Star Trek: The Complete Original Series -Seasons 1-3
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" Space...The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!" The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III then moved on to explore the stars. Brought to you in a brilliant remastered edition….this is Star Trek like you’ve never seen it before!
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When I set out to purchase the version that I would add to my collection it was quickly apparent that reviews were mixed concerning the Blu-ray versions and sorting out the differences would be difficult. After some broad research (outside of Amazon) I found this set to be reliable considering the technicalities of playback but also for the nature of the content. I wanted not only the original version of the show but also the enhanced version, including the unaired versions of "The Cage" (which some complained were excluded). This package does not disappoint. This dated Blu-ray set is a fine choice and is not plagued with the issues described in reviews for other versions/formats. The menus are "fancy" but not complicated. The sound is crazy good if you have the right hardware (and if preferred the original mono audio is available). You get all the episodes in the original AND enhanced formats. You get two versions of "The Cage" (the unaired episode slated as the pilot and later nixed). One of these is an extended version, which includes commentary by Gene Roddenbery and original B&W cuts of the episode. You also get an unaired alternate version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Special Features include rare home movies and memories by Billy Blackburn (he was Hadley, navigator/helmsman), "Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century", Starfleet Access Episodes (on select episodes picture-n-picture interviews and pop-up trivia while viewing), Sci-Fi Visionaries, an Enterprise Inspection Tour, a special Tribbles Disc and much more.
You can read the many other reviews about the enhanced version and like it or hate it I leave that to your own opinion, but as a Star Trek fan who has watched the original version for the better part of a lifetime I like both, IMHO. The nostalgia that I revere for the original series can never be infringed but younger people won't understand it like those who lived in the days of lesser technology. For them I say better to enjoy it as the enhanced version for the memory of their own generation, go for it, it is quite remarkable. Star Trek will go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest television series to date, and in my book rated G for everyone!
One last note about the vendor I got my product from. I paid extra to have my purchase shipped overnight so as to lessen the handling in hopes of minimizing any damage. I received the product on time BUT received it in less than "new" condition. I say this because when I opened the package the BD cases for season 1 and 2 were properly shrink wrapped like new inside a cardboard sleeve (as like many DVD movies come) BUT the season 3 BD case was not shrink wrapped inside the cardboard sleeve and when I removed it the front of the BD case (the plastic that retains the labeling) had been cut with either a knife or razor. This could have only happened at the manufacturer or during repackaging. Also the cardboard sleeves had been taped on the outside making it impossible to separate the individual season cases without damaging the cardboard sleeves. Lessening the value of my collection. I paid for a new product making this a sore disappointment. Hope your experience is better.
Notwithstanding the condition of the product when I received it, as a Star Trek grand daddy I give this version 5 stars. Highly recommended!
1st Edit: When speaking of original and enhanced it concerns the "effects" as presented in each episode and not the production of the release such as a "remastered" version. I do not own the newer "boxed" version and can not comment about it other than what can be deciphered from other reviews. I presume that release is a "remastered" version very similar to the Dec 2009 release. Maybe someone who actually owns that release can identify it specifically and provide further comments.
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Live long and prosper to all the people involved in creating this classic.