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

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Anton Leader , David Alexander    DVD
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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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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well done, worth adding to the collection. April 27 2010
By Pete
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version of TOS for the TNG crowd. March 2 2009
By D. Bertram TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly Going Dec 14 2009
By Zackary
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken's Review April 28 2010
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 13 2009
By D. Hook
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set to have for science fiction fans April 7 2009
By Wariner
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Original Series June 2 2006
By david
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture Jan. 4 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter said that it is awsomely radical my husband said the remastered picture is really good I thought the picture was realy good no grain in the picture a good remastered set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Collection. Will enjoy it for years.
Published 9 days ago by Kimberly Simmons
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware: refurbished box sets!
This is not a new product: under the original shrinkwrap (or so it seemed), there were some dvds with finger traces or slight damage. Read more
Published 12 days ago by FH991586
5.0 out of 5 stars Something every Star Trek fan should have....
This is a great remastered version of the original series. All the special effects have been recreated using up to date computer graphics. They even redid the music. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Greg McEachern
4.0 out of 5 stars and the viewing is better, with shots cleaned up
I always remember watching the Trek re-runs on Sundays. This brings the whole series available to watch at any time, and the viewing is better, with shots cleaned up. Read more
Published 17 days ago by James Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The plastic cases are easily broken and the way the DVD's are mastered...
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. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Island Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I've been searching all over the web and finally I found this one.. I'm fond of Sci-fi movies and Star Trek is my most favorite one.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerry M. Swindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Original series better, not remastered
The heading says it all. I'm a purist and I don't like it when someone tell me that this way is better without consulting me (More specifically = The Public). Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. F. Lecavalier
5.0 out of 5 stars StarTrek - the Original Series
I was a kid when I watched the series for the first time, in the French version produced in Montreal, in early 1970's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jean Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered it - only different!
Everything here is just about the same as I remember it, though I watched it back in the 60s on a black and white 23" TV! My monitor is bigger than that! And in color! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
As a fan of Star Trek I am most familiar with TNG series, while somewhat familiar with the others. So for me, watching the remastered version of TOS has in one way been nostalgic,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by AJ
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