Posted Wed Feb 18, 2009 at 09:30 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Marking the first 'Star Trek' series to come to Blu-ray, Paramount is preparing to beam up 'The Original Series' to high-def in mid-May.
Though not the first appearance of Kirk & Co.'s maiden TV voyage on high-def (Paramount previously released the complete 'Original Series' as an HD DVD/DVD combo box set in 2007), 'Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1' will kick off the studio's launch of the 'Star Trek' TV franchise on Blu-ray.
Paramount has set a May 12 touchdown for the collection, which culls all 29 first-season episodes.
Presented in both their original broadcast versions as well as newly-retooled versions (boasting all-new CGI effects), 'Season 1' contains all 29 episodes, spread across seven BD-50 dual-layer discs.
Both versions of each episode will be available via seamless branching, presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video (1.33:1) and remastered English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 7.1 Surround sound.
Extras will see a spate of 9 making-of featurettes, including "Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st Century," "Reflections on Spock," "Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner," "To Boldly Go... Season One," "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy," "Sci-Fi Visionaries," "Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies" and "Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century."
Exclusive to the Blu-ray will be Starfleet Access, which presents picture-in-picture and pop-up trivia tracks on six complete episodes (including the show's pilot, "The Menagerie Parts 1 & 2").
Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $108.99.
You'll find the latest specs for 'Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 12.
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