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New Previews Of Star Trek Blu-ray Movie Collection March 23, 2009

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS , trackback

In May Paramount is releasing a number of new Blu-Ray and DVD sets, including the highly-anticipated collection of Original Series films on Blu-ray, which comes with many new special features. Paramount has released three new promo videos for the set, including a peeks at the ‘Star Trek Summit.’ See below for details.

 

Preview of TOS Movies Blu-ray set and Star Trek Summit

The Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection contains each of the TOS era feature films in HD with many new special features, including new audio commentaries and new featurettes. There is also a seventh bonus disk called Star Trek Summit,’ which is a new 70-minute roundtable featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Frakes, moderated by Whoopi Goldberg.

A couple of preview of the ‘Summit’ are now available.


Summit clip on fans at Amazon UK


Summit clip on fans at Play.com

There is also a short preview video for the set at AmazonUK


Click to see preview of Star Trek Summit

You can pre-order the set now at Amazon.


Amazon pre-order $97.99 [discounted from $139.99]
 

MORE UPCOMING STAR TREK BLU-RAY & DVD SETS

Star Trek: The Original Series – Season One [Blu Ray - April 28]
All 29 episodes of the first season of Star Trek The Original Series, remastered in HD. Contains almost all the special features from the previous DVD and HD-DVD Season One sets. Offers new ‘seamless branching’ functionality to allow episodes to be viewed with the original special effects or the new digital special effects. [7 Blu-ray disks]   


Amazon pre-order: $77.99 [discounted $129.99]


Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu Ray & DVD - May 12]
Theatrical versions of the three ‘Genesis’ Star Trek movies (Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, The Voyage Home) in HD. Includes new commentaries and featurettes from ‘Original Motion Picture Collection’ (in HD) but without the original special features from the previous DVD sets or the new Blu-ray data features. [3 Blu-ray disks]


Blu-ray: Amazon US: $42.99 [retail: $65.99]
DVD:
Amazon pre-order: $29.99 [retail: $39.98]


Best Of Star Trek – TOS & TNG [DVD - May 12]
Two four episode ‘starter kits’ for the new fan (1 Disk each):


TOS DVD: Amazon pre-order: $9.99 [retail: $14.98]
TNG DVD:
Amazon pre-order: $9.99 [retail: $14.98]
 

Pre-order NOTE: Price Guarantee + no charge until ship date
All prices above are based on Amazon’s current pre-order price. Amazon offers a pre-order price guarantee, which means that if they lower the price between now and shipment, you will get that lower price. Also you are not charged until your order is shipped.

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Comments

1. Alex - March 23, 2009

I like the best-of-covers. Not that I’d buy them. But they look cool.

2. Danpaine - March 23, 2009

I’m not buying any of these, but would like to see that “Summit.” Hopefully it’ll be available to download somewhere on the web.

…have all the movies on good ol’ dvd, and that’s good enough for me. Sorry, Paramount. This particular fan is done helping you milk this particular cow….

3. SuperMooson - March 23, 2009

One word mates… AWESOME!

4. thorsten - March 23, 2009

Now we know, Patrick will not sign body parts!

5. trekbill - March 23, 2009

When the directors cuts and special editions come out on blu-ray, then I’ll buy them. I have no need to own the theatrical cut of the motion picture and I really like the directors cut of the Wrath of Khan.

6. Closettrekker - March 23, 2009

I’ve already pre-ordered TOS-Season One. I’ll get the following two seasons as well.

I just cannot bring myself to spend good money on STV: The Great Trek Turd Of ’89, and I much prefer the director’s cut of TMP over its original theatrical release.

I’ll probably buy the ‘Genesis trilogy” though.

7. TonyD - March 23, 2009

#5

Same here, especially in the case of ST:TMP and STII:TWOK. If they release the Director’s Editions with properly cleaned up prints, maybe clean up some of the effects in the first two or three movies, and give you the option of buying them separately, then I’m in. Until then the standard def DVDs will have to suffice.

I may spring for Season 1 of TOS on BluRay since it does seem to be a fairly good value for the price; but Paramount’s treatment of the TOS theatrical movies for this release has been very disappointing, especially new extras which all seem trivial to me.

8. Harry Ballz - March 23, 2009

I wonder how much these gentlemen were paid for that little roundtable chat?

9. Gornorrhea - March 23, 2009

I actually want the original TMP, especially on BD. The Director’s Cut is good too, but I generally don’t like when they tinker with the original special effects (are you listening Lucas?) I know I’m in the minority but who’s with me?

10. SirMartman - March 23, 2009

I would love to know just when the Star Trek Summit was filmed.

I wonder if they touch the subject of ST : TFB ?

11. Spock - March 23, 2009

I think it is great they are releasing the original series untouched, as well as the remastered version. I guess Paramount learned from the Star Wars disaster of ditching the original cuts.

12. garen - March 23, 2009

i think including “featuring Kirk and Spock” on the actual packaging for the motion picture collection is kinda….well…stupid.

maybe include that info on the shrink wrap package….but as part of the box art itself….yeah…stupid.

13. Zaphod - March 23, 2009

I wouldn’t say that the movies are the “most anticipated.” I’m way more interested in the series on BD, which I’ve already preordered.

Now, I’ll wait until they come out with the DE and SE of Treks 1 and 2 before I pay any money for those.

14. doubting thomas - March 23, 2009

i want screenshots. i saw some screenshots of the HDDVD compred to the DVD, and the picture was freakishly bright and washed out on HD.

15. sherlockfreak - March 23, 2009

Damn, I was all psyched for this until I realized that it was the theatrical versions of I and II. I much prefer the Director’s/Special edition versions, and getting that Summit thing is not worth the money for all of it.

And I really, REALLY wish they would do commentary with Bill and Leonard on all of the movies! I’ve read their books, but I want to HEAR them talking together about the films before… you know… we can’t. :(

16. Closettrekker - March 23, 2009

#9—I think that, in the case of TMP, the “tinkering” was a vast improvement. I find it especially pleasing watching the scenes on Vulcan. But that certainly isn’t always the case with such endeavors. I choose to evaluate these things for myself on an individual basis. I really prefer the editing on the Director’s Edition more than anything else.

#11—It *is* nice to have a choice. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing TOS-R on blu-ray disc. I already own the original format episodes on standard dvd, but I avoided purchasing the remastered episodes in anticipation of their release on blu-ray. I don’t think I would be re-investing in TOS just to get the original format again–blu-ray or not.

This is actually the first thing I have on standard dvd that I am re-purchasing on blu-ray. The only blu-ray discs I have purchased thusfar have been things I did not already have.

I spent thousands of dollars on VHS tapes, only to spend thousands more replacing them with dvd’s. I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend that kind of money just doing the same thing with blu-ray discs right now.

The fact that the remastered versions are on there is the only thing setting this apart for me.

17. cpelc - March 23, 2009

will the movies on the DVD trilogy look better than the special editions from a few years back?

Meaning will there be a noticeable difference from the upconversion to HD ala the difference between Star Trek TOS on DVD and Star Trek TOS-R on DVD.

Don’t have a Blu-Ray….but was wondering if it’d be worth changing out my dvd copies.

18. doubting thomas - March 23, 2009

i think there should be a lot more restoration done on these movies. i can’t help noticing how the first movie looks so old and grainy and tinny, whereas lucas’ THX-1138 looks brand new, and it was filmed 8 years earlier on a much lower budget.

but i’m always in favour of putting original cuts with top-notch restorations.

19. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 23, 2009

Ill get the series on Bluray but not the Movies till they do the Direstors edition. But it looks great.

20. AdmNaismith - March 23, 2009

Why all the different single disks and mini-sets. I like to buy my TV DVDs in complete sets.

Hence, after this summer, I fully expect to see a complete BSG box set with all 4 seasons and the two movies.

21. Van Banoovong - March 23, 2009

I’m definitely buying the The Best of The Original Series because of the remastered versions. The Star Trek Summit is interesting with the Captains and First Officers from both TOS and TNG, along with Guinan.

22. Driver - March 23, 2009

Best to wait for the BD reviews. Then Netflix ‘em and compare to the regular DVDs.

23. Jon S. - March 23, 2009

The Best of DVDs look cool, but… they couldn’t come up with a better episode than “The Measure of a Man”? It’s not a bad episode, but there are far better ones to choose from. Just off the top of my head… The Inner Light, I Borg or The Outcast would all be better. Other than that, no complaints.

24. Thomas Jensen - March 23, 2009

I’m doing the same as #5.

25. Dr. Image - March 23, 2009

I need ST:TMP-TDE on BR… badly!
Daren- time to re-re-master.

26. Andy Patterson - March 23, 2009

Every new peek into this brings me closer (to thinking about ) Bluray.

27. Closettrekker - March 23, 2009

#26—I held out for a little while, Andy, but I have to admit that even my standard dvd’s look better on the blu-ray player, and the actual blu-ray discs—fantastic!

28. Holger - March 23, 2009

Some day I’ll own a Blu Ray player and then I’m gonna get those. But not today.

29. T2 - March 23, 2009

I love it! Can’t wait til those preorders ship!

30. Andy Patterson - March 23, 2009

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Hmmm….You can play regular DVDs? Must… not… listen to Clesettrekker. Must …..not ….go …against wife’s wishes. Must….not…

31. Ensign RedShirt - March 23, 2009

These are worth getting for the simple fact that they’ve gotten proper restoration. All the TOS films have needed work for a loooooong time(TMP in particular). The DVD’s never looked particularly good.

32. Jordan - March 23, 2009

Wow, that is awesome. Well worth the money. And what a cast! I can’t remember seeing those 4 together before.

33. Closettrekker - March 23, 2009

#30—Are you kidding?

I wouldn’t have made the plunge without being able to salvage the enormous investment I have in standard dvd’s. I’m keeping my regulars and only making “new” purchases in blu-ray.

The only reason I pre-ordered TOS Season One in blu-ray (I already have all 3 original format seasons on standard dvd) is its inclusion of the remastered episodes (my rationale being something “new”).

But I certainly haven’t regretted going blu-ray.

34. Liz - March 23, 2009

Cool

35. aqwabawks - March 23, 2009

I’m kinda disappointed this is still not available on the Amazon Canadian site.

36. Spock of Ages - March 23, 2009

Holding out for the Directors Edition of TMP, but can’t help but be excited for this, and thats making the wait hard…

37. Mawazitus - March 23, 2009

31: The TOS films have been restored? I thought they were just re-mastered.

38. Mawazitus - March 23, 2009

31 & 37: Ah, I found a relevant piece of information from a previous Trekmovie article about the Blu-ray release:

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.

So, it looks like only ST:TWOK has been ‘restored’ for this release, while the others have simply been remastered.

39. John from Cincinnati - March 23, 2009

There should be an additional discount for those that bought the HD-DVD TOS seasons.

40. Simon - March 23, 2009

If you have a BD player and think the DVDs are good enough you’re really not a fan.

Upconverted discs may look fine on a set below 42 inches, but nothing compared to a true 1080p version on larger sets. Even then, there is much better color fidelity and you lose that sense of depth on smaller sets that the HD versions offer.

The films have been cleaned up and remastered. There will be a lot less dirt, scratches, flicker and other problems. TREK II had to be restored since the negative deteriorated.

All soundtracks are in lossless DolbyTrue HD with 7.1 remixes. All TREK films with the exception of TMP had 70MM discrete mixes, so this is the first time you can hear them as originally intended.

Screenshots often say nothing of how they actually appear. TVs and computer monitors are vastly different for one thing. I’ve taken shots on my PC that look dark and undetailed compared to the actual disc that is running on the monitor at the time!

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are people holding on to their VHS versions as “good enough”. And while the Director’s Edition of TMP was a great improvement, personally I felt TWOK’s was a gimmick to sell more copies to those who bought the first DVD. The added footage added nothing critical to the story and bloated a tight narrative. I also like the opportunity to own them as they originally appeared to those of us who saw it theatrically in 1979 and 1982 (and 1991 for TUC).

41. Mawazitus - March 23, 2009

39: Sell your HD-DVD version on eBay, put that money toward the Blu-ray edition. There’s your ‘discount.’ That’s what I plan to do.

42. Closettrekker - March 23, 2009

#40—”If you have a BD player and think the DVDs are good enough you’re really not a fan.”

What?….Lol.

I’ve heard it all now.

While I have already pre-ordered TOS Season One on blu-ray, I don’t plan to buy the movie collection on blu-ray (although I may purchase some of them individually).

But that hardly makes me (or anyone else not willing to fork out the money for them) “not really a fan”.

43. Robert Bernardo - March 23, 2009

I’m buying the ST movies 1-6 and TOS season 1 on BD. My first BD discs!

44. DavidJ - March 23, 2009

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Thanks for the info! I’ll definitely be picking up the TWOK Blueray.

And personally I prefer the theatrical version anyway. Yeah Scotty gets a nice little scene in sickbay in the extended version, but it’s not really all that crucial to the story. I can live without it.

45. Simon - March 23, 2009

#42 – True TREK film fans will want the films in the best A/V format possible.

46. Thorny - March 23, 2009

Jon S….

I agree “Inner Light” is better than “Measure of a Man”, but not the other two you mention. “I Borg” I put about even with “Measure”, but “Outcast” is too much “in your face” moralizing, no subtlety whatsoever. The problem with “Inner Light” is that there is very little of the rest of the cast in it. It’s a great episode, but it’s all Patrick Stewart, not really a good “introduction” to TNG, which seems to be what this collection is meant to be.

47. Kaiser The Great - March 23, 2009

Give it a year and the theatrical and extended editions of all the movies will be available in Blu-Ray, probably around the same time the new movie comes out on Blu-Ray. I’m holding out for theatrical AND extended stuff on the same disc.

48. Ensign RedShirt - March 23, 2009

You can’t call out fans who simply don’t want to fork up the coin right now; they may have better things to do with their cash or don’t have an HD setup yet. It has nothing to do with what kind of fan you are.

That being said, I’m all over these on Blu Ray. I want them looking and sounding as great as possible. As I said earlier, they needed to be cleaned up long ago, which is what made the original DVD’s so aggravating to watch. In the HD era the studio really had no choice but to give them the proper TLC.

49. Kaiser The Great - March 23, 2009

Would love to see that Trek Summit feature though. But I shall wait!

50. Simon - March 23, 2009

#47 – “I’m holding out for theatrical AND extended stuff on the same disc.”

Paramount doesn’t do seamless branching like other studios do.

That’s another reason for me to get them now, because I want the original versions. Even if they come out with a Director’s Edition (and there’s no guarantee they will) it will strictly be that version on the disc.

#48 – I was talking about current BD owners who think the DVD versions are “good enough”.

51. Ensign RedShirt - March 23, 2009

Seamless branching would be nearly impossible with the TMP:DE, the film was too extensively reedited.

50-

Yeah the original DVD’s are definitely on the nasty side, particularly when displayed in upcoverted HD.

52. toddk - March 23, 2009

i guess i had to find something to complain about…everything looks good although i was kinda hoping for a captain’s summit instead of a star trek summit.. I squinted to see if Bakula, Brooks and Mulgrew were there, instead we get frakes, nimoy and goldberg to round things out. I can live with this, Could it be that i actually miss bakula?

It would have also been a neat idea if the sets would have included a peek at what TNG, Voyager and DS9 would look like in HD, (Just short clips) to generate interest in possible future plans regarding the jump to HD for the rest of trek. Sigh….I will be buying the TOS HD sets guarenteed , but i will be holding off on the TOS movies until the extended / directors cuts become available.

53. Ensign RedShirt - March 23, 2009

#52-

I prefer the summit the way it is; the two people missing are Brent Spiner and the late De Kelley. Those two plus the other 4 ARE Star Trek.

TNG, DS9, and VOY will very likely never see the light of day in HD. They were shot on film but unfortunately were mastered onto SD video, unlike TOS which was mastered on film and was all set for the HD era. Enterprise was mastered in HD so that’s probably on the way sometime in the future.

54. harris250 - March 23, 2009

#53
I agree…..need Data and Bones…but I could listen to these guys all day

55. Alex - March 23, 2009

More than the seventh disk, I’m interested in those new audio commentaries. They really sound like something they did for the fans. But why should I buy 3 films or 6 films if there are 11 films out there? I mean – what’s the chance that they won’t release a complete edition?

56. Joseph Coatar - March 23, 2009

Thank you Paramount for releasing the original theatrical cuts, and for preserving history, sold

57. Jason - March 23, 2009

What are the blu ray data features? I have the blu ray “trilogy” preordered at Amazon, but in addition to the HD picture and sound I am interested in the new commentaries and the “Library Computer” features by the Okudas.

Is the Library Computer feature considered “blu ray data”? I can’t afford the $100 box set of all 6 films right now, but I thought the $43 for the trilogy was a good compromise. Now I’m not so sure…

58. Cajuntrekker - March 23, 2009

Not yes but HELL YES LOL that’s why I bought a Blu Ray player people I’m so waiting for this!! Yes I do have all the DVD’s but now I’m on blu ray and loving it!!!!

59. DGill - March 23, 2009

I am not interested in these box sets, but the summit looks like it would be worth watching, either on TV or on-line. That’s how the companies sucker people in to buy these box sets all over again, but not even the summit can get this dog running.

60. Kaiser The Great - March 23, 2009

#50 – Paramount doesn’t do seamless branching like other studios do.

So put two movies on one disc. It’s Blu-Ray, isn’t there room?

61. Anonymous - March 23, 2009

ST: TFB ?? I should be able to figure the TFB out but it’s just not happening. Anyone care to humbly enlighten me…

62. Andy Patterson - March 23, 2009

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Okay….well here’s another question….
can I hook it up with all the other stuff I have back there? Is there another port? Will my BOSE blowup?

63. Bob Tompkins - March 23, 2009

Seamless Branching has been around since at least 2003; I’d hardly call that new.

Just being nitpicky.

64. Ensign RedShirt - March 23, 2009

Seamless branching was first used in 98 or 99 when The Abyss DVD was released.

65. Simon - March 23, 2009

#60 – Yes there is room but that’s like putting 2 movies on a DVD, picture quality and bandwidth suffer.

#62…Bose? Really?

66. Gabriel Bell - March 23, 2009

61. ST: TFB stands for Star Trek: The Future Begins, which is what a few folks have started calling “Star Trek (2009).” (I’m assuming because of the audio snafu on fairly recent NBC commercial airing of Trailer #3 when announcer messed up the preview reader.)

http://trekmovie.com/2009/03/09/star-trek-still-called-star-trek/

Typically great TrekMovie.com coverage above.

67. The Riddler - March 23, 2009

He won’t sign body parts?

**puts pants back on and stops camping outside his house**

68. Nostalgic G - March 23, 2009

Can’t wait to get these.

69. Battletrek - March 24, 2009

I’m actually looking forward to the original TMP edit if only because it looks 10 times brighter than the murkier DE.

70. david b - March 24, 2009

QUESTION ABOUT NEW TOS REMASTERED DVDS….

As I don’t own a Blu Ray player I will be purchasing the TOS remastered on DVD.

Do we know if these will be double sided with the remastered original on one side and the remastered new effects on the other?

Or will a method like the Blu Ray with branching happen for the standard DVD or will it just be the remastered new fx versions and nothing more.

Could someone please find out.

Thanks.

71. Spock - March 24, 2009

The TMP tinkering was embarrassing to say the least. Someone loaned Robert Wise a copy of Lightwave for a weekend or something… it was proof positive that directors should have absolutely no control over their movies once they’ve been released.

Some great dialogue got slotted into TWOK, but overall it really wasn’t necessary.

As for the *ridiculous* flashback shots thrown into TUC… I absolutely hated that. Reused footage just to spell out to the cretins in the audience who some characters were, when they’d been shown no less than an hour before hand…
I hated that addition, quite passionately.

72. david b - March 24, 2009

I had a go at creating three DVD covers for TOS and put them on a wallpaper. This is what I would have released TOS Remastered covers as rather than the generic logo.

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/7865/mydvdcoversdesktop.jpg

73. Trek Or Treat - March 24, 2009

#9 “I actually want the original TMP, especially on BD. The Director’s Cut is good too, but I generally don’t like when they tinker with the original special effects (are you listening Lucas?) I know I’m in the minority but who’s with me?”

I’m with you.

I’ve actually wanted the orignal TMP theatrical release for awhile now. Don’t get me wrong, the director’s cut was superb, but there were some miniscule changes I didn’t like. I’ll be buying TMP if they offer the original theatrical release individually. Don’t need the whole set tho.

74. DGill - March 24, 2009

#40

“If you have a BD player and think the DVDs are good enough you’re really not a fan.”

Please stop. I’m tired of this elitist talk. I think the DVDs are good enough, believe it or not.

75. Jim Smith - March 24, 2009

10 – When was it recorded? Patrick Stewart has a moustache, which he had when playing MacBeth in Stratford and New York, but shaved off for playing King Claudius in Stratford and London. So.. before September last year, there’s your answer.

76. Andy Patterson - March 24, 2009

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“But I certainly haven’t regretted going blu-ray.”

Closettrekker, I shall consider it.

“And in every revolution there is one man with a vision.”

77. Closettrekker - March 24, 2009

#45—” True TREK film fans will want the films in the best A/V format possible.”

True Trek fans? Please. It isn’t your place to suggest that someone else (especially when most of us have spent small fortunes on Star Trek already) is or is not a “true” fan.

I don’t think there are any “untrue” fans even reading this.

There are other reasons for not wanting to buy these.

Some of us have no desire to purchase the original theatrical format for TMP once again. I’m not going to buy that. If the director’s cut were available on blu-ray, I would consider it.

I’m buying the TOS Season One set because it has something I do not already have—the remastered episodes. I will probably also buy the “Genesis Trilogy”, since I don’t really believe that TWOK’s director’s cut really adds anything significant to the film—but I’m not preordering it. Since I already own all of the original films (with DE’s where available) on standard dvd, there is no hurry.

78. Nostalgic G - March 24, 2009

I hope they go all out and create new special features just like these for the eventual blu-ray release of the TNG era movies. The Captain’s summit looks like one of the highlights of this release to me. My only concern is that Paramount should release all these sets a few weeks before the new movie hits theater to add to the hype and fan anticipation. Hope there’s still a chance they’ll move up some of these release dates.

- Nostalgic G.

Star Trek: The Home Video Saga now at: http://www.treknostalgia.blogspot

79. Simon - March 24, 2009

#74 – Why not have stuck with the VHS versions then, since DVD is a mere 2x resolution boost, rather than the 5x BD is over DVD.

80. Matt Wright - March 24, 2009

#14 — Your smokng some high light intensity crack, there is and was nothing wrong with the HD DVD set. The video encode for this Blu-ray edtion is likely the exact same one for the HD DVD set.

#30 — Wow I’m really sorry you didn’t know that Blu-ray players are backwards compatible. It wouldn’t make any sense to produce players that can’t play DVDs (which aren’t going anywhere, any time soon). The player manufacturers generally have gone out of their way to make sure people know it plays DVDs too. Maybe with Blu-ray catching on now they’ve stopped emphasizing it as much.

As TrekMovie’s resident home theater enthusiast, when it gets closer to the boxed sets being released I’ll have a Blu-ray article or two to help people who are interested in buying a player.

#63 — Right but seamless branching in the DVD format was sort of a hack and caused all sorts of issues with older players and even with some newer players it still makes quite a pause while it branches. One of the biggest improvements in Blu-ray (and HD DVD too) is that the specs require it buffer ahead of what the user is watching currently. Making layer change hickups and seamless branch hickups a thing of the past.

#70 — There aren’t new TOS-R DVDs. Only a Blu-ray release. Paramount already released the 3 seasons of TOS-R on DVD in 2007 and 2008. The information is at our newly updated TOS-R portal page: http://trekmovie.com/tos-in-hd/

81. David B - March 24, 2009

I beg to differ Matt but they are releasing TOS remastered on DVD in the UK with the new packaging to match the Blu-Ray editions.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Trek-Original-Complete-Remastered/dp/B001S3GDTK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1237963625&sr=1-5

82. Matt Wright - March 25, 2009

Ahh I see I hadn’t been made aware that Paramount was finally finishing the releases of R2 DVDs. However I would highly doubt they are any different than the R1 DVDs (other then cover art). Notice it doesn’t mention the original effects at all? It’s not very practical to do both versions on the space and format limitions of DVDs. I’ll see if I can’t dig any more details up.

P.S. Double sided DVDs are considered a huge liability to companies. They are harder to produce and crack easily, since it is basically gluing two single layer DVDs back to back. Since the widespread availbility of double-layer single sided DVDs most studios have shied away from them.

83. Matt Wright - March 25, 2009

Yeah the R2 releases of seasons 2/3 have the same number of disc as the R1 versions so I doubt anything is different.

84. Jon B - April 1, 2009

I’m seriously considering getting this set. I’m actually glad Paramount is going original theatrical versions on these puppies. I got the theatrical version of TMP on ITunes to see how it compares to the director’s cut. Plus, I’m okay with Khan being the only one with a full restore if the negative was in bad shape. Guess it means the others are in better condition.

The one and only thing that would keep me from buying this set is knowing that’ they’ll probably release a ten/eleven movie set in the Fall. I always wanted the ten movie DVD set, but I already got some of the films by the time the set (with all special editions) came out. May wait to get that movie set rather than this one. Anyway, thank you Paramunt for not hiding the theatricals away forever. Maybe put both versions on so there’s a choice, however.

85. Jon B - April 1, 2009

Sorry for the double post, but:

53. Ensign RedShirt – March 23, 2009
TNG, DS9, and VOY will very likely never see the light of day in HD. They were shot on film but unfortunately were mastered onto SD video, unlike TOS which was mastered on film and was all set for the HD era. Enterprise was mastered in HD so that’s probably on the way sometime in the future.

AHHH! TNG HD, DS9 HD, and VOY HD is easily possible. Just read the link below.
http://www.dvdtown.com/messageboard/topic/8274/3/0

82. Matt Wright – March 25, 2009
P.S. Double sided DVDs are considered a huge liability to companies. They are harder to produce and crack easily, since it is basically gluing two single layer DVDs back to back. Since the widespread availbility of double-layer single sided DVDs most studios have shied away from them.

Plus, they’re evil. I hate double side discs.

52. toddk – March 23, 2009
It would have also been a neat idea if the sets would have included a peek at what TNG, Voyager and DS9 would look like in HD, (Just short clips) to generate interest in possible future plans regarding the jump to HD for the rest of trek.

Heck yeah! That would rock.

86. Markus McLaughlin - May 8, 2009

I want to OWN Robert Wise’s FINAL CUT of TMP on Blu-Ray, the RESTORED TWOK, TSFS, TVH, Nicholas Meyer’s Extended TUC,
GEN, FC, and Insurrection as well, individually, SKIPPING STV
and STX, add TOS Season 1 & 2, skipping 3, TNG 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
DS9 Season 1 and 4, on Blu-Ray individually! Then add Star Trek
XI as well, this would truly complete my collection since HD is
the way to go!!! Live Long and Prosper!

Markus McLaughlin / linuxglobe @ twitter.com /
marknetproductions.wordpress.com / Hudson, MA, USA

87. H.C. Mudd - May 29, 2009

#79 – Simon, you are an elitist **** (place curse of choice there). You do not measure how much of a “fan” someone is by whether or not they want to consign the THOUSANDS of dollars/pounds/whatever they spent on DVD’s to the scrapheap, only to replace them with a format that, as nice as it is (for larger screens), will never be the dominant medium in the market. Blu-Ray is an enthusiast’s format that will only ever sit *alongside* DVD as an option….a choice. If you think Blu-Ray will do to DVD what DVD did to VHS, you are living in a fantasy world. Independent market analysts predicted BD would never outsell DVD pre-credit-crunch….what on god’s earth do you think will be the state of affairs now? The only people that were making noises about BD outselling DVD were those with a vested interest….i.e. the companies behind it or who are backing it in a big way. Other than them, it is the fanboys like you that perpetuate this myth.

If you doubt BD will only remain an enthusiast’s format, then hear the reasons why. By your own admission, BD only benefits screen sizes over 40″. You’d be surprised how many people know this and how many have TV’s under that size. This was not the case with the VHS to DVD jump. DVD benefited every TV in the world. No sooner had DVD come about, manufacturers were soon talking about stopping making VHS machines. I was forced to scrap my tapes because I couldn’t even buy a decent VHS player and, more importantly, because my tapes were wearing out with use. Something optical media does not suffer when kept clean and scratch free. Asside from that, DVD impressed the hell out of me…..something BD hasn’t managed to do. I will also be able to buy a DVD player for the entire life-span of BD. VHS also never had something like upscaled DVD to extend its life with. Toshiba and Oppo have invested fortunes in upscaling technology….and it works. It is a fine half-way house between bog standard SD and full on HD. For people with sub-40″ screens, upscaling is a godsend.

My TV is 32″ only because I live in a quaint little English cottage…anything more would be ghastly for my sitting room. THAT is why I upscale my DVD’s…..BD is wholly impractical for me and many others like me. It has got nothing whatsoever to do with how much money I’m prepared to spend, or how much of a fan I am. I flew from the UK to Sydney Australia JUST to watch the Star Trek XI premiere……if you want to judge how much of a fan I am by the format of my Star Trek collection, feel free……but you will just make yourself look foolish.

I’m honestly sick to my back teeth with BD fanboys such as you. I can understand you want the public at large to jump on board, as it will lower the price of BD’s for you and other early adopters, but that is NOT our responsibility – so please stop acting like it is. It is YOU that chose to back an enthusiast’s format over the dominant market leader…….not us. We are quite happy with what we have. And despite your 2X better to 5X better argument, if I had £1 for every time I heard someone say that the jump from DVD to BD is no way near as impressive as that from VHS to DVD, I’d be rich. Your numbers may be a fact….but MANY people just don’t see it in practise. Again, sitting distance, screen size and many other factors play a part. Whereas I never met a single person that wasn’t blown away by DVD when it came along. Fear not, though, an enthusiast’s format can happily live alongside the market leader and see many releases in its life. Just be prepared to pay for the *privilege*!

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