Star Trek: The Original Series - Season One (Remastered Edition)
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Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 1 (Remastered Edition)
In 1965, 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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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The packaging is okay with all three seasons done up similarly. I don't know that the plastic cases would hold up for any amount of time if they were being used over and over, but for my purposes, they will be fine. As far as the actual episodes on the boxed sets, the visual effects have been updated but not so much that they have lost the sense one is watching the original airings in all their sometimes corny glory. There are a few extras and special features included that range from somewhat interesting to "okay, now that I have watched that once, I am not sure that I really care..."
There are a couple of things that are subpar about this remastered set and why I only gave it three stars. The home menu is pretty much the same on all three seasons, and it doesn't give any flexibility in how you access the episodes. For example, there is no "watch all" option. You must individually select each and every episode from a menu that is set up to appear to be the transporter control panel, along with (what quickly becomes annoying) beeps and transporter sound effects. Once you choose the episode, you are taken to another selection screen where you must then choose either the episode or the trailer, and then after selecting the episode, it will start.Read more ›
Disc 1: "The Man Trap," "Charlie X," "Where No Man Has Gone Before,"** "The Naked Time"
Disc 2: "The Enemy Within," "Mudd's Women," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" "Miri"
Disc 3: "Dagger of the Mind," "The Corbomite Maneuver," "The Menagerie, Part I,"** The Menagerie, Part II"**
Disc 4: "The Conscience of the King,"** "Balance of Terror," "Shore Leave," "The Galileo Seven"
Disc 5: "The Squire of Gothos," "Arena," "Tomorrow is Yesterday," "Court Martial"
Disc 6: "The Return of the Archons," "Space Seed," "A Taste of Armageddon," "This Side of Paradise"
Disc 7: "The Devil in the Dark," "Errand of Mercy," "The Alternative Factor," "The City on the Edge of Forever"
Disc 8: "Operation: Annihilation"
** These four episodes have text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda
Disc 8 of the DVD also includes the following special features:
"The Birth of a Timeless Legacy": The definitive telling of how it all began: from the first pilot, "The Cage," (which will be included on the Season 3 set, and will be the same two versions released before) to reshooting the pilot with William Shatner, to the many challenges leading up to its premiere on NBC in 1966. Included are interviews with cast and network executives and producers.Read more ›
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Great item: quality of sound and pictures. contain many episodes considered like best of the serie.Published 9 months ago by MICK
la serie remasteriser est vraiment génial. L'image et la qualité de la haute définition est plendide, avec les nouveaux effets speciaux. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nino Ravello
Arrived as advertised. No Complaints what so ever.
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A bit difficult to use in terms of packaging and disc identification, but an outstanding product in terms of picture and sound quality.Published 14 months ago by Jean Pierre Letourneau
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