TNG Season 4 & Redemption Press Release

CBS have just sent TrekCore a copy of the full press release detailing a disc-by-disc breakdown of the upcoming releases of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 and Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Redemption".

Here's the press release reproduced in its entirety:

ACCLAIMED HIGH-DEFINITION UPGRADE OF ICONIC SERIES
CONTINUES WITH TWO NEW REMASTERED COLLECTIONS

STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION

THE FOURTH SEASON BLU-RAY™
And
REDEMPTION BLU-RAY

Packed With Exclusive Special Features Including Cast And Crew
Interviews
, Audio Commentaries And More

Available July 30, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2013) – The epic sci-fi adventure continues as the latest high-definition collections of the celebrated series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE FOURTH SEASON BLU-RAY and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – REDEMPTION BLU-RAY (including Ultraviolet™ download or stream) arrive July 30 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Featuring painstaking restorations of the beloved series’ episodes, both sets are also packed with must-see special features that delve into the inception and creation of some of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s most unforgettable moments.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE FOURTH SEASON

From the season premiere - the epic conclusion of the two-part cliffhanger “The Best Of Both Worlds” - to its thrilling finale “Redemption” Part 1, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FOURTH SEASON is distinguished as one of the most favored amongst fans.

In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s biggest names including writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga, and director Rob Bowman, the collection also includes brand new special features exclusive to the release including never-before-released deleted scenes.  With “RELATIVITY: The Family Saga of Star Trek – The Next Generation,” fans will uncover special insight into particular challenges facing the production of the fourth season.  This multi-part documentary focuses on the series’ evolution after its critically acclaimed third season turned the show into a crossover hit, while also giving viewers a special look into the personal relationships and family bonds of the crew of the Enterprise with key episodes such as “Reunion” and “Brothers.”

Also, “In Conversation: The Art Department” special feature offers unprecedented insight into the creation of some of the series’ most iconic designs through interviews with production designer Herman Zimmerman, illustrator Doug Drexler, illustrator and technical consultant Rick Sternbach, scenic art supervisor Michael Okuda, scenic artist Denise Okuda and FX maestro Dan Curry, each revealing fascinating background into how the series cemented the look of the 24th century.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FOURTH SEASON BLU-RAY features all 26 episodes of the fourth season, brilliantly remastered into stunning high-definition that continues to be hailed by critics including High-Def Digest, who called the third season Blu-ray release “an amazing, fan-pleasing product.” 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – REDEMPTION

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – REDEMPTION BLU-RAY, also featuring Ultraviolet download or stream, is a seamlessly edited, feature-length presentation of the classic two-part episode that served as the season four finale and season five premiere.  Penned by acclaimed sci-fi screenwriter Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), the thrilling episode follows Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) as they fight to end a Klingon civil war.

Along with an extensive audio commentary from Moore and scenic artists/Star Trek consultants Mike and Denise Okuda, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – REDEMPTION BLU-RAY includes the exclusive documentary, “Survive and Succeed:
An Empire at War.”  This newly produced special feature explores the Klingon mythology of Star Trek: The Next Generation and features all-new interviews with writer/producer Moore, who, in addition to “Redemption,” wrote some of the franchise’s most memorable Klingon storylines, and some of the actors who played the most renowned Klingon characters including Michael Dorn (Worf), Robert O’Reilly (Gowron) and Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor).

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FOURTH SEASON BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Mono, German Mono, Castilian Mono, Italian Mono, and Japanese Mono.  The discs also include English SDH, and French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles.  The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.  It will be available for the suggested retail price of $130.00 U.S. and $150.00 Canada.  Its disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:
Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Four (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Bowman and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Brothers” – NEW!
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Two: 
Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Selected Crew Analysis Year Four (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Reunion” – NEW!
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Three: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: New Life and New Civilizations (SD)
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Four: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Chronicles from the Final Frontier (SD)
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Five: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Four: Production (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Inside the Star Trek Archives (SD)
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)

Disc Six: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • In Conversation: The Star Trek TM Art Department (HD) – NEW!
  • RELATIVITY: The Family Saga of Star Trek – The Next Generation (HD) NEW!
  •             Part 1: Homecoming
  •             Part 2: Posterity
  • Gag Reel (HD) – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!
    • The Best Of Both Worlds, Part II
    • Family
    • Brothers
    • Final Mission
    • The Wounded
    • Galaxy’s Child
    • Qpid
    • The Host
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – REDEMPTION BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, German Mono, French Mono and Japanese Mono.  The collection also includes English SDH, German, French and Japanese subtitles. The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.  It will be available for the suggested retail price of $28.28 U.S. and $32.00 Canada.  Its disc breakdown is as follows:

  • Redemption (Parts 1 and 2)

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda – NEW!
  • Survive and Succeed: An Empire at War (HD) – NEW!
  • Episodic Promos
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

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A few notes on the new press release. It seems that the close scheduling of Seasons Three and Four only permitted two audio commentaries to be recorded for the fourth season set (although the Redemption standalone release gets a full length 90-minute commentary). That's certainly a shame given the number of terrific episodes spread throughout the season - I was rather hoping for a Ron Moore commentary on "Family" or even a Jonathan Frakes commentary on "The Drumhead". Alas.

The addition of a large number of deleted scenes is a joy to see. We discussed this development in the project in an earlier article. Spurred on by the discovery of a large number of VHS tapes containing extended episodes, CBS have sifted through scripts to pull out a total of 8 episodes with deleted scenes. We are told that these will be in full high-definition, sourced from the 35mm camera negative and presented as standalone clips, reinserted into the scenes they were removed from (in a similar fashion to TrekCore's deleted scene presentations).

UPDATE: We've confirmed with Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS that there are no plans to release the standalone "Redemption" Blu-ray in the UK or most other European territories. Fans wanting the disc will have to order from the United States. The link for ordering at Amazon.com is below.

Fans can now pre-order both "Redemption" and Season 4 from Amazon. Use the Amazon links below... every click helps support TrekCore. We'll have more news and previews of the sets as the release date gets closer! Watch this space.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Turturici/669843288 Frank Turturici

    Shame about the commentaries but if season 4 looks anything like season 3, I’ll be very satisfied.

  • BrianRoskamp

    I notice the multipart documentary is only two parts, instead of three, this time around. Is it also shorter due to the compressed timeline or are the individual parts just longer?

    • trekcore

      Season 2 was also two parts, running at 30 minutes each!

      • BrianRoskamp

        Thanks for the clarification!

      • http://twitter.com/BurnettRM Robert Meyer Burnett

        Actually, the Season Two docs were 40 minutes each. Season Four docs are 30 minutes each.

  • Dandere

    Is that the same color as the third season?

    • fabio

      Redemption does not have the Italian language. It is a mistake?
      The best of both worlds had the Italian language. I hope this is a mistake.

      • trekcore

        Hi fabio – I’m going to check this with CBS. Bear with me.

        • fabio

          Thank you. I hope they get positive news in this regard.
          The Best of Both Worlds I bought it on Amazon UK because of the presence of the Italian audio track and the absence, at the moment, the Italian market. I would hate if CBS does not extend the presence of the Italian track for Redemption.
          Thank you again.

          • trekcore

            Hi Fabio. Confirmed with CBS – these are the final listings for audio/subtitles. The lack of Italian (or other European language subtitles) is due to the fact that REDEMPTION is not getting a release in Europe. Sorry about that!

          • fabio

            It means that an issue will be released for the European market with the Italian, or is not expected to? So “the best of both worlds” was just a fortunate coincidence? This is a real shame. I console myself, at least the seasons in “BD” of “TNG” and “ENT” are coming out in Italian in Italy.
            Thank you, I still hope for a mistake on the part of CBS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.dentremont Andrew d’Entremont

      I think it’s a slightly lighter shade of green.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuartbaird25 Stuart Baird

    Any word on whether the Redemption set will be getting a UK release? I loved the BOBW set and would like to see more of them!

    • trekcore

      Sadly it’s looking less and less likely that Paramount UK are going to release Redemption. I’m awaiting a final answer, but so far all indications are that it’s not coming out.

    • trekcore

      Confirmed – Paramount UK will not be releasing Redemption unfortunately.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stuartbaird25 Stuart Baird

        Thanks for getting an answer! I have pre-ordered with amazon.com instead!

  • http://www.facebook.com/IanEdwards110769 Ian Edwards

    Given how good BD live is supposed to be, any chance of commentaries being available as downloadable options at a latter date?

    • http://www.randomtuesday.com/ Aatrek

      I highly doubt it. We almost didn’t get the David Carson commentary track on Season 3 due to “contractual issues”, so I can’t even imagine the legal wrangling needed to make them available online.

      • Stephen Daniels

        The Carson commentary was a repeat from an old DVD release wasn’t it? That would explain the contractual issue. Any new commentaries would have the contract sorted well in advance of recording I would think.

        • archer9234

          Unless they are locked to the BR release in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.dentremont Andrew d’Entremont

    Awesome. Can’t wait for all those deleted scenes!

  • burtyb

    yup, redemption needs a uk release

    • trekcore

      Redemption will not be released in the UK. You’ll have to order from the US I’m afraid.

  • Xavier

    Awesome. I hope every two part episode gets this treatment. We (in Europe) had an “8th season” TNG release back in 2003 with the TNG TV-movie Box (black box with red insignia). So they already editted all of them into TV movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.olson.3388 Justin Olson

    A shame, I would have loved to have listened to a commentary by Joe Menosky on “The Nth Degree.” Here’s hoping that they at least get Jonathan Frakes for S5’s “Cause and Effect.” And they better not simply record one act’s worth of commentary and loop it again and again until the episode’s over! :)

    • BrianRoskamp

      That would actually be hilariously awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.littledyke Matt Littledyke

    Why hasn’t a UK version of redemption become available for pre order

    • trekcore

      Unfortunately Paramount have decided not to release Redemption in the UK. You’re going to have to grab it from Amazon .com in the States I’m afraid http://amzn.to/YjPHJf

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Williams/1389687638 Allen Williams

    I’m anxious for screenshots so I can know if its as bad as season 2, good like season 1, or really good like season 3. I don’t expect it to be as bad as season 2 with them holding the leash a bit tighter this time around.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15509436 Stefan Haynes

      Season 2 was bad for a whole mess of reasons, not all of which laid at the feet of the company they outsourced to.

  • M. Wright

    Really excited for the Art Department reunion and all the deleted scenes that are included :)

  • Muzer

    I can’t wait for TrekCore to get their hands on a review copy – I’m very interested to know how good the remastering is this time around. I have already preordered it though ;)

    It’ll be a shame if I can’t get Redemption – is it region-free so I could import it? (Stupid question anyway as I rip everything on my computer but it’s nice to occasionally be able to play them on a real Blu-ray player…)

    On a similar note, (in the UK), is there any way to buy replacement discs for these sets? Going back a while now, but my TOS S3 disc 1 has developed a particularly nasty circular scratch (possibly caused by a player, perhaps from the box…) that I don’t think would buff out if I tried. I have already safely ripped it but it’d be nice to get a replacement disc; I don’t want to rebuy the whole set though.

    • trekcore

      It should be Region Free, Muzer – although I can’t say for certain… perhaps one of our readers can answer?

      Regarding replacement discs, Paramount UK MAY replace it, but only if it has stopped working completely.

      • Muzer

        I couldn’t find a “way in” to CBS Home Entertainment as I believe it’s called – no usable contact details that I could see. I really don’t know where to start – if it’s Paramount I want, which division would it be?

        • trekcore

          Paramount’s Home Entertainment division. But again, don’t assume they will replace it. It’s a long shot.

          • Muzer

            I could only find a postal address – I’ll send them a letter in a few days, thanks for the pointer. I’m not holding out hope but I’ll see what happens ;)

      • archer9234

        All the ST Bluray’s are region free. There are no region codes on the Season sets in the US. I don’t know about the movies. I only have 09. 09 doesn’t have a region code.

  • Chris915

    I don’t live in Europe, but why aren’t they releasing it there?

  • Lenonn

    Any indication of more Best Buy/CinemaNow VAM for either season four or the Redemption releases?

  • burtyb

    I think Paramount is making a big mistake by not releasing Redemption in the UK / European market. Such a release, along with BOBW and, hopefully, future two-part special editions, provide potential new fans who have seen the new movies with an affordable way to explore the Star Trek Universe. Redemption’s release could coincide with the blu-ray release of Into Darkness. Since both Into Darkness and Redemption both feature Klingons / Kronos, a little bit of brand synergy marketing could easily spark the possibility of good sales for Redemption and, thus, lead to increased sales for Star Trek as a whole from new fans. According to Amazon.UK’s Next Generation sales chart BOBW is outselling the Season 3 release, which makes me further question Paramount’s current decision not to release Redemption. Bad.

    • James

      That’s a great point right there. It would be a really good idea to try to get new fans interested in the older series through cross-sales. I’m pretty excited about going to see the new Trek film this weekend! Star Trek Lives! in all it’s wonderful incarnations.

      For those who are interested in reading film reviews, I have been
      reviewing all the previous Trek movies on my blog. Check out my ST:09
      review here:

      http://ryesofthegeek.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nazgul.of.Minas.Morgul Phil Atherton

    Real shame that Redemption is not going to be available in the UK and looking at it on Amazon.com it is currently showing as region A/1 which means it won’t play on my UK PS3. Really disappointed with this but can anyone confirm if the BOBW discs where region locked or not?

    • archer9234

      Ignore Amazon info description. They are never right. They don’t double check things. TNG at one point was listed as 1:85.1 aspect for a while. The season sets are region free in the US. I’ll take photos of my sets if people really want proof lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/justin.olson.3388 Justin Olson

      All the CBS Star Trek stuff on blu-ray is region free (TOS, TNG), this *should* be no exception. It would be very odd if it were locked to region A.

  • Squib

    aboutthat UltraViolet thing … does that mean I buy the Season 4 discs as usual and get a free digital copy to watch on my iPad without having to resort to illegal means? Cause that would be awesome!

    • trekcore

      I *think* it’s just Redemption which has the Ultraviolet option. That was certainly the case with BOBW/Season 3.

    • archer9234

      I use DVDfab. That certainly is not illigeal. Although, I wish companies would just allow us to rip discs a lot simpler for people who want their stuff on their media players. Copy protection in the world won’t stop assholes. I had to rip S3 and BOBW to my hard drive. ‘Cause they lovely changed the AACS keys so VLC wouldn’t run them from disc. Punish those who want to do things the right way…

      • Muzer

        I prefer MakeMKV – “free whilst in beta” (which it has been for years now and doesn’t show signs of coming out of beta), produces lovely MKV files usable in every decent media player, and most importantly for me, available on Linux ;)

  • Chris915

    Will their be an exclusive Redemption trailer like their was with BOBW?

  • archer9234

    Cool that Brothers gets a commentary track. I hope they talk about that ridicules code Stewart and Spiner had to do. I personally really wanted one for Galaxy Child. It would of been amazing to hear Lavar talk about the episode. Or the effects crew talk about the CGI aliens.

  • Sky

    @ Trekcore: Will there be a “movie collection box” with all the cliffhangers in it?

    • trekcore

      No idea, Sky! That kind of collection will most likely be announced as the project is winding down

  • StefanoR99

    I know it’s been discussed a million times but I really wish they would have done the scan in full 16:9 rather than keeping the 4:3 aspect ratio.

    The scratches on either side of the film *could* have been retouched and visible equipment *could* have been removed digitally. Surely these box sets are selling well enough to justify the extra cost.

    Plus more information would have been visible on the screen making the space scenes that more special.

    I do wonder if they are scanning the film in at the full open matte 16:9 with a possible update like that in the future.

    • Martin Reichl

      Get a larger screen. Than the black margin doesn’t matter that much ;)

      • StefanoR99

        :) if you think about it the screens we watch it on now are 4-5 times the size of the screens in the early 90s.

        What bugs me is the information is there to make the widescreen version, its just that it would cost too much to do the work to clean it up.

        I *really* do hope they scanned it in 16×9, warts and all so that one day they could restore it…

        • Martin Reichl

          It would be very interesting to see how an episode looks like in 16:9. But honestly, the whole screen arrangement is based on 4:3. The series is meant to be to be watched in this aspect ratio. High def is cool, because you actually see more. Sometimes even too much ;)
          But changing the aspects isn’t right because you change the composition and arrangement of the director. You know what I mean?