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Review – Star Trek: The Original Series Season One HD DVD Box Set [UPDATED] November 17, 2007

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Review,TOS Remastered , trackback

Last September CBS commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek by going back to the original 35mm films and digitally remastering them for the HD era. The project not only cleaned up the images, but also added brand new CGI to replace the original shots that wouldn’t hold up well to the microscope of 1080p HD. This ‘Star Trek Remastered’ has been seen in syndication, but only in standard definition. Now finally with the release of Star Trek The Original Series on DVD/HD DVD Combo disk you can finally see the remastered show in full HDTV resolution, as it was intended to be seen. Plus the set comes complete with many new special features, many of which take advantage of the interactive features of HD DVD.

The Box Set
Season one comes on a set of 10 disks which are in a jewel case magazine. Because this release is in DVD/HD DVD combination format, both sides of the disc are used; one side standard DVD, the other HD DVD. Because the disks are double sided the set comes with small plastic inserts that look a bit like flash cards which list what episodes and what features are available and for what version (HD side or standard side). The disk magazine and plastic inserts are stored in a space saving paper sleeve, which fits into larger decorative plastic box (see below). The paper sleeve is the same gold color of the 2004 DVD set, so it is likely that seasons two and three will be blue and red respectively. Strangely neither the plastic box nor the paper sleeve have anything written on the spines, making identifying the set later once stored on a DVD shelf a bit of a challenge. Like the previous season boxed sets the episodes are in airdate order rather then the production date order.


Box set contents

HD DVD

Interactivity/Menus
You start off in the turbolift and hear Kirk’s voice order it to deliver you to the Transporter room. As you choose the episode, the transporter controls activate and characters from the episode you chose beam in. A TOS-style electronic tablet interface is used to enable features such as Starfleet Access (if available), subtitles, and what version of the soundtrack you want to use. The menus aren’t the friendliest, but as you get used to the way they are set up it isn’t too bad.


Transporter room serves as main menu system

Video
The original filmed content is incredible — the vibrancy of the colors, the detail that can be seen in the fabrics, sets, and faces. On the flip side little issues are much easier to spot now, the zippers on the velour shirts are really obvious, especially on Shatner since he is in front of the camera so much. You can see film grain! (a sign the film has been properly preserved). CBS Digital also did the right thing and in most shots appears to have properly sampled film grain on to the new CG effects so it doesn’t look totally out of place. For most of the episodes the Enterprise CG model looks incredible, but sadly the handful of episodes produced first in the project used a different model which has the same problems in HD that it did when broadcast in SD. If you think you have seen Remastered, you ain’t seen nothin’ till you see it in HD. Lastly, here are the HD DVD tech specs for the curious: the video is in 1080p, compressed with MPEG4-AVC (H.264), in the original 4:3 aspect ratio.


TOS-R “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” HD-DVD vs. SD Syndication (click for full size)

Audio
Audio is presented in 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD which is a lossless format, meaning that it is like a ZIP file, you get the same data out as was put in; nothing is thrown away, unlike normal Dolby Digital. A fallback Dolby Digital Plus 2-channel soundtrack is also available. Just like the video, the CBS team remastered the sound mix for the Star Trek Remastered effort, so these are not the same Dolby 5.1 mixes from the older DVDs. The new TrueHD track sounds great, the dialogue is normally very clear and the sound effects are generally well prioritized with respect to the dialogue.

Extras
The HD box set has lots of great extra features, many of which are totally new and utilize the functionality only available on HD players.

The Interactive Enterprise Tour is fun, but is only about 10 minutes worth of content; it consists of pre-rendered paths with a navigational control that pops up to pick locations along with an optional voice tour track. You are shown footage of a shuttlecraft leaving the hanger bay, you are then swung around the new CG Enterprise to view key features such as the Impulse Engines, Warp Engines, a view of the Bridge Dome, Phaser and Photon Torpedo area with a fun little ‘launch torpedo’ button that looks the button on the bridge controls, and the Main Sensor/Navigational Deflector.


Take a tour of the Enterprise (click for HD image)

Seven episodes offer the Starfleet Access option. As the episode plays small icons appear off to the right in the pillar boxing (the black bars on either side of the 4:3 image) a few minutes before the information is due to come up. If you select the icon the episode will shrink to a smaller window and a secondary window with either video commentary from various cast, crew or experts or Star Trek Encyclopedia-type trivia. The interviews discuss both the original show as well as the remastering, including offering some side by side comparisons of some effects shots. This feature is available on “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “The Menagerie, Parts 1 and 2″, “Balance of Terror”, “The Galileo Seven”, “Space Seed”, and “Errand of Mercy”.


William Campbell talks about Klingons in “Errand of Mercy”

Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century – This is a documentary that we’ve seen much of in STARTREK.COM video clips when TOS-R first was brought to syndication. The crew of CBS and CBS-Digital wax poetic about TOS and their project. It is in widescreen so you can see a few seconds of the widescreen CGI shots. (This documentary was also shown at the recent “The Menagerie” screenings.)

Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories – Thirteen feature with clips of the show combined with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes video shot by TOS background actor Billy Blackburn. Blackburn’s footage has no sound, but he provides an entertaining running commentary. This is one of the features that really makes this new box set worth it.


See Spock smile in Billy Blackburn’s home movies

 

Standard DVD

As mentioned before, the new Star Trek Season One box set comes on hybrid disks. So flip over any HD disk and you have the same episodes on Standard DVD. Although this is the ‘triple dip’ for Trek on DVD, the show has never looked better and you can certainly tell that it comes from a newly remastered high definition source. The menus are of course not really interactive, and many of the fun special features are just not possible to recreate on the Standard Def side. However, the must-see Billy’s Treasure Chest is included as well as interviews seen on the 2004 box set (including content only available on the exclusive ‘Best Buy Bonus Disk’). In addition there is a preview of the new Star Trek Online game as well as the entire History Channel documentary “Beyond the Final Frontier.” As with the 2004 DVDs, each episode also has the original NBC trailer. Unfortunately the ‘Red Shirt Diaries’ Easter eggs are not in the new box set, in fact there don’t appear to be any Easter eggs.


Even in SD it looks better than the previous DVD release

Bottom Line

If you haven’t bought any of the previous boxed sets of TOS on DVD, this is the set to get whether you have HDTV and HD DVD player or not. Even if you have the previous box sets and own an HDTV (and HD DVD player), this set is tough to resist. The remastered series was meant to be seen in HD and looks it. Plus the special features make the $130 street price a bit easier to stomach. For those who are on the fence for the format war it is a tougher call, but Toshiba’s aggressive pricing plus free movie (and free mail-in offer for a Phaser remote) promotions may make that decision easier. For those with previous box sets and no HDTV the high price is really hard to justify even with the improved quality and new features.


See new details from “Dagger of the Mind” and “The Corbomite Maneuver”
(click for HD image)

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Comments

1. T2 - November 17, 2007

i’ll still get it regardless of any review

2. T2 - November 17, 2007

a lot of reviews say it costs too much, but this is the best review for this that i’ve seen so far

3. Harry Ballz - November 17, 2007

I went out a month ago and bought the new Pioneer Elite 60″ Plasma T.V., Monster cables, Energy speakers, 7.1 Surroundsound and the whole ball of wax for JUST such a turn of events!!!

Am I getting it?? Well, duhh!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA………………..

4. trektacular - November 17, 2007

The only thing I hate about the old DVD sets is that the colors are muted, even the old VHS versions had better color.

5. Matt Wright - November 17, 2007

A few other images you all might like:

http://trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/dagger_ent_planet.jpg
http://trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/wnmhgb_barrier.jpg

6. Izbot - November 18, 2007

‘Red Shirt Diaries’ Easter eggs? Are these on the previous release? How do you access them? This is (obviously) news to me.

7. Alternate Factor Chris - November 18, 2007

Not really a gripe about this set in general, but is it too hard to release the episodes in chronological order? I realize that the show doesn’t have much of any continuity as to what order you air the episodes in and I could easily re-order the stories myself when viewing them, but it’d be nice to actually see “Where No Man Has Gone Before” actually show up first on the DVD sets at some point.

I guess that’s for the quadruple-dip.

8. yo - November 18, 2007

I don’t see a link in the article
to this additional Tour image:
http://trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/hd_ent_tour_2.jpg

9. non-fanatic - November 18, 2007

There was a 2004 box set? They really know how to milk it don’t they.
I don’t own an HD TV, my current TV still works and hopefully will for many years to come. If they broadcast them over here I’ll watch them, otherwise, I’ll miss them. $266 for a TV series? You’d have to be really gullible.

10. KevinA Melbourne Australia - November 18, 2007

It’s amazing the detail in the enterprise shots HD versus SD. I just zoomed in at 400% using IE7s zoom control and you can see the ribbing and defined edges that are just a blur in in the SD comparison. You can see where they have added grain to to picture to blend with the original stock. All very special.

Can’t wait for the HD DVD packs arrival, my new HD DVD player and comfirmation that Toshiba in Australia may yet have access to the phaser remote offer for us Aussies. Will let everyone know when I’ve contacted Toshiba again tomorrow.

11. JB - November 18, 2007

Wow. Keep those HD images coming, they make great wallpaper.

12. Greg Stamper - November 18, 2007

#7 Alternate Factor Chris – “Not really a gripe about this set in general, but is it too hard to release the episodes in chronological order?”

Many of the Affiliate Stations I viewed in the 1970s presented the series in ‘Chronological’ or ‘Production’ Order. It is how I learned to watch the series and is also how I too prefer it – - as it makes more sense naturally with Uniform appearance and Character development.

13. Doug L. - November 18, 2007

I’m really on the fence with this set. It seems to me that there will very likely be a round two on these releases, once the project is done, and it will be in time for the new movie, or some other event.

While I think that CBS-Digital’s work has improved over time, I still have to say it’s not worth it. Having just seen the Menagerie on the big screen and another round of goofball Ent movements in The deadly years, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth.

Let me explain on the Menagerie. As far as The Enterprise is concerned. You almost exclusively through two hours (roughly) of footage, have one shot of the Enterprise speeding towards Talos IV. Some angles on the ship would have been nice. While the effects looked fine, it just doesn’t add enough to bother with.

Deadly years shows me that they really don’t understand how to make the Enterprise move in situations that call for anything out of the norm (like orbiting a planet).

I want to want this set, as the extras look like fun, but I don’t want to be really pissed off when 3 or 4 years from now, they come up with the definitive remaster. I’ve got to wait this one out…

Doug L.

14. CanuckLou - November 18, 2007

Thanks Matt – really looking forward to sitting down and watching these uncut HD episodes.

15. jonboc - November 18, 2007

I’m a little concerned about the sound. I REALLY love the 5.1 remixed of the first DVD release. The base is punched up and the room shakes when things expode. Music is all aound with dialoge firmly planted in the center. Effects are effectively mixed and its just plain kick ass when Kirk goes on ship wide and the echo is all around you. It’s very imerisive and I’m more than a little concerned that this 2 channel mix is going to lose all that.
Eye candy is fine, but a little ear candy goes a long way as well.

16. Juli - November 18, 2007

6- I’m with you. Anyone, help please?

17. Leonel - November 18, 2007

“This ‘Star Trek Remastered’ has been seen in syndication, but only in standard definition.”

So – even though CBS broadcasts in HD, it didn’t present Trek Remastered in HD? If true, wow. Feeling slightly robbed, but the show looked great regardless on the CBS HD channel!

#3

Harry – you’ll have to post your opinion when you get it. I’m on the fence heavily leaning on the BUY IT, DAMMIT side..

18. ety3 - November 18, 2007

It is a MUST that CBS-D be allowed to fix the earlier episodes with the old model for future HD-DVD releases. That lack of care expressed by CBS-Paramount is one reason I hve no plans to buy this particular set.

19. Toonloon - November 18, 2007

What are the 8 episodes like that haven’t been aired yet?

20. Biodredd - November 18, 2007

17 – CBS the network may broadcast in HD, but CBS the syndicator business does not provide HD remastered episodes at the moment. Most TV stations do not have the terrabytes of storage required to store hugh HD files for re-broadacast. Most stations are only in position to current manage live HD events such as news or sports shows.

The HD episodes are there, most local HD stations are not ready to run them. Not the fault of CBS Distribution.

21. Dr. Image - November 18, 2007

#18 This is my MAIN gripe. They addmited the screwup of using that model. They fixed it largely BECAUSE of fans, yet now they want us to buy into that inferior version. Pretty arrogant. Sound like typical Paramount? Yep!

22. MichaelBroadhead - November 18, 2007

Hey Matt Wright – nice review! I’m the webmaster at TrekCore.com and we’re trying to work on getting HD screenshots… I was wondering if you could email me and let me know what method you used to get them? I’d email you but I don’t see an address anywhere…

23. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - November 18, 2007

Please for the love of Christ!!! What’s up with the HD-DVD version of TMP

Daren???? Anyone??????

The grainstock on the standard dvd blown up on an 1080p HD monitor is so heavy it makes many scenes unwatchable. Will this be addressed in the HD release. Saw Daren’s name in the credits when I watched it the other day

24. Holo J - November 18, 2007

Any chance you could put up some links to image spoilers on the as yet unaired episodes for season one?

25. Toonloon - November 18, 2007

Ditto.

26. Kirky - November 18, 2007

Well Blue-ray is winning the format war, I’ll just wait and buy this on Blue-ray.

27. Zirclet - November 18, 2007

What about the syndication edits? Are they actually the full episodes, or could they not manage that now that they’ve been retooled?

28. Joe Coatar - November 18, 2007

#22, You have to buy the xbox360 HD-DVD add-on, plug it into your computer and run it using powerDVD version 7.3, from there you can get the hd screenshots

29. Holo J - November 18, 2007

13. Doug L.

I definitely agree about the Menagerie, although I really enjoyed seeing TOS cleaned up and on the big screen. But I felt just using the same shot of the Enterprise over and over speeding towards Talos was a wasted chance to show off the Enterprise.

I took my nephew to see it in the cinema and he was disappointed he didn’t get to see more of the Enterprise. The angle they kept using doesn’t show off the ship very well. I know it’s meant to show it speeding through space I just think they could have used a few different angles and been a bit more creative I their thinking, making the most of those brief shots of the ship.

I wouldn’t mind owning this set despite its flaws the highlights have been great, but I already own the originals and I don’t feel enough has been changed to buy these over again and currently don’t own a HD TV. Plus like yourself Doug I think I’ll wait a few years because I reckon there will be another more definitive remastering done some where down the line, and if there isn’t there should be. I really hope there is because there have been a lot of missed opportunities this time around.

30. Brian - November 18, 2007

I’m with #26….I’ll wait for the Blu Ray.

31. Buckaroohawk - November 18, 2007

yo (#8),

Nice close-up of the main deflector dish. There is detail there I hadn’t imagined. Close ups like that are wonderful, but you can also see some of the polygon lines that make up some of the shapes of the ship. Look at the warp nacelle and the plating just behind it to see what I mean.

It just goes to show that, like physical models, these CGI models aren’t always meant to see scrutinized so closely.

32. Nelson - November 18, 2007

Re: post 22, I m curious too how the screen captures could be done, given that HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs won’t let you do that!

And what was the equiptment used for the review Matt? Display, player, etc. Nice review!

33. Mike - November 18, 2007

I’ll wait for Blu-Ray

34. Phil - November 18, 2007

This is so damn expensive, but it won’t stop me from buying it.

35. Mazzer - November 18, 2007

Nice review. It’s interesting that you can see grain in the new CGI scenes, because another review that I’d read complained there was no grain, making it a harsh contrast to the live action. Anyway, I recall CBS-D acknowledging that they’d added simulated grain, so it makes sense that at least SOME grain would appear in the SFX scenes. On the other hand, I’m hoping that the live action isn’t TOO grainy; I’ll do a Netflix rental to find out.

Some of the HD stills in this article are much higher resolution than ANY of the stills we’ve seen thus far, and as I expected, they show the true work that CBS-D have done.

Like some other folks, I’m in a holding pattern over the HD format war. Even if Blu-ray eventually wins, which it may not, I don’t think we’d see a Blu-ray version of ST remastered for quite some time. Then there’s also the matter of a slightly wider aspect ratio version (yeah I know OAR lovers, you don’t like it)…

All in all, it’s going to be a rental for me right now.

36. Anthony Pascale - November 18, 2007

regarding the format war and waiting for bluray. There is no guarantee this and future Trek sets will come out on bluray. By early/mid 2009 all three seasons of TOS, plus the new Star Trek movie and likely some or all of the previous Trek films will be out on HD-DVD. If Trek is an important part of your collection, then Paramount has kind of made the decision for you. You can get a toshiba player for 300 bucks and you get 7 movies and a free phaser. Worst case scenario is that in 5 years you may have to buy some kind of ‘hybrid’ player that can play both formats.

37. Mazzer - November 18, 2007

Oh, by the way, HIDEOUS packaging, which seems to be a Star Trek tradition.

38. T Negative - November 18, 2007

Nice review and HD screen captures!! The cost of this set is the hold-up for me. I saw it for pre-sale on Best Buy.com for $170.00!!! I am hoping when it hits store on Tuesday it will be cheaper.

I am buying this set. The prospect of seeing Classic Trek in HD is too much for me to pass up.

#23

I watched TMP the other day and I agree. I can’t believe how grainy and dirty that poor film is. It looks TERRIBLE! Why wasn’t it cleaned up back in 2001?? Does anyone know when we can expect TMP and the other Trek films in HD??

39. Mazzer - November 18, 2007

Anthony — that’s true. But there’s also no guarantee at this point that HD-DVD will be supported by exclusive or hybrid hardware in 3-5 years time. I hope so, for the sake of folks who are buying the disks now. Of course, Blu-ray is in an uncertain position too.

40. star trackie - November 18, 2007

#29 “I know it’s meant to show it speeding through space I just think they could have used a few different angles and been a bit more creative I their thinking, making the most of those brief shots of the ship.”

I have to agree. Replacing stock shots with cgi stock shots that are used over and over again isn’t spicing things up much I’m afraid. I don’t know how many times I saw the SAME red star streaking by as the Enterprise flew towards Talos 4.

I also agree that a stereo sound presentation, on HD video of all things, SUCKS. The surrounded mix on the TOS DVD’s I have now is superb, I hate to see them step backwards on sound, especially for a remastered set.

41. Cox of Seagulls - November 18, 2007

Your Tomorrow Is Yesterday screencap made me go to Amazon and buy the 360 HD DVD add on. I hope you’re happy :p
Does anyone know when this is out in the UK?

42. Owends9 - November 18, 2007

The set is out in the UK tomorrow, Amazon despatched mine on Saturday.

43. CanuckLou - November 18, 2007

Both formats will be around for a long time.

44. R.C. Williams - November 18, 2007

I also don’t know where people are seeing these high prices on the Toshiba’s. $300 is the retail price for the A3, but who spends retail for anything these days? You can find an A2 or A3 at online vendors & at Sears for $169- $179 with 5-7 free movies. The Trek set can be acquired at Deepdiscountdvd.com for $106 with the 20% off coupon. $170 at Bestbuy.com is quite high for this set when even amazon has it for $132.

I would not hold my breath for a BD release. Paramount recently dropped them, so there will not be a BD release of this title anytime soon. The reality is that Blu-ray has just as much a chance of failing as HD-DVD. No one is “winning” here. Neither format has caught on with the public on a mass level, and there will be NO winner if/until this happens. I do not think people realize how long it took for the production house I worked at took to crank out this set just for HD-DVD. If HD-DVD were suddenly to drop off the Earth tomorrow, I can almost guarantee you that you still wouldn’t likely see this set for years.

For the time being, If you are interested in Trek in HD, this set is the only way to go.

45. Brian - November 18, 2007

Unless HD-DVD starts to see some serious growth in software sales soon folks would be ill-advised in purchasing one. When people have asked me about the HD wars I’ve told them to wait until after Christmas to make a decision. I think this Christmas will make or break the format. Toshiba is selling the players at huge losses and if there isn’t a serious uptick in software it’s only a matter of time before they bail. The fact that they are the ONLY company selling HD_DVD players while Blu Ray has 5 manufacturers says alot about how bad Toshiba’s business plan is.

46. jason - November 18, 2007

Paramount is only backing HD, and not blu-ray

47. Oregon Trek Geek - November 18, 2007

Are any players being made that support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray?

48. Scott Gammans - November 18, 2007

I’d like to know how Matt was able to screen-capture these 1920×1080 images. Isn’t it supposed to be impossible to hack HD-DVDs?

49. Gene Coon was the Better Gene - November 18, 2007

I’d like to officially join the TMP HD petition. What is the deal? When can we see a clean copy?

Here’s an idea; release TMP on HD DVD in November 2008, and schedule some theater screenings of TMP (ala The Menagerie) just before Thanksgiving 2008 to build hype for the new ST for Christmas.

50. Toonloon - November 18, 2007

Great idea #49!

But come on guys!! Where are the new shots of the unseen episodes?

51. Matt Wright - November 18, 2007

Wow, time to catch up on all the comments…

We’ll be putting up a guide to selecting and buying an HD DVD player for you all, so you can be better informed. And yes there are dual-format players that play both Blu-ray and HD DVD, they do cost a premium though.

We’ll also be putting a tease article in the next week or two about the season 1 episodes that haven’t aired yet, so you all can get a taste of what’s to come.

With reguards to the sound, don’t worry, the 5.1 mixes on the old DVDs are inferior. The 5.1 was a gimmic where really only the music and select sound effects were panned into the rears. The new sound mixes are amazingly clear, a nice step up over the old ones. Also there is surround information matrixed in the mix (just like how Dolby Surround has hidden rear sound information in stereo sound from TV shows).

52. Mazzer - November 18, 2007

47: Yes, there are a couple, although very expensive right now.

53. DEMODE - November 18, 2007

49#… We have already had TMP re-released in theatres a few years ago. I would rather they show The Wrath of Khan. The message will come out just as loud, and probably attract a larger audience.

54. Brian - November 18, 2007

We probably won’t see TMP in any kind of HD form until 2009(the film’s 30th Anniversary….amazing).

I agree about the clean-up. I couldn’t get over how bad the DVD looked considering the money Paramount had already spent on the new FX and the mix.

And I’ll say it again guys…..unless you just HAVE to have this box set this very minute, I’d say wait until at least after the holidays. Jumping on this format just because it currently has Trek(the exclusivity window ends before next Christmas and the film release) may not be the right way to go. Look at the bigger picture.

55. Nelson - November 18, 2007

Look at the HD thing this way. If your DVD player is older, or does not do upconvert, as mine did not, then buying a new Toshiba HD-DVD player gives you a really good upconvert player so your existing collection of DVD’s look mighty close to HD. And, oh yeah, you can happen to watch HD discs too, how convenient.

post 49, I hope they release TMP sooner on HD! TWK might be a better film to open before the new Trek film does.

56. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - November 18, 2007

Samsung just came out with a combo player at $499.00, less on the web if you want to browse. Generic HD DVD and Blu-Ray players are also starting to pop up as prices continue to fall. Toshiba had a $99.00 special last week at Best Buy for their AD-2 player.
Have both HD DVD and Blu-Ray so I don’t care about the format war. Only the cheerleaders for one side or the other are so adamant in saying there will be a clear winner and the other will go away. Not happening!!! they have been saying the same about Playstation and Xbox for years now. There will be an entirely new next gen format before the smoke clears anyway.
So much like the Ballzy one and myself, if you have the means, plunk down some dough and treat yourself.

57. Michael Dyer - November 18, 2007

On Amazon for a Toshiba HD-A3 1080i HD DVD Player for $199. And you can get 10 HD DVD’s free (300 and Bourne Identity in the box, get 3 free from a list on Amazon, and get 5 free from mail-in offer). http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-HD-A3-720p-1080i-Player/dp/B000U62N1S/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1195427854&sr=1-19. Amazon also has the Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD Player for $311.67 for those that either have a 1080p set or plan to get one in the future – http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-HD-A30-1080p-DVD-Player/dp/B000U6AHYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1195428051&sr=1-1.

58. Shaggy - November 18, 2007

#45 Please don’t spread misinformation. Microsoft makes an HD-DVD add-on for the 360, Venturer just released a standalone HD-DVD player as did Onkyo and RCA has made an HD-DVD player; Acer and Gateway are releasing notebooks with built-in HD drives. HD players are also cheaper to make than Blu-Ray players – Toshiba is losing far less money on these than Sony is with the PS3. If you get into HD now, it’s a good buy and like Anthony has pointed out, if you want Trek in HD you won’t get it on Blu-Ray (or for that matter other good sci-fi shows like BattleStar Galactica).

For Matt, excellent review. I have not ordered the set yet but with each review I am becoming more tempted to do so. I’d really like to check out some of the features on this set although one thing I haven’t heard is if this set is web-enabled or not?

59. Matt Wright - November 18, 2007

#58 — No web enabled features.

To all: Please this is not a place for format wars, and we’ll be putting up an HD DVD player guide soon, so lets refrain from a bunch of player links, etc.

60. Dr. Image - November 18, 2007

Format war? I predict HD will win out in the end. There’s a REASON Paramount went with HD. I think they know something we don’t know.
Yeah, Blu-Ray’s superior but, like Beta, that doesn’t mean it’ll win out.
TMP in HD? I’m there!!

61. Toonloon - November 18, 2007

No they don’t. They got a $40 million paycheck from Microsoft and Toshiba for “promotional uses” just to support HD-DVD.

62. Joe Burns - November 18, 2007

ST:TMP needs to be revisited in HD before the elements and talent are no longer available (yes, you Daren). All the other films can be remastered from film elements, but the SD CGI in TMP needs to be rerendered in HD before something untoward happens (B5, anyone?).

” If Trek is an important part of your collection, then Paramount has kind of made the decision for you. ” -AP

Anthony: I have the greatest respect for you, the site, and what CBS Digital have done for the show I love so much.

The fact is, I make technology decisions with a mind to what I want to see down the road. HD-DVD is milking the last bit of value out of red laser tech, and blue lasers are superior. The shorter wavelength allows a blue laser to read smaller spot on the disk. Any advances in compression can be matched; the greater storage capacity can never be matched. (those 53GB HD-DVD disks you heard about would require all current players to be junked)

I decided some time ago to support Blu-Ray to put my dollar vote towards building the infrastructure that will give blue lasers the economies of scale that red lasers currently enjoy, bringing lower prices and broader use as the price penalty diminishes. This is exactly why I bought a hybrid car. I not blindly feeding at the trough; I operate with awareness of where our little decisions end up taking us: to the bright future of the Federation – or to something less, a future that reflects our failure to act on the challenges before us.

Blu-Ray is a small part of that, just as my dollars I’m spending on hardware and software are small in the grand scheme. The philosophy is not small, however: never take what they give you, you are at this table, make them deal. Over time, that philosophy is what will allow a better future to come into being.

At the end of the day, neither format may be the future. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others are betting on digital downloads. They’d like nothing better than to see an inconclusive format war that kills both formats right around the time fiber optic neworks allow their preferred distro channel to become viable.

It is a great disappointment for me to see Star Trek, BSG, Serenity and other titles that I want on HD come out on the competing format. Part of the reason they call it a war is that partisans want the other side to lose. I want HD-DVD to lose. I won’t do anything negative to make that happen; that’s not my style. I simply won’t put any money on any product that will help tip the scales the other way. I love my old Star Trek DVDs, but no matter how good the new transfers are, I won’t buy them unless they are unbundled as SD DVDs or Blu-Ray tanks and dies. These episodes are in my heart and they can never be taken from me – I’d sure love a Blu-Ray version, though.

63. Gene Coon was the Better Gene - November 18, 2007

OK, I’ll take a re-release of Khan. Where was I that I missed TMP re-released to theaters? Was it a one-off? Idiocracy must have run like Gone with the Wind compared to TMP!

The only thing about Khan is, it doesn’t lose much on TV, where TMP really suffers on the small screen. I realize that Khan is just a more entertaining film, and holds a higher place in our hearts, but I’d like to see a clean print of TMP. It remains the most visually impressive ST movie. Need to see that big reveal, and hear that great score in a theater!

64. OneBuckFilms - November 18, 2007

The whole Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD seems to me to be a Microsoft vs. Apple type deal.

In the end, they will either come together and everyone will support and play back both, or one will eventually become the victor.

There is another possibility, that another format comes into being that will supersede both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

Unfortunately, Isolinear chips are about 300+ years away :-(

65. Matt Wright - November 18, 2007

#62 you’re really misinformed, HD DVD doesn’t use red lasers, it uses ultra violet lasers just like Blu-ray.

66. Ty Webb - November 18, 2007

Going format neutral is the current trend of a lot of people at the moment who are tired of this format war. It’s not going to end for at least a couple of years. You can buy a PS3 and an HD-DVD player and not have to worry about it.

This is the way I see it. Trek is on HD-DVD exclusively for the forseeable future. You can buy and HD-DVD player dirt cheap now.

There really is no issue.

67. Yiggy - November 18, 2007

The Wrath of Khan was made without much of a budget and in places it shows. For either Hi-Def format, I think it might need a lot of work.

68. R.C. Williams - November 18, 2007

#62 – Also, there is no proof that current HD-DVD players will need to be “junked” for the TL51GB (not 53gb) disc. In fact, I have it on good faith from an insider that existing players should be able to play these discs with a firmware upgrade to redirect the laser. We’ll certainly know very soon. Also, someone mentioned the Samsung dual-format player coming next month at $499. Well, the retail price is actually $999. The problem with the dual-format players is that it can often be cheaper to simply buy two separate boxes for each HD format than a potentially troublesome jack of all trades player. There’s certainly lots of disinformation flying out there regarding both formats, which ultimately won’t help buyers when it comes to making a decision.

Matt – Great review. It’s notoriously difficult to find reviews for this title where the reviewer doesn’t seemingly have an axe to grind either because it’s not on Blu-ray, or they don’t like any of the CBS DIgital effects. Your in-depth anaysis of all of the special features is especially refreshing. I read a review which claimed that the new effects were completely absent of grain which most certainly isn’t true – at least to my eyes.

69. MichaelBroadhead - November 18, 2007

Matt – if you missed my earlier message (#22) please email me :) virogen@gmail.com

70. Sean4000 - November 18, 2007

Are you referring to little old me? lol? **throws hix axe he was grinding and hears an old woman scream**

71. Gary - November 18, 2007

I’d be happy to have this package – but I’m much happier with my Playstation 3 (Blu-ray).

72. Joe Coatar - November 18, 2007

#71, So just use the DVD side, and have the ps3 upscale it, from what I hear ps3 has a very good upscaler

73. Tassieboy - November 18, 2007

The fact that they are planning to release the box set in Australia soon is promising. The fact that I do not yet have any TOS DVDs is also good. I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford the set, but no doubt I will find a way, since it is likely the only way I’ll ever get to see TOS Remastered.

74. Mazzer - November 18, 2007

The old “I’m safe because I have both HD formats” argument is fine, as long as manufacturers guarantee to produce players covering both formats for many years, even if their format is dropped earlier. Unfortunately, that commitment isn’t being made by manufacturers.

So if, let’s say, HD-DVD players and hybrid players are dropped in 3 years, then you’ve effectively got a new car with no supporting parts. It’s great until it breaks down. Blu-ray is in the same uncertain position.

That’s why many of us are waiting to see at least one of the formats become mainstream… and hence more secure as a media investment.

75. Brian - November 18, 2007

#74-Good call…..one of the reasons I purchased a PS3 is that it came with the Blu Ray. That being said, if Blu Ray does lose the format war(and judging from software sales I have my doubts), then I’ll still have a game system.

If the PS3 hadn’t come with Blu Ray I would be sitting this out….I have no interest in buying equipment that may be useless a year from now.

76. Brian - November 18, 2007

#72-You are correct-the PS3 has an excellent upscaler.

77. Harry Ballz - November 18, 2007

Hey, I was just in Vegas and shelled out $170 to see the Circ de Soleil show Love with the music by the Beatles. I love the Beatles for their music but the show itself STUNK ON ICE!!! So, it’s really a matter of perspective……….for the same cost you can either get TOS in HD to enjoy over and over for countless hours of enjoyment, or watch one evening of horrible theatre where you think, “how do I get the BOREDOM out of my head??”

78. Commodore Z - November 18, 2007

It will probably be some time before the HD-DVD/BluRay wars are over. I’m definitely getting a HD-DVD player, and will probably get a BluRay unit as well. I’m not worried about not being able to get replacement units in the forseeable future.

I still have laserdisks, even though that format hasn’t been officially supported in years. I still have some movies and special programs in laser that either haven’t come out in DVD, or that I haven’t bothered to buy on DVD. When my current laserdisk player dies, I’ll probably look on eBay for another.

79. trektacular - November 18, 2007

Yeah I agree with the people who want to see TMP on the big screen!

80. Sean4000 - November 18, 2007

Someone give John Lowry a call.

81. Ty Webb - November 19, 2007

80#. John Lowry? No thanks. He really messed up the grading on the James Bond DVDs.

82. Scott Gammans - November 19, 2007

I’m still waiting to hear how Matt was able to defeat HD-DVD’s supposedly bulletproof copy protection mechanism to capture those full-resolution screenshots. Or did CBS Digital provide those 1920 x 1080 images?

83. doubleofive - November 19, 2007

Looking at the other reviews of the set, I have to say that trekmovie has the best screenshots. Everyone else’s seems to be either stolen from the episode recaps from this site, or pictures of their tvs, judging by the quality.

That being said, I’m still tempted to pick up the set for Christmas (just got my Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on). But I really want the effects shots to be in 16:9. I am against cropping the live action parts with every fabric of my being, but I would appreciate the option to see the entirety of the image CBS-D has created.

I can purchase some of the episodes on Xbox Live Marketplace and I understand that they do exactly that. I may do that instead…

I haven’t decided.

84. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

That’s quite naive, if you followed tech news you’d know HD DVD’s copy protection (and Blu-ray’s as they share the same basic copy protection) have been cracked, they responded by revoked and changing encryption keys, and it then cracked again, a few times now, they have changed keys 4 times now and every time within a week or so, it is broken again.
The very existance of protected digital media means there will be people who want to crack it.

Really now, do some Googling and quit asking, because I’m not going to tell people how to do it since it is a gray area, I just wanted to provide the best screenshots for the review, since no one else seems to think of these things.

85. Cervantes - November 19, 2007

Nice review.

I only wish that there had been MORE new / improved effects across the board on this project…

But the improved picture quality looks great.

86. Dr. Image - November 19, 2007

#61- Well if Microsoft is supporting HD over BR, what does that tell you?
Matt- Thos caps really drive home the stunning quality lurking beneath the broadcast versions.And that matte painting, My God. After seeing those, there’s really little to complain about concerning CBS-D’s approach.

87. COMPASSIONATE GOD - November 19, 2007

Re: #9 non-fanatic – November 18, 2007
“There was a 2004 box set?”

I think he’s talking about the season sets, where each case was shaped like a TOS Tricorder; yellow/gold for S1, blue for S2, and red for S3, with the final disc of S3′s set featuring the 1986 color/B&W version of “The Cage” (with Roddenberry’s intro on the movie-era set) and the full color, restored version of “The Cage.”

“You’d have to be really gullible.”

Some fans cannot wait for prices to drop on a format with no gurantee of survival (since the manufactuers hope people replace thousands of dollars worth of standard DVDs).

Hey CBS? Call me when you realease the HD-remasterd TOS–WITHOUT–the CBS Digital efx.

88. Jason - November 19, 2007

PLEASE HELP! No one has ever mentioned if all, of the original episodes without the new special effects are included in this set. In other words, do I have to keep my previous DVD sets to see the show as it originally aired?

89. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#88 — nope, in no press release, or review does it say the originals are included. But just to be clear no, no the original versions are not included.

I can see why CBS did what they did. In the documentary (which is in HD) there is old footage of the Enterprise, and it doesn’t stand up well to 1080p. I have a screenshot of it that I didn’t end up using the body of the review, you can see it here:
http://www.trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/old_ent_hd.jpg

90. COMPASSIONATE GOD - November 19, 2007

Re: #88 Matt Wright

That is one cap from the ’65 2nd pilot, but what about the improved model and news shots used for the 2nd and 3rd season. How do they look?

91. COMPASSIONATE GOD - November 19, 2007

#88:
Take episodes such as “Space Seed”, “Elaan of Troyius”, “Journey to Babel”, or “The Tholian Web.”

92. doubleofive - November 19, 2007

I found the cache of screenshots, and I have to say that comparing the quality of the full resolution vs standard def shots are awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Thanks for everything, Matt and Anthony. That’s what I come for. :-)

93. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#90 I agree that comparison isn’t totally fair, since the 2nd and 3rd season shots were much better, let me see if I can’t find some more old Enterprise shots in HD, there aren’t many.

94. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

The extended documentary has every stock shot the series used all in a quick sequence from 11:40mins to 11:46 mins. I’ll see what I can do about getting shots up later on for a proper comparison. It really doesn’t look too hot in HD.

95. KT - November 19, 2007

The screen shots are great. Can we get a few more featuring the new CGI model (perhaps more from Tomorrow is Yesterday)? Thanks!

96. Thomas Jensen - November 19, 2007

Very informative review Matt. And I was one who said I’d wait for the ‘wars’ to shake out. But I didn’t. Live is too short and who knows what will happen. I purchased the Toshiba for under $300 and I love it. The upscaling for dvds is great. The first item I put into the player was a third season trek dvd and I was floored! Great plasma picture even at the standard resolution. And the HD DVDs look like a pristine 70mm film clip projected onto a screen. I’ve now got a few HD films and I’m glad I took the plunge.

Yes, the upcoming Star Trek sets are what pushed me over the edge and I’m glad I learned to swim in the deep end. Price? No big deal.

Tomorrow Amazon ships the set and I’ll have it at the end of the week. On my birthday March 25th the second season set is released. Life is good.

97. KT - November 19, 2007

Correct me if I am wrong, but the remastered episodes which feature the first-stab at the CGI Enterprise model (the inferior rendering) are:
- Balance of Terror
- Miri
- The Devil in the Dark
- The Naked Time
- The City on the Edge of Forever
- I, Mudd (2nd season)
- Arena
- Catspaw (2nd season)

It would have been nice if Paramount/CBS had redone the CGI for these episodes using the new models….Seems like it would not have been that difficult.

Also correct me if I am off-base, but the episodes on the season 1 HD-DVD release not yet seen in syndication airings are:
- The Enemy Within
- Court Martial
- The Alternative Factor
- Return of the Archons
- A Taste of Armageddon
- Operation: Annihilate!

Trying off the top of my head to think of the new CGI impact on these episodes. One shot that would be great to see posted is that of the Enterprise when it destroys the spacecraft on the planet’s surface in The Alternative Factor. I am curious as to whether they re-created the rear angle shot seen only in this episode. Here is the original shot:
(copy and paste to your browser if link is broken)

http://www.retroweb.com/trek/dvdcap_enterprise_fires_phasers.jpg

98. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#97 — your lists are correct. As I mentioned earlier in the comments, Anthony has asked me to do a little teaser article showing a shot from each of the Season 1 epsidoes that have yet to air. I haven’t gone through them all yet, but Mudd’s Women has a nice new shot of the miner’s little village domes in the blowing sand, and of course they gave Mudd an actual ship instead of a glowing blob.

99. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#90 — Old space shots in HD: http://trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/hd_old/

100. Sean4000 - November 19, 2007

99, Those are pretty cool. Didn’t know they existed.

101. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

Yeah but man they don’t look too hot in 1080p, you can start to see why CBS-D redid the shots.

102. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#97 — Don’t worry CBS-D preserved that unique angle, it’s there :-)

103. COMPASSIONATE GOD - November 19, 2007

Re: 99. Matt Wright – November 19, 2007
“Old space shots in HD: http://trekmovie.com/tosrem/hddvd_s1/hd_old/

Thank you for posting the images.

Hmm. Nothing from the shots specifically created for “Space Seed” in HD?

104. Spock's Brain - November 19, 2007

It’s a small thing, but it drives me nuts. I just can’t stand stupidity.

Forty years ago some NBC suit decides to air the episode with the “monster” in it first and even 40 years later that same retarded order in which the episodes were first aired *still* rules. To me, that is exasperating stupidity.

As all of you know, the progression from Where No Man Has Gone Before to The Corbomite Maneuver to Mudd’s Women etc., is plain to see. That’s the order in which they were made and it requires no more than a single particle of brain to realize that that’s the order in which they should be viewed.

Sorry, I just had to rant about that.

105. Sean "Sean4000" Burns - November 19, 2007

That’s what I want to see. I also want to see how the Botany Bay had artificial gravity in 1996!

106. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#103 — Sorry, if any of the better composed shots were available, I would have of included them. Keep in though that the good looking shots are isolated cases, most of the shots were reused adinfanitum, so 90% of the shots looked awful, and I\’m sure even the good ones didn\’t quite hold up in HD.

107. Matt Wright - November 19, 2007

#104 — I feel ya, I don’t like the airdate order either.

108. Skippy 2k - November 20, 2007

Agreed, using the production order is something I miss from the 2 episode dvds. I was hoping (I read somewhere but then found it to be wrong) that they would be in that order again… Ended up pre-ordering these from amazon a few days ago, been thinking of picking up one of those toshiba hd players that have been priced down lately.

109. Ty Webb - November 20, 2007

I have to say the quality of this set is amazing. Just looking at it now in front of me. Even the DVD side is crystal clear and you can see the difference. Still grabs really don’t do the CG Enterprise justice. More than ever I’m conviced the moaners about the FX are really just nit picking.

110. Andreas -horn- Hornig - November 21, 2007

hi,

somehow my former post hasn’t appearedyet (should havebeen around #45, and the system said it was posted because it didn’t accept the 2nd identical one) so I try it again.

I made a waggle image soyou can better compare the ntsc and the hd-dvd pic.
http://horn.hdtvtotal.com/hdtvtotal/scripts/waggle/waggle.php?hd=http://www.hdtvtotal.com/modules/gallery/albums/userpics/10225/star_trek_tos_r_tiy_ent_earth_trekmovie_480p_upscaled_1080p.jpg&sd=http://www.hdtvtotal.com/modules/gallery/albums/userpics/10225/star_trek_tos_r_tiy_ent_earth_trekmovie_1080p.jpg

greets, Andreas

111. Matt Wright - November 21, 2007

I just wanted to let you all know, somthing about my setup with reguards to TrueHD was screwy, the TrueHD track is indeed a 5.1 surround mix. I’ve had another reviewer confirm it for me on AVSForum.com

112. Matt Wright - November 21, 2007

#110 — Nice rollover comparison :-)

113. Ty Webb - November 21, 2007

That’s a nice rollover comparison, however my DVD side certainly doesn’t look that soft. One thing that makes a difference with DVD is good upscaling. It should preserve the sharpness, but will never have the full richness of HD. You can still get very good pictures from upscled DVDs though. Indeed Star Trek has never looked better on DVD, and looks amazing on HD.

114. Jovan - November 22, 2007

I’m disappointed they didn’t redo the inferior Enterprise shots…

115. Granger - November 30, 2007

I’ve been watching my new HD-DVDs this week and I think they are simply terrific! The Big E looks absolutely gorgeous – and while the early remastered episodes aren’t quite as pretty, they still trounce the pitiful old effects. Those pitiful old model shots with fuzzy bluescreen spillover, matte errors, optical printer degradations, and so on look simply awful in high-def on a high-def TV. The video segments and commentaries make it clear that the Remastered Project is in good hands and I feel I got great value for the money. I can’t wait for the 2nd season to come out.

116. Stephen Hornak - January 5, 2008

Hello,

I really like your website. It is definitely the most informative website for Star Trek that I have ever visited. I really like the HD Photos you have posted hear as well. I use one as wallpaper on my laptop. So do you think you will be posting anymore screen shots from the remastered HDDVD like you posted before. I am talking about the scene where the Enterprise looks like it is orbiting Earth. Excellent high resolution picture! I am sure many other Star Trek Fans would like to see more.

Thank you,
Stephen Hornak

117. Daniel - December 15, 2011

are all the episodes on the first season. i’m lookin and the look out of order as well some missing. can anybody help me out?

118. Grant B. - June 12, 2012

Yes Daniel all first season episodes are on the first season, and since the price has dropped for the 3 season bundle its totally worth it, I found a brand new 3 season set for 56.00 usd. Looks amazing!

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