On January 31, 2009, yours truly wrote:
“If the [Star Trek: Season 1] Blu-ray release does indeed include both [original and remastered] versions of each episode, I may actually be tempted to buy this set at a reasonable price – once CBS releases all three seasons.”
By March 8, after confirmation that the Star Trek: Season 1 Blu-rays indeed include both versions, I was definitely buying – eventually:
“If I’m able to control myself, I’m going to try to wait until seasons 2 and 3 are also available before purchasing this one. I don’t 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.”
On April 28, the Star Trek: Season 1 Blu-rays arrived in stores, and I managed to hold true to my resolve to wait until the complete series was on Blu-ray.
That’s right, I held out.
For four whole days.
On Saturday, May 2, I decided the $65 sale price could not be passed up, so I bought the Season 1 set. My wife says she expected this all along. She has known me for ten years now. Even I didn’t know I was going to buy it yet. I thought I was going to make it until all three were out.
[I can’t lie to you. The sale price being the reason was just a way to justify it to myself at the time. In reality, I was drooling over the thought of watching Star Trek in HD.]
So far, I’ve watched “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “The Corbomite Maneuver,” and “Mudd’s Women.” I have been totally blown away. Putting the special effects aside for just a moment, the overall image clarity is stunning. Were it not for the 1960s style production, you could almost believe they filmed Star Trek yesterday.
I am mostly sticking with the revised effects this time through. Seeing these episodes in their uncut forms, and in true HD, gives me new respect for the work of the gang over at CBS Digital.
I did toggle over to the original effects several times, to make sure things looked okay there as well. While obviously there are huge differences between the modern CGI effects and the 1960s effects, the 1960s effects still look as good as ever. That is, if (like me) you were okay with them before, then they still look fine in HD. Do not expect miracles, though. The real selling point for me, in fact, is the ability to watch both versions. I love watching the new stuff, but I do not want to give up the originals as I have been watching them all of my life, either.
I have also watched the documentary Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into The 21st Century on Disc 1. This is a well-produced overview of the Star Trek: Remastered project. I have seen at least part of it online before, but this seemed much longer than I recall. I would recommend saving it until the end, though, as it gives away several of the best effects upgrades.
I can’t wait to watch the rest of this set! And hurry up with Seasons 2 & 3, already. It’s been seven whole days!