First look at TNG’s “Unification” Blu-ray Cover Art, Coming in November!

As we announced yesterday, a standalone disc of "Unification" - the two-part fifth-season episode which brought Spock to Star Trek: The Next Generation - will be released along side the TNG Season Five Blu-ray set this November... and we've got a look at the cover art to go with the just-announced release dates! Click on the artwork below to see a super-high resolution copy:

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The cover art comes from the end of "Unification II" - the memorable mind-meld between Ambassador Spock and Jean-Luc Picard - and is likely the biggest reason this release was chosen to accompany the Season Five Blu-ray: Leonard Nimoy's return to television (coinciding nicely with the release of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) drew incredibly high ratings for the syndicated series, and served as the show's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. The blue theme also matches nicely with the Season Five cover art.

The special release will come with its very own exclusive set of special features, including a new documentary entitled From One Generation To the Next (not to be confused with the similarly-titled 1988 documentary) and feature-length commentary. Fans in the US & Canada should expect a release date of November 19 for this disc.

UPDATE: We've confirmed with Paramount that "Unification" will not be released in the UK. Like "Redemption", UK fans can order "Unification" from the US through Amazon.com and it will play fine in your UK player and should avoid any import duties due to the low price. Order at Amazon here.

Of the three standalone features so far, "Unification" is perhaps the easiest to watch in a combined form, as the two halves are able to be edited together rather seamlessly. There's no massive, iconic cliffhanger (like in "The Best of Both Worlds"), and there's no time jump or change in location (like in "Redemption").

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PART I -- PICARD: "I'm looking for Ambassador Spock."

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SPOCK: "Indeed. You have found him, Captain Picard."

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PART II -- SPOCK: "What are you doing on Romulus?" 

We'll have all the latest developments, including official press releases with full breakdowns of the disc's special features as they surface. In the meantime, lock in your preorders below!

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  • archer9234

    If they get Stewart, Crosby, and/or Nimoy in the commentary, instant buy. If it’s just the writer(s) not really interested in doubling dipping.

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

      It’s doubtful any of the actors would be included (especially since Sela only appears in Part II). The teleplay was written by Jeri Taylor (who has long since retired); the story was by Rick Berman & Michael Piller (deceased), so it’s possible that Berman would do a commentary (based his tweet about being willing to do ‘all future Blu-ray releases’ — (https://twitter.com/berman_rick/status/368071198866804736 ).

      • Justin Olson

        I think Cliff Bole is the obvious choice to join Mike and Denise Okuda, as he directed part 2 (which was actually filmed before part 1). If they can get Jeri Taylor that would be fantastic! But I’m not counting on it.

    • Platitude

      A Stewart/Spiner commentary would be cool.

  • voniatko

    I’m not really sure what is the reason to buy this. In the case of previous standalone releases, it was clearly to overcome the waiting until next season release and to be able to watch the “cliffhanged” story on BluRay in its entirety immediately.

    Both parts of Unification will be available in the same season BluRay set, hence it will be possible to watch the whole story e2e.

    Unless there is something brethtakingly special they put into this standalone release, I’m not buying. They should have went with Time’s Arrow, despite not being on the level of Unification, at least there would be a valid incentive to buy.

  • Gilbetron

    Okay, this is great and all… But what about Time’s Arrow!? I’ll be really upset if there’s no feature release of Time’s Arrow. I know it’s not the best cliffhanger by a long shot, but I quite like it and I want a full collection of ALL the TNG “TV movies.” Grumble, grumble, grumble, very disappointed…!

    • Allen Williams

      Actually Times Arrow is one of my favorites. WAY better than redemption.

  • Matt Littledyke

    I remember when this was first released and it had the feature length planned I can not understand why when it was released as part of season 5 they didn’t make it feature length anyway as it was released on the same cassette and then eventually DVD anyway it just seemed odd to me back to back as a 2 parter I recently bought Redemption imported so I will be doing the same with this

  • Yotsuyasan

    This boggles my mind a bit… I know that with The Best of Both Worlds, they made a point of saying that the value added material was produced for that release, and would not have been able to be made for the season set. And, as a very popular pair of episodes, it was also a potential good release to draw in more fans who were not yet willing to jump onto the season sets. Thus, The Best of Both Worlds didn’t seem like just an excuse to get money from the fans…
    Then came Redemption. I’ll admit I haven’t picked that one up yet… But I was planning to eventually. My thinking was, “I guess Best of Both Worlds sold well enough… They must want to continue that pattern. Give fans an opportunity to watch a two parter, that would have been split across two seasons, in one sitting, along with a home for features related to that two parter without having to decide which season to put those features in.”
    Okay… A bit of a stretch, but fine. I’ll go along for the ride.
    But Unification? Those are two episodes that are within the same season. Why does it need a separate release? Before now, I was willing to accept on faith that these weren’t just money grabs. And, in the beginning, I’m sure that was not the case. But now, I’m not so sure! For crying out loud… These episodes are all in Season Five. Any bonus features related to them could happily have a home within the Season Five box set. And any excuses that they don’t have the budget for these features without making them a stand alone release… Well, with what Paramount sets the MSRP for on these, I’m going to call bullshit on that and say that they should be less stingy on the budget!
    (Yes, I know these are expensive to make, with the work going into restoring the episodes… But still, $130 a season is a ridiculous amount to ask… and even the $60 – $70 that they usually end up selling in most places for is very much on the higher end of what a season of a television series should cost. And I am saying that as someone who defended the cost of the complete Original Series soundtrack box from those complaining that was too expensive.)
    So, for what reason is this not just a part of the regular Season Five release? And what does this mean for the future? Based on The Best of Both Worlds and Redemption, I had assumed that it was just for the between-season cliffhangers, and I could have been fine with that. But Is EVERY two-parter getting this treatment? In which case, that just furthers my ill will towards this release as a money grab. Or just one two-parter for each season release? In which case, I am annoyed by the inconsistency of it.

    • BrianRoskamp

      I may very well be wrong, but it seems the budget for the VAM is very much limited, as is the available space on the 6 discs they have in the set. I think this separate release helps both of these issues. They are able to raise funds needed to produce the extra VAM (commentary and any documentaries) and the extra content doesn’t take up any extra space on the discs and prevents them from having to add an extra disc to the set. keeping the cost of the season set down. These end up retailing for about $15, which is pretty cheap (or at least on par) with most bluray movie releases, but during release week it’s always been possible to pick up in combination with the season release for as little as $3.

    • mjdavid

      The Season sets typically retail for $59.99 on release day. Amazon has also offered the already released ones for $49.99 lately, considering the work that goes into the remastering and the VAM that is not too much money to ask. That being said … “Unification” might be getting this treatment so they can do an interview with Leonard Nimoy and Patrick Stewart. Stewart has probably already recorded an interview for “Unification” and I can’t imagine Nimoy saying no. However, as I commented on a previous post … since “Unification” is several episodes into the Fifth Season, editing the two parts together as a “TV Movie” would work better as just a bonus feature on the Season Five set. On the flip side it could also mean they have no plans to do anything “Time’s Arrow” or “Descent” and the next standalone disc we get will be “All Good Things…”

  • BrianRoskamp

    So does this confirm there are no deleted scenes or outtakes included in this release, or are more details to follow? I’ll be picking it up, assuming Target does their usual save $10 deal, but with this release especially, I think they need to raise the bar on the special features since the episodes themselves will both be available at the same time as the standalone is released.

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

      We don’t have the full breakdown of the set quite yet – as soon as we know more, we’ll provide an update for everyone.

  • Avilos

    It amazes me that there is surprise at this release. You are all thinking of only yourselves. Not everyone wants to pay to own the full seasons. Spock appearing on the show was a really big deal. This will appeal to TOS fans who are not interested in owing the full season and casual Star Trek fans too.

    • Gilbetron

      Oh, I’m thrilled about this release, don’t get me wrong. I just want *all* the two-parters, and the Unification news *implies* that there may not be a corresponding separate release for Time’s Arrow, which would be a shame. And what about all those two-parters in Season 6? If they only do one per season, will they simply have to choose a single title from Chain of Command, Birthright, and Descent? Booo! I certainly hope to hear news soon that Time’s Arrow is coming out as well, so we can get a bridged version of the cliffhanger.

      • Avilos

        Maybe they will do those or not. There is no rule they can only do one a season. Its not hard to see this as an exception.

        • Gilbetron

          Yes, but exceptions (inconsistency) is so obnoxious. Maybe I’m just a completist, but why would you do them all except for one or two? On a large scale, that’s like CBS Digital saying, “Hmm, well, the first season wasn’t very good, so we’ll just remaster Seasons 2-6. Oh, and maybe leave out a few of the boring episodes nobody liked.” That would obviously be ridiculous and would never happen; I’m just using it to illustrate the point. You either do them all or you do none.

          • mjdavid

            While I figured “Unification” would get the standalone disc treatment before it was announced, I know what you mean about being a completist. In that logic it would make more sense to release “Time’s Arrow,” which is definitely a weaker episode (IMO) and perhaps combine both parts of “Unification” into one on the season set as a bonus feature.

      • pittrek

        Sorry but they are clearly following the same patter as here : http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation_-_The_Complete_TV_Movies

        • Gilbetron

          I certainly hope so, pittrek, because that list is all-inclusive of the TV movies. But I don’t think it’s quite clear yet, because one would obviously expect Time’s Arrow to be announced along with the Season 5 set. Hopefully Trekcore will have more info on this soon. So I’ll choose to be cautiously optimistic. :)

  • James

    Hopefully some new fans will be tempted by having Spock prime on the cover. Certainly an increase in sales would increase the chances of a DS9 remaster. They should offer a special bundle with the new movie. As for me, I purchased the BOBW set – but the VAM would have to be pretty special for me to double dip here as well.

    • Chris915

      I personally am just buying the S5 set… there’s not enough in the standalone release of Unification that really justifies myself buying it.

    • Yotsuyasan

      “…by having Spock prime on the cover.” Don’t know why, but the need to call him that irks me. (Not trying to single you out specifically, James. I’m sure you did that without ill intent.) I can understand the need to use the qualifier of “Prime” when specifically discussing the JJ Abrams films… but really, Nemoy was here first. If anyone should have the right to be called just Spock, it should be Nemoy, and Quinto should have to have a qualifier attached to his character’s name.

      • LizzieCross

        its Nimoy not nemoy that is what irks me but your right quintos spock should be the one with the qualifier attached.

        • Yotsuyasan

          Ah, you’re right! Bad me! What the smeg was I thinking with that e? As someone who grew up on Trek reruns as a kid, and has seeing Wrath of Khan in theaters as one of my earliest memories, I feel like I just lost a piece of my soul there…
          .
          (I’ve been told I was present at a drive-in showing of The Motion Picture, so I can claim to have seen all Trek films in theaters during their original run… but since I’d have only been two for TMP, I can’t really say I remember it…)

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

    Bleh, vertical title doesn’t work for me.

    • Yotsuyasan

      The vertical title… I could live with it, I suppose… I just get a bit bothered by the text oriented so that it reads from the bottom to the top. Look at the spine of any book or home video currently on your shelf, which is the main place one sees vertical text. How is it oriented? So that it reads from the top to the bottom. Vertical text just doesn’t look right to me when it is any other way. (The one DVD box set I have that defies this, I actually have on my shelf upside down!)

      • Gilbetron

        Good point, Yotsuyasan. And yet if they’d oriented it top to bottom, the text would be facing backwards. I think the design aesthetic is different from spine alignments to front cover alignments. But I, too, am wary of the vertical text, so I’m not really defending it. I don’t hate it, but yeah, it’s strange for sure.

        • Yotsuyasan

          Maybe I read enough manga not to be bothered by backwards text… :P
          .
          Of course, they could just avoid this whole issue by redesigning the cover to have horizontal text!

  • Chris915

    It’s nice, aside from the title text itself… vertical doesn’t really work here…

  • Yotsuyasan

    I just realized something else that irks me about this release… How to file it on the shelf if I get it… I kind of like to file things in order on the shelf… With a TV series, put season one, then two, and so on. The Best of Both Worlds and Redemption discs are simple enough. They go between their respective seasons.
    .
    But this? I suppose I could put it between season five and six… But that doesn’t feel right to me, as there are additional season five episodes that come after it, yet would then be before it on the shelf.
    .
    I suppose the option to go with would just be to take all of the movie length single releases, and file them after season seven. I really don’t like that, either… But it seems the lesser of two dislikes.
    .
    Ah, the annoyances of an anal retentive disc filer!
    .
    Only thing that would make it un-annoying is if, after TNG on Blu-ray was finished, they made some empty art boxes available we could procure. I could be happy with two box sets on my shelf: a “complete series” box followed by a “movie edit” box. I know, it’ll probably never happen… But a guy can dream, can he not?

    • James

      I feel your pain. :)

      I was initially going to file the solo releases and sandwich them between the two seasons, but I decided not to. I file them first by season, and then the individual releases – sampler, BOBW, Redemption.

      • Gilbetron

        I’m in the same boat, and I do it like James does. This annoys the hell out of me, too. But hey… first-world problems…

  • James

    Well, now with BOBW, Redemption and Unification done, I can’t imagine any other episodes worthy of a solo release except for All Good Things. The other two-parters are ho-hum.

    • BrianRoskamp

      My only possible exception would be ‘Chain of Command,’ in addition to the aforementioned ‘All Good Things’

      • James

        Whoops, how could I forget that one? Still, there’s not much of a marketing hook for that one. BOBW had the “greatest cliffhanger”, Redemption has “100th episode + Klingon civil war” and Unification has Spock. What would the cover be, naked Picard? :D

        • Justin Olson

          Just four lights. :)

          • James

            Four lights, and a lenticular fifth with goes on and off :D

          • matthew

            sweet

      • Platitude

        Chain of Command feature release would be AWESOME.

    • Allen Williams

      Time’s Arrow and Descent are both WAY better than Redemption and Unification.

  • mjdavid

    I was pretty much expecting “Unification” would be chosen over “Time’s Arrow.” Hopefully there will be some exciting extras to go along with this disc. Hopefully the VAM will include some interviews with Denise Crosby and Leonard Nimoy. The only other two-parter I can see getting a standalone release is “All Good Things.” “Chain of Command” is certainly quality enough, but I don’t really know how much VAM they could possibly do for that episode.

    • Allen Williams

      why wouldn’t they do both?

  • Platitude

    I will be interested to see the box art in person before giving a thumbs up. Both Redemption and BoBW had really low-res artwork on the covers, very disappointing considering the high quality content on the discs.

  • mjdavid

    Since Season Five of TNG and “Unification” both drop in November, I wonder if Season Three of Enterprise will be the “holiday release?”

  • Gilbetron

    I mean this is off-subject, but does anyone else find it odd that Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2 came out yesterday with no corresponding announcement or review from Trekcore?

    • Matt_Cardiff_UK
      • Gilbetron

        Thanks, Matt. Somehow I’d missed the TrekMovie review. :) I’m looking forward to Trekcore’s more, though, so I hope one is coming soon.

    • mjdavid

      Not only that, the Season 2 Blu-Ray of ‘Enterprise’ is the first season set on Blu Ray Amazon didn’t discount to $59.99 on its release day. The first four seasons of ‘TNG’ and the first season of ‘ENT’ were all slashed to $59.99 on release day.

      • mjdavid

        Also to add … my local Target and my local Barnes and Noble did not even get it in stores yesterday, and I live in Minneapolis so it’s not like I’m in a podunk. I had to check because I would have rather paid $59.99 like I did the first five Trek season Blus.

  • Matt_Cardiff_UK

    I’m not too bothered by the cover art, or the way the writing is set. I was never a big fan of this TV movie anyway, but might pick it up when it comes down in price in the sales.

    I hope that CBS do release all 10 of the TNG TV movies as standalone sets. It was done on VHS, and then DVD, so it makes sense to release all 10 as separate Blu Rays. I wasn’t a fan of Birthright (although we do get to see DS9 in HD soon – sweeet!) and Time’s Arrow didn’t do it for me either. Chain of Command and Descent were good though – All Good Things is going to be amazing!

  • Sky

    Great Cover!!!! Hope it’ll come out in Germany!!!!

    • matthew

      will not be coming out for europe

  • Sky

    In “All Good Things” I hope they will make this shot look MUCH better!!! http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s7/7×25/allgoodthings0276.jpg

  • Matt Littledyke

    The thing is whatever happened Unification was going to get a feature length release anyway as it was not only an anniversary special when it was first aired but it is also a fan favourite story and I think a sort of sequel to Star Trek 6 as Spock mentions the events of that movie in the story.

  • hypnotoad72

    The blue hue is too calming; orange or red would have been more exciting… and “Unification” is definitely better than “Redemption part 2″…

    “Time’s Arrow” is not my favorite either, but at least it’s got a good sci-fi and time travel bent to it. It’s aged better than that 1996 cast reunion movie that’s still dreadfully overhyped and made a mockery of so much in the process…