Star Trek The Next Generation Season 4 Blu-ray – First Images Appear

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Four is just a few weeks away from release, with the brand new 6-Disc remastered high-definition Blu-ray set scheduled for a release date of July 30 (in North America. July 29 in the UK, September 5 in Germany). With excitement building for one of TNG's finest seasons, Paramount Germany have sent over a small selection of stills from the set, featuring shots from Season Four's "Suddenly Human" and "Brothers".

Unfortunately the shots aren't in full 1080p high definition, but they're certainly good enough to give you a nice taster of the standard of remastering from Modern Videofilm.

Along with the full complement of 26 episodes, the Fourth Season Blu-ray set comes with an array of newly produced bonus features, including:

  • In Conversation: The Star Trek Art Department
  • Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek – The Next Generation (2-Part Documentary)
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries

You can watch the trailer for Season Four on Blu-ray below:

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Does the much maligned 4-footer hold up in high definition? What about Dr. Soong's makeup?

We'll be updating this article with commentary on the new stills soon, but in the meantime if you haven't already secured your pre-order for Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Four on Blu-ray, head on over to Amazon using the links below! Stay tuned for lots more coverage coming soon.

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  • archer9234

    The remaster makes the 4 footer look a lot better. Besides the criticism of the screwed up shape. It was composited badly. The hull looked washed out and or white. Remastering fixed that. So far the second company is doing a fine job matching CBS-D. Just a slight difference in their color timinings.

    Couldn’t recognize that was a puppet hanging on soongs wall before. And his plant looks nice.

    • hypnotoad72

      Definitely passable so far, I don’t feel as worried as I had when seeing season 2’s samples… yet, by this point, seeing so few samples of season 4 is worrying as well. But I’d rather see a better-quality end product with a half-dozen samples than the time to go out of the way to send 50 sample pics of low low quality.

      • New Horizon

        Season 4 was finished long ago though, so it’s not going to harm the final product if they sent us a few more screen caps.

  • Mat Rowe

    It seems the outside companies were less concerned about fully removing blue screen than CBS. HTV left blue glows all over the place, and the above shot of the viewscreen has tonnes of blue glow and blue edges around the actors.

    • Stefan Haynes

      ‘Tonnes’ is a ridiculous exaggeration.

      • hypnotoad72

        Not disagreed – the blue glow is inconsistent between episodes, but highly annoying. The glow didn’t exist in the original edits…

      • Mat Rowe

        An exaggeration, yes, but not intended to be taken literally. Figure of speech.

    • Matt_Cardiff_UK

      I hadn’t even noticed on first glimpse. Well spotted. Was it left over from the original or do you think the remastered version introduced it?

      • ianken

        It’s the glow from the blue screen. You don’t see it in the “original” because the nodef 80s transfer didn’t have the resolution to show it. NTSC was good at hiding such things.

        • Chris915

          Well, there are ways to get rid of color spill from blue screens, etc…

          • archer9234

            There is, but it depends on who’s doing the work, how much they do it. It’s not always a few clicks. It does take a finesse on mattes and color spill correcting. MV seems to pick and choose where they do the extra work for whatever reason. I still say let them pass. These aren’t anywhere near horrible.

          • Chris915

            Agreed.

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            All this discussion and all the complaints could have been avoided if CBS just did everything themselves. Why rush to get these things out? Take your time, do a good job, and reap the rewards. So far at least – Modern Video hasn’t ruined S4. Is it still true that CBS are working on S5, 6 and 7? Can we expect consistency with DS9? It’s even more important that the style is maintained throughout.

          • Chris915

            That’s between CBS and CBS, haven’t got a clue, lol.

            Yes, CBS Digital is doing 5, 6 and 7. :)

            I have no information on DS9.

    • Justin Olson

      I agree with Stefan — I wouldn’t say “tonnes” (not at all) but there’s definitely a very, very tiny amount of blue spill left in that viewscreen shot around parts of the actors’ heads. But it’s so small, you really have to look for it to see it. CBS-Digital’s compositing team seems to be able to blend elements together really well and can apply spill suppression in their keying software to the point that you can’t see it at all in the vast majority of their bluescreen shots. I have yet to see a poor composite from them. And this still in question from MVF looks acceptable to me:

      http://www.trekcore.com/images/merch/tngs4/star-trek_generation_s4_sf1.jpg

      There’s no sign of spill in these MVF shots from “Legacy” or “Night Terrors”:

      http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/s4preview/tngs4_trailer_056.jpg
      http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/s4preview/tngs4_trailer_030.jpg

      They certainly look better to me than some of HTV’s poorer attempts:

      http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×02/where_silence_has_lease_hd_090.jpg
      http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2×09/themeasureofaman_hd_069.jpg

    • Hillary

      I’ll point out also that blue spill from blue screens can also be removed at the color correction phase (and it often works like that in vfx pipelines these days).I believe the color correction was done at CBS? Usually the post supervisor or vfx producer at the main house figures out that pipeline. Either way, these would also be flagged by quality control if they were considered issues.

      I’m only chiming in because from what I’ve seen, Modern’s stuff looks really good…and I’m not OVERLY impressed with CBSD (although it’s good work, no doubt). They seem to put some kind of glow on every ship element. It makes everything pop a little more, but it’s a little unnatural. From what I’ve seen from Modern, they thankfully omitted this. I may even prefer their work! But again, this is only going off what we’ve seen so far…and second-hand tales from people I’ve worked with.

      -VFX Artist

  • Karla M

    Is DS9 going to be brought out on blu ray?

    • trekcore

      That’s everyone’s hope! It’s already been disclosed that there are discussions, however nothing has been green-lit. A project of Deep Space Nine’s magnitude would certainly be a monumental undertaking

      • Joshua Michael Irwin

        And it would be even more difficult than TNG to remaster.

        • Stefan Haynes

          Significantly more difficult, actually.

          • Kreg Roenfeldt

            Why? Just curious.

          • archer9234

            Animating ships in war fights is a huge task.

          • ianken

            It’s not that. It’s the fact that the original CG assets (models, textures, etc) would need to be recreated. Compared to the authoring of the assets, the animation is not that hard. They did it for ToS.

          • Chris915

            Well, it depends, I know some people who have some of the original CG scenes in their possession… but yea, it’ll likely involve more recreation than TNG… at least in later seasons when CG was really being used.

            They did it for TOS because apparently even the re-scanned negatives of the ship were low quality for blu-ray…

          • archer9234

            No. There was no original negative footage of the uncomposited ship and planet elements. TOS was finalized on film. Including all effects. There was no drop in resolution. Just modern quality in composting techniques couldn’t be done.

          • Chris915

            Ah, shame really, what happened to all the original pre-composited film?

          • archer9234

            Most likely just thrown out. This was very common for those days.

          • Chris915

            Unfortunate.

          • Adam

            I don’t believe Dr Who episodes were “thrown out”, it was due to the massive cost of master tapes during the time period. I believe I saw a documentary or write up about this. Due to the costs involved the BBC used to erase the tapes for re-use. Obviously they wouldn’t dream of doing something like that today, but then no-one at the time had a crystal ball to foresee the “after market” that was coming in future with “Home Entertainment”. A crying shame of course but occasionally “borrowed” masters do turn up(!)

          • archer9234

            Thrown out/erased same end game.

          • hypnotoad72

            True.

            Backups and overseas sales were telecined to film. After x amount of years, costs to re-air would be deemed ‘prohibitive’, and – at the time (1960s-1978) it was solely a BUSINESS decision to do the junking of all the films. To save money, and to keep the taxpayers of the day happy.

          • kadajawi

            Just look at Doctor Who. They’ve thrown away full episodes… it’s already fortunate enough that they had the original rolls for TOS.

          • archer9234

            Doctor Who is the worst of the worst case a company can do to something. Even a show that’s beyond horrible and is never seen again. Shouldn’t be thrown out. It should of been just archived. I get ticked that will never see 100+ episodes of Who. Thank god for fans recording the audio in those days.

          • Allen Williams

            Actually TrekCore talked to one of the developers for the CGI in DS9 and they still have everything. He actually re-rendered a shot for us in 1080 and it looked pretty good. The models looked decent with the texturing, but you could see some polygons. The models would need to be worked on, but its a lot better than starting from scratch.

          • Kyle

            I don’t believe so. He has ‘everything’ in the sense that he has everything that he worked on. Don’t forget that the visual effects work for DS9 was split between two different houses. It’s also unclear who actually ‘owns’ this material – CBS-D may have to pay for it.

        • Kreg Roenfeldt

          Why more difficult?

  • pittrek

    Nice pics. Is the 5th picture CGI or am I imagining things ?

    • trekcore

      Nope! No CGI here – all the original model

  • Chris915

    Amazing.

  • Chris915

    Only thing that sticks out to me in terms of passes, is the dull dim blending mode, etc, of the deflector dish…
    http://www.trekcore.com/images/merch/tngs4/star-trek_generation_s4_sf6.jpg

    Compared to say, CBS Digital’s shot here:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1063969_553999384660332_324182231_o.jpg

    Season 2 was the same way, when it came to the deflector… it didn’t have bright lit look…

    • Chris915

      I was trying to find the same pass used in Season 3’s “The Hunted.” Unfortunately, you can’t take shots from the blu-ray itself… I could try and take a picture with my digital camera, lol. But here’s the shot in SD:

      As it’s used in that episode:
      http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s3/3×11/thehunted043.jpg

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        Here ya go…exactly the same element – but the work done by CBS definitely makes Modern Video’s efforts a bit lacking?

        • Chris915

          Yea, aside from overly bright aspect of the picture, you can see it there, the deflector has a more lit look than a painted on look.

          • archer9234

            CBS-D probably does a bit more work on the deflector light pass and boosts the brightness to make it not looked washed out. I guess Modern doesn’t bother.

          • Chris915

            Yea, but it still looks way better than *cough cough*

            :3

          • Chris915

            It’s also ironic, since on their website… they’ve done work on TNG, DS9 and Voyager… they’ve even worked on The Walking Dead…

            http://www.mvfinc.com/credits/index.htm

          • hypnotoad72

            Looks better than how HTV and its lax treatment with season 2… but, yeah, I suspect there will be SOME color timing issues. I don’t see how anything could be as bad and as inconsistent as season 2’s “remastering”, though…

        • Allen Williams

          Its not nearly as bad as HTV though. I agree that CBS’s work is better, but from what I’ve seen not by much.

        • hypnotoad72

          Dang – subtle lighting f/x really make the 1080p restored Enterprise shots come alive. On top of the usual benefits (resolution, detail, proper lighting (the transfer from film to video for editing clearly caused massive blooming artifacting…)

    • Matt_Cardiff_UK

      The problem with the blending deflector effect in season 2 was I think, down to the 2-foot model. The separation of dark and light was more difficult. The 6-foot model’s dish is just sweet.

      • Chris915

        Well, some shots in Season 2, the deflector was the same way, it kind of had a dim look to it…

      • hypnotoad72

        Not all the shots with the flat deflector were with the 2′ model. They forgot to replace a layer… even in stock clips… there was an example of a season 1 story that had the same shot, and looks LIGHT YEARS better…

    • scratman

      I don’t suppose it’s occurred to you that the warp engines and deflector display a different luminance when the ship is in different situations?

      Aside from that, if CBS was going to absolute uniformity in the look of the enterprise, they REALLY should have hired a VFX supervisor to go to the different vendors and tell them exactly how everything should look.

      • Chris915

        The deflector on the Enterprise D isn’t like the Connie refit… the warp engines, yes, they have made the engines glows go down sometimes when the Enterprise drops out of warp… however, as you can see, in the 2 shots, they use identical stock elements… it’s the way CBS Digital composites their shots that give it that bright lit up look… it’s the blending mode they use, etc.

        Well, that would’ve cost extra money…

  • Dan

    do we know yet if the 3 seconds of BOBW part 2 was found in time for season 4?

    • archer9234

      Someone needs to get a a hold of the S4 box and read the back.

      • trekcore

        They weren’t found to my knowledge

      • Dan

        well the reason i ask because if they did not find the 3 seconds i might get the BOBW feature bluray

  • Neill Stringer

    Season 4 is looking pretty cool, can’t wait.

  • Chris915

    However, most of the FX shots I’ve seen look great.

    As does the live action footage.

  • hypnotoad72

    Is it just me, or could there be a little black crush in some areas in some of the pics? It’s minor, and in almost every way these beat the snot out of the SD releases…

    And, yes, some bluescreen halo. It’s nice to see High-def TNG look like “Doctor Who” circa 1972, especially when TNG circa 1991 didn’t have the halo problem…

    • http://www.scream-movie.net/ Charles Petrosky

      Let’s just hope it’s because these are pre-release photos…

  • New Horizon

    Really on the fence about buying this Season. I had hoped since CBS was ‘working closely’ with Modern Video that we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between their work, but again it’s clearly obvious that there is a step down in quality. Not as bad as HTV mind you, but I’m just not sure if it’s going to be worth the money until I see more FX screen shots from S4.

    Is it just me, or do the space shots look like they’ve been DNR’d? I can’t really detect any film grain.

    • archer9234

      The images have been downscaled. You really can’t see grain details.

      • New Horizon

        I can see it fine in the live action and in the CBS-D images. Something doesn’t seem right.

        • Chris915

          Yes, it’s there, it’s just hard to see in the scaled down images.

    • Stefan Haynes

      This post is satire, right?

      Or are you actually being serious when you say you’d skip over spending a measly handful of Alexander Hamiltons for an exhaustive, multi-million dollar loveletter to Star Trek fans everywhere? EVEN IF the VFX work is of slightly lower caliber than CBS’s work (and there’s no sure indication that it will be), the HD conform of the live action footage was handled entirely by CBS (which comprises at least 90% of the runtime of the season) AND there’s a veritable bevy of brand new, spectacularly produced VAM. Or are you just a graphics hound?

      There’s no false dichotomy about it: if you don’t purchase this set, you’re not a true Star Trek fan. End of.

      P.S. Have you not seen the 1080p trailer for this season yet? It’s just a handful of pages down on the main TrekCore blogroll. Check it out closely before you cast any more aspersions.

      • New Horizon

        Sir, it’s like this. I am most certainly a true Star Trek fan, but being a true fan does not take precedence over my responsibility as a father and a husband, or to be true to myself and my family. I’ve seen the 1080 trailer and aside from the work CBS did on redemption, the little I saw of modern videos work felt a bit off to me. If I as a consumer do not feel there is enough consistency with the CBS seasons to justify the purchase, it is my RIGHT to make that choice. None of us are obligated to buy these sets. For anyone trying to put food on the table and keep the roof over their head, the sets are nice to have, but by no means a necessity. I find your assumptions highly insulting.

        When I actually see enough of the final product, I will make my decision then.

        The message I would wish to send by not purchasing a set would be to stop outsourcing.

        Rest assured, all of the CBS seasons will be purchased, but I intend to be very wary of Season 4. It almost seems like the VFX shots have been withheld.

        • archer9234

          There is no more further outsourcing S4 is the last one done by someone else.

          • New Horizon

            Yes, for TNG, I know…I’m talking about future series…should they move forward with DS9. Do whatever it takes and keep it in house.

          • archer9234

            That really depends on scheduling. CBS-D can easily do all 7 seasons of DS9. But it will take longer. And will probably not have 2 seasons per year. It’s either wait in till 2027 to have all of Star Trek on BR/Digital/ & 4k Format. Or have multiple teams.

        • hypnotoad72

          There were a few f/x shots in that first promo trailer – most looked rather good…

          I don’t think s4 will be on par with 1 and 3, but it’s probably going to be light years better than 2.

          And, yes, as customers we should have the say. Any fan dictating what we do may as well go rule Iraq. Or, if that’s too controversial, watch a few episodes of “The Prisoner” (1967), especially the one where #6 states how everybody votes for a dictator…

      • FriendofSonic

        I agree with you. I’m still satisfied with the season 2 purchase, even though it was somewhat botched, and especially when you compare it to season 1 and 3, because this is one of the rare times when I want a corporation to make a boatload of money off of an initiative. They’re taking a risk which is paying off HUGELY for fans, and I will throw every dollar I can at them with the remasters to demonstrate that I want DS9. Badly.

        • Guest

          I actually wish CBS would redo the VFX/CGI for season 2 and rerelease it. I don’t want to spend close to a hundred bucks on a sloppy botched season of a television show I love. A season that sticks out like a sore thumb compared to 1 & 3. I’d rather wait a little longer and have a quality product than have them outsource.

          • Gooey

            Yeah, that’ll never happen. Part of the quality issues with season 2 stem from the reduced money and timeframe CBS gave to HTV (not to mention a lack of direction from CBS-D). Instead of having over a year to play with the material and come up with what looked best (like CBS-D had), HTV had 6 months or so, and were not being NEARLY enough.

            The big issue is the lack of a central VFX Supervisor, who would conceivably go to the different vendors and make sure the look was consistent. That’s how most major vfx projects work…but in this case, for whatever reason, no such person was hired.

            I worked at Modern while they were doing season 4, and knew several of the people involved. They expressed A LOT of frustration about the lack of direction from CBS…and the occasional hostility when it came to getting elements from them. They were also put on a crazy turnaround schedule. They were big TNG fans though, and from what I’ve seen people will be very happy with the results…even if it doesn’t “measure up” to the favored children at CBS. I got the impression that CBS-D was using this as a prestige project (they’re not well-regarded otherwise), and it wouldn’t actually serve their purposes if another company’s work looked as good (or better) than theirs.

          • Stefan Haynes

            This is probably one of the best posts I’ve ever seen on TrekCore, assuming it’s true (and I have no reason to believe it’s not). I really hope this can get promoted to the top so more people can get a chance to read it.

          • archer9234

            That’s kind of being a baby though. If true, CBS-D could of easily been out of a job. All it would of taken was enough people not buying season 2. I didn’t get it. Nor plan to get it at all. They would of not completed the rest of the show. Honestly, not to be rude to Modern or HTV. But no one would of remembered them that much over CBS-D. They were just hired for the extra work. They wouldn’t have anything to fear of being matched by them.

            I can see CBS-D using TNG to fix their image. A lot of people hated the crappy CGI look TOS-R had.

      • Kyle

        What a load of nonsense. Someone is only a ‘true’ Star Trek fan if they splash out their hard-earned cash on something they don’t want, simply because it has the words ‘Star Trek’ written on it? Grow up.

    • Gooey

      I worked at Modern when they were doing these vfx (and have since moved on). I can assure you there is no grain removal. If anything, they were asked to ADD grain to match surrounding footage.

  • Stefan Haynes

    Any word on when Trekcore will be presented with a review copy? :D

    • trekcore

      Still waiting on the review copy, Stefan – once it arrives I’ll start work on the review ASAP

      • Stefan Haynes

        Fantastic! Thanks for the update! :)

        I’m predicting you’ll score it a 4.5/5 for this set, although I’m hopeful for a 5!

  • XS

    The 4 foot models looks horrible in HD. I am so glad they reshot some of the sequences for Season 5 with the new CGI model. A shame they did not exchange all the 4 foot footage with the new model. We now know CBS CAN do it (see probe launch and the Season 5 “graveyard” turn in the trailer). Next time I guess…

    • archer9234

      More bashing on the 4 footer I see.

    • Chris915

      I think the 4 footer is getting a great boost in remastering… but CG is only being used where it’s absolutely necessary to replace the effects or a certain effects shot pass isn’t found…

  • Patio

    the level at which some people dissect the quality of these blu-rays still astonishes me.

    • hypnotoad72

      Why should it be so astonishing? Blu-Ray is quality medium, demanding precision and care. The “‘good enough’ is good enough” mantra is one that the mainstream news organizations love to lament about already, and in many fields…

  • Patrick

    I think the S4 trailer seems… Meh. I think it feels disjointed or something. I know the actual season is spectacular, but this trailer is just blah for me. S1-3 and S5 trailers have been awesome though.

    • hypnotoad72

      Many of the stills look great – the trailer is a little off at times with cadence, but the concept was interesting and the actual TV episodes will always mean more than the trailer.

      Season 5 did go over the top with “Even Wesley’s back” or whatever…

  • New Horizon

    I would like to see how Modern Video compares to CBS on these shots. This is in S4 from the episode Brothers.

    http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s4/4×03/brothers374.jpg

    The HTV versions paled, so I’m hoping Modern can come close to CBS in the well established stock footage.

  • Guest

    The CG Enterprise looks a bit subpar compared to season 1 & 3. I wish CBS would just do the visual effects for all of the seasons themselves, I know it would take longer, but I’d gladly wait in order to have more consistency between seasons and higher quality products. If you’re going to go through this kind of trouble to preserve and remaster a beloved series (not to mention charge $80 a pop), you need to do it right and not cut corners in order to meet pre-set release dates. I know this is just my opinion, but as a lifelong TNG fan, this really irks me. Season 2 left a lot to be desired in terms of the new visual effects, which is only highlighted when sandwiched between the excellence of seasons 1 & 3, and now season 4 seems to be inferior as well. So is this how it’s going to continue? Is only every other season that CBS actually handles themselves going to look great while the outsourced seasons will continue to be subpar?

    • New Horizon

      What CG Enterprise? There is no CG Enterprise in those shots. It’s all the physical model.

    • blumpkin

      Hah, there’s no CG Enterprise here.

  • Aaron Zacharkiw

    I like how all the people complaining about Modern Video’s job on this are probably the same people who go see a movie, find a small amount of Edge Enhancement, and run screaming from the theater.

    • New Horizon

      Again with the vilification. When did it become a bad thing to be a cautious consumer? I missed that memo apparently.

      I’m not really complaining about their work so much as I am concerned with the ‘consistency’ of the work. I fully understand they were under time constraints. All I’m saying, as a consumer, is that I need to SEE MORE of their work before I decide to purchase Season 4.

      Their work looks better than HTV’s…at least from the little I have seen, but if I feel it’s not close enough in consistency to CBS-D’s, then it’s well within my right to ‘choose’ not to buy…or at least wait until it’s heavily discounted below 40 dollars.

      • Aaron Zacharkiw

        You aren’t a member of the AVS Forums, by any chance, are you?

        • New Horizon

          I might have signed up there at some point but I’ve only visited once or twice to see what people were saying after Season 2 was released. Can’t remember if I actually signed up for a membership though.

      • Picard

        You know the original TNG effects as they were done about 20 years ago they really had no consistency at all! Even the single episodes had different picture quality and on! Now the picture quality of ALL the live action scenes are consistent and the consistency of the effects (except season 2) are very very close compared to the original presentation! But I’m sure you bought the original release? Now the people behind it REALLY work there asses of to remaster this show and it looks MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better then EVER!! So please focus on the positive things too cause they are much bigger here!!

        • New Horizon

          I did not buy the original release. They were far too expensive for the quality. I understand where you are coming from, but that has no bearing on whether or not I ‘as a consumer’ decide to drop my money on these sets. Like I said, I will be buying every CBS-D produced version because they’re consistently of high quality but if I don’t feel Season 4 is consistent enough, I will either not buy it or I will wait a year or two until it’s heavily discounted. Season 2, I will never buy due to the poor work done there though, so what I’ve seen of Modern Video has at least given me enough of an impression to know it’s far above HTV.

    • Chris915

      Well, I’m still buying Season 4, because the effects are far superior to their DVD counterparts and I love a great many episodes of Season 4.

      So far, most of the shots I’ve seen in Season 4 look awesome.

      • Aaron Zacharkiw

        I’m planning on buying the next 3 seasons anyway.