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New Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Blu-ray images May 1, 2012

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG,TNG Remastered , trackback

CBS has provided TrekMovie with new images from their upcoming season one release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray, due July 24th. See below for a gallery of the new HD shots that include a variety of pictures from “The Naked Now” through “Coming of Age” in Season One.


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Full details on the Season 1 release can found in this article from yesterday.


1. NCC-73515 - May 1, 2012

They should show THAT in theaters! New episode every week or so! :D

2. Jonathan - May 1, 2012

I would pay money for that.

3. Captain Picard - May 1, 2012

This looks great!!1

4. Vultan - May 1, 2012


Not a bad idea. I would definitely pay to see Yesterday’s Enterprise and Best of Both Worlds on the big screen.

5. alec - May 1, 2012

Best of Both Worlds was everything First Contact should have been: great story, personal connection and cliff-hanger with Picard transforming and then fighting himself, charactors in character: no machine-gun firing Picard or drunk Troi, etc.

Best of Both Worlds = best TNG ‘film’.

6. Matt Wright - May 1, 2012

They actually did a special showing of The Menagerie in select theaters (thanks to Fathom Events) when TOS-R was new back in 2007. I went to it, it wasn’t amazing, but that was the simple 1080p projector setup that the theater used for pre-movie adverts. Now, with nearly all major theater chains following the Digital Cinema Initiative push to upgrade to high quality digital cinema projectors, a new showing should be better. I wonder if/hope they’ll consider doing a similar showing for BoBW.

7. THX-1138 - May 1, 2012

Here here! Or is it hear hear?

Anyway, I think so too!

8. DJT - May 1, 2012


9. et - May 1, 2012

Wow, those look great!

(Though I never understood how the “D” made it through those space dock doors that were just as wide as the “A.”)

10. captain_neill - May 1, 2012

I am more looking forward to TNG on blu ray than the new movie.

11. Captain Blaize - May 1, 2012

I’m so ready for these! Im willing to pay $100 for these, not that I want to but I will!

#9 I’m sure in 70 some odd years they gave the space docks a refit to accommodate the larger starships.

12. Red Dead Ryan - May 1, 2012


They just built bigger doors. :-)

Also, the shot of the Enterprise in the nebulae-laden space field is just beautiful.

13. Chris - May 1, 2012

#9 I’d heard at one point that they simply reused the film footage of the doors and superimposed the Enterprise-D on the top of it. haha

All of the matte paintings now look like…. well…. paintings. They seemed more real in SD.

14. Allen - May 1, 2012

Maybe if were lucky they can replace some of the crappier matte paintings. Unfortunately based on the screenshots i’m already seeing some i hoped to replace. The angel one painting isn’t bad, but its reused too often. Lets replace it in the other episodes rather than recycling it.

15. Allen - May 1, 2012

take that 2nd pic for example that looks like crap. I’m sure they could do better than that and come up with something true to the original.

16. Jeff - May 1, 2012

Those phasers aren’t shooting straight.

17. DavidJ - May 1, 2012

Wow, comparing that shot of the E entering the spacedoc with the original, the difference is like night and day.×16/oneone008.jpg

18. Unremarkableguy - May 1, 2012

@16: I was just about to comment on that. I showed it to my wife and she called me a nerd. I was like…well, yeah.

19. EM - May 1, 2012

I’ve gotten so used to the 16×9 ratio that I find it distracting to watch the old 4×3. But I’d love to see ST TNG HD in any case!

20. danielcraigsmywookiebitchnow - May 1, 2012

Love watching TNG in HD in its original 4×3 aspect ratio :)

21. Newbie - May 1, 2012

Those phasers have a “corner shot” feature that is available, but rarely used.

22. spooky - May 1, 2012

“shudders” Oh my… I can’t wait! :D

23. Magic_Al - May 1, 2012

Notice the edges of the spacedock doors have been darkened to obscure how ludicrously thick they are in scale to the ship. Nice work! I suppose this required pulling out the original film effects elements of The Search for Spock. The corresponding shot from TSFS doesn’t look as nice as the new TNG version by the way.

I must say Wesley’s orange sweater has increased from ugly to horrifying now that the detail is revealed.

I assume the double composite of the two takes of Brent Spiner as Lore and Data was redone digitally. Ironically with this technology it would have been affordable to put Spiner beside himself and not a body double in even more shots and without the camera being locked down.

You can really see the color correction vs. the standard def original×14/datalore103.jpg

24. Rainbucket - May 1, 2012

Lonely Among Us may not have been a great episode, but I wish that the Anticans and Selay had set a new standard for Trek aliens. When it first aired it was exciting to see two species who didn’t look like humans with forehead putty. Ah well.

25. rm10019 - May 1, 2012

Glorious! A big thank you to the CBS digital team and always the Okudas!

26. Jamziz - May 1, 2012

I can’t wait for season 3 onwards. Yesterdays enterprise……. The best of both worlds.. countless others. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

27. CarlG - May 1, 2012

Amazing how well the alien makeup holds up on HD. We may snark about Trek’s rubber forehead aliens, but really the makeup crew did a fantastic job with what they had to work with!

I like the Ferengi control room. They really got some mileage out of the reactor room where Spock died, didn’t they? :)

28. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - May 1, 2012

Scale of other ships still waaaaaaaaaaay off. Is that Oberith twice the size of a regular Oberith?

Clarity is pretty though

29. Basement Blogger - May 1, 2012

Wow. They’re beautiful. Love the episode “The Big Goodbye.” Existential film noir on Star Trek. The song featured in that episode “Out of Nowhere” is perfect metaphor for the Holodeck. And it’s supposed to be the same harmonic progression as the original Star Trek (TOS) theme.

30. somejackball - May 1, 2012

it’s obvious we’re all happy about this! =)

31. TrekMadeMeWonder - May 1, 2012

I must say that despite my lack of enthusiasm for Next Gen, these pics are looking great!

My fav…


32. Justin Olson - May 1, 2012

Here are some desktop backgrounds from “11001001” I created the other day in Photoshop using the extra image seen in STIII for those interested:

33. Orb of Wisdom - May 1, 2012

xD in the screenshot of the Enterprise going through the Base Doors the Registry number is backwards xD

34. WillH85 - May 1, 2012

A lot of these shots remind me of just how great models look compared to CG. They’ll never be able to do the kind of action shots with models that they can do with CG, but CG will never capture that feel of true realism either.

35. stfan - May 1, 2012

It all looks the same to me. Is it just me?

36. DonDonP1 - May 1, 2012

#32 Amazing! Thank you very much indeed for posting and sharing.

37. CaptainDonovin - May 1, 2012

Hmmm, guess I WILL have to go & get a blu ray player finally.

38. jon1701 - May 1, 2012

Interesting how the starbase from COMING OF AGE looks a lot like spacedock from STAR TREK 2009 – but on the ground (if you understand what I mean). Almost certainly a coincidence, but interesting nonetheless….

39. mcguire - May 2, 2012

33 GREAT catch. I wonder why the digital artists that did the remake didn’t notice this…

40. The Snob - May 2, 2012

#32 That looks fantastic..!

Hope you’ll have a look at my ST work (not TNG blu ray related, and a bit grotesque perhaps…), but I think it makes a very cool piece of Star Trek 2 (2013) artwork:

41. leeoflutonia - May 2, 2012

The first couple of seasons of TNG were pretty poor.

Not sure why people are so excited about this. Just because they’re in HD doesn’t mean they’re going to be any more enjoyable to watch, the stories and acting are still going to suck big ones.

42. George Zip - May 2, 2012

While I’m looking forward to the image quality, I’m really not going to be psyched about this until S3 hits the shelves.

43. spock - May 2, 2012

Really hope they release BEST OF sets, because the series is not worth getting again, unlike the original.

44. captain_neill - May 2, 2012


Speak for yourself, I am a huge Next Gen fan and I am actually counting down the days for this release.

Also the new features are cool sounding and although 1 and 2 weaker than the rest there are still great episodes in there.

45. Robert - May 2, 2012

I totally agree with NCC-73515. After all, they did that with the original series remastered.

46. KevinA Melbourne Australia - May 2, 2012

Seeing these pictures and others (Thanks #32) reminds me how much I am going to be hanging out for the Blu-Ray releases.

Unlike others I do not have a problem cropping the image to get a widescreen picture, I have seen each episode so many times it doesn’t matter. I just like seeing the vista a widescreen picture creates and having watched the teaser Blu-Ray on my 3 metre home screen in widescreen, Next Gen just looks spectacular in the wider format. It would be so great if they could have commissioned a WS version as well.

Looking at the number of 90s TV shows like Seinfeld and others getting the widescreen treatment I’m sure there will be a 16:9 Next Gen at some stage for TV or web streaming.

47. Chain of Command - May 2, 2012

….A shame they couldn’t have digitally updated the starbase so it had doors that were truly in scale with Enterprise-D LOL

48. Crusade2267 - May 2, 2012

You can almost see that the little ship in the spacedock next to the docked Enterprise has disposable razors for Nacelles. (I saw that on that Reading Rainbow special from the late 80s)

49. Chain of Command - May 2, 2012

#47. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I still remember that special. I think you can find it on youtube now. LOL

50. rm10019 - May 2, 2012

48, 49 – Just got that special on DVD, great document of the filming of TNG!

51. rm10019 - May 2, 2012

Surprised the image of Riker on the cliff is so blurry. I would think that recompositing the elements would have made that shot much clearer, unless they were shot ‘soft’ on purpose.

52. Thomas Jensen - May 2, 2012

Only a few episodes from the first season that are repeatedly watchable, so I’ll wait for further seasons to make an appearance.

53. rm10019 - May 2, 2012

BTW, along with Menagerie in theaters, I saw BOBW in SD over 15 years ago at a special screening at the Museum of Broadcasting here in NY. Very well attended.

54. celticarchie - May 2, 2012

Really looking forward to this. It’s actually gonna make me buy a PS3 two be able to watch it. :D

55. It's Paramount - May 2, 2012

I seem to remember those big hand held phasers had emitters that were curved downwards a tad.

56. celticarchie - May 2, 2012

54. The ol’ dustbuster phaser? yeah, they were cool. :D

57. Mark Lynch - May 2, 2012

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!

I’m going to need to get a second or third job to afford these, these things!

58. Simon - May 2, 2012

@#34 – You have no idea how much VFX has advanced thanks to CG.

Well done CG is indistinguishable from modelwork. The “D” in those approaching shots betray how inferior using the 2 foot model was compared to the 6-footer (just look at the lights. A good CG model just needs to be scaled down a bit.

Industry professionals will use what they think is best for a shot, and these days more and more are opting for CG. If ILM thinks a model will look more realistic they will (and have on many occasions) call Kerner Optical to provide some.

59. P55 - May 2, 2012

You guys are excited about perhaps the worst season in all of Star Trek?

You guys want Picard, Riker and co to tell you (or rather, people like you) that you are backwards savages for desiring material possessions while charging you a significant amount of money for the privilege?

60. Vultan - May 2, 2012


Aye, there’s the rub. CGI is indeed a great tool that has advanced VFX, but so much of it is overused and done so poorly you can’t blame people for hating it and wanting old school models.

One reason Chris Nolan has such a devoted following among cinephiles is for his insistence of using real models and stuntmen over CGI and using the latter only when it’s necessary.

If we want animated Batman, we’ll go to Bruce Timm.

61. P55 - May 2, 2012

@59. Vultan – May 2, 2012

I wonder how those “cinephiles” feel about the fact that according to his cinematographer Wally Pfister, Nolan is apparently a big fan of Michael Bay movies. Bay is also a director who prefers to use models, practical effects and stuntmen over bluescreen/greenscreen work and CG (though obviously in his last few movies the effects would not have been possible without CG.)

62. Bruce Banner - May 2, 2012

FYI. Bruce Greenwood is the new animated voice for Batman in Young Justice.

63. Vultan - May 2, 2012


If Nolan likes to go slumming once in awhile and watch a Transformers flick, that’s his business. The point is he doesn’t make movies like Bay or… George “Mr. Digital” Lucas.

Who in their right mind would want to?

64. TJ Trek - May 2, 2012

I would see both Best of Both Worlds and All Good Things in theaters if they recut the episodes like really 90 minutes movies, with the new HD transfe and effects. Just do a double feature special for the regular 10.50 and you will have every tek fan going to see it. It would be just as big as the latest actual Star Trek movie. Garuntee it.

65. Norbert - May 2, 2012

I have to admit, that TNG hasn’t aged as well as TOS did over the years. In season one there were only a few episodes I really liked.

So I won’t buy it.

66. Bryan - May 2, 2012

Incredible. Those spacedock shots and matte paintings are worthy of framing!

67. Martin J. Pollard - May 2, 2012

#34 – “CG will never capture that feel of true realism either.”

And thirty years ago, I never thought I’d be able to hold a computer in my hand (i.e. my smartphone) that was more powerful than the most powerful computers of that era. People like to rag on CGI for its flaws, but technology grows by leaps and bounds all the time; what’s state of the art today will be crude and childish tomorrow, and what’s unrealistic-looking today will be indistinguishable from the real thing in five, ten years’ time. And as someone else pointed out above, it’s as much (or more) how you use CGI than what CGI is capable of doing.

I’d love to see people take a test where they’d have to identify which images are CGI and which are model work. I’d bet that the majority of you “armchair experts” would get more answers wrong than right; such is the prejudice and animosity towards CGI that people often see flaws where they actually do not exist. (And yes, I’m well aware that there is plenty of bad CGI out there; I’ve seen a lot of it myself, especially in movies and TV shows where they don’t even *try* to hide it.)

68. CAPT KRUNCH - May 2, 2012

If only they could CGI the bad acting from season 1…Sir Patrick always sounded like he was performing at the Globe theatre.. and Troi (Imzadi, Imzadi, Imzadi…)..
It does look great though, and the acting got a lot better after Tasha left!!
I’m looking forward to her demise in BLU-RAY!

Maybe they should have called it Q-RAY!

69. Miraclefan - May 2, 2012


70. DeflectorDishGuy - May 2, 2012

I thought they were going to CGI some of the space sequences?

71. Simon - May 2, 2012

@#60 – you point to bad CGI, well there’s plenty of bad and just plain embarrassing modelwork out there.

Need I remind you about STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER?

Relative of mine was ragging on the “poor CGI” of the F-15s in AIR FORCE ONE and was using the F-18s in INDEPENDENCE DAY as an example of why “models” was superior. Except the fact that the F-15s in AFO were *models* and the majority of F-18 shots in ID4 were *CG*! (Irony?)

Watch some genre (non-ILM/Boss Film/Apogee) films from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Plenty of awful models that weren’t much better than taking a film camera and pointing it at a kid’s plastic kit. Even in 1976, the Dome City in LOGAN’S RUN looked like a miniature. Not convincing in the least. Compare that to the opening shot of the city on Vulcan in STAR TREK (2009): completely CG, they even simulated spots on the camera lens! Looked pretty real to me.

72. SFC3 - May 2, 2012

#64: how about Star Trek: Wolf 359 – showing the events leading up to the battle (BoBW PT1) and during the battle (DS9: Emissary) and after (BoBW: PT2) and releasing that as a movie?

73. Vultan - May 2, 2012


Did I say all old school effects are great? Nope. But not all CGI is believable either. And either way you slice it, too many movies these days are looking over-designed and sometimes just plain fake. Like a two-hour effects reel… or a screensaver. Need I remind you of the SW prequel trilogy?

But Iron Man did it right.
ILM again.

74. Spock/Uhura Admirer ;-) - May 2, 2012

@#59 P55

You are right about that first season. TNG is great, but that first season… Ouch. :-/

75. Vultan - May 2, 2012

The difference comes down to the director.

76. Jason - May 2, 2012


But I liked machine-gun firing Picard and drunk Troi.

77. Brandt Hardin - May 2, 2012

The long-enduring debate of which Enterprise Captain would win in every fan’s epic showdown has spilled over with guts and gore. See the battle of the Zombie Captains as Kirk and Picard go head to head on the Zombie Walk of Fame at

78. Irishtrekkie - May 2, 2012


Who ever did the 2nd last matte painting of the base on the planet must be happy knowing their work has been reused and update so many times.

As it was not even an original star trek one , the matte was originality created for Aldebaran II from Buck Rogers: The Plot to Kill a City esp (sourced off ex astris scientia website)

79. Carlos Teran - May 2, 2012

I think the point here is not the quality of the model work. We all know that TNG had an excellent VFX team, and a great facility like The Post Group, that sadly folded last year after 37 years. The problem is that they chose to use videotape to edit TNG, DS9 and VOY, and THAT will be a pain in the neck for years to come. Can you imagine remastering all 7 seasons of DS9 and VOY too, if ever?.

80. DJT - May 2, 2012

Those spacedock doors should be 16×9 not 4×3 ! ;)

81. RAMA - May 2, 2012

65. Nonsense

82. John from Cincinnati - May 2, 2012

Season one was so lame

83. Jack - May 2, 2012

I liked that they named the Tsiolkovsky after a Russian rocket scientist.

I was sad that, later on, so many of the ships were named (the majority, if memory serves) after U.S. navy ships — which doesn’t make a lot of sense when they’re federation vessels (let’s name a bunch of ships after ships from one Earth nation’s military from around, say, the middle of the 20th century). Note: I know it’s not real.

84. JDFS - May 2, 2012

Hey all!

I’m looking for a classy yet kickass picture/poster of the Enterprise D to frame and hang on my wall. Anyone have any suggestions where to look?


85. captain_neill - May 2, 2012

First Contact is still one of the best movies, I still rate it higher than the Abrams one.

First Contact has so many great elements in it.

Regarding Next Gen, it’s hard to believe how degraded editing on videotape made the picture look. With these blu rays we will get to see Next Gen the way it should have been and it will highlight al the work that the VFX guys did on this wonderful show.

86. spooky - May 3, 2012

My nephew likes Enterprise and the newer Trek 2009. He never really paid much attention to TNG or DS9. So I look forward to getting him to love this, he saw a couple of the old tapes, said the video was horrible, blurry and cheesy. I hope that these will change his mind about TNG. :D

87. DJT - May 3, 2012

So no update on the filming taking place in Bay Area?

Saw it on the news during dinner. Wondered if it is second unit shooting.

I’m gassing up the old girl right now for a road trip!

88. Paulaner - May 3, 2012


89. celticarchie - May 3, 2012


90. Nick Cook - May 3, 2012

Can’t wait. Season one is mostly pretty poor, but there’s a smattering of episodes I like. Really looking forward to seasons two and three the most though. :)

91. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 3, 2012


didn’t some of the city models for Logans Run end up in the background of Star Trek episodes?

I’m sure they did.

92. Chris - May 3, 2012

I loved 90% of Season 1…

As for inquires, some shots are being redone with CG… as for effects, phasers, torpedoes, etc. are being redone using digital techniques… of how they were done originally…

The entire process of converting an episode into high def can take anywhere from four to six weeks — some episodes have as few as a dozen effects shots, while others can have over 100. Most of the visual effects were also shot on film, and then assembled in standard def video. But there were many effects that were made using analog painting tools in standard-def only.

“We have artists going frame-by-frame, recreating using digital tools what was done on analog video back then,” says Okuda

93. Matt Wright - May 3, 2012

@91 — Yep two Logan’s Run city buildings are used quite a bit. That’s also covered in the article at Ex Astris Scientia.
Acording the second link it was Mike Okuda who was a fan of Logan’s Run and tried to find ways to use the building matte paintings.

94. jr - May 3, 2012

I believe the ‘dustbuster’ model of phaser they are using has the ability to track a target…. well, maybe that explanation will have to do. They were not straight in the original either.

Some episodes would be great in theaters. However, most of season one was mediocre… perhaps from season 3 on, would be ok.

Also, I would like to see more improved effects rather than a recomposite of the originals.

95. jr - May 3, 2012

I noticed that too. At least the stuck a federation symbol on the building. The also changed out the ship flying around the base.

96. jr - May 3, 2012

Would anyone like to see TOS Animated remastered with CGI???

97. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 3, 2012


Wesley Bloody Crusher and his hideous jumpers in glorious HD.

Ohhhhh the horror!

98. Legend of Link - May 3, 2012

Just re-watched star trek I-VI. Totally watching Star Trek Generations now. Think I might crack open FC and NEM, too. Yes even NEM.

99. Legend of Link - May 3, 2012

I feel like there should be a forum board for different discussions. I’d love to discuss the movies and everything else Trek. I’ve been coming here since I first heard of ST09. I don’t want to go anywhere else!!!

100. Matt Wright - May 3, 2012

#99 — It’s an idea that’s been tossed around in the past, I don’t remember what the status of such an idea is currently.

101. Justin Olson - May 3, 2012

Finished one last desktop background from “11001001.″ This time it’s a 16:9 expansion of still #20 above (the iconic Starbase 74 matte Andrew Probert worked on):

See post #32 for the first three.

102. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 4, 2012


You almost can see proberts little hidden groggy shuttle in your work-up. He hid it in the one of the bays in the background.

Love your work and dedication.

Make the probert shuttle more obvious in your next rendering!!

Great stuff mate.


103. fiercey - May 4, 2012

spock: “Really hope they release BEST OF sets, because the series is not worth getting again, unlike the original.”

You shut your whore mouth.

104. Christopher Roberts - May 4, 2012

98. I prefer NEM to either GEN or INS. There’s an odd atmosphere about the film, otherwise it could’ve been the equal of FC.

105. Dr. Image - May 5, 2012

Love how the phaser beams go off at a 45-degree angle.
Otherwise, so cool!

106. Magic_Al - May 7, 2012

^101. Something I never noticed about that painting: the saucer impulse engine is painted as though it’s a deactivated tail light with a red lens on it. In other words, it looks the way the ship model would look, not necessarily the way a powered-down engine that produces a red-hot glow when it’s running might look. The way the model is usually lit in “space” (for example in the last pass of the opening credits) that area is usually in shadows.

107. Xplodin_Nacelle - May 9, 2012

I’m glad CBS-D is preserving these old shows for modern fans. Even though the purists among us appreciate them untouched, this effort will ensure that younger casual fans will be entrigued by these stunning visuals for a long time to come.

P.S. I’d love to see Yesterday’s Enterprise redone to be shone on an IMAX screen.

108. Frank169 - June 14, 2012

@ 101. Mr. Olson, you amaze me. Just like this screenshot from the Next Level BD – – you beautifully recreate ILM’s widescreen visual effects work for TNG, but on the other hand (at other occasions) you advocate the 4:3 presentation. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.