Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Star Trek The Original Series - Season One |
Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. The First Officer is Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. T... more »
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5 stars for the series terrific first season, 2 stars flimsy
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 09/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
1) HD-DVD/DVD dual format so fans that don't have HD-DVD can watch and enjoy the show.
2) New visual effects.
3) Beautifully restored high definition transfers
4) Nice packaging (at least for the shell itself)
5) The new visual effects are often stunning(the second season episodes "Amok Time" and "The Doomsday Machine" were the most impressive--not included here but "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and other first season episodes look terrific as well. It should be noted, however, that some fans have had issues with the new visual effects being inaccurate but these are mostly nitpicking).
6) If you decide to get an HD-DVD player you'll be set to roll with this DVD.
7) Newly recorded score, new prints struck from the original elements,some new extras including home movies shot by extra Billy Blackburn, the ability to navigate outside the ship, look at the development of the new visual efects and a couple of new featurettes highlight this set.
1)In a format that hasn't proven its staying power yet and you're paying for it.
2)Way too expensive
3)Sort of a double dip
4)Some have complained that the digital visual effects don't have the surface detail of a model or even of the original Enterprise visual effects.
5)Not available in Blu-Ray for those that don't have HD-DVD players.
6)The packaging could become easily damaged in shipping.
7) Dual sided discs which tend to be more easily damaged than single sided discs.
8)HD-DVD only Special Features that will play only on HD-DVD players (not on DVD machines).
Previewed at Comic Con, the new set will please those fans that have HD-DVD although the price for this set won't. Those that enjoyed the recent syndicated run of the series with its new visuals will also enjoy this set.
Conclusion: This is a terrific series and the first season had some of the best episodes however this is way too expensive even considering that it is in a HD-DVD/DVD dual format. Why? Because some fans may not want to commit to the new HD-DVD format since we don't know which format is going to win the high definition format war. The bottom line is that Paramount/CBS has miscalculated pricing this at an insane price. Sure many fans will buy it but I doubt that it will sell in the droves that Paramount/CBS wants it to.
Final Words:As always the series itself is terrific and this, along with the bulk of the second season, was the original series highmark. The new visual effects when they are effective only enhance the original film. Also, it hasn't been reformatted for widescreen so it keeps the original aspect ratio (black bars appear on the sides of the screen).
Ultimately your decision about whether you want to get this depends on how badly you want it given the price. Priced at nearly TWICE the original DVD box sets, my advice is to wait until Paramount lowers the average retail price or grab it at a deep discount while you can.
More info on the set (added): The content has all the first season episodes. I suspect that "The Cage" will probably be held over (as with the original box sets) for the third season as an enticement for fans since that is the worst selling of the three seasons. There are a number of featurettes including "Starfleet Academy" special features are tied into the HD side ONLY as is the tour of the ship. We do get Billy Blackburn's "Treasure Chest" a series of home movies shot behind-the-scenes in Super 8 with comments from Billy who was an extra on the series.
Birth of a Timeless Legacy
Billy Blackburn's Home Movies
Life After Trek: William Shatner
Reflections on Spock
Kiss and Tell
To Boldly Go
Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier
Preview of online game
Many of these featurettes were available in one form or another on the previous release.
The HD side has seven episodes highlighted; "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "The Menagerie, Parts I & II", "Balance of Terror", "The Galileo Seven", "Space Seed", and "Errand of Mercy". Because "Trek" is presented in its original 4x3 transfer so there are black bars on the side of the screen where you can select more information. YOu can watch a split screen with comments on the episodes mentioned.
There's also the HD tour of the "Enterprise".
The Man Trap
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Corbomite Maneuver
This Side of Paradise
A Taste of Armageddon.
The Naked Time
The Enemy Within
What Are Little Girls Made of?
Dagger of the Mind
The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2
The Conscience of the King
Balance of Terror
The Galileo Seven
The Squire of Gothos
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
The Return of the Archons
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The Alternative Factor
The City on the Edge of Forever
Film is naturally HD
Michael Dempsey | East Haven, CT | 09/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To rebut another review, anything professionally shot on 35 mm film, whether from the 1960s or 2007, is natively high-definition--that is, the amount of information that has been recorded on the MASTER is equal to or greater than HD standards. It's only the duplications that, until HD mastering, were of lesser definition. That's the reason studios at first were so hesitant to adopt HD DVDs--it diminished the value of their master if everyone had a copy as good. So when a film is remastered in HD from an original film master in good condition, it's true HD and not "extra pixels filling in empty space." Remastering, of course, can be done well or poorly, accounting for differing quality in the final product. Anyone who's seen these remastered episodes knows how fantastic they are--both for how great they look and, yes, how they show up the wooden sets and cheap costumes, etc. from the period. But that's part of the fun! What's astonishing is how well this show holds up in HD, and how much the new effects extend its original vision. Kudos to the remastering creative team and crew for a Star Trek experience that's reverent to the original yet new again!"
ST: TOS-R - Season 1 Set review
The Writer | of the Great U.S.A.! | 11/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, blame me for being over-eager if you want.
I've just received my copy of TOS-R season 1 on HD-DVD/DVD. I do not have an HD-DVD player, so imagine my relief when they went with these hybrid discs. Very considerate for those of us who can't spend $[...] on every new gadget every 5 minutes.
There are 10 discs in the set, in a new design clear plastic container. 5 plastic cards list the details of each disc. Side 1 of each disc is HD-DVD, while side 2 is standard DVD. Both sides contain the same features.
When I heard of this set, I was concerned what they meant by 'season 1', since they've been airing the new versions all out of order. This set indeed contains the entire 1st season of TOS, including episodes which have not yet aired in their edited-for-more-commerical-time format. So NUTS TO THE NETWORK!! Thanks to this set, you won't need to worry about the air-dates for 1st season episodes anymore. You get them complete, and uncut, as opposed to network TV, which brutally chops out 10 minutes of footage to advertise the latest fad.
The price is admittedly a little hefty, but Amazon had it for nearly $[...] off the reported $[...] price for pre-orders. I placed mine back in Sept.
The menu is fairly straightforward, set in the transporter room (as opposed to the Enterprise bridge, as the original versions did) with characters from each episode in the chamber. On the transporter console are the listed episodes on each disc, while bonus features on each disc are found under "Additional Data".
CGI remastering can, of course, only do so much for film as old as these episodes, so of course there was some grain in the episodes, but not so much that it deters from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks to the clean-up work though, the images are also darker, a little more realistically shaded, which is, IMHO a major improvement over the blaring studio-style lights of the original versions.
I encourage anyone who reads this to get the set! I will not regret this!
Now I just want to know one thing - when's Season 2 due out?"