Star Trek Original Series Sets Beaming to Blu-ray

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment have confirmed the by now obvious by formally announcing the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 28.

This 7-disc set will be nearly identical to the previously released HD DVD version with a few notable exceptions. First, instead of only offering the remastered versions with select new special effects as the HD DVD did, the Blu-ray version will offer a choice between remastered and original cuts via seamless branching. Audio options will allow you to select between a newly mixed 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track or the original 2.0 mono track.

Missing from the Blu-ray edition but present on the HD DVD “hybrid” edition is a DVD version of each episode and a couple extras on the DVD side of those discs: the History channel special Beyond the Final Frontier and a Trek Connections featurette.

The HD DVD version used a slick looking but hard to access custom plastic casing with each disc stuck on pegs inside. The Blu-ray set will utilize a more functional amaray case with an outer O-Sleeve.

Best of all, Paramount and CBS have seen the error in their HD DVD pricing packages and have set a retail price for this Blu-ray set at $104.99. While that may seem steep, it is less than half the $220 the studios originally wanted for the HD DVD hybrid version. The actual price on store shelves will likely be in the $75 range.

Paramount and CBS have listed the full contents for all 7 discs as follows.

    Disc One:

  • The Man Trap
  • Charlie X
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • The Naked Time
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into The 21st Century
  • Starfleet Access episode – Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • Disc Two:

  • The Enemy Within
  • Mudd’s Women
  • What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  • Miri
  • Dagger of the Mind
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Disc Three:

  • The Corbomite Maneuver
  • The Menagerie, Part 1
  • The Menagerie, Part 2
  • The Conscience of the King
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Reflections on Spock
  • Starfleet Access episode – The Menagerie, Parts 1 & 2
  • Disc Four:

  • Balance of Terror
  • Shore Leave
  • The Galileo Seven
  • The Squire of Gothos
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
  • Starfleet Access episode – Balance of Terror
  • Disc Five:

  • Arena
  • Tomorrow is Yesterday
  • Court Martial
  • The Return of the Archons
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • To Boldly Go… Season One
  • The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
  • Disc Six:

  • Space Seed
  • A Taste of Armageddon
  • This Side of Paradise
  • The Devil in the Dark
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Interactive Enterprise Inspection
  • Sci-Fi Visionaries
  • Starfleet Access episode – Space Seed
  • Disc Seven:

  • Errand of Mercy
  • The Alternative Factor
  • The City on the Edge of Forever
  • Operation: Annihilate!
  • Preview trailers for each episode
  • Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories
  • Kiss ‘N’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century
  • Starfleet Access episode – Errand of Mercy

Trek website, where this news originally broke, is additionally reporting the season two and three Blu-ray box sets will be released in conjunction with the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot’s release on Blu-ray Disc this fall. They’re backing up this claim with a peek at preliminary cover art.

Click through the disc details below to view angled high-res cover art for Star Trek: The Original Series: Season One on Blu-ray Disc. pre-order information will be added as soon as the listing appears.

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