Posted Thu Feb 5, 2009 at 08:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
The overseas release of classic 'Star Trek' on Blu-ray this April has hopes high that the same titles may find their way to US store shelves by this Spring.
Numerous internet reports have surfaced that Paramount has alerted several international distributors in both France and Germany that it is planning to release the first six 'Star Trek' theatrical feature films, including such favorites as 'The Wrath of Khan' and 'The Voyage Home,' on Blu-ray on April 10.
The studio is also reportedly planning, in conjunction with CBS Home Video, to debut 'Star Trek - the Original Series, Season 1' in its entirety as a Blu-ray box set, also on April 10.
The titles are thought to be timed to help prime the promotional pump for the upcoming theatrical debut of J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated big-screen reboot, 'Star Trek.'
Though the international release of these titles doesn't necessarily mean they'll also hit shelves stateside, generally Paramount's release of such tentpole titles in major worldwide markets happens concurrently with (or is preceded by) a US release, heightening expectations that a US announcement could be on its way.
We should stress that with no official word from Paramount or CBS stateside, all discussion of a US release of the 'Trek' catalogue is purely speculative at this point.
Needless to say, we'll keep you posted when and if any official information comes in. Stay tuned!
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