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The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series
The Best of Star Trek The Original Series
Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, George Takei
Directors: Anton Leader, David Alexander, Don McDougall, Gene Nelson, Gerd Oswald
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2009     3hr 21min

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/12/2009 Run time: 201 minutes Rating: Nr

     

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Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, George Takei
Directors: Anton Leader, David Alexander, Don McDougall, Gene Nelson, Gerd Oswald
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Best of,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/12/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 3hr 21min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

AN INTRO TO THE ORIGINAL SERIES
J. Figueroa | Houston, TX USA | 04/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This set gives the newbie a taste of the original adventures of Captain Kirk, Commander Spock, Chief Medical Officer McCoy, Chief Engineer Scott, Lieutenants Uhura and Sulu, and Ensign Chekov. You get three excellent thought-provoking episodes, as well as the light-hearted "The Trouble with Tribbles."

In "City on the Edge of Forever", Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock must save the future when the time line is altered and history is changed for the worse.

The taut Cold War-era infused "Balance of Terror" pits two determined warriors as we meet the Romulans for the first time.

The usually logical Mr. Spock looses all emotional control in "Amok Time" as he is compelled to return home to Vulcan to consummate his arranged marriage."
Four solid episodes for a great price!
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 05/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With the release of the latest Star Trek film in theaters, Paramount is making sure they are releasing a good number of Star Trek related films and TV series on Blu-ray but two DVD's that would showcase both "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on DVD with four episodes.

Personally, any "Best of" is subject for criticism by fans. But the good news that for this series, these four episodes are on the top of the lists for various polls of "Best of Star Trek: The Original Series". Granted, there could have been many episodes that could have made the cut but for these four episodes alone, you can't deny how attractive this DVD is for its price ($10 or less) and the fact that it is the enhanced remastered version (although presented in standard definition on DVD).

For me, I was excited to see "THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER" included. This is such a classic, well-written episode that I remember buying an original VHS release for this one episode alone. The addition of "THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES" is no surprise, as this episode is a classic for it's fuzzily cute storyline. The other two episodes "BALANCE OF TERROR" and "AMOK TIME" are two classics but personally, I would love to have seen "SPACE SEED" which is the first appearance of Khan (would make sense for this film to be added since the films were released on the same day on Blu-ray) and also "Mirror, Mirror" or "The Doomsday Machine" which are really awesome episodes.

But I figured, that perhaps Paramount doesn't want to give it all away and give the viewer a reason why to pick up the series on DVD or Blu-ray. And for those who have prevented themselves from watching the latest "Star Trek" film because you felt you knew nothing about "Star Trek", then this DVD can definitely be a primer to the working relationship and friendship between Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy.

For those who have owned the box sets or the fan collections, personally, there is no reason for them to buy this DVD. Unless one is a hardcore completest or want to own a "Star Trek" DVD with a "Best Of" attached to the name, then go for it.

But for those who recently watched the latest J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" film and are now curious about the older "Star Trek" series but don't want to spend for the DVD or Blu-ray set, then you really can't go wrong with "THE BEST OF STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES".

You get four popular episodes that are quite solid and are highly regarded episodes by Trekkers. Personally, at $10, this release is a steal! Definitely worth the purchase if you don't own the DVD/Blu-ray sets!"
Four great episodes--remastered
Kaylee Ranger | Ohio | 05/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own all three seasons on dvd in their original format--I have no desire to buy the remastered sets with enhanced special effects. But--I jumped at the chance to have examples of the remastered shows, and these are four of the very best in the whole series' run. Top notch entertainment for $10.00!"
Truly something spatial
Seņor Spook | Charlottetown, PEI, CANADA | 05/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This series is loved and lauded for a reason: it broke serious dramatic ground for television, postulated a hopeful future for humanity... and it rocks! Like a fine wine it has aged very well, and this disc amply illustrates some (but certainly not all) of the best moments the original Star Trek series has to offer. Even with the addition of CGI visual effects (which are very tastefully and respectfully integrated into the source footage), these old episodes show that good storytelling and solid acting never go out of style.
This is a worthwhile acquisition for both newbies and longtime Trekkers (like myself) who could never justify the sizable investment in the boxed sets. I highly recommend it."