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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
Improved quality of picture is great. But too much computer generated enhancement of special effects does not respect the original look and feel of the show.Published 9 hours ago by Mike Toasterone
I am a Trekkie from way back. Love the original series. Thank you for offering it.Published 1 day ago by Renee M Brown
I am an original Star Trek fan, so of course this get 5 stars. The stories, low tech special effects. All give it character. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bradley
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|Remastered TREK back on track!!||
It's funny, because I don't even understand why anyone would desire to have new visual effects edited into these episodes -- it's like taking an old Beatles song and adding electronic drums to it. Doesn't it take away from the charm of the original presentation?
Jun 14, 2008 by fuzzy bubblegum | See all 6 posts
|Un-remastered versions of the episodes?||
The RED,YELLOW, and BLUE STAR TREK DVD boxsets were remastered for DVD and have the original FXs.
Feb 25, 2008 by Moray | See all 3 posts
|HELP!!! Which way to go... old TOS or Re-Mastered TOS?||
I think you will be happy with these versions. The first season combo set should play fine in a standard dvd player as long as you play them on the correct side. If you are a purist, then you will undoubtedly want the earlier versions or upgrade to a blu-ray player so you can buy both versions in... Read More
Aug 8, 2009 by Spilkman | See all 5 posts
I've been saying this for a while. It's strange to me that in the midst of a blockbuster release of the best new star trek movie in 20 years, that the movies and now season one of the original series would be conspicuously unavailable on dvd. It seems like it would only make sense to have all... Read More
May 18, 2009 by nousefouraname | See all 2 posts
|MAY NOT GO BLU FOR A LONG TIME||
Man, were you wrong. The first season comes out on Blu-Ray April 28th.
Feb 26, 2009 by Heliocracy | See all 2 posts
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