Make it so!! Have you been waiting for news about Star Trek: Picard? Well, the wait is over.
Paramount Home Media announced this past week that Star Trek: Picard – Season One will be available on Oct. 6 as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings (three-disc configurations). All ten episodes are included for the first season, plus a ton of bonus goodies, which we will get to in a moment.
The action takes place roughly 20 years as Star Trek: Nemesis, with a retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard suddenly embarking on a new mission with a renegade crew that takes him across the galaxy to visit old friends for help … including Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and the “ghost” of Data (Brent Spiner).
We won’t give away the ending, although any Star Trek fan worth their salt already knows how this first season ends … which, frankly, seemed a little odd, but not too worry, a second season has been ordered, so maybe we will get answers as things progress in the next round of adventures.
As to bonus goodies, each of the ten episodes has a “Behind the Scenes” Story Log featurette, commentary on the debut episode featuring director Hanelle M. Culpepper and members of the producing team, the Star Trek: Short Treks – Children of Mars, deleted scenes, a gag reel and four production featurettes — “The Motely Crew,” “Aliens Alive: the xBs,” “Picard Props” and “Set Me Up.”
In other news from Paramount Home Media this week, they’ve lined up a Blu-ray product blitz for Sept. 15 (in addition to the previously announced “Paramount Presents” restoration of Roman Holiday that will be heading home on that date).
This eight-strong Blu-ray promotion for Sept. 15 is an eclectic mix that features something for everyone. Included here are director Henry Hathaway’s 1965 Western, The Sons of Katie Elder, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Earl Holliman, George Kennedy, Dennis Hopper and Martha Hyer; actor/director Jack Nicholson’s 1990 sequel to Chinatown, The Two Jakes, and director Richard Donner’s 2003 film adaptation of the Michael Crichton sci-fi time-tripping thriller, Timeline, starring Gerard Butler, Paul Walker, Frances O’Connor and Anna Friel.
If none of those stir your interest, then Paramount also has director Ted Kotcheff’s POW rescue thriller, Uncommon Valor, starring Gene Hackman and Patrick Swayze; auteur filmmaker Wes Craven’s 1995 horror comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Vampire in Brooklyn; director Gene Saks’ 1967 film adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Barefoot in the Park, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda … and rounding out the group of new Blu-ray releases are The Phantom (starring Billy Zane) and the Howard Stern bio-comedy, Private Parts.