'Star Trek' boldly going Blu-ray

Paramount sets release for original films, TV series

Paramount Home Entertainment is joining the marketing hoopla for the May 8 theatrical release of the new "Star Trek" movie by releasing the original films and TV show on Blu-ray Disc for the first time.

Due on Blu-ray April 28 is "Star Trek: The Original Series -- Season One." The seven-disc set includes all 29 episodes from the landmark 1966-67 season of the seminal science fiction series, with the option for viewers to toggle between the original broadcast versions and the recent remastered versions that include enhanced visual effects.

Extras include the original previews for each episode, plus a variety of behind-the-scenes featurettes and retrospectives. Diamond Select Toys will offer an exclusive Sulu action figure with purchase of the set.

Paramount follows this May 12 with two Blu-ray boxed sets of the films based on the original series, the "Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection" and the "Star Trek Motion Picture Trilogy."

The "Original Motion Picture Collection" includes the six films starring the cast of the original television series: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984), "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986), "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). The set includes the bonus disc "Star Trek: The Captains' Summit," featuring a roundtable discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard of "Star Trek: The Next Generation") and Jonathan Frakes (Riker of "TNG").
According to a Paramount spokesperson, the Blu-ray versions of the films are the original theatrical cuts, and the set does not include Robert Wise's director's edition of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," released on DVD in 2001.
The trilogy set, which also will be released on DVD, includes "The Wrath of Khan," "The Search for Spock" and "The Voyage Home." Fans have long considered the films an unofficial trilogy due to the way the story arcs from one film flow into the next. A featurette on "Star Trek IV" explores this notion.
The films have been remastered in high-definition with new 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. The Blu-ray versions of the films also include all-new extras and BD Live capabilities such as "Star Trek I.Q."
In the TV DVD realm (not Blu-ray), Paramount May 12 will release "The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series" and "The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation," each with four episodes.
The "Original Series" set includes "City on the Edge of Forever," "The Trouble With Tribbles," "Balance of Terror" and "Amok Time." "TNG" episodes include "The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1 & 2," "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "The Measure of a Man."
Just to round out the campaign, Paramount will release a new deluxe-edition DVD of DreamWorks' 1999 "Star Trek" spoof "Galaxy Quest," also on May 12. The DVD includes a variety of new featurettes, plus the deleted scenes that were included on the DVD released in 2000.

John Latchem is assistant managing editor of Home Media Magazine.