TNG Season 5 & Unification Blu-rays: Disc Breakdowns and SD/HD Video Preview

Last month, we brought you the press releases for the upcoming Season 5 Blu-ray edition of Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with the newly cut "Unification" companion disc. Today we can finally reveal the full disc breakdown for each set detailing each disc's content as well as full clarification on audio commentaries and deleted scenes.

In addition, we have put together a special edition of our ongoing "SD to HD" video series focusing exclusively on the Season 5 Blu-ray trailer, in anticipation of the upcoming November 19 release!

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH 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 six-disc collection also includes 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.

Disc One:
Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Five (SD)
  • 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: Departmental Briefing Year Five: Production (SD)
  • Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!
    • New Ground (HD)
  • 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: Departmental Briefing Year Five: Visual Effects (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: Memorable Missions (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Brannon Braga and Seth MacFarlane on “Cause and Effect” – NEW!
  • Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar on “The First Duty” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!
    • Ethics
    • The Outcast
    • The First Duty
    • Cost of Living
  • 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: A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Intergalactic Guest Stars (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Alien Speak (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Rene Echervarria and Mike & Denise Okuda on “I, Borg” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!
    • The Perfect Mate
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)

Disc Six:
Episodes

Special Features

  • In Conversation: The Music of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) – NEW!
  • Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) – NEW!
    • Part One: The Needs of the Many
    • Part Two: The Needs of the Few
  • Audio Commentary with Morgan Gendel and Mike & Denise Okuda on “The Inner Light” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!
    • The Inner Light
  • Gag Reel
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION 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.

The disc breakdown is as follows:

  • Unification (Parts 1 and 2)

Special Features

  • From One Generation to the Next (HD) – NEW!
    • Audio Commentary with Jeri Taylor and Mike & Denise Okuda (HD) – NEW!
    • Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!
    • Episodic Promos
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

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.

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Most of the information revealed in this disc breakdown was already described in our editorial attached to the previous press release, although we're thrilled at finally being able to reveal the full contents of the set, including what is set to be an awesome commentary from Jeri Taylor on "Unification" and Seth MacFarlane with Brannon Braga on "Cause and Effect"!

If you haven't already locked in your orders, be sure to pre-order your copies of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Unification on Blu-ray at Amazon using the links below. We have far more to come on these new releases in the next few days, so stay tuned! It's going to be a wild ride!

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



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  • RIcky

    Well done TrekCore! And as always the first in posting the latest on the remastered TNG Blus! Great content, cant wait for more coverage.

  • Gilbetron

    I’m counting down the days. :)

  • Connor

    Sounds great, and no missing footage this season? This season is really shaping up to be a great release!

    • trekcore

      Yes, unfortunately there is some missing footage. Around 2 minutes from “Power Play” and 1 minute from “The First Duty”

      • Robert

        3 minutes missing? I wasn’t expecting that…

        • trekcore

          Obviously it’s more than previous seasons, but I know Sarah and others at CBS-D tried so hard to find it. I’ve only had chance to review “Power Play” so far, and it’s mostly the ten-forward scenes. That said, the upscaling is far better than we’ve seen previously, they’ve matched the grain very nicely to the HD footage.

          • Robert

            Maybe we are just spoiled by season 1-4. I was always surprised there is so little missing. If someone had asked me to guess how much will be missing from the first four seasons I would have guessed about a few minutes per season, not seconds…

          • Jaro Stun

            nah not really. I’m actually very neutral to S4. S3 was a blast, S4, visually is like .. O.K. – it is not S2, but it is not really on par with S3 as well. S5 is getting very strange treatment – lackluster trailer, even more lackluster trailer for Unification, very little publicity, no cinema events…well… smells bad (read: savings) to me, but let’s see and judge afterwards.

          • trekcore

            A hint of paranoia I think. Lackluster trailers?? I loved them! So did most people! Publicity – I’ve explained – I’ve been busy! Cinema events – were cancelled after S3. Nothing to do with performance or quality.

          • Jaro Stun

            after S2 (still getting the taste out of my mouth), I’m paranoid more than healthy, you may be right ;-)

          • Chris915

            Season 3 and 4 look great, I haven’t seen Season 5 since it doesn’t come out until the 19th, but since it’s done by CBS Digital it undoubtedly looks superb.

          • hypnotoad72

            I wouldn’t say “spoiled” – it’s just fantastic records keeping, and the fact that the films were stored in the first place, that all ensured they could be found and re-pieced together. (Pity not in 4K, since we all know that 4k will be inevitable down the road — but by then 4K will be cheaper to do, and better technology to remaster the film even better.)

          • Connor

            Do you know if they were able to finally locate missing footage from previous seasons?

          • trekcore

            They located the 13 seconds from “Sins of the Father” and reinserted it into Season 3.
            IIRC the only other stuff was a few seconds from S1 and S4, and that is still missing.

          • Allen Williams

            Compared to Trials and Tribulations included on TOS season 2, I’ve been impressed with the upscaling. I can see the difference, but its not where near as bad as the horrible DVD’s.

          • hypnotoad72

            Better technology and more time and money devoted to making lower-res material look better. It’s no perfect replacement, but it’s not bad by any means.

        • Jaro Stun

          Considering S5 seems to be coming very quietly, I’m suspicious of what else we may not have expected. But I will let them pleasantly surprise me…

          • trekcore

            As I’ve already explained, I haven’t had the time to do the pre-release build up I normally put out. There’s no need for suspicions, if you like the work CBSD did with S3, you’ll like S5 just as much.

          • Jaro Stun

            Hoping so. Truly I hope for a very pleasant surprise and preorder is for sure in. But the money making machine behind is getting me worried, as this is usually the time they step in – momentum has been built up, now is the money time.

      • King Chung Huang

        Yikes, 3 minutes of missing footage! That’s going to be harder to miss. I wonder why there’s so much for Season 5?

        • archer9234

          Could be a ton of reasons. The shots could be not actually missing, but were horribly damaged. They where ruined during the re-scanning phase, The box was mislabeled, archive notes not written down right etc.

      • Justin Olson

        Damn. “Power Play” is one of the more cinematic episodes from Season Five. David Livingston brought his usual A-game to that one, visually speaking. After I saw your tweet the other night, I was hoping all the missing footage was in “New Ground” and “Cost of Living.”

        No offense, Brian Bonsall. :)

      • Allen Williams

        I wonder if it has anything to do with DS9. I believe season 5 is when DS9 started. Its possible that when they start DS9 (yes I’m willing it to happen), they’ll find the missing season 5 footage. Unfortunately its already too late to fix the release and that wouldn’t be for at least another year.

        • SpaceCadet

          No, DS9 didn’t premiere until the middle of TNG’s 6th season.

          • Mike C.

            Concerning DS9, by summer of 2014 we can probably have or know the release date of TNG season 7. Do you think they’ll announce one way or the other if DS9 will get the Blu-ray treatment before, or after the last season of TNG is released?

          • mjdavid

            If they continue to release TNG every four months like they have been this year we’ll likely have Season Six in March 2014 and Season Seven in July 2014. I would anticipate Season Four of ENT before season Seven of TNG, which means IF they have plans for DS9 (or VOY, although I really hope they don’t do VOY first) it’s likely we’ll know by Season Seven’s release date.

        • archer9234

          They wouldn’t lose TNG footage because DS9 was being produced. They are separate shows and wouldn’t interact like that. It’s not like Star Trek Generations where they reused the saucer separation footage. Which is probably what caused that shot to get lost.

      • hypnotoad72

        All f/x shots?

        They’re two of my favorite episodes, especially “Power Play”. Though I wish Ron Jones scored it…

      • James G.

        With such a significant chunk of footage missing, I trust they will offer a replacement program if they ever find the footage? After all, CBS-D should remain busy working with the original Trek film elements through 2017 if they do DS9 and VOY.

        When will we find out the status of missing film for seasons 6 and 7? I’d assume they would know by now what they have and what is missing.

        • archer9234

          Earlier season boxes where brought back to the mines. That’s why they can’t offer us HD deleted scenes from those episodes found on VHS tape, in later seasons.

      • Mat Rowe

        Wowza.

  • Yojoeski

    Good Lord that’s a lot of missing footage. A few seconds here or there isn’t good but it’s tolerable but one episode missing 2 full minutes of footage is terrible. Makes me really fearful for what’s coming with the final 2 seasons and even more fearful of what might be missing from any potential DS9 and Voyager remasters.

    • Chris915

      Even then, it’s an extremely minute portion of the season…

    • Guest

      Where did they confirm the 2 mins lost was from one episode. It could be bits from various episodes adding up to 2 minutes. EDIT: Just read sucks they lost that much.

    • hypnotoad72

      Given DS9 and VOY relying most on CGI, it’d be a project not too unlike TOS’…

      • hypnotoad72

        The down-vote is okay, but to whoever did that, please let me where I am in error. Much thanks!

  • Joshua Michael Irwin

    I wish they had replaced ALL of the four foot model with that CG one from this clip. It looks fantastic! The detail of the four footer, with the correct shape of the 6 foot model.

    • Chris915

      I’m glad they didn’t… because the 4 foot model looks much better in HD…

      However, as it’s been stated since the beginning, CG is only used where original elements can’t be found or are unable to be used…

  • SpaceCadet

    These special features on the S5 set have me very excited (along with the HD remastering of a very solid season of episodes), returning to the level from S3. Looking forward to the commentaries and deleted footage, although I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have included the deleted season from Unification on the season set like they are on the individual episode release. Of course, I know why they’re doing that but makes me hate the 2-part episode releases even more.

  • SpaceCadet

    Does anyone know if the Gene Roddenberry tribute from Patrick Stewart where he sings an alphabet song on the bridge of the Enterprise is included on this set? It was on the DVD version.

    • trekcore

      Yes, it is!

      • SpaceCadet

        Awesome! It was unusual but enjoyable so I’m glad it was ported over.

      • Mat Rowe

        Is it in HD? =D

  • Xavier

    Please… anyone now tell me they like the 4 foot model… just look how awesome the 6 foot based CGI model looks like!!! Wish they replaced that Ugly-prise 4 footer in the whole series.

    • Chris915

      I think the remastering really improves the look of the 4 foot model…

      • hypnotoad72

        The 4′ model lacks some details, but it’s by no means as ugly as its reputation suggests.

        • Chris915

          Well, smaller scale models always are usually less detailed… the problem with the 4 foot model is it has a bulkier look than the 6 foot model… but the remastered footage, it’s actually starting to grow on me.

          I don’t think the original SD compositing did this model justice…

      • Picard

        After the remastering the 4 food model looks really great now to me!!

      • James G.

        Yeah, it looks spectacular when it’s heavily darkened. The shot in Redemption when it’s swiveling toward the camera, it looks great. Some of the brighter S4 shots, not so much.

        • Chris915

          Yea, even the 6 foot model looks amazing now, now that the shots aren’t so bright and low contrast, etc.

  • Matt_Cardiff_UK

    Is it me, or does The Inner Light look worse on this trailer than it does on the ‘Next Level’ taster released a fair while ago? On this trailer, it looks grainy and over lit – almost like someone turned the contrast up. It looks horrible.

    • Chris915

      Could be they used the original pre-color corrected, etc. footage in the trailer…

      • Matt_Cardiff_UK

        I don’t know – no idea. It just looks awful. My enthusiasm for TNG in HD is waning due to the various inconsistencies. But I have to keep buying TNG:R in the hope it pays for DS9:R

        • Mat Rowe

          If you recall the trailer for Season 3 most of the footage hadn’t been color corrected. It was VERY bright and vibrant and the final products looked nothing like that. I wouldn’t be concerned.

          As much as I want the best possible quality out of these releases and as disappointed we all were over season 2, ANY remastering effort is going to look better than the original DVD transfers. I can’t watch them anymore. I gave my sets to my mother. She can’t see the difference anyway.

          I do hope that they get onto DS9 next, then Voyager. DS9 wasn’t all that popular in Australia from my experience, and I haven’t seen it. I’m waiting for those (potentially) gorgeous blu’s.

          • Chris915

            Yea, we’ll hopefully get an idea of DS9 in Season 6. :D

        • Chris915

          From what we’ve seen from CBS Digital so far with Season 1 and 3, I’ve had no reason to feel concerned for Season 5… or 6 and 7.

          • Matt_Cardiff_UK

            I hope that you’re right about the lack of colour correction, etc on the S5 trailer. Having already experienced The Inner Light on Blu Ray, seeing it ruined in a trailer really doesn’t make any sense. Why not just use the remastered footage instead? As you say though – CBS-D did S1 and S3 – I’m crossing my fingers they’ve done a good job in S5 onwards.
            .

          • trekcore

            “The Inner Light” is fine. Check my review for screenshots from it. Most of the material in the trailer is not color-corrected.

  • David Derflinger

    Ok, So the special features on the Unification Blu-ray are not available anywhere else right now?

    • Lava_Lander

      Yeah, it’s like the other two standalone Blu-rays, the extras are only on that disc

  • pittrek

    I can’t wait :-) I’m very sad to read about the 3 missing minutes, but on the other hand it has lots of deleted scenes :-)

    Could you please write a couple of words about this season’s documentary? The season 4 documentary was much much weaker than the previous documentaries (e.g. I noticed absolutely no “making of” footage), how does the season 5 documentary look like?

    • trekcore

      VAM is much better. Review is underway :)

      • pittrek

        Great !

  • Picard

    Season 5 on dvd wan not mono in German but in surround sound. If it’s in mono in German now it would be a deterioration! The new hd picture looks jaw dropping (cause mine REALLY droped by watching it:) Phenomenal work CBS-D!! I hope in about 2 years you will bring this picture (or maybe 4k) to 3D!! TNG in 3D would be like being a crew member:)))!!!!

  • hypnotoad72

    Given the season 2 reunion special where cast members were all saying how affirming and positive TNG was, isn’t the continued inclusion of the creator of such affirming, quality television such as “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, and “The Cleveland Show” a bit… odd?

    • SpaceCadet

      Perhaps, but Seth MacFarlane is such a well-known and successful celebrity right now, and a self-professed huge fan of TNG, that I’m sure the VAM producers jumped at any opportunity to include him in this project. I rather enjoyed his participation by moderating the TNG writers roundtable discussion on the season 3 set.

    • Tuskin38

      Patrick Stewart is a big fan of Seth’s shows as well. He has a recurring role in American Dad, and he is hilarious in it.

      • SpaceCadet

        Patrick was also the narrator in Seth’s “Ted”.

  • Picard

    If they will do 4k (and/or 3D) at some point I understand they’d almost had to do the WHOLE process again! Does that mean it’s possible they loose footage again or is at least this saved in some way now??

    • SpaceCadet

      I would think that after this blu-ray project all of the film is even better notated and secured.

    • Chris915

      I’ve been reading around and a guy said that their scanner had an optical resolution of 5080 dpi, resulting in a 4360 x 3720 px image (Super 35 2.35:1).

      And you could see the film grain very well at that magnification.

      From that experience they would say that 35 mm is not able to give you any more resolution beyond 4k.

      • Justin Olson

        That’s right. Modern, slow-speed, 4-perf 35mm motion picture film can’t resolve more than about 160 lines per millimeter which works out to around 4000 x 3000 pixels. 8-perf 35mm can’t resolve more than about 6000 x 4000 pixels (6K).

        However, it’s important to understand that Star Trek TNG, DS9 and VOY were shot primarily on high-speed stocks (now discontinued) that Kodak says were only capable of around 100 lines per millimeter. For the TV Transmitted Area being used on the Blu-rays, that’s only around 2000 x 1500 pixels at most. So a 4K remastering of TNG (or any of the others) is probably unnecessary. You’re not going to get much more detail out of the image.

        • Picard

          I don’t understand fully because when the film has a about 6k resolution, why can’t they get more detail out of it? Another question; does anybody know’s exactly which steps they’ll have to take to remaster it in 4k again? I mean do they have to do ALL from scratch like before, except finding the film peaces? Is the film still in peaces actually and had to be recut again and what about the effects (old and new cgi)? Do they hold up to higher than 1080p?

          • Justin Olson

            Well, first off, 6K res film wasn’t used to film the actors… that’s known as 8-perf or 35mm VistaVision and was only used by ILM on the pilot to film the miniatures. Instead, they used 4-perf 35mm film to photograph the actors on set. Most movies shot on film use 4-perf 35mm. That’s been the standard since 1892.

            As for why they can’t get more detail out of the film, it’s because in addition to film stocks having better resolution nowadays compared to ones from the late 80s and early 90s, film made to shoot inside a studio on a set with tungsten lights even today has to be faster speed (400 or 500 exposure index) and the light-sensitive silver halide particles in the film emulsion have to be bigger to create a proper exposure, resulting in larger grains on the film and less overall resolution or fine detail.

            By contrast, a slower speed film used to shoot in daylight (such as 50 or 100 exposure index) has smaller silver particles and therefore there are more of them per inch. Think of it as higher DPI the slower the film is. As I mentioned, Kodak rates the resolution of the old high-speed film stocks used to shoot TNG at around 100 lines per mm. The 4:3 TV area TNG uses on the camera negative is approximately 20mm x 15mm in size, so that means 2000 x 1500 pixels would probably suffice to capture the available resolution there.

            And yes, a 4K remastering would require everything to be done from scratch. It would also require CBS-Digital to buy all new equipment, because they are only set up to work in 2K as far as I’m aware. 4K is still very rare, even in the movie industry.

        • Bjoernar Dohm

          While a 4K remastering may not reveal any finer details, shouldn’t a higher resolution provide for a smoother picture (since the pixels themselves are much smaller)?

    • archer9234

      They wouldn’t loose the footage again. The boxes and storage lists where updated if/when they need them again.

  • SpaceCadet

    I’m rather surprised/disappointed that we haven’t had any actors give any episode commentaries yet. Whenever one of them directs an episode or is heavily featured in it would be natural to have them participate. Or an entire cast commentary on “All Good Things” would be amazing.

  • CaliburnCY

    Thanks for doing that S5 trailer HD/SD comparison. That must’ve been a fair bit of extra work compared to one of your single episode comparisons, since you would’ve needed to track down the relevant bits of SD footage from a whole bunch of episodes instead of just one…
    The end result certainly did its job in building my anticipation even higher!

  • Kevin

    im curious about one thing the ultimate scene in DARMOK when the phasers are fired from the torpedo tube !!! are they gonna fix that like they did the scene in ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT where the phasers were again fired from the wrong section. other than that im not too worried i always found season five to be the season where TNG became its own entity in the TREK world . from BEV saying to that doctor trust your morals i dont think i could said a lot about the characters being their own bosses sort of speak not just another TREK character . RIKER essentially being gay WORF a dad DATA being a role model GEORDI being the coolest chief engineer to PICARD becoming the captain we all know and love just too cool . and lets not forget RO being introduced and WESLEY finally getting a good story for a change .S5 was the season ireally became a TREK fan

    • Chris915

      Yes, it was revealed a long time ago that that shot would be fixed in Darmok. :)

      I can’t say Riker being essentially gay… on what basis?

      • kevin

        in the outcast it was essentially written to be a gay storyline they being the powers that be decided to not make it that way due to the male contigent thinking that RIKER would be bi-sexual or gay. i always looked at it as a gay episode…one of TNG’s groundbreaking episodes that get lost in the shuffle

        • Justin Olson

          It was certainly meant to be an allegory for the LGBT rights movement, no question… but given the facts of the episode you can’t really say Riker is essentially gay in it. Since the J’naii were an androgynous species, the most you could say was that Riker was exhibiting transromantic or panromantic behavior. Also, you have the added wrinkle that Soren was self-identifying as female and was clearly played by a female actress.

          Plus we all know Riker would nail anything that moves and appears less masculine than he does!

          • Chris915

            “Plus we all know Riker would nail anything that moves and appears less masculine than he does!”

            haha, yea.

        • Chris915

          Well, I know that, especially the speech that Soren gives at that hearing thing…

  • James G.

    The footage in I, Borg is a lot brighter than the SD masters. The other episodes don’t seem to be that way.

    • trekcore

      Again, please see the screencaps in my review for a true representation for how the footage looks in HD.

      Footage in the trailer is adjusted by the trailer editing team to suit their design ethic. Some footage is supplied to them color corrected, other footage isn’t.

  • Matthew Klamm

    I was watching the single disc release of “Star Trek: The
    Next Generation: Unification” tonight and notice the odd bubble-like distortion
    that appears on the visual effects shot that occurs between 26:49 to 26:58. In
    the left corner as the junked Klingon ship enters the frame. It also occurs on
    the season 5 set which I also picked up.

    I went back to my Star Trek TNG season 5 DVD set and yes
    while lower resolution, there was no noticeable distortion.

    It appears CBS Digital messed up in compositing the shot
    from the film elements.

    Anyone else notice any other mistakes yet?

    • Chris915

      I didn’t, but I’ll double check…

    • Chris915

      That’s camera lens effects… happens when the light hits the right angle to the lens…