Articles by Matt Wright









REVIEW: Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray

When The Roddenberry Vault project was announced to the world earlier this year at Comic-Con, it was a huge surprise to the legions of Star Trek: The Original Series fans. The Original Series is 50 years old this year, and fans thought that whatever there was to see from TOS had been seen; after all, for the 40th anniversary it had been given a proper HD scan, which meant digging all the film out of the CBS/Paramount archives. So what else is there? Read on to find out…



The Score – Classical music celebrates 50 years of Trek

All Classical Portland the public classical radio station of Portland, Oregon produces a radio show called “The Score” which focuses on film music. Their latest episode celebrates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, airing Saturday October 8 at 2PM PST. It can be heard in multiple cities and of course can be streamed online. Read on for more details.


Star Trek Beyond deleted scene features TOS callback and more Keenser

Paramount Home Entertainment gave USA Today an exclusive clip of a deleted scene from the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond home video release. The clip comes from right after the Enterprise docks at Yorktown and the crew starts to go explore the station. The clip shows a moment between Kirk and Scotty. We see Kirk feel the loneliness of being at the top, and Scotty has a dinner date with a familiar name from Season 3 of TOS. Click on for the video.


Star Trek Beyond comes to home video November 1

We finally have an official release date from Paramount Home Entertainment for Star Trek Beyond. It will be available on physical media in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D , standard Blu-ray, and DVD versions on November 1. As is becoming common, the digital version (sold through digital stores like iTunes) will be available to purchase earlier, on October 4. Full details are after the break.


RETROSPECTIVE: The Original Series Remastered Project

10 years ago, the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek was fast approaching. HDTV was the future. CBS knew they needed to do something to be sure the “one that started it all”, The Original Series, was ready for that future. Produced from 2006-2008, The Original Series – Remastered (TOS-R) was a huge undertaking that came with a variety of challenges and fan controversies. Keep reading for an in-depth look back at the project.




UNCONFIRMED: “Star Trek Beyond” Home Video Release Date

While full details about the home video releases of  Star Trek Beyond aren’t available just yet, a reliable source tells Bill Hunt over at The Digital Bits that Beyond will be released to home video surprisingly early, on September 20. No other details have been given, but we do have a look at a few retailer exclusive versions, they come with different model ships, not different bonus content, as far as we know.


SDCC News: Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray announced

In a happy surprise from the Rod Roddenberry San Diego ComicCon panel, it was announced that Rod had culled through archives and found cut segments of Star Trek Original Series episodes, plus other behind-the-scenes bits. It will be released on a Blu-ray later in 2016 with a brand new documentary by Roger Lay, Jr (who was part of the team that did the awesome TNG and ENT Blu-ray documentaries). The full press release is after the break.


VFX of Star Trek Beyond

The Visual Effects of Star Trek Beyond are being handled by the excellent crew of Double Negative. Their work has won them acclaim and a couple of Oscars too (for Ex Machina and Interstellar). Kevin H. Martin, a Trekkie, and active member of online Trek communities – including TrekMovie, has a new article for HD Video Pro Magazine where he interviews co-founder and VFX supervisor Peter Chiang about Beyond.


Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness UltraHD Blu-ray reviews

The newest Trek films are part of the first wave of movies Paramount will release on the new UltraHD Blu-ray format. There are no new special features, they’re the same as The Compendium deluxe two-movie release from a couple of years back, but at least nothing is left out (I’m looking at you first versions of Into Darkness). Into Darkness is an especially good fit considering parts of it were filmed in IMAX. Read on to find out how the movies look and sound with the next generation video and audio formats.




Who Owns Star Trek? BuzzFeed asks

Adam B. Vary of BuzzFeed just published an in depth article on Star Trek fandom (centered primarily around the reboot movies and Axanar as two different sides of Trek and fandom), titled “Who Owns Star Trek? How Star Trek Created, Lost, And Won Back Its Devoted Fandom”. With interviews from Trek actors, producers, directors, and fans, it’s a great read. Click through for some choice excerpts.


STAR TREK 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection available September

Own all original series crew adventures in a giant Blu-ray set! CBS and Paramount have teamed up to combine every TOS cast movie along with the three seasons of The Original Series, and as a special treat, this box set is the debut of The Animated Series on Blu-ray, plus exclusive swag all in one 30-disc collector’s set.



STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Director’s Edition debuts on Blu-ray June 7th

As we reported a few weeks back, the Director’s Edition of The Wrath of Khan is finally making its way to Blu-ray. So far it is the first and only Director’s Edition to be released on Blu-ray. Word around the web is that this edition is based on a new 4k scan of the film. It includes both the Theatrical and Director’s editions on one disc, plus a new documentary on the making of TWOK. The rest of the special features are ported over from the 2009 theatrical-only Blu-ray release or the DVD release of the DE.


STAR TREK and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in June

With the latest home video format now available, the newest Trek films were obvious choices to release on UltraHD Blu-ray. The first two JJ Abrams Trek movies will be available on the UltraHD Blu-ray format on June 14th. The most important upgrades to these releases are the HDR (High Dynamic Range) video and the new Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Full details after the break.


New boxed sets of TOS-R and TNG-R Blu-rays coming in June

CBS Home Entertainment has announced that it is releasing new Blu-ray complete series sets for the The Original Series and The Next Generation in brand new packaging in time for the 50th anniversary. For fans in North America this is the first time a nicely boxed up complete set has been made available for the Blu-ray releases of the two series. Pics of the new boxes after the break.



Spockboy video – Sepia Trek

Long time TrekMovie readers will remember our friend Paul “Spockboy” Sibbald for his hilarious TOS gag edits of episodes. He let us know there was a new creation up on his YouTube channel for our viewing pleasure. He says he was inspired by: the gentlemen who took pictures of the original Enterprise model and Photoshopped them into scenes from the various Star Trek films. That story, plus the recent very sad death of Leonard Nimoy, inspired me to create this video. It is the sequence from Star Trek III when the crew steals the Enterprise. In this video however it is the TOS crew (and ships) and is done as a 1927 silent film. It is certainly unique and I think you’ll like it. It was shot completely with models and required a great deal of rotoscoping to make it work. There’s some major TOS love in this one, Matt Decker is sent after Kirk in this version of events, and there’s a fun homage to the first Sci-Fi silent film – Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon. Click through for the full video.


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