|Star Trek: The Original Series - Season One (DVD/HD DVD Combo, Remastered Edition) [HD DVD]
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From Paramount Home Video! The complete first season of Star Trek: The Original Series is now available in HD-DVD/DVD Hybrid disks! This set contains all 29 episodes - in airdate order - from Season One of the original Star Trek series, along with newly produced bonus features exclusive to this DVD release.
In 1966, Star Trek set out to boldly go where no series had gone before, beginning a three-year mission that led to a franchise that would last decades. Here at last is the first season of the original series all in one box, 29 episodes in their original broadcast order. That means starting with "The Man Trap," and soon followed by "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second pilot filmed and the first one starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. The many highlight episodes include "Balance of Terror" and "Errand of Mercy" (introducing, respectively, the Romulans and the Klingons), the two-part "The Menagerie" (which recycled footage from the original pilot, "The Cage," which featured Christopher Pike as the captain of the Enterprise and is not included in this set), "Space Seed" (introducing Ricardo Montalban's Khan character), and "The City of the Edge of Forever" (written by sci-fi giant Harlan Ellison and considered by many the best-ever episode of the series).
The first-season DVD set is supplemented by 80 minutes of featurettes incorporating 2003-04 interviews with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and some 1988 footage of Gene Roddenberry. The longest (24 minutes) featurette, "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy," examines the two pilot episodes and the development of the crew. Slightly shorter are "To Boldly Go... Season One," which highlights key episodes, and "Sci-Fi Visionaries," which discusses the series' great science fiction writers (most famously in "The City of the Edge of Forever"). Shatner shows off his love of horses in "Life Beyond Trek," and, more interestingly, Nimoy debunks various rumors in "Reflections of Spock." As they've done for many of the feature-film special editions, Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide a pop-up text commentary on four of the episodes filled with history, trivia, and dry wit. It's the first commentary of any kind for a Star Trek TV show, but an audio commentary is still overdue. The technical specs are mostly the same as other Trek TV series--Dolby 5.1, English subtitles--but with the welcome addition of the episode trailers. The plastic case is an attempt to replicate some of the fun packaging of the series' European DVD releases, but it's a bit clunky, and the paper sleeve around the disc case seems awkward and crude. Still, the set is a vast improvement both in terms of shelf space and bonus features compared to the old two-episode discs, which were released before full-season boxed sets became the model for television DVDs. --David Horiuchi
- Star Trek Classic Remastered
This is an idea long overdue. I've heard and read criticisms of the digitial enhancments from many of the purists, but I am quite sure Gene himself would approve of the changes made. Many of the scenes added are stunning, and my favorite episode, The Doomsday Machine, needed this badly. In some ways, I feel the CGI was too conservative. For instance, I would have enjoyed seeing something on the overhead bridge monitors other than stock footage, perhaps Hubble images or computer graphics. I've waited a long time for this, and get to enjoy these episodes anew, looking for scenes that weren't there before....more info
- Star Trek Redeaux Renewed
As a lifelong fan of the original series, I was on the fence on this 'updating' of original episodes. Sometimes, newer isn't better. But, having seen a handful in syndication, I was happily surprised to see how great the episodes looked and the obvious care taken to stick to the original vision. The effects are better than ever! Planets that look like planets! Ships that look like they belong in the 23rd century! Flaws from the '60s original have been corrected and enhanced. These upgrades don't distract from the original; they only make the episodes better! I look forward to seasons 2 & 3 so my collection will be complete. All I need is an HD DVD player for even better viewing. If you're a fan of the series, get these DVDs. ...more info
- A Real Trekker!
When I first saw an episode of the HD Star Trek I could't wait to get it on DVD. It was everything I expected...but too much. I am not a fan of the combo DVD/HDDVD discs (Hence the 4 stars not 5). I feel like I have to use kid gloves to avoid scratching 1 side (which I did first day). To see The Original series with the remastered and enhanced effects made it worth purchasing thou. The bonus features could have been a little better thou, I was expecting a bit more behind the scenes stuff with the HD aspect giving more room for additional material. All in all, this is a great item for a die hard Trekker and entertaining for a first time watcher. I sit in anticipation for Season's 2 release!!...more info
- BUYER BEWARE STAR TREK SEASON ONE DVD IS DEFECTIVE!
I bought Seasons One, Two and Three Star Trek DVDs Remastered editions from Amazon.com. The DVDs from Seasons Two and Three played fine. The DVD from Season One is the only one of the three DVDs that was defective. I returned the Season One DVD to Amazon and they replaced it with another defective Season One DVD. The Season One DVD gets stuck on certain frames throughout an episode and the DVD will only read if you insert it into the player reverse side up! I think Amazon has a batch of defective Star Trek DVDs for Season One. ...more info
- Beautifully remastered
Very happy with this purchase. The episodes are remastered and the colors just pop. The added special effects are seamlessly added. Only downside is the packaging, which is a bit frustrating and resulted in many of the title inserts to constantly fall out. Also, the discs are double-sided so they do have to be handled more carefully than regular dvds. But the show itself is brilliant and as cutting edge as ever. ...more info
- The Devil is in the Details
We've all seen the episodes more times than we want to admit. However, I simply had to see it in High Definition. I spent my time scrutinizing the episodes for fine details that only HD can reveal.
I enjoyed seeing coffee stains on the shirts and the complete obviousness of Spock's ear latex appliances and the correct hue of his facial make-up. It was great to see Uhura's plastic earrings and the fine detail of all the phaser and communicator props and all the signs and read outs in freeze frame so I can actually read the text. It was cool to see the helm of the bridge and all it's controls and be able to see that it was crudely fabricated and see polishing marks from rags and tiny defects.
These tiny details are by no means a criticism. It was a reason to watch all the episodes again to see just exactly what details I could spot. I'm sure others will spot many more. I was actually shocked that the Enterprise model looked so good and in all the detail of the planets while in orbit - but as others have pointed out, these special effects were re-done digitally. And that is a shame. I would have loved to see the real models and moldy oranges, i.e., planets that were in the original. Maybe the HD transfer revealed too much and had to be removed -- but I would love to have seen it all anyway. Wouldn't it have been a kick to actually be able to see a bunch of grapes with oblique lighting as the star field? The digital enhancements alas took this away.
I listened to the episodes with a nice set of Bose headphones and I have to say I liked the sound mix tremendously. It was a very good stereo mix and I had to marvel at the care that went into it. I did notice a few differences in effects and music, but it was not distracting at all and I'm sure the changes were a matter of necessity. The changes simply ressurected old memories of watching the originals long ago. I still remember the sound of those Talosian plants in the wind from the first time I saw the show. I knew for sure it was different here - but I had to remember from long ago to realize it.
The transfer is not perfect in many places because the colors wash out and distort in several places - possibly this took place on the original source material. These defects needed to be addressed in post-production.
It's a high price to pay for this set, but I have to say the details are the best reason to buy this again and watch it again. See how many little things you can spot. It's amazing. You might even want to re-read "The Making of Star Trek" by Stephen E. Whitfield before re-viewing the episodes in High Definition to fully appreciate the craftmanship and skill that went into Star Trek....more info
- Remastered Special Effects and Casualty Report
Season One Remastered is a fantastic investment for Star Trek fans who want something different. ALL views of space and ships are redone with modern CGI effects. No longer do we Trekkers have to suffer through gritty stock footage of the Enterprise orbiting the same red planet. Each planet looks different. Even if you do not have HD (I don't, and HD got discontinued anyway), the picture is sharp! Some noticable changes include:
-Where No Man Has Gone Before: the Enterprise goes through the galaxy barrier evasively. The nebula colors are beautiful!
-Mudd's Women: Excellent effects of the Enterprise chasing Mudd's ship in an asteroid field, where it explodes!
-The Menagerie I, II: Star Base 8 looks REAL, not cardboard cut-out. The sky has realistic atmosphere with planets in the background. It's as cool as seeing the Remastered Star Wars trilogy back in the 1990's!
-Balance of Terror: this shows the ships entering a comet that LOOKS like a comet, instead of a blue smudge of paint!
-Galileo Seven: By far this is THE BEST EPISODE FOR IMPROVED SPECIAL EFFECTS! The green nebula is so real, with cool shots of the shuttles flying in and out of the Enterprise.
-Court-Martial: More stunning shots of a starbase. City towers actually have people inside. The Enterprise orbits the base with an extra star ship and shuttles buzzing around.
-A Taste of Armageddon: Alien planet's city has futuristic monorails and people walking around.
-Errand of Mercy: REAL KLINGON SHIPS, one even blown up. We no longer have to wait until the third season to see a Klingon battle cruiser!
-Alternative Factor: Great ship-to-surface phaser blast effects.
One other benefit to the sharp picture is that we Trekkers can clearly see the faces of the dying "extra crewmen." This means we can appreciate how human they really were, and how life is too precious to waste. Let us now honor their memories by recalling how they died in the line of duty:
-The Man Trap: 3 dead on alien planet, 1 on ship, after monster sucked crewmens' salt from their bodies.
-Where No Man Has Gone Before: 1 crewman dead after he was telekinetically strangled by a chord, by Gary Mitchell
-The Naked Time: 1 Joe "Red Shirt" goes mad, stabs self with butter knife.
-Balance of Terror: 1 soon-to-be-married crewman poisoned by pink gas
-Galileo Seven: 1 crewman stabbed by spear-throwing caveman creature, 1 choked
-The Arena: 2 "Red Shirts" killed by Gorn disruptors
-The Devil in the Dark: 1 slow-moving "Red Shirt" melted by angry mother horta.
May these twelve brave crewmen rest in peace!
- Review of Star Trek TOS HD/Standard DVD Season 1
I was pleased with these DVDs - the clarity of the picture, and updated special effects, made for an enjoyable viewing experience. While there is something to be said for retaining "classic" shows in their original form, cleaning up the effects puts these series on a par with contemporary series, and perhaps helps them to appeal to a whole new generation. I look forward to seeing seasons 2 & 3 in this format as well....more info
- Question: Are Sci-Fi Chnl 1998 monologues of cast & guests included?
After reading Java's review, last edited on Oct 30, 2007 9:40 AM PDT, I decided to ask the following question:
Around September 1998, The SCI-FI Channel started airing an episode per night of "Star Trek" the original TV series. These episodes were aired in their original sequence, un-cut versions, and each episode was narrated and hosted by William Shatner. A crew member or guest was also shown doing a brief monologue about the episode being televised. Each episode lasted about 90 minutes, due to Shatner's narrations and comments (Including blooper revelations), the guest's monologues, commercials and the un-cut episodes themselves. Are such interviews and monologues included on these DVDs or HD-DVDs? If so, my decision to purchase will be sealed (although the price strikes fear in my heart). If not, does anyone know where I can get a DVD (preferred) or VHS collection of all the aforementioned episodes, including Shatner's narrations and the guest monologues? Your efforts and any guidance with this matter will be very much appreciated! Please forgive me if this is the wrong place to ask such questions (Desperation is a powerful thing)!...more info
The first season of Star Trek is pretty much awesome. It has lots of great episodes on it, and it will rarely disappoint. However, the double sided DVDs are really annoying. They get smudged so easily, and its always the side you need. (Say, if you don't have a HD player, and need the regular DVD side.) But besides that, it's nice. It comes in a little nice box-y case. Also, the remastered-ness is a little distracting. Added new computer generated sequences aren't even that great and seem completely out of place. I personally would prefer the old cheesy special effects. They may be dated, but it gives it that feel of nostalgia. ...more info
- Where no video has gone before
The one word that probably best describes the HD recreation of the first season of TOS is: WOW! The difference between the "original" Original Series and this HD version are breathtaking. If Gene Rodenberry were alive I believe that he would have been very pleased indeed with tremedous work and effort that went into each episode to make the improvements made possible with present day technology and yet remain faithful to orignial storyline and content. The extra detail, new effects and deeper colors are almost too good to be true. I can not say enough good things about this restoration. I just wish HD could have hung in there long enough to get seasons three and four finished. One can only hope for a BluRay version. This one is definately worth getting! ...more info
- Mixed blessing
I bought this product out of extreme curiosity, after reading of Leonard Nimoy's enthusiasm for the digital reworking therein. What I noticed was that it is not perfect, there are numerous scenes [mostly in the closing titles and stills] with visible dirt/debris and scratches which could have been removed. There are also quality differences from scene to scene which some viewers may find distracting [me among them]- one scene is crystal-clear, while the next scene may be comparatively fuzzy, with visible film grain and multigenerational losses visible]. Another curiosity is why they had to drown-out William Shatner's opening narration ["Space...the final frontier..."] with so much reverberation. Other than those quibbles, I found the colors to be as garishly oversaturated [with almost a day-glow flourescent quality] as I remember from watching it on its original run [circa 1966] on an old-fashioned Setchell-Carson 25" color console TV, but with vastly improved fine detail - the make-up was VERY apparent, also I could see ear hair/peachfuzz on some actors! Every shaft of hair was clearly visible, along with acne scars and the border of Captain Kirk's hairpiece. The motion-animated digital insertions were seamless and greatly enabled the enhanced "versimilitude" the producers were after. BTW, this review applied only to the standard definition side, I have not been able to watch the HD side, as I have no HD player - this said, I am amazed they were able to make the standard-def picture so sharp and finely detailed.
I remember watching the digitally reworked "Star Trek - The Motion Picture" and [at the time] wondering if anybody would ever do the same thing with TOS, and now they have. This edition is a clear improvement over the previous remasterings. Bravo!...more info
- Remastered Rules
This DVD set and the sets to follow ar not just repackaging,here's the story.
When Paramount (who owns the rights to Star Trek) realized the 40th anniversary of Star Trek was coming up (in 2006) they wanted to make a special anniversary edition Star Trek DVD's, so they went back to the original film negatives, cleaned them up frame by frame than transfered them all to digital through computers.Than They decided as long as they were doing that, they should upgrade it to HD.After all that, they came up with the idea redoing the special effects with todays technology but still in the original style. The result, The looks of the show truly compliment Star Trek and is the way Star Trek should look.
All this is what you get when you buy this set and the two that follow....more info
- Excelent but not perfect
Well, the quality is outstanding, my friend Moris Beracha told me not to buy it because the Blue Ray will win the comepetion, and he was right. In another hand, the picture dosn't cover all the wide screen, and is also a lot expensive, anyway, I am a true fan, and I got it, and I am enjoying every minute of each chapter....more info
- Wonderful update!
I was quite impressed with the improvements that were made in the original series, without changing the feel of the episodes. The special effects are improved, but the feel of the 60s is still maintained. I am not sure that I would have noticed the improvements if I had not watched the bonus features first.
Great job! ...more info
- THIS IS A MUST HAVE ITEM
Star Trek TOS in HD Is AWESOME...the color, clarity and crispness makes this look like your seeing it all for the first time all over again.
Can't wait for seasons 2 and 3 to come out in HD. This HD set is worth its price to any avid ST fan. But, this will give anyone who has never seen ST the chance to see what its all about.
You MUST see this.....You will be amazed at what you never saw before....more info
- ST's Best Season Boldly Goes Where Trek Hasn't Gone B4
Paramount's technical wizards (that are obviously true Star Trek Fans) take STAR TREK's Best Season of the Original Series to a level that it has not achieved before. Never has the original series looked and sounded so crisp and clear. What really sets this DVD set apart is the imaginative new graphics that give the series a shine that the original producers would have loved to give viewers back in 1966. Producer Robert Justman mentions in the featurette, "Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century" that he is very delighted with the new special effects as they are shot in the same manner and spirit as the original 60s show but not with the cheap plywood models. The new special effects are not overwhelming but really give STAR TREK a look and feel that belongs to the show and brings it up to date with the comparable special effects of space travel of each spinoff series. The show maintains it's 60s production values with the interiors, sets and uniforms that never looked sharper. While all the episodes look so much better...almost every fan will notice that certain episodes such as "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" seem to get an even greater boost with new looks coming at critical moments. The much improved graphical displays of the Enterprise orbiting planets and soaring through space really give the show a true 23rd Century feel...coupled with the clean crisp look of the original material...really make us believe that the crew of the Enterprise truly are boldly going...at least on DVD...where they have never gone before.
- Older Gets Better
I found the "clean-up" of the original series very well done. The new
images of the Enterprise really bring the series up to date. Im hoping
that someone continues with restoration of the remaing seasons in some form
or add the new images to standard DVD for season two and three.
I have the original first issue DVDs and still watch them. The added HD
special features are very informative and worth owning both versions. You
can still purchase an HD player at a very low price. Get this combo before they are all sold out and you wont regret it. ...more info
- 1966 Redux - It's like I'm watching the Series for the very first time!
Gene Roddenberry, Gene Coon, and Matt Jefferies would all be proud if they could have seen it.
Can't wait for the Season 2!
One Wish - is that they would have included the entire Cage / Menagerie 1st Episode. Even as a stand alone the Cage is a great movie ep.
- Highly recommended!
I must say when I first saw this package upon release I was put off by the high price. But I kept an eye on it and this can now be found for up to 75% off list. I suddenly became very interested and just had to order it. Am I ever glad I did. The first thing you notice is the sheer quality of the picture in hi-def. Now some have complained that the picture it too clear and the plywood sets lose their credibility. I have not noticed this by any stretch. What I am struck with however is how well the performances have held up some 40+ years later. Right from the initial episode the chemistry among cast/characters was fleshed out. To think this originally aired in 1966! Unbelievable. The reworked special effects only serve to enhance the experience. Like the current team explains on the special features segment, they wanted to do something the originators would have done if the technology was available at that time. They made NO attempt to bring the special effects up to current standards. Smart choice as it would have been distracting. My only regret is Season Two is currently not on the Blu-Ray release schedule as the HD-DVD format has been abandoned. I'm sure, in time, this will be released on Blu-Ray and all will be right again with the initial hi-def release strategy. In the meantime I will enjoy Season One in all its hi-def glory....more info
- What is HD DVD?
The digital and graphic enhancements are great. Disk has a duel side. One is regular DVD and the other is HD DVD which I haven't found anything to play it yet. Season #2 and #3 wisely dropped it. They did not give instructions to load the disk label down to play DVD. I thought the disks were defective.
The price is finaly affordable! Great viewing....more info
- Good Viewing, Bad Packaging
I was not bothered by the new cg ship or all of the cleaning up that took place on this series, but rather thought it enhanced the already engaging story telling. The special features are many (one per disk minimum) and well thought out.
The crutch lays on the case design. Sure, it looks cool, but it's a pain in the neck to get disks out. First you open the clamshell, pull out the yellow case, shake out the disk holder (without losing the information sheets, THEN you can flip through the disks and hope nobody messed up the order cause you can only tell the disks by the tiny 5 point print around the center.
Not only that, but this case is prone to breaking. I've gotten one from the mail (here) and the second season from a store and both had cracks in the case. To put the cherry on top, the guy that sold me his new copy through amazon neglected to tell me his was region 2 (instead of 1 like America). I found a way to play it, but I guess that's what I get for ordering online....more info