CBS recently released a video ad on Amazon that gives more details on the April 28 release of Star Trek Season 1 on Blu-ray. You can check out the (unfortunately grainy and small-scale) ad here. Here are some of the highlights:
- MSRP: $120 (Amazon’s current pre-order price is $80)
- 7-disc set
- Watch each episode with either the enhanced visual effects or the original version
- Switch between each version using seamless branching
- Listen to new 7.1 audio or original broadcast mono
- Special features include Enterprise inspection tour and Billy Blackburn’s home movies (as on HD-DVD set)
For me, the best news is that the discs will include versions with both the original and remastered visual effects. If CBS had left out either version, it would have been a deal-killer for me.
Though of course I would like it cheaper, I do not think the actual retail price of $80 is too bad. Considering that you are getting two versions of each first season episode, that works out to less than $1.40 an episode.
If I am able to control myself, I am going to try to wait until seasons 2 and 3 are also available before purchasing this one. I do not want to get stuck with only one season of the show in a new format like those who bought the HD-DVD versions of the remastered Star Trek did.
Besides, I will likely have the Blu-ray Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection, with high definition versions of the six classic cast movies, to tide me over until then. Though no video ad yet, Amazon also has an order page up for this set. The MSRP is $140, while Amazon is currently taking pre-orders at $98. This is only $16 a movie, a steal for Blu-ray pricing.
Paramount will release the Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection on May 12, just four days after the eleventh Star Trek hits theaters. In case you are wondering whatever happened to my Assignment: Trek reviews, I decided to hold off on reviewing Star Treks IV, V, and VI until after their Blu-ray releases.
Of course, over in the Amazon customer reviews section for the film set, there is already the expected and typical “fan” whining that the director’s cuts will apparently not be present on the Blu-rays.
You gotta love people who can supposedly “review” discs and content that have not yet been released. Morons who go on these kinds of weekly “crusades” against Paramount, George Lucas, or whoever their target of the moment is, are usually too stupid to figure out how to use Amazon’s features properly anyway.
(Clue: If you are just ranting about rumors you have heard about a product and have not actually seen or used the product, you should be writing in the product’s discussion forum, not in the customer reviews section. Not that I expect you to understand the words that are appearing on this page.)
Anyway, for me it is a moot point. When it comes to the Star Trek movies, the theatrical versions are better than the expanded cuts.
The incredible Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is better paced without the extra filler. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which has never had its theatrical version released in a home format, is better without the added Scooby-Doo-style ending.
Finally, I know the truth hurts some of you folks out there, but the director’s cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is just as boring and awful as the original. I would rather see the original if I am going to suffer through this film. At least it is a few minutes shorter.