Fans of the original series will surely be interested in a new Blu-ray set of thirty discs that was released on Monday.
The Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection (Blu-ray) set includes all three seasons of the original series, the Animated Series, the six original series movies, a special disc with new documentaries, six Juan Ortiz collectible mini posters and a special magnetic 50th Anniversary insignia badge.
The contents come in a box which features the characters in transport. When one takes off the lid of the box, the shimmering effect is gone, leaving the seven characters standing on the transporter pad.
There is a case (with slipcover) containing the originals series three seasons plus the Animated Series. The slipcover for this case features the USS Enterprise, Klingon and Romulan ships, K-7 Space Station, and the sleeper ship from Space Seed.
A separate Blu-ray case features the six movies. Another box with a small cut out includes the special magnetic insignia badge, and a folder contains the six Ortiz mini-posters.
The discs have new artwork and the names of the episodes on each disc are included on the disc, as well as inside the storage cases.
The original series episodes can be seen in either the regular versions or the remastered versions. The Wrath of Khan movie can be seen in the recently-released Director’s Cut or in the theatrical version.
Over twenty hours of documentaries are included, with two-and-a-half hours of all new interviews.
New and Noteworthy:
- Director’s Cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- The Animated Series on Blu-Ray
- Star Trek: The Journey to the Silver Screen:
–The New Frontier: Resurrecting Star Trek (1970s Trek pre-The Motion Picture)
–Maiden Voyage: Making Star Trek: The Motion Picture
–The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan*
–The Dream is Alive: The Continuing Mission (movies III-V)
–End of an Era: Charting the Undiscovered Country
- Six Juan Ortiz mini posters featuring the six original series movies
- Magnetic 50th Anniversary pin
*Also on the Wrath of Khan disc.
Having all of the original series shows and movies in one collection is handy for the original series fan. I had not seen any of the remastered series (being too cheap to replace perfectly good discs) and I was blown away by it (and rather regret not having upgraded earlier!)
The Animated Series is a bit sharper in the Blu-Ray version.
New special features are always welcome as are new interviews with different people involved in the series.
The posters (10 1/2″ x 7″) are attractive and as a fan of Ortiz’s original series artwork, I enjoyed them. They are small enough to be displayed without taking up too much real estate.
I’d have preferred an insignia badge that had an actual pin as opposed to it being magnetic. I’m afraid that the badge would slip off unnoticed if one wore it in a crowd, such as at a convention. The badge is attractive and is solid and of good quality though.
The box containing the badge isn’t designed well. The badge was not seen when the box was first opened as it had fallen to the bottom of the box.
For those fans who haven’t upgraded to either Blu-ray or remastered, now is the time to do it with this new Blu-ray set. You get it all in one collection, for a reasonable price.
To order your set, which sells at Amazon for $208.99, head to the link located here.