Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 was released on VHS in the UK in two different formats: a two-episode-per-tape release by CIC Video in 1991-1992, and a three-episode-per-tape release by Paramount Home Entertainment in 2000 (taking over the rerelease after the dissolution of CIC in 1999). The original release was deleted on 1 January 1998.

Releases

Dates in italics are approximations based on release frequency, where no exact date is available. UK products are normally released on a Monday.

Rental release

A four-episode-per-tape release took place in the 1990s, exclusive to Blockbuster Video. This release did not take account of season divisions, and so the volume containing the last episodes of a season would sometimes also include the first episodes of the next.

Volume Number Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date
13 Unknown TNG Vol 13 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"Evolution"
"The Ensigns of Command"
"The Survivors"
"Who Watches The Watchers"
PG Unknown
14 Unknown TNG Vol 14 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"The Bonding"
"Booby Trap"
"The Enemy"
"The Price"
PG Unknown
15 Unknown TNG Vol 15 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"The Vengeance Factor"
"The Defector"
"The Hunted"
"The High Ground"
PG Unknown
16 Unknown TNG Vol 16 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"Deja Q"
"A Matter of Perspective"
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
"The Offspring"
PG Unknown
17 Unknown TNG Vol 17 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"Sins of the Father"
"Allegiance"
"Captain's Holiday"
"Tin Man"
U Unknown
18 Unknown TNG Vol 18 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"Hollow Pursuits"
"The Most Toys"
"Sarek"
"Ménage à Troi"
PG Unknown
19 Unknown TNG Vol 19 UK Rental VHS cover.jpg
"Transfigurations"
"The Best of Both Worlds"[1]
PG Unknown

CIC Video

New Stars. New Stories. New Worlds to Explore.

With this season, CIC Video moved to a new process for converting the US NTSC master tapes to PAL, using Digital Electronic Film Transfer. This process provided an improvement in picture quality over the season 1 and 2 releases; however, in order to preserve the Dolby Surround audio track, CIC were unable to pitch-shift the audio track to compensate for the difference in frame speed, resulting in higher-pitched audio. (TV Zone issue 25, p. 4) Fan reaction to the change was mixed. (TV Zone issue 25, p. 14; issue 27, pp. 10-11)

Sleeve changes

The character portraits were changed to reflect cast changes:

Volume Number Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date
25[2] VHR 2531 Cover of volume 25.
"Evolution"
"The Ensigns of Command"
PG 21 October 1991
26 VHR 2532 Cover of volume 26.
"The Survivors"
"Who Watches The Watchers"[3]
U 21 October 1991
27 VHR 2542 Cover of volume 27.
"The Bonding"
"Booby Trap"
PG 21 October 1991
28 VHR 2548 Cover of volume 28.
"The Enemy"
"The Price"
PG 4 November 1991
29 VHR 2549 Cover of volume 29.
"The Vengeance Factor"
"The Defector"
PG 4 November 1991
30[4] VHR 2550 Cover of volume 30.
"The Hunted"
"The High Ground"
PG 4 November 1991
31 VHR 2551 Cover of volume 31.
"Deja Q"
"A Matter of Perspective"
PG 2 December 1991
32 VHR 2552 Cover of volume 32.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
"The Offspring"
PG 2 December 1991
33 VHR 2560 Cover of volume 33.
"Sins of the Father"
"Allegiance"
U 2 December 1991
34 VHR 2561 Cover of volume 34.
"Captain's Holiday"
"Tin Man"
U 20 January 1992
35 VHR 2562 Cover of volume 35.
"Hollow Pursuits"
"The Most Toys"
PG 20 January 1992
36 VHR 2563 Cover of volume 36.
"Sarek"
"Ménage à Troi"
U 20 January 1992
37 VHR 2564 Cover of volume 37.
"Transfigurations"
"The Best of Both Worlds"[5]
PG 17 February 1992

Paramount Home Entertainment

Make It So
Volume Number Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date
3.1 VHR 4744 Cover of volume 3.1.
"Evolution"
"The Ensigns of Command"
"The Survivors"
PG 28 February 2000
3.2 VHR 4745 Cover of volume 3.2.
"Who Watches The Watchers"
"The Bonding"
"Booby Trap"
PG 3 April 2000
3.3 VHR 4746 Cover of volume 3.3.
"The Enemy"
"The Price"
"The Vengeance Factor"
PG 1 May 2000
3.4 VHR 4747 Cover of volume 3.4.
"The Defector"
"The Hunted"
"The High Ground"
PG 5 June 2000
3.5 VHR 4748 Cover of volume 3.5.
"Deja Q"
"A Matter of Perspective"
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
PG 3 July 2000
3.6 VHR 4749 Cover of volume 3.6.
"The Offspring"
"Sins of the Father"
"Allegiance"
U 14 August 2000
3.7[6] VHR 4750 Cover of volume 3.7.
"Captain's Holiday"
"Tin Man"
"Hollow Pursuits"
"The Most Toys"
PG 4 September 2000
3.8[6] VHR 4751 Cover of volume 3.8.
"Sarek"
"Ménage à Troi"
"Transfigurations"
"The Best of Both Worlds"
PG 2 October 2000
Italy release season 2 to season 7 was released with this cover artworks in Italy (season 1 was different)

Other releases featuring TNG Season 3 episodes

Volume/Set Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate[7] Release Date
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Borg Box VHR 2989 Borg Box exterior packaging.
"The Best of Both Worlds"
PG 5 December 1994
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Q Continuum VHR 2990 Q Continuum UK boxset.
"Deja Q"
PG 5 December 1994
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Full Length TV Movies Volume 2 VHR 4102 Best of Both Worlds TV Movie cover.
"The Best of Both Worlds" [8]
PG 16 January 1995
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Data Box VHR 4222 Data Box exterior packaging.
"The Offspring"
PG 6 November 1995
Star Trek - Crossovers Set VHR 4223 Crossovers set display case.
"Sarek"
PG 6 November 1995
Best of Both Worlds special release[9] VHR 4433 Cover of volume Best of Both Worlds special edition.
"The Best of Both Worlds"[8]
PG 9 December 1996
Star Trek: The Next Generation - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition VHR 4553 Exterior packaging of TNG 10th Anniversary boxset.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
"The Offspring"
PG 29 September 1997
Star Trek - Greatest Battles VHR 4732 Greatest Battles exterior packaging.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
12 16 November 1998

Footnotes

  1. Also includes "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" and "Family" from TNG Season 4.
  2. The cover for this release shows Data with the 14th Dalai Lama and his entourage, who visited the set during the filming of this episode and had pictures taken with Brent Spiner.
  3. The video sleeve adds a question mark to the episode title, making it "Who Watches The Watchers?"
  4. There is an alternate printing of this cover. Presumably they reprinted it at some point so that Beverly's head is no longer in the way of Picard's. Putting the two versions together side by side is quite a humorous sight!
  5. Listed on the video sleeve as "The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Four episode tape. (This was usually done to keep the number of episodes per tape above three towards the end of a season.)
  7. In the case of sets, the certificate is over the set as a whole (unless stated otherwise).
  8. 8.0 8.1 In feature-length form with "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
  9. One of three feature-length videos (along with "The Way of the Warrior" and "Caretaker") released to tie in with the premiere of Star Trek: First Contact.


Previous UK VHS release:
TNG Season 2 UK VHS
Star Trek: The Next Generation UK VHS
TNG Season 3
Next UK VHS release:
TNG Season 4 UK VHS

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