CBS are pulling out all the stops in 2013 as we hurtle toward the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 on Blu-Ray in April. Firstly, Paramount in Australia have confirmed that their street-date for Season 3 is set to April 10, 2013. Fans should expect North American and European dates to be very similar, but we’ll of course post exact details as soon as CBS release them.

Of far greater interest is that Paramount Australia have also revealed that a second Star Trek Blu-Ray title will be released the same day. TrekCore can confirm that this title is in fact a feature-length full edit of “The Best of Both Worlds” (Parts 1 and 2). The episode consistently ranks as Number 1 in polls of the best episodes from Star Trek:The Next Generation, and CBS is giving it the royal treatment with a unique one-disc release, filled with specially made bonus features focusing on Star Trek‘s finest two-parter.

Be sure to check back regularly for more information on this special release, as well as full information on Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3, coming soon.

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  • Rosstifer

    I travel to New York that week if its released around then, I may buy it from there and take it back to the UK since Blu-Rays are region free lol

    • trekcore

      It should be released around the same time in the UK, the worldwide releases seem to be pretty synchronous these days

  • Joseph

    I wonder if this means we will get Season 4 in August and Season 5 in December?

  • Sounds cool. But does this mean we’ve got to get both the boxset and the feature-length disc, especially if the feature-length disc has exclusive features that aren’t on the boxset? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind doing so if I can afford it at the time. I remember when they did something similar on VHS by releasing all the two-part stories as feature-length episodes (in fact, I seem to recall they did it at least twice with “Best Of Both Worlds”!). It might sway opinion if there are some deleted scenes put back into the episode, like they did with Voyager’s “Dark Frontier” when it was released on DVD.

    • trekcore

      While these special BOBW features will be exclusive to the BOBW disc at time of release, I’d think they would be likely to appear in the Season 4 set later down the line… CBS are very focused on making these season sets the “definitive versions” to stop fans having to double-dip or own multiple copies in different formats.

      • archer923

        Not to sound like an ass. Tell that to the missing text commentary tracks on the movies, TOS. And Directors Cuts for TMP, 2, and 6.

        • trekcore

          I understand what you’re saying… however the movies are Paramount, not CBS. I was referring to these TNG Blu-Ray sets… and if you have any features you are worried may be “forgotten” from previous releases, let us know and we’ll make sure!

      • Sky

        If this is so, they must put the feature length BOBW in one season set too!! And that would be great!!

  • Pablo

    Thats great but could they not just include it in the set?

    • archer923

      It would require an extra disc in the set then. But then which season gets it. 3 or 4?

      • SpaceCadet

        I don’t know if 1 extra episode necessitates a whole extra disc. They can store a lot of info.

        • Chris

          Season 1’s bit rate was pushing the envelope in places. An extra episode on a disc would be pretty detrimental to the picture quality.

          • SpaceCadet

            I think particular episodes should stay confined to the season they were originally part of anyway.

        • archer923

          5 episodes can fit on a disc. BOBW is 2. You can’t stick it on disc 6 of season 3 or disc 1 of season 4. It would have to be a separate disc. Space is already used up. It’s why the Stereo 2.0 track was DD only. and not Master Audio.

        • Pablo

          agreed. its just a way for us to spend more money

    • Guest

      I don’t understand this. BOBW Pt1 is part of Season 3. BOBW Pt2 is part of Season 4. Period. Why on earth are people even speculating that this would be changed? It defies sense.

  • $38633853

    Awesome, I was worried I would have to wait for Part 2 of BOBW. 🙂

  • $38633853

    3 months, 3 days until release… based on that date. 😀

  • Chris

    This is a fantastic idea. Although I probably wont buy the standalone BOBW, it ‘s a great way to get Joe Average on the street to buy a Trek BR without committing to a full season. More coffers in CBS’s pockets to fund the remastering of DS9 and VOY and of course to keep hiring quality talent to do the remastering on season 4&6 (not HTV hopefully).

    • $38633853

      Well, I don’t think BOBW Part 1 is coming with the Season 3 set, I could be wrong, but if I’m not one will either have it or they won’t… I’m certainly getting it, because it’s one of the best 2 part episodes of TNG.

      • Chris

        I very much doubt CBS would not include BOBW part 1 in season 3 (or part 2 in S4 for that matter). The uproar would be incredible. They’ve never done anything like that before to my knowledge.

        • $38633853

          In any case, I’m gonna get the separate set, instead of waiting for Season 4…

          • Chris

            I can’t blame you 🙂 I’ll probably cave when I see it on the shelf in HMV or somewhere!

          • Mike Jones

            Cant imagine it would be too expensive. The sampler disk was only 7 quid and that had 4 episodes on it.

      • trekcore

        Season 3 contains all Season 3 episodes including BOBW1. This disc is a feature-length edit of both parts, independent of the season sets.

        • $38633853

          Ah, ok. Thanks for clarifying. Well, I’m still getting it rather than waiting for Season 4, haha.

        • SpaceCadet

          Something that just occurred to me…since TBOBW is being released as a stand-alone feature (and even it wasn’t), is CBS Digital handling the SFX for TBOBW Part 2 to maintain consistency even though they’re not assigned to Season 4? Come to think of it, maybe they should just handle all the cliff-hanger ending 2-part episodes to maintain consistency.

          • Quinn

            Not sure which house is taking care of the BOBW set, but we do know that both episodes are being handled by the same place for consistency.

          • trekcore

            Yes, the same house has done Parts 1 and 2 of BOBW.

        • pittrek

          Do you know if it will be the same cut released on VHS and (I think also) DVD or a new cut ?

    • $38633853

      It’s already been noted, weeks ago, that HTV isn’t working on Season 4.

  • SpaceCadet

    I can’t wait for this set! A lot of classics and some of my favorites are in this season. The bonus features will be icing on the cake. If they can find deleted footage for Yesterday’s Enterprise and/or TBOBW or create extended episodes, or just do audio/text commentaries that would be fabulous too!

  • scarecroe

    I understand why the Blu-rays are not in widescreen, but given the feature-length treatment, I wonder if they’ll do some extra, extra work to present it in widescreen.

    • $38633853

      I highly doubt it and I certainly hope not… I want to the see the episodes in full 4:3 aspect ratio, not cropped to 16:9…

      • scarecroe

        Well, I’d want the episodes on the season sets to be their original aspect ratio, of course.

        • $38633853

          Well, it’s already been explained back in the Season 1 bonus features, why TNG is being kept at it’s proper release aspect ratio, the filming was in widescreen, but the framing was for 4:3, since widescreen didn’t exist at that time… so they’d have to crop it, not once, but twice to make it 16:9… thus softening the image and reducing it’s sharpness…

          • Justin Olson

            Slight correction: while they exposed the Full Camera Aperture area (AKA Super-35), that is not the same as filming in widescreen. You can see the full area they exposed on the S2 gag reel and it is 1.33:1 (4:3). That’s the largest area that can be exposed on 4-perf 35mm film.

            But you’re certainly correct that it is the framing that’s the issue, not what’s on the film. If they had shot with an Academy 1.85:1 ground glass, they would have been framing for widescreen (which did exist at the time) and then a 16:9 (1.78:1) transfer would have been possible.

          • $38633853

            You’re right, but in the bonus features for Season 1, here is a shot before it’s cropped:

            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/bonus_s1/energized/tng1_energized_154.jpg

            The right edge is not filled with information, but the left edge is almost… and while it’s not full 16:9 from corner to corner… it’s wider than the 4:3 image we see after it’s cropped…

            Yea, widescreen existed for film, hence the ability to bring TMP into it’s widescreen format, but what I mean is TV’s weren’t widescreen, and if they were, they were expensive… I don’t know anything pre-1990, since I was born in 1990, but according to my parents widescreen TV’s didn’t exist back then…

          • archer923

            WS TV’s did exist in the 80’s they where very experimental and RARE. Mainly used in Japan. Remember Back To The Future Part II. Marty JR was watching a faked WS LCD TV. The aspect ratio choice was already being finalized back then.

          • Justin Olson

            That shot from “Lonely Among Us” is not the fully exposed 35mm image, though. In that shot they just maintained the image height and position of the TV Transmitted Area (the area on the Blu-rays) and expanded out to show you what else would be visible within a 1.78:1 frame. But it isn’t the fully exposed 4-perf, 1.33:1 area.

            Again, you can see what that looks like on the S2 gag reel. It’s the full area that was scanned at 2048 x 1556.

          • Ashley Williams

            Funny for the past 1.5 years (when I first saw that full exposure) I thought that was encounter at farpoint.

          • Justin Olson

            It is “Encounter at Farpoint”… it’s just an old example I had lying around.

      • pittrek

        Actually I’m not sure how many people have noticed that, but the Blurays are not 4:3, the image is much wider than on the DVDs

        • archer923

          The shows are 4:3. S2 just had a few extra pixels. HTV choose to do that. Making S2 1:35 aspect. Instead of 1:33.

        • $38633853

          Season 1 is 1440 x 1080 which is a 1.33:1 aspect ratio aka 4:3.

          Season 2 is 1458 x 1080 which is a 1.35:1 aspect ratio.

          • pittrek

            Plus don’t forget the DVDs (at least the PAL DVDs) have black borders on side, which optically makes the difference even bigger

          • $38633853

            Well, when I’m doing the comparison videos for TrekCore, the actual picture edge only expands slightly from SD to HD, it seems like with the re-transfer only more film information is being fit inside the same picture area…

      • Ashley Williams

        If you watch the bonuses on season 1, you’ll see that there is information available to create 16×9 without cropping, except that there is equipment in the way in many cases. If these 2 episodes didn’t have a lot of equipment to remove in the sides, I would happily throw down some extra money for a 16×9 version that was feature length. Short of that, I’ll only buy seasons the season box sets and not the feature length(and make my own feature length version with editing software if its not included as a bonus feature on 3 or 4)

        • $38633853

          Exactly, which is the point they were making… the show was framed for a 4:3 viewing experience… to make it 16:9 would require re-framing the shot… which would be re-imagining to a degree, I don’t mind them being 4:3, not sure why people are so anal about it not being widescreen… and ignore the reasons why it can’t be.

          Well, each part of BOBW is going to be included with their respective seasons, but a separate title with the 2 parts combined will also be sold…

        • Justin Olson

          There’s not quite enough information available to create a 16×9 version without cropping. More like 14×9. Also, because they filmed with Academy centered 35mm cameras, any new wider framing using the whole negaive would be off center. Check out this image here:

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Agreed – I hate cropping. In the UK, Fresh Prince is shown cropped on Viva – it’s horrible. Stick with 4:3 (or 1:35 – whatever) I say.

  • Clever scheme to release Best of Both World’s parts one and two on a single disc, assuming that’s what they’re doing. People would buy it just to get to see the HD part 2 rather than waiting for Season 4’s release several months down the road!

    Psssh! Kids today. They don’t know the torture of that “To Be Continued…” and waiting all summer for the conclusion!

  • Neill Stringer

    This sounds awesome. Can’t wait for season 3, this is where TNG got great.

    Seasons 1 and 2 have been great on blu. A few errors with the effects in season 2 but still a great set. Have CBS commented on that?

    I take it Yesterday’s Enterprise and Best of Both Worlds Part I would feature commentaries?

    • Neill Stringer

      Have CBS commented on the final shot of The Schzoid Man?

      • $38633853

        That problem is present in every instance of that shot, not just “The Schizoid Man.”

        However, it’s been repeatedly asked by TrekCore that Season 2 stuff stay on Season 2 articles.

  • Sky

    Will there be feature length discs of all 2 parter? Or will we have 2 parters in the middle of seasons? I would prefer to have them all in feature length!!

    • Sky

      ..And within the seasons!!

    • trekcore

      Unsure… At the moment, this is just a special for Best of Both Worlds.

      • Neill Stringer

        is this not just happening in Australia?

        • trekcore

          No, it will be a worldwide release

  • Robert Cosmos

    These TNG HD episodes are presented in the TV 4X3 format rather than the widescreen 16X9 format. If they used 16X9 you would see the grips, stagehands, lights, etc., that were on the set. I am watching the S2 episodes now and they look incredible. The updated visual FX are fantastic and the scenes with our beloved characters look crisp, clean and crystal clear. It is funny that the HD is so well done you can spot minor make-up issues and the paint on some props, etc., that was never detectable in standard definition. I remember watching TNG when I was in college. I worked Saturday nights and I would record the shows on my VHS using “rabbit ears” which didn’t get the best signal… especially when the weather was bad. Now we can look forward to the next release of Star Trek on the virtual reality/Holodeck version coming in @ 10-20 years. Enjoy!

    • pittrek

      You’re probably the first person who likes the effects work on the season2 box 🙂 I absolutely hate the de-grained blurry picture, the bad composites, the blue-screen visible behind the hair of persons standing in front of the main screen …

      • $38633853

        For the most part, Season 2’s FX is fine, besides, this is a Season 3 article… let’s keep it on that topic.

    • hypnotoad72

      Go back and watch the SD episodes, then pay closer attention to the hacked up hamfisted bungling that’s all over the place in season 2 Blu-Ray’s release.

      It’s not as much “crisp” as “crispy” (fried). From color timing problems (blue becomes teal), excessive DNR in some scenes, layers put in the wrong order when recomposing film models, slo-mo explosion (“Contagion”), to layers not being put in consistently (e.g. the Enterprise hull vanishing while the interior lights continue to pass by, or where the nacelle glow is misaligned to the left)… the set is a massive, inconsistent MESS. What’s “incredible” is that people are so uneducated with the process that they don’t see how much of a rubbish hack job the season 2 release was. (And some people say education is waste of money; most of those probably have a vested interest in dumbing down the population, but I digress…)

      And are all the characters beloved? Your post almost comes across as a commercial for season 2’s release… it strains credibility while straining to appease the nostalgia of readers. It reeks “advertising” and the only thing missing is the schmaltzy, schlocky caring piano music in the background…

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        I pretty much agree with everything you said hypnotoad72 – the more I see purple bussard collectors and teal nacelles in S2 – the more I wish CBS would go back and re-do the whole set. Buuuuut – it ain’t ever gonna happen. lol

      • trekker38

        Your comments seem bitter. I found the sets well done so far, and, I am educated.

  • Ashley Williams

    Can we please just include the feature length version of BOBW on the set? I’m planning on buying all 28 seasons and I already have all of the 5 currently available. Include the feature length version of ALL 2 part episodes on each of the sets. I believe TNG had one that wasn’t actually a cliffhanger. (Birthright?)

    • pittrek

      Exactly. I just don’t understand why they can’t include it as bonus on the Season 4 boxset, just like they did with the extended version of Measure of a Man for season 2 box

      • Quinn

        We don’t know yet that they won’t – you can’t fault them for trying to make a sale, though. I mean, look how many people were scrambling to see BOBW on the original sampler disc. It’ll be a big, big seller as a standalone disc, and putting out before S4 makes sense from a financial perspective – as long as they include any exclusive features on that following season’s set.

  • Neill Stringer

    I can’t wait for this season. A lot of great episodes in this season. Can I ask if there be more deleted scenes in this set?

    • trekcore

      Not sure about deleted scenes. But expect a new gag reel!

  • Neill Stringer

    Do you know if season 3 or 4 will have a feature on the composer Ron Jones? Is it true there is a tribute to Michael Pillar on this box set?

    • trekcore

      There will indeed be a Michael Piller tribute. No music feature on Season 3, but expect it on a future season.

  • Neill Stringer

    I know this is a season 3 article but was wondering was HTV an experiment try out to see if they could deliver and is it because of the complaints they are not doing seasons 4 and 6? I am glad CBS D is doing both parts of Best of Both Worlds.

  • Corran

    Since each part of the episode will be in its original form on the S3 and S4 box sets, will this stand alone release of BoBW be free from the normal constraints of sticking to the original intent, and say, go the extra mile and ad damage to the neck of the Enterprise, maybe have a less fireworksy explosion at the end etc.?

    • $38633853

      It’ll most likely be true to the original, as much as possible, again certain FX have to be recreated digitally from the get go, since they didn’t have film elements for those, but for the most part, the episodes have been very true to the original, so I don’t think BoBW will be an exception.

      • Corran

        Seems like a wasted opportunity, They’re giving us the true to original versions anyway, in the season sets, so why not go nuts with the movie version? Since it’s A) probably going to attract the more casual fans who will treat it as essentially a prequel to First Contact, And B) it will make the fans who are bying the seasons feel less like they’re double dipping, and C) If you were working on it wouldn’t you want to take a break from the whole keeping everything as it was mentality and let your hairdown and have some fun with it?

        • Justin Olson

          Simply put, they’ll make plenty of money just leaving it alone save editing them together and dropping the credits in part two. There likely isn’t money and time available to go all Lucasy on BOBW over at CBS-Digital. But I am sure there will be plenty of fans who will produce their own special editions.

          • archer923

            Yeah. I doubt they bother redoing the effects. I wouldn’t care if they redid them here. It be a option. But They’re working on season 3 and 5. So I doubt anyone is available to do this. Unless they give this special edition off to another company. Not sure if it would really sell that well though. ‘Cause people are fed up with double, triple, quadrupole dipping. I’m not buying this release.

            I still won’t, even if they don’t include the extra material that’s in this set. CBS/Paramount burned me too many times with omitting commentaries and director cut branching that should of been in the blurays. You want loyal fans. You do it right the first time.

        • $38633853

          Because it’s re-imagining the show in a manner of speaking… as Rod Roddenberry said, the majority of people don’t want things changed when things are remastered and so on… they want it as it is…

          The show wasn’t framed for a widescreen release, that’s the point, if it was framed for widescreen, then widescreen might be acceptable, but it wasn’t shot that way.

          Answer to your point C, No, I wouldn’t, even when I do my CG recreations, I try to stay as true to the original as I can.

          • Corran

            I think people don’t want them changed and that being the only way it’s available.If it was a choice between the two I would just want it in the original form too, but we’re already getting it as it was ,why do we need to get it as it was twice?
            Also I never mentioned widescreen so I don’t know where that’s coming from.
            This isn’t a complaint as such, I just think they have an interesting opportunity to satisfy two itches. If people get really upset about the changes, direct them to the box set where they can see it their way. We get told the Enterprise will require months of repairs, yet the ship looks immaculate at the end of the episode, you’ve got a shot where the borg cutting beam hits the neck for a second time, and the ship looks untouched from the last time,I think it would be fun to see the Enterprise actually get messed up, It’s not like I’m suggesting a song and dance number with cgi muppets, Just giving the episode a fresh coat of paint as a neat little treat on top of giving us the Episode in it’s original form. If they don’t do it I wont be angry at them or anything, they don’t owe me an enhanced episode, I just think it would be a cool thing to do.

          • $38633853

            You can either buy the season set and wait until the next season comes out and/or you can buy the standalone BOBW full feature…

            Well, so many people are complaining about widescreen, I just mention it…

            Who knows, they might spice it up a bit, correct some things like they’ve done so far, like the energy beam in Encounter at Farpoint, I don’t know… but I don’t want it completely messed with adding effects that are overkill and just making it look like JJ Abrams Gone Wild…

  • hypnotoad72

    Are you from the UK? 🙂

    This is GREAT news that TBOBW is also coming out as an omnibus release, so we don’t have to wait another 6 months for part 2 to come out. Though I also adore the story in its 2-part glory, it’s neat CBS is taking the time to do this extra work. The royal treatment is definitely appreciated, as most fans look at remastered movies and shows with not unfair expectations – new technologies, restoration of film, meticulous detail, double-dipping by customers… it’s best to take the time and really dig in and make use of available processes. Customers do feel far more appreciated, and season 3 is clearly looking up to be worth every penny.

  • Matt_Cardiff_UK

    Just chiming my views in – not had a winge for a while. I won’t be winging here either. Just want to say that I agree with people’s calls for a ‘enhanced’ version of TBOBW – just because the majority would prefer to see a ‘as true to the original’ version – the niche market (including me) – would go head over heels with excitement at the news of a enhanced version. Extra effects for hull damage, more CGI more to replace video effects that have too much grain (like the scene with the Enterprise hiding in the nebula).

    I think the producers really should let their hair down and go wild with this. I’d pay more than full blockbuster movie price for an enhanced standalone TBOBW blu ray, whilst also buying both seasons 3 and 4 which would have the original versions in their rightful places….book-ending the seasons.

    I hope CBS have put the kind of effort they did with Season 1, into Season 3 and beyond. So far – things look hopeful. I cannot wait for April! I’m already saving up for the HD release of DS9 and VOY (CBS are you taking this on board?? lol)

    • $38633853

      A lot of the shots in the trailer are not completed, the intense grain is no doubt due to raw compositing…

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        If that’s the case with that particular shot – then I’ll be pleased. It looks great in HD before any work has been done to be honest. But to see a enhanced version for a BoBW special edition (that may of course never happen) would still make me giggle like a little girl!

        • $38633853

          Well, not to rain on your parade, but I want an original remastering of the feature length release of BOBW… no added bells and whistles, so I don’t have to wait another few months for Season 4…

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            Well – release it three times – one as part of the seasons, one on it’s own, and one souped up enhanced version. Three opportunities to make money on the same two episodes?

          • $38633853

            I think most will go for the first 2, not the enhanced version, only a select few want a souped up version… so it’s not a very good business venture…

  • Christopher Seeley

    What I also can’t wait to see is the Fathom Events Celebration of Season Three! That will an awesome show!

    • $38633853

      Has their been an announcement for it and/or the episode(s) they’re showing?

  • Matt Littledyke

    Excellent can’t wait this season has a lot of classics in it including yesterday’s enterprise and the best of both worlds part 1 roll on April

  • Quark

    I live in Australia and am really excited about The Best Of Both Worlds feature film. I remember getting the DVD telemovie years ago but lost it when I moved to Australia. Unfortunately Paramount in Australia, in a Borg like way, have assimilated the Bluray for themselves and will not be releasing the Bluray in Australia. Thank God for Ebay and the UK discs being the same as the discs that would have been released in Australia. Thumbs up to the bluray restoration team for this extra effort; thumbs down to Paramount Australia for making us source this discs from the UK!!! Hope to see all the boxed DVD telemovies also on bluray :). Bring on DS9 quickly 🙂