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Review – Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on Blu-ray May 21, 2009

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Review,Trek Franchise , trackback

To coincide with the release of the new Star Trek movie Paramount has released the six original cast movies on Blu-ray for the first time in the ‘Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection.’ Each film comes loaded with extras. There is a lot to cover, so read on to see how Paramount did with the original crew Trek movies in 1080p HD.

 

REVIEW – STAR TREK ORINGAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION ON BLU-RAY
Review broken down into categories

 

PACKAGING
Paramount chose to use packaging similar to many Warner and Universal boxed sets with 7 ultra slim snap cases — one for each movie plus the Captain’s Summit bonus disc. The front has a lenticular graphic of the Enterprise that appears to move as you turn the box.


Front and back of box


Side view of box and top of disc

The slim cases themselves have a pseudo-holographic look with a lightly embossed silver portrait photo of a crew member (one for each disc case) that only starts to become clear at a certain angle.

 
Slim case for TMP

NAVIGATION
The load times for the disc are quite reasonable (~30seconds). However there are effectively two loading sequences because every disc starts with a Paramount High Definition animated logo (which is not skipable) and then a Star Trek 2009 trailer as well as an advertisement for TOS on Blu-ray (thankfully these are skipable by pressing the Pop-up Menu key).

The menus are clean and simple somewhat like other Paramount movies such as the Mission Impossible series and Transformers Blu-ray menus. The menu opens with a star field and the name of the movie and it zooms past stars and planets and eventually it pulls back out to show that this is all contained in a delta shield which slowly rotates while the menu bar pops up at the bottom of the screen. The background music is a selection from the soundtrack of the specific movie.

 

 

AUDIO
Paramount stored the soundtracks in Dolby TrueHD lossless compression with new 7.1 surround mixes. The audio quality on all of the films is fantastic, they have never sounded better.

Going through the 6 movies back-to-back over a few days time for this review really showed how each film has a different sound design. The Motion Picture benefits the most from a new mix. Finally TMP feels like the big epic movie it is. The dialogue intelligibility is good and is better then any other version. Surround use is plentiful: the excellent Jerry Goldsmith musical score fills the room, transporter sound effects swirl around you, the engine room throbs with power, etc. Both of Nick Meyer’s films (TWOK and TUC) take a much quieter approach to sound design, the movies (especially Wrath of Khan) have a closed in “submarine feeling” when on the ship. Not surprisingly The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home sound similar since the same basic team directed and produced both. The Final Frontier also falls into this same sound design feel.

VIDEO TRANSFERS
Firstly, the movies are all presented in their theatrical cuts, this is a first for both The Motion Picture and The Undiscovered Country. And with the video transfers, the set starts to vary quite a bit. Not all the movies are given equal care. Only The Wrath of Khan was fully restored for this set, where all the rest use what appear to be the existing masters. None of the films have been given the treatment you would want to see on a Blu-ray set. They all have been digitally scrubbed (Digital Noise Reduction) giving most of the movies a very digital look, rather than a natural film look that better restorations have [see this excellent DigitalBits article on DNR]. However all of the movies have a noticeable increase in detail over their DVD counterparts.

Since each movie has different levels of tinkering I’ve included my comments on each movie below.

The Motion Picture – The upgrade in detail for TMP is superb. Even though there is some DNR use, it generally seems appropriate. The contrast is different than any other version of the movie, it runs a bit darker (resulting in less detail in the darker portions of a scene) and the color is a bit over saturated. The detail of the Klingon ships is fantastic and the models have tons of small texture and detailing. The shuttlepod fly-over of the refit Enterprise is stunning.

 
Sample shots from Blu-ray version of TMP


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)

The Wrath of Khan – The new remaster of TWOK gives a very good clear picture. The new color timing is different (with a steelier look that has an emphasis on blues and yellows). There is some DNR use, but it seems appropriate.

 
Sample shots from Blu-ray version of TWOK

 
Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)

The Search for Spock – Again a nice clear picture. There is more filtering with over-sharpening that can be seen in the faces of the actors, but it is not too distracting.

 
Sample shots from Blu-ray version of TSFS


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)  

The Voyage Home — This one has a sharp picture, however there is more filtering with over-sharpening that can be seen in the faces of the actors. This gets worse once we see the crew and the HMS Bounty. Faces start to get waxy looking (a bit like figures in a wax museum, a side effect of all the noise reduction and resharpening after) especially when they’re filmed in the natural light of the daytime.

 
Sample shots from Blu-ray version of TVH


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)  

The Final Frontier – Shatner’s film has it a bit better in terms of the waxy faces. TFF also has a darker contrast than the DVD (or any other release to date), sometimes significantly so.


Sample shots from Blu-ray version of TFF
 


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)  

One scene in Star Trek V was particularly affect by the tweaks. The strobing blue light of the "god" creature is blown out and drowns out the scenes, making detail hard to see, the old man face is barely visible. The entire scene is quite hard on the eyes in a darkend room.

The Undiscovered Country – For the final film in the set, the waxy look of TVH is back. You can also watch film grain freeze and then change randomly (a sign of poor application of DNR).

 


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)  


Comparison of Blu-ray (L) vs. DVD (R)  

SPECIAL FEATURES
This set is jam packed with extras on every disc, making this very likely the ultimate collection of extras for the 6 classic crew movies. For the complete list see our press release article.

The Captain’s Summit
By far the longest (70 minutes) new special feature is the 7th disc. This is a round table discussion between William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Frakes, chaired by Whoopi Goldberg.
The summit is broken into three approximately 23 minute sections. It opens with a montage of clips from both the TOS and TNG films in high definition giving us a tantalizing look at the TNG movies in HD and a gorgeous CG rendering of the Enterprise E passing below the camera and then cutting to a shuttlecraft swooping down to present day New York City, where the summit was filmed.

What ensues is a fun relaxed discussion with Whoopi Goldberg moderating and commenting along the way. It is often a hoot. The four men joke and are clearly comfortable with their lives post-Star Trek. The topics of discussion include crazy fans, on-set nicknames, the costumes (uncomfortable TNG seasons 1 & 2 spandex), dealing with being a celebrity, going to conventions, what it is like to be a director as well as an actor, and more.

Tons of featurettes
Most of the extras from the previous DVDs are ported over (at SD resolution of course). But each movie also comes with its own brand new featurettes, and these are done in HD.  There are too many to list, but here are some of the highlights:

There is a new Starfleet Academy feature on each disc, which is basically a quick overview of the events of the movie done by a woman in a Star Trek style uniform briefing people on the “historic events” of the movie.

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle (Star Trek III disc) – we get a tour from the curators plus an interview with Harve Bennett while touring.

ILM profile (Star Trek III disc) – Great stories from the teams that had to make amazing space battles without CG.

Costumes and Prop Collecting (Star Trek II disc) – Lots of peeks at prop collections, including showing off the collections of our friends Alec Peters and Phase II’s James Cawley.

To Be Or Not To Be: Klingons and Shakespeare (Star Trek VI disc) — a look at a Minnesota theater group that mounted a production of Hamlet in Klingonese. We get to see some of the updated soliloquies from Hamlet acted out on stage. It’s quite a hoot if you’re a fan of Shakespeare or live theater.

Commentaries
Every movie gets a new commentary in addition to including the previous commentary from the DVD release (except for TMP). All the new commentaries are quite good. TMP’s commentary is a Trekker’s delight with Mike & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman. This is a standout commentary by Trek pros that have tons of “geekcred” (like when group gets a good giggle out of the original matte paintings of Vulcan and it having moons).

Nick Meyer’s new commentary for TWOK starts off well but just ends up a gripe fest about the A.D.D. youth of today and how storytelling has become impossible with their short attention span. Another interesting commentary is for Star Trek IV with the writers of the 2009 Star Trek film, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. They show their love of Trek and wax poetic about where they were as teens when TVH came out and seeing it in the theater. They both say that TWOK (and then the Genesis 3-part arc) was what really made them pay attention to and connect with Trek.

Blu-ray Exclusives

Library Computer — Library Computer adds a computer graphic user interface that runs across and down the side of the screen which pops down different topics as they occur in the movie. For example when Spock is on Vulcan in the beginning of TMP the topics of Kolinahr, Vulcan Mind Meld, Vulcan Elders, Spock, and Vulcan all appear.
Selecting one brings up a small description and picture at the bottom of the screen. Much of the information is pulled from the Okuda text-only commentaries that were on the DVDs.

BD Live : Online Extras — BD Live is an optional component to Blu-ray that allows for extra content and interactive features to be downloaded or streamed over a high-speed Internet connection. You must have a BD Live (also called Profile 2.0) player and the requisite 1GB (or more) of flash memory connected to your player for download space.

During the review period there was only one BD Live feature available but there were spots for more): Star Trek IQ. As advertised on the product box you can take quizzes, make your own, and post them for others to take. To save quizzes you must first setup a user name and password with Paramount’s BD Live website from a PC. The quizzes relate the specific disc you have in and it pulls clips from the disc that are usually relevant to the questions.

Featured quizzes on the TMP disc have titles like:
Star Trek in the ‘70s
The Enterprise Crew
The Creator(s)
Look Fast
True or False or for Star Trek 6:
Starfleet Stumpers
Klingon Lore
Location, Location, Location
Look Fast
Undiscovered Trivia

 

BOTTOM LINE
Because of the less-than-ideal treatment of digital transfers, it is hard to out-and-out recommend this set, and much may depend on your HDTV set-up. There is certainly a noticeable increase in detail from the DVD sets which makes the set very much worth considering. How much you see the overprocessing of the new movies is dependent on how large your HDTV is and how close you sit. People with a display over 50″, or a home theater projector, are going to see the artificial look pretty clearly. However for smaller HDTVs you will probably not notice the problems and just see the higher detail. And for those with a killer surround sound system the new audio mixes are a real selling point, as the Trek movies have never sounded better. Also, the extras alone make this set worth recommending and they are a lot of fun with interesting features, rather than fluff, with the The Captain’s Summit disc being probably the best extra of the set.

So right now the six movie set (along with the 7th disc with the Captain Summit) is selling for $75 on Amazon. Although there are issues with some of the transfers (especially for bigger HDTVs), the Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection on Blu-ray is still a pretty good deal.


Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection Blu-Ray available now at Amazon  

 

Comments

1. Chingatchkook - May 21, 2009

Since my VCR is officially kaput, this might be a good excuse to get a blu-ray….finally.

2. Hesht - May 21, 2009

Wow, looks awesome in Blu ray xD

3. barrydancer - May 21, 2009

“Featuring Kirk and Spock”

As opposed to who? Morgan Bateson and the Altair Sevens? :)

Going to get in anyhow, as I only ever bought a couple of them on DVD.

4. James Rye - May 21, 2009

I dont like the blue steel look and will wait until better transfers. Also, I want the Directors editions dammit! Cant wait for the new film to come out on blu-ray, as I will buy a player at that time.

5. Andreas -horn- Hornig - May 21, 2009

hi,
can anybody please tell me, why the aspect ratios of ST6 differs from dvd and blu-ray release?
http://horn.hdtvtotal.com/hdtvtotal/scripts/waggle/waggle.php?hd=http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/tos_movies_bd/tuc_56.jpg&sd=http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/tos_movies_bd/tuc_sd_02.jpg
if you waggle betwwen both images (just hover you mouth above the images there)
you can see a wider image area on the dvd release, obvious on front at the railings light. the top one is seen on blu-ray, the lower one isnÄt there at all.

what’s the original aspect ratio? did they open the matte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_matte just for the dvd and the wider aspect ratiowas seen in cinema ordid they just cut the frame for the bd release?

thx, Andreas

6. ScottDS - May 21, 2009

Just some general thoughts…

-I hadn’t seen the theatrical version of TMP in almost a decade but I have to say, it actually moves! I wasn’t bored at all, though I did miss some of the DE fixes. And it’s nice to have the computer voice back, if only for posterity. “Malfunction, malfunction, malfunction…”

-I think all the films look very good, but the quality of TMP amazed me (and knowing about the DNR issues in advance made me realize, “Hey, if you think it looks good now, wait another year or two and it might look even better!”) I’m watching on a 42″ LCD so the problems aren’t as obvious as they might be on a larger monitor.

-I felt TFF was darkened a bit too much at times. And my friend and I both agreed the picture quality of TUC wasn’t as big a jump as the others. I had no problem seeing “God” but I can see how others would be put off by the bright strobing effect.

-I kept my TMP, TWOK, and TUC DVDs for the extended/Director’s Editions and the TMP extras.

-The Starfleet Access feature is cool but it only seems to include “in universe” info and none of the usual Okuda-style “that ship model was reused in TNG” kind of trivia, as far as I can tell.

-So far, I’ve listened to the new TWOK and TSFS commentaries. Meyer is as articulate as ever and this might be the only commentary to reference writer Anthony Trollope. On the other hand, Ron Moore and Michael Taylor are a riot. Highlights include Moore doing Klingon and talking about technobabble (and the lack thereof in the original series and films).

-The new special features are nicely produced (in stark contrast to the original TWOK and TSFS features) and I wish they were longer!! I sincerely hope we’ll see more of Jon Povill and the TMP gang later.

-The Easter eggs on TSFS and TFF are intact. (If memory serves, go to the special features menu and scroll down to either Production or Star Trek Universe and hit “left” on your remote until the Starfleet arrowhead pops up).

7. Holger - May 21, 2009

Wow, what a great set. Superb cover design. I also like the fact that the original version of TMP is available again. I prefer the director’s cut, to be sure, but I’d like to have the theatrical version of ’79, too.
And even more good news: pricing of Blu Ray players is approaching my comfort zone. Maybe next year I’ll get a player & some Trek box sets.

8. Chris Pike - May 21, 2009

1. Chingatchkook – May 21, 2009
Since my VCR is officially kaput, this might be a good excuse to get a blu-ray….finally.

WOW …to go straight from vhs to blu-ray are you in for a treat!

9. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

5 — These are all the theatrical editions, as clearly stated in the begining of the article. The Director’s Edition DVD has a different aspect ratio… (1.95:1) versus the theatrical version (2.35:1). So yes Nick Meyer opened the matte up on the DVD, he did however approve of the 2.35:1 ratio on this set according to what I was told.

10. Ensign Ricky - May 21, 2009

I will buy this as soon as I get a Blu Ray player.

11. ScottDS - May 21, 2009

Andreas –

Star Trek VI was the only Trek film shot in Super 35 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_35

For all the home video versions (VHS, LD, and DVD), Nick Meyer had the frame opened up a little bit resulting in a 1.9:1 or 2:1 aspect ratio. The Blu-Ray presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

12. Mazzer - May 21, 2009

For all the criticism on forum sites about DNR in the later movies, I was expecting the worst. Before watching the Blu-ray, I rewatched parts of “The Voyage Home” on regular DVD first: horrible on a 60″ screen. Then, when I saw the Blu-ray version, I was really pleased just how much better it is — there’s a HUGE improvement, not just in detail, but in picture stability, colors, etc. Sure, it isn’t a great example of HD, but Star Trek 4 has always had weaker image quality compared to some of the others.

b.t.w: check out the first few stills in the closing titles — it’s an indication of just how grainy ST4 would look without at least some processing.

13. thomoz - May 21, 2009

Nice to hear that everything other than the video processing was well handled. I have an issue with them using the theatrical cut of TMP – the “refit” on my 2-dvd set blows the original away for pacing and effects.

14. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

12 — Oh yes the movies need some processing, all movies before about 1995 need some clean up. My only beef is with the overuse of DNR.

15. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

6 — Thanks for heads up on the easter eggs, I didn’t think they made it :-)

16. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise - May 21, 2009

#3: “As opposed to who? Morgan Bateson and the Altair Sevens? :)”

As opposed to, say, Picard and Riker, or Sisko and Kira, or Janeway and Chakotay, or Archer and T’Pol. Like the new movie, this set is meant to appeal to newcomers to Trek who know next to nothing about it, so having assistance to distinguish which movie series this is probably necessary for the average Joe on the street.

17. sean - May 21, 2009

I always thought TVH had a terribly fuzzy picture, so even if there are some digital artifacts present this looks like a much better viewing experience.

I’d love it if one of these days they fix the VFX matte lines…for some reason TVH had them in spades.

18. T2 - May 21, 2009

I’ve watched 3 of the movies already, including on a 32″ 720p HD and a 52″ 1080p HD and I’ve noticed the differences, although as long as the tv isn’t right in your face, it looks great. TWOK is beautifully done in remaster. TSFS and TVH are the other two I’ve watched, and they also look nice, but while the sound is fantastic, there are noticable differences in mixing from movie to movie. It’s a good buy, not unreasonably priced.

Now when the 4 TNG come out in a pack (assumingly), I’ll probably get that, then I’m sure somewhere down the road CBSParamount will probably release all 11 movies in some mega-set, with 1-10 all completely remastered (instead of just TWOK) and they’ll probably be the special editions instead of theatrical cuts, making it worth getting, but that’s the way they tend to do these things, so until then…for the amazon price especially, I think this set does fine.

19. T Negative - May 21, 2009

Wow! I did not expect Paramount to clean up the Klingon sequence in TMP so well, the Klingon battle cruiser looks really good in that picture. Of all the movies TMP needed the most work as far as smudges and dirt but I’ve heard Paramount really did a great job on this particular film. Which I did not expect. I just might have to pick this up!!

Matt,

Was there any black line removal done here that you could detect?

20. Captain Northern Pike - May 21, 2009

No director’s cut of TMP is a deal killer for me. I’d also like to see TWOK released on BluRay disc with branching option for the ABC TV version. I remember TV TWOK fondly because the conversions made more sense than clipped glib non sequitur exchanges that were the the stock of the theatrical TWOK (Kirk and McCoy re: glasses for example)

21. John from Cincinnati - May 21, 2009

I’ll wait for the TMP and TWOK Director’s editions and all 6 movies are digitally remastered.

22. RD - May 21, 2009

4. James Rye WROTE: “I dont like the blue steel look and will wait until better transfers.”

Then you are likely in for a LONG wait. I can’t say for sure, but it is incredibly unlikely that the color correction done for the Blu-Ray release, particularly for TWOK, is anything other than what was done for the original theatrical release as intended by the director. Unless the director changed his mind later for the director’s cuts, that’s the way it SHOULD be. In my experience NTSC DVD transfers tend to lean more toward the red spectrum if great care is not taken, or the original intent is otherwise unknown.

As for other DNR issues, that’s a fair argument for waiting.

23. David B - May 21, 2009

Has anyone in the Uk or US bought the standard DVD version of this set and do they have an opinion on the set?

Also for those in the UK that have bought either the Blu-Ray or SD set, is the original Star Trek IV Prologue still intact?
I have been watching the film with the prologue since I was a kid and really hope it is still there, at least in the Uk editions.

Can anyone find out, Thanks.

24. CJS - May 21, 2009

1 – Since my VCR is officially kaput, this might be a good excuse to get a blu-ray….finally.

You’re watching movies with stone knives and bearskins.

25. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

To add to what #22 said, Nick Meyer approved this version of TWOK, he was the source of the information that told the press TWOK needed a full restoration, and he approved it. The color timing isn’t a big deal unless you sat there and A/B compared it.

26. Andy Patterson - May 21, 2009

Hey Matt,

Maybe it’s my monitor or my lack of understanding of the medium – but other than the higher resolution, I think the DVD screen caps, color and what not, look better than the bluray version. (I am color blind) but am I misunderstanding what’s important here?

27. Andy Patterson - May 21, 2009

Oh,…and you once extended an invitation to hip me to what I need to do know about Bluray. How can I get hold of you?

28. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

Hey Andy, let me e-mail you :-)

Also Tony and I still plan on doing a buyer’s guide for those looking to make the move to Blu-ray.

FYI to all looking at players:
Costco has a killer deal on their warehouse club version of Panasonic BD-60, called the BD-605. It is only $230 right now with a coupon or get it off their website. Costco’s version also includes an HDMI cable which is a nice extra. The player is normally ~$280. At $230 that puts it a stonesthrow away from the ~$200 price point of the cheaper made in China players.

Panasonic has a great reputation, I have the BD60’s immediate predecessor the (BD35) and it has worked with out issue for me, and Panasonic still provides updates/support for it.

EDIT: Looks like Sam’s Club is also doing the promotion.

29. J W Wright - May 21, 2009

I may have to do the bluray thing…

kirk is so much kirk-ier.

and kahn?

wayyy more kahn-ier!

30. James Rye - May 21, 2009

#26 Yeah, i think that the standard DVD looks better too and I’m not colour blind. I think that the blu-ray caps must come from a different screen than the DVD ones. Surely STV should not be that dark because all the detail is hidden. Having said that, there is clearly more detail in TMP caps. I think that the contrast is set higher on the blu-ray versions.

#25, thanks for that info, if Nick Meyer wanted it to look like that then who am I to argue? But I remember how saturated with red the film used to look, I hope the uniforms still look red!

31. Rick Carthew - May 21, 2009

Should the (Supreme Court) consider producing an animated version of “Star Trek Countdown” in the style of: The Animatrix – Final Flight of the Osiris? >here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbHiZtvMhc

With all of the actors available to lend their voices to the lead character in the graphic novel — it would seem that this new content (short film) could be marketed with a remastered and edited together blue ray version of STTNG: The Next Generation” Unification: Part 1 & 2 – This two disk set would not only be quickly snapped-up by the fan base but, to the New Audience JJ Abrams has created with “Star Trek”, become a very powerful marketing tool for Paramount / CBS for the marketing of all Star Trek franchise Disk / Blue Ray content to this brand new audience.- when Marketed next year with the Blue Ray release of Star Trek.

What do you think?
Rick

32. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

# 30 — Don’t worry they still look red, you can see a bit of it in the “Khaaan!” shot in the article.

33. Ensign RedShirt - May 21, 2009

I definitely think TMP benefits the most from the cleanup, owing to the fact that it was a big budget production and had alot more resources available and alot more to show off. The levels of detail on the the Enterprise, V’ger and the Klingon battlecruisers is amazing(although there are a few odd color timing issues where green colors pop up on both the Enterprise(during the Kirk-Scotty flyby) and V’ger’s brain complex at the end of the film. It’s sound mix is incredible, so much so that I wonder if it got sweetened up a bit. There are melodies in Goldsmith’s score I’ve never heard before, and I’ve been listening to that score for decades! I wonder if someone was having Fun With ProTools.

34. James Rye - May 21, 2009

#32 Yes! The Shat screams in 7.1!

35. Driver - May 21, 2009

It’s really sad that Paramount can’t get these films to look right. There is ALWAYS something or things wrong with every Star Trek release to date. I picked up the Standard DVD set of the Trilogy. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan is not printed on the disc, only Star Trek The Wrath of Khan-WT?. Same goes the credits printing just below the disc. But the new transfers look better than the 2 set collectors editions.

36. Aqua - May 21, 2009

I got the blu-rays a week ago as a birthday present, the directors edition dvd is definitely better than the blu-ray for the scenes in the first 15 minutes of TMP, after that it doesn’t really matter.

I would dearly love to see the TOS-R treatment given to the movies, that would definitely make them repurchasing.

37. James Johnson - May 21, 2009

I will get the set if/when the Director’s Cut of TMP gets put in, and the updated ST6, plus a better transfer. I’m sure that’ll be a while, but that’s what I’m looking for.

38. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

33 — Yeah dude, TMP makes an awesome sound demo now :-) It’s amazing how great it sounds. I rewatched the TMP:DE DVD a couple of months ago so I could have a fairly fresh idea of how it looked and sounded, and the Blu-ray kicks the DVDs arse sonically. Dialogue is quite a bit better than before as well. TMP has always had issues it.

39. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

Also a little FYI: In Europe they are selling the movies individually. I don’t know why they aren’t doing it in the US.

40. Harry Ballz - May 21, 2009

Why does Blue-ray always look darker than a comparison picture using inferior technology?? I’ve seen side-by-side pictures on a number of occasions and the Blue-ray image always seems to suffer in comparison with the original picture!! Frustrating!

41. Husher315 - May 21, 2009

BTW, out of all of the films in the set, it isn’t the others that don’t look as good. The Wrath of Khan got the worst of it. Being remastered is better then Restored. I own these and I can tell you, the blu-ray of WOK look justy like the DVD.

42. DavidJ - May 21, 2009

25

Agreed. I’ve watched some of my blueray TWOK, and didn’t notice any difference in color than what I’m used to seeing (and like other fans, I’ve seen this movie thousands of times).

If the overall picture IS bluer, I certainly couldn’t tell.

43. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

#40 — Typically the Blu-ray releases get a refreshed color and contrast when they are mastered for HD. Blu-ray and all HD content also has an expanded colorspace over NTSC (SD) which allows for expanded color levels.

Another difference here is that viewing the screenshots on a PC monitor isn’t quite the same as seeing it on a TV screen. The video standards have a concept of below black and above white (the RGB range is actually 16-235). This information is of course seen on a PC which has no such concept (RGB range 0-255).

44. DavidJ - May 21, 2009

40

I don’t put my credence in these comparison screenshots myself. I’ve seen lots of movies on blueray, and never noticed any kind of darker picture.

(And even if I did, it only takes a couple seconds to adjust the brightness level on my TV set to compensate).

45. AJ - May 21, 2009

I’ll wait until JJ’s films justify the proper treatment of these.

TMP was re-worked as a true Director’s Cut, and that is the definitive version for me.

It’d also be nice to see these suckers all cleaned up and pretty.

46. Clinton - May 21, 2009

Once I get past the fact that the blu-ray ST:TMP is not the Director’s Cut (for reasons that have been explained before), I will probably enjoy these discs a lot.

47. Harry Ballz - May 21, 2009

#43

Matt, I appreciate your taking the time to answer me, but here’s where I get frustrated…..being a movie buff I went out last year and spent a fortune for an entertainment set-up…..60″ Pioneer Elite Plasma T.V., HarmonKardon receiver, Energy speakers, HD DVD player, etc….before HD lost the war to Blue-ray, I built a library of about 30 HD movies. Every one of them, without exception, seems dark in tone when I watch them. Even T.V. shows I watch on HD channels seem to be dark. Is it possible my T.V. was programmed wrong when I got it? I had professionals come in to set everything up and haven’t dared touch anything since. I just assumed they did everything right. I would much appreciate your thoughts on this!

48. Husher315 - May 21, 2009

#47

Never assume that tech guys do anything right. They don’t. I would trust your own hands on your own equipment over tech guys. You know what you want your tv to look like. :)

49. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

47 — Wow a Pioneer is the king of TVs, their plasmas are the cream of the crop. It is possible it was set wrong, yes. Did anyone professionally calibrate it (an actual ISF certified calibrator)? or did the fools at Best Buy/Geek Squad just drop it off and monkey with it a little?

50. Driver - May 21, 2009

H.B., you don’t need pros, just a good set up disc and some time.

51. James Rye - May 21, 2009

#43

I brought a 32″ Philips TV Hd of course. I made sure that the guys I bought the television from let me play with the settings on the TV’s I was interested in AND show me what a standard def picture looked like. I’m tellin ya, play with the settings man…..if you are worried then write the old settings down, you can always re-set it!

52. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

#50 — yeah, and most generations of the Pioneer’s come right out of the box much better than the average TV. Tweaking it should be easy, and honestly if it was setup right in the first place almost unnessicary.

Although part of me say with a sweet TV like that you should get it professionally calibrated, to it full justice.

Also Harry remember the “showroom” mode of TVs is terribly inaccurate and blazingly hyped up. A proper setting is more subdued, and typically designed for low lighting conditions (movie watching, not daytime TV watching).

53. Harry Ballz - May 21, 2009

#49+50

Thanks for the positive feedback, guys! Yeah, I LOVE the T.V, but maybe will get somebody good in to look at it! I am NOT tech-minded, so it’s hopeless for me to attempt it! I don’t even know what a set up disc is??

I don’t recall anybody calibrating anything, I think it came pre-set? If that’s the case, you would think it was done properly at the factory, wouldn’t you?

54. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

53 — No such thing as “pre-set at the factory” never has been. All TVs have always had a divergence from the aboslute perfect. Though Pioneer does a very good job trying to ensure that the Cinema mode is accurate. Each model run has variences. One of the things a calibration does it try to bring whatever is slight off into the ideal. If you’d like I can e-mail you Harry and I can send you links to settings for your display (the information is model specific) and calibration in general. A/V geeks share their settings around the web, so we can probably find you some settings to try out.

55. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2009

For those wishing for the director’s edition of ST TMP on HD, the new shots were not designed/filmed for the high resolution of HDTV.

So unless an enhanced version is produced, ST TMP DE will never see the light of day on HD.

I suspect, though I don’t know this for certain, that if ST TMP DE were transferred as is, that those new shots would be pixelated beyond belief– this would mean the all of the new Vulcan shots; the SF Command landing sequence in San Francisco; the wormhole sequence; V’ger’s attack on the Enterprise; the external footage showing what V’ger looks like as it assumes earth orbit and the Enterprise “wing walk” sequences would all be ruined.

Personally, and even though I do like the new version of ST TMP a great deal, I do prefer the Enterprise’s computer voice, the red alert klaxon and a few of the original shots, and will be happy to have them back… I would welcome having both versions on DVD.

56. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

55 — They know all that, it has been talked about a lot around here and on the web. However, the team that did the TMP:DE in 2001 has made it clear to Paramount they are willing to re-render the CG in 1080p if Paramount is game. The sucess of the new movie, and this Blu-ray set will likely be the determining factors for Paramount Home Video to go forward (or not) with the Director’s Edition in HD.

57. Clinton - May 21, 2009

#56
Wow, I didn’t know that there was still even a possibility of a re-render. Cool!

58. VOODOO - May 21, 2009

I am pretty happy with this set, but for the money I was expecting some of the transfers to be a bit better.

Also, it’s too bad that only the theatrical versions are presented here.

On the flip side TMP + TWOK look great and the “Captains’s Summit” portion is a lot of fun.

I can’t help but to think that at sometime in the future we are going to get better transfers with the directors cuts of these films.

59. Harry Ballz - May 21, 2009

#54

Matt, thank you for being so generous with your time! Yes, please, if you could e-mail me.

I have a geek friend who can maybe help me with it all!

60. Shatner_Fan_Prime - May 21, 2009

I got this + the blu ray season one as birthday presents. Can’t wait to tear into ‘em this weekend!!!

61. Rath - May 21, 2009

That comparison shot of General Chang – you can actually just make out the Klingon Empire insignia painted onto each of the bolts of his eyepatch in the blu-ray version that weren’t visible before in standard def. Wow.

62. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2009

#56: Cool! Of course, if they re-render it, is it really a director’s edition now that Robert Wise is no longer with us (okay okay, just playing the devil’s advocate here)?

Actually, my original comment was aimed at folks who might not have known why the DE wasn’t put on this collection in blue ray. Not everyone reads this site and all of its posts, but your point is well-taken. Although to be quite honest, it seems to me they were a bit short-sighted in not rendering its resolution at a higher degree in the first place.

And lastly, if the do re-render it can you just imagine the firestorm? Already too many fans claim Paramount is milking us fans with all of the new and impoved additions (course, as I have said in the past, no one is twisting anyone’s arms to buy the new and improved stuff).

63. Clinton - May 21, 2009

62
True. But they have pre-sold at least one copy…mine! :-)

64. ger - May 21, 2009

Goddamnit, this is what a bridge has to look like.

http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/tos_movies_bd/tuc_56.jpg

AAAAARRRRR!!!!

65. screaming satellite - May 21, 2009

-Does anyone know if the new dvd set (not Blu Ray) of the original movies contains the Director Cuts of the movies? Or is it the theatre versions as on the BR?

also do they have the extras that were on the previous 2 disc versions?

Thanks

66. Rath - May 21, 2009

I would like to see a comparison shot of the Praxis wave from Undiscovered Country.

Oh, and the scene where Spock takes the names of the traitors from Valeris’ mind – the version of the film where they intercut brief flashes of the traitors faces with an all new sound effect was realyy, really jarring and just broke all the intensity out of that scene. Bad, bad edit.

67. Sean - May 21, 2009

Your Mileage May Very, but I noticed Wal-Mart today had a handful of TNG and TOS sets for $40 and the complete Animated Series DVD set for a bargain $15.

68. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

62 — Oh yes they were short sighted, the team at the time tried to tell them that, but the $$ wasn’t there I gather.

69. Ty - May 21, 2009

#35: The movie was actually named that on some early prints. Too bad Paramount didn’t use the original title card within the Blu Ray itself.

70. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

65 — These are the theatrical editions. I say so in first paragraph of the Video Transfer section. I answer your question about the extras in the Special Features section…

66 — Praxis looks good, but not jaw dropping. The Spock-Valeris cutaway scene you’re talking about was added for the Director’s Edition, these are the theatrical editions… This also means no “Scooby Doo” ending for VI.
Praxis lovin’ for ya

71. Rath - May 21, 2009

@ 70
Thanks for that. I’m still amazed by the fact you can see the Empire insignia on Changs’ eyepatch rivets.

72. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

FYI: Harry and Andy you guys both have e-mail from me, I used my personal hotmail account so there is a possibility it ended up in your spam folder, but I made the subject line pretty clear.

73. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

#71 — That’s HD for ya ;-)

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62. MC1 Doug – May 21, 2009

The directors edition of The Motion Picture is the only one I will buy. Robert Wise himself says it is the closest to what he wanted the film to be…that’s good enough for me.

76. James - May 21, 2009

Still waitng for the full treatment on blu-ray. Waiting for full HD restored copies and all 10 movies in a set with the directors cuts and theatrical versions included. Gimme that for under $100 and it’s a deal!

77. sebimeyer - May 21, 2009

Interesting tidbit about the commentary by Bob and Alex. Hopefully that will mean the next movie(s) will connect with the first new one much like TWOK, TSFS, and TVH did.

78. Spock's Uncle - May 21, 2009

Since Nero’s incursion into TOS time, these destinies were not fulfilled, so I choose not to buy these movies again.

79. Scott Gammans - May 21, 2009

Ugh! Those captures from the Blu-Ray editions of “The Voyage Home ” and “The Undiscovered Country” look awful… and no Director’s Edition of “The Motion Picture”. Pass. If I could get “Wrath of Khan” by itself I would. Otherwise, pass.

80. cleverclogs - May 21, 2009

It’s DISC not DISK

81. Trevor John - May 21, 2009

I too hope that the Director’s Editions of both TMP and TWOK are released. Now that I’ve seen both for the umpteenth time, I can’t imagine ever going back to the original cuts. I would sorely miss those added scenes, which did loads for the films. It’s a travesty to now have them *not* included.

82. Chadwick - May 21, 2009

I just really want the directors cuts, and by then, hopefully all the movies will be restored like wrath of khan. I was impressed with all the new parts added to The Motion Picture. I just want all the movies properly done that includes all the next generation movies and anything that was cut from the new star trek. Do it right the first time? But the game is money.

83. John Ozdundar - May 21, 2009

The new colour timing for Star Trek II looks terrible from these sample images. The DVD snapshot is warmly and brings out the colour better. This was the way I have always seen this film on TV; DVD; and in the theatres.

Anyone know why now the drastic change in the colour?

84. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

83 — see my comment #25.

85. Jason - May 21, 2009

The review didn’t mention it, but the Star Trek III commentary by Ron Moore and Michael Taylor is amazingly good. The guys are interesting and funny, and it was a joy.

I thought the commentaries with the Okudas/Reeves-Stevens/Dochterman were boring as hell. They should have tried to get Mark Altman and Robert Meyer Burnett to do the commentary for TMP.

86. Jorg Sacul - May 21, 2009

“The James T. Kirk Lecture Hall”. I wonder if the cadets still either think or sink there.

87. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2009

You know, it is always interesting what one notices on repeat visits to “Star Trek” films.

I just watched “The Wrath of Khan” tonight for the first time in years and since Captain PIke was on my mind a thought just occurred to me… (in the original timeline) how both men met their fate in an irradiated chamber attempting to save the crew(s) on their respective ships during a training mission.

How odd that the thought never occurred to me before. In any case, what an interesting parallel.

Just awesome touches in TWOK:

“How we face death is at least as important as how we face life.”
“I have been and always shall be your friend.”
In Trek’s long history I have seen three Vulcan’s with a tear (Spock, Saavik and Sarek), which should end any debate that Vulcans do not feel…. but then we learn that is also the case in the new movie.
“I feel young.”
“I am allergic to retinox-five (too bad Orci, Kutzman and Lindleof didn’t use the new film to discover this fact).”

TWOK is considered in many film circles as a B movie. Perhaps, but it is a damn fine one… and to think, it only cost 130 million dollars less than our current fav. All told, the new film illustrates how awesome the crew of the Enterprise is (both young and older)!

88. kymalairn - May 21, 2009

For those of you who have the blu-ray set, are the alien subtitles missing from your copies as well? In TMP during the Kohlinar sequence the Vulcan is not translated. Same goes when Klingon is spoken in III and VI. Anyone else experiencing this?

89. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

88 – Wierd, I have the subtitles on my player.

90. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2009

#64: “Goddamnit, this is what a bridge has to look like.”

Ger, to quote Admiral Kirk (from STIII TSFS), “Come, come Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas, be tolerant.”

Which is also a lesson all we older fans should be mindful of when considering this “not your father’s “Star Trek.”” (grin)

(I’m on a roll tonight… first watching TWOK and now TSFS)

91. Iowagirl - May 21, 2009

Matt, thanks for the info – it’s very much appreciated. I’m gonna get myself a blu ray player and new TV set soon (immediately after having robbed that bank next door) and then I’ll watch all this great stuff over and over again…:)

#60
Damn, I missed your birthday… A very happy belated birthday and enjoy the real goodies!! :)

92. Chasco - May 21, 2009

Not the Director’s Cuts? Not good.

The review says that ” Much of the information is pulled from the Okuda text-only commentaries that were on the DVDs.”
Have the mistakes been corrected? (One really obvious one was the list of people who were in the ‘Enterprise’ crew on the TMP hangar deck, where the text commentary lists ‘Eric Doohan’ and ‘Thomas Doohan’ instead of Montgomery and Chris. )

93. kymalairn - May 21, 2009

Hmm, Matt, that is weird. I”ve got a first generation player. Maybe it’s time for another update.

94. Matt Wright - May 21, 2009

93 — Oh yeah if you have an 1st generation player, I hate to say it, but I would ditch it. The big vendors are on their 4th generation or so, loading is much faster, etc.

I still find it odd that the subtitles won’t work, they should work in any Blu-ray player since they aren’t a PiP stream (Profile 1.1) they’re just BD-Java generated text AFAIK. What player is it? have you made sure you have the latest firmware on it?

95. captain_neill - May 22, 2009

Matt

Any more news on a the blu ray box set featuring the 10/11 movies?

96. Patrick Gleeson - May 22, 2009

# 95 I’d say the rest of the movies will get a release about the same time as the Season 2 / 3 Blu-Rays – whenever that will be :-)

BTW The main gripe I have is with the TMP extras. The DVD has a great feature about the filming of the aborted Phase II series, but on Blu Ray this is replaced by a much shorter feature, missing most of the Phase II test footage. Is this an omission on the Region B discs only?

97. David B - May 22, 2009

Could someone please answer my question from #23.

Thanks

98. Kirk's Girdle - May 22, 2009

The Klingon ship scenes look wonderfully improved.

99. Patrick Gleeson - May 22, 2009

# 97
It does have the dedication to the Challenger crew, if that is what you mean by the prologue.

As I said earlier in post #96 there seems to be annoying omissions on these discs. In IV as in TMP, there is behind the scenes stuff missing, namely the make up and costume tests and Catherine Hicks tests.

Maybe Paramount will add these to the BD-Live section as was done with the Red Shirt Logs on the TOS set.

100. Kirk's Girdle - May 22, 2009

How did Catherine Hicks do on the test?
Her acting is cringe-inducing and one of the few weaknesses of the film.
I actually look away from the screen when she says I HAVE GOT TO SAVE THOSE WHALES!

101. i3arracuda - May 22, 2009

#47 – You picture most likely isn’t set wrong, you’re just used to viewing televisions that have their brightness and contrast levels set way too high for images to look natural. Most stores set their display models with the contrast and brightness settings at or near max levels for an image that “pops” and “wows” prospective buyers when they’re in the store. Nearly all of them will have their color skewed toward a bluish tint and are over-saturated, to boot.

I also own a Pioneer plasma and that set you bought is probably the best plasma television on the market. If you had a professional calibrate your set for you, rest assured that the picture representation is accurate. It does take a little getting used to, but once you do you’ll notice just how horribly most televisions are calibrated from the factory.

102. Shatner_Fan_Prime - May 22, 2009

#91 … Thank you, buddy! I’m actually getting together with a few friends tonight and we’re going to make mixed drinks and watch us some TOS-R Blu Ray. Hell yeah! :-)

103. Thomas Jensen - May 22, 2009

In a holding pattern for the directors editions….

104. Harry Ballz - May 22, 2009

#101

Thanks for taking the time to give me assurance on my T.V. picture quality!! Mucho appreciated!

105. Spockish - May 22, 2009

I thank you very much for Images that visually prove the superiority of Blue Ray -vs- DVD enhanced in the full HD format. I’ve been looking for a few years now and never found anything that is nearly close in showing the quality differences. Most reply with numbers, but these images show the quality content that even a thousand words barely show or prove.

My computer shows that resolution, now I may have proof to help win my desire to move from 720p up to 1080p.

106. Matt Wright - May 22, 2009

101 – That’s what I said! Most TV’s are set to “torch” mode and they give people the wrong idea about how a proper TV set should look.

107. kymalairn - May 22, 2009

Matt, my player is a Sony BDP-S300. Probably does need a firmware update. This seems to happen every time I get a new movie I’ve been anticipating. Last firmware update I needed was for The Dark Knight.

108. Matt Wright - May 22, 2009

Ahh yeah I guessed it was the BDP-S300 it was a very popular unit. The last was version 4.50 from 1/29/09:
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=BDPS300&upd_id=4320&os_id=28

109. Mark Tedin - May 22, 2009

At a SanDiego ComicCon a few years ago, there was a panel with Robert Wise and who I think was Mojo from Foundation Imaging. After the panel I’d asked him if the elements were available for re-render for a theatrical release (which would make it available for Blu-Ray, of course), and he said yes. Whether or not those assets are still around and not lost, I don’t know.

110. Matt Wright - May 22, 2009

109 – Everything I’ve seen around implies that Yes it is available. Daren Dochterman commented about the D.E. only a couple of weeks ago on his blog:
http://blog.darendoc.com/?p=473#comment-245

111. KyMalairn - May 22, 2009

Matt, thanks for the link! Appreciate it.

112. RD - May 22, 2009

#75 New Horizon – WROTE:’The directors edition of The Motion Picture … Robert Wise himself says it is the closest to what he wanted the film to be”

That may be but it’s 4 minutes LONGER! At 132 minutes that film really needed to be shorter, not longer …

113. NoRez - May 22, 2009

Okay, I evidently have no critical eye; I like the stills from the regular DVDs more than the ones from the Bluerays.

114. TK - May 22, 2009

i bought a blu ray player (panasonic BD35) last week, had a fab weekend watching the first four movies in a row! I was really impressed with the quality and detail that is visible, its been more than a decade since I watced any of these films, but it felt as if I was watching them for the first time. Even TMP, which I could not watch through before, seemed ok. Captiains summit was enjoyable, so are commentaries.

115. SPOCKBOY - May 22, 2009

#36
“I would dearly love to see the TOS-R treatment given to the movies, that would definitely make them repurchasing”

-Are you you insane?
Replace that gorgeous 8 foot model with some cartoony CBS-Digital Enterprise?
LOL!

116. Sean4000 - May 22, 2009

#115:

“”-Are you you insane?
Replace that gorgeous 8 foot model with some cartoony CBS-Digital Enterprise?
LOL!””

Those 8′ models are some of the most important pieces of FX history! You are absolutely correct, to give them a CBS-D makeover would be a nightmare all over again. I can only hear it now, “we used a low polygon, poorly rigged, textured, lit and rendered model as ….spirit/style of the 80s” LMFAO!

I rented ST II, IV, and VI. these sets are a DNR’d joke. I will not be buying these. This sloppy work is inexcusable.

117. Anthony Thompson - May 22, 2009

I’ll buy Undiscovered Country for the superior theatrical version, which has never been available for home viewing until now ( not even on the unspecial “special edition”! ).

118. Dan - May 22, 2009

116 “I rented ST II, IV, and VI. these sets are a DNR’d joke. I will not be buying these. This sloppy work is inexcusable.”

I agree!

119. Sean4000 - May 22, 2009

118:

Good God man! You can even see it in the above still from ST IV!! Christ, these people look like WAX! I swear I thought I was watching Trek through a scanner darkly. :)

120. David B - May 23, 2009

Thanks #99

But I meant this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VkCW7Xdpsc

This has been on all the UK releases as far as I know and I have enjoyed seeing it since I was a kid. I think it adds to the film.

Thanks

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122. Matt Wright - May 23, 2009

120 — That’s a good question, I haven’t seen anyone say so specifically, so I just asked around.

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124. NoRez - May 23, 2009

123. – Excellent point.

125. captain_neill - May 24, 2009

Got this as a birthday present, I will be keeping my DVDs as well. I prefer the packaging and menus on the DVD special Editions but these transfers are good and the new features fun.

Nice to have the theatrical version of TMP as a companion to my Director’s Edition on DVD and same for II and VI. I prefer the DVD cuts but nice to have the original cuts on Blu Ray

I have a few films with the original plus director’s cuts.

Cannot wait to see the TNG movies on blu ray

126. Patrick Gleeson - May 25, 2009

#120 Do you know, I’d forgotten about that prologue. :-) I haven’t seen that since my VHS days (up to 1995). Unfortunately, this release (or the last DVD set) doesn’t have this prologue.

127. Michael - May 25, 2009

I hate the Bluray look to these films, I clearly like the standard dvd look…seeing the side by side frame comparison. The Bluray in many cases washes out the color and makes everything too dark and diminishes detail. I know space is dark, but visually, it all doesn’t have to look like it was filmed in a batcave by candle light!.

128. Rick James - May 25, 2009

28: “Cheap made in China Blu Ray players” LOL! Hate to break it to you but the majority of Blu Ray players are made in China cheap or not.

120: I had forgotten about that prologue. IMO it is unnecessary. I know what happened in Star Trek II and III so I don’t need some recap leading into IV. Trek IV is not one of my favorite Trek movies so I rarely watch this one.

I don’t have a HD tv set nor do I have a big 7.1 sound system. Thus I will be waiting on my equipment upgrade(s) before considering buying this set. I figure as time goes on, there will probably be another version of this HD Trek movie set.

I have the director’s editions/special editions of TMP, TWOK, TUC, FC and NEM. These standard def DVDs are good enough for my 20+ year old Sony Trinitron tube tv (made in Japan model) and Klipsch THX 2.1 pc speakers hooked into my tv’s external sound output. I play these DVDs using DVD players connected using composite video (RCA jack) hookup. I still have Trek I, II, III and IV on VHS if I really want to be nostalgic.

129. David B - May 26, 2009

Thanks #126
Do you have the US or UK versions of the new DVD/Blu-Rays?

130. Matt Wright - May 26, 2009

Hey David, I just had someone confirm on another forum that the European release does not have the prologue.

131. David B - May 27, 2009

Matt

Thanks for that, that’s all I wanted to know.

I wonder if the DVD’s will change with the 1-11 box mentioned on the spanish Zonadvd site. Atlhough I can’t read spanish so……..?

I doubt they will but who knows.

132. Patrick Gleeson - May 27, 2009

# 129 I have the UK / Ireland release

133. Matt Wright - May 27, 2009

David, I doubt it, that pack should be a repackaging of the the existing 6-pack of TOS movie, plus the TNG movies 4-pack pack that comes out in November, plus the release of Trek 2009 (also in November).

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Paramount number one unique company, I sure its product will be good.

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136. Matthew - December 28, 2010

OK…they have indeed gone over the top with DNR and skin looks very waxy in some shots, but some of you go far too far…one comment above even claims there is more detail in the DVD’s. Hogwash! The level of detail on offer on these BD’s over the DVD’s is staggering. I own all the movies on 2 disc special editions and now own them all again on Blu-ray…there is just no contest as to which gets the spin if I fancy watching a Trek film. That’s not to say I don’t hope they tone down the digital jiggery pokery when they come to do the director’s cuts HD transfers (inevitable)….but in the meantime, I’ll keep watching in HD.

137. James - February 6, 2011

So, are you recommending the DVD box set or the Blu Ray box set?
And it was not clear if TMP is the director’s cut version with the new CG special effects or if it is the original version?
Personally, I think the mistakes they made in The Final Frontier make it not wirth getting the Blu Ray,unless there is a way to fix it. Perhaps changing some settings on the TV will fix the errors?

138. James - February 6, 2011

Nevermind, it’s all clear now. ;-)

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