CBS & Paramount Announce First Star Trek Blu-ray sets – TOS S1 & All TOS movies coming April/May [UPDATED]

Today CBS and Paramount made official what we have been reporting for months, for the first time ever, Star Trek is coming to Blu-ray in 2009. CBS announced a Blu-ray set for the first season of TOS and Paramount announced all the TOS era movies are coming to Blu-ray, all to be released this Spring. TrekMovie and DigitalBits.com have worked together to bring you all the info on the new sets, see below for full details.

Star Trek on Blu-ray and DVD in 2009
CBS and Paramount announced a total of four new sets for 2009:

  • Star Trek The Original Series Season One [Blu-ray on April 28]
  • Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection (TMP – ST:VI) [Blu-ray on May 12]
  • Star Trek Motion Picture Trilogy (ST:II, ST:III, ST:IV) [Blu-ray on May 12]
  • Star Trek Motion Picture Trilogy (ST:II, ST:III, ST:IV) [DVD on May 12]

The TOS Season One set is essentially the Blu-ray version of HD-DVD TOS Season One (Remastered) set released in November 2007 (see TrekMovie review), but with the added benefit of allowing you to watch with the new CGI effects or the original 1960s effects.

Both new movie sets feature HD remasters of the theatrical versions of the six films with the TOS crew (Kirk, Spock, etc). Both movie sets also feature a number of new special features in HD, with the ‘Motion Picture Collection’ containing more special Blu-ray functions, and many of the the special features from the previous DVD releases. Each film (on both movie sets) has a new ‘superfan’ commentary from the likes of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Ira Steven Behr, Manny Coto, Judith & Garflield Reeves Stevens, and many more.

Full details and box art on each set below.

STAR TREK® – THE ORIGINAL SERIES – SEASON ONE BLU-RAY
[April 28 – $118.00 US / $136.00 Canada]

Star Trek’s first foray on Blu-ray fitting starts with the first season of Star Trek The Original Series on a seven disc set, including all 29 first season episodes and loads of special features. The first season Blu-ray release features ‘seamless branching’ technology that finally provides viewers the ability to see each remastered episode with either the newly enhanced digital effects or the original special effects. You can also choose to listen to the newly enhanced soundtrack (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) or the original one (in glorious mono!).

As part of the special features, six episodes feature “Starfleet Access” bonus content, which provides special pop-up trivia and picture-in-picture video commentaries. The set also includes an interactive tour of the starship Enterprise, Billy Blackburn’s rare on-set home movie footage, a featurette on the Remastered project, and much more. All of these features were on The hybrid HD-DVD/DVD release in 2007 (the ‘Starfleet Access’ feature for “Galileo Seven” was dropped to make room for other features). However, the set does not appear to include some of the features that were on the DVD side of the HD-DVD/DVD release, including the History channel special Beyond the Final Frontier and the ‘Trek Connections’ featurette. Like the HD-DVD release, the set also includes almost all the special features available on the standard DVD set released in 2004, with the notable exception of the ‘Red Shirt Diaries’ Easter Eggs (which weren’t on the HD-DVD set either). The Okuda text commentaries from the 2004 DVD set are also not included (which wasn’t on the HD DVD release either), but the Okudas participated in the “Starfleet Access” features.

It is also worth noting that this set is retailing for almost half of what the HD-DVD set was original sold for. Plus there is a collectible bonus of a free exclusive Sulu action figure from Diamond Select Toys (fans pay only shipping and handling charges). All in all this set looks to be exactly what fans have been asking for since the Star Trek Remastered project started in 2006.

STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE is a seven disc set presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Original 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono sound. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and French. The total running time is 24 Hrs., 20 Min.

The Blu-ray disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:

  • The Man Trap
  • Charlie X
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • The Naked Time
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into The 21st Century
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode – Where No Man Has Gone Before

Disc Two:

  • The Enemy Within
  • Mudd’s Women
  • What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  • Miri
  • Dagger of the Mind
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode

Disc Three:

  • The Corbomite Maneuver
  • The Menagerie, Part 1
  • The Menagerie, Part 2
  • The Conscience of the King
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Reflections on Spock
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode – The Menagerie, Parts 1 & 2

Disc Four:

  • Balance of Terror
  • Shore Leave
  • The Galileo Seven
  • The Squire of Gothos
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode – Balance of Terror

Disc Five:

  • Arena
  • Tomorrow is Yesterday
  • Court Martial
  • The Return of the Archons
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: To Boldly Go…Season One
  • Special Feature: The Birth of a Timeless Legacy

Disc Six:

  • Space Seed
  • A Taste of Armageddon
  • This Side of Paradise
  • The Devil in the Dark
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Interactive Enterprise Inspection
  • Special Feature: Sci-Fi Visionaries
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode – Space Seed

Disc Seven:

  • Errand of Mercy
  • The Alternative Factor
  • The City on the Edge of Forever
  • Operation: Annihilate!
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories
  • Special Feature: Kiss ‘N’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode – Errand of Mercy

Packaging:
Seven-disk Amaray case with an outer ‘O sleeve.’


Star Trek Season One coming to Blu-Ray in April (click to enlarge)
 

STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
[May 12 – $104.99]

The ‘Original Motion Picture’ Blu-ray collection includes the first six “Star Trek” films, which have been digitally remastered in high definition. All the new Blu-ray transfers are based on the original theatrical releases. With the exception of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the previously released first DVD versions of each film were the ‘theatrical versions’ followed by a second ‘special edition’. And in the case of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, there was only a single ‘Directors’ version released on DVD. Special care has been given to the Blu-ray version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which has been ‘fully restored’ in a process similar to Paramount’s recent Blu-ray edition of The Godfather. Director Nicholas Meyer tells us that the Wrath of Khan negative “was in terrible shape” which is why it needed extensive restoration. All six films have new 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio.

Each film has a brand new commentary track from noted experts and Star Trek fans, in addition to commentaries from the previous release (except for TMP, which only has the new commentary). The set has a total of over 14 hours of special features, including 2 ½ hours of all-new material. Each film has a number of brand new special featurettes in HD, plus a ‘Library Computer’ function (Blu-ray’s Java function for additional pop-up trivia and information), and a ‘Star Trek IQ’ link to BD-Live. The new set contains almost all the extra features from the previous 2-disk special DVD editions of each film, except for the Okuda text commentaries (superseded by the new ‘Library Computer’ feature which also involves the Okudas). There are also three special features on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Edition DVD, that aren’t in the new set (but maybe those will be in a possible future Blu-ray TMP Director’s Edition).

The collection also includes a bonus disc entitled “Star Trek: The Captains’ Summit” that features a 70-minute exclusive round table discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg in which William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes share candid moments and intimate details about life on the set.

The STAR TREK: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION Blu-ray discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish audio and English, English SDH, French, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles.

The following details the special features on each disc:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Release)

  • Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochterman  (New)
  • The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture (New- HD)
  • Special Star Trek Reunion (New- HD)
  • Starfleet Academy: Mystery Behind V’ger (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New – BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards
  • Trailers (HD) & TV Spots

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer
  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto  (New)
  • James Horner: Composing Genesis (New- HD)
  • A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban (New- HD)
  • Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics (New- HD)
  • Starfleet Academy: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • Captain’s Log
  • Designing Khan
  • Original interviews with DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Visual Effects of Star Trek I: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Star Trek Universe: A Novel Approach
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical trailer (HD)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

  • Commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer/producer
    Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll and Robin Curtis
  • Commentary by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor  (New)
  • Industrial Light & Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Trek (New- HD)
  • Spock: The Early Years (New- HD)
  • Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New – BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • Captain’s Log
  • Terraforming and the Prime Directive
  • Space Docks and Birds of Prey
  • Speaking Klingon
  • Klingon and Vulcan Costumes
  • Starfleet Academy: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer
  • Photo Galleries
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

  • Commentary by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
  • Commentary by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (New)
  • Pavel Chekov’s Screen Moments (New- HD)
  • The Three-Picture Saga (New- HD)
  • Star Trek for a Cause (New- HD)
  • Starfleet Academy: The Whale Probe (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New – BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • Future’s Past: A Look Back
  • On Location
  • Dailies Deconstruction
  • Below-the-Line: Sound Design
  • Time Travel: The Art of the Possible
  • The Language of Whales
  • A Vulcan Primer
  • Kirk’s Women
  • From Outer Space to the Ocean
  • The Bird of Prey
  • Original interviews with Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and DeForest Kelley
  • Roddenberry Scrapbook
  • Featured Artist: Mark Lenard
  • Production Gallery
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

  • Commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner
  • Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda and Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochterman (New)
  • Star Trek Honors NASA (New- HD)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan (New- HD)
  • Starfleet Academy: Nimbus III (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New – BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • Harve Bennett’s Pitch to the Sales Team
  • The Journey: A Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
  • Makeup Tests
  • Pre-Visualization Models
  • Rockman in the Raw
  • Star Trek V press conference
  • Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute
  • Original Interview: William Shatner
  • Cosmic Thoughts
  • That Klingon Couple
  • A Green Future?
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Production Gallery
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers (HD)
  • TV Spots

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2.35:1 aspect ratio, okayed by Nicholas Meyer)

  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter
    Denny Martin Flinn
  • Commentary by Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr (New)
  • Tom Morga: Alien Stuntman (New- HD)
  • To Be Or Not To Be: Klingons and Shakespeare (New- HD)
  • Starfleet Academy: Praxis (New- HD)
  • Library Computer (New – BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live: Star Trek I.Q. (New)
  • The Perils of Peacemaking
  • Stories from Star Trek VI:
    • It Started with a Story
    • Prejudice
    • Director Nicholas Meyer
    • Shakespeare & General Chang
    • Bring it to Life
    • Farewell & Goodbye
  • Conversations with Nicholas Meyer
  • Klingons: Conjuring the Legend
  • Federation Operatives
  • Penny’s Toy Box
  • Together Again
  • DeForest Kelley: A Tribute
  • Original cast interviews
  • Production Gallery
  • Storyboards
  • 1991 Convention Presentation by Nicholas Meyer
  • Trailers (HD)

Bonus Disc:

  • Star Trek: The Captains’ Summit (New – HD)

Packaging:
Amaray “thin packs” with a slipcase.


Star Trek TOS era movies coming to Blu-Ray in May (click to enlarge)
 

STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY BLU-RAY & DVD
[May 12 – BD: $48.99, DVD: $28.99]

In addition to the set of all six Original Series crew films (above), Paramount is packing the three ‘Genesis’ movies together in a lower-priced set on both Blu-ray and DVD. The set includes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek: IV: The Voyage Home. Both versions will have most of the new special features from the six-movie set, including the new commentaries, but none of the ported over special features from the previous DVD special editions.

The STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY Blu-ray discs are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Surround and Spanish Mono and English, English SDH, French, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles. The DVD collection is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround EX, French 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono and Portuguese Mono and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The special features on both sets are essentially the new commentaries and featurettes for the six-disk set above. All featurettes will be in HD on the Blu-ray set.

They are as follows:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto
  • James Horner: Composing Genesis
  • Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics
  • A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban
  • Starfleet Academy: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

  • Commentary by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor
  • Industrial Light & Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Trek
  • Spock: The Early Years
  • Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame
  • Starfleet Academy: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

  • Commentary by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
  • Pavel Chekov’s Screen Moments
  • The Three-Picture Saga
  • Star Trek for a Cause
  • Starfleet Academy: The Whale Probe

Packaging:
Amaray “thin packs” with a slipcase.


Star Trek II-IV ‘trilogy’ coming to Blu-Ray & DVD in May (click to enlarge)

 

More details to come
The above article contains some additional information given to TrekMovie and Digital Bits beyond the press release being sent out, but there is clearly a lot of more in-depth information about these exciting new releases. We will be doing follow-up articles on both the TOS and movie releases, so stay tuned. 

More Trek Blu-ray and DVD releases in 2009
These sets are just the Spring releases that Paramount and CBS are officially announcing, however TrekMovie and Digital Bits sources have confirmed additional titles for 2009. In the Fall, Paramount will obviously be releasing the 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek movie on Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount is also planning a Fall release of a four-movie Next Generation movie box set with Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis, complete with new bonus features. CBS is also readying seasons 2 and 3 of The Original Series for Blu-ray for the Fall as well.

In addition to the Next Gen movie set and the rest of the TOS series on Blu-ray, there are also some ‘maybes.’ There may be a ten-movie Blu-ray box set combining all the ten previous feature Star Trek films, or possibly an eleven-film set which would include the 2009 Star Trek movie as well. CBS may release two more TV episode collection DVD sets: a ‘best of TOS’ and a best of TNG,’ although those may be Europe only.  


Preliminary art (released in Europe) for TOS Seasons 2 & 3 on Blu-ray
– expected in late 2009

All in all 2009 is looking to be huge for Star Trek in home video. By the end of the year, every single Trek film and the entire Original Series will be out on Blu-ray with all sorts of new HD special features. As always, TrekMovie will be keeping track of all of these new projects and reporting news as it becomes available. 

This article was done in collaboration with Bill Hunt of DigitalBits.com, the world’s best site for DVD and Blu-ray news.

2/17/09 — Updated to include the newer information at The Digital Bits

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