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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 40, Episodes 79, 99 & 1: Turnabout Intruder/ The Cage (B&W/Color Version) / The Cage (Full Color Version) (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, 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
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QTAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 40, Episodes 79, 99 & 1: Turnabout Intruder/ The Cage (B&W/Color Version) / The Cage (Full Color Version)" on IMDb

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"Turnabout," Ep.79 - A female scientist, jealous of Kirk's career, uses an ancient alien device to trade places with him and take command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The series' final episode! "The Cage," Ep.99 (B&W and color) - The two versions of Star Trek's rarely seen pilot star Jeffrey Hunter as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. On an earlier voyage of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, Kirk's predecessor Captain Christopher Pike tries to rescue an Earth crew that disappeared eighteen years earlier. But it's a trap! Pike is imprisoned in a zoo-like cage and studied by a mysterious higher life-form. "The Cage" Ep.99 was reconstructed with black-and-white footage from Gene Roddenberry's work print and color footage from "The Menagerie" Ep.16. "The Cage" Ep.1 (Color) - This episode includes the long-lost color footage (believed to have been destroyed) from Gene Roddenberry's pilot episode. 185 minutes.

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowing In/Bowing Out December 17, 2001
In 1964 Gene Roddenberry pitched his Star Trek idea to NBC executives as "Wagon Train to the Stars." Expecting a western set in space, they gave Roddenberry the go-ahead and set him to work. When they viewed The Cage in early 1965, they must have been surprised. After complaining it was "too cerebral," the suits issued a litany of other complaints: the female second in command (Number One) was unacceptable, and there were too many females in general on the ship ("people will think there's a lot of fooling around going on up there"); the presence of minorities would offend NBC affiliates in the South, who would refuse to air the program; and "that guy with the ears" had to go. Roddenberry was willing to concede the female second in command, but thereafter he dug in his heels: minorities and aliens continue to be a presence in Star Trek to this day.
Watching The Cage from a 21st Century perspective, one wonders what the NBC suits were in a ringer about. The episode is not appreciably higher in concept than many original series episodes, and the whole affair has an appealing "New Frontier" Kennedy-esque flavor.
Somewhat like an Ed Wood movie, Turnabout Intruder is unintentionally humorous. The story idea is ludicrous, the dialogue cringeworthy, and the acting has to be seen to be believed. William Shatner's realization of Kirk's body under the control of Janice Lester (which includes filing his nails and walking with a mincing gait) is the single most over the top performance in all of Trek. He comes across as Joan Crawford on Psilocybin. How his intensely homoerotic moments with guest actor Harry Landers got past the network censors will forever remain a mystery.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cage - Great, but could be better. February 2, 2002
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When I started watching "The Cage" Episode 1 (for which I purchased the DVD) I was quite amazed at how well the opening sequence looked and sounded. The music has appearantly been remixed from the original elements for the DVD, and the picture quality is amazing. Definetely the best "The Cage" has ever looked, and probably the closest possible to what the NBC executives saw when they screened this pilot episode.
However, this version still is somewhat different from what the executives HEARD. Although the sound is much better than previously available versions, it (at least the dialog) is still mixed from material from the Menagerie, and from Gene Rodenberry's black and white work print of "The Cage".
I had hoped that either from the color print, from which the video portion of this presentation is derived, or from original soundtrack elements at Paramount, that the original version of the soundtrack would have been restored. In short, the glaring difference is that originally Malachi Throne's voice was used for the voice of the Keeper. This version of "The Cage" still has the voice that was redubbed by another actor for "The Menagerie," which was done because Malachi Throne played Commodore Mendez, which would have led to some confusion if his voice were also that of the Keeper in the same episode. If you have the DVD of "The Menagerie" you can hear Malachi Throne's voice dubbed for the Keeper on the included preview (on lines that were redubbed in the Menagerie). That preview implies that Paramount still had a full copy of "The Cage" (with original soundtrack intact) with Malachi Throne's voice as the Keeper, at the time "The Menagerie" was completed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the End! And the Beginning! November 30, 2001
By A Customer
Wow, this is great. On this disk you get to see the Very First Episode of Star Trek ever produced- with Capt. Pike/ We also get to see a lovely Green Orion Slave Girl. Then you also get to see the last T.V. adventure of Captain Kirk and Company. If you want to see how it started and how it ended this is the disk!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turnabout Review October 19, 2004
Unlike others, I will not take the time to review "The Cage." My five stars mainly reflect the content of this episode, worth watching and owning. The praise heaped upon this pilot episode by others is largely accurate and deserved. Love the Captain. Love Number One. Love the landing party jackets. As many mention, it would have been interesting to see what direction the series might have gone from this launching point.

However, I take to task anyone who cannot appreciate the humor (intended or not) of the campy "Turnabout Intruder." Of course it is not the best episode ever, it arguably may be the worst. However, taken out of the context of the overall show, it is a tour de force for William Shatner's hammy scene stealing acting. Shatner goes over the top "implying" femininity, and comes off just plain gay. From filing his nails to a girly giggle, he's totally fey. Left with no space babe to molest, he has a number of one on one scenes with male Dr. Coleman. One wonders how that relationship was going to play out.

Contrasting Shatner's performance to that of Sandra Smith, is like comparing apples to oranges. While she may not have Kirk's mannerisms or voice inflection, she does manage to successfully convey a sense of isolation and panic. Regardless of the limitations of the story, her depiction of one personality being locked in another body is strong. While Shatner overplays his part to literal hysteria, Smith keeps her performance tight and controlled. Considering the material, she is actual very watchable.

I will agree with all others, that the overall attitude towards women is appalling. From the opening lines about the limited opportunities for women to the last ("Her life could have been as rich as any woman's...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book-End Double Feature: The Original `Star Trek' Beginning and Its...
In 1965, NBC rejected Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's initial pilot, "The Cage," as being "too cerebral," with too many unappealing characters/actors and too little action. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better shape than stated!
One or 2 very minor 1/2 inch, barely noticabe scratches, does not even count in being in Good Shape.

The DVD was in Near Perfect Shape!

Published 4 months ago by NYSxCOP
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Version of The Menagerie
I got this episode so I could see the long original pilot of the Menagerie. I always liked the 2 part version used in the regular series, but the pilot stands on it's own. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars It's pure Star Trek
What needs to be said, Marvelous! Replaces my vhs tapes that are a bit tired. Will be buying the second season soon.
Published 10 months ago by Shoe II
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as advertised
I watch these now for modeling reference and for production details. The quality is good enough for that purpose. I would buy from this seller again.
Published 10 months ago by Richard B. Kurz Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great used dvd
This is a difficult dvd to find brand new.
You can find it new but you will pay way to much money in my opinion.
Published 12 months ago by Peter Dfriesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek pilot "The Cage"
Great to have a DVD copy of both the original episode "the Cage" in mixed B7W and color (as it was orignaly released) and the full restored color version all on one DVD ... Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Shane Maloney
4.0 out of 5 stars The first and last original Star Trek episodes
This DVD contains two versions of the Star Trek pilot "The Cage" and the final original series episode "Turnabout Intruder". Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Amateur Stargazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek The Cage
I have been looking for this DVD for quite a while. It arrived within 2 weeks, exactly as shown. I am extremely satisfied.
Published on February 17, 2010 by P. Kuhl
4.0 out of 5 stars My review for "Star Trek: The Original Series: Volume 40, Episodes 79,...
If, like me, you started collecting the original series on VHS and DVD before they released the season box sets on DVD, then I highly recommend this one. Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Jero Briggs
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