Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series
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Avery Brooks, Terry Farrell, Auberjonois. Spinning off from the wildly successful Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine took the Trek universe to darker, deeper places than before. This massive seven-season set contains all 173 episodes on 48 DVDs. 1993-98/color/133 hrs., 26 min/NR/fullscreen.
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OK, so what you receive is a 7.75” x 5.625” x 5.0” cardstock box, with a textured space station decorating two outer sides, that contains three clear plastic keepcases. (Note: No flip discs or paper sleeves here.) The first 2.0” thick protective case contains seasons #1–3 spread over 20 discs on five hinged pages. The second 2.0” thick protective case contains season #4–6 spread over 21 DVDs on five hinged pages AND one on the inside back cover. The last 1.0” thick protective case contains the final season (#7) spread over 7 discs on three hinged pages AND one on the inside back cover.
Note: This totals 48 DVDs in all, one more than this listing advertises.
Now for the undesirable peculiarities. These two hinged bundles ARE NOT ATTACHED to the inside of the protective case. Open too roughly and these hinged bundles hit the floor. Furthermore, the 21st disc in the second bundle is attached inside the back cover to a spindle THAT IS NOT molded to the case. It’s just “stuck” in place and my DVD came loose, rattling around still attached to the spindle. The third case is just fine, with attached hinges & molded spindle.
Personally, before now I’ve never owned this collection. But I’ve rented it through Netflix, and though the artistic image adorning each DVD is now just simple grey, the content is laid out identical fashion to those older original Netflix discs. Now that I’ve watched a few discs I definitely believe this to be more of a repackaging rather than a refurbishing when it comes to audio/visual quality. Here is some more information taken straight off the packaging.
“Relive all seven seasons of the series that took the Star Trek franchise into uncharted territory. Commander Benjamin Sisko is in charge of a diverse crew aboard Deep Space 9, a space station in a constant power struggle with rival species due to its strategic position close to a nearby wormhole, which allows speedy travel to the far reaches of space.”
* Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning
* Secrets of Quark’s Bar
* Alien Artifacts: Season One
* New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine
* New Station, New Ships
* The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond
* Time Travel Files – “Past Tense”
* Sailing Through the Stars: A Special Look At “Explorers”
* Charting New Territory: Deep Space Nine Season Four
* Trials and Tribble–ations: Uniting Two Legends
* Trials and Tribble–ations: A Historic Endeavor
* Inside DS9 with Mike Okuda
* Mission Inquiry: “Far Beyond the Stars”
* 24th Century Wedding
* Ending an Era
* The Last Goodbyes
* And More! (I.E. – Crew Dossiers, Sketchbooks & Photo Gallery’s)
Disclaimer: I was a youngster when the first season of Star Trek hit the “boob tube” back in the mid–sixties. I often joke with people that “all you need to know about life can be learned from viewing Star Trek”. Watch the episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” from season three of TOS and you’ll know what I mean. As to this DS9 release, overall, I’m pretty pleased to add this to my viewing collection.
It took me a minute to figure out how to get the discs out but it's an ingenious design: Remember to take each disc out exactly like this or you will have a tough time getting them out: (See my pictures for a demonstration with where I place my fingers to take a disc out)
- For the top disc of each page: place your thumb in the center and your other finger at the top and press in with your thumb and pull the top of the disc towards the center.
- For the bottom disc of each page place your thumb in the center but pull the bottom of the disc towards the center.
The rolodex-style flip books (case 1 and 2) are not connected to the inner case (just like the The Next Generation/Enterprise UK, region free, blu ray releases) and they do come out - so be careful. The cases have 2 discs per page and the second and third cases have one disc on the back-inside of the case. The third case (case 3: season 7) is like a flipping book and it is connected to the inner case.
CBS Entertainment has the most horrific quality control for DVD I've ever seen. To get the a complete full set of these DVD, I had to order 2 sets and mix and match DVDs. In the original sets, 4 discs were unusable, ranging from cracked discs, bad DVD pressing and even a large sticker on the data side.
The same thing happened with my purchase of Star Trek Enterprise on Blu Ray, I needed to purchase two sets and mix and match to get one good box set. Thankfully, Amazon let me return the damaged set.
Note: This review is based purely off the physical item itself , the series is 5/5 IMO. But the series is available to everyone on Netflix if you want to watch it, only reason I bought it was for a physical copy for my collection. The packaging is horrible. Contrast that with the packaging for Babylon 5 which has each season in its own case and no risk of scratches.