Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete TV Movies [DVD] 
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Film quality / sound quality:
Basically, the quality is wonderful. It really feels like you're watching it for the first time. The first thing that struck me was how bright everything was - in the original (DVD etc) masters, everything is dark and faded. The earlier seasons were even tinted red and blurry, to add insult to injury. This remastering has been done meticulously. The sound is sharp and in surround, just as promised. It is a little grainy at times, but that's a limitation of the film stock unfortunately.
- What about the effects?
Something many fans will be wary about is any effects that have been redone. Well, the only shots that have been redone somewhat are the ones where it shows the Enterprise orbiting a planet. And the difference is amazing; the new planet effects look realistic - with a proper atmosphere and texture. The old planet shots, in comparison, look like the Enterprise is orbiting a cardboard painting. It doesn't look any 'cheesier' than it was, and, one of the special features on the first disc shows some of the CBS crew remastering the planetary shots - even subtle shadows have been resurrected from the original composites. The original effects designers in 1987 were geniuses - but they were limited by the constraints of videotape editing! Edit: Actually all the planet shots look like the one behind the ship on the outside of the box-set (you can see it in the product image). That is a good representation of it than any.
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The disc content is the same as the individual season sets. They are the same discs, same amazing picture and sound quality, same extensive bonus features. The only thing not included are the bonus contents of the single feature releases such as with the "All Good Things" single disc release that came out along with season 7. You get the same 41 discs you would get if you bought the 7 season sets separately.
The blu-ray discs are housed in two larger than normal clam shell type cases. Season 1-4 in one, 5-7 in the second. I don't see this as a drawback at all. I can understand wanting to remove one season at a time, but honestly it's not a hassle at all. Each disc has it's own hub, you can easily remove whichever disc you desire. They are securely stored, perfectly protected and easy accessible. I can't recommend this set enough especially at the current price.
Packaging might not be pretty, but the discs are in proper holders and aren't free to slip out or move around like in the TOS "full journey" set.
This set will therefore give a fine summary of The Next Generation's seven years, from the pilot to the series finale, for those who do not wish the expense of all seven season boxsets. They are, however, all the big action spectacles without the low-key cerebral stand-alones.
Notable highlights include the acclaimed "Best of Both Worlds" with the ultimate Borg invasion leading to the greatest of the show's cliffhangers - Captain Picard's assimilation and attack on the Enterprise. Also worthy of mention is the appearance of Ambassador Spock on Romulus as one of several original series corss-overs in "Unification", Picard's interrogation by Cardassians in a fine turn for actor Patrick Stewart in "Chain of Command", and of course the outstanding journey through the past, present and future in the climactic finale "All Good Things...".
However, there are a few that do not quite live up to these high standards with "Time's Arrow" as an unsatisfying if amusing adventure to 19th Century Earth, and "Birthright" as a rather slow paced, uneven mix of Worf and Data character stories that could have been condensed to a single episode.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect. Grew up watching this and 25 years later it still holds up.
I just wish they'd do DS9 on blu ray.
I bought this as a gift for my brother to replace his old collection of VHS tapes he had recorded from Sky years ago. Read morePublished 2 days ago by InTheDark1
Star Trek: The Next Generation in the best quality ever available for home video. Scanned from the original reels, with updated CGI.Published 3 days ago by Ovi
Amazing packaging, fantastic quality. Well worth the price. Unlike TOS boxset of same design these discs are kept in great packaging within the box and again unlike TOS version the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Myles
The very early episodes are a little creaky, but you watch them with love just the same. What I mean is, in later episodes and in ST: Voyager, engine noise is played throughout. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mr
Enjoying watching these blu rays. Picture quality is fabulous and sound is state of the art. Dvd's arrived in perfect condition and were shipped very quickly. Read morePublished 19 days ago by fuzzyface
comparing to the DVD set a unbelievable good picture and sound quality - even if 4:3 its like from another universe. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Uwe
This is great, bought it for £40 something on Prime Day.
Great picture and 5.1 sound. 4:3 picture because it was filmed to be framed that way;
wider image would show... Read more