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The Original Series starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelly (1966)

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Dilithium Chambers are at Maximum as "Star Trek" Season 1 Warps onto Blu-ray

  • Jun 1, 2009
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+5
If you are a huge Star Trek fan like myself, than this is something you have been waiting to own for a long time coming.  Finally, Star Trek in crisp, bright, remastered High Definition.  Now you can see just how much those stunt doubles don't look anything like William Shatner, Klingons that don't have ridges and the Enterprise how it always should have looked, bright and sleek thanks to brand new CG renderings of all the space scenes from the original series.  Don't worry, if you are a purest like a lot of Trek fans are, you can still watch these scenes in all of their string and model glory.

Captain James T. Kirk, commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise on a five year mission of space exploration along with his crew, "explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, boldly going were no man has gone before."  While Kirk is being informed in the teachings of logic by his Vulcan first officer Mr. Spock and being lectured to about the finer points of medicine by his best friend and chief medical officer Dr. McCoy, the crew of the Enterprise come across planets that make your very thoughts come true, warrior based life forms who will later be responsible for some of the bravest and cowardly acts in Star Trek history and face issues with time travel and the space time continuum.

Part of what makes Star Trek coming to Blu-ray so fun is that it can finally be viewed the way it was meant to.  The picture has been cleaned up so that there are barely any scratches noticeable and  some of the sound tracks have been completely remixed.  The color is now crystal clear for example, the yellow uniforms now actually look yellow instead of tan.  Best of all, the Enterprise and all of the exterior space scenes have been converted to CGI, making these scenes really come to life.  The Enterprise shines and planets actually have landscapes now; items that were mentioned to be in space but never actually seen are now visible.  Star Trek on Blu-ray truly is the best way to view this wonderful show that sparked one of the biggest phenomenon's in the past forty years.

Everything stated above does enhance the viewing of the original series of Trek, but
 this set also come with some pretty awesome special features.  Though most of them are taken off of the prior DVDs, the new special feature that stands out is a complete digital tour of the Enterprise.  I mean this is probably the coolest special feature to ever grace the DVD and Blu-ray world.  This feature in completely interactive and puts you in control of a "shuttlecraft", letting you fly to certain points of the Enterprise that then activates an information session on that particular point of the ship.  Honestly, even if I didn't like Star Trek, I would buy this set just for that feature so when you do buy these, make sure you check this out.

The only downside of the set is the lack of the show being presented in Widescreen.  Having said that, I know that this is not they way the show was filmed back then or any other show filmed during the 60's for that matter.  I just wish they could have found some magical way to pull that off, but it's wishful thinking.  Lastly, there was just a little bit lacking in they way of new interview content which I think they could have taken the time to have added.  Hopefully this will be something that is included in future titles.

Overall, this is a must buy for any Trekkie out there.  Like I said above, this is a Trek fans dream to be able to view the show in this manner.  You can also get it an Amazon.com for a reasonable $65 dollars which is really good for a Blu-ray box set.  Definitely check out the virtual Enterprise tour.  This set gets a 5/5!
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Star Trek was an Amercian science fiction television show created by Gene Roddenberry that aired between 1966 and 1969.  It originally aired on NBC and was produced by Desilu.  It aired 79 episodes in three seasons. 

Though the show was not a huge hit, Star Trek had a huge cult following during its time in syndication, providing enough of a fan base to produce a record breaking five spin-offs (The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise) as well as eleven motion pictures.

The cast of the Original Series is as follows:
  • William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy as Spock
  • DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy
  • Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
  • James Doohan as  Scotty
  • George Takei as Sulu
  • Walter Koenig as  Chekov (Season 2 and beyond)
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Premiere Date: September 8th 1966
Description: 1966 Science Fiction television show
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Desilu, Paramount, CBS
Original Air Date: September 8th 1966
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