The official Star Trek site announces that TNG will first hit Blu-ray January 31, 2012 in the form of a “fan favorites” sampler titled titled Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Next Level, which will retail for $21.99. That single disc will contain a feature-length version of the pilot “Encounter at Far Point,” plus the popular episodes “Sins of the Father” from Season 3 and “The Inner Light” from Season 5. The Season 1 Blu-ray set will then drop at unspecified point later in the year, with the six subsequent seasons to follow after that.
In order to release the Blu-rays in high-definition, CBS dug up the original film negatives — over 25,000 reels — and edited them to match the original episodes precisely. Special effects were recreated, rather than upconverted from video tape. The end result will be all 178 episodes in high-definition 1080p, with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. Denise Okuda and Michael Okuda, who previously produced the remastered episodes of TOS for Blu-ray, will serve as consultants throughout the process. The high-def versions of the TNG episodes will eventually hit television and digital platforms in addition to Blu-ray.