Back in April Paramount Home Entertainment announced their first titles on the Blu-ray high definition format, but to date they have not announced any titles from their Star Trek library. However friend of the site and periodic contributor Bill Hunt of the Digital Bits is now reporting that ‘sources say’ Star Trek is headed for Blu-ray in 2009.
From the Digital Bits Rumor Mill:
We’ve gotten another update from our [Paramount] studio and industry sources on great titles that are in the planning or production stages (or both) for release on Blu-ray Disc in 2009. You can reasonably expect to see most of the Star Trek feature films on the format, as well as Chinatown, Deep Impact, The Ten Commandments, Sunset Boulevard, Apocalypse Now, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance and The Elephant Man. According to our sources, there’s also an outside chance that you MIGHT see Titanic on Blu-ray before the end of 2009. Keep your fingers crossed..
Looks good for 2009
As usual with Bill’s Rumor Mill column, he notes that the report is unofficial and subject to change. Paramount has give TrekMovie a ‘no comment’ with regards to their Star Trek Blu-ray plans. However, TrekMovie has previously reported and recently confirmed with its sources that there is work going on presently for re-issues of some (possibly all) of the ten previous Trek feature films, but it cannot be 100% confirmed that this will be on Blu-ray (although all the films have already been released as DVD special editions already). It is certainly expected for the JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek feature film to be issued on Blu-ray and regular DVD, which is now standard practice for Paramount’s big new films.
Remember, Trek on TV is a different matter
Although the TV series are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, CBS Home Entertainment still makes the decisions. Although Paramount has been building its library of Blu-ray for months, CBS just began releasing TV series on the format. The first title (the first season of Dexter) comes out later this month. CBS will complete the standard DVD releases of Star Trek Remastered later this month with the release of Remastered Original Series Season Three. CBS has declined comment on any future plans for Trek TV series on Blu-ray.
TrekMovie will provide more updates as they are available. Thanks again to Bill at the Digital Bits.
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