David CarsonTwo weeks ago we published the full press release from CBS for the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 3 Blu-Ray set and noted the disappointing absence of David Carson’s Director’s Audio Commentary on the fan-favorite episode "Yesterday’s Enterprise" (Previously released on 2008’s "Alternate Realities" Fan Collective DVD.) At the time we were advised that this omission was due to contractual reasons. Thankfully it would appear that these issues have now been resolved; Our sources tell us that the Carson commentary will be included on the set after CBS managed to clear it for inclusion. Carson’s track will sit nicely alongside the brand new commentary from Ronald D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr which we’re reliably informed is fantastic! (Aren’t all Ron Moore commentaries fantastic!?)

The audio commentary count for Season 3 now stands at five:

With just over nine weeks to go until release, it’s reassuring that the team are pulling out all the stops to make this set as complete as humanly possible while at the same time sticking to their deadline. Be sure that you secure your copy today by pre-ordering the set below:

Order TNG - "The Best of Both Worlds" Feature Blu-Ray today!

Order Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-Ray today!

  • Fantastic news!! Never heard this as I didn’t buy the Alt Realities set!

  • That’s AWESOME! I’m so glad this issue was solved!

  • M. Wright

    More excited than ever for Season 3 🙂

  • It’s great to hear CBS was able to make this happen! Very, very welcome news. Hopefully now they will also reconsider including an edited version of the BOBW commentary on Part I. Even if it just abruptly stops, they could always record Mike Okuda saying something like, “Please join us for Part II of this commentary on the Season Four Blu-ray set.”

    • Um… There is only one part to Yesterday’s Enterprise

      • Um… I’m an idiot and just re-read your post. Apologies .

  • archer9234

    Yes. Thank You for clearing this mess up. I don’t have to keep the old DVD set anymore.

  • hypnotoad72

    Yay, thank you much!!!

  • pittrek

    The 3rd season will be definitely great !

  • Xavier

    This is going to be awesome… I just wonder how they plan to outdo themselves in the following seasons… 😉

  • JJ-R

    Fantastic. Great to see them doing their best to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. Is there a chance the Okudas’ text commentaries might sneak in at the last minute too? Memory Alpha tells me season 3 is the only TNG season that any text commentaries were created for, and they were only on the Fan Collective sets, like Carson’s audio commentary. It would be a shame to miss out on them.

    • JJ-R

      Argh, I can’t read: there was also a text commentary on Best of Both Worlds, Part II. Close enough. Actually, having the text commentaries on the season sets would be a nice consolation prize if they don’t split the new BOBW audio commentary across the two episodes as Justin suggested.

      • archer9234

        CBS/Paramount suck when it comes to the text commentaries. So far the only text commentaries that where included are the ENT S1 ones. No other commentaries where ever ported over. That includes the 10 films, TOS DVD’s, and Fan collections.

  • CaliburnCY

    Cool. Thanks to those involved for being persistent and finding a solution. 🙂

  • I don’t get this. If something could legally exist, then why can’t it always legally exist regarless of presentation? Its like batman (1960s) has an agreement for it to be on tv, but not on dvd or blu-ray. I don’t get why there is a difference at all.

    • archer9234

      Comes under contracts, disagreements, or plain money issues. Batman has a lot of celebrities and or estates that want that piece of the pie. Any one of them can say yes or no. including the issue with Fox owning certain things with Batman 1960. This is why the movie was fully cleared. No conflicting issues. Another similar issue when music is replaced in TV shows. Everyone gave an okay for the TV broadcast rights. Home media has different rules and contracts. Same goes for Digital too. Which causes shows to magically vanish from Netflix.

      Everyone must agree. And also, they have to make that money in return from the releases. Everyone could say yes. But say it would cost 5 million to prepare season 1 of Batman for DVD. Or if they went further, remastering the show for Blu-ray at 15 million. But they only can get a return of 2 million. They aren’t going to do it. Batman is even in a worse condition. So many years have gone past. At this point, whoever wanted the show just got rips from the TV broadcast and won’t bother anymore. Making profits even lower.