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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Featuring one of the most endearing ensemble casts in television history, Star Trek: The Next Generation took fans on the remarkable continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) and Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn).
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season has been retransferred from original film elements to produce stunning high-definition images, including amazing visual effects that have been painstakingly recreated from the source material, creating before/after results that fans will love. The six-disc Blu-ray set also features a wealth of exclusive bonus material, such as archival footage, a gag reel, and an inside look at taking The Next Generation to the next level of high-definition.
Featuring numerous behind-the-scenes interviews, the new material also features Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda, consultants throughout this on-going project, who offer special insights into the countless man-hours dedicated to the upgrade of The Next Generation.
- 1080p high definition, 7.1 sound. Recreated from original film elements (not upconverted from videotape).
- Over 95 minutes of brand-new documentaries featuring all-new cast and crew interviews.
- Energized! Taking the Next Generation to the Next Level
- Stardate Revisited: the Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Original Episodic Promos, Archival Launch Footage and DVD Featurettes ("Mission Logos")
- Encounter at Farpoint
- The Naked Now
- Code of Honour
- Episodic Promos
- Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level (HD)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Archives: The Launch
- Introduction to the Series (1987)
- Promo #1
- Promo #2
- Promo #3
- Season One Promo
- The Last Outpost
- Where No One Has Gone Before
- Lonely Among Us
- The Battle
- Episodic Promos
- Hide and Q
- The Big Goodbye
- Angel One
- Episodic Promos
- Too Short a Season
- When the Bough Breaks
- Home Soil
- Coming of Age
- Episodic Promos
- Heart of Glory
- The Arsenal of Freedom
- Skin of Evil
- We'll Always Have Paris
- Episodic Promos
- The Neutral Zone
- Episodic Promos
- Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
- Part 1: Inception
- Part 2: Launch
- Part 3: The Continuing Mission
- Gag Reel
- Archival Mission Logs
- The Beginning
- Selected Crew Analysis
- The Making of a Legend
- Memorable Missions
Warping into syndication in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully launched its seven-season "continuing mission" of the starship Enterprise, and this classy DVD boxed set gathers the show's inaugural season in crisp picture clarity and dazzling 5.1-channel sound. A ratings leader with a sharp ensemble cast, this revamped Trek honoured series creator Gene Roddenberry's original Trek concept, nurtured by returning veterans like producer Robert H. Justman and writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. Several first-season episodes have original-series counterparts, and while the season was awkwardly inconsistent for all involved (including Roddenberry's heir apparent, producer Rick Berman), in retrospect the series began on remarkably solid footing.
Patrick Stewart was perfect as Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard, while Marina Sirtis struggled with a wretched hair bun and an ill-defined character, eventually blessing Counselor Troi with delicate nuance. Denise Crosby made a strong but underutilized impression as Security Chief Tasha Yar, and left the series before season's end, allowing writers to develop Klingon Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) into a fan favourite. Brent Spiner transcended Spock comparisons with his triumphant portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data; and while Jonathan Frakes was accepted as First Officer Will Riker, fans ultimately rejected Wil Wheaton as ensign Wesley Crusher, the teenaged son of the ship's doctor (Gates McFadden). Still, these 25 episodes laid a firm foundation for subsequent seasons, and highlights include the Raymond Chandleresque "holo- novel" of "The Big Goodbye," Data's backstory in "Datalore," the Klingon rituals of "Heart of Glory," and a Romulan encounter in "The Neutral Zone." The DVD supplements (all on the seventh disc) are good enough to make anyone wish for more: four featurettes recall myriad first-season challenges, filled with insider perspective and enough NextGen trivia to satiate all but the most obsessive Trekkers back on Earth. Looking back, it's easy to see why NextGen lived long and prospered. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The Next Generation was shot of film (both live action and special effects) however both were immediately transferred to standard definition tape, and they used this tape to edit the episode together and composite the special effects into the live action, and it is this tape copy that is the source for the old DVDs and what was and is broadcast on television. Paramount have gone back to the original film negatives and scanned them in high definition and have re-composited and re-edited and cleaned up every single episode shot for shot. Some people may be complaining and wondering why the blu ray release is apparently so expensive, well this is why, it's taken A LOT of manpower and resource to make these.
I have all TNG episodes on DVD so I watched the first episode "Encounter at Farpoint" on DVD to familiarize myself with it and then on blu ray.
For anyone who says that they are happy with the DVDs seriously needs their head examining. The picture quality on the blu ray release is totally and utterly stunning, I cannot overstate how spectacular it looks. The DVDs picture is blurry, fuzzy with incorrect colour timing and terrible picture smearing.
The blu ray picture on the other hand is pin sharp with correct colour balance.Read more ›
It would be fair to say that the series did not start off at its most promising, however. The show spends most of its 25-episode first season finding its feet. Fierce behind-the-scenes battles between Gene Roddenberry and his writers resulted in some muddled scripts, whilst Roddenberry's own vision of an egalitarian, equal future are let down by some dubious sexism (it's not until quite late in the season that the female characters get some interesting storylines and cool moments) and racial stereotyping (the episode Code of Honour is particularly wince-inducing in this regard), severe enough to draw criticism from the show's own star.
What saves the first season from early disintegration is Patrick Stewart's thoughtful and intelligent performance as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart hits the ground running and never gives anything less than 100% to the role and to the scripts, regardless of how hammy the dialogue or how embarrassing the storyline.Read more ›
The great news is that the picture has been remastered and the sound remixed into Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. 4 new documentaries have been created for this release lasting for an hour. Presentationally the box sets form a neat library of 7 packs when placed alongside each other. A booklet is also included per box.
Season 1 of The Next Generation has only a few outstanding stories. The rest (looking like they are from the eighties) tend to spend too much time on supporting characters such as Wesley Crusher. Fortunately Patrick Stewart does such a superb job of leading the cast, the weaker stories can be forgiven for the most part.
An excellent release with the entire 7 seasons on the way. Fingers crossed for Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise releases soon!
Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Hide and Q
The Big Goodbye
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
The Neutral Zone
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These were bought as a present and I have had no complaints as to the condition or the actual series, I was happy with Amazon, my relative was happy with me so 5 Stars.Published 9 days ago by N F Beeden
Perhaps the best thing to be delivered than my first born. There were times that slipping the BlueRay into my player, felt better than sharing a bed with my gorgeous Korean... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Child
Let's start by saying that I am a fan of startrek and have most of the series except the Next Generation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karl Grosvenor