Full Details On Star Trek Season Two Blu-Ray Set

The last bit of details on the Fall Star Trek home video titles has been revealed with the full press release for Star Trek Season Two on Blu-ray. The set will have some very interesting bits, including HD versions of TAS and DS9 ‘Tribble’ episodes. Full details below.




Seamless Branching Technology! Every Disc is BD Live Enabled!
On Blu-ray September 22

From CBS Home Entertainment And Paramount Home Entertainment

Featuring The Mobile-Blu™ Application Allowing Fans To Download
Exclusive Content and Control Blu-ray Players With Their iPhone

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Experience one of the greatest action-adventure sagas like never before when the thrilling second season of STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES blasts onto Blu-ray disc September 22 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The seven-disc set features all 26 sophomore season episodes, each with superior picture and pristine audio, bringing fans closer than ever to the history and characters of STAR TREK®. An entire disc is dedicated to “The Trouble With Tribbles,” arguably the franchise’s most famous episode for its depiction of the cute and fuzzy, though ultimately quite dangerous, creatures.

Starring one of the most endearing casts in television history – led by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and Nichelle Nichols – STAR TREK® is a worldwide phenomenon and served as a launching pad for numerous television series and feature films, including this year’s J.J. Abrams-directed mega-blockbuster.

Offering the best of both worlds, the second season Blu-ray release of STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES features Seamless Branching technology that allows fans to toggle between the newly-enhanced and original special effects. In addition, the series is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, the best sound format possible, with the option to select mono as heard on the series’ original television airings.

Beyond the Tribble-specific bonus disc, this set also includes “Starfleet Access” content on select episodes which provides fans with special pop-up trivia and picture-in-picture video commentaries, rare on-set home movie footage and new special features on BD Live. Also, every disc is Mobile Blu™ enabled. Once downloaded, Mobile Blu™ allows Trekkies to turn their iPhones into Blu-ray player remote controls and download exclusive featurettes for on-the-go entertainment. The definitive release that fans have been waiting for, STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON TWO BLU-RAY will be available for the suggested retail price of $118.99 US and $136.99 CAN. Exclusive Star Trek Monopoly cards will also be included in early shipments of the Blu-ray set, while supplies last.

STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON TWO BLU-RAY 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. STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON TWO BLU-RAY is not rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada. The total running time is approximately 22 hours. The Blu-ray disc breakdown is as follows:

  • Disc 1:
    • Amok Time
    • Who Mourns for Adonais?
    • The Changeling
    • Mirror, Mirror
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
      • Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 2 (HD)
    • Starfleet Access episode – Amok Time
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
    • Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
      • Writing Spock

  • Disc 2:
    • The Apple
    • The Doomsday Machine
    • Catspaw
    • I, Mudd
    • Metamorphosis
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
    • Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
      • Creating Chekov

  • Disc 3:
    • Journal to Babel
    • Friday’s Child
    • The Deadly Years
    • Obsession
    • Wolf in the Fold
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
    • Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
      • Listening to the Actors

    Disc 4:

    • The Trouble With Tribbles
      • Special Feature: Brand New Audio Commentary by David Gerrold
    • Special Features:
      • The Trouble With Tribbles preview trailer
      • More Tribbles, More Troubles Episode From Star Trek®: The Animated Series (HD)
        • Audio Commentary by David Gerrold
      • Trials And Tribble-ations From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® (HD)
      • Trials And Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends
      • Trials And Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor
      • Star Trek®: The Original Series On Blu-ray
    • Starfleet Access episode – The Trouble With Tribbles
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
    • Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
      • Spock’s Mother

    Disc 5:

    • The Gamesters Of Triskelion
    • A Piece Of The Action
    • The Immunity Syndrome
    • A Private Little War
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
      • “To Boldly Go…” Season Two
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled

    Disc 6:

    • Return To Tomorrow
    • Patterns Of Force
    • By Any Other Name
    • The Omega Glory
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
      • Designing the Final Frontier
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled

    Disc 7:

    • The Ultimate Computer
    • Bread And Circuses
    • Assignment: Earth
    • Special Features:
      • Preview trailers for each episode
      • Star Trek®’s Favorite Moments
      • Writer’s Notebook: D.C. Fontana
      • Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy
      • Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek®’s Great Trio
      • Star Trek®’s Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols
      • Enhanced Visual Effects Credits
    • BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled

Box Art & pre order

Star Trek Season Two on Blu-ray – 3D view + front and back

[Amazon pre-order: Star Trek The Original Series: Season Two Blu-ray: $72.99]


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I’m very curious about an HD version of the DS9 episode. Did they do a complete remastering from the original elements or something else?

I don’t have a Blue Ray player. Does anyone know if a regular DVD player will be able to play the discs, and also will a regular player be able to “toggle” between the old and new effects?

Only Blu-Ray players can can play a Blu-Ray disc. A Blu-Ray player can play DVD’s however. You can use a Blu-Ray player without having a HD Television it will work just fine you just won’t get the HD picture.

I’m disappointed that there aren’t as many ‘Starfleet Access’ features on this set as there were on season 1. Those were my favorite features by far.

Can I just have “The Doomsday Machine” and “Amok Time” please?

What’s next? TOS with Smell-o-rama!! Enjoy the perfume Uhura wore in every episode!


Already pre-ordered. Looking forward to it! Paramount keep the bonus content coming, it really makes the Bluray release something special.

Sorry, that should be ‘CBS’ keep up the good work with the bonus content!

Yeah, I’m curious about the DS9 episode. I can’t remember if they shot in video like TNG or not.

#1, no more than I. This was discussed at length here:

and here:

It was either originally mastered on high res video, or they went back to the original film elements and re-built it from the ground up.

The last possibility is that they merely up-resed it to HD and it is not true HD.

In any event it is going to be very interesting to see what they did. If this is truly a re-mastered version, I cannot imagine they are not trumpeting this from the mountaintops as further incentive to buy this edition.

It was shot on film but scanned and mastered in Standard Definition.

But until now it looks like they went back and remasterd the DS9 ep. The animated episode was probably already in HD from the cleaning up of TAS a few years ago.

Seems like they are putting out a great product here. I like how they list some of TOS actors but skip Georgie (must be Shat’s fault!) and Walter…

#11, yes if you notice Billy Blackburn’s footage is also HD, meaning a transfer of the 8mm or 16mm footage. TAS episode would have also been finished on film. Unless they up-resed the SD content.

Even the box doesn’t mention a thing about DS9 being HD – most peculiar as this is a big deal and might even result in a sale to a DS9 fan who might not otherwise buy the TOS box set.

Fantastic! I will definitely own this one. Don’t give a rat’s ass about Monopoly cards, so I won’t pre-order; I’m still only on disc 3 of Season 1!

Seamless branching is such a great feature.

Interesting to see that they’ll be presenting episodes of TAS (which I don’t like, but that’s not the point) and DS9 in HD.

I have the old regular (non Blu-Ray) DVD sets of TOS and was very disappointed that I could not watch the HD special features. If a Blu-Ray player will play regular DVDs does that mean I would be able to watch the HD stuff?

I wish they had Starfleet access on more episodes, like DDM.

#16-Blu-Ray players will not play HD-DVD’s. I know because I bought an HD-DVD player when they became obsolete and were dirt cheap, just so I could watch my HD-DVD Season One Star Trek. Now, I just went and bought a Blu-Ray player at Wal-Mart for $98….just so I can get the movie in Blu-Ray. It’s all a bit confusing, at first. HD-DVD players play HD-DVD’s and regular DVD’s. Blu-Ray players play Blu-Ray dvd’s and regular dvd’s, but NOT HD-DVD’s. Whew!

Happy to see that the DS9 episode is included.

The second season had a different ‘feel’ to it then the first. Many great episodes. It’s the middle season of a great series.

Looking forward to seeing it remastered in HD.

” 9. sean – August 5, 2009

Yeah, I’m curious about the DS9 episode. I can’t remember if they shot in video like TNG or not.”

TNG was shot on 35, not video.


A blu-ray player will play hd-dvd’s if you were lucky enough to get one of the combo players before they were discontinued. both LG and samsung made models that played both before toshiba pulled the plug on hd-dvd. i realise that you’re talking about standalone blu-ray players, just thought i’d mention the combo players, might be able to find them on ebay or something like that still.

One more question…if I may:
What is “seamless branching?”
Does this mean you can go back and forth between the old effects and new effects–in other words, show them back to back, consecutively, to compare them? Or does it mean they have a split screen, where you can see both? What does it mean?
And thanks to #3, Anthony, for your previous answer.

#18 Jim J-

I just checked the Walmart site and the cheapest Blu-Ray player is $129. How did you get the $98 price? Thanks.

*does that “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” dance*
with HD versions of the TAS and DS9 Tribble episodes, now I’m DEFINITELY gonna get this on release day :D

hmm i am thinking the way to go is just built a media centre pc and then slap blue-ray drive in , thats my plan anyway

#20 — The raw footage was 35mm yes, but it was all edited and composited with VFX on video.

I’m interested to see what they did with the DS9 episode, hopefully it’s proper HD and not an upconvert :)

25 — Trust me on this, I’ve been in to home theater PCs since 2003. Doing Blu-ray from your PC is generally more trouble than it’s worth. A decent standalone Blu-ray player is ~$250. You’ll likely spend more than that just trying to make Blu-ray work well on a PC. Proper Blu-ray playback sofware that integrates with Media Center is ~$80, a graphics card that accelerates the codecs is ~$60. The MC remote is about $30. FYI: you need a basic dual-core CPU to really keep things smooth. So don’t think you’ll be repurposing an old PC for the project.


Seamless branching means the effects shots are present on the blu-ray both in the original and remastered versions and you can indeed toggle between them by hitting the angle button on your blu-ray remote control. It’s a very cool feature and I’ve played with it a lot on the season 1 set.

I doubt the DS9 episode will be in HD because the season 1 blu-ray set included many bonus features in regular 480 (standard DVD resolution). Only the TOS episodes and the new bonus features that weren’t on the previous DVD sets are in HD.

The season 1 blu-ray set is one of my most treasured possessions (especially since I got Leonard to sign the cover last week at the NJ con). The episodes have never looked this good before. I know it’s tough in this economy, but if at all possible I sincerely urge anyone who has not yet taken the blu-ray plunge to do so and buy these sets. You won’t be sorry. You’ll fall in love with TOS all over again.


I’m buying this set just for the DS9 episode on HD.

I am looking forward to this boxset, season 1 was amazing on blu ray and cannotwait to get season 2

29- be great to see DS9 in HD.

Looking forward to this and the TNG movie blu ray set

Is there an anti TNG vibe in this site? is anyone looking forward to the TNG bluray as well?

I love all five shows, and I am a huge TOS junkie

I want TNG on HD as well!

I hope that if they did rescan the DS9 episode that they didn’t replace the model work with the TOS-R cgi 1701.

They actually built the 60s models all over again for the episode and they were impressive.

Oh. Mah. Gawd.
Never though BR’s could have this much features. Without having to add an extra disc ala-DVD. Too bad they’re expensive.
And unavailable. D:

I’m excited for the DS9 episode in HD. If it’s only an upconvert, I’ll be ******. I’m hoping it’s true HD. If it is, it’ll be wonderful. It, along with the re-doing of the effects (DS9 and VOY had some CG effects that only exist in SD) will prove that HD will not be the sole domain of TOS (TNG doesn’t count; it will have movies in HD, but the series is in the same boat as the other spin-offs). I can’t wait to hear if the DS9 episode is true HD. I’ll get this set for TOS season 2 (most of my favorite episodes are on this set) but an HD version of a Trek spinoff episode that a lot of people assume would not occur. Did I mention that:

a.) DS9 is my favorite series

b.) The Tribble episode was one of my favorites.

Season 2 has some of my fav episodes as well

Hell I am even looking forward to season 3 on blu ray as well

@31 captain_neill
“Is there an anti TNG vibe in this site?”

Unfortunately yes, and if it wasn’t for the great news coverage I would not use this site, because sometimes all the hate for the TNG era shows just makes me sad.

I love all five of them as well and although I would say TOS and ENT are my least favourites of them, they all have a special place :)

The DS9 episode and the TNG movies on HD makes me really excited, just a shame that we in Europe have to wait until November :(

Have first season and Bluray player now. Still haven’t figured out how to do ‘Seamless Branching’ while I watch though.

DJ neelix

I feel your pain.

I love TOS loads, but I also love the spin offs as well. I grew up loving TNG.

I agree that this site has great news coverage but I am also annoyed at hte hate the TNG era gets, to me it adds to Trek

“Journal to Babel”??? I hope it’s not written that way on the box.

#40 Sounds like a followup episode to “Trials and Tribble-ations” featuring journalist Jake Sisko on a time-travelling expedition to discover who the “Little Copper Dudes” were! ;)

If they say its in HD then its true HD. They have everything they need in 35mm. All they have to do is rescan the film elements and put it all back together. They even have all the time codes. Apparently this process is so easy you could get an entire episode done in a day or two.

As for CGI in it, i would say no. They never did anything for DS9 (not yet anyway) so my guess is that its nothing more than HD version of the original show as filmed.

#31 Hell Yes I can’t wait for TNG on blu-ray. I also loved all five shows, I thought Enterprise was fantastic and no one has given a good reason why it was bad other then the fact that they did not like it. Enterprise was awesome and I cant wait to see it, TNG, and the rest in HD. After seeing TOS on blu-ray I have fallen in love with it all over again. After watching the terrible cable TV quality and even the lackluster DVD version the HD quality TOS is fantastic, I never though it could look and sound so good.

Why does everyone hate Enterprise? I thought it was fantastic, I liked it better than TOS and VOY. DS9 and TNG are my favs but ENT was freaking great especially the first and fourth seasons.

I say all the FX CG shots need to be redone for TNG, some just look so bad and in season 7 they are using season 1 footage, I could not stand that.

#10 I am sure it is true HD, after watching TOS season 1 I was so impressed, I have never seen TOS like that before. The audio and visual quality was so incredible I was left speechless. After watching TOS on cable and DVD for so many years you can really see the difference, its not a simple upscale, its full HD, and I doubt they would skimp on season two if season one is full HD.

#42: Not correct. CGI was used on DS9 from the very first episode (for Odo’s morphing effect) and was being used extensively for spaceship scenes by the end of the fifth season (most notably for the breathtaking shot of the Defiant joining the Federation fleet at the end of the season finale “A Call to Arms”).

lol #42, I guess you don’t understand marketing much. This is one hunderd percent certainly a SD upscale or it would have been very clearly stated that the DS9 episode was re-edited entirely. They don’t just DO that and then not mention it xD

#42. Allen wrote: All they have to do is rescan the film elements and put it all back together. They even have all the time codes. Apparently this process is so easy you could get an entire episode done in a day or two.

Where did you read that? First, there is nothing quite that simple about it. Second, time codes don’t apply. Third, a day or two? Doubtful. Go back and look at some of the previous discussions I linked to above for more detail on the problems. Or google it. There are some fine forums with some experts on the matter who discuss it at length.

#42. Allen wrote: As for CGI in it, i would say no. They never did anything for DS9 (not yet anyway)

I believe he meant the vfx overlays like phasers which were created in a computer and output to video for compositing with the film elements. Those at a minimum would have had to be replaced.

While the model work was superior to TOS, it may well not have held up to scrutiny in HD, at least to the level presented in the TOS-R CGI. The good news is that almost all of the DS9 Tribbles effects were already created for TOS-R Tribbles – if this is what they did.

I am not convinced of any of this due to the cost involved and lack of press about it. But it makes sense that if any of these TNG era episodes are going to be re-mastered first, it will be the most popular and historic ones. It is generally acknowledged in the industry that Trek will be the most expensive to re-master due to the number of vfx and composited elements. It is hardly Seinfeld, one of the shows held up as an example of the ease and speed with which the re-mastering process can be accomplished, nor does Trek bring in anything like the syndication dollars Seinfeld does.

#47 – Whether the TOS episodes are true HD or not, is NOT in question. It’s whether the TAS Tribbles and DS9 Tribbles episodes are true HD.

I can safely say the DS9 Ep will no be in true HD (as was the case on the HD-DVD from what I hear), i’m sure it will look great upressed on my PS3 but that’s about it.

For the people confused about the seamless branching, it’s a bit of a misnomer, just hit the ANGLE button on your remote during or just prior to an effect and you can toggle between the old and new shots.

#38 – The only place where seamless branching really applies is during scenes with remastered special effects. When viewing an effects shot (like an Enterprise flyby for example) press the ANGLE button on your BluRay remote control; that should switch the video between the new CG special effect and the old optical version. Hope that helps.

RE: #6 “Smell-O-Rama.

I’d wager you’d smell a lot of ham and cheese.


#49.. if you were watching Shatner at the time.