Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification - Blu-ray Review - Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com

 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 11-17-13, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification - Blu-ray Review


Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Movie:
Video:
Audio:
Extras:


HTS Overall Score:83




Summary
As with every season of “The Next Generation” on Blu-ray there comes an accompanying “double feature film” where 2 heavily connected episodes of the season are blended into one seamless feature film. Previously it’s always been the last season’s finale paired with the opening episode of the current season, but this time the people over at CBS decided to blend together “Unification” parts I and II together instead of going with the status quo. “Unification” is an excellent slice of Season 5 for us to enjoy and one of the better sets of episodes in the season at that. Season 5 is the most mature season of the series and really where the show has fully hit its stride (the only season that can give it a run for it’s money as best season would be Season 6). “Unification” part I has the ending credits edited out and part II has its opening credits removed and both episodes are blended together as one feature film here giving it a seamless viewing experience.

It seems that Starfleet is worried about a defection. One ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy) has gone on a rogue mission to Romulus and Starfleet is worried that he has defected to the enemy. Starfleet calls in Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), captain of the Enterprise to go undercover to Romulus and assess the situation. Picard takes Data (Brent Spiner) and wheedles a cloaked Bird of Prey from the Klingon Empire in order to slip across the neutral zone undetected and find out what’s really going on. Once Upon Romulus the two officers encounter Spock and find out that Spock is communicating with a band of underground Romulan citizens whose entire goal is the reunification of the Vulcan and Romulan people. Spock and a rogue Senator are formulating a plan to bring the proposal to a high ranking senate member in order to see if peace talks between the two worlds is possible. Strangely enough, things seem to be going along TOO well and Picard and Spock now are determined to go ahead as planned, but see if they can find out what the true intentions of the Romulan government are.


At the same time Commander William Riker (Jonathon Frakes) is off investigating the ruins of a space craft they found along the way. It seems that this space craft debris is from a Vulcan ship supposedly decommissioned and sent to the scrap heap years ago. Once they get to this junkyard they find that the ship is missing and not only that, there are two other Vulcan ships missing from the junkyard as well. Tugging on the threads of evidence leads Riker closer and closer back to Romulus and closer and closer to the true goal of these “Peace” talks.

There has been a myriad of two parter episodes in the Star Trek universe, and many of these two part episodes are my favorites, exploring themes and stories that were previously only one off’s and giving them some more depth and free to delve more into the characters with the expanded screen time. We’ve experienced time travel, the Borg, Lor, and so much more in these 2 part episodes and while “Unification” isn’t as rousing as dealing with the Borg , or “The Best of Both Worlds, but it’s still some great Star Trek and makes for a great movie night.











Rating:

Not Rated


Video
For any of you who haven’t been keeping up with the previous seasons of the Next Generation are in for a treat. These seasons have absolutely INCREDIBLE transfers. CBS and Paramount went back to the original 35 mm negatives and have done a painstaking job restoring them to the best they can possibly look. Some of the old optical effect shots have been touched up with some CGI and the negatives themselves have been cleaned up to pristine shape. There are no signs of digital manipulation in a negative way to the elements and I can see no signs of haloing, DNR or aliasing in any way shape or form. In all honesty these are almost MORE impressive than the work being done on modern film. The original DVD’s from Paramount have always been very mediocre, to bad and even in the DVD world have just been rather “meh”. Watching them on Blu-ray is a revelation to the eyes, the colors are bright and full of rich life and the detail is PHENOMINAL. I never noticed all of the textures, the seam in the uniforms and even the little makeup gaffs that couldn’t be seen before due to the blurring of the low resolution (Spock’s and Sareck’s Vulcan ears come to mind). Blacks are deep and inky with no signs of any black crush what so ever. These have easily been given as much care, and TLC as the original series did several years ago. Fans and critics alike have to admit that these are some of the best restorations being done on the market today.









Audio
To keep up the momentum Paramount has given us a very weighty 7.1 DTS-HD MA track, as they have with all the Blu-ray Star Trek seasons to date. When I first heard these remasters I wasn’t sure how well a 7.1 track would really fit since most TV shows are rather front heavy. I was honestly surprised to see just how dynamic and expansive the track actually is. The dialogue is locked straight in the front channels as one would expect, but there is a surprising amount of surround usage in the track. The thrumming of the Enterprises Bridge, the sound of footsteps clacking down the hall and the heavy roar of the Enterprise as it blasts into warp, filling the soundstage with an immersive feel and with some very solid LFE weight behind it. Surprisingly immersive and pleasing in all ways the track is truly gold and deserves all the praise it can get.



Extras:

• Audio Commentary
• From One Generation to the Next: The Making of "Unification"
• Deleted Scenes
• Episode Promos












Overall:


Now I’m going to be a little harder pressed to recommend this as a must by for someone who is going to be buying Season 5 of the series anyways. Both episodes are back to back in the series and the only difference would be having to sit through both sets of end and opening credits rather than just one. However, for the casual fan, who just wants to revisit a portion of the series it’s a great way to wet ones feet and for the collector it comes with a fantastic fold out slipcover and a set of extras that can’t be found on the series boxset. The audio and video are simply mind-blowing, a testament to the effort that Paramount and CBS has done to the original 35 mm negatives in order to get fans the ultimate audio and video experience.


Additional Information:

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn
Directed by: Les Landau, Cliff Bole
Written by: Gene Roddenberry, Michael Piller
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English, French, German, Japanese DD 2.0
Studio: Paramount
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 87
Blu-Ray Release Date: Nov 19th, 2013


Buy Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification Blu-ray on Amazon



Recommendation: Watch It


More about Mike
Mike Edwards is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 11-17-13, 02:16 PM
Elite Shackster
Quenten
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Posts: 2,307
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Nice review as always Mike. I'm a big Trekkie so I'll have to watch this (probably a rental). So you think the LFE is good. I'm wondering if the used a filter like many BD renditons are doing?
Tonto is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 11-17-13, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Quote:
Tonto wrote: View Post
Nice review as always Mike. I'm a big Trekkie so I'll have to watch this (probably a rental). So you think the LFE is good. I'm wondering if the used a filter like many BD renditons are doing?
not that I can tell. it's not like this series is loaded with copious amounts of LFE though, so it's rather a "weight" thing rather than being pounded with it. from everything I've seen on some of the more technical forums this has no filter...
Mike Edwards is online now  
post #4 of 8 Old 11-17-13, 02:30 PM
Elite Shackster
Quenten
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Posts: 2,307
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Thanks Mike, I guess I'll never understand why they want to add them in the 1st place. Just makes no sence to me.
Tonto is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 11-17-13, 03:16 PM
Elite Shackster
 
tonyvdb's Avatar
Tony
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Can
Posts: 14,804
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Quote:
Tonto wrote: View Post
Thanks Mike, I guess I'll never understand why they want to add them in the 1st place. Just makes no sence to me.
My guess is that someone probably blew up there sub and tried to sew the studios or something dumb like that

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

tonyvdb is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 11-18-13, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

Quote:
tonyvdb wrote: View Post
My guess is that someone probably blew up there sub and tried to sew the studios or something dumb like that
I honestly doubt that for the simple fact that if something like a lawsuit was used and they are trying this to cover their behind it would be a blanket policy, not just ...a title here, a title there. etc... it's not like every new release has those filters in place. it seems to be indiscriminate

I mean, most catalog titles don't have it in place when they're re-released, but sometimes one comes through... Master and commander was released 6-7 years ago on blu-ray and it has a 50hz filter that the DVD didn't have, then fox has done a tone of catalog releases with no filter whatsoever. some being released now. It HAS to do something with the engineers at the helm for each encode IMO.. just not sure what is the criteria, or what is prompting it.
Mike Edwards is online now  
post #7 of 8 Old 11-18-13, 11:10 AM
HTS Moderator
 
ALMFamily's Avatar
Joe
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 7,209
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification - Blu-ray Review

Thanks for the review Mike!

The Generations years are actually my favorite part of the franchise - I have always liked Patrick Stewart's portrayel of a ship captain.
ALMFamily is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 11-18-13, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
HTS Moderator
Reviewer
 
Mike Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,996
My System
Re: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification - Blu-ray Review

myself as well. I grew up watching TNG since it was right in my formative years, so it holds a special place in my heart

plus I cannot iterate enough just HOW PHENOMINAL these restorations are... it's not even a night and day difference between the dvds'... it's somehow even more of a difference

I'm normally a huge cheapskate and look for deals like you wouldn't believe, but these seasons I feel no shame in buying for full price on Day 1
Mike Edwards is online now  
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
generation , star , trek , unification

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome