Monday, 19 August 2013

Latest bluray news

A few bits of news on forthcoming bluray releases: Amazon have added listing for season five of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which is set for release in November. They also list another two-part episode as a stand-alone release, but this time rather than using the season ending cliffhanger episode, Time's Arrow, they've giving the mid-season two-parter, Unification, the special treatment.

UPDATE: StarTrek.com have now announced these, including a description of both releases, and a first look at the cover for Unification (the season five cover was released a while ago):
There’s no hyperbole necessary in discussing these two releases. Season five of TNG ranked amongst the series’ best, with episodes including “Redemption Part II, “Cause And Effect,” “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” “The First Duty,” the Hugo Award-winning “Time’s Arrow, Part 1” and, of course, “Unification I and II,” which heralded the returns to Star Trek of Leonard Nimoy as Spock and Mark Lenard as Sarek.

The Fifth Season Blu-ray features all 26 episodes in high-definition and a multiple-part documentary, “REQUIEM: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which examines the evolution of season five and the impact of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s death on the production.

Meanwhile, Unification transforms the landmark two-parter into an epic feature-length presentation complemented by an audio commentary and an exclusive documentary, “From One Generation to the Next,” which details the making of the episodes and the introduction of Spock to TNG.

Also due in November, in the UK, is the latest box set of the first ten Star Trek films. This latest release is being called a "limited collector's edition", and comes with a few extra bits and pieces:
• Senitype® film cell collection
• Collection of 3 story boards
• Collection of original production notes films 1-10
• Fabric Federation badge
• Ship Blueprint
Here's the new box art:


There's one little bit of news for the releases of Into Darkness. Amazon in Italy has become the third country to offer the higher end release, which comes with a QMx phaser. It's a slightly different offer, as the Italian version comes with the 2D release rather than the 3D like the US and France.

UPDATE: A little bit more Into Darkness-ness. Rolling Stone has released an excerpt from one of the bluray behind-the-scenes features, showing us the making of the volcano scenes:


Finally, bluray.com now list a new release in Finland next month: KAPOW!, a box set, which packages the first nuTrek film with the first Transformers film, and Watchmen:





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