July 30 can’t get here fast enough for many fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. That’s the day CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release both Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Fourth Season and Star Trek: The Next Generation – Redemption in extras-loaded Blu-ray editions.
The Fourth Season includes all 26 episodes, among them the memorable “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II,” “Reunion,” “Redemption,” “Final Mission,” “Qpid,” “The Drumhead,” “Brothers” and “In Theory,” all painstakingly restored and remastered. Among the extras on the six-disc set: audio commentaries by Brannon Braga, Rob Bowman, Mike and Denise Okuda and Ronald D. Moore, a gag reel and episodic promos. Brand-new elements will also include “Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “In Conversation: The Art Department.” The former is a multi-part documentary that examines both the show’s explosion into a pop culture phenomenon after its third season and the Enterprise crew’s interpersonal bonds and family relationships, as depicted in “Brothers” and “Reunion.” The latter offers a look at some of TNG’s most-iconic designs, complemented by fresh interviews with production team members Herman Zimmerman, Doug Drexler, Rick Sternbach, the Okudas, Dan Curry and more.
Redemption is a single-disc Blu-ray comprised of a seamlessly edited feature-length version of “Redemption, Part 1,” the season-four finale, and “Redemption, Part II,” the fifth-season premiere. The disc also includes audio commentaries from writer-producer Ronald D. Moore and visual effects artists Mike and Denise Okuda, as well as an exclusive documentary called “Survive and Succeed: An Empire at War.” In it, all-new interviews with Moore, Michael Dorn, Robert O’Reilly and Gwynyth Walsh shed light on the Klingons and their evolution/mythology as explored on TNG.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Fourth Season will run nearly 20 hours over six discs and will cost $130 in the U.S. and $150 in Canada. Star Trek: The Next Generation – Redemption will cost $28.28 in the U.S. and $32.00 in Canada. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details.