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Is Official!! All 178 Episodes Of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - With All The ‘Painstakingly Recompositioned’ Visual Effects - Headed For Blu!!

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The entire first season (the start of the Wesley Crusher years!) will hit Blu-ray next year:


Star Trek: The Next Generation® – The Next Level Blu-ray Disc™ Will Be Released On January 31, 2012

Complete First Season Blu-ray Available Later in 2012

LOS ANGELES – The beloved series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® will be transferred to high definition for the first time ever and released on Blu-ray™, it was announced today by Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment.

All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally.

“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® for years,” said Ross. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”

Transferring STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® to high-definition presented numerous challenges – The series was originally shot on film and then transferred to videotape, which was used to edit episodes together. In order to create true HD masters, CBS is going back to the original uncut film negative – all 25,000 plus film reels of it – and cutting the episodes together exactly the way they originally aired. The visual effects were all shot on film and will be painstakingly recompositioned, not upconverted from videotape. The newly cut film will then be transferred to true high-definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. Denise and Mike Okuda are consulting on the project.

While the first full season won’t be available until later in 2012, CBS Home Entertainment is releasing STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE NEXT LEVEL, a single Blu-ray disc to give fans a taste of the series in HD, on January 31, 2012. The disc will include the feature-length pilot – “Encounter at Farpoint” – as well as two more “fan favorite” episodes, “The Inner Light” (Season 5) and “Sins of the Father” (Season 3). The single disc will be available for a suggested retail price of $21.99.

One of the most popular series in the STAR TREK franchise, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. It premiered in first-run syndication during the week of September 28, 1987 and ran through 1994.

Set in the 24th century on the Starship Enterprise, about 100 years after the original STAR TREK series took place, the series starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker, LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data, Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher and Wil Wheaton as her son Wesley Crusher.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® won numerous accolades, including 18 Emmy® awards, and was the first – and only – syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series for its seventh season. It was also ranked #46 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list in 2002.

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  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by HanSelo

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by photoboy

    I've already pre-ordered The Next Level, but I can't wait to be able to re-watch every episode in HD... well maybe not season 7, but the rest is great. I'm one of the weirdos who likes seasons 1 and 2, so I'll be very happy re-waching them. It would be cool to get some commentaries out of the cast and crew too...

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by Smashing

    I hope so. The new FX work does look beautiful in the short clip on youtube.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by daggor

    I think I like the softness the videotape gave the show. It made the cheapness easy to overlook... in most cases. After seeing props & costumes in person, I know that Hi-Def will not be kind to the show. Very distracting.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by daggor

    I'm reminded of the common claim: "the costumes read flat!" when changes have made to costumes when Trek or Spidey or what-have-you goes to film. Note to producers: it NEEDS to read flat. I don't want to be that aware of the fucking costume.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I thought...

    by Sean1701

    they were releasing it sooner? "All Good Things" will be epic in HD!!!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    daggor - The props/costumes in the TOS Blu-ray set look fine...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    And they were much more primitive than those used in TNG. I think you're needlessly worrying. I think these will look fantastic.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Dammit, I know I'm going to have to buy it...AGAIN!

    by AlienFanatic

    I bought it on the old Time/Life VHS. And again on the DVD's. Now, seeing the video of the Blu-ray and how inCREDIBLE it looks (better than it EVER looked on TV), I will have to buy it this time as well. Let's just hope they don't cost crazy, crazy sums of money. But, alas, even if still buy. Curse you CBS/Paramount!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    This info is dated back to September 28th on

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    And it just shows up now? On December 12th?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Wow, they are actually advertising a double-dip

    by Dreamwriter

    If you buy "THE NEXT LEVEL", you will get 3 episodes that you will also find on the whole series. Which I expected, but didn't think they'd actually advertise for impatient people.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Is Official!! I'll Buy!!

    by wtriker1701

    Every goddam season of this series! Every one!

  • So basically, double the amount of money you spent on the DVDs. Around $1K for the entire series, give or take the standard Amazon discount. What. A. Deal.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    stereotypical evil archer, you ignorant slut

    by omarthesnake

    the press release just went out from Paramount Home Video today, had just the basics that this was happening, not these details. AICN can occasionally be far behind the loop, but in this case, quit yer bellyachin'.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Hope these end up in syndication

    by SNForrester

    I'm not going to buy but I would definitely watch if some channel starts airing these remastered episodes.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Lt. Commander La Forge, Warp 8 to Best Buy...Engage!

    by Mike

    I will be there! As long as they're somewhat cheap...

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by spazicus

    16:9 or it's a no go. The film is there and it can be used. One might argue that it's not true to the original, but if you show a 16:9 presentation to an audience and switch it out with 4:3, which presentation will they prefer? The obvious choice is 16:9, because it fits the TV and isn't so...square. I think that the format is more cinematic, and it would add a dramatic depth to an already wonderful show. A little research on Google tells me that 16:9 is entirely possible on TNG WITHOUT placing matte over any of the shots. So it would be true 16:9. Scratch that....*could* be true 16:9. Also, just a prediction, but I bet this collection is largely pirated or ignored. And releasing the blu rays season-by-season means that production could stop if it doesn't sell. I think upping the presentation to widescreen might encourage all the DVD boxed-set buyers to buy again.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by spazicus

    Joss Whedon didn't want Buffy to be presented in widescreen because he claimed it wasn't meant to be seen that way. Fire up Netflix and watch any episode of Buffy from seasons 4-7 and there they are, in widescreen. Hey! It looks better. TNG had a certain aesthetic, and it was framed in a certain way, but it *could* be adapted to 16:9 and retain its greatness! Okay, end rant.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    paramount you bastards!

    by rakesh patel

    damm... can;t believe its been 25 years. for a long time this was my favourite tv show.Growing up watching sttng.. i've probably watched most episodes a dozen times or more. Paramount made me finally realise what a chump i had been, they drip fed the video releases and then the dvds. It's Fricking obsolete now! I've had the whole tng/ ds9 and voy on vhs and i don't even have a video recorder!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    If they do a complete series offer

    by DougMcKenzie

    For around 300 bucks I might bite. No way I am dropping 7 x 140 for this thou. When will the Hi-Def be on NetFlix? Maybe 2-3 years?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    George Takei is the Broker of Star Peace

    by rakesh patel

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    LOST and Flux Capicators on MAD tonight were greatness.

    by jimbojones123

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Wrong room

    by jimbojones123

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Mixed Bag

    by JohnDrake

    Second trailer is here, with a few bits of sample footage: The sets and costumes appear to fare pretty well. The makeup and effects appear to be a mixed bag. Space effects look surprisingly good, but I'll bet anything involving a planetary surface will look incredibly fake. Cleaner than before, but faker, too. And cleaning up the image is likely to make most of the alien makeup - already a dodgy bet on DVD - look pretty ridiculous. Still, it's nice to see the greedheads at Paramount opting to properly convert this one to HD, even if they aren't springing for new effects. They'll probably do that 5 years after the entire series has come out on Blu-ray, for a "Special 30th Anniversary Edition". Suckas!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    And Denise Crosby as Lt. Tasha Yar

    by Nem_Wan

    Press release writer forgot Crosby was a full regular cast member for the entire first season, although not appearing in the last 3 episodes (which is not an unusual number of absences for a supporting regular even if the character was not killed). And Crosby wasn't fired, she quit for the same reason Nichelle Nichols was going to quit: not getting to say much more than "hailing frequencies open".

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Dammit, EVERY TNG talkback, some idiot

    by Chief Joseph

    starts screaming about 16:9 and someone else will inevitably say, "Duh, but I though duh show was shot on video; this will be an upconvert."

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Still the best Trek

    by jimmy_009

    Wish I didn't already have the series on DVD.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I already paid

    by funkylovemonkey

    $135 a season for TNG on DVD... with no commentaries and pretty sorry documentaries. Probably won't put down any money for these... Maybe if they do DS9, but I doubt they'll give the same treatment to DS9.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Legolars

    The sampler disc is priced at 15 dollars at Amazon and 7 pounds at Amazon UK.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Old news....

    by Legolars

    This was official back in september.....

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Legolars, you illiterate buffoon.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    The press release just came out TODAY, as another TB'er indicated. I guess you were never taught to read first then talk.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to not pay the ridiculous prices

    by Queefer Sutherland

    that they always want for a Trek series. I'm a fan of Star Trek, but don't have any on DVD because of the ridiculously bloated prices they've always wanted. Somebody thinks Star Trek is fucking art or something, as opposed to a science fiction show that was just as often terrible as it was good. Much of Trek is WAY overrated, mainly by its more ignorant, rabid fans, who refuse to admit Star Trek can do anything wrong.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    "The visual effects were all shot on film" um. no.

    by SG7

    LOL. No. Much of them were. A lot were done in video. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. But if they were all done on film then there'd be no need for "new technology." Doing HD transfers and composting fx shots is not new.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    "So basically, double the amount of money you spent on the DVDs."

    by buggerbugger

    Ouch. It only cost me around £10 per season. Admittedly, I didn't buy them until years after they were first released but, fuck it, I'm a patient man.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    scratchmonkey exactly

    by hst666

    I gurantee within two years of release, you will see first season sets going on sale at Amazon for 60% off for limited periods.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I feel ya man....

    by thecunninglinguist

    it gets old explaining to the youngsters that come over that my VHS star trek aren't books ;-)

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by tao_pilot

    Nice to meet a fellow weirdo! I'll take campy seasons 1 and 2 over bland seasons 6 and 7 any day!

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    sierratangofoxtrotuniform, you bumbling simpleton...

    by Legolars

    See the link dated september 28. How is that not an official press release....?

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Agree about the widescreeen

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    There's no way in hell I'm gonna pay the expected ridiculous price for this unless it's been converted to widescreen.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    It will be reframed a little but NOT 16:9

    by performingmonkey

    It was never shot for a 16:9 image. Personally I'd rather have something that was true to the original vision of the show, except this time you can actually enjoy the visuals!!

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    So they're using the latest in CGI to delete out Wesley?

    by tangcameo

    Now that's a set I would buy! ...if I cared. And delete out Diana Muldar. And those early episodes where emotionless Data was obviously emoting, and doubletaking. And Joe Piscopo. And that entire ozone layer in space episode.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    No Magic Required

    by Burger_Supreme

    Just a lot of work...

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by PoppaRotzi

    ...oh, and Mr. Crusher....SHUT UP.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Legolars, you illiterate buffoon still.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform An official confirmation and a press release are two different things. We all fucking knew it was coming out. This article just provides the -- once again -- official press release.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "Painstakingly Recompositioned"... WTH?

    by Teddy Artery

    Imbecile! It's either a cleaned up digital composite or it's new computer graphics replacing the original effects. Please only accept articles from people with an interest in accuracy.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    but they are my TV free, every fucking day- so pay for them now?

    by Michael Lunney

    You people are idiots who pay for this

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Bittorrents will help me not have to pay....

    by ZodNotGod

    But I am interested to see if it looks as good as TOS does, which is fantastic, with the colors jumping out at you. I don't it demands it, but I hope the effects were given an upgrade like TOS or at least so they don't have that Babylon 5, seriously fake and cheap look. The only thing going against TNG were the flimsy looking sets- the carpeted rec room bridge and those piss-awful uniforms from Seasons 1 & 2, arguably the series worst years.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I vividly remember TOS 25th anniversary in 1991...damn I'm old!

    by BoyNamedSue

    And I expect to pay a hefty sum for these Blu-Rays, given the painstaking amount of work required!

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Just give me Best of Both Worlds on Blu Ray

    by BoyNamedSue

    And I'm a happy Trekker!

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by Legolars

    My level of litteracy isn't in question. Official press release or official confirmation... This weeks press release doesn't contain any new information. Therefore, it's old news.

  • Same thing happened after all the Treks were put on DVD, they did 2 or 3 disc "Borg" packs of "Q". Packs. As soon as they put out a "Best of Both Worlds" / "All Good Things" Blu Ray pack, I'm sold! ETA - 2019. Probably.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Fingers Crossed

    by FloristGump

    The bean counters at CBS do the smart thing and get the crew back together fr a TV mini series to wrap up the TNG era correctly. Nemesis, though not the disaster that it's painted out to be, was no way to finish TNG and a mini series would be a great way of signing off for the final time. hard to believe it's 18 years since TNG finished and 10 since nemesis, but 99% sure even old Baldy would be up for a four part mini series to finish it all off. Voyager and DS9 cameos, the whole shebang - brilliant!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I shall purchase for Troi-buttocks in HD.

    by Nerfee

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Widescreen conversion?

    by MCVamp

    You gotta be shitting me. Why would I want a loss of blown-up image quality and cutting off the top and bottom of the picture as they were meant to be seen. You know, like every movie made before like 1950 that was filmed in a box. Although the corrected aspect "The Shining" was still jarring at first. IT SAYS ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO, WHY IS IT A SQUA...oh. That was the original aspect ratio.