Release date [US] April 28, 2009
Release date [UK] April 27, 2009
Release date [NL] April 27, 2009
Star Trek The Original Series, for many their first encounter with Sci-Fi. Also for most, the only really true Star Trek show. The Show is 45 years old and because of that it initially was a surprise this show got a Blu Ray release. Turns out to be, TV shows and movies of that time and before were created with methods closer to today's HD technique than TV shows of the 80's and 90's.
Tv shows of the 80's and 90's are therefore more difficult and costly to transfer these to HD. Prices of these Blu Ray unfortunately haven't dropped like many other releases did. Mainly because it still was very costly to produce TOS op Blu Ray because all the special effects were updated.
Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:
Disc One begins with Starfleet Access for the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," a feature that "grants you security clearance to explore Starfleet Command's Database." This supplement features a diverse selection of "Trek" Producers, Writers, Historians, and Authors, including Michael and Denise Okuda, appearing throughout the show in a picture-in-picture window discussing the story, props, characters, score, updated effects, and more. Also included is a text-based pop-up trivia track, often appearing simultaneously with the secondary video presentation. Next up is Spacelift: Transporting 'Trek' Into the 21st Century (1080i, 20:10), a fascinating look at the restoration process used to clean up the video, re-record the score, and the creation of the updated visual effects. Also included on disc one is the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek film (1080i, 2:08) and 480p previews for each episode appearing on disc one -- "The Man Trap," "Charlie X," "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and "The Naked Time."
Disc two features only 480p previews for the five episodes included on the disc -- "The Enemy Within," "Mudd's Women," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," "Miri," and "Dagger of the Mind."
Disc three once again features Starfleet Access, this time accompanying "The Menagerie, Part 1" and "The Menagerie, Part 2." Reflections on Spock (480p, 12:03) is a piece featuring Leonard Nimoy recalling his character and his career, discussing, among other things, his book, I Am Not Spock. Finally, 480p previews for "The Corbomite Maneuver," "The Menagerie, Part 1," "The Menagerie, Part 2," and The Conscience of the King" round out the third disc.
Disc four once again features Starfleet Access, this time accompanying "The Balance of Terror." Also included is Life Beyond 'Trek:' William Shatner (480p, 10:18), a short extra featuring Shatner discussing his love of horses. Once again, the disc is concluded by a quartet of 480p previews for "Balance of Terror," "Shore Leave," "The Galileo Seven," and "The Squire of Gothos."
Disc five contains a pair of featurettes. To Boldly Go...Season One (480p, 18:52) features "Trek" cast and crew, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, recounting briefly the history of the first season. The Birth of a Timeless Legacy (480p, 24:07) is a solid piece that looks at how "Star Trek" came to be, with particular attention paid to the show's dual pilot episodes, "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Finally, 480p previews for "Arena," "Tomorrow is Yesterday," "Court Martial," and "The Return of the Archons" conclude this disc's extra materials section.
Disc six sees the return of Starfleet Access, this time accompanying the episode "Space Seed." Sci-Fi Visionaries(480p, 16:30) looks at what makes for good Science Fiction -- and why "Star Trek" works so well in the genre, with special attention paid to several episodes. Interactive Enterprise Inspection (1080p) takes viewers inside a shuttlecraft and outside the Enterprise for a formal and informative tour of the vessel. As usual, concluding the supplements on this disc are 480p previews for "Space Seed," "A Taste of Armageddon," "This Side of Paradise," and "The Devil in the Dark."
Disc Seven also features Starfleet Command, this time attached to "Errand of Mercy." Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories (1080i, 13:23) features the actor recounting his small roles on "Star Trek" and sharing his experiences on the sets of many of the classic episodes, all intercut with behind-the-scenes footage. Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century (480p, 8:24) looks at the many lovely ladies of "Star Trek" and the romances between characters. Also included on disc seven are 480p previews for "Errand of Mercy," "The Alternative Factor," "The City on the Edge of Forever," and "Operation -- Annihilate!" Rounding out this final disc are Enhanced Visual Effects Credits and BD-Live (Blu-ray profile 2.0) functionality.
Release date [US] September 22, 2009
Release date [UK] November 2, 2009
Release date [NL] September 22, 2009
The second season of 'Star Trek' one of television's most cherished programs of all time and the precursor to an additional five television series and eleven feature-length films -- arrives on Blu-ray with high expectations to meet or surpass the lofty standards set by the first season's incredible Blu-ray release. Season 2 contains a huge number of 26 episodes, with classics like "Mirror, Mirror" & "The Trouble With Tribbles".
As with season 1, the quality of the release is superb, loaded with special features, for most Star Trek fans the best season ever. Pitty price of season 2, like the other seasons, is still high.
Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:
Disc one begins with Starfleet Access in conjunction with the episode "Amok Time." This is a picture-in-picture feature that offers an extensive background on the episode via video commentary with various Star Trek crew members and historians. The piece also features pop-up trivia tidbits. Also included on this disc is Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest (1080i, 12:07), the second part of a collection of "rare home movies and special memories" as recorded on the set of Star Trek by the recurring background character. Along with numerous clips from the show, Blackburn recalls his varied experiences on the set through many of the different episodes that populate season two. Rounding out the special features on disc one are 480p previews for each episode on the disc and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality.
Only 480p previews for the episodes that appear on this disc and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality are included on this disc.
As with disc two, disc three features only 480p previews for the episodes that appear on this disc and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality.
Disc four is entirely devoted to Tribbles. "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the only original series episode to be found on the disc, and available with it is a feature-length commentary track with David Gerrold, writer of the famed episode. Also included is Starfleet Access, the picture-in-picture commentary/trivia track. Perhaps the best feature on the disc is the inclusion of two additional Tribble-related episodes: "More Tribbles, More Troubles" from "Star Trek: The Animated Series," and "Trials and Tribble-ations" from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The former, featuring David Gerrold commentary, is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless soundtrack. The episode runs for 24:13. The video and audio quality are fantastic and bode well for a possible future Blu-ray release of the entire series. Meanwhile, "Trials and Tribble-ations" features a 1080i, 1.33:1 aspect ratio that, frankly, fares little-to-no-better than the same episode's upscaled DVD counterpart. The episode does feature a DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless soundtrack (the show's theme music, subjectively speaking the best ever to grace Star Trek, sounds particularly wonderful).
Trials and Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends (480p, 16:53) takes viewers deep into the episode's concept. It features plenty of cast and crew interview clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and segments from the completed episode. Trials and Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor (480p, 16:32) is a similar piece that looks at how the episode came about, focusing this time on the special effects that made the show work. Star Trek: TOS on Blu-ray (1080p, 10:04), a piece featuring a panel of Niel R. Wray, Denise and Michael Okuda, Dave Rossi, and later, Writer David Gerrold, delves into the creation of the Blu-ray set and why it makes for an improvement over previous releases. Also included is the 480p preview for "The Trouble With Tribbles."
'To Boldly Go...' Season Two (480p, 19:32) is a retrospective piece that looks back on "The Trouble With Tribbles," Chekov's character, the stories behind "Amok Time" and "Mirror, Mirror," how Star Trek integrated the issues of the 1960s into Science Fiction, and more. Also included are the 480p previews for each episode on the disc and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality.
The primary supplement on disc six is Designing the Final Frontier (480p, 22:19), a look at the set designs for many of the episodes throughout Star Trek's three-season run. Also included are the 480p previews for each episode on the disc and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality.
The final disc in this set begins with 'Star Trek's' Favorite Moments (480p, 17:10) which features both fans and the cast and crew of the various Star Trek series recalling their favorite episodes and the series' influence on their lives. Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana (480p, 7:35) looks at the important role of writers, editors, and the script itself on Star Trek. Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy (480p, 12:12) features the actor discussing what he's been up to since "Star Trek." Next up is Kirk, Spock, & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio (480p, 7:10), a look back on the chemistry between the famed characters. Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols (480p, 13:04) features the actress looking back on her character. Also included are the 480p previews for each episode on the disc, BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality, and the enhanced visual effects credits.
Release date [US] December 15, 2009
Release date [UK] March 22, 2010
Release date [NL] February 2010
Third and final season of Star Trek The Original Series, after this season it would take approximately 10 years before we see new Star Trek again with "The Motion Picture". Although season 3 is certainly not bad, it is the least of the 3 seasons. Also the season opener "Spocks Brain" is considered to be one of the weakest outings of all Star Trek episodes.
Season 3 contains 24 episodes and like the first 2 seasons, this release is near perfect in quality. Also it again is loaded with special features including 3 versions of the initial pilot "The Cage".
Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:
Each disc in this set contains bonus features, though discs five and six contain the bulk of the extra material. Additionally, each episode is available for viewing with either original or enhanced special effects; "The Cage," found on disc six, is available in three versions: a special extended cut with black and white footage intermixed with color elements, the full-color episode with original special effects, and the full-color version with newly enhanced visual effects. Below is a disc-by-disc breakdown of what's included.
Discs One, Two, Three, and Four
Only 480p previews for the episodes that appear on these discs and BD-Live and Mobile-Blu functionality are included.
Disc five begins with Life Beyond 'Trek:' Walter Koenig (480p, 10:49), a piece featuring the actor who portrayed "Chekov" intelligently and engagingly recounting how he came to be a part of "Star Trek," what the show did for his life and career (including his work on Moontrap and "Babylon 5"), and his passion for collecting memorabilia. Chief Engineer's Log (480p, 6:02) features the late James Doohan, in a piece recorded in 2003, briefly recalling his career, participation on D-Day, his extensive work on "Star Trek," his favorite episodes, his character's influence on fans, and more.
Memoir From Mr. Sulu (480p, 8:33) is an interview with George Takei, recorded in 2004, containing the actor discussing how "Star Trek" has influenced his life, the history of Japanese-Americans, and more. Captain's Log: Bob Justman (1080p, 9:35) features a collection of "Star Trek" actors and crew members recalling the crucial contributions of the longtime series producer, intercut with interview clips with Justman himself. Also included are 480p trailers for the episodes found on the disc and Mobile-Blu and BD-Live functionality.
Disc six begins with the inclusion of the "rare and unaired alternate version" of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1080p, DTS-HD MA 2.0, 52:22); the episode is preceded by a scrolling text introduction to the episode's history. David Gerrold Hosts '2009 Convention Coverage' (1080p, 19:25) features the famed "Star Trek" writer in attendance at a convention, interviewing major and minor cast members (including Chase Masterson, Robert Picardo, Nichelle Nichols, and Nana Visitor) and fans, looking through memorabilia, and more. The Anthropology of 'Star Trek' Comic-Con Panel 2009 (1080p, 4:14) features Anthropology Professor Daryl G. Frazetti from Lake Tahoe Community College speaking on how "Star Trek" impacts and reflects on society.
'The World of Rod Roddenberry' Comic-Con 2009 (1080p, 7:14) once again features Writer David Gerrold introducing a piece featuring Gene Roddenberry's son and others speaking on "Star Trek's" impact on society and its reflection of the human condition, as well as discussing how he is continuing his father's work. Next up is another installment of Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories (1080i, 10:53), a collection of behind-the-scenes footage captured by extra extraordinaire Billy Blackburn. 'To Boldly Go...' Season Three (480p, 22:28) is a retrospective piece featuring the primary cast that looks back at the highlights of season three, from the rough and uncertain future of a potential third season to some of the highlight episodes and moments from the season. Collectible 'Trek' (480p, 14:21) features "Star Trek" archivist Penny Juday and others speaking on the world of "Star Trek" collectibles and the value of some of the earlier merchandise and props used in the shows and films. 'Star Trek's' Impact (480p, 8:54) features Rod Roddenberry speaking on his thoughts on the series and its impact on his life. Finally, Mobile-Blu and BD-Live technology is included on this disc.
Besides the seperate releases there also has been a "Three-season Pack" released. 3 seasons in one package. Unfortunately, it's only been released in the US the way it's shown here. The releases itself are identical to the seperate releases. In the UK there's been a different package released.