- Written by Kris Deering
- Published on 28 December 2007
"Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1"Â (HD DVD Hybrid)
Here again are the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise, representing the United Federation of Planets on a five-year mission in outer space to explore new worlds, seek new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. The Enterprise is commanded by handsome and brash Captain James T. Kirk. His First Officer and best friend is Mr. Spock from the planet Vulcan, and Kirk's Medical Officer is Dr. McCoy. With its crew of approximately 430, the Enterprise battles aliens, megalomaniacal computers, time paradoxes, psychotic murderers, and even Genghis Khan!
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
- English DD+ 5.1/2.0/1.0
- Spanish/French DD+ 1.0
- Directed by Various
- Violence: Yes
- Sex: No
- Language: Mild
It takes a long time to go through a TV program set like this, so forgive my delay on the review. I'm not a particularly big fan of this TV series, but I've always been a fan of the films. Watching this show was a bit humorous just because of the older production and funny tidbits that go along with it. But I understand why a show like this would have been so popular in its time (and continues to be today). The concepts are fresh and the episodes are still genuinely entertaining. I think the only problem here lies in the high price tag for the HD presentation.
It has been a LONG time since I've seen any of the early Star Trek episodes. I remember watching them as a kid and even then they were reruns. Paramount has gone back and touched up the originals adding new special effects and backdrops in several episodes. The results are quite good, and the additions aren't too glaring. The restorations are excellent though. Detail is far better than it could have been, and so is dimension. It brings out some production issues (like how bad props and make-up were at times!) but makes for compelling video. I could only imagine how lucky we would be if all of the studios took this kind of initiative with their catalog releases.
The 5.1 audio mixes have also been spruced up a bit. But I must say, they don't fare as well as the video. The sound production at the time was definitely limited, and it isn't like TV shows of the time were known for aggressive sound design. Nevertheless, some of the work is quite good, and the balance of audio is generally fine. Dialogue doesn't sound quite as good as newer productions, but timbre is generally pleasant, and the voice work is balanced well.
LOTS of extras on this release. There are production features, introspective looks at the new remastering efforts, commentary, PR fluff, interviews, trailers, interactive tours, and more. Most can be navigated through on-screen menus during playback similar to "IME" and "U-Control".