TNG Season 5 DVD Reviews AppearBy Caillan
November 9, 2002 - 11:19 AM
The first reviews of the Next Generation season five DVD box set have praised the package as another high-quality release, with the moving tribute to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry the standout extra feature.
- Marc A. Riviera at Genre Online said season five was "arguably the best Next Generation season set to be released yet." Riviera praised the large volume of high-quality episodes, citing 'Redemption,' 'Unification' and particularly 'Darmok' as standouts. "I think Star Trek: The Next Generation truly represents some of the best television programming ever aired and with season five joining the first four season box sets on DVD-Video this Tuesday, there is no better time than the present to grab these sets and engage." Read the full analysis here.
- Over at DVD File, Peter M. Bracke rated the 'Tribute to Gene Roddenberry' featurette as one of the set's highlights:
Contributing often teary-eyed remembrances are Roddenberry's widow Majel Barrett, plus cast and crew including Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Whoopi Goldberg, Herman Zimmerman, John de Lancie and researcher Guy Vardaman. All considered Roddenberry a father figure, and such recollections can't help but be moving. Also a treat for Trek fans is some rare footage of a Paramount 25th anniversary bash for Roddenberry and more rare interview footage of the man himself. Of all the extras on these Next Gen sets, this is probably the best so far, and certainly the most important for any Trek fan not to miss. (And stick around for the end credits, as Patrick Stewart delivers a nice little comedic surprise for Roddenberry.)
Overall, Bracke said the set was a "must have" for Trek fans, awarding it 3 out of 5 for value in his complete analysis.
- "Season five is yet another superb candidate for ST:TNG ownership," wrote Steve Krutzler at TrekWeb, who said the season had far more memorable episodes than he recalled. The picture and sound quality fared well for a series produced over a decade ago. "There's hardly ever an imperfection and the antiquated effects shots seem to age well. The image itself is somewhat grainy, but this is television and it wasn't shot in digital widescreen ala Enterprise, so what are you gonna do? [...] Sound-wise you're listening to 5.1 digital or dolby digital surround that sounds excellent to the average ear without a surround system and English subtitles are included as usual." In the full review, the DVD package was given a score of 4 out of 5.