This year marks the 25th anniversary of the start of a great television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. ST:TNG sparked many nerdy debates between Trekkies and fans of Sci-Fi to which Trek series was superior, Star Trek (The Original Series), or Star Trek: The Next Generation? Trek fans can look forward to two important dates this month. First is the Fathom Events Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event (more on that in a moment), and secondly is the long awaited release of season 1 of ST:TNG on Blu-ray!
A number of cable channels re-air the show, the BBC broadcasts repeats in some sort of bizarre cropped aspect ratio. Syfy lets viewers enjoy it full frame, however you will instantly notice that despite being broadcast in HD on HD channels, something is still terribly wrong with the image. There is a fuzzy softness that you can’t seem to escape. From the promotional materials for the release of the upcoming Blu-ray the image looks amazing! Clear and crisp or in the words of the press release, a “New High-Definition Transfer with staggering Before/After results.”
The First Season Blu-ray set will be available July 24th for a suggested price of $118.00 U.S. and will be in 1080p. Some of the special features include episode promos, a gag reel, and Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD).
Fathom Events is having a one night event to support the release of the Blu-ray in select movie theaters on July 23rd at 7:00 PM (local time). Click the link for tickets.
Check out the full Press Release for the Blu-Ray set and the release for the Fathom Events Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event.
CELEBRATING ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, LEGENDARY SERIES MAKES ITS FULL-SEASON BLU-RAY DEBUT – STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: THE FIRST SEASON BLU-RAY
THE FIRST SEASON BLU-RAY
New High-Definition Transfer With Staggering Before/After Results Boasts Exclusive Special Features Including Never-Before-Seen Archival Footage, Brand New Interviews With Key Players, Gag Reel And More!
Available July 24, 2012
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 30, 2012) – The enduringly popular sci-fi favorite STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON makes its Blu-ray debut on July 24 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, the beloved series continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century.
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 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 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 ongoing project, who offer special insights into the countless man-hours dedicated to the upgrade of The Next Generation.
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 (Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton).
The STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray set will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Mono, Japanese Mono and German Mono (with the exception of “Encounter at Farpoint” which is in German Stereo). The discs also include English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. The Blu-ray is not rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada, and it will be available for the suggested retail price of $118.00 U.S. and $136.00 Canada. The disc breakdown is as follows:
Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level (HD)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Archives: The Launch
Introduction to the Series (1987)
Season One Promo
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
Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
Part 1: Inception
Part 2: Launch
Part 3: The Continuing Mission
Archival Mission Logs
Selected Crew Analysis
The Making of a Legend
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