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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630574484X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Volume 7 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #14 The Galileo Seven (Airdate: January 5, 1967) and episode #15 Court Martial (Airdate: February 2, 1967)
  • Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
  • Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

"The Galileo Seven," Ep. 14 - Spock learns the trials of command when Kirk sends him, along with Scotty, McCoy and a shuttlecraft crew, to investigate a quasar-like phenomenon. "Court Martial," Ep. 15 - Kirk's reputation and career are at stake when he faces a court-martial for negligence that resulted in the death of a crew member.


Volume 7 in this excellent DVD series of original Star Trek programs includes "The Galileo Seven," which teleplay writer Oliver Crawford says was inspired by his viewing of a 1939 film called Five Came Back. (A catty footnote: David Gerrold, scribe of the famous "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode, called "The Galileo Seven" a rip-off of the Jimmy Stewart film The Flight of the Phoenix. Meow.) Five Came Back concerned a plane crash in the Andes and the survivors who faced the constant threat of surrounding headhunters. Crawford toyed with the idea and came up with a story line in which Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and a couple of other crew members crash on the surface of a hostile planet during a shuttle mission. With communication between the small craft and the Enterprise disrupted by quasar activity, Spock and the others must defend themselves against a formidable threat with only primitive, handmade weapons. That's the scenario, but the real drama is in the rising conflict between the half-Vulcan Spock's coldly logical approach to survival and the passions of his human crew, who soon come to regard him as a hateful, unfeeling monster. This is an interesting episode, both as a taut action piece and, somewhat indirectly, as a portrait of intolerance (specifically, an intolerance of individual differences) developing under stress.

Also on this disc is "Court Martial," a courtroom drama in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) stands trial for negligence in the death of an Enterprise crewman. As the proceedings rumble on, Spock investigates some hidden truths about the dead man and the apparent computer malfunction that led to the tragedy. While "Court Martial" is a lesser episode from the Star Trek canon (the action is a bit mired in trial proceedings), it's still a lot of fun and features a supporting role from veteran Hollywood character actor Elisha Cook Jr. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By richard hong on July 20, 2000
Format: DVD
If you're like me, then you've caved to the very expensive but irresistable prospect of owning the entire series in this superior format. Chalk that up to the high price of posterity. Happily, it's pretty safe to say that the dvd format is here to stay and unless tremendous leaps are made in digital media, this will be the last time you need to invest in the set.
The overall picture and sound quality of the original Star Trek series on dvd is much, much better than the video versions previously released by Paramount and certainly better than anything you may have taped off of TV. The packaging isn't bad, but I wish more thought had gone into creating meaningful liner notes. Instead, we get some canned 'trivia' bits and seemingly endless promotions for other Paramount/Star Trek products.
This volume in particular has glaring flaws and represents the worst transfer in the collection (through volume 12). Most notably, there are white "lines" running vertically down the screen in several scenes from "Court Martial." I'm glad this has been noted by some other reviewers here, because I initially thought I'd received a defective copy. It's hard to believe that nothing could be done about this awful flaw with all the technology available to those granted the important task of "restoring" and "preserving" this series. Another big problem with this series is that Paramount has neglected to restore any of the trailers. They look like home movies from the '60s.
If I may, a pre-emptive gripe about Paramount's plans to release "The Next Generation" on dvd. Why not follow a new trend in TV to dvd and issue seven "complete season" sets of this series?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: DVD
These are two of my favorite ST:TOS episodes, but I'm afraid that the transfer of the film to DVD did not eliminate many of the video artifacts. In one scene of Court Martial, for example, there is a "line" running from top-to-bottom of the screen -- a leftover from a scratched film that was used in the transfer. A good digital scrubbing would have been in order.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on October 10, 2001
Format: DVD
Volume 7 of Paramount's reissue of Classic Trek contains two pivotal episodes from Season One.
The Galileo Seven (the "Seven" in the title refers to the number of crew on board the shuttle) was an important episode in Spock's character development. This limitations of logic in dealing with the unknown are pointed out in brutal fashion here. This episode also features the first use of the shuttlecraft, and the first of many Federation Bureaucrats, always a thorn in Kirk's side.
Court Martial seems not to have gotten the best reviews here, but I feel it's an important episode on several levels. This was the first of many stories to introduce an "old flame" from Kirk's past; the first to show the inner-workings of Starfleet beyond the Enterprise; the episode which launched Kirk's fascination with antique books. This installment also began Star Trek's tradition of placing minority actors in important roles, in this case Percy Rodriguez as Commodore Stone. As for the story itself, it is a well crafted courtroom drama worthy of the best television had to offer at the time, with a surprise ending. It also touches on the man vs. computer theme which would be used again.
There is a minor instance of film deterioration in Court Martial, with some visible scratching during a bridge scene. Despite that problem, the colors are vibrant and sharp, and the audio is much improved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By givbatam3 on June 7, 2005
Format: DVD
The original Star Trek series came out in the 1960's at a time when the worst horrors of the 20th century were still fresh in everyone's minds-two world wars, the Holocaust, the millions who perished in the Gulag's of the USSR, China and other Communist countries culminating in the omnipresent threat of the total annihilation of humanity by nuclear weapons. The writers of the series decided to make a statement of how possibly to cope with these things by creating the character of Mr Spock who comes from a race which decided to eliminate all emotion and to live only by "logic" and "reason". However, the question is always hovering over Spock as to whether this is really possible, i.e. can man really change his nature. Spock's friendly adversary, Dr McCoy does not believe this is possible and in the "Galileo 7" both men are put in a crisis situation where Spock is finally given command and he can now put his theories on human perfection to use. This show has all the elements of Star Trek at its finest: life or death drama, fear of the unknown, military command decisions, loyalty of friends to each other, interference from superior authorities and others. The script and acting are splendid and the first-time viewer will be riveted to his TV screen. This proves that a good story and fine actors can make a great production even with low-budget sets (something the later versions of ST forget).

I would also recomment "Journer to Babel" an another excellent epidsode that deals with the Vulcun/Human encounter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson on April 25, 2000
Format: DVD
With the latest DVD entry in the classic Trek library, Gene Coon enters the scene as the executive producer of the show and classic Trek kicks into high gear. The changes are immediate--from a greater emphasis of characters and character conflict to a bit more of the light-hearted, fun spirit that pervaded Trek. Not that the show didn't tackle some serious issues, but the tone isn't always as severe as early episodes.
No where is this more evident than in "The Galileo Seven," which is really an episode that exapnds on Spock's character in new and interesting ways, all the while giving us enough of a view of Kirk to provide a compare and contrast effect between the two. It's nice to see that crew is human and doesn't always get along and agree on everything. Also, to see the growth of Spock's character is nicely done. But in the midst of that serious vein are some nicely realized character moments, especially between Spock and McCoy. If you're a Spock fan, this one is a must see.
As for Court Martial, it's diverting enough but it's just not on par with the overall series. It's an episode that can be easy to forget, even though it's got a strong storyline going for it. It certainly is interesting to see another side of Kirk--namely that he had to "step on" some friends in order to get where he is. However, the court room drama isn't all it could be and wears thin quickly. Also, the denoucement is a bit to rushed and doesn't work as effectively as it could. That said, it's still fun to watch Shatner go to work and really show he can act (yes, I said Shatner can act...).
That said, both episodes are examples of why classic Trek has endured for over 30 years.
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