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Star Trek: The Original Series Vol. 8 [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6305744874
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars good enough for cinema release 27 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very pleased with this.
glitch and artifact-free transfer. very good picture and sound.R1 ntsc disc -non-north american viewers needs multi- region player/pc.
created our of necessity by g.rodenberry using the pilot show 'the cage', the result is coherent, well paced and some of the best of ST.

pre-cgi effects effective! susan oliver gives a memorable performance.also jeffrey hunter as cap'n pike.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Star Trek Episode 29 Mar 2000
By Hank Drake - Published on
"The Menagerie" has consistently scored as one of the top ten most popular episodes of the original series. Both the flashback and wraparound plotlines are among the best Star Trek had to offer. Spock is willing to sacrifice his career--and perhaps his life--to ensure that Christopher Pike, his former Captain--horribly disfigured by a recent space disaster--can spend his remaining years in comfort and happiness. If that is not an act of love, I don't know what is.
Paramount has simply outdone itself in the remastering of this episode. The flashback elements date back to 1964, yet they look so fresh they could have been filmed yesterday. It is also interesting to see the great care the original cinematographer took with lighting--most of the compositions are simply beautiful--and far superior to today's more flatly lit approach. The sound has been remarkably enhanced, with both the sound effects and score in stereo.
It is interesting to compare "The Cage" with the original series. Although it is very impressive as science fiction, there is very little chemistry between the characters (similar to "The Next Generation"). Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and the consistently underrated William Shater made a far more effective team in that respect.
This is a must for all Star Trek fans.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered? Yes. Restored? No! 22 Aug 2000
By Simon - Published on
I'm among those who find it a joy to watch enhanced cleaned up episodes of Trek on DVD. The question is: does anthing ever get overlooked in a 'restoration'? "The Menagerie Part I" proves that it does - though it might take a trekker to spot it.
Recall the scene on Talos IV when Spock finds those blue musical wind leaves and tests them out by holding them? In the original version, you hear the sharp contrast as the loudest of the eerie vibrations disappear abruptly, and then come back (in synch with Spock clasping and releasing the leaves).
All that is lost in the transfer to DVD. The "musical leaf" sound track has been beautifully dubbed on in full Dolby Surround - but with no break! Spock plays with the leaves to no effect; and the whole point of that little scene has been remastered out of existence!
Did anyone else notice?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Trek recycling 30 Aug 2001
By Zagnorch - Published on
I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I truly believe that the original 'Star Trek' ran for 80 episodes, and not 79, like most believe. Yep- I'm one of those Trekkies that believes that 'The Menagerie' counts as two eppies, rather than one. After all, every two-part cliffhanger that was broadcast on 'NextGen', 'DS9', and 'Voyager' count as two separate segments... why NOT 'The Menagerie'?

But, aside from this quandary, 'The Menagerie' is a wonderful showcase of the classic Trek producers' efforts to make the most of their budgetary limits. By framing the first (then-unseen) pilot 'The Cage' around a story involving the present Enterprise crew, Desilu managed to shave a couple bucks off of production expenses. It's also interesting to see who might've composed the original 'Trek crew had the first pilot been greenlighted into a TV series. Ah, what might've been...

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories 19 Aug 2001
By William T. Parnell - Published on
I can still remember the first time I saw this-I was eleven years old. I was sure that Jeffery Hunter was the bravest and most dashing star fleet captain ever (next to Kirk of course). And that green woman-wow! Seriously, I think they did a fantastic job of reusing the old "cage" footage and this is certainly one of my favorite TOS episodes. It's wonderful to look back on something from your childhood and find you still enjoy it so much.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 1 April 2000
By Anthony Dickerson - Published on
If you're wondering which of the Original Series dvds to get first I'd advise you to get this one. Simply brilliant from beginning to end. The use of the pilot episode within the framework of the then current cast was excellently executed. A classic of the series.
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