Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four

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star trek the next generation season 4Profoundly exciting stuff today, folks, as once again we prepare to boldly go where no one has gone before in “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four.” Our friends out at CBS Video sent over a copy on Blu-ray for us to cover, and it’s hard to imagine, but I tell you, this show just keeps looking better. This particular collection won’t hit stores until July 30, so mark your calendars now, because this is worth the wait.

Once again, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” takes us back out into the wilds of space. Not only are we going to get closure by wrapping up one of the biggest cliffhangers ever in “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2″, we’ll also get a whole new cliff to hang from with the season four cliffhanger “Redemption: Part 1″. In between, we’ll boldly go, we’ll face down enemies, and we’ll learn more about ourselves as a species, and ourselves individually, than we ever thought possible.

The restoration and translation from the original print are absolutely spectacular; naturally, some of it will depend on the audio and video equipment that go into it, but man, if you ever wanted a way to show off your hardware’s overall power, this is just the way to do it. Grab some popcorn, settle in, and blow the doors clean off the audience. It’s a spectacle, plain and simple.

And yet, at the same time, this is so much more than spectacle. This is some sweet science fiction right here. Granted, yes, some of it is pulled right out of the annals of the U.S.S. “Make It Up”, to borrow the phrase, but still, this is a lot of fun. There’s excitement, there’s drama, there’s just so much going on in here that it’s hard to imagine anyone not getting at least something out of it. There are magnificent sights in beautiful 1080p, there are amazing stories unfolding in front of us–Data’s brief mutiny is here, as are several other impressive storylines–there are horrors and terrors and wonders and just about anything else you could ask for all in one handy package. The new standard for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” must be Blu-ray.

Special features here are positively massive, including audio tracks available in English–in 7.1 DTS-HD, no less–as well as German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese. Subtitles, meanwhile, can be had in English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish. There’s also an entire collection of featurettes on resolving “The Best of Both Worlds,” a look at “Q-Pid”, a look at the 100th episode, gag reels, deleted scenes, audio commentary tracks, and trailers for “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Five” “The Best of Both Worlds,” “Star Trek: Enterprise Season Two,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three.”

For breathtaking, magnificent science fiction, trying “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four” is going to be a treat of greater proportions than may be expected. It’s excellent work, and well, well worth watching.

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