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Star Trek: The Original Series, Vol. 14 [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, 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: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2000
  • Run Time: 4050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6305910537
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
Episode 28: The City On the Edge Of Forever (1966)
In the program McCoy accidentally injects himself with substance that makes him paranoid and is compelled to leave the ship for the planet they are near. Through a series of events he goes through a portal to old earth (depression era). Some how he changes history and the Enterprise disappears. So the mission is to retrieve McCoy before he changes time. This naturally includes a love interest (Joan Collins.)
Read the book first (ISBN: 1565049640). This is not a serialization of the program; it is the original written script. You will be surprised at the transformation from a Harlan Ellison novel to a Star Trek episode (28).
To fit the mold of the series McCoy replaced a drug dealer. The first thing Harlan asked was that if this was, that if clothes were stolen that they did not look like they ware miraculously a perfect fit. And Spock stops Kirk from saving Edith. Kirk would have given up the future for love.
Now watch this episode, and yes the changes were necessary and this is one of the best.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Two Unforgettable Episodes of Classic Trek 16 July 2000
By Hank Drake - Published on
Format: DVD
This DVD installment of Star Trek features two episodes which are a must for every fan. Those with friends unfamiliar with Classic Trek would do well to show them these two episodes. Their friends will be instantly hooked.
Errand of Mercy was Star Trek's first story dealing with the Klingons. The late John Colicos, best known as Baltar from Battlestar Galactica, was given a virtually free reign to create the look of his character. He saw Kor as a futuristic Ghenghis Khan, and that template prevailed until the redesigned Klingons appeared in the first Star Trek movie. Under Colicos' masterly performance, the Klingons are shown to be barbaric, militaristic, brutal, but not ENTIRELY evil. Kor recognizes the value of valor, and laments that duty requires him to kill Captain Kirk: "Always it is the brave ones who die. The soldiers." He is also perceptive enough to recognize that Klingons and Federation members are more alike than Kirk would care to admit. This is further demonstrated by the surprise ending, which hints at the events of Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. The plot development at the end, involving the true nature of the Organians is an effective and original twist.
The City on the Edge of Forever is considered by many to be Star Trek's finest episode. The screenplay, based on a story by Harlan Ellison, is craftily writted and paced. It is also Star Trek's best time travel story. Starting as a chase through time for a deranged McCoy, the victim of an accidental drug overdose, the story takes an abrupt turn toward lighter fare when Kirk and Spock arrive in 1930 New York City. After Kirk meets Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) and recognizes a kindred soul, the story seems headed for a romantic conclusion. Kirk at last seems to have found true and pure love. Then, what the audience least expects it, Spock lowers the boom: Edith Keeler must die, or history will be altered and humanity will be subjected to another Dark Ages. The superb writing--most of the dialogue was by Gene Coon, one of Star Trek's unsung heroes--is backed up by top flight performances by Shatner, Nimoy, Collins, and the late DeForest Kelley. Is it a stretch to say that 50 years from now, Collins will be remembered for this role, rather than for Dynasty? The lighting for the 1930 portion of the story looks unusually subdued for a Star Trek episode, but perhaps the filmmakers were trying for a Depression-era look.
Paramount has done a very good job with sound and picture transfer. Images are sharper, colors more vibrant, and flesh tomes more realistic than before. There are two small mistakes on the box cover: Despite the disclaimer, the original music for City on the Edge of Forever (based on the pop tune "Good Night, Sweetheart") has been restored for the DVD. The VHS version featured much less effective music. Also, one photo on the back cover is from the second season episode, "Metamorphosis."
I envy those who are seeing these episodes for the first time.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
original "City" sountrack is restored for DVD 3 April 2001
By Rich Cirivilleri - Published on
Format: DVD
I just viewed the restored DVD version of "City on the Edge of Forever", and I'd like to assure all concerned that the original incidental music that was replaced in "City" has been restored! In the mid-eighties, Paramount had allowed the ASCAP rights to "Goodnight, sweetheart" to lapse, causing a video version to be released with inferior replacement music. ALL of the excised music is back,and the sound is tremendous. I've never heard this episode look or sound better.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A fine tribute to John Colicos 25 July 2000
By Karl Matsumoto - Published on
Format: DVD
The late John Colicos of "Battlestar Galactica" fame shines as the Klingon commander Kor in "Errand of Mercy," an episode which has an ambiguous title. Whose "errand" is it anyway - the Federation's? As it turns out, the mercy is shown by the Organians who act to prevent an interstellar war, establishing one of the political cornerstones of the Star Trek future history. Given the significance of the so-called "Organian Peace Treaty" which is referred to in many later episodes, I always felt this episode was too subdued; we don't see the two starfleets in space and the Klingon occupation forces on Organia are small in number. Still, Colicos' scenes with Shatner are well acted and establish the aggressive nature of both captains, a theme which comes up again and again. DVD lets us see the fog around the Organian castle as well as the writing on the Klingon occupation notices - they're printed in English!
SF writer Harlan Ellison is known to have hated the TV adaptation of his story "The City on the Edge of Forever" and we can see why. Although it is undeniably one of Star Trek's more emotionally powerful episodes (Bill Shatner's last line still sends chills up and down my spine), as a science fiction story it does not hold up to repeated viewings. But this is a strong pairing on DVD; if only there were more interactive options and liner notes. By the way, somebody goofed on the package design - there's a photo from a different episode ("Metamorphoses") for "City on the Edge of Forever."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jared Insell - Published on
Format: DVD
I think everyone will agree that Volume 14 is definetly one of the most popular Trek DVD's to date. The reason being well it's actually quite simple: (1) The debut of the Klingons and of course (2) One of the best Trek episodes ever. So I can easily say that this is Highly recommended before going into great detail about the episodes.
The first episode here is ERRAND OF MERCY which features the debut of the Klingons led by Commander Korr (played by John Colicos). This episode finds the Enterprise races to Organia to prevent the Klingons from taking over the planet. However when they arrive the Organians refuse the help of Starfleet and pretty soon the Klingons invade the planet. A frustrated Kirk tries to reason with the stubborn Organians who will not allow the Klingons and Starfleet to fight. Both sides completely unnerved later find out that there is more to the Organians than meets the eye for they are a far superior race compare humans or Klingons. A classic!
The next episode is one of Trek's finest CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER is easily one of my favourites. McCoy goes insane after consuming a drug accidently and beams down to a planet with a bizarre Time portal. When the crew beams down to catch him McCoy jumps into the portal and wisked off to the past altering the course of time to the extent that the Enterpirse no longer exists. Kirk and Spock go back in time to find McCoy and end up it the early 1930's during the depression. There Kirk and Spock await for McCoy to show up and they befriend the beautiful social worker Edith Keeler (played by Joan Collins). Kirk begins to fall in love with the woman and Spock later reveals that in order to set time straight again Edith Keeler must die unfortunetly. This episode is a powerful drama and easily one of Star Trek's finest episodes ever. A true classic.
Bottom Line: these episodes must be seen. Both are excellent and belong in everyones collection! Highly recommended!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Why this was the Best Star Trek Episode 12 Jun 2000
By Adam Bernstein - Published on
Format: DVD
The original Star Trek was far superior to the followups for many reasons and City on the Edge of Forever, the pinnacle of that series. Harlan Ellison's legendary feud over script revision with Gene Roddenberry is well known, and supposedly the original script is even better than the one used. Nevertheless I've not seen any other TV script that approaches the profundity of this. Kirk and Spock track Bones through a time/space portal to 1930 and meet Edith Keeler, a person who changed history after being saved by Bones. Kirk falls in love with her, but has to decide between love and the Allied WWII victory. This whole episode is thought provoking, the characters are believable, the fact that this was done in 1967 shines through in its creativity and emotional intensity. Such a contrast to the ridiculous follow-up series and films. All episodes of the original are worth seeing, but this is the best.
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