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Despite slightly variable picture quality still an admirable release.,
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)In some ways season 2 is an easy target and you often hear more lazy reviewers revelling in criticising it. Having to contend with a The Writers Guild strike, the introduction of the less likeable Doctor Kate Polaski and containing Shades of Gray which is undeniably the worst episode of The Next Generation bar none it is unfortunately encumbered. However whilst watching season 2 you start to encounter episodes that show the writers are starting to hit their stride and are getting much better at writing tight stories and developing the characters, which becomes a more consistent hallmark of the following seasons. Episodes like Where Silence Has Lease, The Measure of a Man, Q Who and others really are excellent (admittedly mixed in with a few duffers).
As mentioned in other reviews the picture quality is more variable in this season 2 release compared with season 1, it should still be stressed however that even when the picture quality is at its worst it is still miles better than the DVD releases. The first episode The Child as well as not being a particularly strong story also has the misfortunate of being one of the worst offenders, the picture can go from heavy grain, to perfect 1080p picture quality to overtly smooth within a few moments from cut to cut, on one of the extras it is mentioned that they experimented more with different types of film stock when filming season 2 and I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but sometimes especially in The Child the sudden shift in picture quality can be jarring. I should point out that this is more the exception than the rule, but you need to be aware that it exists.
One of the many reasons I am treasuring these blu ray releases is that the extra picture clarity really lets you appreciate what amazing actors the main cast are. You can suddenly see with more clarity subtle looks and gestures which were lost on the fuzzy standard definition programmes which almost makes it feel like you're watching a new episode and can really see a cast that is acting it's socks off and giving it 110%, which is no clearer than Patrick Stewart's performance in The Measure of a Man, that man oozes talent. Nagilum looks truly terrifying in high definition, and when Data (with perfect comedy timing) rips up his wrapping paper in The Measure of a Man you can see that the actors playing Wesley and Troi are laughing for real at what has just occurred (which I'd never picked up on before in SD), and it's touches like that that really make releases like this special.
For me the positives of what this blu-ray transfer offers far outweighs the negatives, but you just need to go into this purchase aware that there are negatives there... especially if you're paying full price.
Another worthy TNG release although as mentioned in other reviews I hope CBS learn their lessons from this release to really set the standard on the hallmark season 3 which everyone will be waiting for.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2013 00:57:05 GMT
L. Parsons says:
Thanks for the informative and honest review. I believe the issues in picture quality are due to the outsourcing of the even numbered series for the restoration work. Season 1 was done in-house, as I believe 3, 5 and 7 will be too.. so the hope is that 4 and 6 will be better than 2 from the lessons they learned doing 2.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 20:07:06 GMT
A. Moncrieff says:
Yes, the house that did Season 2 will not be returning. The problems on this one go beyond mere quality - there's incorrect matte lines and underdone detail of exterior planets.
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 03:05:51 GMT
L. Parsons says:
Got my copy now and it is quite noticeable how much different it is from the Season 1 release. I am still enjoying it and the parts that are done well are as exceptionally good as the first season reproduction. Certain episodes have obviously undergone a finer treatment (e.g. The Measure of a Man and Q Who?) because they were special episodes.. but there's a number of them with noticeably bad resproduction quality. Weighing in the whole product though, it's still much better than the DVD releases.. it's a shame that this is what we have to keep for many years to come.....
....Maybe they will, after finishing the reproduction of Season 7, go back and redo Season 2..... here's hoping.
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