Star Trek: The Next Generation

We're a little late with our announcement of the Star Trek: The Next Generation so apologies, but most of the information below has already been covered in previous news items so there's nothing here that's too much of a surprise. The boxset is due on 1 April retailing at £84.99...

We can expect a full frame transfer and a remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack for all of the episodes of the first series along with a small selection of extra features. A full break down of the discs follows the press release below...

Press Release

Paramount Home Entertainment Presents

The Entire, Highly Anticipated Series Beams onto DVD in 2002, Loaded with Extras and Collectable Packaging

Launches with the Season One Collector's Box Set on April 1st, 2002

Setting the stage for an entire year of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, Paramount Home Entertainment is proud to bring the series to DVD for the first time. The Series will launch on April 1st with SEASON ONE, a seven-disc collector's box set containing all 26 episodes from the first season, along with four newly created documentaries exclusive to the DVD release. Each subsequent season will be released on DVD at intervals of approximately two months throughout the year.

Picking up decades after Captain Kirk and his original crew left off, Emmy-winning STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION follows the exciting adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he leads an all new U.S.S Enterprise on adventurous missions into deep space. The series also stars Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker, Le Var Burton as Geordi La Forge, Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar, Michael Dorn as Wolf, Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner as Data and Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher.

"As everyone knows, the Star Trek franchise is one of the cornerstones of Paramount, so we have lavished a lot of attention on these NEXT GENERATION season box sets," said Eric Doctorow, president of Paramount Home Entertainment Worldwide. "They have been packaged with an eye to what the public say they would like to see on the shelf at home by the DVD player - a unique collectable design containing all seven seasons."

Barney Hands, Star Trek Brand Manager in the UK comments: "The DVD boxset allows fans to experience Star Trek in the format that it deserves - digital quality picture with superb 5.1 sound. The stunning added features promise to offer all audiences a real treat combining action, special effects and exclusive never seen before footage."

Each season of the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION DVDs is presented in a sleek, innovatively packaged and highly collectable box set, embossed and printed with a brushed-metal-like finish. An enclosed digipak holds all seven discs in place, along with a pull-out booklet of episode information, plus a panoramic montage of the crew. Moving forward, each season of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION will be released as a box set to create an attractive library of the series to appeal to the Star Trek and DVD collector alike. Season-specific metallic inks differentiate the seven seasons for retailers and consumers.

The DVD of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION : SEASON ONE is presented in a full frame version and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. The DVDs are sub-titled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

The DVD of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION : SEASON ONE will be available to own at an RRP of £84.99. Each disc has a running time of approximately 176 minutes, with the exception of disc seven, which has 88 minutes of feature and approximately 60 minutes of special features. All seven discs are encoded with Macrovision AntiCopy process.

Disc Breakdown

Disc One

Encounter at Farpoint Part 1
Encounter at Farpoint Part 2
The Naked Now
Code of Honor

Disc Two
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us

Disc Three
The Battle
Hide and Q
The Big Goodbye

Disc Four
Angel One
Too Short a Season

Disc Five
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory

Disc Six
The Arsenal of Freedom
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris

Disc Seven
The Neutral Zone

  • The Beginning: focusing on the challenges of creating a new series and keeping to Gene Roddenberry's vision. Includes interviews with Roddenberry, Patrick Stewart, Robert Justman (former producer of the Original Series), Rick Berman (Co-Executive Producer at the time), Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby and other cast members.

  • Selected Crew Analysis: features first season cast members talking about their roles, their acting backgrounds prior to being cast and their impressions of the Star Trek legacy. Also features a comparison between the launch of the series in 1987 and the comments from the cast seven years later (1994), using archive interviews and b-roll to present a fascinating 'before' and 'after' look from the series cast members.

  • The Making of a Legend: features commentary from the first season production staff members: Michael Westmore (Make-up), Herman Zimmerman (Production Designer), Mike Okuda (Scenic Artist), Richard Stembach (Scenic Artist), Dan Curry (Visual Effects), Peter Lauritson (Co-Producer), Rick Berman and others, as they discuss the making of the new series. Uncovers information on how the beaming effect is achieved, Worf's make up process and how much time and effort goes into creating each episode.

  • Memorable Missions: cast and crew discussions of specific episodes and events that occurred during the first season.

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