2011 also saw a lot of interesting media releases in the world of Star Trek, including new music CDs, new TV broadcasts and DVDs, new internet and and video game content and new artwork. Today we take a look at the best of the year in Star Trek media.
CBS Home Entertainment has officially announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation will be available in high-definition for the first time ever on January 31, 2012. The previously announced sample disc — ‘The Next Level’ — will be followed by the complete first season Blu-ray later in 2012. Details over the jump.
Last month CBS officially announced Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered, revealing that all 178 episodes would be re-scanned from the original film elements and re-composited for a 1080p Blu-ray mastering. We now have a new trailer for the project, which you can watch after the jump.
Two weeks ago we reported on new details for the Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered project. As was rumored, today CBS has made details of the project official. All 178 episodes will be re-scanned from the original films elements and visual effects elements will be re-composited into a 1080p workflow for mastering onto Blu-ray and runs on syndicated television and digital distribution (i.e. Netflix) both domestically and internationally.
Two weeks ago we reported on new details for the Star Trek: The Next Generation – Remastered project. Now comes the first look at the cover art for the upcoming sampler disc release. Full image over the jump.
In July a report surfaced that CBS had started to begin work on remastering Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD for a Blu-ray release in 2012. Now comes news that the 4-episode sampler disc may be released this December.
Would you like to have every bit of Star Trek on DVD? Or second copies if you already amassed your collection? Well CBS has a new sweepstakes going where you can win the ultimate Star Trek DVD collection worth over $2000. Details on how you can win below.
According to a new report, the long-awaited Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD project is starting to gear up at CBS with a possible "Best of" pack of four episodes on Blu-ray coming this year and more to follow in 2012. See below for more on TNG in HD.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry has been working on his "Trek Nation" documentary about his father and Trek fans for the last few years. Now Rod is taking one more pass to put the finishing touches on the project and he is looking to Star Trek fans to help him out. Find out how you can help below.
The remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD is something that has been talked about ever since CBS gave the original Star Trek series the HD treatment in 2006. Now a new rumor has surfaced that CBS is moving forward on the project. Details below.
Back To Space-Con, a documentary about the first Bay Area Star Trek conventions from the 1970s, gets a world premiere tonight in San Francisco. The documentary is also available on DVD. More details and a trailer below.
In February we reported that CBS and Netflix had cut a deal to begin streaming a number of CBS series, including all of the Star Trek TV shows. Some CBS shows have begun to appear on streaming, so TrekMovie checked with Netflix get an update on the Star Trek roll-out, see below for exclusive details.
It is time for a quick update on some Star Trek stuff. First off Mondo has a cool new poster coming out tomorrow. Plus Paramount Home Video has a new Star Trek movie two-pack, The Kirk and Spock Bathrobes have come to the USA, Star Trek Magazine is going global, and the new Enterprise model has been canned. Get all the latest merch news below.
A now a new DVD collection called "Trek Stars Go West" contains classic TV and film Western appearances of Star Trek stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan. Details and clips below, including Shatner, Doohan and Nimoy as Indians.
The CBS Consumer Products presentation at the Star Trek con in Las Vegas mostly covered previously reported stuff, but there were a few new tidbits for Trek merchandise, like the USS Enterprise Pizza slicer. But the most interesting bit of information came from a response to a fan question about TNG on Blu-ray. See below for a breakdown of what is to come from CBS.
In February the ad-supported streaming video site Hulu added Star Trek Generations to their library, and today Hulu added the second TNG film, Star Trek First Contact. Anyone in the US can watch it for free and you can even embed it on your own site (as we have done below).
A video interview with of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes has gone viral this week. In it the pair show their fantastic chemistry, joking about an imagined sitcom "The Rikers in Space" and reflecting on their time in the 24th century. Check it out below.
Right now you can save some money on Star Trek movies on Blu-ray. All five of the individually released Star Trek Blu-ray titles are on sale for $9.99 (at either Best Buy or Amazon). In addition, Amazon has all three seasons of the original Star Trek on Blu-ray for 50%+. See below for details and links for the discounts.
For those bargain hunters there are a couple of good Star Trek deals out there right now. First up is the Deal of the Day at Amazon to get Star Trek Online for almost half off. There are also some great Star Trek Blu-ray deals, including Best Buy discounts on the TOS Blu-ray seasons, now going for only $40 each.
The world of Star Trek has taken another step into the digital future. Today the ad-supported streaming site Hulu added their first Star Trek movie, Star Trek Generations. Anyone in the US can watch it for free and you can even embed it on your own site (as we have done below).
JJ Abrams Star Trek movie picked up another award today, this time for the home video release. The DEG Awards (held annually during the Consumer Electronics Show) honored Star Trek as the Best Theatrical Title Release of 2009. In related news, the Star Trek Blu-ray set is still a top 10 seller.
One of the cooler features of the home video release of the 2009 Star Trek movie was the inclusion of a ‘digital copy’ on the Blu-ray and 2-disk DVD editions. However, some have been having problems getting this feature to work. Paramount is aware of the situation and have put out a message that they are working on it with some guidance on how you can get yours to work.
2009 has been a huge year for home video releases so instead of lumping them in with our Best Merchandise of 2009 they get their own article that picks the best of the various releases for the year.
We have been doing a lot of reporting about how well Star Trek is doing during the award season with critics, guilds and members of various academies. But Star Trek is also one of those few films that is also playing well with the mainstream. This is evidenced by a new announcement which ranks Star Trek as the 2nd most popular film at Flixter. We have more Star Trek rankings and the latest home video data below.
We have previously reported that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane would like to follow up his Star Wars parodies with taking on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However in a new interview it seems he isn’t holding out hope of Paramount cooperating, but that didn’t stop him from dropping in a few Trek refs into the new “Something Something, Something, Dark Side" parody of The Empire Strikes Back.
An interesting feature of the Star Trek movie home video release is the ‘augmented reality experience’ where you can explore the Enterprise using a webcam and the box cover. Check out a new video that demos how it all works below.
2009 was a big year for Star Trek and many feel is the year that Star Trek came back and was made cool again (although we always thought it was cool). This meme is the basis for a new TV commercial promoting the Star Trek on home video as a great holiday gift item. Check it out below, plus an overview of the year of Star Trek on home video.
Today CBS Paramount Home Entertainment finishes a great year for Trek on home video but releasing the third and final season of the original Star Trek TV series on Blu-ray. Finally "Spock’s Brain" is available in high definition! Find out how it all works out in the TrekMovie review below.
Back in the 70s NASA’s Space Shuttle program began with the Star Trek inspired naming of the first shuttle as Enterprise. Now the Shuttle program is winding down and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is teaming up with Paramount to help give it a Star Trek goodbye with a contest to win a VIP trip to view one of the final launches. See below for details on how to enter the contest.
2009 has been a big year for Star Trek on Blu-ray and the final release arrives in December with Star Trek Season Three. One of the big special features is an HD restoration of the unaired pilot version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before". We have an exclusive preview image from that restoration below.