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Star Trek: The Original Series “Origins” Blu-ray information July 19, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness,TOS,TOS Remastered , trackback

To coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray, CBS and Paramount have teamed up to offer a new “best of” TOS Blu-ray disc release available the same day as the Blu-ray release of Star Trek Into Darkness, September 10. This includes various “prime universe” episodes that are related to the characters or themes of Into Darkness in some way. It naturally includes “Space Seed” for the introduction of Khan and “The Cage” for a look at Pike as captain, and more. There is a little bit of new content on this disc, there are new video introductions recorded by Rod Roddenberry. Plus an announcement of new TOS DVD packaging.

CBS and Paramount have worked up a new “best of” set, for those who don’t have the seasons sets of Star Trek: The Original Series on Blu-ray.

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Kirk. Spock. Pike. Khan. Klingons. Tribbles. See where it all started with Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins Blu-ray. This collection showcases the origins episodes of the most significant characters from Star Trek: The Original Series. Introduced by Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Ricardo Montalban, this value-priced release is an ideal collection for both brand new and lifelong fans of the timeless series.


The Cage – This original pilot episode of the epic series introduces fans to the iconic characters Captain Pike and Spock.                                  

 Where No Man Has Gone Before – The second pilot episode in which Captain James T. Kirk is first seen at the helm of the Enterprise.

Space Seed – Witness the debut of the  unforgettable super villain, Khan.

Errand of Mercy – This thrilling episode introduces the legendary alien race, the Klingons.                                                         

The Trouble with Tribbles – This fan-favorite episode includes the arrival of the cute, but catastrophic, creatures.


Includes English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. English Original Mono, French Mono, German Mono and Japanese Mono. English SDH, French, German and Japanese Subtitles.


In a related announcement the TOS Remastered DVD sets are getting some pretty cool looking new packaging exclusive to Best Buy. Details are below:

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Following the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation DVD repackages from earlier this year, Star Trek: The Original Series Remastered Seasons 1-3 DVDs will also receive a new look, and will be available exclusively at Best Buy in the US and Canada, beginning on August 13th.

A must-own for both brand new and lifelong Star Trek fans, each season features all-new packing, including a multi-disc amaray within the slipcase, and are housed in an O-sleeve with a textured finish. Every season showcases a Starfleet division uniform with its respective color scheme, as well as one gadget from Star Trek: The Original Series.

The older packaging will still be available at other retailers, but only for a limited time.

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MJ (The Original).
July 19, 2013 6:34 pm

Can anyone say: “cash grab”

July 19, 2013 6:35 pm


July 19, 2013 6:35 pm

It’s not a bad idea for a set, but why do the tribble one? Why not go with the Romulan introduction?

Seems like it would have been a better idea =)

July 19, 2013 6:40 pm

I’ll have to think about whether or not to indulge. I already have TOS on both VHS (just for nostalgia puroses now) and DVD, so I’m not sure I see the point for myself of getting the ‘Origins’ Blu-ray.

However, this would probably be a good introduction for fans who didn’t come in at the TOS level in the first place.

July 19, 2013 6:42 pm

New Fans are discovering the series all the time. Whats the harm in re-releasing it, keeping it in print?

plus that packaging does look pretty cool

July 19, 2013 6:47 pm

Great job!

I just got a new Blu-Ray and LCD. Off to BB!

Thanks, TrekMovie!

David A.
July 19, 2013 6:51 pm

No one is forceing you to buy MJ, and believe it or not, there are many new fans that have been introduced to Trek since the the last release.

MJ (The Original).
July 19, 2013 9:37 pm

@9. I hear you.

July 19, 2013 11:04 pm

3. summoner2100

“It’s not a bad idea for a set, but why do the tribble one? Why not go with the Romulan introduction?”

Because no Romulans were harmed in the making of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’

Tribbles and Klingons, on the other hand… ;)

July 19, 2013 11:17 pm

I was waiting for these types of discs, actually, and hoping they made them! really! Because I didn’t buy all of the Trek series on DVD but damn skippy I bought the “Borg” DVD set they put out. I like how they realize there’s a market for people who really want a sampler of the “classic” episodes but aren’t gonna pony up for an entire box set.

Hat Rick
July 20, 2013 12:51 am
I lilke the new products that CBS and Paramount have issued. However, part of me is saddened to know that Trek is not under the consolidated control of a single individual who can move the franchise forward. Apparently, two corporations are currently in charge of Star Trek and thus it is a matter of corporate undertaking for any such project, except for the motion pictures, to see the light of day. I wonder if this is to be the continued fate of the franchise. CBS’s entertainment division does not seem to have much of an impetus toward making a new… Read more »
July 20, 2013 1:49 am
#12. Hat Rick – July 20, 2013 According to this reporting: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/movies/26itzk.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all “That year, the corporate behemoth Viacom, which owned STAR TREK, was splitting itself in two, divorcing its CBS studio (which made the TREK shows) from its Paramount studio (which made the films). TREK was likely to go to CBS, where another television show might eventually be developed. Gail Berman, then the president of Paramount, convinced Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, to allow her one more chance at a TREK film; he gave her 18 months to get the cameras rolling or lose the property. (Under the… Read more »
July 20, 2013 2:33 am

#12. Hat Rick – July 20, 201

To further illustrate, from the screenwriter, Troy Kennedy Martin, from one of my favorite WWII caper movies’ KELLY’S HEROES, about a bunch of fed up and misfit American GIs who decided to rob a bank behind enemy lines:

Crapgame: How are things going with the bank?

Big Joe: [A distant explosion is heard as the Tiger fires] Nothin’. The Sherman’s broken down and nobody’s gonna get that Tiger out of the square.

Crapgame: Make a deal with ‘im.

Big Joe: What kind of a deal?

Crapgame: A deal deal! Maybe the guy’s a Republican! Business is business, right?

Jon Witchell
July 20, 2013 6:10 am

I wonder if for “The Cage”, we’ll finally get the full b/w Roddenberry print audio, with Malachi Throne’s original voice as The Keeper, and thus the original, non-Menagerie cues, pauses and those two deleted lines of dialogue? One can hope…

Trek Lady
July 20, 2013 7:16 am
#12 Hat Rick “It may be that America no longer has the spirit of real adventure that allowed TOS and TNG to take to the airwaves with such promise. I hesitate to reach that conclusion; I hope it is not the right one.” An interesting comment, which brings to mind something I have been considering for a while now. I really anticipated STID. I have been a TOS fan since I was a wee tyke, and despite its flaws, also enjoyed the reboot. However, STID did not leave me feeling “energized” but rather, depressed. I find I do not watch… Read more »
July 20, 2013 7:33 am

@Article author Matt Wright

You mixed up the descriptions for the item that comes with Season 1 and 2 DVD sets. Command Gold Season 1 receives the communicator device, and Sciences Blue Season 2 gets the tricorder tool.

July 20, 2013 8:44 am

Here’s a Season 3 Blu ray/Next Gen review in case anyone is still on the fence of purchasing it..


Curious Cadet
July 20, 2013 9:14 am
@15. Jon Witchell, “I wonder if for “The Cage”, we’ll finally get the full b/w Roddenberry print audio, with Malachi Throne’s original voice as The Keeper” Ahhhh hahahahahahahahah …. This is a straight up re-release, double-dip primer for nufans who want to stick their toes into the larger Star Trek universe. I doubt we will ever see that original material until CBS releases the 4K editions, if ever. Unless CBS is planning a 50th Anniversary of “The Cage” next year — but I doubt it. Possibly for the 50th anniversary? Surely CBS wouldn’t miss an opportunity to do the minimal… Read more »
July 20, 2013 9:22 am

If those were the actual covers and not slip-covers for the cases, perhaps they’d be cool. As they are, I’ll stick with the original covers, thanks. I prefer my Blu-ray covers myself.

Jerry Modene
July 20, 2013 9:33 am

They might well have included “Menagerie”, which uses “The Cage” for the trial but has that framing device which was very interesting as well – Spock hijacking the Enterprise and all.

July 20, 2013 11:13 am

I’m surprised that TOS-R is being re-released on DVD and not BD. Were these ever released on BD? Or is that happening for the 50th anniversary?

Hardly TrekTacular
July 20, 2013 11:35 am
As far as extras, why aren’t there more commentary or interviews with the cast and crew that were actually involved with those episodes? As nice as it is to see this kind of repackaging with a few new bits, at least get the people involved with the show to say something while they are still alive. Rod Roddenberry wasn’t even born when TOS aired. Other than his name, what on earth does he have to contribute in any perspective to something he personally had nothing to do with? All he will do is echo what other people have said, including… Read more »
William Bradley
July 20, 2013 1:04 pm
These are interesting, mostly good choices for a little primer to Star Trek origins. However, The Cage is something of an odd choice, since it’s the failed pilot. Better to go with the two-parter which salvaged the footage but used it in the context of the actual series. And, given how much trouble that one angry Romulan caused with his intervention in the timeline, destroying Vulcan and all, I’d really like to have seen the great episode Balance of Terror in the package. It’s a clever mystery, since it’s the first time our intrepid crew see what a Romulan looks… Read more »
July 20, 2013 3:25 pm
#17 – Trek Lady – Thank you for saying so well what I have been trying to say for so long. The LAST thing Star Trek and its audiences need is any kind of Klingon/Romulan/Gorn/Borg/whosiwhatsit war. Movies (and real life) are awash with brutality and war, or rumours and fear of such. Nature *it*self can deliver some real whammies – think tsunami/Fukishima… Let a fairly benign anomaly prevent the Enterprise from getting caught up in the petty warmongering of various groups. It does not have to be the “only ship in the quadrant” when it comes to being part of… Read more »
P Technobabble
July 20, 2013 4:45 pm
Do people really buy stuff they already own just cos it’s in a new package? I guess the suits at CBS/Paramount think so… Trek Lady – #17 good points. Keachick – #28 good questions. A couple of notes, if I may — I seem to recall there was a morning tv show called “Good News,” or something like that, which gave you just that — good news and no bad news. (It had nothing to do with “Biblical Good News.”) Anyway, the show didn’t last very long because it had deplorable ratings. Have we really become addicted to wanting to… Read more »
Red Dead Ryan
July 20, 2013 5:28 pm
I think its in our nature to be transfixed on bad news and terrible events, unfortunately. Most people watch the big stories about catastrophic events that kill tens of thousands and displace millions more and take away from it all a smug “gee, you know, my tough day at work punching numbers onto a computer is not so bad” sense of superiority and blissful ignorance which obviously disconnects people from each other, and reality. Today’s media is deliberately feeding into that, by providing glib coverage of mass casuality events, where premature calculations of the deaths of innocents, either in man-made… Read more »
July 20, 2013 6:31 pm


Yeah, man….double grab…tribble grab… won’t you just get over it?

It’s nothing but an interesting edition for those you DON’T own TOS on BD already… a straight introduction to Pike, Kirk, the Enterprise, the Tribbles, the Klingons and Khan… for those who fell in love with Trek due to STID and don’t want to subscribe to the entire series just yet… There’s nothing wrong about it… If you want to add this to your collection, it’s your own choice. Completists be welcome! For the rest… it’s just a nice companion for the newbies… if you feel bad about this…really?

Hat Rick
July 20, 2013 7:48 pm
Disinvited, thank you for your comments. I’m not blaming any corporation in particular, but voicing an opinion as to the divided state of Trek in general. Trek Lady, I value your comments and agree with them to a larger degree than I perhaps would like to admit. Granted that today I am a bit down on things, and that my outlook is not as optimistic as it could be; and yet, that said, there is so much that is not quite right with the way Trek has developed. And I say this because I say Terry Farrell (“Jadzia Dax”) and… Read more »
Hat Rick
July 20, 2013 7:54 pm


“Voyager grew distant both in theme and mood (as exemplified by the organ harvester aliens and the increasingly desperate plight of the crew (e.g., ‘Year of Hell’)), and by the time of Star Trek: Enterprise, Roddenberry’s optimistic vision had turned into something of an intergalactic romp through war and destruction.”

“Terry Farrell is still best known to many for her roles in DS9 and in the sitcom, ‘Becker,’ starring Ted Danson.”

As corrected.

July 21, 2013 12:01 am

You know what drives me nuts? “NuTrek”

Look, prove you went to school and didn’t drop out in grade school. It’s one more letter ok? NewTrek. I even left the space out to save you a little bit of time for the extra letter.

July 21, 2013 12:03 am
This is a cool set to get people who saw STID into the original series. I think the Pilot Cage is a better idea instead of The Menagerie because: 1. It is the first pilot and only true hardcore fans really know this one and had to buy the Third Season to get it. Now you can buy it without spending $80-$100. 2. It delves deeper into the psyche of Captain Pike than the two parter. 3. It shows Pike as the true leader of a crew of explorers as well as a few off the cuff things you don’t… Read more »
July 21, 2013 12:40 am

#34. Navy – July 21, 2013

But then you sacrifice the split reverse sideways pun built on “uNTrek” as well as introduce the increased likelihood of a typo on a mobile device.

July 21, 2013 4:48 am

Khan and his fellow Augments won’t be re-awakened in nuTrek for a very long time

July 21, 2013 5:47 am

i brought the blu-ray boxset of the original(in-fact that was one of the reason i went hd) i want buy the set again however no reason not to keep alive and updated,plus if it sells they may think about making a new TV program hopefully set in the prime timeline after spock disappeared

July 21, 2013 7:22 am

17. Trek Lady –

Very nice post Trek Lady. Insightful and spot on. You’ve spoken for a great many of us.

July 21, 2013 8:53 am
Trek Lady, very well written, and I have nothing but respect for your opinion, but as a long time Trek fan (and someone left crushed by the ending of “Man of Steel” for the path those writers chose) I did not see anything in “Into Darkness” that has not been done in Star Trek before, and I did not see a depressing film. Now, had the movie ended five minutes earlier, I would agree with you entirely. In total though we get a Trek film using a futuristic setting to discuss problems in our society. It’s a society-in Trek and… Read more »
Hat Rick
July 21, 2013 10:04 am

I thought that the ending of “Man of Steel” was very well done for what it was. I thought the actor did an extremely good job in that scene, which I thought was truly heart-rending. I won’t give it away, but to those who haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s something that we’ve never seen Superman do, and really quite a departure for the franchise.

July 21, 2013 10:27 am
@41, I would probably have been good with that moment if not for the 30 minutes leading up to it. For me, and this is just my opinion obviously, the brilliant first two acts of the film make promises of beacon of “Hope” and “Salvation” Clark will be, while never delivering on that. There’s nothing I can point to as a problem with the story on its own; everything makes sense, but the third act takes it for me away from being a “Superman” story and is instead just a man who is super. Just not what I wanted from… Read more »
Hat Rick
July 21, 2013 12:13 pm
Hi Weerd1, I liked “Man of Steel,” but I, too, am a bit unhappy about the moral ambiguity introducted in the movie. In the interests of not spoiling the movie, I won’t discuss it any further, but you make some interesting points. As for STID, I continue to believe that it is one of the best science fiction movies ever made and a credit to Hollywood. I’m very happy about the movie. I’m not down on it for the accusations of moral ambiguity at all, because I really don’t see it as such. I’m just a bit saddened, as time… Read more »
July 21, 2013 12:37 pm
This year, my three favorite bits of entertainment, Star Trek, Superman, and GI Joe, all showed up in cinema format. I went in with certain expectations for each of them-if that’s the name you put on the product I think it’s fair to have expectations in certain ways-and in the end was highly entertained for two and 2/3s of them. (I won’t tell you GI Joe was a great movie, but for crying out loud, it’s GI Joe-manage your expectations!) That’s better than I have gotten out of a lot of years. STID? I loved it like cake. Would love… Read more »
July 21, 2013 4:37 pm

John Reinhold would look good as Captain John Blackjack Harriman of the border patrol ship USS Sea of Tranquility in nuTrek. Who would play Morgan Bateson in nuTrek?

Red Dead Ryan
July 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Zach Snyder has just announced that Batman will be in the next “Man Of Steel”. No word on who will play the Caped Crusader.

Michael Ormes
July 21, 2013 5:47 pm

I want a STAR TREK tv series that picks up a few days,weeks,months or years after Cochrans first warp test in the phoenix and carries on from there and tells the complete history of mankinds rebuilding after WW3 and the drastic changes and accomplishments that take place due to the accomplishing of FTL capability and the realisation that alien life exists.

July 21, 2013 7:29 pm

John Cho led Sulu “Excelsior” TV series would be awesome (they even hinted at his ability to be captain in Into Darkness). This does, however, boil down to Paramount and CBS playing nice when it comes to Trek, which they really didn’t before and one of the reasons Abrams bounced to Star Wars. However, maybe, a miracle could occur.

Hat Rick
July 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Is anyone starting to be worried that there is still no talk of another Star Trek movie sequel? At about the equivalent time in ST(2009)’s run (a few months after its initial release), wasn’t there practically confirmation that there would be a second movie in a few years after that (i.e., the current movie)?

Blue Thunder
July 21, 2013 9:43 pm
@48 – I can dig a Star Trek series about Sulu and the Excelsior crew. Paramount should have gone that direction in the first place, instead of useless crap like DS9, Voyaher, and Enterprise. Blame that on Rick Berman. I can understand why Malcolm McDowell has colorfully voiced his dislike of the man, Frankly, I concur with Malcolm’s opinion one hundred percent. All that aside, I already have the original series on DVD(not the remastered and re-digitalized ones), so conservatively and practically speaking, I see no need in purchasing this new set. Honestly, It’s just another useless marketing ploy on… Read more »
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