In little under a week's time, Star Trek: The Next Generation's finest episodes will be beaming into theaters across the United States and Canada as NCM Fathom & CBS debut the feature-length cut of "The Best of Both Worlds". The Season Three theatrical celebration will go live on Thursday April 25th. As if that wasn't enough, CBS will be previewing the special behind-the-scenes documentary "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg" - produced exclusively for the single disc Blu-ray release of "The Best of Both Worlds".
Tickets are on-sale now but are selling out fast due to the high demand associated with such a popular episode hitting the big screen. You can search for your nearest cinema over at the NCM Fathom website.
NCM Fathom issued the following write-up for this special event:
Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment are coming together again to celebrate Season 3 of the iconic series Star Trek: The Next Generation® in a special one night big screen event. For the first time ever, The Best of Both Worlds will be shown bigger and better as a full-length presentation only on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM (local time) in select cinemas nationwide.
This not to be missed movie theater event will feature one of the most memorable moments in TV history and exclusive clips about the making of The Best of Both Worlds and Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3.
Set in the 24th century, The Next Generation was created by Gene Roddenberry over 20 years after the original Star Trek series. The Next Generation became the longest running series of the Star Trek franchise, consisting of 178 episodes over 7 seasons. Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds is the first opportunity to see The Best of Both Worlds, one of the greatest TV episodes of all time, as a gloriously remastered full-length feature in select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM (local time).
Resistance is futile so buy your tickets today!
At the recent Wondercon convention in Anaheim, California, the Trek HD panel talked a bit about the upcoming theatrical screening. TrekCore's Tom Bateman was at the scene to capture the following snippet:
TNG's remastering consultant Mike Okuda mentions that CBS's Ken Ross actually pushed "The Best of Both Worlds" forward in the remastering project to ensure that the team had enough time to restore the episode. He also recalls a nice story about the restoration of the starship graveyard scene:
I was always afraid of restoring "The Best of Both Worlds" and the reason is the graveyard scene where the Enterprise flies through all the dead ships. All these ships with forgotten designs. Finally, Sarah Paul - the person at CBS Digital who is responsible for finding all the film - she said "We have found all of the original model elements." So when the Enterprise flies through that graveyard, not only do you see it better than it ever was before, it is in fact all the original stuff that was shot by Rob Legato and Gary Hutzel back then."
Bonus Content Producer Roger Lay, Jr. also reveals that some of the original passes for the graveyard scene will be featured in the single disc "Best of Both Worlds" documentary.
TrekCore has some special plans in place to bring you exclusive and exciting coverage from the premiere of "The Best of Both Worlds" in theaters. We'll be reporting live from Century City in Los Angeles where a number of special guests will be in attendance, including Mike and Denise Okuda, Robert Meyer Burnett, Roger Lay, Jr. and an array of Trek alumni such as Elizabeth Dennehy (Shelby) and episode director Cliff Bole. Stay tuned for more details!
You will find the previously mentioned "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg" documentary included on the single disc Blu-ray release of "The Best of Both Worlds". You can pre-order the disc below along with the third season of TNG, both of which will be released in just over one week's time!