TrekMovie.com has finally got a copy of the offiical release for TOS-R coming to HD DVD, announced recently at CES. It states that season one of the ‘Remastered’ Star Trek: The Original Series will be released on combo DVD/HD-DVD disks by the fourth quarter of 2007 in the USA and Japan. Note that this is the actual 29 episodes of the first season of TOS and not the first season of Trek Remastered in syndication which is airing out of order. This release is sooner than originally planned and TrekMovie.com has been told that CBS are ‘accelerating’ their production schedule to ensure they have completed all of season 1 this year. However even though they will be producing these extra season one shows this year, the 2007 syndicated airing schedule will remain unchanged. In the official release Ken Ross, EVP of CBS Home Entertainment states "as we take this initial step into the high definition DVD market, it is only fitting that Star Trek is the first property that we chose to release.”
Apparently CBS are not embracing Blu-ray, or at least for now. Their announcement also included Ross stating “What really intrigued us about this opportunity was the dual disc option which allows early adopters of HD the chance to experience Star Trek in high definition, but also allows millions of fans with standard DVD players the ability to enjoy the series in its restored glory.” CBS’s combo disk only policy is in contrast to Paramount Home Entertainment who recently told Bill Hunt of the Digital Bits that future high def releases of the Trek films will be on both formats. To add even more confusion Paramount Home Entertainment will be handling the distribution for CBS Home Entertainment.
Some questions still remain
There are still no details on special features, aspect ratios, other countries, additional fixes or other options. TrekMovie.com will continue to look into these questions and will report as soon as anything is learned.
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