Star Trek TNG Official R1 Announcement

After our previous report on the R2 release of Star Trek: The Next Generation Television Series Paramount have now officially announced the R1 release with full details on the Special Features which should clear up any questions on the R2 release as I would expect both releases to carry identical features...

I'll let extracts of the extremely long Press Release do the talking...

Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Entire, Highly Anticipated Series Beams to DVD in 2002, Loaded with Extras, With New Seasons Every Two Months

~ Launching with Season One on March 26 ~

HOLLYWOOD, January 10, 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, beginning in March, 2002. The year-long campaign will launch on March 26 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. A new season will be released every other month and the entire series is presented in newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.

Each season of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION is presented in a highly collectable box set, with seven discs (Season 2 has 6 discs) and a pull-out booklet of episode information and 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 entire series. This will appeal not only to fans of Star Trek but any consumer who loves DVD.

I'll step in here with a picture taken from the Official Star Trek Website of the R1 Box Set design which is quite different to the R2 release design that are displaying.

Back to the PR

DVD Contents:

Disc 1: Encounter at Farpoint Parts 1 & 2 (episodes 101, 102), The Naked Now (103), Code of Honor (104)
Disc 2: The Last Outpost (107), Where No One Has Gone Before (106), Lonely Among Us (108), Justice (109)
Disc 3: The Battle (110), Hide and Q (111), Haven (105), The Big Goodbye (113)
Disc 4: DataLore (114), Angel One (115), 11001001 (116), Too Short a Season (112)
Disc 5: When the Bough Breaks (118), Home Soil (117), Coming of Age (119), Heart of Glory (120)
Disc 6: The Arsenal of Freedom (121), Symbiosis (123), Skin of Evil (122), We'll Always Have Paris (124)
Disc 7: Conspiracy (125), The Neutral Zone (126),

Special Features

Disc 7 of the DVD includes the following special features:

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.

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, LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar, Michael Dorn as Worf, Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner as Data and Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher.

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 subtitled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON ONE carries no suggested retail price but is expected to be priced by retailers for their customers at under $100. It is not rated in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America and is rated G in Canada. Each disc has a running time of approximately 176 minutes, with the exception of disc seven, which has 88 minutes of features and approximately 60 minutes of special features. All seven discs are encoded with the Macrovision‘ AntiCopy process.

End of PR

Now to wait for the official R2 announcement and confirmation on that fantastic box set design have.

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