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Anything below outstanding is not good enough for re-rendering Star Trek TOS
on 23 July 2013
This DVD edition would have been perfect had proper production care been applied to all necessary details. This Edition was unfortunately done too cheaply, thus it is lacking in usability - even for an expert in audiovisual archiving and film/TV-history.
Layout and Handling:
Simple thin cardboard boxes have been used, without any damage-protection for the individual DVDs. The single cardboard slits for the individual DVDs were just cut into the first of a double-layer cardboard cover. This makes the slits way too narrow, so while constant caution was employed in removing each DVD for first viewing, the cardboard side parts were already breaking during that very first use.
On removing each DVD from all seasons 1-3 one after another, altogether seven DVDs were not working properly. Six of them were faulty due to being covered with some extremely sticking substance preventing proper replay. An expensive special glue remover had to be employed to get rid of that. A seventh DVD has no visible problem but nonetheless keeps stopping every other moment - this is especially annoying with the episode "Journey To Babel" on that DVD.
Choice of Material presented:
The edition idea as such was excellent, what with all episodes plus additional data.
Quality of re-recording esp. main theme:
The conductor brought in for re-recording of the main theme - so ultimately vital to the emotional reception of each customer - has not respected the original composition and recording to the dot. While having had access to original score and recordings of the main theme, his work is strangely deficient in comparison with the 1960's original music by Alexander Courage as it differs palpably from the contemporary recording in several aspects. Melody, arrangement and rhythm of the re-recording are slightly if perceptably at variance with the original, what with e.g. tempo of the re-recording slacking a bit towards the end of the main theme, and melody rendering definitely wrong - flat keys on at least four bars where major was required; this applies especially with the bars in the last third of the theme.
Re-recording also lacks technical quality, adding to the impression of insufficient rendering of this very special piece of music: the re-recording displays a deplorable lack of brilliance of intonation as brass was recorded way too softly. Same goes for the soprano; while a very good choice of singer, the same problem prevails, she simply sounds too soft in this post-2000 recording.