Wednesday 16 October 2013

New details of Enterprise, TNG, and movie bluray releases

CBS have started to release details of forthcoming releases in their Star Trek bluray efforts. Now scheduled for release in January, the Enterprise, Season Three box set will as ever include all the old DVD extra features as well as two new documentaries, "In A Time Of War"and "Temporal Cold War: Declassified". There will also be several audio and text commentaries, some of which come from previous home video releases, but a few new ones too. doesn't list which episodes they are attached to, but does list the following contributors for commentaries with the set
Select Episode Audio Commentaries by David A. Goodman, Chris Black, Connor Trinner, David Livingston, André Bormanis, Mike and Denise Okuda, Mike DeMeritt, Mike Sussman, Tim Gaskill and Manny Coto

Select Episode Text Commentaries by Michael and Denise Okuda
There's also news on the next TNG release, TrekCore posted a press release for TNG, Season Five (due in November), which includes descriptions of all the included extras:
In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s most notable names, deleted scenes and a gag reel, the high-definition collection includes the newly produced featurette, “Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation.” This two-part documentary explores the making of the series’ fifth season and focuses on the effect the passing of creator Gene Roddenberry, which took place halfway through the season, had on the show as well as the production family. The tribute to the late creator includes key cast and crewmembers sharing their favorite memories of working with Roddenberry and bidding farewell to the Great Bird of the Galaxy.

The collection also includes the exclusive featurette, “In Conversation: The Music of Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek, moderates the conversation between the show’s composers Ron Jones, Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway as the group discusses the challenges for writing each episode’s original score, working with a live orchestra and the team’s creative approach to scoring the series. The featurette also shares stories from behind some of the most beloved musical cues including the legendary Ressikan flute melody from “The Inner Light.

While not specified in the press release, TrekCore reports that the episodes with new commentaries will be "Cause and Effect", "The First Duty", "I Borg" and "The Inner Light", featuring variously Mike and Denise Okuda, with Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore, and Morgan Gendel.

TrekCore also posted details of the stand-alone release of Unification, which they expect to include a commentary by Jeri Taylor. Here's the press release description of the extra features:
Along with audio commentary and an exclusive deleted scene, the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION BLU-RAY includes the exclusive documentary, “From One Generation to the Next.” This newly produced special featurette takes fans behind the scenes at the making of the classic two-part episode and the introduction of Spock to the 24th century saga of the hit series.

It appears Japan will be getting a different cover for this release. A more appealing composition I think, although they seem to have made Spock a bit youthful:

CBS aren't the only ones in the Star Trek game of course, Paramount continue to look after the movie releases, and have yet another repackaging of the prime movies on the way in the UK in November. Exclusive to Amazon UK, the new 5000 edition "Limited Collector's Edition" will include a one-hundred-and-twelve page photo book including "rarely seen original studio production manuals and behind the scenes stills". There will also be a set of film cells, story board reproductions, a fabric Federation badge, and an Enterprise-D schematic. Amazon recently updated their listing with images of everything included. The disc artwork featuring the posters, aligning with the cases, is a nice touch:

Sadly this appears to be otherwise a re-issue of the previous releases. If you're listening Paramount, all we really want is for you to give us the director's cuts on bluray!

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