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28th July 2004 19:10:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Star Trek: The Original Series in August

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Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 for 30th August 2004 priced at £69.99. First aired in America in 1966, Star Trek was groundbreaking in its use of special effects and plot lines. Following the exploits of Captain James T. Kirk, played by the eponymous William Shatner and his crew of around 430 on board the Starship Enterprise, they battled aliens, megalomaniacal computers, time paradoxes, psychotic murderers and even Genghis Khan! However, contrary to popular belief, Captain Kirk never uttered the line “Beam me up, Scotty”. The series gripped a nation offering everything for the science fiction enthusiast and cult follower alike and has since spawned the largest number of spin-off productions, including ten feature film movies and the numerous TV series, as well as adding new phrases into the language.

“To boldly go where no man has gone before” was the captain’s mantra and each episode does just that. Delivering an array of fantastic creatures and characters, superb plots, and genuine often extremely humorous interactions between the crew of the Enterprise, the series follows Kirk and his crew as they explore the boundaries of deep space.

Season One highlights include, ‘Where no Man has Gone Before’ in which Capt. Kirk is forced to do battle with his close friend lieutenant Mitchell, who threatens to take over the galaxy, ‘The Conscience of the King’ where Kirk suspects the head of a theatre troupe to be a notorious mass murderer on the run and the two-part ‘The Menagerie’, in which Spock faces a court marshal after hijacking the Enterprise in a bid to return a dying former Starfleet captain to a forbidden planet. Also look out for a young Joan Collins in “The City on the Edge of Forever”. All in all, Star Trek: the Original Series is the jewel in the franchise’s crown and as Spock always reminded us – “live long and prosper…”

All three seasons from the original series are set to be released on DVD this year, with the first season arriving at the end of August as part of an 8-disc set presented in innovative collectors packaging and featuring over 20 hours of episodes, featurettes and exclusive interviews.

Full details on the Season One set follow:

The episode discs include:
  • Full Frame
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Text commentary for the episodes “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “The Menagerie Part 1 and Part II” and “The Conscience of the King”
  • Trailers for Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, and Star Trek: Voyager
The special features disc contains the following extras:
  • “The Birth of a Timeless Legacy”- this is the definitive telling of how it all began
  • “Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner”
  • “To Boldly Go… Season One"
  • “Reflections on Spock”
  • “Sci-Fi Visionaries”
  • Photo Log
Includes extras not on generic US release:
  • “Kiss ‘n’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century”
  • “Trekker Connections” game
Seasons two and three are expected to follow on 1st November and 6th December respectively...



About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.