This Fall continues to shape up to be huge with regards to Star Trek on home video with a ton of releases already announced and Paramount and CBS just added two new ‘Best of’ DVDs (TOS & TNG). We also have revised art for the Season 2 TOS Blu-ray and some clarifying details on the HD DS9 and TAS episodes in that release. Finally we have a guide to all the upcoming Trek home video releases.
New ‘Best of’ Sets
In May CBS and Paramount released their first ‘Best of’ sets (one each for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek The Next Generation – see TrekMovie review). Each was budget priced at around $10 (discounted) and contained a single disk of four ‘best’ episodes with no special features. Apparently that first wave did well as they have just announced two ‘Volume 2s’.
- The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series Volume 2
- The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation Volume 2
Both are standard DVD and both will be released on November 17th, the same day as the Star Trek feature film. The TOS episodes will all be the digitally remastered versions with new CGI effects. And today TVShowsOnDVD has reported the TOS and TNG episode lists and cover art (these are not considered final).
Best of TOS Vol. 2
- Where No Man Has Gone Before
- Space Seed
- A Piece of the Action
- Journey to Babel
Best of TOS Vol. 2
- The Inner Light
- Cause and Effect
Next Best of Trek sets (not final art)
TOS Season 2 Blu-ray Update: DS9 & TAS HD details + Final box art
One of the most exciting releases coming up is for the remastered Star Trek Season 2, coming out September 22nd. We have previously reported on the set details and the box art. One of the questions that came up regarded the ‘Tribble Disk’ and the included HD versions the TAS episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles" and the DS9 episode "Trials And Tribble-ations". TrekMovie asked how the two episodes were transferred for HD on the Blu-ray set. In the case of the animated episode, CBS confirmed it is an HD transfer from the original negative, just like the the rest of the TOS set, however the DS9 episode is an ‘upconvert’. According to CBS, they had "no choice." The spokesperson for CBS tells TrekMovie "the f/x shots were edited on video so there are no existing opticals for us to do a true HD transfer. Hence, we had no choice but to just do an upconversion."
Also, we now have a revised final version of the box art. Nitpicky Trekkies will be pleased to know the blue box art is now matched with the science symbol on the rendered badge.
UPDATE: Paramount joins RedBox trial
Paramount Home Entertainment announced today that they have entered into an agreement with RedBox, the fast-growing new $1/day DVD rental vending machine service from Coinstar. Paramount will try out the service for four months with an option to extend the deal for four years. RedBox kiosks are are available at many convenience stores, McDonald’s, and other retail locations. Paramount movies should be showing up soon, and will include the new Star Trek movie when it is released November 17th. More info at RedBox.com.
Redbox kiosk in a grocery store
STAR TREK FALL ON HOME VIDEO
This Fall there are quite a few releases for Star Trek coming out, here is a full breakdown with pre-order links.
|Star Trek TOS
Season 2 (Remastered)
Wrath of Khan
|ST: IV Voyage Home|
|ST: The Undiscovered Country|
|ST: First Contact||no Amazon
|Star Trek 2009||3-disk set
3-disk set w/ badges
|Best of TNG
|Best of TOS