Earlier this month we reported on how fans had noticed an alternate visual effects shot in the newly released Star Trek: Picard final season DVD and Blu-ray sets (see TrekMovie review). Paramount Home Entertainment has now officially acknowledged this and announced plans to swap the shot for new sets.
Picard sets to restore the enhanced Enterprise-D FX shot
As we previously reported, the shot in question came in the episode “The Last Generation” featuring a flyby of the USS Enterprise. The sets released in North America featured a shot that was a bit different than the one that streams on Paramount+, instead using a shot that was streamed internationally on Prime Video. You can see a comparison of the two shots below (via YouTube video).
This morning Paramount Home Entertainment weighed in, explaining how it happened, and announcing how they are going to update the discs:
The version of the series finale episode of Star Trek: Picard (“The Last Generation”) included on the North American Blu-ray and DVD release was indeed a finished version of that episode, intended for air. The shot of the Enterprise-D was later enhanced for a theatrical screening for fans and subsequently made available for the streaming audience on Paramount+. Paramount Home Entertainment is updating that disc to include the final episode with the enhanced shot of Enterprise-D, so that it will appear on all new manufacturing of the physical product.
There were no details on how long it will take for the new versions of the sets to roll out, or if they will swap out discs for those who already have the version with the alternate shot. The Final Season sets have not been released internationally yet so presumably they will also be getting the enhanced FX shot when they start rolling out in November.
Paramount also announced that this new change will also have an impact on their planned big Picard Legacy box set. From their official comment:
Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection, which includes the complete series of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation plus all Next Generation movies, will also include the updated version of the series finale. The domestic release date will be pushed back from October 17th to November 7th to accommodate this change. We thank the fans for the love and passion for all things Star Trek, including their attention to detail! #LLAP
In addition to all that, the limited edition Legacy Collection set also includes an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes, along with a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, a magnet sheet featuring all of Captain Picard’s badges and four custom Chateau Picard drink coasters. Until recently it was available for pre-order at Amazon for $211.10, however currently it is listed as out of stock without a pre-order option. It’s likely once the new release date is updated it will be available for pre-order again.
TrekMovie has reached out to PHE for clarification on some of the unanswered questions mentioned above so check back for more updates.
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