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The Child – Preliminary Cuts

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 2. It is called The Child and was first aired in 1988. 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 first tape is labeled “1st Cut – 10-6-88” and was 25 years old when it was digitized. The other tape was recorded about two weeks later and was mislabelled. The introduction states that it’s a cut from 10-24-88 and it’s closer to the final version. 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. If you’re a real trekkie, I’m just sure you’ll just want to see this special versions of a TNG episode you’ve never seen before.


1st Cut – 10-5-88

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Later Cut – 10-24-88

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