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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [Blu-ray] by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Paramount Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001TH16DS
Date: 28 April 2009 List Price $129.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

While I have seen a few episodes of the new enhanced Star Trek: The Original Series on TV, I'm under no illusion that those were anything near the quality of the DVD/HDDVD Combo Remastered Edition released in November 2007, nor this new version on Blu-ray which gives you both the original and digitally remastered versions of each Season 1 episode.

From official release/information:

The first season Blu-ray release of STAR TREKŪ: THE ORIGINAL SERIES features brand-new technology that finally provides fans/viewers with the best of both worlds by giving them the ability to see each episode's newly enhanced or original special effects and hear a new enhanced soundtrack or the original one. Viewers will be able to select either version to view or toggle back and forth between the newly enhanced visual effects found on the remastered episodes and the original broadcast episode effects. Also for the first time, fans will be able to enjoy the series in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, the best sound format possible, and have the option of selecting the original mono sound heard on the series' original television airings decades ago.

As part of the special features, select episodes include the "Starfleet Access" bonus content. By choosing the "Starfleet Access" option, viewers will be able to watch the selected episodes with special pop-up trivia and picture-in-picture video commentaries. The set also includes an interactive tour of the starship Enterprise, rare on-set home movie footage, an inside perspective on what it took to transport Trek into the 21st century and much more. A definitive STAR TREKŪ collection with more than 24 hours of entertainment, the set will be available for the suggested retail price of $118.00 US and $136.00 CAN. An exclusive collectible Sulu figure from Diamond Select Toys is also being made available with purchase of the Blu-ray set; fans pay only shipping and handling charges.

Starring one of the most endearing casts in television history led by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, and Nichelle Nichols, STAR TREKŪ is a worldwide phenomenon and served as a launching pad for numerous television series and feature films. These classic first season episodes started it all, introducing the world to Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise's iconic crew.

STAR TREKŪ: 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. STAR TREKŪ: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE Blu-ray is not rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada. 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 (20:10)
  • 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 (12:03)
  • 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 (10:18)
  • 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 (18:50)
  • 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 (16:25)
  • 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 (13:23)
  • Special Feature: Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century (8:24)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - Errand of Mercy

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS, and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

All information from a press release from Paramount Home Entertainment.

(Source: Paramount Home Entertainment)

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