We were all extremely excited to see the newly-restored, extended edition of “The Measure of a Man” on the Next Generation Season Two Blu-ray set back in December, and now, another never-before-seen extended cut of a Next Generation episode has appeared online!

Last night, Cyril Paciullo – a Canadian poster who goes by the name of “Patchou” on the social site Reddit (and elsewhere online) – revealed a long-lost VHS copy of “The Wounded“, the Season Four episode introducing the Cardassians to the Star Trek universe. Paciullo acquired several similar TNG episodes  – a total of nine tapes – at the 2010 Propworx Star Trek auction, all of which contain unfinished, preliminary cuts which are missing visual effects, music, and other post-production material.

The other episodes he acquired are:

The tape containing “The Wounded” is labeled “Peter’s Cut – 11/26/90” – referring to TNG co-producer Peter Lauritson, and is dated during the time of the episode’s production – and contains an extended version of the episode which runs approximately three minutes longer than the final broadcast version.

Workprint vs. Finished Episode

In this early cut, all the live-action monitor shots exist as separate elements…
…and none of the visual effects that complement the final episode appear.

Paciullo has already made the entire episode available to view online at his website (linked above); we haven’t embedded that video here due to uncertain copyright issues which may apply. We’ve been provided a copy of the original VHS transfer, so we’re happy to share an exclusive cut-down package highlighting the four most prominent deleted scenes, in proper context with the finished episode!

TrekCore has already connected Cyril with CBS – unfortunately, this discovery apparently comes too late to allow any of the material to be included on the Season 3 Blu-ray set. For Season 4 however, we’re hopeful that CBS will be able to include some of the deleted material in the original rough-cut VHS form as a standalone bonus feature (similar to the deleted scenes from “The Icarus Factor” and “Up the Long Ladder” in Season 2). Any restoration of the same ilk as “The Measure of a Man” seems somewhat unlikely given time constraints and the limited amount of new material.

Check back with us soon as we will continue to follow this developing story!

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  • CBS could always release them in later seasons as bonus material. Or a special blu-ray one-off release of extended episodes.

    • How about an entire Blu-ray set devoted to deleted scenes similar to what TrekCore has done above with the scenes in context? Absurd you say? Sounds like an Onion article? You bet:

      Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Lost Scenes
      This three-disc set includes over nine hours of fully restored deleted and extended scenes scanned from the original camera negatives encompassing all 178 Next Generation episodes. Presented in glorious 1080p high definition, you’ll witness new, soon to be classic moments recently unearthed during the series’ mammoth multi-year restoration project. Join actor/director Jonathan Frakes, writer/producers Ronald D. Moore, Ira Steven Behr, Brannon Braga, and Rene Echevarria, project consultants & Trek experts Michael & Denise Okuda and uber Star Trek: TNG nerd Robert Meyer Burnett as they provide newly-recorded group commentaries for each and every scene!

      “I seriously can’t believe they’re doing this!”
      – Seth MacFarlane

      I’m actually only half joking as I would probably buy that! Bravo TrekCore. Keep them coming!

    • archer9234

      Yeah. There is no reason to not include material from seasons ealier. Just warn people this is from a earlier season.

  • pittrek

    Let’s all pray for a special deleted scenes release of everything they will find after the whole show is released

    • ntnon

      Loath though I am to suggest it, these would be perfect as part of an exclusive ‘hook’ to get supportive fans to RE-BUY the whole series as a complete set.

      Imagine a complete set that has these full extended episodes, plus (say) ‘Encounter at Farpoint’ in it’s syndicated two-part format with commentary on part one by Spiner, Burton, McFadden, Wheaton and Stewart and on part two by Frakes, Sirtis, de Lancie and Crosby. More (new/unseen) bloopers and outtakes from S.1. ‘Q Who?’ with commentary by de Lancie and Goldberg. The Best Buy DVD-exclusive documentaries on Q, Lwaxana, costumes, etc. A new featurette on all the big name stars who guested (and how and why) after/during/before they were famous.

      Perhaps even slightly-improved work on the flaws people have highlighted on the S.2 discs, and the extra bits from the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ disc that supposedly won’t be on S.2 or S.3.

      With some little effort, an extra disc or two or three could be included in the inevitable Complete Set that would have some complaining about double-dipping and others slightly eased in giving in to their *desire* to buy it all again!

      • TerranGuy93

        Instead of double dipping, release an 8th disc set of special features, deleted scenes, and commentary seen nowhere else and include it in the complete set and standalone for those who have already purchased it.

  • Mike Jones

    The Wounded is an episode I’m particularly looking forward too, the colour timing was way off. Even on this recovered VHS the colour is better than the actual master.

  • Unlike measure of a man, this doesn’t really change the show. While it would be nice to include the deleted scenes on the disc, I’m not sure the extended cut is needed in this case. I don’t know how hard it would be to restore those scenes, but it seemed like mostly live action. I can’t imagine live action alone would take that long to add. Unless they already have a master, it seems like it should be possible. I would also think they would have known about these scenes before finding this tape and could have restored and included them anyway.

    • These tapes were unknown to the Blu-ray team until last night. If we see them on the S4 set, it’ll probably be in the same manner as the deleted scenes on the S2 release, cut down and grouped together in SD – really due to lack of prep time, and lack of space on the discs.

  • Chestnu1

    Darn if only they had learned about all of these a year ago. Well there is always hope for the complete series set.

    • Aaron

      Wouldn’t CBS already have known about all the deleted scenes? They access to everything that was filmed for the show. How do they uncover new bloopers?

      • They would have had access to the film, but this video includes the timing markers CBS would have needed to pull these scenes for scanning, and to find the audio as well.

      • WarpCoreBreach

        They dont. Unless there are notes about them, they have to go back and look at EVERYTHING (all the unused footage) which is thousands of hours. Someone would have to pick and chose, and re-edit those as well, which gives you the kind of idea of the massive, massive job it is and why there isn’t more of it. The “easy” way would have been for the original producers to chose that kind of material when they first made each episode and compile it. If they were to do all that, they’d need an army and you’d be waiting years to get these discs out. I’d be happy if they would add COMMENTARY to each episode. THAT’S not that much to ask, and for those of us who have already purchased the eps b4, gives us a reason to coin up after seeing these shows so many times, again.

  • archer9234

    That sucks he didn’t get in contact with CBS ealier. If I had these tapes. I would of at least tried some how. But cool. I wanted to watch a episode of TNG without effects completed.

  • Maab

    Hmm, I must agree with Aaron. CBS have access to everything that was filmed. When they find some funny bloopers they probably add it to the bloopers reel, but if they find a deleted scene, apparently, since they don’t have a preliminary cut to see where it was placed they probably simply ignore it. It’s true that for “The Measure of a Man” some of the extra footage is apparently lost, and that deleted scene were found for “The Icarus Factor” and “Up the Long Ladder”, but that’s all. It seems reasonable (or logic) to assume that such preliminary cuts exist or existed more or less for every episode of the series but so far only three have deleted scenes. Back in 2010 I wanted to bid for those tapes myself, thinking just that maybe they had some deleted scenes in it…

    • True, the issue is not whether or not the original footage is in the archives – I’m sure it is – but it’s figuring out how the original footage fits in with the layout of the broadcast version of the episodes. From the first cut to the last, scenes can come in and go out, different takes get used, lines of dialogue get cut or extended… these tapes (like the ‘Measure of a Man’ thing) act as a blueprint to rebuild the original version of the story.

      Heck, in most cases, I’d imagine that tapes like this may not have even been kept for any particular length of time.

      • Maab

        Agreed. Well, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea for CBS to keep a copy of the tapes as well…
        Anyway I’m glad that Mr. Paciullo decided to share “The Wounded”, and I hope he will share the remaining episodes as well. In a certain way it’s more fun this way.

      • This footage was great to see. I imagine that most of the footage was cut in the interests of shaving down the time for syndicated broadcast more than artistic reasons. I thought seeing “The Measure of a Man” in its complete form was a great treat. I would love to see that done for other episodes, if possible. Was the reason “The Measure of a Man” was done was because they had the access to the work print and were able to recut the remastered footage to match the footage of the tape that was originally given to Melinda Snodgrass?

  • Wow, very cool. I know what I’m watching tonight 😀

  • archer9234

    I just finished watching it. And man, I feel sorry for the sound guys and actors. The cardassian suits squeaked really bad. Now I Know why they went with a different style.

  • Has anyone else been watching ST:TNG Season 3 over on SyFy HD. The picture looks really soft to my eyes and the colours don’t ‘pop’ like they did on Season 1 and 2. Are they really broadcasting the latest masters? Evolution (which I was really looking forward to seeing) was especially bad, with visible ‘crush’ in all the live action and a lack of sharpness in the VFX.

    • trekcore

      From what I understand those are upconverted original SD prints they are showing – now the newly remastered HD transfers.

      • Phew! that’s a relief. I wonder why they didn’t wait for the HD masters?

        I also see that they are planning to start screening DS9 – do you know if that will be upconverted as well?

        • trekcore

          Definitely upconverted. DS9 hasn’t even been given the green-light yet.

          • I hope that there aren’t more people like me, who think that they are watching the newly remastered HD next Gen episodes, when in reality they are watching upconverted TNG as the difference in quality is massive. I just wondered if you know how SyFy is ‘upconverting’ the episodes. I think it’s been done on the cheap, I found the image to be extremely soft and aliased with a lot of visible ghosting.

          • archer9234

            Well, they’re using on the fly De-interlacing. And the tape masters are worn out to hell. So it’s gonna look pretty bad.

          • WarpCore

            The quality of the old DVD’s is pretty oor to begin with so I’m sure they are using standard techniques (line doubling, etc). There’s not a whole lot you can do.

        • WarpCore

          Because people want to watch things on their Hi-Def channels. So it’s better than nothing. many will eschew the channel totally if it’s only on the Standard Def channels. Let’s just be happy the “SyFy” channel is making and showing Sci-Fi, and not complain. It’s better than WWF of searching for ghosts!

  • Croweyes1121

    I’m really not sure this is needed. A workprint isn’t the same thing as a true Extended Cut. It’s a preliminary version only. If the directors involved wanted those scenes included and they were excised only due to time constraints, that’s one thing. But if their omission was deemed the best editorial decision for the finished episode, why reinsert them? Snodgrass wanted the MoaM scenes restored, and considered the longer cut her preferred cut. I’d like to know if that same thing applies here.

  • The Wounded is probably my favorite episode of TNG, but as a film editor, I have to say that after watching the deleted scenes, I do not have any desire to see an extended cut. Most of the cuts actually improve the pacing of the scenes, since most are simply superfluous or have comments or ideas that are repeated later in the episode (or in the same scene).

    The only thing I thought was legitimately interesting was seeing Maxwell glare down Gul Malcet, but not having that in the episode doesn’t distract from it in a meaningful way.

    That said, it was a treat to watch them, and I’d love to see more deleted scenes as part of the special features of the Blu-ray sets. I know it probably seems like a waste when the cut scenes are so short, but it’s a very fascinating artifact of the process.

    • stackedaktor

      The scene with Gul Macet should have been left in.

  • bgoo2

    This kills me because this was the ONE item I bid on at that auction. I bid higher than this guy. I knew these tapes were a fan goldmine when no one else cared. This is like the one item that sold for estimate and not 10x estimate like every other item. But turns out my browser I was using wasn’t compatible with PropWorx shitty Flash-based interface (yes, I guess my fault) and it didn’t register my snipe bid.

  • bgoo2

    Also it’s very hard to believe people supervising Blu-Ray remasters aren’t aware of all the deleted scenes since they are the very people who worked on the show the first time around. Every episode has extended scenes and alternate takes. They just don’t have the budget to sit and piece it together, transfer it, include it, etc. So cut the B.S. that it’s “newly discovered”. It’s all sitting there. And the same people who created it are all still around, so they know damn well. This “rare just recently found in a vault” B.S. is just publicity crap. This wasn’t found in a gold-plated war chest in the Vatican caverns. It’s from 1990. Not 1490.

    • The TrekCore staff alerted the Blu-ray team to the existence of these tapes.

      • bgoo2

        Hmmm… no. Where do you think the tapes came from? It was in the bloody PROPWORX AUCTION SUPERVISED BY TNG PRODUCTION STAFF.

        I WAS EVEN AWARE of the tapes. And i am a nobody.

        There is a CREW OF 100 WHO WORKED ON THE EPISODES.

        There are actors who read the lines. Editors who cut it together. Lighting crew for the scene.

        Script supervisor.


        And they have all the bloody negatives.

        So sorry, everyone is aware of everything.

        • Then why did this “publicity crap” come too late to get the S2 and S3 content onto the earlier sets?

          • bgoo2

            No. Back up a bit. My statement about “ooooo… rare find!” applies to anything in home theatre industry releases. Yes, I’m calling B.S. on most of it.

            Now in specifics to this VHS rough-cut issue…. you need to understand that EVERY episode of EVERY television show… Star Trek or not… has this exact type of preliminary cut before final refinement to producers needs and broadcast length.

            You also need to understand than in specifics to the TNG Blu-Ray project… the production team has every reel of original footage. If they were given the directive to add more content in, they could do it for every single episode. Not just the 3 spare minutes in “The Wounded”.

            Nothing has been discovered. It’s all sitting there. The buyer of the auction just thinks it’s rare because no one outside of the production team for that episode has seen it.

            Take Best of Both Worlds as an example of an upcoming release. They had to scan all that film footage. It contains alternate takes, extended takes, scenes we never saw, etc. That’s the nature of film production. But they have not been given any authorization of any budget or even creative licensing control to put all that extra content in there.

            But if a fan got a hold of Rick Berman’s VHS cut of Best of Both Worlds… you think this is a revolutionary find for the actual team producing the Blu-Rays? NO. Because *they have all the camera-original material at their disposal if they want it*

            However, no one is paying CBS Digital to start matching audio track to camera scans and arbitrarily adding in new content. Hell, it would be awesome if they did. But they don’t think this far ahead or aren’t innovative in this regard yet.

            Take a random example of a massive cinematic phenomena… The Godfather.

            Wouldn’t it be nice for the millions of hardcore fans of that film if they scanned every single take shot for the movie and released it in a box set?

            Fans… film students… cinema affectionados… they would all clamour for this and pour over every single take and camera angle.

            Yes, there are also countless millions more people who wouldn’t want that at all. But there is a market for people who would purchase it.

            When Superman II The Donner Cut was released a number of years back… the opening of the film included some alternate camera angles from Superman I.

            Superman fans shit their pants when they saw it. And that was 2 clips of footage comprising a couple of seconds.

            Imagine they released Star Trek First Contact, but re-cut every single scene in the film with an alernate take, but didn’t change the length, pace or plot of the movie?

            Half the fans would have a seizure for being able to see a TNG movie like it is brand new.

            The other half would cry bloody sacriledge for anyone daring to modify the gospel.

            It’s the same reason TOS remaster didn’t have any VFX of Kirk’s Enterprise going into warp…. because doing that would actually make sense and make TOS feel truly “new”.

            But studios don’t want the feces-stained letters from 48 year old men complaining that their life is destroyed because a shot in a TV show is different than they remember.

          • archer9234

            Yes, nothing is technically new. But can you really honestly say that you could remember what you did 25 years ago in great detail? That’s how the things got forgotten. Everything is scanned yes. But they do use a automated system to find all the final take material. So things like this gets overlooked.

  • WarpCoreBreach

    The easiest thing CBS could do to entice fans to spend all this money would be to add “pop up” commentary and/or audio-only commentary to *each and every* episode. Even low budget “Stargate” was able to do this for ten seasons! This would give those of us who have seen eps on TV, VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and now, remastered Blu-Ray, a better reason to spend money AGAIN to see episodes we’ve watched countless times before. Paramount and CBS have been slow to do this, and only on “select” episodes.
    Seamless branching could be used to insert extended/deleted scenes, and even recorded commentary between breaks from actors or producers, much as the SyFy channel did for the Original Series with Shatner, Nimoy, Takei, etc (and then NEVER used them for the remastered Blu rays. Indeed, sometimes the DVD’s had Okuda “pop-up” trivia, which never made it to the Blu Rays. Why!?).
    The same could be done with Stewart, Sirtis, and company.
    Have them comment on the episode while watching it, add a few thoughts between breaks about what we’ve just seen between what were commercial breaks. A nice value added feature.