Last week we reported that Paramount was the last studio to announce support for the Blu-ray HD standard. At the time Paramount still had a number of planned HD DVD titles and even just announced two new ones. However today comes news from Video Business, HiDef Digest and The Hollywood Reporter that the two Paramount titles coming out next week (Into the Wild and Things We Lost) would be their last. All future announced HD DVD titles have been cancelled. Paramount has still not announced any Blu-ray titles or any plans for Trek.
The Remastered Star Trek The Original Series Seasons Two and Three were never officially announced for HD DVD/DVD combo, but were expected to be released in the Summer and Fall respectively. Sources have told TrekMovie.com that work on Season Two was almost complete (and possibly even totally complete). Even after adopting Blu-ray there was still a chance for Paramount to support both formats for a period, which would have allowed for TOS-R to get a complete set on HD DVD. However, the above reports make it all but certain that Season One will be the sole Star Trek HD DVD title. The only ray of hope for HD DVD Trek is that CBS (who control Trek TV) may not follow suit with Paramount Home Entertainment who distribute all CBS DVDs, but they always have before.
Future of Trek on disk?
There is still no word on the future of Trek on Blu-ray. In fact as of now there isn’t a single DVD title for Trek on any format announced. Every year since 1999 there have been multiple releases for Trek. Now that every series has been released at least once all that remains for DVD are more ‘Captain’s Logs’ style compilations or new special editions or box sets (like last years TNG 20th anniversary set). The biggest potential is HD titles, on Blu-ray of course. As of now Star Trek The Original Series, Star Trek Enterprise and the ten Star Trek feature films are all HD ready. All seem likely candidates for early Blu-ray titles, but Paramount has got a lot of catching up to do with other films that were pulled when they switched to HD only plus new titles for 2007 and 2008 films. It is possible that 2008 will be the first year in a decade without a single Trek title on disk. Right now the only thing we can be certain of is that the new Star Trek movie will come out sometime in late 2009, likely on DVD and Blu-ray. Beyond that…who knows?