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Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3)

  1. 1. “Space…The FinalFrontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explorestrange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man hasgone before !” The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III thenmoved on to explore the stars. Brought to you in a brilliant remastered edition….this is Star Treklike you’ve never seen it before! Season OneIn 1966, Star Trek set out to boldly go where no series had gone before, beginning a three-yearmission that led to a franchise that would last decades. Here at last is the first season of theoriginal series all in one box, 29 episodes in their original broadcast order. That means startingwith “The Man Trap,” and soon followed by “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the secondpilot filmed and the first one starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. The many highlightepisodes include “Balance of Terror” and “Errand of Mercy” (introducing, respectively, theRomulans and the Klingons), the two-part “The Menagerie” (which recycled footage from theoriginal pilot, “The Cage,” which featured Christopher Pike as the captain of the Enterprise andis 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 bymany the best-ever episode of the series). 1/4
  2. 2. The first-season DVD set is supplemented by 80 minutes of featurettes incorporating 2003-04interviews with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and some 1988footage of Gene Roddenberry. The longest (24 minutes) featurette, “The Birth of a TimelessLegacy,” 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,” whichdiscusses the series’ great science fiction writers (most famously in “The City of the Edge ofForever”). 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 thefeature-film special editions, Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide a pop-up textcommentary on four of the episodes filled with history, trivia, and dry wit. It’s the firstcommentary of any kind for a Star Trek TV show, but an audio commentary is still overdue. Thetechnical specs are mostly the same as other Trek TV series–Dolby 5.1, English subtitles–butwith the welcome addition of the episode trailers. The plastic case is an attempt to replicatesome of the fun packaging of the series’ European DVD releases, but it’s a bit clunky, and thepaper sleeve around the disc case seems awkward and crude. Still, the set is a vastimprovement both in terms of shelf space and bonus features compared to the old two-episodediscs, which were released before full-season boxed sets became the model for televisionDVDs. –David HoriuchiSeason TwoThe most famous episode in franchise history, “The Trouble with Tribbles,” is one of thehighlights of the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. A deserved classic, thehumorous story centers on an ever-expanding mass of furry creatures that memorably rainthemselves down on top of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and into the middle of aFederation-Klingon showdown. It inspired one of the most memorable episodes in the spin-offseries Deep Space Nine, “Trial and Tribble-ations.” Also in the second season, the Vulcanculture of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is fleshed out in “Amok Time” (in which Spock is facedwith the possibility of killing his captain and friend) and “Journey to Babel” (introducing Spock’sfather, played by Mark Sarek, in what would turn out to be a long-recurring role). A newcharacter, navigator Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), was introduced; his Monkees haircut wasintended to appeal to the younger audience, but he was also a Russian, which at the height ofthe cold war reflected Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of a more enlightened future. Othersocial-commentary opportunities presented themselves in “The Omega Glory,” “TheDoomsday Machine,” and “Assignment: Earth,” the last also one of those periodic opportunitiesto scrimp on the budget by time-traveling to an earlier version of Earth. Another example was“A Piece of the Action,” a comic episode set in the Roaring Twenties and memorable for,among other things, Kirk’s teaching a made-up card game called Fizzbin. In other significantepisodes, “I, Mudd” saw the return of the bounder from season 1, “The Changeling” was theoriginal inspiration for the first Trek feature film a decade later, “Wolf in the Fold” (penned bythe author of Psycho) provides an example of the series’ great writing, and “Mirror, Mirror”introduced the concept of the parallel universe inhabited by vicious, amoral counterparts of theregular crew, another theme later borrowed (more than once, and to good emotional effect) byDS9.On the DVD 2/4
  3. 3. The remastered episodes are the highlight of the 2008 second-season release; like in seasonone, the reworked visual effects might irk purists but are an improvement overall, and some ofthe space exteriors are very exciting. It’s not in high definition, however; season one wasreleased in 2007 on two-sided combination HD DVD and standard DVD discs, which are nowobsolete. Season two mimics the packaging, but is only standard-definition DVD, not Blu-ray.The picture, while obviously not high-definition quality, is still much improved over the 2004 DVDrelease. Special features here mostly mirror that 2004 set: 80 minutes of featurettes (“To BoldlyGo” season recap, ” Kirk, Spock & Bones: The Great Trio,” “Star Trek’s Divine Diva,”“Designing the Final Frontier,” and “Writer’s Notebook: D.C. Fontana”), though missing fromthis set are the text commentaries on two episodes, the Red Shirt Logs, the production art, andthe photo gallery. There are two new featurettes: “Star Trek‘s Favorite Moments,” in which castmembers of later Trek franchises and fans recall certain episodes, and “Billy Blackburn’sTreasure Chest, part 2,” in which a Trek extra tells stories and shows some of his on-set homemovies. And because season 2 includes “The Trouble with Tribbles,” the set includes twobonus episodes: “More Tribbles, More Troubles” from the Animated Series and “Trials andTribble-ations” from Deep Space Nine. Conveniently, all three Tribble-centric episodes are onthe same disc, and include the bonus features from the earlier DVD releases (the commentaryby writer David Gerrold on “More Troubles” and the two featurettes–”Uniting Two Legends”and “An Historic Endeavor”–from “Tribble-ations”). The bonus episodes were not remastered,and you can tell the difference when comparing the original Tribble episode on this set with thegrainier footage that was used in the DS9 episode. A minor annoyance is that the discs areone-sided but appear to be two-sided, as if they had been designed for combo HD DVD againbefore a late change. That means the info on the disc is restricted to a ring around the middle,rather than a full label that could have listed the episodes on each disc; as is, they’re only listedon the glossy “collector’s data cards.” And once again, the plastic shell is clunky and the discspindles are way too tight. All in all, it’s a nice package, especially if one doesn’t already havethe other Tribble episodes, but it feels like it’s floating in a standard-definition limbo, stuck in thetransition between HD DVD and Blu-ray. –David HoriuchiSeason ThreeSaved from the brink of cancellation by its loyal fanbase, Star Trek‘s third and final seasonrewarded them with a number of memorable episodes. Tight budgets and slipping creativecontrol, however, made it the series’ most uneven season, though it did have some of thecoolest episode titles (“For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky,” “Is There inTruth No Beauty,” “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”). Some of the best moments involved agunfight at the OK Corral (“Spectre of the Gun”), a knock-down drag-out sword battle with theKlingons aboard the Enterprise (“Day of the Dove”), the ship getting caught in anever-tightening spacial net (“The Tholian Web”), TV’s first interracial kiss (“Plato’sStepchildren,” and it should be easy to guess who participated), Sulu taking command (“TheSavage Curtain”), and Kirk’s switching bodies with an ex-love interest (“Turnabout Intruder”).The 2008 DVD set benefits from the same remastering given to the other two seasons, thoughonly the first was released in high definition (the now-defunct HD DVD format). Still, theepisodes are substantially cleaned up to the point where they look quite good, rather thanjarringly fuzzy to the modern viewer. And there are some new visual effects that are well-done, 3/4
  4. 4. and obtrusive only to the strictest fans. Compare, for example, the dramatic close-up of the green-glowing U.S.S. Defiant in “The Tholian Web” with the original effect, which had the ship floating in a green haze. New bonus features are 11 more minutes of rare footage from extra Billy Blackburn; “Collectible Trek,” a 14-minute discussion of rare Trek items, filmed in 2004 with the rest of the bonus content but not included on the previous DVD set; and the newly filmed “Captain’s Log: Bob Justman,” an affectionate nine-minute tribute to the series producer. Otherwise, the set retains almost all the special features from the 2004 set, including the features on Walter Koenig, George Takei, and James Doohan (who died the following year), plus the two versions of the series pilot, “The Cage,” a restored color version and the original, never-aired version that alternates between color and black and white. Starring Jeffery Hunter as Captain Pike, Leonard Nimoy as a relatively emotional Spock, and Majel Barrett (the future Nurse Chapel and Mrs. Gene Roddenberry) as a frosty Number One, this pilot was rejected, but a second was commissioned, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” now considered the “official” beginning of the series. But “The Cage” is very recognizably Star Trek with its far-out concepts (telepathic aliens collecting species samples), sexy humanoid women, character development, and of course cheesy costumes and special effects. Footage was later reused in the season 1 two-parter, “The Menagerie.” –David Horiuchi Check Out The Full Indepth Details Here: Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3) 4/4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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