PARAMOUNT has released the long-awaited blu-ray presentation of "STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES: SEASON ONE." For those who, like this reviewer, have not seen the show in some time, and have never been "trekkies," there's a terrific sense of nostalgia when just glancing at the actors appearing in "Season one." There's Joan Collins in arguably one of the best written episodes, as well as Ricardo Montalban, Jeffrey Hunter and more! While younger viewers, intrigued with the effects of "CSI: MIAMI," etc., may find the look of the set and effects on the untouched episodes, laughable, the individual episodes weren't just ground-breaking at the time, they still hold up against most scripts today! As with the previous "hd-dvd" presentation, viewers are provided the option of viewing each show in its original format, or with "enhanced" special effects. With great care and respect for the series, things aren't overblown. These upgrades have been handled in a way that actually improves the series, while still retaining the magic of certain limitations, eg. the cardboard-looking set designs. The planets now look real, and there's a significant impact upon viewing the Enterprise passing by them in the background. The spaceships themselves have been upgraded as well, without actually changing their design. They just look more believable now, instead of looking like well made miniatures.
While all three seasons of the series are great, "SEASON ONE" offers more than its share of classic episodes, including "WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" and "MUDD'S WOMEN."
PARAMOUNT has presented the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are startling in their vibrancy. The detail is also stunning. In fact, so much so, that the sets, props and costumes, tend to come across more cheaply than ever before! Still, this doesn't detract from the great charm of the series. Contrast levels are terrific, and even with the consistent grain present in virtually every scene, the image ranks up there with the best blu-ray releases available.
PARAMOUNT has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix. Surrounds are rarely used, save for boosting the great score and theme song. However, separation effects are impressive when utilized over the front stage, and the level of dynamic range couldn't be more impressive, with various sound effects adding a great atmosphere to the show, whether it's the swooshing of the bridge doors opening, or the transporter! Bass is also used effectively, although typically restrained.
The series, and extras are presented over 7 discs in a sturdy case. Extras include:
Disc One- pop up trivia track, pip discussion, a look at the restoration
process for the series, presented in 1080i.
Disc Two-previews for upcoming episodes.
Disc Three-special featurette for "MENAGERIE PARTS 1&2," a featurette on Leonard Nimoy and previews for upcoming episodes.
Disc Four-featurette for "THE BALANCE OF TERROR," a featurette on William Shatner and previews for upcoming episodes.
Disc Five-featuretts examining Shatner and Nimoy as they recall the first
season. Previews for upcoming episodes.
Disc Six-Special access featurette around "Space Seed," also a 1080p look at the shuttlecraft and the exterior of the Enterprise. Previews for upcoming episodes.
Disc Seven-Special Access for "Errand of Mercy," 1080i home movies around Billy Blackburn, as he recalls his minor roles on the series. BD-Live extras!