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Details On Star Trek TNG Movie Blu-Ray & DVD + TOS Season Two Sets + more July 20, 2009

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

This morning Paramount Home Entertainment made the official announcement for a number of expected releases, including the remastered Star Trek Season Two on Blu-ray and Next Generation Motion Picture Collection on Blu-ray and DVD. They also announced individual titles for all the ‘even numbered’ feature films on Blu-ray and DVD. We have all the details for all the releases below.  

 

Get Ready For Star Trek September
September 22nd is shaping up to be the biggest day in Star Trek home video history with a plethora of titles. These includes new sets (complete with new special features), as well as new individual titles from previous (or new) box sets. Here is a full breakdown (including USA MSRP):

New sets:

New single titles (from motion picture box sets)

Press Release

Here is a press release covering the various new titles and their special features. You may want to pay close attention to the details on the Next Generation set for a certain someone (OK, it’s me!).

 

PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES THE
BIG SCREEN RETURN OF ONE OF THE GREATEST FRANCHISES EVER WITH A UNIVERSE OF NEW RELEASES

Original Feature Films and the Second Season of the Original Series Energize onto DVD and Blu-ray September 22, 2009 Loaded with Stellar Bonus Features

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – In anticipation of the home entertainment debut of J.J. Abrams’ thrilling reinvention of the STAR TREK franchise, Paramount Home Entertainment will give audiences the chance to revisit where it all began with a galaxy full of new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Docking on September 22, 2009 are the STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION on DVD, which includes the first six “Star Trek” films and loads of special features; the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring the four “Star Trek” films starring the Next Generation crew with new special features, plus a bonus disc with over an hour of additional content; STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Season Two on Blu-ray in high definition for the first time ever; plus The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact all available individually on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION Blu-ray & DVD

The STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION Blu-ray discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles. The 5-disc DVD collection is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround (plus Portuguese Mono on Generations, Portuguese 2.0 Surround on First Contact and Insurrection and Portuguese 5.1 Surround on Nemesis) and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The special features are as follows:

Star Trek: Generations

DVD Content:

Blu-ray Content (in addition to the above):

Star Trek: First Contact

DVD Content:

Blu-ray Content (in addition to the above):

Star Trek: Insurrection

DVD Content:

Blu-ray Content (in addition to the above):

Star Trek: Nemesis

DVD Content:

Blu-ray Content (in addition to the above):

Star Trek Evolutions—Bonus Disc (DVD and Blu-ray):


STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Season Two Blu-ray

The STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Season Two Blu-ray is the definitive collection of the second season of the legendary series in pristine high definition. The seven-disc set features all 26 episodes, including the celebrated “The Trouble with Tribbles”, with new seamless branching that allows fans to toggle between newly remastered versions with enhanced special effects or the episodes as they were originally broadcast. The Blu-ray collection also includes hours of featurettes, interactive bonus features and new clips via BD-Live and every disc is Mobile Blu enabled, allowing iPhone users to turn their phones into a Blu-ray remote control and download exclusive content to their iPhones.
The discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Original 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono with English SDH, Spanish Brazilian Portuguese and French subtitles.
 

STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION DVD

The STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION DVDs are presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions. The 7-disc collection also includes a bonus disc entitled “Star Trek: The Captains’ Summit” that features a 70-minute exclusive round table discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg in which William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes share candid moments and intimate details about life on the set. The following details the specifications and special features on each disc:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Specifications: Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono, Portuguese Mono; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles

Special Features:

 

More to come!
TrekMovie will continue to the the premiere home of all Star Trek home video news for the Fall. Keep an eye out for more updates regarding the above titles as well as the Star Trek 2009 movie releases.
 

 

Comments

1. John Lewis, Jr. - July 20, 2009

Star Trek: First Contact

DVD Content:

Commentary by Damon Lindelof and Anthony Pascale

Who’s this Anthony guy? ;)

2. ScottDS - July 20, 2009

Sounds great, especially the Frakes/Sirtis commentary on Insurrection.

Will Generations actually include the trailers this time??

3. Joel - July 20, 2009

Very cool that you did the commentary on FC Anthony!! Not so cool that Paramount continues to re-release things that already exist. No need to release the original films on standard DVD AGAIN. Weren’t the Director’s/Collector’s editions enough?!?!

4. John from Cincinnati - July 20, 2009

Still won’t buy the original movies on Blu Ray until the Director’s cuts are released for TMP and TWOK.

5. Mirror Jordan - July 20, 2009

I’m really tired of all the double dipping that Paramount does…I’m sure I’ll prick up one of these at some point, but come on!

6. Mirror Jordan - July 20, 2009

Actually, I’ll probably just get the Season 2 of TOS and wait until they release a set of all ten older movies on Blu Ray.

7. Jim Smith - July 20, 2009

@3 @ 4 @5 Don’t want ‘em? Don’t buy ‘em. It ain’t rocket science. It ain’t even reconfiguring the navigational deflector array to emit a tachyon pulse to disrupt their cloaking device’s harmonics.

Frakes commentary on INSURRECTION you say? You interest me strangely, Mr Frakes,

8. Jason - July 20, 2009

So, they’re releasing all the even numbered films, back when that meant something, by themselves. Now, I don’t know what to do, get the boxset, then my collection will match, and I do somewhat like Generations and Insurrection enough to get them, but then I have to live with a copy of Nemesis.

9. OneBuckFilms - July 20, 2009

Anthony, how on earth did they cajole you into doing a commentary track?

Are you going “studio” on us?

I kid, I kiiiiiidddd !!!!

I must say, the DVD sets look like they’ve been pared down from the 2 disc Special Editions I already have of all of the movies.

Good to see them on Blu-Ray. I wish they would redo the Directors Edition visuals and editing for the Blu-Ray release though.

10. Spock - July 20, 2009

Looks like the season 2 blu’s do not include the DS9 Tribble episode and other related content.

11. Driver - July 20, 2009

The EE on Generations SE DVD is very bad. I hope they remaster all the NG films for Blu. Gonna wait for reviews ‘fore I buy.

12. Joseph Coatar - July 20, 2009

So the theatrical cut of ‘Star Trek The Motion Picture’ will NOT be available on DVD by itself, but only in the boxset ?

13. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen ! ….

Its going to be expensive !!!

14. Dhuck - July 20, 2009

Yet another chance to release a directors cut (or editors cut) of Star Trek V utterly wasted….

Good going Paramount

15. Joseph Coatar - July 20, 2009

eh, $220.00, for everything in blu (all 10 movies plus TOS season 2) not too bad, no doubt amazon will discount as we get closer to release day, it can probably be had for $200-$190

16. Ultimate Trekker - July 20, 2009

I really hope the TNG blu’s are tru high definition and not some bogus ‘upconverted’ junk we saw with the TOS titles (exception of TWOK)…. crossing fingers

17. DATA476 (MATTHEW BURNS) - July 20, 2009

I think paramount have taken it a step to far this time…

TNG FILM (BLU-RAY) COLLECTION has many of the bonuses that the SPECIAL EDITION DVDS had, which I am proud to say that I do have… OK the DVD version has some new installments but I am disappointed with the BLU-RAY additional content, apart from a slightly better picture I don’t think your going to get much more for your money.

I don’t even have a BLU-RAY player anyway so I won’t be even be thinking of it. Because I already have all the TNG film on special edition I’ll give the whole thing a miss. I might well be interested in TOS collection though.. As I only have the sixth film on DVD.. might be a xmas present for 2009.. maybe..

18. Jeyl - July 20, 2009

^ #1

Anthony is just some guy that Paramount pulled from a variety of random fans who had nothing to do with Star Trek First Contact. I would therefore conclude he would have nothing to contribute to these sets other than saying:

“I love this movie. It’s the best……Oh, I love this scene…… There’s Data……Look at that! Data got grabbed by the legs! Look at that!….Oh, that’s so funny with that drunk guy who invents the warp machine…… Hahaha! You hear that? He said ‘star trek’! Hahaha!

just like the writers who did the Star Trek VI commentary. I’d like to give this Anthony guy a piece of my mind and tell him to quit talking about what he thinks of Star Trek!

19. Kingdom820 - July 20, 2009

links!!!
I need links!

20. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 18. LOL. ”data got grabbed by the legs!” …. that part made me crack up !

But coman ! Its a super-fan commentary track. Thats the whole idea of the commentary track. Although… i would have loved to have commentary by each of the cast members of each TNG movie. Sadly that won’t happen !

21. Crusade2267 - July 20, 2009

Will one of the Insurrection deleted scenes include Quark?

22. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

BY THE WAY EVERYONE….

did you guys notice the Jonathan Frakes commentary for Star Trek Insurrection ?!?! Remember he criticized the movie way too much in the commentary… hence Paramount removed the commentary track from the DVD release of Insurrection. It’ll be very interesting to listen to his commentary for Insurrection this time around !

23. Mike Ten - July 20, 2009

I got a idea for Paramount/CBS. How about taking the animated Star Trek series and redo the animation with computer animation or standard animation and release it on Blueray. They could do the same thing they did for remastered Trek and include the original unaltered episodes for purists.

And while I’m wishing for the impossible how about letting Mr. Shatner do a directors edition of Trek 5 and fix the FX so we can get a decent blueray of it.

24. Anthony Pascale - July 20, 2009

18

hey did you get a transcript or something, that is uncanny

as for Damon, he just spoke in code about the DHARMA Initiative the whole time, in between asking questions like “which one is Spock?”

25. frederick von fronkensteen - July 20, 2009

I can’t imagine Stuart Baird having a very good commentary track about his flopped movie either… how do you comment on your movie when everyone things it stunk to the high heavens?

26. Jeyl - July 20, 2009

^ #24

Hehe. I had fun typing that post. Commentaries are a different beast when it comes making them worth while. Some director’s can make a commentary just as entertaining as the film itself (Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott, Joss Whedon, Nicholas Meyer) while others, not so much (Stuart Baird, George Lucas, Tim Burton, Brett Ratner). So be on the look out Anthony at ratethatcommentary.com, because your going to be reviewed!

And in regards to the transcript of your actual session, I actually just thought about the Arnold Schwarzenegger commentary track from Conan the Barbarian DVD and just substituted the Conan moments with Star Trek moments. Here’s what I mean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-vveE9DI4

27. ger - July 20, 2009

What the hell do i want with a commentary by Lindelof and Pascale on a movie they have nothing to do with? I want a directors/actors/producers commentary of those who were involved.

Same thing with the bullshit Orci/Kurtzman commentary on the Voyage Home blu ray. What the hell was that?

28. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 27. It was a super-fan commentary track. To listen to the point of view of another fan. I personally loved the Ronald D Moore fan commentary for Search for spock on Blu-ray. That was incredible commentary. Also the fan commentary with manny coto for Wrath of khan. But once again…. if you don’t like it… you don’t have to listen to them.

29. Driver - July 20, 2009

#25 Speak for yourself. There are people who enjoyed Nemesis, like me.

30. ger - July 20, 2009

If I want to listen to fans opinion I read stuff here.

This whole Fan 2.0 stuff gets on my nerves.

“if you don’t like it… you don’t have to listen to them.”
Yeah, that’s obvious. Obvious is also that they could have done a non-bullshit commentary in the first place.

31. Star Trackie - July 20, 2009

Why on earth have those boneheads put a special feature about Matt Jefferies on the DVD of Generations?? Shouldn’t this feature have been attached to something he was actually involved with, say the original series season sets??

What’s next, a Rick Berman commentary on Star Trek: The Search for Spock?

32. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 30. Yea. I have to agree on that. I also have a problem with the ”fan 2.0” stuff. In a sense it is a ”bullshit” commentary, lol. But…. If they wanted to do fan commentary…. they should simply get past trek alumni’s to comment on the trek movies. It would have been REALLY INTERESTING to have have perhaps Nicholas Meyer comment on First Contact and where the Trek franchise had evolved into and his opinions on it.

But i’m a huge believer that they should have done the CAST commentaries. There should be commentaries with the entire cast involved. But once again… these huge studios NEVER DO THINGS RIGHT !

33. brian - July 20, 2009

That “Evolutions” disc lists:
Klingon Encounter
Borg Invasion 4D

does this mean they’re giving us the video that was on the screens during the rides? Or is it just some general featurette about the ride?

I’ve always wanted to own the former…

34. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 20, 2009

#31 … IIRC correctly, Jeffries died before the 2-disc Generations DVD was originally released about 5 years ago, and so the tribute was attached to the disc as a timely extra. You’re right, though, it belongs on a TOS season set.

35. Jeyl - July 20, 2009

I’m all for the fan commentaries. Seriously. Although, where did the fan 2.0 come from?

I listened to Ron D. Moore’s commentary on Star Trek III, and this guy was honest! He places Trek III above his own Generations!

36. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 35. Yea. But what really struck me about the moore trek 3 commentary was that he even talked about the props and the many different connections to his own Star Trek work on ds9 and tng. Which was incredible. I really felt THAT commentary was truly a fan-commentary. Also the Manny Coto and nicholas Meyer on Trek 2 was incredible too. They talked about relevant stuff.

37. Simon - July 20, 2009

#16 – They weren’t “upconverts” and if you look at them and the DVDs at the same time you’ll see that they are a huge improvement. Having seen them all opening day and several other times theatrically in both 35MM and 70MM prints they will *never* look as sharp and clean as contemporary productions.

#17 – If you had a Blu-ray player you wouldn’t think it looks “slightly” better than DVD.

On topic: day one purchase for me. Good price too.

38. Trekee - July 20, 2009

TOS Season 2 looks very cool. The iPhone stuff sounds plain odd, but we’ll see.

May just have to get a movie or two but somehow think Nemesis and Insurrection will be skipped. Again.

39. Keeg - July 20, 2009

My question is, will they release the “collector’s editions” on blu-ray? The only notable difference for me was 4 extra minutes on Wrath of Khan, and those four minutes are the sole reason I didn’t buy the blu-ray box set. Feel like I’m getting cheated or something.

40. Mirror Jordan - July 20, 2009

Well, upon reading it once again…the TNG set actually interests me…might have to pick that up. That bonus disk is fascinating.

41. Trekin' Thru - July 20, 2009

Search for Spock didn’t seem to suffer the odd-numbered curse, why not release that indiviudally on DVD as well? I didn’t care for IV, so I don’t want the “Trilogy” box set.

42. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 41. I’m sure they’ll release it down the road. Their most likely just releasing the even number movies so far individually. I’m guessing down the road we shall see the odd number movies released individually.

43. Mantastic - July 20, 2009

Directors/Extended editions or no dice.

44. Commodore Lurker - July 20, 2009

Decloaking . . .

Why the frak would I want to listen to a Voyage Home commentary by Orci & Kurtzman, when they already have an excellent one by the Shat and Nimoy ??????????????? That does not compute.

Congats on getting the commentary for FC, Anthony!

Recloaking. }:-D>

45. Mike in the Mirror - July 20, 2009

Why would I want to hear what Anthony has to say about First Contact? Did he actually have anything to do with the movie? Let me look through the end credits…….. Nope. If I’m ever forced to re-buy, I’ll remaster the disc and cut that commentary out.

46. Jim Smith - July 20, 2009

@44 It might be interesting to hear the comments of these Trek screenwriters on another Trek screen outing? Or am I just crazy?

47. John - July 20, 2009

Is that correct? TOS Season 2 on Blu-ray is really only $80? That’s great!

48. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

wow, lol, a huge cry from trek fans over the fan commentaries for the movies. I hope Paramount is listening !

NO MORE FAN COMMENTARIES IN THE FUTURE OF STAR TREK HOME VIDEO RELEASES !!

THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN HERE !

THIS FAR, NO FURTHER !

49. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 20, 2009

ST commentaries have always been a mixed bag. During ST V, Shat’s daughter seemed to remember more about the making of the film than he did! But ST IV, with Shat & Nimoy doing the commentary, was just a lot of fun.

50. T2 - July 20, 2009

I think Season 2 of TOS-R is best buy here. I think Paramount’s apathetic effort on special features for the movies is ridiculous, but not surprising. Still, I’ll be buying, for sure, the TNG Blu-Ray movies and TOS-R season 2 Blu-Ray, because until something better comes out, I want to have something. If a few years down the line they remaster them with new director’s cuts and such, I’ll get those too. It’s been happening for years. They released the original movies on DVD 9 or 10 years ago, then a few after that they released the Special Editions. I can imagine they’ll do that again with Blu-Ray, but again, none of this is surprising to me. The only two things here that really have me scratching my head and asking Paramount why they’re wasting production is the fact they’re releasing single Trek movies on regular DVD for the third time already. Stop doing that! I have another rant on the commentaries, but until I hear them, I won’t say anything on them.

On the bright side, at least come September when I walk down the Sci-Fi aisle at a video store, I’ll see more than just a copy of Nemesis and maybe a season of Enterprise on the shelf next to shelves and shelves of Stargate and Star Wars.

51. Sean4000 - July 20, 2009

These better not be DNR’d to death.

52. Nick - July 20, 2009

Can’t wait for all this Blu-ray greatness…but…only if the transfers are good. There’s no point in hi-def discs with all these awesome extras if Paramount put no effort into getting a crystal clear eye-slashing picture. There’s no excuse not to. Don’t let us down Paramount.

53. Third Remata'Klan - July 20, 2009

A commentary on Insurrection? And it’s Frakes and Sirtis?
Sounds great, but it’s not going to be enough to get me to buy the movie again….
I have all of the first ten movies. Why do I need to buy them again?

54. jas_montreal - July 20, 2009

@ 51. lol. hopefully not.

@ 55. Yea, i’m having that debate too. To buy or not to buy ? There isn’t a whole bunch of new stuff being added…. the only big selling point i see is the High-Def difference. I guess i’m going to have to wait for a http://www.blu-ray.com review of the TNG blu-ray set. If its not DNR’d a lot, then i’ll definitely buy it.

55. Chadwick - July 20, 2009

Everyone complains why by the movies again if I already own them. Well if you have them on DVD and have not seen them on blu-ray “you aint seen nothin yet!” I adopted blu-ray two years ago and am in love. If you are a techie then there is no question but if you complain about spending money then just drop the subject now. DVD’s just look terrible, the quality is sub par.

I really don’t give a shit about Paramount’s marketing schemes, I bought the Star Trek movie series on VHS back in the day, I bought the DVD when everything went digital and blu-ray when HD came in and ill sell the blu-ray set or give it away as a gift and buy the Directors or uncut versions when they are out. Why? Because the after watching all the movies on blu-ray I will never watch Star Trek on DVD again. I was very impresses at how much better it looked right from the start, the opening scene in TMP with the Klingon ships, I could actually see the detail on the ships.

I am a technology whore and I like to have the newest and best technology out there. After watching blu-ray ill never buy a DVD again, HD movie downloads have not won me over yet. Soon enough your TV will be a computer and your house will have a central entertainment unit which digitally hold all music and movie which can be accessed from any room in the house. You can do it now but its so expensive its not viable, blu-ray is good enough for now. So Paramount…exploit me all you want.

56. Lt. Bailey - July 20, 2009

Now we find out what Paramount did with the footage shot at the closing of STTE in Las Vegas. It was thought it would be on the new film, but what does that have to do with JJ’s film. I guess all along Paramount intended to re-release DVDs and in Blu-Ray.

Since it would have been too heart breaking to attend the STTE closing, I will sit through the viewing on DVD in the privicy on my room where no one will see me cry—again, because it closed. It will be nice to see our friends Gerry & Francine after they told what they did said that awful night in Sept last year.

As for commentaries…The audios ones are good on certain films, some are not so good. However, we are blessed with text commentary on each DVD by the Okudas which is fantastic, they have done a superb job on all the films. Each time I watch those DVDs, I have the text commentary on and I never grow tired of it.

57. EFFeX - July 20, 2009

Nice to see they are releasing this stuff, but I already own all of them on DVD, so no point in making another purchase.

58. Matt Wright - July 20, 2009

Looking forward to all the goodies in the TNG movie sets.

Also really glad Paramount decided to release the most popular of the movies individually for people to pick up :)

59. Fubamushu - July 20, 2009

While it is an extreme honor for Anthony and the others to be included in the commentary on these DVDs, I would prefer to hear commentary from someone who was actually involved with the production of these films–the director, the writer, the producers, the actors.

60. tman - July 20, 2009

Does anyone understand Paramount’s motivation in getting so much Star Trek out there on Blu Ray this year? Peter Jackson’s waiting til 2010 to release Extended version of LOTR to coincide with “The Hobbit.” I’m surprised they are putting so much content at once in one news blurb. Seems a wasted chance to market the brand (not to say all of the movies help market the brand…).

61. Cyberghost - July 20, 2009

Get ready to shell out more dough, in 5-7 years holographic disks will out. Better resolution, higher capacity etc. At least that’s what I read what the japenese are working on, and already have prototypes. Mayber longer, but it’s coming. There are still lot of ??? Has anyone else heard or read of the next technologhy coming out. Maybe by then the directors cut will be out, after blu Ray, to milk the cow again

This cow will be out milk lol.

It really in the works folks, along with new paper thin TV with some type of crazy resolution.

62. Spockish - July 20, 2009

It looks like the only way to know more about the movies is to have been there in person viewing every thing in person. Over time I’ll have to replace my self made DVD’s from the cable movie channels with the content rich paramount disks.

So how wants to help win the Lottery so we can afford the new toys with comfort?

63. Matt Wright - July 20, 2009

I wish you guys would stop exaggerating about “needing to win the lottery”…

A nice Blu-ray player is $250
A nice lower end of mid-range ~50″ flat panel is $1000 to $1500
A nice quality Blu-ray ready surround sound system can be had for $500, a bit less if you have a smaller room.

Total = $1750 – $2250

Phase things in over a period of months… buy the new TV. For example: if you’re already a digital cable subscriber then a simple box swap gets you HD content ASAP.

Look for deals on Blu-ray players and a few months later when you see the brand and model that you like for a good price, pull the trigger.

Build the surround sound system a component at a time. Start with a nice receiver and good stereo speakers and a subwoofer. Later add the center and surround speakers (from the same product line, so they match auditory qualities).

Use common sense about buying Blu-ray discs…

Don’t replace titles you already have on DVD that you’re happy with.

Replace DVD titles selectively — for “must have” movies…

Stop buying new movies on DVD, buy them on Blu-ray. The cost difference isn’t very much, usually $5 or $10 at most thanks to nearly immediate sales/discounts the week it is released.

Look for the awesome deals Amazon, Deep Discount DVD, and other places run semi-annually and replace DVD titles that way.

One last note… as has been noticed in the other article on Star Trek (2009), studios are starting to price the deluxe DVD editions at or near the same price as the Blu-ray versions to move consumers to Blu-ray discs. Those that want the cheap version can get the single disc DVD. Those looking for the deluxe one, the studios hope, will be interested in getting high definition and interactive features for the same price.

64. DJT - July 20, 2009

Re: TNG set

Generations – Money is the fire which we burn.
First Contact – 5% Corny, 95% Cool. (Ramming Speed!)
Insurrection – Reverse e***tion.
Nemesis – Cluster ***k.

Thus, will only purchase First Contact Blu-ray to add to my TOS blu-ray collection. Can’t wait to hear the commentary. Oh, yeah, and I want some TNG-R already.

Nuff said.

65. captain_neill - July 20, 2009

The TNG box set is a must, I love the TNG movies, First Contact is my fav, its up there with The Wrath of Khan.

It annoys me that so many have turned there back on TNG, TNG was and still is one of the bestSci Fi shows on TV and it deserves the same respect as TOS.

I am also looking forward to Season 2 of TOS as Season 1 was a fantastic package

66. captain_neill - July 21, 2009

2 great purchases I cant wait to have

67. JL - July 21, 2009

#63

“Stop buying new movies on DVD, buy them on Blu-ray. The cost difference isn’t very much, usually $5 or $10 at most thanks to nearly immediate sales/discounts the week it is released.”

I don’t know where you’re shopping, but almost any place I’ve been to has (most) Blu-Rays for approx. DOUBLE the price of a standard DVD. Not five or ten bucks. You can buy The Dark Knight on DVD for $15 or buy it on Blu-Ray for $30.

Now when Blu-Ray movie prices fall to $15, THEN I would say it’s time to make the switch, no excuses.

68. Closettrekker - July 21, 2009

#65—“It annoys me that so many have turned (their backs) on TNG…TNG was and still is one of the bestSci Fi shows on TV and it deserves the same respect as TOS.”

I can only speak for myself, but I never turned my back on anything. Roddenberry and company chose to make a very different kind of show with TNG—and alot of people loved it, but some (like me) did not. It did not offer what made its predecessor so appealing to me, despite the high hopes I had leading up to its debut.

I’m sorry if that annoys you, but I’m not sure why it would.

I’m not interested in the TNG collection (as much as I would like to hear AP’s commentary, I can’t say it’s worth the purchase of the set)—-but you can bet that TOS Season Two Blu-Ray will have a spot on my shelf…

69. Closettrekker - July 21, 2009

#67—“I don’t know where you’re shopping, but almost any place I’ve been to has (most) Blu-Rays for approx. DOUBLE the price of a standard DVD. Not five or ten bucks. ”

I haven’t been paying any more than 5-10 dollars above the price of a standard dvd (at least the ones with the extra trimmings equivalent to what’s offered on BR).

I think your TDK example is a case where there are different options for the standard dvd purchase. You can get the single disc basic movie for about half the Blu-Ray price, but the upgraded standard two-disc dvd set is only about $5 less than the Blu-Ray.

But with that said, no one should tell you how to spend your money (especially if you live in an area where the economy is in poor condition). If neither the extra trimmings on the two-disc set, nor the improved quality of the Blu-Ray version isn’t important to you—-then obviously you should stick to buying the standard basic dvd versions of the movies you want.

There is nothing wrong with that.

70. JL - July 21, 2009

69

As always, you make sense of things… can’t really argue there… : )

71. jas_montreal - July 21, 2009

I still think the whole High-Def thing is throw out of proportions. Coman… I’ve seen a Standard def dvd movie with a upconverting player on my 50 inch plasma. It looks AMAZING. Most of the time you’ll notice the HD experience if your sitting up in front watching the screen. If your sitting a reasonable distance away, then you won’t notice a huge difference between standard def and HD with a upconverting dvd player. Its just HD diehards who make it a big deal. I say…. stick with what your comfortable with…. as spock said at the end of Star trek…. ”do what feels right” (i think thats exactly what he said…)

72. tman - July 21, 2009

I don’t know where you’re shopping, but almost any place I’ve been to has (most) Blu-Rays for approx. DOUBLE the price of a standard DVD. Not five or ten bucks. You can buy The Dark Knight on DVD for $15 or buy it on Blu-Ray for $30.

If you follow sales, you can find many Blu Ray single titles for 14.99-19.99 through Amazon and some slightly cheaper. There are some that will not be on sale and be priced higher, so you may need to wait for those to get cheaper.

Regarding the other comments 73 made, I think he gives good advise, though I would say that if you choose the right model and the right price to buy, this years 1000-1500 dollar 50″ LCDs might best my 2 year old “high end” 120Hz Sony XBR4 in terms of image quality.

73. Seany-Wan - July 21, 2009

After repeated viewings, “Generations” has quite a few good Star Trek moments. IMO, better than “Insurrection” and “Nemesis” (would love to have Nick Myer do a commentary on that film: NICK “Oh that is where they stole from my film…”)
Soran is definitely a better villain than most think. I also loved the music entitled “The Nexus / A Christmas Hug”.

Breaks my heart when Kirk talks about the clock and he says “I gave this clock to Bones.” Shatner’s Kirk should have died like George Kirk did in Star Trek.

74. Ryan O'Brien - July 21, 2009

Won’t be buying films 1 or 6 until they are director’s cuts!

Rene Auberjonis is the darn assasian and he’s completely gone from the theatrical copy I hear! Not having that!

75. RD - July 21, 2009

#71. jas_montreal wrote: I still think the whole High-Def thing is throw out of proportions. Coman… I’ve seen a Standard def dvd movie with a upconverting player on my 50 inch plasma. It looks AMAZING.

With all due respect, you need to get your eyes checked.

Seriously, I understand what you are saying, but there is a VAST difference in clarity between SD & HD. So much so, that I can’t even watch SD anymore. The whole screen just looks soft and blurry, no matter the distance. I have some better, enhanced, DVDs and some worse, and there are some better and worse SD broadcasts. Mind you, this is on a flat screen LCD – SD was actually equally acceptable on my old CRT. My LCD is not even 1080p, I cannot imagine how bad it would look with even higher resolution and even larger screen.

Of course levels of acceptability are a matter of personal taste, and I hope anyone thinking of upgrading would first use their own common sense to compare before jumping off the deep end, rather than merely accepting your experience with Blu-Ray, or mine. In particular I did not see enough of a difference between 720p & 1080p to invest in the more expensive technology, though I can see the difference, it merely wasn’t enough to persuade me to part with more cash.

Let me leave you with this example: TWOK was recently on HBO HD. I have the DVD of it. However, I will keep it on my DVR, taking up space, until I upgrade to Blu-Ray, because I will most likely never watch that DVD again. I don’t even have my non-HD channels in the menu, because I won’t watch them. But that’s me.

76. Jeyl - July 21, 2009

I got an idea!

I say Trekmovie.com should have a fan commentary section on the site! Anyone who can submit their own commentary so there won’t be anymore discriminating against the fan commentary tracks on these discs.

77. That Guy - July 21, 2009

I will purchase the Blu Rays once the Shat is given a Director’s cut, and Nemesis is extended.

78. RD - July 21, 2009

What I would really like to see are the deleted scenes from TOS.

Considering the trouble finding The Cage pilot presentation masters, I would imagine some of this stuff would be almost impossible. Like the Recreation Room scene that was shot, but cut from “Elaan of Troyius”, where Kirk asks Spock to play some music over the intercom to help him seduce the Elaan.

Or the numerous scenes from Friday’s Child, The Savage Curtain, Mudd’s Women, The Corbomite Maneuver, The Galileo 7, Spectre of the Gun, Court
Martial, This Side of Paradise, Operation: Annihilate!, Errand of Mercy, Catspaw, City on the Edge of Forever, I, Mudd, Spock’s Brain, Assignment Earth, and Balance of Terror – or even the additional scenes that were cut from The Cage.

79. Dom - July 24, 2009

75. RD

It’s funny: I can see a vast difference between HD and SD, yet the wife of one of my friends who has a 50″ TV says she can’t see any difference, even when wearing glasses, which makes me wonder whether some people’s brains aren’t wired to see the extra detail.

For example, my Mum and late Grandfather have always had monoscopic vision (they can only see out of one eye at a time) meaning 3D is useless to them.

My friend’s wife is extremely intelligent and certainly not an idiot where technical stuff is involved, so I really think there might be more to it than people being deluded.

As for me, I’m loving my 1080p TV with Blu-ray player

80. Mike - September 11, 2009

Have ZERO interest in the new JJ Abrams Trek film, which I thought was awful. But I AM psyched to see Generations, First Contact and Nemesis on Blu Ray!

81. Kevin - September 23, 2009

Will the easter eggs found on the SCE versions of Fist Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis be included on the blu-ray releases? If so, I’m there!!

82. Joe Siegler - September 27, 2009

I know the TOS movies were lacking all the extras and director’s cuts on the 2 Disc versions. I have to assume it’s the same way here.

I am interested in Generations, though. There’s a calvalcade of deleted scenes that have never been released on any version to date – there’s just TONS of them – including Kirk’s parachuting bits. I wonder if any of those will be on these sets?

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