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The Bonding – Cut 4

These tapes are part of my private collection and I’m happy to share them here. They were won in an auction dedicated to Star Trek.

This is a Star Trek TNG episode, from Season 3. It is called The Bonding and was first aired in 1989. What makes these videos special is that they are non-public, preliminary cuts of the episode. They lack music and special effects, the voice-over is not done properly, you can sometimes hear the crew in the background, etc… they are also about longer than the broadcasted version of the episode, with extended scenes and different ones.

The tape is labeled “S.t. #153 - Cut #4″ and was almost 25 years old when it was digitized. It’s several minutes longer than the final version we all know. I got the best VCR I could find on eBay and recorded the video as the highest bitrate possible. I then remastered the audio & video to improve the overall quality without damaging/modifying the original content. Of course, the source material is still an old VHS, which has half the resolution of a DVD at its best, so don’t expect anything close to the new hi-res BD releases. In fact, expect just the opposite. So, if you’re a trekkie and want to see special versions of a TNG episode you’ve never seen before, be my guest and click play.

 

The Bonding – Cut 4

Note: this was posted on YouTube for bandwidth reason. Select 720p for best results. Direct file access upon request.

 

For a more in-depth detailed analysis, visit Trek Core.
Enjoy!

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