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Star Trek The Original Series: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3) [22 Discs]


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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: Anton Leader, David Alexander, Don McDougall, Gene Nelson, Gerd Oswald
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Studio: Star Trek
  • Release Date: Dec 14 2004
  • Run Time: 4117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JJBZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,926 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES features the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Capt. James Kirk (Shatner) and his first officer, Lt. Cmdr Spock (Nimoy) during the 23rd century. They are on a mission in outer space to explore new worlds, where the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen.

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The facts have become legend. Star Trek, the NBC series that premiered on September 8, 1966, has become a touchstone of international popular culture. It struggled through three seasons that included cancellation and last-minute revival, and turned its creator, Gene Roddenberry, into the progenitor of an intergalactic phenomenon. Eventually expanding to encompass five separate TV series, an ongoing slate of feature films, and a fan base larger than the population of many third-world countries, the Star Trek universe began not with a Big Bang but with a cautious experiment in network TV programming. Even before its premiere episode ("The Man Trap") was aired, Star Trek had struggled to attain warp-drive velocity, barely making it into the fall '66 NBC lineup.

The series' original pilot, "The Cage," featured Jeffrey Hunter as U.S.S. Enterprise captain Christopher Pike--a variation of the role that would eventually catapult William Shatner to TV stardom. Filmed in 1964, the pilot was rejected by NBC the following year, but the network made a rare decision to order a second pilot. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was filmed in 1965, and only one character from the previous pilot remained--a pointy-eared alien named Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy), whom Roddenberry had retained despite network disapproval. The second pilot was accepted, and production on Star Trek began in earnest with the filming of its first regular episode, "The Corbomite Maneuver."

Never a ratings success despite a growing population of devoted fans, Star Trek was canceled after its second season, prompting a letter-writing campaign that resulted in the series' third-season renewal. It was a mixed blessing, since Roddenberry had departed as producer to protest the network's neglect, and Star Trek's third season contained most of the series' weakest episodes. And yet, the show continued to "to explore strange new worlds…to seek out new life and new civilizations…to boldly go where no man [a phrase later amended to "no one"] has gone before."

There were milestones along the way. The first interracial kiss on network primetime TV (between Shatner and series co-star Nichelle Nichols) furthered a richly positive and expansive view of a better, nobler future for humankind. The series offered a timelessly appealing balance of humor, imagination, and character depth. And at least one episode (Harlan Ellison's "The City on the Edge of Forever") ranks among the finest science fiction stories in any popular medium. Beloved by long-time fans in spite of its cheesy sets and costumes, and the now-dated trappings of late-1960s American culture, "classic Trek" has aged remarkably well, and its sense of adventure and idealism continues to live long and prosper. --Jeff Shannon

The three 2004 DVD sets collect all 79 episodes of the show, including "The Cage" in both a restored color version and the original, never-aired version that alternates between color and black and white. Each set is supplemented by over an hour of featurettes incorporating new and old interviews with Shatner, Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and there's also some vintage footage of Gene Roddenberry. Accompanying the 20-minute seasonal recaps ("To Boldly Go...") are a number of interesting featurettes: "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy" examines the two pilot episodes and the development of the crew; "Sci-Fi Visionaries" discusses the series' great science fiction writers; Nimoy debunks various rumors in "Reflections of Spock"; "Kirk, Spock & Bones: The Great Trio" focuses on the interplay among Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley); and, in what is probably his last Star Trek appearance, James Doohan (Scotty), slowed by Alzheimer's but still with a twinkle in his eye, recalls his voiceover roles and his favorite episodes. 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 cases are 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 sets are 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


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pete on April 27 2010
Format: DVD
I thought that maybe they would have ruined the original intent of Gene Roddenberry's vision. But they only enhanced the images and audio. Still true to the original airings, this set cleaned up the old stock footage, and re-recorded the music with today's technology. Still has that 60's "tech" feeling, but with much nicer images. The extra features are worth watching too.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Bertram on March 2 2009
Format: DVD
The collection contains all the original shows cleaned up and re-scored. For the younger veiwers brought up on Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) it brings familiar graphics and beauty shots of the ship, sets and planets to a current level of believability. All the cheesy special effects of the 60's original broadcasts are now gone. With a new score and all the cleaning up, it broadcasts well on any modern TV.
One drawback my wife and I found was that the first season set is also in the now dead HDDVD format which gets a little annoying when you forget to flip the disc over to get the DVD version. The second and third seasons are only in the current format.
A definite must for the Star Trek fan and an interesting way for the new viewer to Star Trek to see how it all began in the 60's, Especially good to see before the new Abrams Star Trek pre-quel movie comes out in May 2009.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zackary on Dec 14 2009
Format: DVD
The quality of the remastered discs is great. The extras are fun as well. Really glad I made the purchase. The delivery was also very fast.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 28 2010
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The original Star Trek series has always been the best of the many versions it later inspired. The characters worked well together and the writing was first-rate. If the series lacked at all it was in the very dated 1960's special effects and the remastered version has enhanced that while retaining the excellent quality of the original episodes. In particular the aviation sequences showing the USAF F-104 Starfighter from the episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" have been particularly well upgraded. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wariner on April 7 2009
Format: DVD
This is the best Star Trek set. I have watched all the other Star Trek series but nothing compares to the original. It's a must have for science fiction buffs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Hook on Feb. 13 2009
Format: DVD
Excellent remastered series - true to the originals, clean and clear. Thanks to amazon for turning the order around in less than 1 week.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By david on June 2 2006
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I must admit I am a huge trekkie. I have watched the original broadcast, commercials and all. But when it was cancelled I was disappointed. Then they returned to re-runs, and I stil wasnt satisfied, bcause tv re-runs tend to cut out the good parts of the show for time constraints. I found the Boxed set very pricey, But I intend to watch and re-live with fond memories the great speacial effects, which at that time was in advance of its time. If any one out there enjoys the star Trek series of old, they will enjoy this series!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Island Kate on Aug. 10 2014
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The plastic cases are easily broken and the way the DVD's are mastered does not allow for easy viewing of multiple episodes but the episodes themselves are beautifully done. I love this series but had no idea there were so many episodes I hadn't seen or did not remember. It's refreshing to enjoy science fiction with a positive and fun-filled perspective again. This has been one of the best editions to my DVD library.
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