saviour and launcher of TNG and Star trek 25 Nov 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I can safely say that without a doubt, star trek would not be what it is today without this episode. At the time of its realise TNG was losing its grip with the older original series fans with it simply not having the new concept or simplicity of TOS. This episode finally puts the Borg into the picture, after they are briefly introduced in Q-Who? This episode basically pits an entire federation fleet against a single borg vessel - a sort of wake of call for starfleet to get their act together. I wont spoil it anymore, just watch it and if you have seen or heard references to 'wolf 359' that are mentioned in both DS9 and VOY, you will finally know what it means.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "TNG" at its pinnacle! 4 Sep 2012
Format:VHS Tape
This is simply one of the best pieces of Sci-fi entertainment, i have ever seen. "The Best of Both Worlds" is in the top ten stories of the next generation (easily) and arguably in the top ten stories of "TREK" ever!

The story is great - about a borg invasion of the federation. Patrick Stuart is fantastic as usual as cpt picard and this episode really makes Riker shine. And he is no longer the boring plain old simple "Riker" Everyone has a good part to play in this two-part next generation story that is effectively like a movie. This is also, for hardcore "Trek" fans, leads on to the stunning top-notch masterpiece "First Contact"

This episode also features some great special effects and the twists and turns will make you fixed to the T.V and wonder how things will turn out right. I must have watched this episode more than a dosen times and it still blows my mind every time. This is one "TNG" episode I will never get bored of or forget, 10/10

This is a must for any "Trek" fan and prepare to be assimilated by the T.V! Resistance is Futile..............
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by MR ANDREW PEPPITT
5.0 out of 5 stars but probably the best story in the NG series
Basically a double episode joined together, but probably the best story in the NG series.
Published 1 month ago by guitarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek TNG episodes in HD
Best of Both Worlds was a turning point in the TNG series and now its in stunning HD. The packaging of the set is also great and there are some good special features too.
Published 3 months ago by MR S J SPARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fast deliver
Blu-ray arrived on time, was in good condition and was well packaged. I have not watched it yet but as the disk is free from damage I'm sure it will be fine
Published 3 months ago by Douglas Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD version of one of the best TV shows
Although this first two-parter in the history the Star Trek:TNG can also be purchased as part of the season boxes 3 and 4, I prefer this stand-alone release. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars "Your resistance is hopeless number one"
Having been a fan of star trek all my life I remember these episodes over 20 years ago and was gripped and now in blue ray the visual improvements make it even better. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great double episode made as a one long feature
This is maybe one of the few 'Star Trek' episodes I have ever seen. But God this is so good! I'm quite impatient to see this reunited a a single movie.
Published 8 months ago by TWIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
CBS has done another fantastic job to bring the next generation to the full HD screen! This still ranks as the best episode!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks and sounds great!
I have seen TNG on SD tv, VHS, DVD and now blu ray - well worth it if you don't want to spend loads on a whole series. Great double episode too. Classic!
Published 12 months ago by G. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Really the best of both worlds!!!
The most thrilling episode of TNG on the best format it should be watched on. Highly recommended for Trekkies n scifi fans alike!!!
Published 13 months ago by James Andrew Chong
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