Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-Ray Coming April 30th

CBS Entertainment and Paramount have revealed that April 30th is the official release date for Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-ray set. The release itself isn't a surprise but it turns out that fans who can't get the entire set will not miss out on the best TNG episodes with Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray release.

Star Trek: TNG Season 3 is a six-disc set that is completely restored from the original 35mm film stock that was rebuilt, digitally cleaned and transferred with upgraded special effects. The extras include "Inside the Writers' Room" that has Family Guy's (and Oscar host) Seth McFarlane moderating a panel of Trek writers, "Resistance is Futile" documentary of making season three with a tribute to Michael Piller, blooper reel and commentaries. Currently Amazon has it for pre-order for $90.99.

The Best of Both Worlds is single disc Blu-ray that combines the two part season three finale and season four premiere episodes into a 90 minute "movie". The extra features on this set include "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg" that explains how sci-fi's most famous villains were created along with gag reel and commentary track. It is unclear if this cut and extras are part of the season three set. Amazon current has it for pre-order for $17.49.

In addition Fathom Events is doing their third one night event to promote the release of Season Three featuring the movie cut of The Best of Both Worlds. The not yet officially announced event is set for Thursday, April 25 at 7:00pm with ticket pre-orders already available from Fandango and Cinemark Theaters. Since the event is not yet announced, chances are the participating list of theaters is actually longer.

Last, but not least, TrekMovie also reports that Paramount will finally release Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III The Search for Spock, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis as individual Blu-ray discs. Before these movies were only available on DVD or part of Star Trek Blu-ray box sets. Despite some online rumors, Star Trek: TMP is the original theatrical cut, not the director's cut still only available on DVD.

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