“You’ve heard the rumors, and now can officially confirm it: Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released in high-definition Blu-ray, starting in January with a sampler of several popular episodes, followed by a season-one set to be released later on in 2012, and subsequent seasons beaming down after that. Each of the 178 episodes spanning The Next Generation‘s seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release in the Blu-ray format and, eventually, for runs on television and digital platforms in the U.S. and across the world. Star Trek: The Next Generation will, as fans know, be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012.”

The sampler will include the feature-length version of the series pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint,” as well the fan-favorite episodes “Sins of the Father” and “The Inner Light,” the former from season three and the latter from season five.  Not sure I’m on board for the sampler, but I know sales of it will affect the blu-ray releases of the full seasons.  If Paramount is smart, they’ll throw in a coupon for the full season sets – then I’m definitely on board.

I’m super excited to see TNG on Blu-Ray, especially with new effects and remastered from the original negatives.  It’s going to be like an entirely new experience – what say you?  Will this be enough to make you guys purchase?

Oh, and hey, if you’re a Trek fan, make sure to check out our brand new actual play, Star Trek: Aegean, which just released its first episode here!