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CBS & Paramount Announce First Star Trek Blu-ray sets – TOS S1 & All TOS movies coming April/May [UPDATED] February 16, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS,TOS Remastered , trackback

Today CBS and Paramount made official what we have been reporting for months, for the first time ever, Star Trek is coming to Blu-ray in 2009. CBS announced a Blu-ray set for the first season of TOS and Paramount announced all the TOS era movies are coming to Blu-ray, all to be released this Spring. TrekMovie and DigitalBits.com have worked together to bring you all the info on the new sets, see below for full details.

Star Trek on Blu-ray and DVD in 2009
CBS and Paramount announced a total of four new sets for 2009:

The TOS Season One set is essentially the Blu-ray version of HD-DVD TOS Season One (Remastered) set released in November 2007 (see TrekMovie review), but with the added benefit of allowing you to watch with the new CGI effects or the original 1960s effects.

Both new movie sets feature HD remasters of the theatrical versions of the six films with the TOS crew (Kirk, Spock, etc). Both movie sets also feature a number of new special features in HD, with the ‘Motion Picture Collection’ containing more special Blu-ray functions, and many of the the special features from the previous DVD releases. Each film (on both movie sets) has a new ‘superfan’ commentary from the likes of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Ira Steven Behr, Manny Coto, Judith & Garflield Reeves Stevens, and many more.

Full details and box art on each set below.

STAR TREK® – THE ORIGINAL SERIES – SEASON ONE BLU-RAY
[April 28 - $118.00 US / $136.00 Canada]

Star Trek’s first foray on Blu-ray fitting starts with the first season of Star Trek The Original Series on a seven disc set, including all 29 first season episodes and loads of special features. The first season Blu-ray release features ‘seamless branching’ technology that finally provides viewers the ability to see each remastered episode with either the newly enhanced digital effects or the original special effects. You can also choose to listen to the newly enhanced soundtrack (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) or the original one (in glorious mono!).

As part of the special features, six episodes feature “Starfleet Access” bonus content, which provides special pop-up trivia and picture-in-picture video commentaries. The set also includes an interactive tour of the starship Enterprise, Billy Blackburn’s rare on-set home movie footage, a featurette on the Remastered project, and much more. All of these features were on The hybrid HD-DVD/DVD release in 2007 (the ‘Starfleet Access’ feature for “Galileo Seven” was dropped to make room for other features). However, the set does not appear to include some of the features that were on the DVD side of the HD-DVD/DVD release, including the History channel special Beyond the Final Frontier and the ‘Trek Connections’ featurette. Like the HD-DVD release, the set also includes almost all the special features available on the standard DVD set released in 2004, with the notable exception of the ‘Red Shirt Diaries’ Easter Eggs (which weren’t on the HD-DVD set either). The Okuda text commentaries from the 2004 DVD set are also not included (which wasn’t on the HD DVD release either), but the Okudas participated in the “Starfleet Access” features.

It is also worth noting that this set is retailing for almost half of what the HD-DVD set was original sold for. Plus there is a collectible bonus of a free exclusive Sulu action figure from Diamond Select Toys (fans pay only shipping and handling charges). All in all this set looks to be exactly what fans have been asking for since the Star Trek Remastered project started in 2006.

STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE is a seven disc set presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Original 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono sound. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and French. The total running time is 24 Hrs., 20 Min.

The Blu-ray disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:

Disc Two:

Disc Three:

Disc Four:

Disc Five:

Disc Six:

Disc Seven:

Packaging:
Seven-disk Amaray case with an outer ‘O sleeve.’


Star Trek Season One coming to Blu-Ray in April (click to enlarge)
 

STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
[May 12 - $104.99]

The ‘Original Motion Picture’ Blu-ray collection includes the first six “Star Trek” films, which have been digitally remastered in high definition. All the new Blu-ray transfers are based on the original theatrical releases. With the exception of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the previously released first DVD versions of each film were the ‘theatrical versions’ followed by a second ‘special edition’. And in the case of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, there was only a single ‘Directors’ version released on DVD. Special care has been given to the Blu-ray version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which has been ‘fully restored’ in a process similar to Paramount’s recent Blu-ray edition of The Godfather. Director Nicholas Meyer tells us that the Wrath of Khan negative “was in terrible shape” which is why it needed extensive restoration. All six films have new 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio.

Each film has a brand new commentary track from noted experts and Star Trek fans, in addition to commentaries from the previous release (except for TMP, which only has the new commentary). The set has a total of over 14 hours of special features, including 2 ½ hours of all-new material. Each film has a number of brand new special featurettes in HD, plus a ‘Library Computer’ function (Blu-ray’s Java function for additional pop-up trivia and information), and a ‘Star Trek IQ’ link to BD-Live. The new set contains almost all the extra features from the previous 2-disk special DVD editions of each film, except for the Okuda text commentaries (superseded by the new ‘Library Computer’ feature which also involves the Okudas). There are also three special features on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Edition DVD, that aren’t in the new set (but maybe those will be in a possible future Blu-ray TMP Director’s Edition).

The collection also includes a bonus disc entitled “Star Trek: The Captains’ Summit” that features a 70-minute exclusive round table discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg in which William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes share candid moments and intimate details about life on the set.

The STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION Blu-ray discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish audio and English, English SDH, French, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles.

The following details the special features on each disc:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Release)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2.35:1 aspect ratio, okayed by Nicholas Meyer)

Bonus Disc:

Packaging:
Amaray “thin packs” with a slipcase.


Star Trek TOS era movies coming to Blu-Ray in May (click to enlarge)
 

STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY BLU-RAY & DVD
[May 12 - BD: $48.99, DVD: $28.99]

In addition to the set of all six Original Series crew films (above), Paramount is packing the three ‘Genesis’ movies together in a lower-priced set on both Blu-ray and DVD. The set includes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek: IV: The Voyage Home. Both versions will have most of the new special features from the six-movie set, including the new commentaries, but none of the ported over special features from the previous DVD special editions.

The STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY Blu-ray discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Surround and Spanish Mono and English, English SDH, French, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles. The DVD collection is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono and Portuguese Mono and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The special features on both sets are essentially the new commentaries and featurettes for the six-disk set above. All featurettes will be in HD on the Blu-ray set.

They are as follows:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Packaging:
Amaray “thin packs” with a slipcase.


Star Trek II-IV ‘trilogy’ coming to Blu-Ray & DVD in May (click to enlarge)

 

More details to come
The above article contains some additional information given to TrekMovie and Digital Bits beyond the press release being sent out, but there is clearly a lot of more in-depth information about these exciting new releases. We will be doing follow-up articles on both the TOS and movie releases, so stay tuned. 

More Trek Blu-ray and DVD releases in 2009
These sets are just the Spring releases that Paramount and CBS are officially announcing, however TrekMovie and Digital Bits sources have confirmed additional titles for 2009. In the Fall, Paramount will obviously be releasing the 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek movie on Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount is also planning a Fall release of a four-movie Next Generation movie box set with Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis, complete with new bonus features. CBS is also readying seasons 2 and 3 of The Original Series for Blu-ray for the Fall as well.

In addition to the Next Gen movie set and the rest of the TOS series on Blu-ray, there are also some ‘maybes.’ There may be a ten-movie Blu-ray box set combining all the ten previous feature Star Trek films, or possibly an eleven-film set which would include the 2009 Star Trek movie as well. CBS may release two more TV episode collection DVD sets: a ‘best of TOS’ and a best of TNG,’ although those may be Europe only.  


Preliminary art (released in Europe) for TOS Seasons 2 & 3 on Blu-ray
– expected in late 2009

All in all 2009 is looking to be huge for Star Trek in home video. By the end of the year, every single Trek film and the entire Original Series will be out on Blu-ray with all sorts of new HD special features. As always, TrekMovie will be keeping track of all of these new projects and reporting news as it becomes available. 

This article was done in collaboration with Bill Hunt of DigitalBits.com, the world’s best site for DVD and Blu-ray news.

2/17/09 — Updated to include the newer information at The Digital Bits

Comments

1. noel - February 16, 2009

yeeehaawwww

2. Pat D. - February 16, 2009

Icludes 6 motion pictures featuring Kirk and Spock!?!?!?! Ummm, Star Trek III?

3. bennett - February 16, 2009

Looks good so far. Too bad they cannot update the fx from the movies….especially 3 and 5

4. Captain Jack Bauer - February 16, 2009

2.

Um, Kirk and Spock are both in Star Trek III. There’s like four or five different actors who play Spock.

5. NCC-73515 - February 16, 2009

Nice packaging pictures!
Let’s just hope they don’t forget to include the commentaries in the German version this time…

6. Jordan - February 16, 2009

The Motion Picture Trilogy is very confusing when it only has 3 movies. They should have called it the “Genesis Collection” or something.

7. Daniel Broadway - February 16, 2009

Nice. When or if they remaster TNG, I want to be on the effects team. :)

8. Gravitic Yours - February 16, 2009

Is the Director’s Cut of TMP definitely in the works or is it just assumed? The wording of the article is unclear in this regard.

Say what you will about TMP, but you have to admit that the Director’s Cut blows the theatrical release out of the stars.

9. Will - February 16, 2009

“Featuring Kirk and Spock!” I’m sure that sits well with Koenig, Nicholls, and Takei.

10. Ensign RedShirt - February 16, 2009

Nice work, Paramount. They poured alot of effort into new features when they could’ve easily coasted with what they already had. Now if we can only get the TMP Directors Edition…..

The ability to watch either the original or enhanced FX for TOS is absolutely perfect. Nice to see the studio not go the same route as Mr. Lucas…

11. Alec - February 16, 2009

This, below, is excellent news:

‘Special care has been given to the Blu-ray version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which has been ‘fully res[tor]ed’ in a process similar to Paramount’s recent Blu-ray edition of The Godfather. Director Nicholas Meyer tells us that the Wrath of Khan negative “was in terrible shape” which is why it needed extensive restoration’.

Unfortunately, they probably haven’t improved upon the special effects…The Genesis Cave needs a bit of work.

I will buy the Directors Editions, when they are released. If Trek Remastered is affordable, I’ll part with my hard-earned cash.

12. Moonwatcher - February 16, 2009

I won’t touch these Blu-ray movie release’s without the definitive “Directors Cut” of the first film!

13. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - February 16, 2009

Finaly. Trek and Bluray are coming together. Now thats what I have been waiting for.

14. T2 - February 16, 2009

2009 is quickly becoming the most expensive year for Trek fans. The new movie props/figures, Blu-Ray, Trek XI memorabilia, etc. Good thing I’ve been putting money aside each time into a “Trek” envelope…although the Blu-Ray stuff will use most of that up. Nice work!

15. Pat D. - February 16, 2009

4. Point taken. Spock is in it. “Featured” is kinda debatable, although he is featured by his absence.

16. Mikey1091 - February 16, 2009

To be completely honest, I don’t see the difference between Blue Ray and HD other than that fact that they have different names. If that is so, then I have no intention whatsoever of buying Trek on Blue Ray, since I pretty much have it on HD anyway, with exception to any of the series they haven’t released in HD (if there are any that is).

17. Ampris - February 16, 2009

9: Yeeah, that’s a little bit odd. Most likely they just added that so the average buyer will know that it’s not a TNG movie collection, but still, it’s a tad weird to put on the cover so prominently.

Anyway, this is still an exciting article, even for someone who doesn’t have Blu-Ray (and in all probability never will, LOL.). These all sound like excellent collections, and I really love the box-art, too. The simple and elegant, while still exciting, look works very well, imo. Having both the remastered and original versions in one set is *brilliant,* and if I’d known last year that my neighbor was getting Blu-Ray and these were coming out, I’d have waited a while to get one of these for him. Very cool. :)

18. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - February 16, 2009

Well. Trek is finaly back at the forefront. This is a Good year for Star Trek and I for one am realy Excited. Not since Back ij the Mid 90s has Trek been on such a roll and even compared to then this roll is much bigger. Trek truly Lives and all of us can rejoice and be happy.

19. Ensign RedShirt - February 16, 2009

#14-

Yeah this year is gonna be brutal on the finances, but I think we all knew that. We should see alot of cool stuff this year, especially if you’re a fan of TOS.

#17-

The marketing campaign surrounding the new film has an emphasis on Kirk and Spock, so it’s not surprising they packaged the films that way. I think it’s more for newbies who might be jumping aboard for the first time.

20. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - February 16, 2009

Um, why are Orci and Kurtzman gonna have a commentary track on TVH? Does Trek XI have something to do with TVH?

21. Check The Circuit - February 16, 2009

Do we know if the preview trailers for TOS episodes are the original, minute-long versions from the 1960’s of the new, thirty second previews for Remastered. It would be great to have both. I for one really liked the updated previews. It was amazing to me that they could take 40-year old episodes and make them seem fresh and dynamic using the pacing/editing sensibilities of today’s trailers. They even featured a passable “Mr Movie Voice” imitation. Say it with me now….”In a world that didn’t understand….”

22. T2 - February 16, 2009

#20

Time travel is possible

23. Jeyl - February 16, 2009

What? Just Star Trek II? What about the other movies? Lowrey did all the Bonds, why not six of the originals?!

No fair! The Motion Picture is in worser shape than STII:TWOK!!!!!

24. Montreal Paul - February 16, 2009

Did I miss it in the article?

Are these the remastered versions of TOS or the original versions??? Anyone?

25. Angry But I'll Get Over It - February 16, 2009

#24

In the article:

“The first season Blu-ray release features ’seamless branching’ technology that finally provides viewers the ability to see each episode with either the newly enhanced digital effects or the original special effects. You can also choose to listen to the newly enhanced soundtrack (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) or the original one (in glorious mono!).”

26. DavidJ - February 16, 2009

I assume the earlier movies are going to be released INDIVIDUALLY as well, and not just as a six-movie set?

The only ones I’m really dying to see in HD are TWOK, TSFS, and TUC.

27. Jeyl - February 16, 2009

“With the exception of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the previously released first DVD versions of each film were the ‘theatrical versions’ followed by a second ’special edition’.”

God dangit! Bill screwed up again!

28. Mike - February 16, 2009

Looks great, I’ll definitely get the 6-movie set and TOS once they’re all out (and the price has come down! £40 is the absolute max I’m willing to pay for one season).

A few design niggles though:

(if someone can get in contact with Paramount Home Video and get them to correct that would be nice.)

The preliminary art for TOS seasons 2 and 3 have a better overall look than the one for season 1. The font is all wrong though, they must use the TOS font for TOS, I mean, they’re using it for the movies, which had a different typeface!

Also, the logo’s for season 2 and 3 should be the medical and engineering symbols respectively. I understand the command symbol is more recognisable but if the’re gonna use the colour…

The ‘six movies featuring Kirk & Spock’ looks silly. I hope it’s only on the cardboard sleeve rather than the actual cover.

Otherwise, I like what they’ve done here and can’t wait to get confirmation on the plans for Q4!

Also, anyone know what this ‘Best of TNG’ Blu-ray set is all about? I’m probably being too optimistic but I’d hope for a selection of 6-8 TNG episodes that have been remastered from the ground up like TOS as some kind of ‘testing the waters’ before doing the whole show. But I’m probably wrong…

Shame about the lack of TMP:DE and still no DE of TFF but alas…

29. Sybok's Secret Brother - February 16, 2009

Don’t they have these for Betamax yet?

30. captain_neill - February 16, 2009

I have season one on DVD and the HD DVD and DVD combo, goingto be pricey to buy it a third time, tempted to get seasons 2 and 3 to complete the remastered episodes.

I have all 5 Star Trek Series, 10 movies and animated series on DVD. THis is a great investment and a collection that I will always be proud off.

I thought it would have been better to do all TEN movies on blu ray rather than just TOS. It seems the spin offs are being forgotten now.

I love the original, it is to this day the coolest TV show ever, but I also love the spin offs and hope that paramount are not junking TNG from blu ray

31. Anthony Pascale - February 16, 2009

to make that clearer I added a word

“The first season Blu-ray release features ’seamless branching’ technology that finally provides viewers the ability to see each remastered episode with either the newly enhanced digital effects or the original special effects. You can also choose to listen to the newly enhanced soundtrack (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) or the original one (in glorious mono!).”

One of the issues here is with nomenclature. We have come to use the term ‘remastered’ to associate with the new digital effects, but the project remastered each entire episode in HD, including the old effects. They then went in and added new digital effects. So you can now watch the ‘remastered’ live action with either the ‘remastered’ original effects or new digital effects. This is exactly what many fans asked for, the best of both worlds, if you will.

This article from 2006 explains it more:
http://trekmovie.com/2006/10/25/cbs-is-future-proofing-original-star-trek/ …here is a quote from that article:

. As everyone knows, each week the CBS digital team send out a new digitally remastered CGI-enhanced version of the Star Trek: Original Series for broadcast syndication. La Fountaine tells TrekMovie.com that what we are seeing is only one of the many different versions of each episode that the team is making. The first version they make is an unedited or ‘network’ version without any CGI enhancements but with all the digital remastering from the original source. Then they make the CGI enhanced version of the full length version, and then edit it down for syndication.

32. Sean4000 - February 16, 2009

#23

Lowry restored The Voyage Home and First Contact! At least he got to do some of them. I agree that TWOK and TMP needed his touch more than the others.

I am glad the TOS Blus are seamlessly branched because I don’t think a lot of the CGI FX were that great.

33. CsMisi - February 16, 2009

My girlfriend won’t be happy to hear this at all …

34. DAYXDAY - February 16, 2009

I can’t figure out why TPTB didn’t create a new print of ST:TMP for the directors cut. Why go to all the trouble of creating new FX, but not fix the quality of the print? Hope they fixed it for blu-ray.

35. Guido - February 16, 2009

Will ST 6 be in the correct aspect ratio (2.35:1)?

36. James - February 16, 2009

I sincerely hope the Director’s Edition TMP is released. It is quite an enhancement to the theatrical version. And for the other movies, I hope we can get a full remastered version sometime soon with enhanced FX, especially in Star Trek 5, 2, and a little on 3 (Enterprise escaping spacedock, the scale in relation to Excelsior).

37. Imrahil - February 16, 2009

118 dollars? Holy schnikeys.

38. Mirror Jordan - February 16, 2009

I’m all over the six TOS era movies!

39. Star Trackie - February 16, 2009

I’m relieved to see the original movies are seperate from the Next Gen films. But I hate it that I’ll have to buy TMP again, years down the road, in a special release of the superior director’s cut.

And before seasons 2 and 3 of TOS are released, Paramount would be well served to raid the vaults at the sci-fi channel, pony up a little extra $$, and include the wonderful interviews , including the final interviews of Deforest Kelley, that accompanyed the 90 minute special editiions that aired years ago. You have 40-50 gigs a disc, it’s not like there isn’t room for them. In fact you could even use the branching technology to use the Nimoy?Shatner wrap arounds. And how about those fantastic promos created for each of the remastered episodes? Let’s see those as well.

Come on Paramount, if you’re going to go to the well one last time, use a little more creativity, and little less stingy-ness and do it right.

40. Andy Patterson - February 16, 2009

“TOS but with the added benefit of allowing you to watch with the new CGI effects or the original 1960s effects. ”

Alright Dave Rossi. You win. I’ll get this set…… and….and…. I’m going to get bluray. I don’t know what one looks like. Never seen an example of one (although everyone keeps insisting this is the way to go) but that cinches it. The new effects and the original ones I argued with you about up in Chicago. You’ve done a win win for this series and the makers of Bluray. Pretty sly of you.

41. sean - February 16, 2009

#16

The main issue is if your HD-DVD player craps out in a few years. Since the technology has been abandoned (and HD-DVD’s underlying tech is very different from Blueray) there’ll be no tech support to call, no new players available.

42. sean - February 16, 2009

I’m just thrilled that the packaging is solid. Those goofy packages for the Remasters were unbearable.

43. Swollen Ballz - February 16, 2009

I am actually glad I am broke! I REALLY want this new stuff and I am going to get them. I am sure somewhere down the road they’re going to come up with ANOTHER version. (dont know if the pockets can handle it)Then again, 120HZ TV here I come!!

You only live once.

So go out with a bang!

44. Tommy Servo - February 16, 2009

To CBS/Paramount:

Somwhere on Seasons 2 or 3 can you please include the Blooper reels for all three seasons? Pretty please? Thank you.

45. Trekee - February 16, 2009

8 & 12
I can’t see the new CG. directors cut of TMP ever hitting Blu Ray as the effects were done in SD at the time for the sake of cost. They’d have to re-render the whole thing again which would probably cost too much to justify.

The overall quality of these releases though will be the thing. Just being on HD doesn’t mean it’ll look great automatically. I’ll hold off on buying a bluray player until the reviews ares in I think.

Nice roundup though guys. All the detail one could ask for.

46. Holger - February 16, 2009

I’m still waiting for blu-ray player prices to drop. And I have just purchased all three seasons on DVD. But I’m sure I’ll get Blu-Ray and the TOS sets within a few years.

47. Ryan Spooner - February 16, 2009

Begs the question, but why is the motion picture box art using the original series’ star trek font, and yet the original series box art is using some different (and ugly) font? Also why is the preliminary art for seasons 2 and 3 of TOS different from season 1? Surely as a starting point you’d make it match the season 1 version that’s now been confirmed?

48. ScottDS - February 16, 2009

Except for the lack of extended versions for I, II, and VI, I have to say I’m impressed. And with the exception of TMP and the extended bits of II and VI commentary, it looks like they kept all the existing features as well. (I assume the text commentaries will be incorporated into the Library Computer BD feature.)

Random thoughts:

-I guess it’s safe to assume there are no original negatives for the DE of II and the Special Home Video Version of VI? (hopefully we’ll get these later along with a new TMP DE)

-They produced a Montalban tribute pretty fast (unless they were working on one already)!

-I wonder if they actually interviewed James Horner or a film/music historian instead (like Jeff Bond or Jon Burlingame). Just curious. I’m definitely interested in this piece!

-The Star Trek Summit piece sounds interesting.

-If I understand this correctly, the deleted scenes on the TMP disc are the same ones found on the DE DVD, but do NOT include anything that was actually added to the DE. Is this accurate?

-They got Meyer to sit down for a new commentary?! Cool. It’ll be nice hearing from Ron Moore and the Okudas, too.

-Star Trek I.Q., eh? Bring it on!

49. captblsisko - February 16, 2009

I wish I had a Blu-Ray player… and some money…

Between this, the Bluetooth Communicator Speaker Phone, the new movie, and well, Art Asylum’s everything… I need money. Lots and lots of money.

Long Live Trek!

50. Anthony Pascale - February 16, 2009

There are a lot of good comments and questions. Bil and I will be working on follow-up articles on all the home video trek for 2009. There is a lot of info in the above article for now, but we will dive deeper, including previewing some of the new special features.

51. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - February 16, 2009

Dirty Daren???? You’re on the commentary, what’s the poop my brother is a Director’s cut blu-ray in the pipeline or what??

How about a Dirty Daren Blu-ray version of the TMP for your beloved fans and supporters. I’d pay thru the nose!!!!! With bonus features the Dirty Daren Doomsday machine and yet unreleased Balance of Terror episodes!!!!!!

52. Mike - February 16, 2009

Anthony —

Thanks for the detailed update. I think it’s great that they’re including the original effects as well for the TOS purists like me.

My question is this — obviously the original episode (effects and all) were “remastered” at full HD resolution. But was there any clean-up done to the original effects or are we going to be seeing it “warts and all”? By clean-up I mean removal of dirt, hair, imperfections, etc., just as the team did for the live action footage?

Thanks in advance.

53. ety3 - February 16, 2009

Again, I’m disappointed that “Space Seed” won’t be included on the “TWOK” discs, but that’s a fairly minor quibble.

54. Reign1701A - February 16, 2009

Hm, so the TOS Blu Ray sets are like the anti-Lucas. As in, when Lucas finally caved in and released the original Star Wars films on DVD unaltered…they were REALLY unaltered. Complete with 2.0 sound, no THX remastering, faded colors, etc. Talk about a big F-U. It’s pretty awesome that Trek is getting proper treatment…the beautifully remastered live action footage with the option for the original FX or CGI FX, brilliant!

55. secondbassman - February 16, 2009

Very happy to see Daren Doc’s name mentioned on the new commentaries. Way to go Daren! Now, if we can just see his effects work on TMP in 1080p…

56. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - February 16, 2009

I would also like to see in addition to Bloopers any and all deleted scens from the Tos Series. Theres a few deleted scenes on Youtube and even though the quality is not great it is still pretty kool.Anthony can you find out if there are any of the deleted scenes from the Tos Series in the Bluray.

57. Zanpher - February 16, 2009

This publisher is one of the most greediest ones out today. You can fit one season on one blueray. This will mean that there are a few bluray dics for the whole star trek universe.

Yet, they split them up into a tiny few episodes per disc so they can leech as much money as they can from their consumers … go figure..

58. Drew - February 16, 2009

Glad to see the films are being released on BLU-RAY. Too bad The Wrath Of Khan isnt going to be the Director’s Cut version on Blu-Ray.

59. Drew - February 16, 2009

#57 I completely agree with you. Its all about MAKING MONEY

60. Prologic9 - February 16, 2009

#57 and #59

Neither of you have a clue what you’re talking about.

61. Brian - February 16, 2009

#57-

A whole season at 1080p resolution on one Blu Ray? Really? Do you have any understanding of how awful that would look?

62. Sean4000 - February 16, 2009

“”Nicholas Meyer tells us that the Wrath of Khan negative “was in terrible shape” which is why it needed extensive restoration. “‘”

No, really?!?! I could have told you THAT after watching the laserdisc version of TWOK. I’m very anxious to see just how much restoration went in to these films.

63. Brian - February 16, 2009

60-

Agreed.

64. Bill - February 16, 2009

#57

A season of an hour long program in HD? No

A season of a half hour program in SD? Possible, in very low quality.

65. Spock's Brain - February 16, 2009

Where’s The Cage?

66. ScottDS - February 16, 2009

The DE DVD of Star Trek II looks very, very good. For that, they probably cleaned up whatever existing transfer they had (and then added the TV footage).

I saw Trek II projected in 2006 in LA and it looked great. I assume the studio simply created a new release print (from an existing internegative).

For the Blu-Ray, I guess the studio wanted to go back to the original negative to do an HD transfer but it was in bad shape, hence the restoration.

I used this article for reference:
http://www.pictureshowman.com/articles_restprev_negsprints.cfm

Also see:
http://www.ascmag.com/magazine_dynamic/May2008/PostFocus/page1.php

67. N - February 16, 2009

I’m not wild about having the Extras on every disc. I would rather they all be on their own disc. They never get as much play as the episodes. Plus you have to go through all the disc’s when you want to watch extras.

68. Aragorn189 - February 16, 2009

I haven’t fallen into the Blu-Ray mania yet and for good reason.
1. Blu-ray discs and players are expensive. I don’t have money to burn. DVDs are cheaper and are the same material. You just cant see certain little tiny details. I get the same story experience watching it in standard as I would in HD
2. DVDs are backwards compatible. I’m not upgrading until either DVDs are gone entirely or a new format that is not backwards compatible comes along and debunks all disc formats.
Trust me. I love Star Trek with a passion. But releasing it on Blu-Ray doesn’t phase me. I plan to get the new film, TNG, Voyager, DS9, and Enterprise all on DVD. Its more affordable. I already have all the movies, TOS-R and TAS on DVD. I’m all set. If everyone wants to get Blu-Ray thats fine by me. But, I don’t need the most advanced toys to enjoy my Star Trek.

69. toddk - February 16, 2009

So TMP is the only film to offer deleted scenes?

TOS is 4 episode per disc? sounds alot like regular dvd…

Yes the blooper reels would be nice, but alas…

If TWOK was so painstakingly restored..why not have the extra scenes? peter preston and the like..

An isloated music track would be nice.

TFF…Alot of extra stuff to distract from the actual film ..lol

other than that it all looks reasonably good….even the price is nice..

but it is true that there is alot of extra room on the blu-ray discs, but of course only us nerds actually care about that.

70. RD - February 16, 2009

I’m seeing the same comment again and again regarding this new ’seamless branching’ technology that claims to allow the re-mastered HD-footage to optionally switch to the original sfx shots.

The elephant in the room is this. The original negatives have ALREADY been cleaned up for the previous digital restoration DVD release. However, unless they were digitized at 1920×1080, then they will have to be upres to HD. So that was either done originally, or they went back and re-did it for this release. In either event, isn’t that why they re-mastered the effects in the first place, because they looked so bad in HD? So there will definitely be a quality change to the original sfx shots as they were never likely cleaned up to the scrutiny of HD. I wonder if in the future there will be algorithmic filters that actually reduce the quality of HD to approximate that of 480i SD TV so these old shows may be viewed as originally intended?

Anybody know what resolution these BluRay disks will be using? 720p or 1080p?

71. John Pemble - February 16, 2009

Well this would be what the 4th 5 inch laser disc issue of TOS stuff? I’m just sayin.

72. LoyalStarTrekFan - February 16, 2009

This is good news for all those that have HDTV’s and Blu-Ray players. Since I only have standard TV’s and DVD player I’ll stick to what I have. I may pick up the Trilogy DVD though.

Hopefully TrekCore will be able to post screencaps of TOSR Season 2 and 3 shortly after Blu-Ray is released.

73. Brian - February 16, 2009

#70-

Seamless branching is not new. It’s been utilized in conventional DVD’s for over a decade.

There is no elephant in the room. Everything was digitized at 1920×1080 when the project began….as was noted earlier, they cleaned up the original negatives BEFORE adding any new FX.

The rez of the discs will be 1080p, there will even be DTS-MA 7.1 audio(although I don’t know how much we really need that for a show that was originally mixed in mono).

74. ScottDS - February 16, 2009

#70 – 1080p

75. Mr Phil - February 16, 2009

Paramount are going to bankrupt me. Never mind!

In other (probably old) news, Empire have a nice section for Trek mashup movie posters.
http://www.empireonline.com/features/movie-poster-mash-up/star-trek/

P.

76. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - February 16, 2009

For Christ sake, can’t you people be happy with DVDs.

77. VOODOO - February 16, 2009

#68 Aragorn 189

I hear what you are saying about Blu-ray’s being expensive and dvd’s backwards compatible. That said Blu-ray discs are superior in every way to dvd.

78. Andy Patterson - February 16, 2009

51

“Dirty Daren”

For some reason that still is funny to me. I know it’s said affectionately. Still funny.

79. Bruce_Wayne - February 16, 2009

My Pioneer Elite player is sweating………….

Can someone answer this…I put my standard def. Remastered DVDs in my Blu-Ray player, and they look pretty damn amazing!!! Moreso than the broadcast versions on my HDTV. What am I viewing pixel-wise?? And what difference will I see with the new Blu-Ray sets??

AAAAaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

80. CMX54 - February 16, 2009

Reading all the minutiae of those DVDs, I’m only interested in getting the theatrical cut of TMP, but it doesn’t appear to be in there. Too bad…

81. Simon - February 16, 2009

#68 – ALL Blu-ray players play DVDs, and better because they upconvert the picture. With the exception of a couple first generation (2006) players they all play CDs as well. How many more “disc formats” are necessary?

The difference in picture can range from subtle to stunning. It depends on the transfer, the way it was shot, and your display. If you have a cheap Vizio or other off brand I can see why you might not see much of a difference.

Lossless audio is another great feature, since you’re getting the original soundtrack master with NO lossy compression. Unless you prefer MP3s to CDs this is a big advantage.

Blu-ray is getting pretty inexpensive now, with players for around $200 (if you look) and discs available for $14.99 on sale.

There were those saying the same thing about DVD in 1999-2000 compared to VHS. I’m glad I’ll be able to watch TREK in the best way possible.

82. T Negative - February 16, 2009

I am curious to see how well TMP is restored. It is in far worse shape than TWOK. I have a feeling that TMP is going to get the royal treatment when the DE is released on Blu-ray. I hope.

83. barrydancer - February 16, 2009

I know what I’m asking for for my birthday!

And if I can add my $0.02 on the packaging, ditch the “Featuring Kirk and Spock.” And use the TOS font for Star Trek in the TOS seasons 1-3 and the Movie era font for Star Trek for the feature films.

84. Bart - February 16, 2009

The European DVD packaging has always been much better styled than the US DVD’s. Check this out for example:

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Star_Trek_VI:_The_Undiscovered_Country_(Special_Edition)

See Region2.

85. Aragorn189 - February 16, 2009

All I’m saying is that I’m not too picky as long as I can enjoy the tale being told. Its not an investment that I can afford at this point and will probably never make unless Blu-Ray becomes the standard over DVD which I don’t see happening for a few years.

86. DREW - February 16, 2009

#60 i perfectly understand.

loving you

87. Sean4000 - February 16, 2009

I wonder if there is going to be any news on Enterprise’s release on Blu-ray. If anything at least in the Fall so as to not take any thunder and lightning away from TOS, like they’re doing with TNG.

I for one can’t wait for Nemesis to get released. Now with the comic book spoiler regarding you know who, I can watch that film over and over again. Seeing and hearing the battle of the Bassan Rift in HD will be a treat.

88. John - February 16, 2009

Good job getting the true original versions of the original series out there, down to the original mono tracks! Bravo!

Too bad The Director’s Edition of TMP isn’t included. I’ll wait until that is on Blu-ray to pick up that movie. The 1979 version is unwatchable now.

89. Dan - February 16, 2009

I”m not buying any box set until Star Trek the Motion Picture the Directors Cut is included!! The theatrical cut sucks!!!

90. sean - February 16, 2009

#68

I understand your POV, but if you have an HDTV it’s no fun watching SD DVDs. Yay for acronyms!

91. Gojira Shippi-Taro - February 16, 2009

I’m happy now. No way I was buying anything else on SD DVD, knowing it was already HD remastered. I already had all the movies. Would I like to see Director’s Cut TMP? Yea. Is it a deal breaker? Hell no. TMP is far from my favorite Star Trek flick. I’ll enjoy seeing it in full HD anyhow.

I’m glad about the branched stuff for effects for TOS. I love the remastered effects, but I know the option will please the curmudgeons.

92. Will_H - February 16, 2009

Somehow I just cant see buying any TV series on Bluray, but for sure not something made in the 60’s. Of course some people will pay, so they’ll make money off of it. Once I save up for a Bluray player I’ll probably get the movies, that makes a bit more sense, and I hope they release the TNG movies since those will look wayyyyy better in HD than the TOS movies.

93. John Gill - February 16, 2009

I’m glad I waited…

94. DJT - February 16, 2009

Damn you, Paramount.

Put me down for a BD copy of the TRILOGY.

95. Balok - February 16, 2009

TOS…Good to see that you switch bewteen CGI and Orignal.

Really annoying that they switch the ‘real’ time line order of episodes to match the order of air dates.

96. Matt Wright - February 16, 2009

Woot for Blu-ray Trek goodness!

97. Chad N. - February 16, 2009

Blu-ray, awesome. Can’t wait!

I really like the packaging for the TOS Blu-ray seasons.

It would be nice if the delta shield artwork matched their background colors:
Gold with a Command delta shield for season one (as seen), but then Blue with the Sciences delta shield for season two, and Red with the Operations delta shield for season three.

98. dalek - February 16, 2009

Excellent!

Naming Treks 2 to 4 the “Motion Picture Trilogy” is a VERY misleading title, considering it doesn’t actually contain Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which the title would suggest.

Paramount are better off renaming this trilogy to not clash with the title of the first feature.

99. Doug in BAF, Afghanistan - February 16, 2009

#57 and 59: if that is your opinion so be it…. no one is twisting your arm to buy.

As is, someday this technology will be supplanted by something newer, better and again fans will buy it… it’s just human nature… and as such, big business would be remiss not to take advantage (I don’t mean that in a bad way).

Just my .02

100. Tuvokster1701 - February 16, 2009

#76 Let me answer your question this way. Dvds are fine..however once you make an upgrade to a HD TV and a blu-ray player the difference between the two is night and day. I love Star trek, and have been waiting for this for some time…believe me I will buy this. Go into a Best Buy or electronics store and see for yourself the difference

101. FSL - February 16, 2009

Anthony, thank you for the news. Really loved that the TOS bluray comes in original and remaster. Even better news after you clarifyed that the priginal got remastered as well.

The movies though… Probably will wait for the Special Edition / Director’s Cut

102. Chadwick - February 16, 2009

I am not buying The Motion Picture or The Wrath of Khan on blu-ray until we have the directors cut, after watching the directors cut I cant and wont go back to the theatrical cut. It would be nice if all the movies were the full length versions and NO CUTS. So far only Star Trek I and II have been directors cuts. But within a year or two all the movies will come out as directors or full length cuts, and Paramount expects us to send money twice. I will buy all three seasons of the original series but I am going to hold out on the movies for a while.

103. Chadwick - February 16, 2009

BLOOPERS, I WISH THEY WOULD INCLUDE THE BLOOPERS, TOS, MOVIES, EVERYTHING, C’MON WHY CANT YOU GIVE US THE BLOOPERS?

104. ken - February 16, 2009

well… i gotta tell ya… every two years or so, there seems to be a new, ‘uber-format’ of sorts that promises us with a new and wondrous, never-before-seen-or-heard-or-experienced motherfrakin’ wow!!!! technology that will eventually set us back a mini stimulus package if we are to be true fans to the franchises of our choosing.

but, when they release these films…. they don’t do the REAL justice to them that the fans want. case in point: ST1:TMP with the director’s cut… STV: TFF the way shatner really worked hard for and that paramount still refuses to deliver for him…. consistent product that won’t be outdated and unviewable in 3 years.

when paramount starts delivering what we want and NOT just flashy packaging, then we will be ALL willing to lay down our hard earned cash!

that is all i have to say about that….

… for now!

105. Chadwick - February 16, 2009

# 76 and # 68. not when you have a 65″ Plasma (which has a 0.4 ms response time, waaaaay better then LCD) with 7.1 surround….lol are you kidding. If your not a tech-head then no biggie, and if you dont want to spend the money, that is your choice but if us blu-ray lovers can understand why you don’t want to buy it, it least try to understand why WE want it. When you have a 65″ plasma TV I am sorry but DVD’s look like shit compared to blu-ray. (when you understand the physics behind it and see the difference, hey you still might not care but at least you would understand.) I have been waiting to see TOS in HD blu-ray restored glory for a while. And to have 7.1 surround, its like your on the bridge. Regardless HD movies and TV are the future, its inevitable.

106. Brian - February 16, 2009

105-

Couldn’t have said it better.

107. WannaBeatle - February 16, 2009

this is all cool news, but, I still have to upgrade a bunch of my equipment. I’m still playing music on a cylinder (I’ve been hearing great things about these long playing records)

108. Jai1138 - February 16, 2009

68.
I just picked you at random because you seem to be expressing largely what I think. I can’t afford to buy a blu-ray player let alone new copies of my favorite films (do you have any idea of how many copies/versions formats I have of Jaws, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now?). I’m impressed by blu-ray but regular dvd is still fine by me. (I also have a ton of “valuable” stuff on VHS tape that I’m still happy with.)

What aggravates me is that if I don’t hop aboard this consumerist runaway train, I don’t have the chance to see and hear the new features or enjoy a remastered STII: TWOK with restored neg.

109. Jason - February 16, 2009

isn’t blu ray a doomed format

110. CMX54 - February 16, 2009

Er, okay…so the coming DVD of TMP is actually the theatrical version? If true, I’ll dance a jig. Don’t need all those silly sound effect bleeps and bloops added later to the Klingon battle, to hear jumps in the music due to cuts made, or to see CGI which didn’t exist in the original film. The heck with revisionism, even if it was by the film’s own director.

111. Jeyl - February 16, 2009

#109 “isn’t blu ray a doomed format”

No, that was HD-DVD. And it’s not a doomed format because people are actually buying them!

112. Xplodin' Nacelle - February 16, 2009

I can’t wait! – I’m getting a Blu-Ray this year.

113. Jeyl - February 16, 2009

110. CMX54 “The heck with revisionism, even if it was by the film’s own director.”

The Director’s Edition was not about revisionism, it was just about finishing the movie. Everything that was added to the film was all planned and designed to be incorporated on day one back during the production phase when the movie was shot. Even though they had to use CGI as a means to get the shots done, it brought the film closer to where it originally intended to be from day one.

This is not a George Lucas “Special Edition” we’re dealing with here. They didn’t put the NX Enterprise on the wall mounted pictures of the other Enterprises, they didn’t redo every special effects shot with the Enterprise with the CGI counterpart so it would look more modern and they did it was great care and respect.

Oh, and those jump cuts in the music? Jerry Goldsmith said that he made that music so it could be cut around to fit in sequence should it be canged. It’s only jumping for you because you know the original tracks so darn well. New viewers won’t even pick it up.

Again, this is not revisionism. They’re not throwing in the NX Enterprise on the wall display or having any references to Enterprise of any kind. That’s the sort of thing Lucas does to Star Wars, which is revisionism. This is far from it.

And one other thing. What the heck is wrong with Star Trek buttons going bleep? This is Star Trek, not 2001: A Space Odyssey .

114. RAMA - February 16, 2009

Wow the original motion picture packaging is awesome!

115. Locke for President - February 16, 2009

Sorry, I’ve bought the older movies three times already, and the newer ones twice. As I get older, I am becoming less of a sucker. The versions I have now on DVD are just fine, thank you.

116. Jason - February 16, 2009

http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=365

117. RAMA - February 16, 2009

115. Locke for President – February 16, 2009

I understand your POV, though for some the added benefit of seeing both versions seperately as whole episodes on one disk is actually a major new selling point.

RAMA

118. T Negative - February 16, 2009

Robert Wise was quoted as saying that the “Directors edition” was his definitive version of the film and as such it should be the ONLY version released on home video for the rest of time. Funny that Paramount, only a few years after Wise’s death, releases the “Theatrical cut” and basically takes a big crap on his Star Trek legacy.

Whatever it takes to make a buck I guess.

119. Kareem Owete - February 16, 2009

I’m going to let these pass. I have the Season One HD-DVD set for TOS. There was so much left out of the movie collections, especially the Special Edition cuts, that I just get the feeling that Round 3 or 4 of releases will include these.

A 1080p upconverting DVD on any large screen HDMI-LCD almost renders HD quality to my aging eyes.

So I’m going to wait and hopefully get more bang for my buck.

120. Steven - February 16, 2009

The Original Series! On Blu-ray! Definitely worth the wait to get it!

God bless!

121. JD - February 16, 2009

Today’s trivia: Digital Bits has not changed its website since (at least) 1998. No joke. I’m not sure, but I think they’ve set new standards for web complacency.

122. AJ - February 16, 2009

109:

In the recession, home video sales have suffered immensely, and Blu-Ray has not been the replacement to disappearing DVD sales that was hoped, or at least purported to be the hope before we start digital HD downloads. I expect top-rate BR players will be under $100 by this Christmas to move the transition along.

123. Justin Olson - February 16, 2009

@ 116. Jason – February 16, 2009

If Blu-ray died on Oct. 28th, 2008, then how did the Blu-ray release of “The Dark Knight” sell approx. 3 Million copies (about 2 million in the US) since its release on Dec. 9th?

This June, Blu-ray will have been around for 3 years. At the 3-year mark for DVD, it’s best selling title up to that point was “The Matrix.” It sold 1 million copies.

Was DVD dead in 2000? If not, then why would Blu-ray be dead now?

124. Markus McLaughlin - February 16, 2009

I am very curious if TNG which is being syndicated once more WILL have trivia questions added and new features included for the Blu-Ray release!

I wonder if Seasons 1 and 2 of TNG could somehow be redone, effects wise, despite the fact they were filmed in video.

Something to ponder for 2010…

125. Chasco - February 16, 2009

I wonder if the new ‘Library Computer’ feature will include the same mistakes that were in the Okuda text commentary, or whether anyone went to the trouble of correcting them.

126. John Trumbull - February 16, 2009

“Includes 6 Motion Pictures Featuring Kirk & Spock”…

Wow, thanks Paramount! I’ve seen these films countless times before and owned them for years on both VHS & DVD, but I never knew that Kirk & Spock were featured in them until you pointed it out. Thanks, guys!

Between that idiotic tagline & the lack of ANY actor likenesses on the packaging, could it be any clearer that they’re marketing these films to the casual/new fan? Couldn’t they at least use the real Trek logo?

127. penguin44 - February 16, 2009

Am I going to need a fully 2.0 compliant bd player to enjoy all the wonderous features of TOS-R SSN1? I hope not. I know many fans in my area that only have 1.0 players and they don’t do Internet nor do they do PIP.

128. Iowagirl - February 17, 2009

Broke, and broke, what is broke?

I’d get broke anytime for TOS, and 6 films featuring the real Kirk and Spock on Blu-ray! :)

129. AJ - February 17, 2009

126:

These are obviously “interim” sets designed to exploit the new film to new users. Though the “Trilogy” will most likely sell bupkiss, it would be nice to have the upgraded “TWOK” available as a single issue.BR and DVD.

130. David B - February 17, 2009

I have a question with regards to the weird wording regarding Star Trek IV The Voyage Home.

Do we know if this DVD at least in Europe will include the rare recap before the titles.?

I have been watching the film with that intro since I was five, I hope it is not lost on the new DVDs, especially as it adds to the the film I think.

131. James - February 17, 2009

At last – TOS-R on blu-ray! Looking forward to that one!

132. Jim Smith - February 17, 2009

How can the Blu-Ray of VI have the Flinn/Meyer commentary, when that was recorded to go over a different cut of the film from the one they say they’re releasing? Either it does have the commentary or it’s not the theatrical cut – which was never released to home sell though anyway.

54 – When you ask for ‘unaltered’ why are you surprised to get ‘unaltered’? People who talk about the ‘historical purity’ (ha ha ha) of seeing a film at home as ‘originally theatrically released’ should logically embrace the sound mix being the same as before, as ostensibly it’s part of the ‘original film’.

133. Alex - February 17, 2009

It will be worth the price for the new commentaries and the round-table alone. Shame it’s not the DC of TMP.

134. KevinA Melbourne Australia - February 17, 2009

I was watching an season one episode of Next Gen on DVD the other day and realised how bad the quality is in comparison to the HD-DVD and DVD versions of TOS I own.

Can we start a campaign to get Next Gen on the radar for a HD release?

I know they have to go back and redo everything but gees… with todays technology surely CBS could move on this with everything they learned from doing remastered TOS.

Anthony, I know we’re all waiting for the new movie but could you find out if there is even a chance we could see a STNG Blu-Ray in the future?

135. Scott - February 17, 2009

This is great news and I think by and large they’ve done a great job with the features. Having both versions of each episode in TOS is fantastic. I have yet to see any of the digitally redone episodes so am looking forward to that. I’ve already sold my DVD’s to go towards them.

I am a little narked about the Director’s Edition of TMP, as I imagine it was just a case of not being able to re-render the effects shots in time for the street date. It is after all, oh-so-important for the studios to get these out alongside the new film.

136. DJ Neelix - February 17, 2009

I really would have wanted the BD editions to have the same design as the HD-DVD/DVD combo version of season 1.
Now my TOS-R collection is gonna be very incoherent :-(
Screw CBS/Paramount.

137. Danpaine - February 17, 2009

#115 – Locke. My feelings exactly. The dvds I have now are fine. Paramount has received waaaay to much of my $$$ over the years.

I’ll pick up these Blu-Ray copies on Ebay, at a drastically reduced rate, somewhere down the road (or not).

138. doubleofive - February 17, 2009

Um, I can kind of understand DarenDoc being on the TMP commentary even though it isn’t the Director’s Edition as he did work with Robert Wise on it.

However, what is he doing on the TFF commentary? Is there something they’re not telling us?

139. Jeyl - February 17, 2009

I think the unaltered (but restored) versions of TOS episodes is a big motivator for me in purchasing this set. I hated how every studio guy said that the new effects weren’t going to replace the originals, but they haven’t released any of the originals since the original DVD season releases. Not even the HD-DVD had both. This is clearly the best of both worlds.

However, when it comes to the movies themselves, there is no sign of any “spared no expense” when it comes to these movies. I do not like the concept that only some of the movies were re-mastered and others were not.

I also find it hard to believe that Paramount isn’t taking steps to get the Director’s Edition of the first Star Trek movie up to scale standard. And I find very little reason why the Special Edition Cuts of both Star Trek II and VI were not included. Seamless Branching is a beautiful thing and with the seamless changing of the original series as an option it should be even more interesting.

140. Jon B - February 17, 2009

Little disappointed about the lack of the special features from the DVD of TMP (not the one about the new effects, but the two that can work for a theatrical TMP) but I’ll just keep the second disc and grab both the movie set and the season 1 set. Totally excited for them.

Looks like everyone complaining about no Star Trek Remastered in HD will be quite happy, as well as those who opposed the remastering in the first place. Dang, if the Blu-Rays for Star Wars (whenever they come) has the theatrical and Lucas versions, then it’ll be a great time to be a Sci_fi fan. :)

141. opcode - February 17, 2009

Thanks for the update, Anthony.
Now can you confirm that TWOK will be the only movie getting the extra restoration, or did Paramount say that just because TWOK is most popular one? I mean, from the released TMP:DE DVD it’s obvious that TMP is in far worst shape. Come on Paramount, this year is the TMP 30th anniversary, and I believe that interest for that movie has been increasing in the fan base. As those movies get older, TMP seems to be holding a lot better than many of the later ones. I just cannot understand why Paramount refuses to treat those movies and ST fans with the proper respect. Just think about this: how much money has Warner made of Blade Runner over the years? How much money has Paramount made of ST? But then Blade Runner fans get a fantastic special edition in Blu-ray, with amazingly well restored image and sound, several versions of the movie (each in its own disk, not less), top-notch extras, while ST fans are possibly getting a far inferior product, with only one of the movies properly restored, limited to theatrical version and the usual dirt cheap extras (round table with actors, some of them not even TOS members?! Super-fan commentaries?! Are they serious?!). When is Paramount going to properly dig their vaults and give us the missing deleted scenes from TMP, for instance? Sad…

142. Andy Patterson - February 17, 2009

128

“I’d get broke anytime for TOS, and 6 films featuring the real Kirk and Spock on Blu-ray! :)”

There ya go. A girl after my own heart. Your sentence has many deep meanings.

143. Canadianknight - February 17, 2009

116:

Blu-Ray is far from dead. It’s selling like hot-cakes, compared to how DVD was doing after the same period of time.

Go here: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa161.html

Read Bill’s response to the article you posted. (You gotta scroll down a bit.)

Fact is that Robin Harris has some valid points, but he’s a data storage expert.. .NOT a home video one. (As Bill points out.)

Blu is alive and well, and the sales numbers prove it without question.

As for Trek on Blu… gods.. guess I’m buying TOS for the THIRD time. Argh! I’m a whore. :) I’m resistant to buying TMP without the Director’s Edition, but I know I want the rest of ‘em. Guess I’ll have to prep myself for a triple-dip on TMP.

God. The prospect of the coming year has my wallet curled up in the corner, shivering and crying with fear.

:)

144. Aqua - February 17, 2009

I’m going to buy the blu-ray movie set eventually, what I’ll be interested in is whether the set being released this spring has the original special effects (which look cheap and cruddy in many places) or the revised special effects.

Theatrical version vs directors cut or extended cut, doesn’t really matter as much to me.

145. cpelc - February 17, 2009

The thing about blu-ray is that

1. You need an HDTV (preferably a 1080p) which in many cases is not the one that consumers will buy because current broadcasts are almost always 1080i or 720p so your picture would actually look worse on a 1080p than a 720p tv because of upscaling.

2. Many companies such as Dish Network are already offering 1080p movies on demand to a person’s house. With the rise in storage capacities and drop in expense for DVRs compounded with the ever increasing broadband speeds this is seen by industry analysts as the way things are headed. For instance much is already being made about online storage of personal files which would be available anywhere.

3. DVD was able to kill VHS because anyone with a television could benefit. It was simply one cost, not the player and a new tv.

Yes the quality of Blu-Ray is much greater than that of DVD, but are people really going to want physical disks in the next few years. Look around at how many CDs are being bought compared to mp3 downloads these days. If you could store all of your HD movies on a DVR device or through an online file cabinet wouldn’t you prefer this? One looks at the movie and features and not the box art and disc label with more certainty.

146. The Squire of Gothos - February 17, 2009

On the use of the TOS font on the movie sets… The new 2009 Star Trek film is also using the same font.

It’s all about marketing.

147. ML31 - February 17, 2009

Would be nice if the movies were available separate from each other instead of in the 6-pack. I don’t own TVH, and really don’t want to have it included in my collection.

148. Jeyl - February 17, 2009

#147: “I don’t own TVH, and really don’t want to have it included in my collection.”

Ouch. No love for the most successful Star Trek movie, eh? What about the whales? The characters? The story?

149. Zanpher - February 17, 2009

For those that complain, please learn the difference between HD and regular recordings..

They did not use HD back when TOS, TNG, etc was recorded. So “upconverting” to HD does not change the how awful the result is. The result will always be the same grainy picture as it was shot in.

So yes, I do know exactly what I am talking about. You can get one complete season on one Bluray disc.

Research people, something you might want to learn how to do …

150. Brian - February 17, 2009

Sorry Zanpher, you’re wrong again. TOS was shot and mastered on 35mm film, which is double the resolution of HD. There’s a misconception by many people, which you apparently share, that HD is higher rez than 35mm, 70mm, or IMAX film stock. It’s not even remotely true. There’s no upconverting going on; in fact the image is downconverted from it’s original source(this does not apply, however, to the spinoffs, which were shot on film but mastered on SD videotape).

If they tried to squeeze an entire season of TOS in HD on one disc, the result would be unwatchable. You can’t squeeze 26 hours of 1920×1080 content on one 50GB disc and expect the results to be any good.

Research Zanpher, something you might want to learn how to do …

151. Zanpher - February 17, 2009

Already did :) Just waiting on you …

152. CDG1 - February 17, 2009

Ref #113 – replacing the original alert klaxons and computer on the bridge with TOS style ones for STTMP ; replacing the original opening theme with a slightly different cut – well simple fine details and many others like that that didn’t need tampering with just affect the period character of this 1970’s sci-fi enough overall to annoy me slightly . Similarly chopping out some of the dialogue. I rather like it slow and cerebral thanks – hell, give me back the old TV version additions too. There are a few of us here (no doubt a tiny minority) who celebrate this news.

However, having said all that, not releasing the Director’s Edition as the primary release, and the theatrical cut for completists like me, does seem a bizarre move (even given the technical issues surrounding it).

153. Lope de Aguirre - February 17, 2009

I’m only interested in “The Undiscovered Country” but I won’t buy the theatrical version.
I’ll stick with my SE 2DVD until the reedited version is put out on Blu-Ray.

So now I’m waitin for a proper version of VI and TNGs “Generations” and “First Contact”.

154. Simon - February 17, 2009

#149 – You may want to do some research of your own first.

FILM is HD by nature, roughly the digital equivalent of 2000-4000 lines of resolution (yes, greater than 1080p). You can transfer any TV show shot and edited on FILM to 1080p HD.

Any given second of HD footage requires 15-40 Mbps compressed on Blu-ray. This is roughly 3 hours per 50GB disc. Even in standard definition, 480i, TOS Trek was 4 episodes per 8.5GB DVD disc. 26 episodes (+ extras on disc 7) required 7 DVD discs, that’s 59.5GB of storage. 59.5 > 50GB.

155. Simon - February 17, 2009

#145 – nearly every TV sold these days is HD capable.

Downloads are always about to “take off”. Yet year after year, download services like WalMart’s fold.

Broadband providers are capping bandwidth. How many movies can you watch and surf the web when companies like Time-Warner are limiting you to 50GB per month?

1080p on demand is still a premium (pay) service, offers no extras or lossless audio, and still doesn’t look as good as Blu-ray. And it will remain on demand only because companies like HBO or NBC offer their signal in 1080i…their entire production chain from camera to studio to the home is almost always 1080i. Offering 1080p is a marketing gimmick.

156. Brian - February 17, 2009

154-

Methinks Zanpher is not interested in facts or figures, just his own personal perception of things. I would love to see his “research”.

157. OneBuckFilms - February 17, 2009

70 – The Original Episodes, with the ORIGINAL Visual Effects, were scanned in to a 1080P digital format, and the restoration was applied to this.

It was only AFTER this was done that the remastered Visual Effects were applied.

Both the original and new effects material are 1080P, and cleaned up.

No elephant here.

152 – These Technical Difficulties mean that the entire visuall effects additions, as well as all of the editing work, will have to be done all over again for a Blu-Ray release of the Directors Edition of ST:TMP.

This means there is a massive cost headache to doing this.

158. Aaron - February 17, 2009

Okay, this is awesome, I’m glad these are coming out…

That said, what I’m really waiting on is the release of Enterprise on BR. I know that TNG/DS9/Voy might not be suitable for HD resolution, but Enterprise is already full HD and ready to go.

Enterprise. BluRay. 2010. Please?

159. Brian - February 17, 2009

157-

I agree about TMP. It’s a shame the studio didn’t have the foresight to do it properly in the first place.

160. cpelc - February 17, 2009

#155

You are very much correct on many points. But where is the point where studios realize that it is much cheaper to get there products to the consumer without producing physical discs which could end up sitting on the shelf and never being purchased?

I work at a video rental store where we offer a limited number of Blu-Ray titles for $3.85 for one night, and $4.45 for 5 nights(these being titles that have been out for a month or two). While I have seen an increase in demand for these rentals, more than one customer has commented that purchasing Blu-Ray titles has not been a major thing for them because of the price for a disc at the store compared to the quality of the movie. I.E. they are very selective in which movies they are willing to actually pay for.

I believe that this only furthers the point that people would rather rent, or download a film for a lesser cost. True many internet services are limiting bandwith, but if the money is there things like that will not play as big a role as one might think.

Media today is being seen as something that can be accessed at any time on any device. With things such as the Apple TV already allowing a person to view content on both their ipod and television, an HD equivalent is not that far off.

Also about the TVs being HD, this is true. But I don’t see the average person who already owns a televisionsbeing inclined to purchase a new television, (which possibly could be the lower priced 720p which retailers are pushing to get rid of) and then a blu-ray player on top of that.

Perhaps Blu-Ray will stick around, but as far as heralding it here to stay at this point is far from certain. It is quite possibly a stepping stone to yet another far-more compact and durable media form.

161. Links for February 17th from 14:54 to 17:12 - eclecticism - February 17, 2009

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162. Penhall99 - February 17, 2009

So I guess they are never gonna let Shatner do a Director’s Edition of Star Trek V then….Pretty lame.

163. Simon - February 17, 2009

#160 – Keep in mind that DVD, at the same stage (1999-2000) was even slower in its adoption.

TVs no longer have the lifespan they once did. People will replace their old sets with HD ones. Stuff that once looked good enough on the old TVs no longer shine on the new ones, especially considering that large screens no longer are out of the price reach of the average consumer.

BD players will continue to drop, this year’s CES showed a lot of budget players that will hit this summer/fall. They will play their DVDs, are cheaper than Apple TV, and no subscription required.

BD may very well be the last consumer disc format. But it’s going to be around for a while.

164. Jeyl - February 17, 2009

In regards to the whole “BluRay Disc = Obsolete, Digital Downloads = The Future!”, I think digital downloads on the official side is a scary concept. When you download a movie or a song, most of the time you have to have a connection that tells your downloaded file that you legally purchased it. That’s like if an eBay seller kept contacting you every time you played your DVD you bought from him making sure you are the person he sold it to. That’s not cool.

I like tangible mediums. I like having a disk that I can control. I like being able to take it with me wherever I go, share it with my friends without having to worry about restrictions and most of all, I like to rip’em and make little movies out of it myself. Why? Because it’s fun, I’m not stealing or selling and it’s a freaking right. Digital Downloads is the true bag of hurt because it comes with restrictions does exactly what it says it does. Restrict.

Look at Apple’s iPhones. They want to file criminal charges against anyone who jailbreaks their own personal and legally owned iPhone device. That’s like if Playmates filed copyright charges against you just because you repainted a you bought. If you think that’s bad, why think any less about what they’ll do to movies you actually purchased?

These studios don’t want you to have fair control over a product you purchased. Need proof? Look up the original DVD competitor DIVX. You’ll see how well your so-called “cheaper renting alternatives” did against a much more expensive all around purchasable product.

Oh, I also like the special features as well.

165. Matt Wright - February 17, 2009

#127 — You can have a 1st generation (Profile 1.0) player and enjoy the episodes and the cool seamless branching of the CG or non CG versions if you like, etc. Just no PiP. You’d need a newer Profile 1.1 player for that.

Also of note all Blu-ray players sold today are Profile 1.1 compliant (which is the new mandatory spec). So no worries there for first time purchasers.

Profile 2.0 is BD Live and only needed if you feel you want to download the extra content. Which is usually gimmicky junky anyway. I’ve never felt the need to utilize the BD Live extras on any of my Blu-ray titles that have it.

The TOS-R set does not use BD Live at all from what the press release says.

The Movies have a little extra feature with BD Live in the form of Trek I.Q. a little online trivia game. Hardly anything you can’t live without if you don’t have a Profile 2.0 player.

If there are lots more questions I’ll talk to Tony about maybe setting up a quick Q&A article about Blu-ray players when it gets closer to the release date. Some really nice and affordable Blu-ray players are on the horizon for late-spring and early summer.

166. Matt Wright - February 17, 2009

#35 — Digital Bits just updated their version of the annoucement to say, yes ST:VI will be in 2.35:1.

I updated the article accordingly.

167. C. Hall - February 17, 2009

I wonder if Star Trek 3 & Star Trek 4 will ever get an Extended Cut DVD or a Director’s Cut DVD. There was much footage lost from those two. The lost footage was originally seen in the movie theatres back in the 1980’s. Hopefully soon we’ll get to see those versions again. It will probably be around the time when the Director’s Cut versions on The Motion Picture & The Wrath of Khan come out later on.

168. sean - February 17, 2009

#160

I understand what you’re saying, but using something like Apple TV as a reference point doesn’t help your point. Apple TV wasn’t exactly a success, and Steve Jobs has since marginalized it significantly. In terms of HD content, it’s pretty useless given the storage capacity (160 GB max).

You also have to keep in mind that *most* people do not use their computers for much more than watching YouTube videos about kittens and checking their email. The majority do not use their computer’s full potential, and I think we’re farther away from the comfortable integration you’re speaking about.

Digital downloads for music have definitely taken off, but so have vinyl sales. In fact, 2008 saw greater vinyl sales than almost any other year. The rise of digital music has certainly been boosted due to storage and the increase in iPod use, but part of that increase was also the long-standing flaws with CD technology and cost that the public had been complaining about for years. CDs cost next-to-nothing to manufacture, yet retailers were charging $20 or more for a CD with 10 tracks on it. Once CD burners came out, the CD was doomed because people realized how inexpensive the process really was. Then came Napster, and it was all over. Still, look how long it’s taken for the CD to truly ‘die’. We’re a decade past Napster and people still buy them.

You also have to consider the storage issue when it comes to digital media. Ripping a standard DVD takes 7 GB on average, and even though storage is becoming less of an issue than it once was, there are still loads of computers out there that cap off at 40-80 GB. To download HD movies to your computer (some of which could be 15-30 GB depending on the content) is not just a question of storage but a question of your internet speed and your patience. There are people out there still using dialup for goodness sake! I have a pretty solid connection, and downloading a 20GB film is pretty daunting even for me. Not everyone can afford a T3.

Given all these facts, Blueray isn’t in any danger right now. In fact, with HD DVD’s demise, things are looking pretty fab for Sony at the moment. I have no doubt Blueray will be replaced by something bigger and better, but that’s true of every technology.

169. Simon - February 17, 2009

#167 – What lost footage?

I’ve seen the theatricals of these films MANY times, in both 35MM and 70MM and there’s NOTHING missing.

The only thing different is that they used the 70MM mix for “ST: III” for the 5.1 Dolby Digital on the DVD which was a different mix than the 35MM Dolby Stereo (different sound effects and dynamic range).

I even saw “Voyage Home” at the Fox Westwood, with the prototype 70MM Dolby SR. The whale probe shook the theater. Quite the experience.

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171. doubting thomas - February 18, 2009

2 improvements that should have been made to the blu-ray original series:

proper, state of the art effects and sound remasters, instead of the primitive ’06 ones.

episodes in chronological order

172. ML31 - February 18, 2009

148:

Jeyl: No love for it at all. Don’t think I want to turn this thread into this, but I did not care for the whale story. Time travel has been done to death in ST. The characters were played WAY out of character. And the jokes just fell completely flat. The Trouble With Tribbles was a far better light hearted outing for our gang.

173. C. Hall - February 18, 2009

169

Some of the lost footage from Star Trek 3 included the original ending. It showed Kirk and the crew carrying Spock’s body up the steps of Mount Salaya. During that scene, hundreds of Vulcans were standing alongside the stairway as they were walking up. There was a little girl who appeared in the crowd and she saw them coming up the steps. Then she followed Kirk and the crew up a few paces and then she saluted Spock with the Vulcan hand symbol. Anyway this scene was so long as I recall. I could go on some more. Another scene that originally took place in the film was in the second hour of the film. It was right after Saavik & David had that little chat about protomatter. They both got up and started walking to toward their destination, which was the hidden cave. It was a very long scene just like the original ending. It shows how they got to the hidden cave. During that scene David Marcus takes off his jacket and then he gives it to Spock. Which by the way explains what happened to his jacket he was wearing. The extended scene gave the characters more screen time. Yes, these two lost sequences slowed the film down. The year when this film first came out, it ran for nearly three hours long.

174. Phil Davies - February 19, 2009

Can anyone explain why “The Cage” is not included in the first set? I would also have placed “Where no man…” ahead of “Man Trap” for obvious reasons.

175. Jeyl - February 19, 2009

#174: Can anyone explain why “The Cage” is not included in the first set?

From what I understand, when “The Cage” was made and screened, the studios didn’t like it. Instead of saying no to Star Trek, they ordered another pilot with a different captain. This pilot, “Where no man” got the show the green light and was a continuation from that pilot, not “The Cage”.

The whole story involving the original Pilot was pretty much discarded and forgotten until the series needed more time to come up with more story ideas. So, they decided to bring the original pilot and integrate it into the Trek lore with the two Menagerie episodes. Even though it’s pretty low key by today’s standards, the original pilot was never seen by the public (except at conventions) and the way it was used in the episode’s context made it work like it was an episode written at the time.

Plus putting the episode in the Season 3 set gives that season one more good episode of Star Trek. :D

176. AJ - February 19, 2009

173:

Sorry, I saw these films in cinemas several times during early initial release, and those ‘deleted’ scenes were never there. I’m also sorry to report there is no “hidden cave” in ST3. Saavik, David and young Spock(s) are outside the entire time.

And I would imagine that a scene with hundreds of extras in Vulcan garb would have had some exposure in the film. It would have been a colossal waste of money to simply delete it.

It would also be the only time in film history that a film was re-edited right after initial release. Either you saw a pre-release cut about which we, informed fans know absolutely nothing, or it’s a figment of your imagination. Can you provide proof?

177. P. Davies - February 19, 2009

That’s my point about WNMHGB, although it was screened as ep. 3, it IS the pilot, has a slightly different look to it and would therefore be better placed in
the correct context.
Are you saying the complete uncut colour version of “The Cage” will be on the third set?

178. Jeyl - February 19, 2009

# 177 P. Davies: “Are you saying the complete uncut colour version of “The Cage” will be on the third set?”

It would have to be. It’s on my original Season 3 DVD set and the remastered edition.

179. P. Davies - February 19, 2009

I’d have prefered it on S1 but at least it will be included which is good news.( plus new CGI?, here’s hoping!)
Thanks for the info.

180. Simon - February 19, 2009

#173 – Those scenes were deleted. AFAIK they were never broadcast when the film was shown on ABC in 1985.

“TWOK” on ABC had even more footage than the “Director’s Edition” DVD BTW.

181. C. Hall - February 19, 2009

176 The original ending was in the film at the time. This was 25 years ago. The scene was so long. You had to have seen it. The little girl that I mentioned earlier, her name was listed in the credits at the end of the film under the title-VULCANS. Watch the credits and you’ll seen her name come up. Her name was Katherine Blum.

182. neonknights - February 20, 2009

I’m a purist but I stay with the original effects and “glorious mono”. :-)

183. Slitheen - February 20, 2009

Zanpher #149 – what utter bumfudge (as tame a word as I could muster, mods, in the face of such arrogance and ignorance). 35mm film has always contained resolutions that even the Blu-Ray standard won’t do proper justice – Trek TOS has room for an even higher resolution future HD home format to be garnered from its masters.

To put simply:
If something has been shot on 35mm film, you can rescan it at SD, present day HD standards or even higher definition standards than exist presently. Use your head, man, movies shot in 35mm had to be blew across huge cinema screens…..just think about it for a second.

So excuse me, but you don’t know what you’re talking about……and it doesn’t have to be “upconverted”. If anything, the opposite of upconversion is closer to the mark. To borrow YOUR words, “Research, something you might want to learn how to do”.

184. doubting thomas - February 22, 2009

it’s such a shame to be given a choice between “state-of-the-art special effects from 1966 which the makers of the show were not satistfied with” and “shoddy special effects from 2006 which were hastily and lazily thrown together”. why can’t we have “state-of-the-art special effects, sound effects, and audio/video restoration from 2009 which reaches the level of realism the makers of the show were going for in the first place”?

it’d also be more true to the show’s intentions to cut a line from “who mourns for adonais?” so that kirk’s statement simply reads “mankind has no need for gods”

185. Bill - February 24, 2009

Regarding Trek 6: I’m glad they are releasing the original theatrical cut. I may be in the minority here but I feel that Meyer’s film is worse every time it is altered. I do not like the modification of the Valeris “flashback” scene, but that is nothing compared to the Scooby-Doo ending, the “let’s use paper pads to show a Klingon invasion with the Klingon ambassador standing outside” scene as well as Scotty’s “I bet that Klingon bitch killed her father!”. It’s all self-indulgent nonsense on the part of the director. On the other hand, the Director’s cut of Star Trek 1 is light years ahead of the theatrical cut.

186. SeattleBrad - March 2, 2009

Wow. It looks like a few people didn’t read through the details. With exception to later posts, some of the earlier posters didn’t read that for instance, STVI will be released in 2.35:1 as opposed to the 1:85:1 that previous releases were done. Some are also assuming that since it is the Nicholas Meyer cut that it will be the theatrical release version. The specs are not specific but lets hope that it holds true for both STII and STVI. Since this is Blu Ray, the best thing Paramount could do is offer the same format that Sony did with Close Encounters and for all the subsequent movies that had non theatrical versions, give the viewer an option to watch the seamless bridging version whereas the extended dialogue and scenes are seamlessely included in the viewing or the original theatrical cut.
Someone made a comment that they seemed happy about paramount not going in the same direction of Mr. Lucas. If I understood the reason behind the comment, that person probably had not purchased/or aware that the separate 2 disc versions of the ANH,ESB, and ROTJ 3 films where the original theatrical cut for each was presented as an extra feature on disk 2, also presented in their original stereo sound.( Jedi was also the first theatrical release to debut the THX sound) But this is Star Trek we are talking about. If the TOS series include original TV spots/trailers, then they are most likely the 50 second – 1 minute long “Next on Star Trek” that were included on the ancient Laserdisc versions of the episodes.

187. STguy1703 - March 2, 2009

I have followed Trek for many years and can say this with 99% confidence the the following are true. 1) When released on video, the episode #s were given in order of star date,not the actual order they aired on TV. So Man Trap, which appears to be #2 should actually switch places with Where No Man Gone before ( the second episode of STNG was called Where No One Has Gone Before, this was intentional)
2) Star Trek -TMP was, and always has been, the longest of all the Star Trek movies released in theaters(not taking in the consideration of the new film) Star Trek III – was never close to 3 hours long. I saw it on opening day and it was just under 2 hours and that included the trailers shown before the film opened.

It always amazes me that people remember scenes that were not there or were on TV versions. Star Trek II was the first of the movies to have extended scenes and dialogue included in the televised version. Star Trek III also had some added footage but was never included in the DVD versions. On some DVDs you can tell if a deleted scene was included in the TV versions based on the aspect ratio of the print. In Star Trek II, the film was shot entirely in Panavision and the deleted dialogue in the Directors cut was deemed not necessary for the films story. Disney kid actor Ike Isenmen’s ( Escape From/Return to Witch Mountain) character
was related to Scotty but this was not crucial to the film and thus that dialogue and some of the scenes were cut. There is a scene where Kirk and Spock are climbing to the bridge after Kirk’s party returns from Regula 1 and says “That young man is my son.” That dialogue was actually added later for the TV Version as the scene itself was not extended. Another note about ST2. The actor that serves as Khan’s aide, is known as Judson Scott. Why wasn’t his name in the credits or did he change his name……That is one question I have never seemed to find an answer to..

188. C. Hall - March 2, 2009

#187 Star Trek II wasn’t the first film to have extended scenes in the ABC television premiere. It was Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Star Trek 3 did run for nearly 3 hours long back in the summer of 1984. The film was altered after I went to see it in the theatre. I mentioned earlier before about the original ending, and it was in the film at the time. I don’t understand why some of you fans don’t remember ever seeing it. The actual sequence was so long. It was deleted from the film. They probably had to narrow the film down becuase they couldn’t fit it entirely on VHS tape and the same for the earlier versions on LaserDisc. I still don’t why Paramount continues to hold back on that scene and the same for other sequences as well. Star Trek IV was another film that ran for nearly 3 hours long. I saw that one when it first came out. There were several scenes missing from that one too. Paramount has the deleted scenes in the DVD’s of the other Star Trek films, but not in those two.

189. Moira - March 22, 2009

I think I know where my tax refunds will be going! The president did urge us all to stimulate the economy, so I’ll be stimulating Amazon.com a lot by buying these DVD’s. I juat got a Blu Ray player last week, and the picture is awesome. I can only imagine all my favorite Trek episodes and movies on my flat screen TV now…

190. Adam Clark - March 25, 2009

Will the movies on DVD be new digitally remastered for HD?

191. yanick ramone - April 10, 2009

is the animated series coming out on blu-ray? please let me know asap they have the dvd versions on special at future shop for 29.99. but i don’t want it if it is coming in blu ray. please respond if you have the answer

192. monbois - April 21, 2009

Hey! How about a sneak preview with some screenshots of the blu-ray menus or something? To quote and angry Klinkon, what’s up widdat blah-BLAH?!

Speaking of Klingon… W-W-W-What! No Klingon language track or subtitles?! You filthy Terran corporate media types are all alike. No wonder all the other Earthers say you’re sub-human…

193. Slitheen - April 27, 2009

#184 “it’s such a shame to be given a choice between “state-of-the-art special effects from 1966 which the makers of the show were not satistfied with” and “shoddy special effects from 2006 which were hastily and lazily thrown together”. why can’t we have “state-of-the-art special effects, sound effects, and audio/video restoration from 2009 which reaches the level of realism the makers of the show were going for in the first place”?

The reason the CGI that CBS Digital has done on the series is anything less than 100% photoreal is because it would be jarring for the viewer to go from 100% photoreal (think modern Battlestar Galactica kind of real) to the 1960’s live action sequences that in themselves are somewhat dated. They had to strike a happy balance, and for me and many other fans they got it right on the money. I’m utterly sick of “they should have let me do it”, or “they should have used this software suite” type posts. CBS Digital have done a wonderful job, and the fact the CGI blends into the live scenes without any jarring to the viewer is testament to their striking the right balance.

What you ask for is utterly ridiculous. If they had utilised the full capability of modern CGI wizardry, the likes of which you’d see on a multimillion dollar blockbuster, then to flick from that level of photoreal to a meagrely budgeted 1960’s studio live scene would be ludicrous and would jar the viewer with each and every transition. That is what most people who appreciate this work understand….and that is what CBS Digital understood when they came to make do it. It is also what the many professional people at Paramount/CBS who green lit the work understood.

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195. curt - May 11, 2009

why oh why cant the put the proper d-cut of tmp together ?

196. Mike - May 28, 2009

I would wait for the next blu ray update before purchasing any Star Trek movies, this release doesn’t include the “special edition” releases and the transfers are horrible except for Trek II

197. dan - May 29, 2009

The Original Series – Season 1 Blu -Ray is an incredible package. Great picture and sound.

I can’t believe how poor the remastered FX look on my HD system. What a complete and utter joke this so called “updating” is.

You hear comments from third rate FX artists gushing about what an honor it is to work on the iconic series, you hear sincere statements from the Okudas about how much they respect the work of the originals, then they go and make the Enterprise do barrel rolls and produce really cartoony video game like visuals.

It’s laughable when they show the work of the updated next to the originals and the originals always look better and more realistic.

There’s a reason they let you have both versions – Original FX and 17 year old remade, nintendo wii graphics. I’ll take my original Trek remastered, not enhanced by incompetants…thank you.

198. The Inflatable Mouse - June 24, 2009

I want it ALL on bluray. TOS, TNG, Voyager, Enterprise. All of it. And I want it now ;)

199. An Intelligent Fan Who Won't Be Ripped Off Anymore - July 7, 2009

Once again, Paramount can tell just how stupid fans of Star Trek are. Are you kidding me, $139.99 for one season of the original Star Trek show in Blu Ray. Give me a friggn break – that is a rip off, pure and simple. Sadly, the fans, as noted above, will be willing to pay for this instead of keeping their wallets closed to send a message to Paramound to stop with the out of line pricing. Name one other television series that that type of pricing. Yes, I know its regular DVD, but Stargate complete seasons sell for $34.00 new. Even if you doubled that price to account for blue-ray, it would only be $68.00. And people wonder why torrent sites exist – keep ripping of the fans and people will rip off you.

200. systemBuilder - September 20, 2009

Season three was crap. Even the episodes from Gene Roddenbury were really, really bad. At that point, they were trying to cut costs any way they could. My kids think Star Trek is a monster show. In Season 3, they were picking unused soundstages at Desilu and writing episodes around recycling the sound stage (gangster planet. indian planet. flower child planet. presidents planet. etc.)

The Cage, however, if one of the finest pieces of science fiction that has ever appeared 1st-run on Television. I have no doubt that they are putting it onto the season 3 DVD in order to stimulate season 3 sales. I just watched the “broadcast” version of the cage and imho, no matter how hard they try, the ~10 missing minutes of content put a serious hurt on the original pilot.

201. Markus McLaughlin - September 22, 2009

I am waiting for the Director’s Edition of ST-TMP and being to buy individual films RATHER than buy Star Treks 5 and 10, which I will not do! 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and Star Trek is ALL the films I ever want to own on Blu-Ray or a FUTURE medium! Perhaps all of the Trek films will also be streamed from netflix or some fiber optic network when broadband becomes common everywhere as well! I read about a possible successor to blu-ray using holographic technology so it would be POSSIBLE to own an ENTIRE tv series on one disc or ALL of the TREK films on one disc! Perhaps Trek XII or XIII will also be shot in 3D!!! That would be most fascinating!!! I’m an aspiring Screenwriter and lifelong Trek Fan! Trek is more relevant NOW than EVER!!!

Markus McLaughlin / linuxglobe at twitter / Hudson, MA, USA

202. armando - September 28, 2009

Another vote for the bloopers for the original series…

203. D C - October 10, 2009

With the movie re-releases being their true theatrical releases, and I recall Trek VI being 2.35:1 and having a lot of great McCoy lines chopped for the home video release, I am truly hoping the Kirk era movies get re-re-released for standard-def DVD as well. And ST:TMP as the original version, deemed snooze-fest or otherwise, deserves to be out for completion’s sake.

204. Abbie - February 2, 2010

I am really confused over buying the sets. Some stores are showing the TOS Season 1 as widescreen, then offering the rest in full screen, then the “box set” as only in full screen. So do they have both? Or is there some confusion because the ‘extras’ are widescreen?? Any help before I purchase them would be great

205. Jeff - October 8, 2010

#6 “The Motion Picture Trilogy is very confusing when it only has 3 movies.”

That’s the oddest comment I have read today.

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