Just in time for its twenty-fifth anniversary, Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released in high-def Blu-ray.
For fans of The Next Generation, 2012 will be a good year, with the release of the first season towards the end of the year. But fans will get a taste of what to expect with a sampler to be released January 21, 2012.
“All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally,” said the CBS Home Entertainment press release.
“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation for years,” said Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”
The first full season won’t be available until late in 2012, but a sampler disc, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Next Level, will release next month. The Next Level will include the pilot episode, Encounter at Farpoint, as well as Sins of the Father (S3) and fan-favorite The Inner Light (S5).
“One of the most popular series in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. It premiered in first-run syndication during the week of September 28, 1987 and ran through 1994.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation won numerous accolades, including 18 Emmy awards, and was the first – and only – syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for its seventh season. It was also ranked #46 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list in 2002.”
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Next Level can be pre-ordered here.