To you patient fans in North America, waiting for your chance to purchase all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation in one collection: your time has come!
CBS Home Entertainment’s new all-in-one, 41-disc package, first announced back in April, will finally make its way to store shelves next week.
While the UK and other territories around the world have had their own full-series collection since the end of 2014 – you can check out our review of the UK set over here – we know that many of you in the US and Canada have been holding out on purchasing any of TNG on Blu-ray until this set became available in North America.
Let’s get this out of the way up front: if you already own the seven season releases, there’s really no reason to buy this new collection.
These are identical Blu-ray discs as what were put out from 2012 to 2014, and do not include the minor VFX fixes that were corrected for the streaming release of the series last year. (And no, there have been no changes to the Season 2 discs either.)
This set also does not contain the five Next Generation standalone companion discs – feature-length releases of “The Best of Both Worlds,” “Redemption,” “Unification,” “Chain of Command,” and “All Good Things…” – those must still be purchased separately.
Like the UK release, this box set is packaged in two large, DVD-height plastic cases. The first four seasons are grouped into the first 23-disc case, with the latter three seasons in the other 18-disc package.
The removable disc spindles lift right out of the plastic cases, allowing you to flip through four Blu-ray discs at a time; the lining of the case artwork has a breakdown of each disc’s content. The discs themselves have no artwork, and are the same plain blue design as previous releases.
If you’ve been holding off on buying The Next Generation on Blu-ray, now’s the time you have been waiting for. The 41-disc set is a sure bet for anybody who hasn’t yet taken the leap to TNG in high definition – and it can be yours this week.