Some weeks ago we passed the word
that our friends over at TrekMovie.com and TheDigitalBits.com were reporting how a high-definition Blu-ray Disc release of Star Trek - Season 1
was in the offing, and would probably be coming out in time to tie in with the box office debut of the new J.J. Abrams big-screen Star Trek
film. Last week we relayed an update
from The Digital Bits about it, but there was still no finalized word yet about contents or a release date. This morning both Bill Hunt at The Bits and Anthony Pascale at TrekMovie have posted "official announcements" from CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment, sent to those selected sites and detailing the first release.
Star Trek - Season 1
arrives on Blu-ray Disc this April 28th
. Cost will be $118.00 SRP in the USA, and CA$136.00 in Canada. It will be a 7-disc package (seen below; image courtesy of TrekMovie) that contains 29 episodes. Those episodes include such classics as "Space Seed" (guest star Ricardo Montalban, and the basis of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
), "The Menagerie" (a two-parter detailing an adventure of the pre-Kirk Enterprise
commander, Captain Pike), "The City on the Edge of Forever" (the Hugo Award-winning time travel tale with guest star Joan Collins of Dynasty
), "Balance of Terror," "Errand of Mercy," "The Devil in the Dark," "Court Martial," "Shore Leave," "Mudd's Women" and "Operation: Annihilate!" (which first gave some details of Kirk's family...something the new film promises to go into much more).
All episodes will be available in the original "as broadcast" version, with original special effects and full screen video (but at 1080p resolution), or in the new "remastered" versions (reportedly still in 4x3 full screen) and new special effects...both visual and audio. In fact, the soundtrack on this release can be heard in the original as-broadcast English Mono, or else you can listen in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound! There are also Spanish and French options available, both in mono. We expect English and Spanish subtitles to be included, as they were on previous releases, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Running time is 1461 minutes. The different versions of the episodes, by the way, are presented using seamless branching.
Bonus material, which we list just below, is almost identical to the late-2007 HD-DVD/DVD Hybrid release
of Season 1
. What you don't seem to get on the new version is a "Trek Connections" featurette, a "Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier" presentation that aired in 2007 on The History Channel, and a presumably out-of-date preview of Perpetual Entertainment's "Star Trek Online" MMO Game. Each of those had been on the "DVD" side of the hybrid release. Among the "Starfleet Access" picture-in-picture video commentaries, the HD-DVD had one for "The Galileo Seven," which isn't listed in the materials at Digital Bits and TrekMovie...but TrekMovie says this may just be an oversight, and they're checking into it. Everything else is included (and at a list price 40% less than the SRP of the HD-DVD version when it first shipped):
- Preview Trailers for each Episode
- Starfleet Access - On-screen graphical interface allows viewers to access Picture in Picture video commentaries, comparisons of re-mastered vs. original effects, encyclopedic information (science, life forms, technology), episode trivia and more on the following episodes:
- Where No Man Has Gone Before
- The Menagerie, Part 1
- The Menagerie, Part 2
- Balance of Terror
- Space Seed
- Errand of Mercy
- Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century
From new visual effects to sound, this documentary provides an in-depth exploration of the remastering of classic Star Trek episodes.
- Reflections on Spock
- Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
- To Boldly Go...Season One
- The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
- Interactive Enterprise Tour
Viewers will explore the Enterprise interior and exterior in detail as they pilot their own shuttlecraft in this spectacular 3D simulated feature.
- Sci-Fi Visionaries
- Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories
Join crew member and "extra-extraordinaire" Billy Blackburn as he shares his own behind-the-scenes home movie footage of life on the set of Star Trek.
- Kiss & Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century
In addition to all of that, there will be a mail-in offer to get a "free" (just pay shipping and handling) exclusive Sulu action figure from Diamond Select Toys (similar to a Geordi offer
from last year). The Digital Bits expects that Season 2
and Season 3
will be released on Blu-ray Disc later this year, possibly in time to tie in with either the home video release of the new Star Trek
film, or with the holiday season, or both. Stay tuned for more about those. In the meantime, be sure to visit The Digital Bits
for their original reports on this set.
At both sites you'll also find details and cover art about the Blu-ray Disc releases of the first six Star Trek
theatrical movies, which are coming out in early May, but which we don't cover here. Our thanks to Anthony and Bill for all the info about these highly anticipated collections! In the meantime, don't miss our other Star Trek DVD news