Word of Paramount Home Entertainment’s 2016 home video plans for Star Trek have begun to surface, and we have some details to share.
Khan goes 4K
According to Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits, later this year the studio will release a remastered Blu-ray of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which will be struck from a new 4K master and feature both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film, all approved by director Nicholas Meyer. This release will mark the HD debut of the extended cut, which was originally created in 2002 for the special edition TWOK DVD. There is no word on whether there will be any new extra features. There are also tentative plans to release the film in the nascent Ultra HD format, allowing us to see Ricardo Montalban’s pecs in all their Ultra HD (4k) glory.
TAS goes HD
Arex and M’Ress will make their Blu-ray debuts this year when The Animated Series gets released on behalf of CBS Home Entertainment, with elements struck from the HD masters currently found on streaming services. No word yet on extra features. It should be available in time for the holidays.
What about the other movies?
For those that were hoping that the studio would remaster the other films or that there would be an HD upgrade to the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Paramount has chosen to continue using masters that were struck in 2009 for the foreseeable future. It’s these transfers that will be featured in any new sets the studio chooses to release this year.
Hunt has more to say about all of this at his very fine site, which you can check out here.
*CORRECTION* – The extended cut of TWOK, generated from the 2002 master, is already available in HD on iTunes. The forthcoming Blu-ray will mark the extended cut’s HD debut in a physical format.