Articles by Matt Wright

SDCC News: Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray announced

In a happy surprise from the Rod Roddenberry San Diego ComicCon panel, it was announced that Rod had culled through archives and found cut segments of Star Trek Original Series episodes, plus other behind-the-scenes bits. It will be released on a Blu-ray later in 2016 with a brand new documentary by Roger Lay, Jr (who was part of the team that did the awesome TNG and ENT Blu-ray documentaries). The full press release is after the break.


VFX of Star Trek Beyond

The Visual Effects of Star Trek Beyond are being handled by the excellent crew of Double Negative. Their work has won them acclaim and a couple of Oscars too (for Ex Machina and Interstellar). Kevin H. Martin, a Trekkie, and active member of online Trek communities – including TrekMovie, has a new article for HD Video Pro Magazine where he interviews co-founder and VFX supervisor Peter Chiang about Beyond.


Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness UltraHD Blu-ray reviews

The newest Trek films are part of the first wave of movies Paramount will release on the new UltraHD Blu-ray format. There are no new special features, they’re the same as The Compendium deluxe two-movie release from a couple of years back, but at least nothing is left out (I’m looking at you first versions of Into Darkness). Into Darkness is an especially good fit considering parts of it were filmed in IMAX. Read on to find out how the movies look and sound with the next generation video and audio formats.




Who Owns Star Trek? BuzzFeed asks

Adam B. Vary of BuzzFeed just published an in depth article on Star Trek fandom (centered primarily around the reboot movies and Axanar as two different sides of Trek and fandom), titled “Who Owns Star Trek? How Star Trek Created, Lost, And Won Back Its Devoted Fandom”. With interviews from Trek actors, producers, directors, and fans, it’s a great read. Click through for some choice excerpts.


STAR TREK 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection available September

Own all original series crew adventures in a giant Blu-ray set! CBS and Paramount have teamed up to combine every TOS cast movie along with the three seasons of The Original Series, and as a special treat, this box set is the debut of The Animated Series on Blu-ray, plus exclusive swag all in one 30-disc collector’s set.



STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Director’s Edition debuts on Blu-ray June 7th

As we reported a few weeks back, the Director’s Edition of The Wrath of Khan is finally making its way to Blu-ray. So far it is the first and only Director’s Edition to be released on Blu-ray. Word around the web is that this edition is based on a new 4k scan of the film. It includes both the Theatrical and Director’s editions on one disc, plus a new documentary on the making of TWOK. The rest of the special features are ported over from the 2009 theatrical-only Blu-ray release or the DVD release of the DE.


STAR TREK and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in June

With the latest home video format now available, the newest Trek films were obvious choices to release on UltraHD Blu-ray. The first two JJ Abrams Trek movies will be available on the UltraHD Blu-ray format on June 14th. The most important upgrades to these releases are the HDR (High Dynamic Range) video and the new Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Full details after the break.


New boxed sets of TOS-R and TNG-R Blu-rays coming in June

CBS Home Entertainment has announced that it is releasing new Blu-ray complete series sets for the The Original Series and The Next Generation in brand new packaging in time for the 50th anniversary. For fans in North America this is the first time a nicely boxed up complete set has been made available for the Blu-ray releases of the two series. Pics of the new boxes after the break.



Spockboy video – Sepia Trek

Long time TrekMovie readers will remember our friend Paul “Spockboy” Sibbald for his hilarious TOS gag edits of episodes. He let us know there was a new creation up on his YouTube channel for our viewing pleasure. He says he was inspired by: the gentlemen who took pictures of the original Enterprise model and Photoshopped them into scenes from the various Star Trek films. That story, plus the recent very sad death of Leonard Nimoy, inspired me to create this video. It is the sequence from Star Trek III when the crew steals the Enterprise. In this video however it is the TOS crew (and ships) and is done as a 1927 silent film. It is certainly unique and I think you’ll like it. It was shot completely with models and required a great deal of rotoscoping to make it work. There’s some major TOS love in this one, Matt Decker is sent after Kirk in this version of events, and there’s a fun homage to the first Sci-Fi silent film – Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon. Click through for the full video.


Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Seven – Blu-ray review

  With the release of Season 7 we come to the end of rediscovering The Next Generation in high definition. It has been an amazing two years of releases from the CBS Digital team, lifting the veil of edited on videotape standard definition haze. So this release is bittersweet, a new season to go through is always welcome, but knowing this is the last remastered Trek show for the foreseeable future is saddening. Read on for the full review.






See Deep Space Nine in HD from TNG Season 6 on Blu-ray + Will We See DS9 Series on Blu-ray?

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 on Blu-ray last Tuesday gave fans an exciting glimpse at the Deep Space Nine station (setting for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) in high definition. You get to see the station inside and out, even Morn! See below for the DS9 in HD images, plus a discussion about what the future holds for DS9 in HD.



Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 6 Blu-ray review

Season 6 is arguably the best season of TNG. The writers that we associate with TNG’s better episodes were all present, the production staff had TNG down cold, the visual effects were at their peak technologically, and the episodes covered a diverse group of subjects and genres.  Read on to see how the season looks re-mastered and details of  the treasure trove of deleted scenes the CBS Digital team were able to find, available June 24th in North America.


Star Trek: The Next Generation – “Chain of Command” Blu-ray review

Along with the boxed set of Season 6, the single disc release of ”Chain of Command”, the critically acclaimed two-part episode that deals with torture, prisoner’s rights, and handling the change of leadership under a new commanding officer, will also be available to purchase on June 24 in the USA. As with other single-disc releases, both parts have been edited together to make one 90-minute TV movie.



Reading Rainbow Kickstarter funding with Trek alumni

As we reported a couple of weeks ago LeVar Burton had started a Kickstarter fund to bring back beloved children’s show Reading Rainbow. It made their first goal of funding within a day, but the need for funding isn’t over, in an update this week Burton announced that he has enlisted Trek alumni to help him read stories, there will be exclusive Reading Rainbow Live! events for Kickstarter  pledges. Reading Rainbow Live! is a series of one-time-only events where I’m inviting you to bring your child and join us for a few hours. My friends and I will read from a few children’s books. We’ll all watch a classic episode of Reading Rainbow together, and everyone will go home with some special goodies. And afterward, there will also be a smaller Meet & Greet reception where a small number of families can join us to take photos, sign autographs and talk! The first performance will feature the “Men of Star Trek,” which include: Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, and Robert Picardo. The second performance is themed as the “Women of Star Trek,” with Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden, Jeri Ryan and Kate Mulgrew appearing. There are also two special solo performances planned, one with William Shatner and one with Patrick Stewart. All of the live readings will be Los Angeles, except for Patrick Stewart’s, which will be held in New York City. Read on for the full details.


Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray review

So we’ve finally come to Season 4 of Enterprise, often considered the best of the series. It is a bittersweet ending, going out on a high note, but it’s sad to think that this is the last TV series of the entire franchise, canceled after only four seasons. What we have in this final season is generally very good, we are treated to excellent multi-part story arcs about the Eugenics Wars, Vulcans, Andorians, Orions, and Klingons (oh my!) plus the mirror universe is revisited one last time. Read on for the review of the excellent Season 4 Blu-ray set.


Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray full details

Star Trek Enterprise Season 4 is due out at the end of this month, April 29th (to be exact). With that time fast approaching CBS has now officially sent out finalized details of the Blu-ray discs of this highly anticipated season, widely considered the best season of the series. We have new excellent sounding documentaries. “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special, which includes Brannon Braga, Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.  As with the previous seasons there is also a new four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which charts the last season of Enterprise.  Plus there are new episode commentaries too. Read on for the full details from the press release.




Trekcore’s “Into Darkness” deleted scenes investigation

As many of you may remember, Paramount Home Video and Bad Robot pulled quite the shenanigans on us consumers when it came time to release Star Trek Intro Darkness on home video. Extras were made retailer (and e-tailer) exclusive, if you wanted a commentary the only way to get that was to get it from iTunes, other special features were only available via Xbox Live, and so on. So most people didn’t get to see the deleted scenes. Well Trekcore has vigilantly assembled all the sources of deleted scenes they can get their hands on. This includes the famous “why Carol Markus has a British accent” scene, as well as the meeting of Kirk and Lucille Harewood (the young girl saved by Khan’s blood early in the movie) during the ending commemoration ceremony. There’s lots more to read in Trekcore’s two articles. Part One Part Two


Star Trek’s heart is in television, says Ron D. Moore

The web site Digital Spy recently caught up with Ron D. Moore to interview him about his new SyFy Channel show Helix, they couldn’t help but talk a little Trek with him. I think its home and its heart is really in television. That’s really what Star Trek is – the core concept is really a TV show. I think the features are good and I really admire what JJ Abrams has done with the last two films – I think it’s great – but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television. The kinds of stories that you’ll tell in the features space are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular. The features all have to be action-oriented. The TV shows were morality plays, they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways. Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member’s life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world or the Enterprise. On bringing Trek back to TV: The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me. I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it’s going to remain an ongoing franchise. On being the one to re-launch Trek on TV: I’d love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty, but I also don’t have a great new Star Trek idea. I’m not saying I know exactly how to do a new [Star Trek] TV show – I don’t. Maybe I shouldn’t do it until I have that great epiphany! –Source: Digital Spy


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