CBS this week announced the release date for the Blu-ray edition of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. A six-disc Blu-ray set will be released on July 24. The show has been remastered from original film elements and will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. As with the DVD release of the series, the discs will be packed with bonus material, including interviews, archival footage, and the gag reel.
As engadget pointed out, a preview Blu-ray was released in March. That disc contained the series’ first episode, Encounter at Farpoint, and two other episodes. One, Sins of the Father, is a 3rd season episode involving Klingon politics. The other is a 5th season episode, The Inner Light, in which Captain Picard learns to play a Ressikan flute.
The trailer for that preview release is below and was uploaded to the CBSHEonDVD YouTube channel, a CBS Home Entertainment channel that promotes DVD and Blu-ray releases. It seems to be an afterthought. The trailer attempts to show how much better the series will look with before and after shots, but the video was only uploaded in 380p, meaning no difference can be seen.
What do you think? Will you be waiting in line on July 24th? Will you have time to save up enough money for what is sure to be an expensive release? Leave a comment below and let me know.