Recently TrekMovie.com has been picking up rumblings of work on new DVD special features for previous Trek feature films. However, as of now Paramount still do not have a single new Star Trek title announced for 2008 or 2009 on either DVD or Blu-ray, but a new blog post from David Gerrold (writer: “Trouble with Tribbles”) has let the cat out of the bag. Gerrold writes about a recent trip to the Paramount lot to shoot special features for a new DVD box set…and while on the lot, Gerrold was also treated to a visit to the set of JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek.
New Box set
The Star Trek films have each been released as both a regular and a special edition (except TMP which was only released as a “director’s edition”). In addition they have been boxed together into a 10 movie set (pictured above right) as well as a TNG movies set and a TOS movies set. Those box sets had no additional special features. However, it sounds like Paramount is planning a new DVD box set with new special features (and likely a Blu-ray set as well).
From Gerrold’s blog:
Tim King Productions invited me down to the Paramount lot to be interviewed for a documentary. Paramount is planning to rerelease all ten Star Trek movies on DVD with a bonus disc of extra material, including an interview with folks who were in the crowd scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Most of those folks were Star Trek fans especially recruited for the privilege, so they gathered a few of us together and let us reminisce for awhile in front of a couple cameras. Among the attendees were Bjo Trimble (she and her husband John created the letter campaign that got the original series renewed in 68) and Chris Doohan, Jimmy Doohan’s son. It was a fun couple of hours.
Our friends at the Digital Bits are reporting on the possible Blu-ray angle:
Our own industry sources have recently hinted that several of the previous [Star Trek] feature films are currently receiving brand new high-def transfers and a good digital scrubbing to prepare them for future Blu-ray release.
Paramount recently announced releases for the three previous Indiana Jones movies with new special features to coincide with the release of their big movie for this May, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It appears likely that Paramount plan on doing the same for their big movie for next May, Star Trek. Hopefully any Blu-ray releases will be available both individually as well as in a box set (which is likely to be pricey).
Gerrold sees something big on Star Trek stages
While on the Paramount lot, the group being interviewed for the DVDs had the chance to visit the set of JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie….again from Gerrold’s blog:
After that, they walked us over to the soundstage where the new movie is being filmed so they could get a shot of us walking up to the door. Unfortunately, security around the film is so tight that the guards wouldn’t even let them shoot the outside of the soundstage. (Right!) While we were waiting, JJ Abrams drove up in one of those little electric golf carts. He recognized Chris (who has a small part in the picture) and Chris introduced me to him. JJ Abrams is a genuinely nice guy and he is extraordinarily respectful of the original series. (Of course, I made a point of telling him how much I enjoyed Lost, but shame on me, I forgot to say how much I liked Cloverfield too.)
JJ asked us what we were all doing there, then invited us into the soundstage to have a look at what they were shooting. But first we had to sign non-disclosure agreements and put on bright-colored wristbands that showed we were visitors. While we were doing that, Leonard Nimoy came by and said hello. He was there for a costume-fitting.
Once we got onto the soundstage, we saw … a whole bunch of really neat stuff. Stage 18 is one of the largest on the Paramount lot (it’s where they shot the big crew scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and the set that we saw totally filled it. We saw lots of computer screens, lasers, smoke, mirrors, machinery, bright lights, and big set thingies, plus a humongus thing that I’m not going to describe, but it took up a lot of space and must have been very heavy to hang from the rafters. We saw some very large cameras (they looked like 70mm cameras to me, but I could be wrong.) We saw a guy in what might have been a Starfleet uniform, it was very impressive and very very Star Trek. We also some some bad guys and they looked very good to me too, very much in keeping with the look and feel of classic Trek.
So when everyone involved with the film has been talking about it being ‘huge,’ apparently they were being literal.
David Gerrold’s next Trek adventure is the Star Trek Phase II episode “Blood and Fire” which he wrote and directed. That is due out this Summer, more info at the official Phase II site. The 2007 John Cusack film Martian Child, based on a novel by Gerrold, was recently released on DVD.