Tuesday, 10 July 2012


The next frontier awaits Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Images: CBS/PARAMOUNT.

In what will surely be the classic TV series release success of the year, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's first groundbreaking season finally arrives on crisp Blu-ray in the UK from CBS HOME ENTERTAINMENT on July 23rd. As a taster to all the excitement of these opening 25 episodes (alongside what will surely be a ton of worthy extra features material), check out this great behind the scenes feature about the release from the official STAR TREK.COM site: Star Trek A Closer Look At An Extra-Special TNG Blu-ray Extra

The Enterprise confronts the Crystalline Entity in Datalore. Another great image restored for the new Blu-ray release.
A tense moment for the crew in this colourful remastered grab.

Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker) talks about the birth of the series: ‘Star Trek: TNG’: Jonathan Frakes light years past ‘Farpoint’ | Hero Complex – movies, comics, fanboy fare – latimes.com

And the most recent Blu-ray trailer: Star Trek TNG-R - Blu-ray Season 1 HD Trailer - YouTube

Finally, the new press release for the eagerly anticipated set:  

Series Panel on July 12 at San Diego Comic-Con Will Reveal Before/After Images and Offer Exclusive Preview of Special Features
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 2, 2012) – Arriving on Blu-ray for the first time ever on July 24th, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON will offer fans unprecedented insight into the iconic and legendary series with a wealth of brand new, original bonus content created exclusively for the release.  The centerpiece of the new bonus features is a three-part, original documentary that goes behind the scenes for a look at the conception,   development and creation of the show and features new interviews with the cast and crew of the popular series.  The set also includes a newly produced documentary – Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level – featuring interviews with the team that transformed the series into high-definition.


The all-new, three-part documentary Stardate Revisited – The Origin of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION provides unique insight into the early beginnings of what was soon to become one of television’s most successful sci-fi series.  

The first part, entitled “Inception,” includes interviews with original staff writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold discussing the early days of the show and Gene Roddenberry’s mission to create a program that would live up to the cultural phenomenon of the original Star Trek series.  In addition, executive producer Rick Berman looks back on the crucial pre-production period including preliminary casting choices and key creative decisions for year one.  Plus, the documentary includes insight from the entire art department including Star Trek expert Mike Okuda – who, along with Denise Okuda, served as a consultant throughout the ongoing Blu-ray project – providing a revealing look at the design process for such iconic elements of the series as the Starship Enterprise and redesigned Starfleet gear for the 24th century. 

Part two of the documentary, “Launch,” features all-new interviews with cast members Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher).  With never-before-seen makeup and screen test footage of the cast, fans will have their first look at Burton and Spiner trying multiple versions of their iconic design elements such as the VISOR and Data’s makeup.  Plus, the cast will walk viewers through their auditioning process, and share memories of the making of Encounter at Farpoint, the fan-favorite television movie that launched the series. 

The conclusion of the three-part documentary, “The Continuing Mission,” includes first-hand accounts by Berman and producer David Livingston who detail the creation of the first season of the series from script to final edit. Members of the special effects teams also provide a never-before-seen look at the creation of the groundbreaking effects from motion control photography to video compositing techniques.  Also, Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar) joins other cast members to take a look back on the controversial decision to kill off her character in the first season episode “Skin Of Evil.” Finally, Eugene Roddenberry shares memories of his father, series creator Gene Roddenberry, who was responsible for one of the most enduring and beloved franchises in history. 


In addition, the set also includes a newly produced documentary titled Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the FX artists and film restoration technicians at CBS Digital, detailing the philosophy and process behind the restoration.


The STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON six-disc Blu-ray box set includes all 25 episodes from the inaugural season and is bursting with additional bonus features presented in standard definition such as archival footage, original show and episode promos, mission logs and a gag reel. The set also includes a look at taking the series to the next level in high definition for this highly anticipated release. 

Providing fans with a first-hand account of the ongoing and painstaking work to transfer all seven seasons of the beloved series to high-definition, the team behind the project will participate in a special Before and After: A Behind the Scenes Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Journey Into High Definition panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Taking place on Thursday, July 12 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Room 7AB), the panel will give fans an insider’s look at how the original film elements were transferred into high-definition, and how the visual effects were painstakingly recreated from the source material to look better than ever.  Filmmaker and DVD producer Robert Meyer Burnett will moderate the panel which includes: Roger Lay, Jr. (Producer/Director, Blu-Ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (Project Consultants), David S. Grant (Vice President, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (Director, Multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (Creative Director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (Lead Compositor) and Wade Felker (Film Transfer Technician). 

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.   

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.
May the wind be at their backs. The captains of the TREK universe and their beloved ships...

Meanwhile, UK VIRGIN TV viewers/ fans of all of the various STAR TREK series should head over to the service's TV XL section for a look at two great classic documentaries exclusively available to them via the CBS ACTION channel: the first is THE CAPTAIN'S LOG, where all the popular captains talk about their life in STAR TREK as well as theirs, and the fans, favourite episodes, the second is STAR TREK: BEYOND THE FINAL FRONTIER, a fascinating 2007 documentary celebrating TREK's 40th Anniversary and the incredible sale of props, costumes and models to the fans by PARAMOUNT at the New York CHRISTIE'S auction house.

And don't forget, the Classic Series, The Next Generation and Voyager are in re-runs on CBS ACTION, too!

Toast the series enduring success by drinking a little prune juice with the Klingons at the three day London based STAR TREK event, packed full of exciting events and signings, taking place in October, either: Star Trek London | Event Info

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