Star Trek: Picard – Season Two Blu-ray SteelBook review

Oct 06, 2022- Permalink

In the second season of Star Trek: Picard, our hero (Patrick Stewart) and his companions are trapped in an alternate reality by his old nemesis Q (John de Lancie). The season also stars Alison Pill, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Orla Brady, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Brent Spiner. Whoopi Goldberg also appears in her TNG role of Guinan. Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing a limited-edition Star Trek: Picard – Season Two Blu-ray SteelBook. I had a chance to check it out.

The 1080p AVC encoded digital transfer is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The image has a great amount of detail in facial features, textiles and environmental surfaces and the prosthetic work looks amazing in this transfer. The colour palette thrives with muted greens and bright exteriors and the black levels allow for detail in the shadow though there is some minor crush. Banding is also present but it and compression artifacts are not a major problem.

On the audio side of things, you have the choice of an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, as well as German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish. The surround channels have action elements moving seamlessly throughout them and the ambient sounds will place you in the environment so well that you’ll apply for a Star Fleet pension. The score is clear and dynamic and dialogue is clear, centred and well prioritized in the mix. It’s an excellent audio experience.

The 3-disc set comes with a nice collection of extras, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, and some nice featurettes exploring the characters, props and production. The SteelBook case is black and features black and white images of Picard and Q with the show’s title in gold letters. The rear of the case features a Federation emblem while the inside features a series of highways that echo the appearance of the Federation’s emblem.

A nice, understated collectible case, excellent audio and video, and a good collection of extras make the Star Trek: Picard – Season Two Blu-ray SteelBook an easy pickup for fans of the show.