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Review – Star Trek Alternate Realities Collective DVD Set September 16, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: DS9,DVD/Blu-ray,ENT,Review,TNG,TOS,VOY , trackback

The latest of the themed ‘Collective’ DVD sets coming from CBS Paramount arrives in stores today (Tuesday September 16th) and is focused on ‘Alternate Realties,’ and is chock full with 20 episodes spanning all five series along with some new special features, all for a street price of less than 30 bucks. See below for our review.

 

Review: Star Trek Alternate Realities Collective Set

Contents
CBS has broken the 20 episodes into four categories: Mirror Universe (6 episodes), Parallel Dimensions (2 episodes), Twisted Realities (4 episodes), and Alternative Lives (8 episodes). See below for a full list, but quite a few of the episodes are often in top lists like "Mirror Mirrror" from TOS, "Yesterdays Enterprise" and "Inner Light" fron TNG, "The Visitor" from DS9, "Timeless" from VOY and "Twilight" from ENT. There are a couple of clunkers as well, including "The Alternative Factor" from TOS. Each of the four categories gets its own special feature as well.

Packaging
The new set is packaged just like the last set, in a sturdy paper sleeve that contains slimline cases. Each case has its own artwork inside and out, but unlike past Collective sets, there is no artwork on the disks themselves except for the contents being listed. The set is easy to store and for the price the packaging is pretty good although the plastic holding down the disks can break easily.

 
Packaging
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Navigation and options
The navigation system is fairly basic and, like the previous Collective sets, there are no animations or music. The menus are all in widescreen, however all the episodes are in their original aspect ratio (4:3 except for Enterprise is in widescreen). Options are limited with audio and subtitles available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. There are no chapter/scene selections for individual episodes.


Menus (click to enlarge)

The Transfer
Although this is a budget set, the transfer appears as good as the regular (and more premium priced) season sets. Each episode is presented full-length and look and sound just as good as the DVD Season sets. In case you were wondering, the Original Series episodes are all the ‘remastered’ versions, which new for the Collective sets.  



Sample shots from "Mirror Mirror" and "Yesterday’s Enteprise"
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Special Features
A great part of this net set are the special features. Each of the four categories gets its own special featurette video where Star Trek luminaries discuss each of the 20 episodes in the set. Some of the interviews are from past season box sets, but most of the interviews are new, including "Yesterday’s Enterprise" director David Carson, Voyager writer Bryan Fuller, "Visitor" guest star "Tony Todd," Enterprise writers Mike Sussman and Judy & Gar Reeves Stevens, DS9 writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, behind-the-scenes book writer Terry Erdmann and more. The featurettes provide context as well as some good behind-the-scenes info on the making of these episodes, some get more attention like "Yesterday’s Enterprise" and "The Visitor," but hey how much can you say about "Alternative Factor"? In addition to the featurettes, there are audio commentaries for five episodes (one episode per disk). However, unlike past sets, there are no text commentaries.


Bryan Fuller, David Carson, just two of the many Trek faces you will see
in the Alternate Realities featurettes
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Bottom Line
There has always been something appealing about the episodes that decide to take a walk on the wild side and do something from a different perspective so this ‘alternate reality’ theme turns out to be one of the best of the Collective sets. If you do not own these episodes already in the Season sets, then the Star Trek Alternative Realities Collective is highly recommended, especially for price (Amazon is selling the set for $27.99 and that includes a free offer for a Geordi "Timeless" action figure). If you already have the season sets then it is a tougher call and more likely a miss unless you are a ‘completist’ and just need to see it all and have every action figure.

Star Trek Remastered Fan Collective arrives in stores Tuesday Sept. 16

$27.99

Complete contents

Disc One: Mirror Universe

Disc Two: Mirror Universe & Parallel Dimensions

Disc Three: Twisted Realities

Disc Four: Alternate Lives

Disc Five: Alternate Lives

 

And if you want to collect the last five ‘Collectives’ they are available in a box set.

Fan Collective
Box Set

$131.99

 Available now

Comments

1. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - September 16, 2008

Nice menu work. I love Yesterday’s Enterprise and especially, the CGI in the Mirror universe ST:Enterprise episodes!

2. Sean - September 16, 2008

I don’t own any Star Trek season DVDs (too expensive and I can find most of the episodes on random websites), but this collection has so many of my favorites. As soon as I can afford it I’m going to pick it up.

3. CAPT. GERICO - September 16, 2008

I CAN’T WAIT TO PICK THIS UP TODAY. I’M HOPING THAT IN STAR TREK 12 THAT J.J. DOES SOMETHING WITH THE MIRROR UNIVERSE. I LOVED WHAT THEY DID ON ENTERPRISE. EVERYONE GO BUY THIS DVD SET.

CAPT. GERICO OUT!!!!

4. alice cooper - September 16, 2008

UK release?

5. CmdrR - September 16, 2008

I get the strangest feeling… like, I’ve paid for these before.

6. I'm dead Jim - September 16, 2008

I wish the Voyager “Year in/of Hell” episode was on this set.

7. Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire - September 16, 2008

Hey. I actualy love the Tos episode the Alternative factor. I think it is a top 15 episode of the tos series. But thats just my pick. My best of corse is Mirror mirror. You get to see the Terran Empire and my other fav is in a Mirror Darkley. A great look at the terran Empire.Yes we may have fallen but as you see in Ds9 we are coming back to take the Universe back for the Empire.

8. Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire - September 16, 2008

I also love the Voyoger ep. Shattered. What a great episode. To see Voyager at the ship yards and to see Capt Janeway first take Command. Yesterdays Enterprise was the 3rd best episode of the Tng series. Only the Best of both worlds can top that Episode.

9. Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire - September 16, 2008

#5. You have seen this before. In a Alternate Reality.

10. doubleofive - September 16, 2008

I still need Captains Log and this set to complete my set… set.

I like the value priced sets, as I don’t really want or need hundreds of DVDs worth of episodes just for the 2 dozen episodes I enjoy and would want to see more often.

11. DJ Neelix - September 16, 2008

@4 Unknown stardate. Probably around november though since the nordic release is november 19th.

12. Mike T. - September 16, 2008

#6 Voyager’s “Year of Hell” was on the Time Travel set, I think. Unless Anorax created another temporal inversion ;)

13. ScottDS - September 16, 2008

Who participates on the audio commentaries?

14. Wolf Trek - September 16, 2008

Got mine in the mail last night, and promptly watched all the special features. Can’t wait to catch the commentaries this evening. So far – A+.

15. Bill - September 16, 2008

#6

I wish the Year of Hell was actually the a year of hell as promised in earlier seasons rather than a two hour cop-out with a big reset switch.

But I digress.

16. trekboi - September 16, 2008

glad they finally put the rematered episodes on instead of the old prints

17. AJ - September 16, 2008

“Frame of Mind…” Is that the TNG ep where Crusher’s personal reality shrinks to nothing? Haven’t seen that one since original broadcast. A clunker if I recall.

And “Alternative Factor” is a major turkey, though not as celebrated as “Spock’s Brain.”

And, cynically speaking of course (I own most of these sets), the next Collective could be called “Star Trek, The Turkeys.” Front cover is a shot of Riker as the Chef in “These are the Voyages…”

18. DJ Neelix - September 16, 2008

@17 AJ

Erm, no. It’s just one of the best TNG episodes ever and it’s about Riker, not Crusher.

These Are the Voyages was not a turkey, people are really unfair about that episode. If you connect it with the two-part episode prior, then I think it’s one of the best ST finales. It’s in the same league as All Good Things and What You Leave Behind.

19. AJ - September 16, 2008

DJ:

Well, it’ll be one to remember when my set arrives. Just read the description of it, and it sounds great. I saw it during original airing, but don’t remember it.

I don’t think many would agree with you about TATV. Many saw it as a big middle finger to the fans, especially after a return to form for Trek with Manny Coto’s 4th season of ENT, and the knowledge that the franchise was being shelved at a high point. I’m re-watching this season now, so I’ll give it a try as a trilogy closer. ENT deserved to end as ENT, and not a subplot of TNG “Pegasus.”

20. NCC-73515 - September 16, 2008

German release? I asked three stores and they don’t have it in any list :(

21. Closettrekker - September 16, 2008

#19—” ENT deserved to end as ENT, and not a subplot of TNG ‘Pegasus.’ ”

I agree, and I’m actually a fan of ENT. It was very different and set itself apart (particularly picking up steam in the last season) right up to the point of TATV…and then it regressed into common Berman-era mediocrity.

“Terra Prime” was fantastic. “These Are The Voyages…” was a giant letdown to me.

22. star trackie - September 16, 2008

I didn’t like 95% of the hundreds of hours that Berman and company churned out, but most of the episodes on this compilation are excellent. Even though I’ll be double dipping on the TOS episodes, I’m still going to get this set.

23. DJ Neelix - September 16, 2008

@19 AJ
Well, I didn’t say anyone else agrees with me on that one :-P
I just think everyone else is wrong, lol ;-)

24. CAPT. GERICO - September 16, 2008

#21

I AGREE THAT ” THESE ARE THE VOYAGES…” WAS A BIT OF A LET DOWN, EXCEPT FOR THE VERY END WITH ALL THREE CAPTS. MAKING THE FAMOUS STAR TREK SPEECH.

25. Energize - September 16, 2008

I already have them in season sets. I just think these “theme” box sets are a waste of time.

26. Martin Pollard - September 16, 2008

#17 – “Frame of Mind” was the episode where Riker was performing in Crusher’s play, as a patient in a mental institution. He suddenly finds his reality shifting around him, thanks (*SPOILERS!*) to the aliens who had captured him and are trying to probe his mind. His reality shifting was actually his mind trying to “keep him grounded, keep him sane” (to paraphrase Troi). One of the better Riker-centric episodes, IMHO.

27. Martin Pollard - September 16, 2008

#25 – Guess these sets aren’t for you, then, eh?

28. Thomas Jensen - September 16, 2008

I don’t have any of the other sets, but this one has stories from the spin-off series that I really am looking forward to seeing once again.

29. Anthony Pascale - September 16, 2008

GERICO
Stop with the ALL CAPS

30. Energize - September 16, 2008

Well hey, these sets are cool if you want a particular theme of episodes, but I like season sets where I can get even the bad episodes. It’s fun to watch a bad episode of Trek every now and then.

31. Cheve - September 16, 2008

I have all the seasons, but the commentary and new extras for the price of a PS2 game are making it worthwile.

32. Energize - September 16, 2008

But the commentaries aren’t new at all. They were on the Enterprise DVDs.

33. Thorny - September 16, 2008

Capt. Mike… “I also love the Voyoger ep. Shattered. What a great episode. To see Voyager at the ship yards and to see Capt Janeway first take Command.”

I don’t think the episode you describe is “Shattered”. Wasn’t that “Relativity” (the one with Seven going in time?)

34. maxpower78 - September 16, 2008

Does any one know if this dvd set is out for region 2 yet??

35. Joe Schmoe - September 16, 2008

In another mirror universe, Paramount Pictures has announced it’s Star Trek “Food Preparation” Collective Boxed Set.

Disc One contains episodes from the original series with Kirk, Spock and Bones ordering items from the food processing portals. This disk features the never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes look at how they got the tribble inside the bowl of Captain Kirk’s chicken soup.

Disc Two contains episodes from The Next Generation where crewmembers use replicators. An 80 minute documentary is included where Stephen Hawking illustrates the science behind replicator technology.

Disc Three also contains the episode from The Next Generation where Captain Picard carves a turkey. The rest of the disk includes several featurettes where cast and crew show fans how to make their favorite holiday dishes.

Disc Four contains the Deep Space Nine episode where they have a food fight in Quark’s bar. Included is a feature previously seen on the Deep Space Nine DVD boxed set of Michael Okuda reading the alien languages at Quark’s Bar. This Disc is labeled “Filler Disc Four.”

Disc Five contains the entire “Chef: The Musical” mini-arc from Enterprise. Your toes will be tapping as Chef performs various all-time musical favorites from various centuries and planetary systems throughout the universe.

This boxed set can be yours for only $9,999,999,999,999.99.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Order now, and we’ll throw in a Klingon Rokeg blood pie! The longer it takes to arrive to your home, the more spoiled and better it will be!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Order now, and recieve the Star Trek Ginsu Knife! Complete with choice of blue or green laser beams.

36. The Enterprise - September 16, 2008

I can’t wait for the terrible Ferengi episodes box set!

37. AJ - September 16, 2008

23: DJ

As promised, I watched the last 3 ENT eps together, and I must say, it is NOT a trilogy. ENT ended on a high note with “Terra Prime.”

“These are the Voyages” was written 1 year earlier as the Emergency Last Ep, should ENT be canceled, and it stands on its own as a generic coda to the series.

Riker and Troi are unnecessary, and serve as time-wasters to massage Trek fans (Berman’s “Valentine to the fans” etc.).

What it does do well is show T’Pol’s tragic love for Tucker, who gets killed in a stupid subplot, and then is forgotten by everyone as Archer goes to give his speech in front of ENT’s cast and crew.

And then, before what could have been a shining moment for Berman & Co., the speech which founds the Federation, Riker and Troi turn it off to go back to the “Pegasus” cloaking device subplot.

As an over-the-top long term Trek fan, I wish they had shown the speech which Troi “had to memorize” as a child, and to which the episode seemed to be leading. That would have been the “valentine.”

And then, 3 of 5 Enterprises get the ‘flying into the sunset’ treatment, and DS9 and VOY get dissed.

A 50% effort.

Advice to CBS: Go film it right, and do a ‘special edition.”

38. Closettrekker - September 16, 2008

#36—It’s called “The Worst Of Deep Space Nine”…

39. montreal paul - September 16, 2008

“In A Mirror, Darkly” was a great two parter from ENT. It really carried on the original Mirror, Mirror excellently. The Mirror Universe was done so well in DS9 as well.. I only wished that TNG had dabbled with it.. would have been interesting to see how the TNG crew fared in the mirror universe. I will more than likely buy this collection.. I hadn’t bought any of them before.

40. The Enterprise - September 16, 2008

The Many skintight costumes of Seven of Nine boxset would be awesome.

41. Thorny - September 16, 2008

39… ““In A Mirror, Darkly” was a great two parter from ENT. It really carried on the original Mirror, Mirror excellently.”

I thought Bakula chewed the scenery something awful. Other than that, it was a very good episode. But that chewing made it hard to watch. Bakula just never did “Angry Archer” very well.

42. AJ - September 16, 2008

35: Joe Schmoe

Here we go…

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: “Violation of the Prime Directive” Set (Commentary by Anthony Zerbe, William Shatner and Patrick Stewart)

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: ” Hey! We’re All Gonna Get Laid!” Set (intro by William Shatner, with a ‘special’ montage’ easter egg. If you know where it is, you’ll find it))

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: “Drunken Klingon” set (with forced ‘Mind-Sifter’ commentary by Mark Okrand)

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: “Red Shirt” set (commentary from Eddie Paskey, and a video memorial to all Starfleet officers who lost their lives in the line of duty)

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: “Bumbling Bureaucrats on the Bridge” set with a special easter egg video game: “Throw Ambassador Fox through the Airlock”

STAR TREK COLLECTIVE: “I Hate Kids” set (commentary from Brian Bonsall on how his role as Alexander has affected his current life as a wanted criminal), and required audio commentary from Will Wheaton, (even on eps he wasn’t in). Special easter eggs from Scarlett Pomers and Kim Darby.

etc…

43. montreal paul - September 16, 2008

41. Thorny – September 16, 2008

“I thought Bakula chewed the scenery something awful. Other than that, it was a very good episode. But that chewing made it hard to watch. Bakula just never did “Angry Archer” very well.”

I think he was supposed to be that way. The crew thought he was a joke. His Captain thought he was a joke. I think he played the part very well by not play “Angry Archer” well. That’s my 2 cents anyway.

44. Closettrekker - September 16, 2008

#39, #41—-I only saw it once on my dvd set, but I remember liking it quite a bit.

45. Rayna - September 16, 2008

I love Mirror, Mirror. Spock is (more) sexy with a beard!!

46. krikzil - September 16, 2008

Yes he is #45. I admit, I’m tempted to buy this set for the cover alone. I know it’s wrong but…. (Denise, are ya with me?)

47. Denise de Arman - September 16, 2008

Joe Schmoe#35- LMAO!!

AJ#42- Bravo!

48. Denise de Arman - September 16, 2008

Liz#46- I reach, my sister. I wonder if there would be any way to enlarge the image to a wall mural…

49. krikzil - September 16, 2008

“I wonder if there would be any way to enlarge the image to a wall mural…”

Hah! If only I HAD a wall left for a mural. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the Kirk/Spock banner I bought at the Vegas con LAST year….

50. CAPT. GERICO - September 17, 2008

#29 THIS IS HOW CAPT. GERICO IS , NOTHING IS NEVER SMALL !!!! ALSO WHEN IT COMES TO TREK, EVERYONE SHOULD BE IN CAPS!!!!!

CAPT . GERICO OUT!!!!!

51. Dave in RI - September 17, 2008

Keep that attitude, Capt. Gerico and you’ll really be out–of this forum.

52. Juan Pablo - September 17, 2008

Thanks to CBS Paramount by reminding fans of Latin America, to include material in Spanish and Portuguese!
Since Friday12, I already have my pack in argentina! WOW!
LIve long and prospere!

53. Benjamin Adams - September 18, 2008

#50

The fellow who asked you to stop is the fellow who runs the forum, y’know. Just sayin’. :)

54. Benjamin Adams - September 18, 2008

Oh, and this is the only Collective set I’ve picked up . . . indeed, it’s the first DVD Trek set I’ve purchased at all, after finally getting over years of Trek burnout after Enterprise ended.. Just couldn’t resist an honestly cool themed collection of off-beat episodes. Next up: Blu-Ray TOS, when it eventually gets released.

55. Xindi1985 - September 18, 2008

Is there no UK-Release?

56. DJ Neelix - November 28, 2008

Daggonit! They have forgotten to include the audio commentaries on the region 2 release! Dispite the fact that the cover states that they are included…

57. NCC-73515 - December 24, 2008

NO audio commentaries here for the German version, too…
But they say so on the cover!!!

58. PJ - January 28, 2009

Why don’t you say WHO does the audio commentaries!?

59. Dan - August 7, 2009

Montreal Paul – it may be way too late to advise you, I only just discovered this site, but if you want to see TNG in the mirror universe, the closest you can get is Diane Duane’s Dark Mirror. It is the TNG crew dealing with the mirror universe when the universe does not collapse to the stupid Klingon/Cardassian/Bajoran union. I hated that subplot in the dark universe. Duane’s book in my opinion is absolutely excellent, with several plot twists and tech devices that are all just the book. The character of Commander Hwii is terrific too, and the contrast between Shakespeare in both universes is fleshed out better.

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