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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD]


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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols
  • Directors: Marc Daniels, Lawrence Dobkin, James Goldstone, Leo Penn, Harvey Hart
  • Producers: Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 1407 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000273LSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

8-disc set containing all the episodes from Series One of the original Star Trek series (first broadcast between 1966 and 1967).

Episodes:

Disc One:

  • The Man Trap
  • Charlie X
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • The Naked Time

Disc Two:

  • The Enemy Within
  • Mudd's Women
  • What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  • Miri

Disc Three:

  • Dagger of the Mind
  • The Corbomite Maneuver
  • The Menagerie (Part I)
  • The Menagerie (Part II)

Disc Four:

  • The Conscience of the King
  • Balance of Terror
  • Shore Leave
  • The Galileo Seven

Disc Five:

  • The Squire of Gothos
  • Arena
  • Tomorrow is Yesterday
  • Court Martial

Disc Six:

  • The Return of the Archons
  • Space Seed
  • A Taste of Armageddon
  • This Side of Paradise

Disc Seven:

  • The Devil in the Dark
  • Errand of Mercy
  • The Alternative Factor
  • The City on the Edge of Forever

Disc Eight:

  • Operation: Annihilate!

From Amazon.co.uk

In 1966, Star Trek set out to boldly go where no series had gone before, beginning a three-year mission that led to a franchise that would last decades. Here at last is the first season of the original series all in one box, 29 episodes in their original broadcast order. That means starting with "The Man Trap," and soon followed by "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second pilot filmed and the first one starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. The many highlight episodes include "Balance of Terror" and "Errand of Mercy" (introducing, respectively, the Romulans and the Klingons), the two-part "The Menagerie" (which recycled footage from the original pilot, "The Cage," which featured Christopher Pike as the captain of the Enterprise and is not included in this set), "Space Seed" (introducing Ricardo Montalban's Khan character), and "The City of the Edge of Forever" (written by sci-fi giant Harlan Ellison and considered by many the best-ever episode of the series).

The first-season DVD set is supplemented by 80 minutes of featurettes incorporating 2003-04 interviews with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and some 1988 footage of Gene Roddenberry. The longest (24 minutes) featurette, "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy," examines the two pilot episodes and the development of the crew. Slightly shorter are "To Boldly Go... Season One," which highlights key episodes, and "Sci-Fi Visionaries," which discusses the series' great science fiction writers (most famously in "The City of the Edge of Forever"). Shatner shows off his love of horses in "Life Beyond Trek," and, more interestingly, Nimoy debunks various rumours in "Reflections of Spock." As they've done for many of the feature-film special editions, Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide a pop-up text commentary on four of the episodes filled with history, trivia, and dry wit. It's the first commentary of any kind for a Star Trek TV show, but an audio commentary is still overdue. The technical specs are mostly the same as other Trek TV series--Dolby 5.1, English subtitles--but with the welcome addition of the episode trailers. The plastic case is an attempt to replicate some of the fun packaging of the series' European DVD releases, but it's a bit clunky, and the paper sleeve around the disc case seems awkward and crude. Still, the set is a vast improvement both in terms of shelf space and bonus features compared to the old two-episode discs, which were released before full-season boxed sets became the model for television DVDs. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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331 of 348 people found the following review helpful By Bertie Buggerington on 27 April 2009
Format: DVD
Let's face it, the stories and subject matter of the episodes themselves have been discussed and reviewed at length in reviews of the previous releases of the series, therefore I shall concentrate this review on just the new box sets themselves, and of course on the new remastered and completely re-worked CGI effects (FX) contained in them.

First of all the box set packaging: The unbelievably slimline sets arrive in fancy steel cases, with artwork as pictured in this listings. Inside the steel case is a plastic DVD case the likes of which I'm starting to see a lot more often, of which I believe they refer to as a Scanavo 'brick' style case. Basically it is like a very fat version of an Amaray case that can hold up to 8 DVD's in a very small amount of space - two discs each set inside both the front and back of the case, and a fold out 'leaf' that can hold up to two discs on either side of it - in the case of season 1 there are the full 8 discs. The actual spindle/lock mechanisms that keep the discs in place are very strong, and it is quite hard to get the discs out without bending them....it can be quite fiddly at first, and somewhat of a strain. I believe after a little bit of use they should loosen up a bit, making it easier to get at the discs.

Now the episodes themselves have never looked better. I believe Youtube is a great source of side-by-side comparisons of the original FX and this all new, completely re-worked CGI FX. But let me tell you what I think...the new CGI looks astonishingly good. I believe CBS Digital purposefully never utilised the full capability of today's CGI wizardry, as if it came out looking 100% photo realistic, it would be jarring for the viewer when it went from space CGI FX to the live action sequences...
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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Capster on 23 Oct 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There have been a number of complaints about the packaging, content and visuals, some of which aren't quite accurate. Just to give those of you who have yet to buy this a clearer picture I will address some of points raised by others:

"The episode list isn't included in the packaging"

The episode list is included. The episodes are clearly listed on the inside on the front and back covers.

"The episodes aren't even in the right order"

Well, this depends on what you mean by 'right order'. The episodes are not organised by stardate, so from that perspective, no they aren't. However, the episodes follow the original order that they were aired, so from that point, they are in the right order.

"The first episode 'The Cage' doesn't even feature in the boxset at all."

Technically, wrong on both counts. 'The Cage' was a pilot episode which never actually aired during the original run of the series during the 60s. The first episode to actually air was 'The Man Trap' on the 8th Sept 1966. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is in fact the first episode of series 1 with regards to both its stardate and production date. However, Despite this, the DVD boxset does actually refer to it as episode 2. The only character to survive from the pilot to 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is Spock. In addition, 'The Cage' practically features in its entirety in the two part 'The Menagerie' so you wont miss out.

"The remastering and GCI looks animated and worse than the original"

Firstly, there is nothing 'animated' about the appearance of the remastering or CGI. It is a vast improvement or the original and yet fits in very well without looking out of place. The fact is, this is not the original.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 July 2004
Format: DVD
One of my earliest memories is being terrified of the puppet head in The Corbomite Maneuver during its first showing in the UK - I have been an unrepentant fan of the series and its spin-offs since then.
While at times the acting was hammy, the plots ridiculous, the special effects laughable, there is a sincerity to the writing that conveys Roddenberry's vision of a more-or-less Utopian future (certainly for the human race) better than the later franchises. What will be lost now is the daring quality that the show had when it was first released, with plot lines addressing relevant social issues, thinly disguised as SF and fooling only the censors. This sincerity gives the show its timeless quality, and the sometimes unsuccessful attempts to maintain these same standards have made the series, and the franchises that followed, watchable over its extended lifespan.
No comments on the technical aspects since the disks are on pre-order, but if you have even the remotest interest in Trek then the cleaned up episodes alone make the purchase price well worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Messely on 8 Jan 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Ah, I watched every episode back in the early seventies. I was a preteen. I guess I was what would later be called a Trekkie. Now I bought the season 1 series on BD. I was hesitant after reading some negative reviews dealing with the restored version. As the BD provides us with both the original and the restored version -- the latter CGI enhanced -- one is free which version to watch. But I want to focus on the restorations. Well, the original STAR TREK series have never looked as good as they do now. I like the pure nostalgia of the original visuals, of course, but I also like the restored version, and this for the following reason: they have chosen the golden mean. The FX look more 'sophisticated', yes 'updated', but there is no exaggeration here. Visually, everything perfectly fits. The question one should ask is: If the makers of the original series would have had the means to create these effects, mattes, CGI, etc, would they have done it in this way? I think the answer is yes. The people who created this BD version probably kept this in mind while working on it. There is nothing wrong with this restored version. Overall, it remains faithful to the original atmosphere, I never got the feeling they visually raped it. And I guess the fact that this new version exists is proof that Kirk, Spock, Bones, etc, are still very well alive in the 21st century. I think these BD releases are the ultimate version to own. Can't wait to buy season 2 & 3.
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