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Blu Ray Review
, December 3, 2012
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Short review- if you want ST:TNG S2 the best it's ever looked, this is worth the price of admission. There are some uneven visual effects, but overall, the quality is amazing from start to finish.
ST:TNG S2 contains only 22 episodes this time out, which is the full run of the season.
Amazing. Well, let me say, anything that includes people, looks absolutely fantastic. The level of detail in each shot is breath taking. You can't ask for better from video from the era.
Where it falls down, slightly, is some of the visual effects. I haven't seen the entire series yet (received it today), but even in the first few episodes there are instances of some slightly blurry VFX and some of the planets and so on just look a little off. I can overlook this for the most part, but when comparing the amazing work done on the first season, I had expected a few steps above this from stem to stern.
As it turns out, CBS allowed another company do the restoration work, given how large the task is to recreate all 7 seasons, this time out. Unfortunately they seemed to allow them some liberty and didn't full check all of the work, thus the slight "differences" in interpretations. The work is, by no means, horrible, it just isn't perfect, unlike what I would say the VFX in the first season were.
I dropped one star for the odd effects, though I can look past it to an extent.
Again, amazing. The 7.1 channel audio is full and the sound stage is quite well done, just as the first season was. You can hear effects throughout the sound stage and every bit of audio is crisp and clear. You can also listen in stereo, which isn't nearly as clear to my ears, but still the best it's ever sounded.
One question you may have is, does this set have the same audio issues as the first? For those that have the audio issues in the first season, Paramount does have a website where you can request replacement discs, and I recommend you do. As I have not yet viewed the entire series, I can't say definitively that the audio is error free, but from watching a few eps (and all the extras on the discs) on the first disc, then spot checking episodes from the others, it does NOT appear to be an issue.
Jam packed? Can I say that? I guess I just did!
The quality of the recreation (well, most of it, dismissing some of the VFX), deserves a level of amazing extras, and this set goes the extra mile.
Reunification - the cast returns 25 years later to talk about the show. If you don't watch any of the other extras, I think this is worth it.
Making it So - two part feature. Includes interviews, both current and historical. Can I say this is also a must see set?
Reading Rainbow - LeVar used to be on Reading Rainbow and they did a behind the scenes look at TNG on the show. The episode is included here.
Gag-Reel - various silliness from the crew during filming. It is fun to watch.
Extended Measure of a Man episode. I have not yet watched this, but early reports are that they added 15 minutes of footage, all recreated from the film elements like everything else in the set, is supposedly well worth watching. Once I get to watching it, I'll update my review.
You also get audio commentaries (haven't listened to them yet) for some episodes and also some deleted scenes that I have not yet viewed all of.
A great set and a good follow up to the first season. The first season was marred by some audio issues (that Paramount has corrected). This season is marred by some VFX issues, that I can't imagine will be corrected, given how much more work would be required to do so. Either set, however, is worth watching over again given how amazing they look and sound now.
The next season is back in house with CBS Digital, so the likelihood is that that set will be perfectly perfect. Even if this set and the first aren't perfect, they are the best the show has ever looked and for me, that's a darn good start.
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