Today, Paramount Pictures released Star Trek III: The Search For Spock—Collector’s Edition as a two DVD set. The first disc contains the original theatrical version of the film, while the second disc contains special features.
Among the special features are documentaries and interviews. The first disc also contains the option to listen to commentary by director Leonard Nimoy and producer/writer Harve Bennett.
Unlike the 2 DVD sets for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which were directors’ editions, this collector’s edition contains only the standard version of the film rather than a brand new edit. The standard version of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was already available as a single DVD.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the most successful Trek film ever, will receive collector’s edition treatment in a two DVD release on March 4, 2003. Again, the standard theatrical version of the film will be used. While it will include many special features on disc 2, there will not be a new edit of the movie. The standard version of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is already available as a single DVD.
Also due next year is the collector’s edition of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Director William Shatner has reportedly requested that Paramount allow him to do a special director’s edition of the film with new effects, new scenes, and several re-edits, especially of the film’s conclusion (much like they allowed director Robert Wise to revist his failed Star Trek: The Motion Picture for its special DVD release).
Paramount has reportedly turned Shatner’s request down, and will instead release the standard version of the film along with a disc of bonus features. The standard version of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which suffered from budget and time constraints, is already available as a single DVD. (Article updated: November 22, 2002)