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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 [DVD]

Lee Bergere , Barry Atwater , Vincent McEveety , Ralph Senensky    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lee Bergere, Barry Atwater, Phillip Pine, Mariette Hartley, Ian Wolfe
  • Directors: Vincent McEveety, Ralph Senensky, Tony Leader, Herschel Daugherty, John Meredyth Lucas
  • Producers: Fred Freiberger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Catalan
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 1261 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001S3GDUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The high definition upgrades for the original series of Star Trek have been superb pieces of work thus far, and a real labour of love. Season three continues to the very high standard, as the original crew of the USS Enterprise end their original television adventures.

Benefiting from a top-to-bottom remastering, and bolstering by some genuinely interesting extra features, Star Trek here looks better than a television show of its vintage has any right to. Once again, you have the option between seeing the shows as they were originally broadcast, or with enhanced special effects put into the mix. And the real treat of this release is that you get a previously un-aired version of Star Trek’s pilot, which has never been made available before.

The show itself remains the highlight, of course, and you get all 24 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series’ final season here. It’s arguably the weakest of its three season run, but there’s still an awful lot to enjoy, and many ideas that were simply ahead of their time. It’s also, in the form of this Blu-ray set, been brought together with such care that’s it’s surely the ultimate version of the season to own. Can we get remastered Next Generation next, please? --Jon Foster

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All 26 episodes from the third season of the classic science fiction series that boldly goes where no man has gone before. In 'Spock's Brain', the Enterprise's indomitable Vulcan science officer has his brain stolen by a beautiful and mysterious female humanoid. In 'The Enterprise Incident', a moody Kirk (William Shatner) orders the Enterprise into the Romulan Neutral Zone. In 'The Paradise Syndrome', Kirk, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to a planet which is a precise duplicate of Earth. While on the planet surface, the captain is stranded, rendered unconscious and suffers a severe case of amnesia. 'And the Children Shall Lead' sees Kirk and crew answering a distress call from the planet Triacus, only to find all the adults dead and the children calmly indifferent. In 'Is There in Truth No Beauty?', a Medusan ambassador boards the Enterprise. The Medusan appearance is so fearful that it can drive men insane - and Spock is the unfortunate who happens to glimpse the ambassador. In 'Spectre of the Gun', Kirk ignores warnings from an alien culture, so they punish him by transporting him and some of his fellow officers to a bizarre Wild West shootout. 'Day of the Dove' sees an alien entity which breeds on hatred attempting to spark off a war between the Klingons and the Federation. In 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky', Doctor McCoy discovers that he has a terminal illness, and submits to enslavement by an alien queen. In 'The Tholian Web', Kirk is stranded on the devastated USS Defiant, while the Enterprise is trapped in another universe. In 'Plato's Stepchildren', the crew of the Enterprise are enslaved by telepathic aliens when they answer a distress call. In 'Wink of an Eye', the crew of the Enterprise uncover a mystery concerning an abandoned city and disappearing crew-members. 'The Empath' sees Kirk, Spock and McCoy being tortured by aliens on a doomed planet. In 'Elaan of Troyius', the Enterprise crew find themselves working for peace between two warring planets. They carry with them a gift to cement the peace - but she is a wild, wild woman. In 'Whom Gods Destroy', the Enterprise delivers a new drug for the insane to a lunatic asylum, only for Kirk and Spock to be captured by the inmates. In 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', the Enterprise is en route to a rescue mission when the crew finds a stolen Federation shuttlecraft. They recover the craft and the hijacker - and find themselves in the middle of a feud between bigoted aliens. 'The Mark of Gideon' sees Kirk's crew go missing after he beams down to the planet of the secretive Gideons. In 'That Which Survives', a beautiful young woman appears on the Enterprise and warns the crew not to travel to the nearby planet. However, her warning is too late to stop an away-team being stranded on the geologically unstable world. In 'The Lights of Zetar', Lieutenant Mira Romaine (Jan Shutan) encounters a dazzling natural phenomenon. In 'Requiem for Methuselah', Kirk has to beam to a nearby planet to find the cure for a disease that is wiping out the crew. On the planet's surface he meets a mysterious, immortal genius. In 'The Way to Eden', the crew come across a stolen space ship filled with space hippies. In 'The Cloud Minders', the Enterprise is sent on a mercy mission to recover a drug that will aid a plagued planet. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the planet where the vital drug is found are very unhelpful. In 'The Savage Curtain', Starfleet order an investigation into a persistent space legend. When the crew of the Enterprise arrive on the scene, they are scanned and then greeted by Abraham Lincoln (Lee Bergere). In 'All Our Yesterdays', Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves living in the past of a doomed planet that they were trying to evacuate. Finally, in 'Turnabout Intruder', the last original episode, Kirk finds a former acquaintance amongst the survivors of a mysterious catastrophe.


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENHANCED ENTERPRISE 29 April 2009
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent remastering of the original STAR TREK SEASON 3 source material. The new CGI Enterprise, planets and stars are seamlessly integrated and the 35mm episodes are given a vivid makeover. It all looks and sounds fantastic and there's no doubt that the visual impact on display here would have been just what the creators had in mind over forty years ago (despite lacking the technology and the budget to make it a reality at the time). Has it been worth the wait, then?

Absolutely...and yet, in the cutting-edge 21st century, there's still a tiny part of me that can't quite let go of the old 15ft long starship model (complete with rubbish matte lines) in orbit above the same old alien world - Alpha 177 - every other week. Nostalgia can be a double-edged sword.

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BEST USE OF CGI DEMONSTRATING
What The Format Stands For: Episode 9 THE THOLIAN WEB

LEAST WELL EXTRAPOLATED
Sounds Of The Future: Episode 20 THE WAY TO EDEN

MOST ALARMING ARGUMENT FOR
The Torture Of Innocents: Episode 12 THE EMPATH

OUCH! WORST CASE EVER OF
Stereotype Reinforcement: Episode 1 SPOCK'S BRAIN

FLIMSIEST-LOOKING SOLUTION TO END A WAR BETWEEN
The Ground And Sky Dwellers Of A Mineral Rich Planet: Episode 21 THE CLOUD MINDERS

LEAST FORGIVING CLOSE-UPS OF A NASTY COLDSORE ON
The Lower Lip Of A Female Guest Artist: Episode 18 THE LIGHTS OF ZETAR

COOLEST EXAMPLE OF SHATNER/KIRK FISTICUFFS DURING
An Alien-Enforced Shootout At The OK Corral: Episode 6 SPECTRE OF THE GUN

MOST UNINTENTIONAL LAUGHS ARISING FROM
The Cliched Depiction Of Mental Instability: Episode 14 WHOM GODS DESTROY

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Jervis VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I think it's fair to say Star Trek's third season was not its finest, because as many Star Trek fans are well aware there were a number of factors that were conspiring against it - namely budget cuts and a new timeslot resulting in the potential loss of Star Trek's core audience, which also resulted in Gene Roddenberry standing down as producer after he had offered to steer the show to greater things. What he could have achieved had he decided to take a more hands on approach we'll never know, but what we have in this, Star Trek's final season, is a very uneven bunch of episodes - some of which do compare favourably with those from Star Trek first season (which was arguably their finest), and others which are pretty much lacking, whether that's to do with the basic viability of the stories or lack of consistency within the existing premise of the show's main characters. There's also pretty much a cold detachment between the characters in this season which is especially noticeable after watching the warmth and humour which had really began to develop during season two. However, and despite those drawbacks, there are also a few positives to be taken from the many subtle changes within the show's format. There are few, if any parallel earth stories, and little evidence of the computer inspired stories with which Kirk inevitably ends up talking to death - both of which had been done to death during the previous seasons. In fact in many cases the aliens tend to look more alien - especially in 'Is There In Truth, No Beauty?'. The social (moral) themes from the earlier seasons also largely remains intact. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as you may remember 30 Jun 2009
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having been a fan since the late 60s, i feel able to speak with some persepctive regarding the remastered and CGI editions of the episodes contained on this new release.

The episodes when shown in the 60s and even into the early 80s where very acceptable in their special FX, however since the advent of CGI, we have become accustomed to top quality SFX, and the addition of such to the 1960s episodes of ST have not diminished the experience one bit... i would say it has brought ST into the 21st century. I am aware this grates with the purists who believe the episodes ought to remain untouched.

The episodes are packaged in a metal tin, with "fat" amaray style clear case.

Extras are plentiful and interesting to watch.

All in all a very worth while purchase. Series 1 and 2 are of course better for being under Gene Roddenberry's control, and these episodes are drifting away from his original "feel", but they are not as bad as you may remember them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The storylines made Star Trek great 4 July 2005
Format:DVD
The stories were engaging and politically relevant then and now, unfortunately today we live in a society where there is less dissention through televised fiction. Star Trek addressed real issues from the 60's, they talked about racism, sexism, diminishing workforce through automation taking over people's jobs and social inequity, the subject of communal euthanasia was also broached as was the topic of inter-racial relationships. Star Trek prides itself on showing the first inter-racial kiss on TV and William Shatner describes how he bungled this scene repeatedly so he could kiss Nichelle Nicholls again.
They sometimes reviewed our own species as barbaric and unjust. It is in our nature to build empires and then suffer bloody revolutions and Star Trek often depicted the freedom fighter struggling against oppression on some distant world, and by doing so waving an accusing finger at many of the global problems we create on our own world.
Kirk may have rushed in where fools fear to tread but Shatner has explained the Kirk never sought vengeance and was compassionate, which indeed he was. Kirk often made unfashionable choices by today's standards when he chose to spare the enemy or find a solution that was a forced compromise, but which meant life went on. Star Trek was a wonderful phenomenon that died before its time, and for me as a child it provided awe and wonder and for me as an adult Star Trek shows that beyond the swashbuckling heroics it had very interesting and pertinent stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars four Stars
i decided to make it 4 stars because the original star trek is very good , i like star trek the next generation but i prefer the original star trek i can watch the original over... Read more
Published 1 month ago by zeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3
Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Bones - Brings back a lot of good memories. Great product! Great Value! My set is complete
Published 2 months ago by Martin Venn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality
Whilst often considered the weakest season of the three orignal series, the picture quality and the updated effects are amazing.
Published 3 months ago by C. S. Weller
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two series, but still some classics.
I did get this as I already have the first two. General opinion is that these episodes were weaker in general than the first two series (I agree). Read more
Published 3 months ago by EdddieK
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it.
Excellent quality re-mastering, superb special effects made to look as if they were done at the time (no Star Wars updating). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Solly Gratia
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
have got the series 2 which I liked, now have bought this, and is just as entertaining and fun, don't know why others put comments about series 2 being... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mush
5.0 out of 5 stars I hadn't seen some of these.
The re master has worked well. The story lines are as relevant to today as the 60's. GR had an insight into the human condition and an eye for pretty women in interesting... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BarryRM18
5.0 out of 5 stars series
I bought this way back and it was a great buy at the time. I guess it is not there now. Great series
Published 8 months ago by G. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 [DVD]
Was very impressed with these remastered episodes of the original series.
We didn't know what to expect - had only seen advertisement about the product. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kiwikaas
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek
I bought this original series of Star Trek as I have the other 2 seasons in the sane format. They look great together.
Published 10 months ago by Jill Hardcastle
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