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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally... and worth it., 12 April 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
As a Star Trek fan, I've been waiting the release of the various TV series on DVD ever since the format was invented, and some years later it has finally become avaiable. And what a release! The entire first season of The Next Generation on seven discs in one handy box! The tantilizing promise that all seven seasons will be released in matching boxes to make an impressive block of silvery plastic on your shelf to announce proudly to the world that the occupant of this house is indeed a follower of the true way - Star Trek.
Can it all be true? Perhaps. Firstly the outer packaging is sturdy, decorative and fairly well thought out - full marks there. The folding container inside which holds seven discs is clever, and has a long schematic image of the Enterprise in it's glory - but it is constructed from somewhat flimsy card and has a tendency to buckle and tear giving it a somewhat limited lifespan - 3/10. The disks themselves contain around four episodes each, and are printed to match the folding thingy. For some reason Paramount have only printed the title of one episode from each disc on it's label requiring you to look through the handy booklet to find a particular episode if, like me, you cannot remember which comes where - 8/10 there. The menu is clear, and very 'Trek' in look and feel following the computer console styling which appears all over the place in Star Trek. The reproduction of the episodes is good, but not great - although it's
difficult to tell wether to pin the blame on the DVD transfer, NTSC to PAL conversion or the original film/video medium - certainly the quality isn't quite what I'd expect from a DVD and little or no digital enhancement his evident. The image is a little soft and pixelated, and the sound, whilst dolby stereo, is somewhat hollow and flat. For all that, the quality is far superior video and probably digital broadcast, and after peering at it for a bit these things fade into the background and you no longer notice. Certainly anything can be ignored when faced with the tight costumes, wooden acting and tounge-through-cheek plots that so characterises the first season or any Star Trek series.
As for the episodes themselves, it is a real pleasure to watch the first season once more - this is, after all, the season that brought Star Trek from the 60's/70's pop culture icon it was into the multi-media contemporary cult industry it has become. The last disc contains a variety of special featurettes with cast and crew reminising about the rebirth of Star Trek and the fun and hard work put into the first year, the technical details of Star trek production and much more - I hope the other boxed sets have something similar, or better. 9 out of 10 - although I would have preffered more on Star Trek itself - perhaps something about the ships, crew or races, the technology, history of the Federation or the galaxy at large - certainly there is enough material to draw on for this.
Maybe eight discs next time please.
Star Trek, like X-Files is a popular series and could also have been released on individual discs so the cost can be spread a bit, similar to Farscape. Hopefully Paramount will release DS9 and Voyager in similar packaging to maintain the sense of continuity within Star Trek. It would also be nice to have some idea of the release schedule for the remaining six seasons - some of us need to be put out of our misery, and told when we can have our next fix!
For Trekophiles this collecton is a something of a dream come true, and I would tell the world to go buy it.
Enjoy - I did.
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