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To buy or not to buy?
on October 5, 2007
Item reviewed: Star Trek the Next Generation. 20th Anniversary 7-season DVD box set (2007)
This is the big question for TNG fans. For those who love the show and have not yet invested in the complete series, the price is now right to pick up all the episodes of one of the best SF series ever made.
The previous DVD box set editions both have their fans and detractors. Content-wise, these discs are identical in every way to the previous release, including menu screens. So there is little reason to upgrade to this box set for those who already own the individual season sets. The new series set is housed in plastic cases with mylar spines, similar to the DS9 and Voyager, and Enterprise sets, and takes up half the shelf space of the TNG cardboard box sets.
There is one bonus disc here (disc 49), not included before. It contains the short featurettes that were previously only released in the Region 2 DVD sets and on the Best Buy bonus discs. It's nice to finally have them available to all in North American format. In addition, there are 3 new featurettes unique to this 20th Anniversary set each about 25 min. long. In total, there are approx. 80 min. of brand new material here. It's great to see Wil Wheaton ('Wesley') again, as host of one of the features, and De Lancie ('Q') on another.
Many die-hard fans will want to wait a few years until inevitably yet another edition comes out in a high-definition format, containing a few more goodies. Until then, TNG has now reached a reasonable price for the 7-series run on DVD. I have added several extra pictures on the product page so that buyers can get a look inside.
Special Features Disc Menu:
* = new features unique to this edition
% = previously released in Region 2 format, or on Best Buy bonus discs only
- The Next Generation's Impact: 20 Years Later (host John De Lancie) *
- The Next Generation's Legacy: 2007 (host Wil Wheaton) *
- Star Trek Visual Effects Magic: A Roundtable Discussion *
- Select Historical Data 1 %
- Inside The Star Trek Archive %
- Intergalactic Guest Stars %
- Alien Speak %
- Select Historical Data 2 %
- Inside Starfleet Academy Archives: Sets and Props %
- Special Profiles %
- Dressing The Future %