TNG Season 5 & “Unification” Blu-rays: Press Release

CBS have just sent TrekCore a copy of the full press release detailing the contents of the upcoming releases of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Unification" on Blu-ray.

Here's the press release reproduced in its entirety:

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
THE FIFTH SEASON BLU-RAY & UNIFICATION BLU-RAY

Packed With Exclusive, Must-Watch Special Features, New Collections
Also Include Episodes With Leonard Nimoy as Spock  

The latest high-definition collections of the iconic series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE FIFTH SEASON BLU-RAY and UNIFICATION BLU-RAY arrive November 19 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Packed with newly produced special features, the collections also include some of the most acclaimed episodes of the series, including Leonard Nimoy’s guest appearance in the celebrated, two-part episode “Unification.”

tngs5_thumbSet in the 24th century, the exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue with STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON. Featuring some of the most memorable episodes of the series, the season includes Paul Winfield’s guest appearance as Dathon and Ashley Judd’s debut performance in beloved episode, “Darmok.” The set also includes the jaw-dropping opening scene portraying the destruction of the Enterprise in “Cause and Effect,” and “The Inner Light,” the critically acclaimed episode that garnered the series its first Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s most notable names, deleted scenes and a gag reel, the high-definition collection includes the newly produced featurette, “Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation.” This two-part documentary explores the making of the series’ fifth season and focuses on the effect the passing of creator Gene Roddenberry, which took place halfway through the season, had on the show as well as the production family. The tribute to the late creator includes key cast and crewmembers sharing their favorite memories of working with Roddenberry and bidding farewell to the Great Bird of the Galaxy.

The collection also includes the exclusive featurette, “In Conversation: The Music of Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek, moderates the conversation between the show’s composers Ron Jones, Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway as the group discusses the challenges for writing each episode’s original score, working with a live orchestra and the team’s creative approach to scoring the series. The featurette also shares stories from behind some of the most beloved musical cues including the legendary Ressikan flute melody from “The Inner Light.” STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON BLU-RAY features all 26 episodes of the fifth season, remastered into stunning, crowd-pleasing high-definition.

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATIONUNIFICATION BLU-RAY is a feature-length presentation of the fan-favorite, two-part epic adventure from the series’ fifth season. Over 25 million viewers tuned into the original airing of the episode, making it one of the most-watched of all seven seasons of the series. In the episode, Leonard Nimoy reprises his iconic role as Spock as both he and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) venture on a heroic mission in an attempt to unify the Vulcans and the Romulans.

Along with audio commentary and an exclusive deleted scene, the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATIONUNIFICATION BLU-RAY includes the exclusive documentary, “From One Generation to the Next.” This newly produced special featurette takes fans behind the scenes at the making of the classic two-part episode and the introduction of Spock to the 24th century saga of the hit series.

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Some further notes and observations on the press release. While CBS haven't included a full disc-by-disc breakdown this time around, TrekCore can expand on some of the information to fill in the gaps:

  • Season 5 is set to sport a total of four new audio commentaries, highlighting the stand-out episodes "Cause and Effect", "The First Duty", "I Borg" and "The Inner Light". Commentaries will feature mainstays Mike and Denise Okuda accompanied by a range of writers and producers including Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore and Morgan Gendel.

  • While mysteriously non-specific on the press release, we can confirm that the Unification disc will sport a feature-length commentary from none other than writer/producer Jeri Taylor. Taylor has long-since retired from talking about Star Trek and rarely gives any interviews making her contribution here all the more special. We've been reliably told that Jeri has given CBS one of the best TNG commentaries so far in "Unification", so anticipation for this single-disc release just stepped up a gear!

  • Season 4's Deleted Scenes certainly deserved the praise we heaped on them in our review, so you'll be thrilled to hear that Season 5 is no different. CBS Digital have gone through the vaults and unearthed a boat-load of deleted material from a range of episodes including "The Inner Light", "The Perfect Mate", "The First Duty", "Ethics", "The Outcast" and more!

  • After the rather abbreviated gag-reel on the Season 4 set, we're thrilled to hear that the Season 5 gag reel runs a cool seven and a half minutes. Time to start taking bets on how many times Michael Dorn tears up a scene laughing this season!

  • We've already had a taste of it with the clip of the junkyard scene from "Unification" in the trailer, but the fifth season will mark the debut of CBS Digital's brand new re-tooled Enterprise CGI model. Due to the increase in complexity of many of the ship shots in Season 5 alongside a number of instances were elements could not be found, the team had to go back to the drawing board and re-vamp their CG model. The results are nothing short of breathtaking, and we're very excited to see the finished product along with fan reaction to the newly rendered shots.

Season 5 and Unification will be released in the United States and Canada on November 19, while Season 5 will see a UK release one day earlier on November 18. Like "Redemption", "Unification" is not being released by Paramount UK however fans can order from Amazon US safe in the knowledge that the disc is fully compatible with your Blu-ray player and your order will fall under the Royal Mail import duty threshold.

As of yet, we have no information on a German release date. Press releases provided by Paramount Germany so far would seem to indicate that nothing is scheduled in either November or December.

So what are you waiting for? Pre-order your copies of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Unification on Blu-ray at Amazon using the links below. We'll have a whole more on these two much-anticipated releases soon, including some extra special behind-the-scenes features in the works that we're very excited to release!

Order Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Blu-ray today!



Order TNG - "Unification" Feature Blu-Ray today!

  • gbrozak

    I can confirm — Jeri does indeed give commentary on the “Unification” Blu-Ray.

    • ProphetsLanding

      Can’t wait to hear it!

      • trekcore

        We’re very excited for it too!!

  • Chris

    Securing commentaries for those episodes is very impressive. I’ll definitely be tuning in to those. Here’s hoping we get commentaries for episodes like “Relics”, “Chain of Command” and “Ship in a Bottle” for Season 6!

    Season 5 started off tremendously and then became inconsistent. But it has a number of terrific episodes. For a show that often gets criticised (sometimes to an exaggerated degree) for a lack of inter-personal conflict, Season 5 delivered some good stuff with the introduction of Ensign Ro, Wesley’s deceit, Riker’s struggle with Worf’s desire to die and Picard’s reaction to Guinan defending a species that had violated him.

    • hypnotoad72

      “Ethics” was a mixed bag, especially as the Worf-suicide subplot allowed for much of what was great about the episode. The writing was excessively preachy, favoring Crusher for only the most practiced and polished excuses, and real research takes time AND experimentation when the time is right and people are willing. The writers chose, for whatever bizarre reason, to scribble in “Oh, he has two brain stems” or whatever the ridiculous denouement was to give him a second chance. They wanted Crusher to be right, to fit their political correctness. Oh, a lot of TNG during seasons 5 and 6 were getting PC, and a lot of it I agreed with, but “Ethics” was so poorly handled where it needed the most tact that… I’ve no desire to sit through it ever again.

  • Felderburg

    Will there be any more of the special theatrical events to go with this release?

    • trekcore

      Sadly not. The NCM Fathom theatrical events have been discontinued.

      • Joshua Michael Irwin

        Seriously, Who’s feelings got hurt there? Those events were great and drawing full crowds. Why cancel them?

        • William

          I totally agree!! Those theatre events were once in a lifetime opportunities, and made TNG new again. I used to see them with my mom to relive Star Trek since I was born in ’92 and are both huge Trekkies. Disappointing to say the least… Plus the theatres were like 80-90% full each time!

          I wish Trek Core would try to draw some attention back to those to spark some interest again, to at least get an answer from someone at Paramount/CBS/Fathom.

          • trekcore

            Indeed, we loved the screenings too. Needless to say the decision is out of CBS or Fathom’s hands, and is certainly not based on visitor numbers of lack of interest.

          • Allen Williams

            If you exclude CBS and Fathom, who does that leave? Paramount?

          • FriendofSonic

            That is an interesting question indeed. Hmmmmmm…

      • Felderburg

        Boooo! I was looking forward to collecting all seven tickets and framing them! :’(

  • James G.

    No word yet if Nimoy participates in the Unification VAM?

    • trekcore

      It’s my understanding that Nimoy did not participate.

      • Platitude

        Shame. That would have increased the value of the purchase a lot for fans.

        • burtyb73

          Agreed. No Nimoy = no buy. I wonder if he was asked to participate.

          • MiKE42

            Good question!

          • trekcore

            Yes… the team asked. Nimoy declined.

          • Platitude

            Bummer. Nice to know they asked though.

        • burtyb73

          Why has mine, Trekcore’s and at least one other writer’s comments about the relationship between Nimoy and the Unification disk been deleted from this thread? Shame on you Trekcore. it now seems that this site does not appear to be an honest and integral forum for fans, but a manulated PR exercise for studios and zealous, aging celebrities. Disgusted.

          • burtyb73

            I meant manipulated, (as opposed to manulated) lol, but the sentiment remains.

          • trekcore

            burtyb73: No comments have been deleted. I still see the earlier comment I left regarding Nimoy as well as the subsequent replies. I suggest you check before hurling accusations! We do not censor, nor are we a “manipulated PR exercise”.

      • MiKE42

        Bugger!
        It was an historic meeting of the generations, and would’ve been historic VAM too ,with Leonard involved. Which I`m sure all us Trekkers were hoping , once we heard of this disc.
        Was hoping for an interview and audio commentary with the great man.
        Big disappointment.

  • Chris915

    I know I’m buying Season 5, but I’m not going to pre-order, I wait until release day, to make sure I have the money.

    I am not, however, buying the standalone Unification release. There isn’t anything in it to me, to justify buying the standalone release… as both parts are included in Season 5 anyway and I don’t really care for special features unless they’re about visual/sound effects.

  • Platitude

    Just to clarify…So they will be replacing the models with a CG Enterprise-D for this season?

    • trekcore

      Shots are only replaced if one or more pass cannot be located in the film vault, or if an element is damaged beyond repair.

      • Justin Olson

        Is it fair to say that Season Five will have the most CG replacements than any prior season?

        • trekcore

          I don’t know about the season as a whole, but I know that the complexity of the shots that had to be replaced is the highest CBSD have had to deal with so far. The graveyard lens-scraper shot alone took a huge amount of time.

  • Allen Williams

    I don’t think I’m going to get Unification. Its an ok episode, but I don’t love it enough to justify it. I would have purchased Time’s Arrow as a feature length. I love that episode.

    • hypnotoad72

      “Unification” is great, but being used to the season finales getting the omnibus treatment so fans wouldn’t have to wait x number of months to see the concluding episode, I was hoping to see “Time’s Arrow” – which is not the best story but a nice juicy sci-fi outing that is underrated…

  • James G.

    If I were a betting man, I would bet that Chain of Command and All Good Things are getting separate releases to finish out the show.

    • trekcore

      I’d wager a few quatloos ;-)

      • James

        Wait!

        Wait!

        Hear me!

        We can’t wager for trifles like quatloos. The stakes must be higher.

    • Yotsuyasan

      I’d actually wager AGAINST All Good Things. That was broadcast as a single episode, and thus should be included in the season set as such. That would make a separate release for it extremely redundant.

      • James G.

        True, but that’s basically what they did with Unification. Yes, it’s two separate episodes in the season set, but they’d play back-to-back on the same disc (unlike BOBW or Redemption) making the combination a moot point. These solo releases are redundant in the long run anyway, but we end up with more bonus features, and the price is low (as low as $5 if you find the right place), making it a welcome addition.

    • Chris915

      Unless they’re cliffhanger episodes, which neither one of them are, I have no reason to get them, lol.

      Notice, I said, I. :)

    • mjdavid

      I feel “Unification” was chosen simply because of Spock, and it ties in nicely with the recently-released ‘Into Darkness’ film. I think if we actually get two more standalone releases it’ll be the two remaining cliffhangers, “Time’s Arrow” with Season 6 and “Descent” with Season 7. “All Good Things…” originally aired as a single TV movie and it appears on the DVDs as a single episode. “Chain of Command” was a great two-parter, but so was “Birthright,” and neither have the commercial appeal of “Unification” as great as they are. I would agree with James G., these standalone sets are essentially useless (in my opinion because there’s no real extra footage on them that isn’t on the season sets – that would have made these brilliant releases, adding the deleted scenes for each standalone episode back into the episode like they did with “Measure of a Man) except for the bonus content.

      • SpaceCadet

        According to this press release the Unification stand-alone set will have a deleted scene thereby increasing its value. And though I have no plans on ever getting a stand-alone set, at least not to buy, I think All Good Things would be a good choice because it was such an important and stand-out episode in a season that was mediocre as a whole.

  • gdog243

    I hope there are more features than just the documentary and Music conversation on this set. I want archival footage, maybe news reports of Gene Roddenberry’s death, other shows that were featured at that time. Basically, I want a return to Season 1/2 quality of the special features, and it sounds like it’s going to stay at the Season 3/4 levels. That’s disappointing.

    • pittrek

      Well – last year they were working on special features for TNG season 1 and TNG season 2.
      This year, they had to do special features for TNG season 3, season 4 and season 5 AND Enterprise seasons 1 & 2. Unfortunately it seems that they don’t have enough time for the level of quality we would expect. But still – they are doing REALLY great work, and I’m VERY happy about the deleted scenes and the commentaries.

  • CaliburnCY

    Great bonus material as always.

    1. Having the TNG music composers plus Jeff Bond for the next In Conversation sets my geek heart all aflutter. The care paid to each aspect of TNG’s production is wonderful.

    2. Sorry that it seems we won’t get to hear from Peter Allan Fields (I know he’s long ago retired) or Peter Lauritson on The Inner Light, but I love that the Blu-ray producers asked Morgan Gendel to participate in the commentary even though he wasn’t expecting that they would! I’d like to think his very nice interview on this site helped make that happen.

    3. Great to see Jeri Taylor participating with a Unification commentary. It’ll be awhile before they get to Voyager Blu-rays (if at all), but this gives me hope of future insights from her. It is too bad we didn’t get to hear from her on The Wounded or The Drumhead in TNG Season 4 (both stellar episodes, in my opinion).

    • scarecroe

      Ditto. I really hope to see Jeri in new documentary material for the eventual Voyager sets.

      • hypnotoad72

        Seconded. I’ve recently gave Voyager a proper chance. It’s definitely better than the reputation accorded it. I prefer it to DS9 now.

        • SFSeries&Movies

          You can’t be serious!!!!

          • Esmeralda

            Why not?

            Voyager is my favorite star trek series.

          • Esmeralda

            And it is better than DS9 in my opinion too.

          • burtyb73

            hmmmmmm….not sure about better than DS9, but it developed a really nice tone and sense of family. Kate had a lot to do with that. I’ve said it before that Voyager is seriously underrated by many of the Star trek “intelligentsia”. Kudos to hypnotoad 72 for revisiting the show.

          • mjdavid

            I prefer DS9 over Voyager, in my opinion second only to Next Gen, but I do really love Voyager for different reasons. Each series has something unique to offer, but is the one I feel stands apart from all the other Trek series based on concept alone. I do feel Voyager has a better “family” vibe to it; it’s definitely more family friendly along the lines of Next Gen.

          • SFSeries&Movies

            I like Voyager, seen it about 5 times I guess, but it’s not in the same level of quality, for me, as DS9. Voyager has way too many mediocre stories. Almost all of season 6, except for some great episodes at the start of the season, consists for mediocre stories. I love the fact that DS9 has a great story arc, fantastic recurring characters, depth into the Bajoran people and into the Cardassian people. DS9 is my all time favourite Trek and with Babylon 5 my all time favourite shows.For me Voyager is my least favourite Trek, still I like it! :-)

          • scarecroe

            DS9 made me sad. I was happy when I got to Voyager and the show got back to a Trek amongst the Stars again. Plus, Janeway = Awesome.

  • CaliburnCY

    Do we know if Rene Echevarria is on the I Borg commentary? Just checking since he wasn’t mentioned like Brannon and Ron were, presumably for their respective episodes.

  • SpaceCadet

    Can’t wait to pick this up! Not only a stellar batch of episodes, and where the special effects became noticeably more elaborate and modern with the use of CG, but a return to a greater amount of VAM of the extent seen prior to season 4′s release. Personally, I just wish the actors could get in on the commentaries, such as on the episodes where Frakes and Stewart directed or where it was a particular actor’s primary episode. Would be great to get interviews with Michelle Forbes who was most prominent in the 5th season, and Whoopi Goldberg, who was last featured heavily in the 5th season (she only had a couple of appearances in the 6th season, and none in the last).

    • Gilbetron

      Not to quibble, but Ro’s biggest episode by far was in the last season (“Preemptive Strike”). Indeed, I really hope they managed to get an interview with Michelle Forbes.

      • hypnotoad72

        Ditto – she made Ro more than the sum of the character’s parts.

      • SpaceCadet

        Well if I were quibbling I would say her very first episode “Ensign Ro” was just as big as her last episode. But my main point was she was used pretty often in the 5th season. She made just the one appearance 7th season.

        • MplsMike

          “Ensign Ro,” “Disaster,” “Conundrum,” “Power Play,” and “The Next Phase” are the ones that come to mind without actually looking them up. I had heard a rumor many years ago that she was supposed to appear on DS9 with O’Brien, but Forbes didn’t want to do it so they created the character of Kira Nerys. Anyone know if that’s true? That would be just one of the reasons I’d love to see a Michelle Forbes interview.

          • SpaceCadet

            It is true. Her entry in Wikipedia confirms it.

    • Picard

      But they used CG before too!? Or do you mean it’s just been used more often in season 5?

      • SpaceCadet

        They used CG prior to the 5th season; the alien lifeforms that flew through space in the 4th season episode Galaxy’s Child being an example. But I just meant the special effects and look of the show looked more sophisticated and cleaner in that season. I would cite the episodes “Darmok” and “Cause and Effect” and “Conundrum” as examples. CG would be used even more in the 6th and 7th seasons

  • pittrek

    Pre-ordered :-)

  • James

    Does anyone know if they fixed the phasers in ‘Darmok’?

    • trekcore

      They did indeed. The shot has been substituted for a different angle.

      • archer9234

        I would of preferred if they just used the existing model shot and moved the phaser. But I’m not complaining. No more photon phasers please.

        • Chris915

          I agree, but I’m anxious to see the new shot. :)

          • trekcore

            Actually you’ve already seen it – the replacement shot was originally featured in “The Best of Both Worlds” IIRC

          • Chris915

            What I mean is, the shot applied in the actual episode. :)

            If you get what I mean.

          • trekcore

            Oh, I understand – to see how it fits in to the flow of the episode.

          • archer9234

            Let me guess. They reused the Main Deflector firing shot. And just put in the phaser shot instead of the Dish firing. If I’m right. They should of did that back in 1991 lol.

  • Calculon

    Here’s hoping when the Season 6 trailer comes out around the time of Season 5′s release, they show Birthright Part 1 as one of the highlights of the season, due to it’ll feature the first glimpse of seeing DS9 and the Promenade in HD :)

    • trekcore

      Very unlikely. I don’t expect to see a Season 6 trailer until next year… and Birthright VFX are still being worked on!

      • BrianRoskamp

        From a business standpoint you’d think they’d have at least some sort of trailer ready for the next release, since it gives them basically free publicity. Granted the majority of the people purchasing these sets are probably fans that are keeping an eye on the status of the project, but for the handful of people who happen to see the set and purchase it, or rent it from somewhere, they’re losing the opportunity to increase interest in the following sets.

        • hypnotoad72

          Wasn’t TNG season 5′s first teaser trailer released atypically early?

          • archer9234

            It was. It came out before season 4 was released. It was really odd.

      • Chris915

        So it’s not going to be on the Season 5 set? :(

      • MikeD1978

        I hope we don’t have as long of a wait for Season 6 as we did between Seasons 1 & 2. I was hoping the remainder of the series would follow the three-to-four month schedule we’ve seen this year. And while a Season 6 trailer doesn’t necessarily have to include any scenes from “Birthright” it would certainly be a bit of a letdown to fans not to get a glimpse.

    • Derek Martz

      I wish they were releasing DS9 S1 after TNG S6 and before TNG S7.

      • archer9234

        Don’t we all. But there’s just no way. CBS-D didn’t even know if they could do all the remaining seasons themselves, at first. And Birthright is pretty hard. It’s their first time looking though all the DS9 box archives for all the station model material. Which I hope all was found. It would suck hard that they have to build a CGI DS9 for all the original model elements.

        • Justin Olson

          I would love it if that were true, but I’m not so sure CBS-D would have the DS9 Season One film shipped to Burbank just to find the “Birthright” shots from “Emissary” or to look for the runabout footage in “Timescape,” unless they are serious about remastering DS9 as a series. They may not have made that decision yet; they still have two years of TNG left to go, after all.

          And, as we know now, they don’t have to build any CG models. The DS9 VFX supervisors still have the CG assets that were used later on in the series… and, failing that, Tobias Richter has already built his own DS9, Defiant and Runabout which are more detailed than the CG used in the show back in the late 90s. So, combined with their revamped 1701-D (also originally supplied by Mr. Richter) they have every incentive to just recreate the DS9 shots in TNG Season Six with CG. Here are Mr. Richter’s renderings:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLFQ6TqsEkw
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L82qw_vdFA4
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLw-sftFZv8

          • archer9234

            That’s what they have to do in order to get the film elements for Birthright and DS9′s Runabout footage for Timescape. They wouldn’t go “It’s too cumbersome to go to the salt mines for 5 measly shots.” Let’s just do CGI. They had to re-assemble the Season 3 and 5 material early for the Sample disc, before those seasons had to be worked on. You know how many fans would be pissed off. Not to mention totally blow their chance in showing DS9 HD. It’s very important in this regard. It will show the station, (later) Runabout, and Alex Sidig in HD.

          • trekcore

            No, those shots won’t be done in CG. CBS have pulled the original film from Deep Space Nine for the shots used in “Birthright” and “Timescape”.

          • Justin Olson

            That’s great news! I’m glad I was wrong.

  • Matt Littledyke

    Can’t wait I have preordered both and being in the uk I had to have unification in feature length form so will be having it imported

  • Mike

    I was hoping for more cast involvement on Season Five’s VAM, though I suppose the only cast clips will be in the Requiem doc remembering Gene Roddenberry. I wonder if they approached Michelle Forbes, Colm Meaney or Whoopi Goldberg. I hope that when they get around to DS9 they reach out to that series’ extensive and impressive array of recurring actors for commentaries and interviews. That alone could add VAM for several releases. As for TNG S5, perhaps Forbes or Meaney will show up on the Requiem doc?

  • archer9234

    It sucks there’s no season 6 trailer ready. It also sucks they don’t make multiple trailers for the sets anymore. Just the one and that’s it. Jeri Taylor on Unification is something that is worth buying for.

    • mjdavid

      I wonder if trailer for Season 6 will pop up on Season 3 of Enterprise …

      • archer9234

        That’s a really good idea in getting S3 to sell lol.

  • David G

    Will they fix up the scene with the guy chewing chewy gum near the end of Unification Part 2? Part of me would like it if they didn’t fix that but I’m sure they will master him out.

    • archer9234

      It can go either way. They re-misaligned the nacelle phasers in Best of Both Worlds.