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Star Trek The Next Generation: The Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 49
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 7917 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too.

A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell!

Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors.

Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan.

Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these.

TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By wookie
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I'm going to assume those who are interested in this set are familiar with the series itself and will already have an opinion about it, my concern in this review is for the packaging - put simply it's a cheap and lazy effort.

I can only conclude those who've defended the packaging in previous comments started out with pretty low expectations, but if I'm forking out over 100 for a box set I expect a little bit of effort to have gone into the design. When you consider the production cost of the entire boxed set is probably negligible (I'd be surprised if it's much more that 10, all in) and that the production costs of the series itself have been recouped many times over, it's hard to see the combination of high price and low effort as anything other than naked profiteering by Paramount. For what is being pitched as a '20th Anniversary Collector's Set' it is, quite frankly, taking the mickey.

So, what do you get for your money...

- The DVDs are 'presented' in three sets of double-sided trays joined by way of an adhesive strip down one edge to form a sort of book. The plastic is coloured a shade of green that is far more lurid than the photo suggests, almost neon, only adding to the slightly tacky feel. There are three 'books' in total holding the seven series in sequence (but undifferentiated by anything other than the DVD graphics). The trays themselves are an 'off-the-shelf' mass-produced design and the only customisation made for the set is the poor choice of colour, they feel cheap and the centre DVD grip/release looks like the type that will likely break easily - short of sticking them on a spindle I don't think you could spend less on packaging a set of DVDs.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
By Leon
Amazon's pictures flatter this set, which is the ugliest and cheapest-looking I've seen. Once you pop off the wobbly plastic cover, you're left with a stack of unlabelled, undifferentiated lime green plastic cases, clumped together with cheap glue - this great stack also separates completely and easily into several smaller stacks. To pick an episode, even to identify a season, you need to read the dvds themselves, as, to repeat, the cases are entirely blank. It would be difficult to design a more offensive box-set - Paramount clearly feel (and no doubt they're right) that such is the devotion of Star Trek's fan-base, whatever crap they release can be sure of a market. I've been a big Amazon shopper for years now, yet this is the first review I've been moved to write, so disgusted am I by this product.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY 13 Oct 2008
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i believe what i have to say has already been said which is:
*the cases are weak and a horried colour
*you have to look at each dvd to find the right one as the cases are not labled
*also when my partner got this for his birthday (i ordered it and put it away so it was not opened till his birthday) and when his birthday came i wish i had opend it when it came as the first case of the set the dvd falls out due to the center holder been damage and a few others fall out due to the same reason there where cracks and chips on th case where it had been banged some howthe gray part of the case (the stand) was also cracked and some of the disks where really badly scratched (mostly the onces that the center holder where broken on) and it honlistly looks like it is a second hand box set and i wanted to send it back but my partner said that its fine and only a box set but i dont think he knows how much i payed for it so i cant really say anything to him about it
*it is honistly NOT WORTH 160.00 to 299.99 depending on which seller you get it from

thanks for your time and i hope this review helps in someway or another
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Priceing 24 April 2010
When I heard that Star Trek The Next Generation was going to release all 7 series in one complete box set I was jumping for joy until I saw the price. I was hopeing it was going to be priced at between 50 & 100. But not the price that I saw quoted, which I think is a rip off for something that has been shown on TV. I shall think of purchasing this item if and only if you bring the price down to a reasonable price like the one that I quoted earlier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 49 DVDs - 49 copyright statements 18 Oct 2011
Do you love watching copyright statements every time you put in a dvd or turn on your dvd player?
Then you are going to love this package.
It has a genuine copyright statement on every single of the 49 DVDs just to make sure that you get the message at least 49 times if you are going to watch all the DVDs.

I don't like watching copyright statements and I really can't believe that Paramount shows me the disrespect of putting a copyright statement on every single DVD, when I have obviously decided to buy a legal copy. A copyright statement on one DVD per season would have been reasonable and sufficient.
Seven of nine would never think of watching these DVDs because of their inefficient waste of time due to the copyright statements.

The DVDs also include Star Trek the Next Generation episodes and some nice extra material. Packaging is kind of cheap but this package didn't cost that much when it was new.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Some defective DVDs
I obtained this green boxset from the USA, and then long afterwards got around to watching it. There was no list about what episode was on what disk. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Kramp
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless packaging
I thought this was worth buying until it turned up and I tried to watch it. Got all the way through one whole DVD, then the next one started stuttering. Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Nick Alcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
In a way i am one of the lucky ones ever to watch star trek i have watched it in order ... i first discovered it with the ''enterprise'' i liked it so i went on to buy ''the... Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars pity about the packaging
has everything that you might want from the series but the packaging leaves something to be desired as it's not very user friendly...
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by Rui Lima
3.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Best Series of the Star Trek Franchise
Although it was nowhere near as good as its successor, `Deep Space 9,' `The Next Generation' was still far superior to the original series. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2008 by James Uscroft
1.0 out of 5 stars There's probably a reason I never got this as a young lad
Never got into 'Star Trek Next Gen' as a kid but being that the wife has the DVDs and is a bit of a fan, I decided to give them a look-see. My word, it's bad. Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by Mr. Robert Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Next Generation Seasons 1-7
Finally after years of overpriced and poorly packaged box sets, Paramount have finally released Star Trek The Next Generation as a complete and affordable package. Read more
Published on 23 April 2008 by Retard Spotter
4.0 out of 5 stars good packaging
no need to say much about the series- having bought the box set recently- i`d like to comment on the packaging. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2007 by Tugrul Donmez
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you get a genuine copy? ours is excellent/
I bought a complete collection from Amazon around 12 - 18 months ago as a gift for the wife. The quality of the packaging and discs was very good,in fact I would suggest it is the... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2007 by Sandy Cope
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