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on 2 June 2011
This Blu-ray box set gathers up all of the previously-released three classic original series of Star Trek. I'm not going to go into the episodes themselves, but this is excellent TV and the show is as exciting to watch now as I'm sure it was when initially broadcast.

The picture quality on the discs themselves is amazing, with the restoration team going right back to the original negatives in order to get these episodes looking as good as they possibly can. They've also replaced many of the now-dated effects shots with new, computer-generated inserts, but have wisely given the choice to watch the episodes themselves as originally broadcast, with the classic effects shots.

So, if I were to review the discs themselves, I would give a full 5-stars, as this really is an excellent example of how to properly release a classic television series on Blu-ray. However, the packaging is shocking, and for that I'm taking off two stars.

The box itself is the same size as a standard DVD case when lay on its side, and about three standard DVD cases thick. The lid lifts off to reveal 3 cardboard packs, one for each season. These individual packs contain a few nice photos, and a full index of episodes and "additional data" found on the discs. However, the discs themselves are housed in cardboard insets cut into the pack. When I initially opened mine, to my dismay all of the discs fell out. If this was a budget set, I would be slightly more forgiving, however the price of this box set is the same as buying the individual sets already released. Though it doesn't take up much space on the shelf, some thought really should have been given to the longevity of the set. I can't see the Blu-ray discs standing up to being taken in and out of the slips very often - a bit of plastic really wouldn't have been too much to ask for would it?

As I said in the title, this is an excellent series, and is good for those with limited shelf-space, but I can't recommend the cheap cardboard packaging, and that's where this set really lets itself down.
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