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Star Trek TNG DVDs

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-special dept.

Television 416

pgudge writes "startrek.com had a post about the paramount release of Star Trek The Next Generation on DVD. Claimed a around $100 for the season pack, including 7 DVD's. And that other season are to be released every other month thereafter. all done in Dolby Digital 5.1. Release date expected 26th march" Good way to watch them without suffering through TNN's ridiculous image squashing technology (Proudly proving that in the future everyone is either a pro wrestler, or shaped like a pear!)

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834292)

fp bitchezzs!!!!

Back! (-1)

Frank White (515786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834405)

I'm back, muthafuckas! Slashdot banned me, but they couldn't ban me forever! Beware The Goat With a Thousand Young [fris.net] !

You, sir... (-1)

L.Torvalds (548450) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834473)

Are my new hero.

Your page-o'-linux-tricks was most informative.

About time! (1, Interesting)

Sethb (9355) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834294)

I've been waiting for this, better dump the few ST:TNG Laserdiscs I have on eBay right away.

Oh, and I submitted this several days ago:

* 2002-01-11 11:58:47 ST:TNG DVD Sets Officially Announced (articles,tv) (rejected)

Re: I submitted this several days ago (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834397)

I once suggested that they add a meta-moderate to rate the folks who post or reject stories.

Ignored, though.

Re:About time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834466)

It's possible that the story submitter beat you to it and that Taco was just sitting on the story waiting until they ran out of microsoft news on sunday afternoon. Or maybe it's just random.

what about B5, Buffy, Simpsons (4, Interesting)

jd142 (129673) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834296)

Now if only Babylon 5 could get the same treatment. Buffy is on the way. And Simpsons 1st season is out.

Anyone have any more info?

Re:what about B5, Buffy, Simpsons (1)

MaxVlast (103795) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834343)

I wish! My crappily-recorded Sci-Fi VHS tapes really suck. I'd love DVDs.

Re:what about B5, Buffy, Simpsons (4, Informative)

gibodean (224873) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834422)

Well, we've already got Buffy DVDs seasons 1 to 3, and Angel season 1 in Australia.

Just get yourself a region free player, and order from here (or New Zealand). I think the UK has them too.

Re:what about B5, Buffy, Simpsons (2)

thegrommit (13025) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834479)

Yes, at least those three "franchises" have maintained their cachet. Post-TNG Trek has devolved into mediocrity to the point where I don't get upset about missing an entire season.

Yea, right. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834300)

I can barely stand to watch it on TV. To have a permanent copy in my house would be intolerable.

I seriously don't understand why people like this show.

Re:Yea, right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834333)

I can barely stand to watch it on TV. To have a permanent copy in my house would be intolerable.

I am married to a trekky in denial. It's okay, but you have to be careful to hide any videotapes you value. I bought a copy of Two Moon Junction once, but it was used to record over a trek episode before I got a chance to watch the movie.

Re:Yea, right. (-1)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834340)

It's an acquired taste.

Also, many of the episodes are just terrible. I believe the good or better : bad or worse ratio was widely believed to be about 1:2 .

Re:Yea, right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834350)

easy [chrisos.com]

Of course! How could I have been so stupid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834394)

#include "sarcasm.h"

Well, I've certainly been shown the errors of my ways. I'm a full fledged trekkie now.

Where's the next ST Convention? I have to sign up.

no last season? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834303)

here is the press release about the last season: season 7? [search.com]

OH NO!!!! (-1)

L.Torvalds (548450) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834330)

I have read your insightful article/posting, and I am very distressed at the gaping space between seasons 6 and 7!!!

I forget.... (5, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834306)

Do we hate the MPAA this week or not???

Re:I forget.... (5, Funny)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834314)

FYI, we hate it Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
We like it Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
and we alternate Sundays.

Get with the program.

great! (4, Insightful)

Syre (234917) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834308)

Great!

This means I'll be able to download the shows real soon now on Morpheus [musiccity.com] , Gnutella [wego.com] or EDonky2000 [edonkey2000.com] !

Don't forget File Rogue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834316)

File Rogue [filerogue.com] is getting pretty damn good!

Legality Issues (2, Interesting)

LeiraHoward (529716) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834478)

What in the world are you people thinking? One of the reasons these companies have to make their products cost so much is so they actually make a profit. Every illegal copy takes away from that.

I know Star Trek is a huge enterprise (pun intended) now, but there are still a lot of people out there who worked really hard on the project, and deserve to get a bit of reward for their work.

My general rule of thumb for file copying is this: do I take income away from the owners of the copyright? For instance, when you watch TV and videotape an episode, the television company has already paid for the rights for the episode to be shown. So you're not taking anything away from the company. However, if they make a special high-quality DVD edition, and you just copy it, they are losing the money they would have gotten if you rented or *gasp* even bought it.

$100 for a season isn't that unreasonable. It works out to something like $3.50-$4.50 per episode, which is not that hard for you all to do. If you really want them, save your money and buy it! It works out to less than $2/day if each season comes out every two months. Not that hard to do, folks. I know some people who put more than that in the vending machines at work!

Besides which, once you figure in the price of your internet connection, and purchasing CDs to burn the data on, you really aren't saving that much money, but you're getting an inferior quality ripped file!

As for me, I think I'll start saving my money now. That extra footage bit sounds cool!

Re:Legality Issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834513)

While it's alot of fun to download VCD's of Babylon 5 episodes and such, you have a point I agree with - the extra features, even more so than the extra quality, make the dvd version worth the price! In general, cut scenes and alternate endings are -=sweet=- and make an honest man of even an old pirate like myself!

I even bought me mum a dvd player for christmas, she's made the mistake of buying lots of movies in vhs format, some of the oldest already look like shait (It's not a curse word if you say shit in Irish)...

DVD Only Special Feature: (5, Funny)

Nathdot (465087) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834309)

DVD Only Special Feature:

*Skip Holodeck Episodes.

:)

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (5, Funny)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834324)

How about:

*Skip First Season?

;)

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834378)

Great joy and gratitude!

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (3, Funny)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834327)

Hrm..if we couple that feature, with the ability to skip over Episodes centered around transporter accidents, we could fit the entire series on to an 8-track.

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834459)

You can fit the entire premise on the head of a pin.

Why screw up a perfectly good 8 track tape?

.

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (5, Funny)

servasius_jr (258414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834380)

DVD Only Special Feature:

*Skip Holodeck Episodes.


Yeah, it's really easy to pick out those end-of-season low-on-cash episodes: "Data's cat suffers from distemper and Worf learns a lesson about sharing when he takes square-dancing lessons on the holodeck. Picard gets a haircut. Wesley shaves for the first time."

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834413)

wesley shaved? crap, i hoped they had him shipped off to starfleet before he could get older and more annoying.

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (1)

Howie (4244) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834449)

yeah, and picard got a haircut. Stay on target. Geez.

Re:DVD Only Special Feature: (2)

Spackler (223562) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834424)

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but the very first holodeck episode (I'm not talking about Farpoint where Riker finds Data in the holodeck), the one with the Binars and Minuet, was not bad. It used it as a prop to deceive, and not technology gone crazy (and NOT Captain Proton! What was Berman thinking?).

Spackler

TNN is bad? (4, Insightful)

spacefem (443435) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834312)

I kinda like watching TNG on TNN, it's weird, I know, but it adds to the atmosphere. So much of Star Trek is like a big party, a community, I don't always feel right watching it myself in the comfort of my own home, I like the feeling that millions of losers are watching it with me. Anybody else catch techTV's little stints at the Star Trek Experience lately? Excellent, nothing like an interview with a real Klingon to remind you that the culture is out there, not on your DVD shelf.

Re:TNN is bad? (2)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834354)

That is a gross misuse of the word "culture".

Re:TNN is bad? (2)

kilrogg (119108) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834357)

Can you explain this "image squashing technology" for us non-Americans? Do they change the aspect ratio? Why would they need to do that? thanks.

Re:TNN is bad? (1)

servasius_jr (258414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834401)

Can you explain this "image squashing technology" for us non-Americans? Do they change the aspect ratio? Why would they need to do that? thanks.

Yup, they change the aspect ratio. They squeeze in some blank space at the bottom of the screen so they can run text ads for wrestling and Baywatch.

Re:TNN is bad? (1)

kilrogg (119108) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834423)

That would probably annoy me too, especially if text was scrolling, like stock tickers on CNN and other news channels. I hope this doesn't catch on.

Re:TNN is bad? (1)

OSSMKitty (125119) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834435)

Yup, it seems to be catching on. A couple of other networks are doing this same annoying thing. Oxygen, TV for women, does it to run not only ads, but "vital" information about the love lives of the stars of the show...

Re:TNN is bad? (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834406)

TNN compresess the image by about 5 - 10% to make room for an annoying bar that says something to the effect of, "TNN, home of star trek" ... sometimes it has announcements, and often it tells what shows are coming up next.

It dosen't make the shows unwatchable, but it is just enough that you notice that *something* is wrong. It has the effect of making Troy's ass just *that* much fater

Re:TNN is bad? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834438)

It has the effect of making Troy's ass just *that* much fater[sic]

I like Big Butts and I do not lie....

Advantages of TNN image squashing (5, Informative)

yerricde (125198) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834419)

Can you explain this "image squashing technology" for us non-Americans? Do they change the aspect ratio?

TNN [tnnonline.com] (The National Network, formerly The Nashville Network before Viacom bought it, moved all its programming to CMT, and turned TNN into a TBS/USA clone [tnnonline.com] ) vertically scales the image on many of its shows into the top 6/7 or so of US TV's 240 visible scanlines. In the bottom 1/7, TNN displays its logo and unobtrusive textual advertisements. Good points: It lets TNN go longer without a commercial interruption, it moves the captions out of the way of the picture, and it's easily switched off for broadcasting letterboxed feature films. Bad point: It modifies the image.

Macrovision? AntiCopy process. (2, Insightful)

dasheiff (261577) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834313)

All seven discs are encoded with the Macrovision? AntiCopy process.

Yeah, right! All this really means is that there will now be DIVX copies of Next Gen online.

Re:Macrovision? AntiCopy process. (1)

mrjohnson (538567) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834369)

No, really.

What does that mean? Will I be able to play that on my linux box (d4d)?

I'm not buying the thing if they're including draconian DRM in it.

Re:Macrovision? AntiCopy process. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834425)

Macrovision is a protection mechanism that works only on a standard TV signal (PAL/NTSC/SECAM). It screws with the AGC on your VCR and projection TV, causing it to fade from white to black.

A simple "video stabiliser" or (more expensive) time base corrector will fix the problem.

Since it only works in the analog domain, you have nothing to worry about should you want to watch the episodes on your computer. The only time macrovision will prevent you from using the content on your computer is when you try to capture video from brain-damaged cards and drivers.

I don't think linux could give two shits about detecting it, but YMMV.

Re:Macrovision? AntiCopy process. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834471)

What does that mean? Will I be able to play that on my linux box (d4d)?

Macrovision is a "shoot yourself in the foot" technology that makes it impossible to plug your DVD and VCR into the TV in a usable chain. It prevents people from making low-quality copies on a VCR, and instead forces them to make perfect digital copies using their computers.

What it means is that when you rip the DVDs, be sure to use the "remove macrovision" option.

Will they play on your machines? (3, Insightful)

-douggy (316782) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834317)

All seven discs are encoded with the Macrovision(TM) AntiCopy process. The above information pertains to the North American release only.

When are we getting them in region 2? Will ours be macrovision free? As we know only you US guys copy them to VHS for leet pirate salez :o)

This post is not serious

Re:Will they play on your machines? (2, Informative)

Foddrick (13702) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834374)

Seem's like region 2 will [theflagship.net] be coming out.

Re:Will they play on your machines? (5, Interesting)

AntiNorm (155641) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834484)

Why the heck would they want to region-protect STTNG DVDs anyway? The industry claims that region coding is there so that they can control the release of movies, etc. -- but STTNG is no movie. If they use region coding on something like this, the MPAA's argument for having region coding gets flushed down the drain. It becomes quite apparent (as if it wasn't already) that region coding is there for more than what they claim it is.

When we get them region 2 (1)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834399)

Sooner than the americans it would seem.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005UO5 M [amazon.co.uk] (series 1, 4th March 2002)

We're way ahead on Buffy as well.

Now if only we could keep up for movie releases.

Re:When we get them region 2 (0)

Cheesy Fool (530943) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834488)

Off-topic, what happened to big trouble in little china R2, its been out for months on R1 and was supposed to be out on R2 back in november.

Re:Will they play on your machines? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834400)

Dumping to video is pretty easy - get an nVidia geForce based card with TV out, enable TwinView mode, and send the video and audio out to your VCR. Voila. Macrovision gone; and your tape is ready.

Re:Will they play on your machines? (1)

Howie (4244) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834470)

Too bad the video quality will suck worse than a 4th generation tape - or is that just my GeForce? *damn* fringy picture.

This is better... (3, Interesting)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834319)

then the way they packaged the original series, by putting 2 episodes per DVD and charging $20-$30 per 2 episodes.

I'll be collecting these, and hoping the original series, as well as Voyager is released in this fashion.

I can't imagine DS:9 would sell quite as well... :)

Re:This is better... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834365)

as well as Voyager is released in this fashion.

I can't imagine DS:9 would sell quite as well... :)


What!? I thought DS9 was SOO much better than Voyager. Even though it was a bit more soap-opera-ie, the plots were better and more diverse (but not as good as TNG).
Also, DS9 had more hot women ;-)

Re:This is better... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834386)

DS9 had more hot women?

Jeri Ryan cancels out the DS:9 women.

Re:This is better... (3, Insightful)

Masem (1171) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834402)

I've read they've committeed to doing the full TNG run as series packaging, and will decide if the same is merited for DS9 and VOY depending on sales (and compare with TOS). If this method works, then they'll rerelease TOS in series format as well.

I hope more TV series are released in this fashion. For example, Farscape is still 2eps a disk, making it unweldly to get. If you consider that you can cut the cost of production by having one large inset booklet and combined packaging, it's much more reasonable on both end of the sale.

YES ! Now just a few more shows ... (4, Interesting)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834325)

It's about time bloody time Paramoun! Who would pay $20 for 2 episodes on a VHS/DVD ?? X-Files on DVD did it right from the beginning. Each season for ~ $120.

Now we just need Babylon 5, Futurama, Deep Space 9, and Red Drawf on DVD and I'd be a happy sci-fi geek! Oh yeah, and the complete Lord of the Rings. ;-)

Re:YES ! Now just a few more shows ... (2)

Gid1 (23642) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834439)

Now we just need Babylon 5, Futurama, Deep Space 9, and Red Drawf on DVD and I'd be a happy sci-fi geek!

Well, B5 is already on Region 1 DVD, and will (allegedly) be coming to R2 in March. However, it looks like Warner UK is being a bit clueless... one TV movie per £20 disc?!?

Entertainment worth paying for (0, Flamebait)

imrdkl (302224) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834332)

And waiting for. In long lines... with suitable body armor and urban warfare armaments to fight off the hordes at Wherehouse on the day they ship.

More Wil Wheaton! (1, Funny)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834334)

Thank you! Now I can DIGITALLY peruse my collection for those delightful Wesley Crusher moments!

TNT does not maintain aspect ratio (1)

irq (68200) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834335)

Yeah, their picture shrinking technology really sucks, they don't even maintain the aspect ratio, they just smoosh their message in at the bottom, and they do it on almost all of their shows. It really blows.

Re:TNT does not maintain aspect ratio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834489)

Actually, it is not bad if you convert it to DivX and use cropping + resizing filters in the process. Sure beats some urgy station ID bug.

Paramount gets it right. (1, Interesting)

funkhauser (537592) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834345)

Having screwed up quite a bit in the past, it's good to see Paramount getting their act together with this boxed set. I guess they're just trying to make up for Enterprise.

Re:Paramount gets it right. (0)

I.T.R.A.R.K. (533627) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834467)

Is Enterprise still on? Did it even make it past the first six episodes?

Um, yes. This is an honest question.

Re:Paramount gets it right. (4, Informative)

servasius_jr (258414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834505)

Is Enterprise still on? Did it even make it past the first six episodes?

Um, yes. This is an honest question.


Yup. New episodes in January, I believe. I think those pouty Vulcan lips will keep the show going long enough to hit its stride and attract a following. With some luck, they'll rethink the music.

Re:Paramount gets it right. (1)

servasius_jr (258414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834485)

Having screwed up quite a bit in the past, it's good to see Paramount getting their act together with this boxed set. I guess they're just trying to make up for Enterprise.

Whoa, there! Let's not get ahead of ourselves -- they're still making up for DS9.

I'll wait for now... (3, Interesting)

supernova87a (532540) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834360)

Although I enjoy watching Star Trek TNG (and none of the other series for some reason), I won't be rushing out to buy this set. I just watched one of the first series episodes on TNN last week, and it was awful -- just like I remember.

If you want to see bad dialog, melodramatic music, poor lighting, etc. then buy this set. Honestly, I feel a little embarassed for the cast and producers when these first episodes are shown on tv...

Whenever I watch one of these first episodes, I feel like they were trying so hard, yet it just didn't come out right. There were cheesy props, outlandish plot lines, and the thoughtful issues that made later episodes a success weren't yet developed. I enjoy it more when the stories and cast were subtle and nuanced. These episodes stand out like an ugly sore in TNG's generally good later work.

I'll wait till the uniforms change -- that's one of the turning points!

So it's cheesy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834384)

There were cheesy props, outlandish plot lines, and the thoughtful issues that made later episodes a success weren't yet developed.

You know, that sounds like the original series... and I liked it, too.

Re:I'll wait for now... (2, Insightful)

Ataeagina (540126) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834417)

As you corny as you say the first episodes were (I disagree, but I digress), they are still better than half of the damn crap on tv today.

Re:I'll wait for now... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834502)

Agreed, but I'll be upset if I don't have the entire collection.

The characters didn't really devlop personalities beyond that of a coat hanger until mid season 2.

Memories of the early seasons (1)

Mihg (2381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834363)

Well, the first season will be released in March and additional season will be released every other month.

That means that there won't be anything worth buying until September or so...

Cost? (2)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834364)

Has anyone else really thought about these DVD tv episode deals?

Seems to be a little too much. And when do we get Seinfeld, News Radio, or Night Court?

Complete Seasons on DVD (4, Interesting)

Champaign (307086) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834366)

I was really excited initially when I saw they started releasing complete seasons of shows on DVD. Since getting a couple, truth be told, I hardly watch them at all... There's some things that I'm willing to invest the energy to put on and watch, and other things that I'm only willing to pick up when channel surfing.

The only thing I've found them really valuable for is when someone hasn't seen a series, and I want to show them a few episodes (e.g. The Sopranos). I was delighted to get the first season of "The Simpsons" and tore through the special features, but haven't watched a single episode from it. Something like TNG everyone's seen and I really can't see myself getting a craving to see "Data's Day" and throwing it on...

Am I a freak or do other people buy these things and not watch them?

Re:Complete Seasons on DVD (1)

Knightmare (12112) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834409)

If you are a freak so am I... and I will _still_ probably buy the Next Generation DVDs. I have EVERY Next Generation on the little columbia house video deal that came out a few years ago. I can guarantee I don't watch those.... I don't even own a VCR anymore.

Re:Complete Seasons on DVD (2)

Masem (1171) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834416)

I figure that, at some point, I'll have the urge to just watch one episode from the series set, and this makes it easier to find it than VHS and much easier to store. Sure, I might only watch some episodes once ever, but, there will be others that I will watch over and over again.

Re:Complete Seasons on DVD (1)

issachar (170323) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834431)

I wouldn't buy them, but they're great for video rentals. D-Video near where I live will rent an entire season of The Soprano's for the regular rental price. ($4 CDN) ($2.50USD).

Unfortunately, they only give you a single story arc of Dr. Who which is only about 4 episodes generally.

Regardless, it's great for finding those episodes that you missed.

.

Re:Complete Seasons on DVD (2)

smallpaul (65919) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834511)

No, you're not a freak. I'm the same way. There is something about knowing you can watch it whenever you feel like that makes you never feel like watching it. Part of it is that I feel like I spent money on so I should watch more carefully than I would "regular" TV (e.g. surfing Slashdot over 802.11b while watching).

FIRST HETEROSEXUAL POST!! (-1)

ForWhomTheHellTrolls (543770) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834367)

So, what do you think about that, bitch!?

Months TNG DVDs will be released (3, Informative)

bigdreamer (465083) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834370)

A new season will be released every other month

March 2002: Season 1
May 2002: Season 2
July 2002: Season 3
Septemeber 2002: Season 4
November 2002: Season 5
January 2003: Season 6
March 2003: Season 7

I can only afford 1 season. Which one should I get for my Dad? He likes them all.

Re:Months TNG DVDs will be released (0)

Anonymous Pancake (458864) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834455)

I'd probably recommend season 3

Re:Months TNG DVDs will be released (1)

BitterOak (537666) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834464)

I liked the Fourth Season. Your mileage may vary. You might want to ask your Dad.

You (or he) can check this site [caltech.edu] for episode listings, broken down by season.

I suggest getting a second job so you can afford all seasons.

Re:Months TNG DVDs will be released (5, Informative)

bytor4232 (304582) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834515)

I would say season 5 has to be one of the best:
  1. "Unification" with Leonard Nemoy was great. I love Picard calling Spock a "Cowboy Diplomat.".
  2. "Cause and Effect" is great as well, wonderful concept of "causality" loop made for a great story.
  3. "First Duty" was another good one, if for nothing but seeing Wes in the hot seat.
  4. "I Borg" with the borg "Hugh" becoming an individual was a great episode
  5. "The Next Phase" is another good episode, as much of a weenie Geordi was, this was a good one with Geordi as one of the primary stars.
  6. "The Inner Light" is my all time favorite episode. This is the one where a probe imprints Picard with all the experiences and trials of an entire society by making Picard live a life of one of the peoples.
There are other episodes as well. I felt this was the pinnacle of their acting and story development. Don't get me wrong thou, seasons six and seven are awesome as well.

I was such a TNG addict back in the day (2, Insightful)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834377)

But somehow, watching them years later, especially after going through the entire run of B5 and being a bit older, I find that many of the episodes really, really suck badly.

They simply don't hold up well at all.

And while the first season of most shows usually pretty weak, I find it took a long time for TNG to really get anywhere. The early episodes of the first season are especially painful and I find them completely unwatchable.

I'll just pass on the DVDs and remember TNG for how I saw it then and avoid any reruns. Let the pleasent memories remain.

Re:I was such a TNG addict back in the day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834432)

I have to agree with you. The original Trek episodes from the 60s are still relevant and interesting, but TNG episodes are unwatchable. Deana Troi: "I sense he's not telling the truth!"
No shit, Sherlock. That's some fine writing, TNG. Too bad for Michael "Worf" Dorn - I hear he can't find a job. Maybe he'll show up on Holywood Squares beside Mr. T.

Re:I was such a TNG addict back in the day (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834472)

ISTR that Michael Dorn is the voice of "I Am Weasel" on the Cartoon Network.
His baritone works well for a suave know-it-all.

Re:I was such a TNG addict back in the day (1)

Kythorn (52358) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834460)

I liked the old nostalgia better.

Re:I was such a TNG addict back in the day (2, Funny)

slavetrade55 (444917) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834490)

Yes, TNG had some poor, poor moments. Does anyone remember:

"Ach! lassie, ye canna keep that haunted candle!"

;)

--RMT

Damn. (2, Offtopic)

lnxslak (524709) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834385)

We are the MPAA, We will add your money and individuality to our own. Resistance is futile.

damn.

lnxslak.

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST. (-1)

L.Torvalds (548450) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834428)

I have read your comment history, or as much as I could before I began UPCHUCKING at your shameless and idiotic Linux-fannyboyism.

I hate linux.

You are now on my foes list. Be warned.

THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!! (1)

minus23 (250338) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834433)

What season was that episode from? --- Heh.. worth buying that season just for that episode. ;)

Re:THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!! (2, Informative)

erpbridge (64037) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834498)

Chain Of Command, parts 1 and 2
Season 6

Re:THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834503)

What made that a great line was that he spoke it like Corky from Life Goes On :-)

What is TNNs problem? (0)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834450)

And, I might add, the Oxygen network's?

For some odd reason, it is now "cool" to put a useless black band at the bottom of the screen at all times. And we're not talking letterboxing here, but just a useless black band that tells you the name of the show you are watching!

I refuse to watch TNN or any other network that butchers the picture with such filth. It is utterly useless and wastes valuble screen realestate.

Oh, someone might think "Hey, we need to remind people what channel they are watching".

OK, that makes sense, but there are other ways to do that!

This only reminds me what channel I should avoid at all costs from now on.

Can we can an official comment... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834463)

from Will Wheaton?

How does he feel about bringing back those childhood nightmares of being Mr Crusher?

Uh huh. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834492)



Slashdot (to MPAA): You fucking fascists. We hate you.
MPAA: But look at these shiny colors!
Slashdot: Oooh! How much?

Why so much? (2)

Logic Bomb (122875) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834494)

DVDs of the 2nd season of Sex In The City (from HBO), 18 episodes, is $37.48 at Amazon.com (and fits on 3 DVDs). Sorry, but 26 episodes should under no circumstances cost this much. I would love to own some of the later seasons, but $100 is ridiculous. Making the licensee even more greedy is the fact that HBO is selling at that price without any additional income coming in on the show's balance sheets from syndication rights. Paramount, on the other hand... Sigh.

Re:Why so much? (2)

Logic Bomb (122875) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834514)

Ok, comment withdrawn. I thought Sex In The City was an hour show. It's not. I still think they could knock $25-30 off the price by not putting it in "collector" packaging, but it's not as much of a rip-off as I thought. :-)

*$700* for the entire run? (2, Interesting)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834495)

It would probably be cheaper to put together a cheap computer and a month of broadband internet to download them all in divx...

Tim

Re:*$700* for the entire run? (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2834519)

I paid about $200 cdn for the entire movie set, this shouldn't be much more expensive.

Can't they count? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2834507)

Why can't they manage to get the shows in order on the DVD's?

Disc 1: Encounter at Farpoint Parts 1 & 2 (episodes 101, 102), The Naked Now (103), Code of Honor (104)

Disc 2: The Last Outpost (107), Where No One Has Gone Before (106), Lonely Among Us (108), Justice (109)

Disc 3: The Battle (110), Hide and Q (111), Haven (105), The Big Goodbye (113)

Disc 4: DataLore (114), Angel One (115), 11001001 (116), Too Short a Season (112)

Disc 5: When the Bough Breaks (118), Home Soil (117), Coming of Age (119), Heart of Glory (120)

Disc 6: The Arsenal of Freedom (121), Symbiosis (123), Skin of Evil (122), We'll Always Have Paris (124)

Disc 7: Conspiracy (125), The Neutral Zone (126), Special Features
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