After yesterday’s huge news of new Star Trek Blu-ray and DVD sets, there is even more Trek DVD news coming out today. Yesterday we hinted at a couple of new ‘best of’ sets coming from CBS, and today CBS made it official, providing images and details on the ‘Best of TNG’ and ‘Best of TOS’ sets coming out in May, mainly geared to potential new Trek fans as an introduction to these shows.
Best of Trek sets – aimed at the newbies
These new DVD sets from CBS and Paramount seemed geared for the new fan (or possibly casual fan) who just saw the new Star Trek movie. Both sets are priced at $14.99 retail (street price will probably be closer to $10). Each contains just four episodes and no special features and are being released on May 12th, four days after the new Star Trek movie opens. Here are the details and box art images.
THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES
[DVD – May 12 – $14.99]
Synopsis: “Space…The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!” The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III then moved on to explore the stars.
Box blurb text: Continue the excitement of the STAR TREK experience with four of the very best episodes of the series that started it all! You’ve met Kirk and Spock as young men on the big screen, now join them on their later journeys to the planet Vulcan, travel with them through time, and take witness as they face off in a battle to save their friendship and their very lives.
- The City on the Edge of Forever
- The Trouble with Tribbles
- Balance of Terror
- Amok Time
Details: 1 Disk (Runtime: 3 Hr. 21 Min. 50 Sec). All episodes are ‘remastered’ version. Languages (dubbed and subtitles): English, Portuguese, Spanish., Audio: 5.1 & Mono.
THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
[DVD – May 12 – $14.99]
Synopsis: Set in the 24th century and decades after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, this new series is the long-awaited successor to the original “Star Trek” (1966). Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Box blurb text: The excitement of Star Trek continues with the series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Join the action with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Cmdr. Wil Riker and the crew of the Enterprise-D, as they explore the outer reaches of the galaxy and get swept away by the incredible stories that made Star Trek a phenomenon.
- The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
- The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
- Yesterday’s Enterprise
- The Measure of a Man
Details: 1 Disk (Runtime: 3 Hr. 1 Min. 57 Sec). Languages (dubbed and subtitles): English, Portuguese, Spanish., Audio: 5.1 & Mono.
Like Trek starter packs
With no special features and so few episodes, these sets will have limited appeal to long-time Trek fans, but hopefully it will extend the Trek experience after the feature film for some new fans, and act as a ‘gateway set’ to the larger (and more expensive) ‘Fan Collectives’ and maybe even full season sets.