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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old August 1 2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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What to do with those TNG DVDs.

10/11 years ago whenever the TNG DVD sets came out I gladly and happily bought them the day they were released, happily laid down $100 for them and made sure I had they day off to get them as soon as the store opened and took the day to start watching through the episode of one fantastic TV series.

Now, the Blu-Ray sets are coming out which look phenomenal and I wonder what I ever saw in the DVDs beyond "my favorite shown on DVD." Given the.... "pace" at which these BDs are coming out I can see myself going back to those DVDs to rewatch some old favorites but the BDs are just a whole new viewing experience.

Really, in this case we're looking at a situation where there's pretty much no reason to keep the TNG DVDs. The Blu-Rays are pretty much exactly the same (it's not like in TOS where effects were completely replaced with new CGI) just far better quality.

So what do you plan to do with your DVD sets? Part of me wants to give them to someone who likes the series but isn't going to invest in a BD player or the new sets but then part of me is still attached to these old things. Hell, at the very least I find the packaging a bit niftier.
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Old August 1 2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

I'm going to keep the DVDs for the seasons that I don't have but after that, I don't know. The asking price for them is pretty low it would be nice to get something back for them. Still thinking about that question actually.
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Old August 1 2012, 01:56 AM   #3
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I sold Season 1 on Amazon, but the going price was only about $20. Also, Amazon only credits me w/ $2.98 for shipping. I was shocked when USPS charged me $8 for shipping. Thus, my net income was only $15 - hardly worth the effort of packing it up and making a stop at the Post Office.

Maybe I'll give away the other seasons to a friend or relative.
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Old August 1 2012, 02:03 AM   #4
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Keep them and keep watching them. I'll wait until the bluray is cheaper.
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Old August 1 2012, 02:12 AM   #5
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

Use in a minivan DVD player for your neices/nephews/grandkids to get into a show about exploring space and the space opera sci-fi genre, a friend of a friend who doesn't have much cash but whose kids are over age 7 and might be interested during a road trip on a minivan DVD player, your laptop internal DVD-ROM drive for long flights or while out of town, perhaps donate them to your local senior center for senior citizens on a budget who may enjoy watching some, donate them to your local library system.
Many Americans don't care about HD discs or cannot afford to upgrade to a Blu-ray player or each season costing them $60.x7 over 3 years. When I say many I mean the majority who have a library of DVDs.
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Old August 1 2012, 11:11 AM   #6
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

Trekker4747 wrote: View Post
Really, in this case we're looking at a situation where there's pretty much no reason to keep the TNG DVDs. The Blu-Rays are pretty much exactly the same (it's not like in TOS where effects were completely replaced with new CGI) just far better quality.
There's no reason to keep the TOS DVDs either, as the unaltered masters are a viewing option on the Blu-rays.


I'm not sure what the packaging is like in the States, but the UK TNG DVDs (originally) came in these large grey plastic cases. Now, they look pretty cool all stacked up, but they take up a ludicrous amount of space, so I'll not mind getting rid of them.

One problem with keeping the old PAL DVDs alongside the Blu-rays is that switching between them really shows up the difference in speed and pitch. The PAL DVDs have a higher pitch due to PAL speedup, which affects everything from music to voices. It was very distracting going from one to the other when I watched the sampler disc, so I think when I finally upgrade, I'll have to ditch the DVDs all together and never look back!
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Old August 1 2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

I only have a blu-ray player downstairs so I'm keeping mine incase I want to watch an episode on my computer
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Old August 1 2012, 02:34 PM   #8
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Like all my Trek DVD's, I'll give them to my daughter as I upgrade.
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Old August 1 2012, 02:36 PM   #9
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I think they would make a great piece to a care package for deployed troops. DVD's are quite popular among the men/women of the service and a series of episodes would help them pass the time.
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Old August 1 2012, 03:26 PM   #10
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

Start Wreck wrote: View Post
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Really, in this case we're looking at a situation where there's pretty much no reason to keep the TNG DVDs. The Blu-Rays are pretty much exactly the same (it's not like in TOS where effects were completely replaced with new CGI) just far better quality.
There's no reason to keep the TOS DVDs either, as the unaltered masters are a viewing option on the Blu-rays.


I'm not sure what the packaging is like in the States, but the UK TNG DVDs (originally) came in these large grey plastic cases. Now, they look pretty cool all stacked up, but they take up a ludicrous amount of space, so I'll not mind getting rid of them.

One problem with keeping the old PAL DVDs alongside the Blu-rays is that switching between them really shows up the difference in speed and pitch. The PAL DVDs have a higher pitch due to PAL speedup, which affects everything from music to voices. It was very distracting going from one to the other when I watched the sampler disc, so I think when I finally upgrade, I'll have to ditch the DVDs all together and never look back!
I was thinking the same thing about the TOS blurays. I have the old DVDs, and the only neat thing about them now are those big colorful clam shell cases.

And as you note, that is also their downside. I never bought TNG (or DS9 or Voyager) seasons on DVD because of their high cost, further impacted by there being 7 seasons of each.

Maybe they thought the grandiose packaging would help the buyer see value in what they were spending for each season. I never could.

I do have all of Enterprise on DVD (just four seasons, coupled with getting them for just $45 each thanks to an advertising error). Those cases are neat, but they are clunky. I do prefer the streamlined, simple packaging seen in the TNG blurays. Although why couldn't they print the episode titles on each disc???
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Old August 1 2012, 03:27 PM   #11
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I think they would make a great piece to a care package for deployed troops. DVD's are quite popular among the men/women of the service and a series of episodes would help them pass the time.
Good idea!
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Old August 2 2012, 07:59 PM   #12
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I'll either sell (at a generous price) or just gift them to friends. I know a couple of guys who'd probably be happy to get TNG on DVD and would never pay for the Blu-rays anyway.
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Old August 2 2012, 11:12 PM   #13
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Wow, I'm surprised to see that I'm actually in the minority of those who will just keep their old DVDs even though they are upgrading to BD. To be honest, I wouldn't dream of giving away my DVDs ever. After all this is how the episodes looked almost all my life up until the BDs. I wouldn't want to give that away. Plus, just looking at season one now, it becomes obvious that there are actually a lot of differences (aside from the better picture quality, obviously) between the two versions. Of course I will want to hold on to those original untouched versions.
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Old August 2 2012, 11:27 PM   #14
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Re: What to do with those TNG DVDs.

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Wow, I'm surprised to see that I'm actually in the minority of those who will just keep their old DVDs even though they are upgrading to BD. To be honest, I wouldn't dream of giving away my DVDs ever. After all this is how the episodes looked almost all my life up until the BDs. I wouldn't want to give that away. Plus, just looking at season one now, it becomes obvious that there are actually a lot of differences (aside from the better picture quality, obviously) between the two versions. Of course I will want to hold on to those original untouched versions.
I dunno, I'm watching the DVD right now and it's just... Rough and hard to do. Dark, grainy, it looks like crap. The changes in the BD aren't severe enough for me to think of them as a complete alternate look at the series (like comparing TOS to TOS-R) but just a complete and total update.

I may keep the DVDs but I honestly don't see myself watching them ever again once I've gotten a season.
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Old August 3 2012, 07:41 AM   #15
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Am I the only one here who has no ST DVDs, but only a collection of avi files? =)
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