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More Remastered ‘Trek' on DVD

16 Apr, 2008 By: John Latchem

"The Trouble With Tribbles"

Releases of remastered episodes of the original “Star Trek” will continue without HD DVD.

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment Aug. 5 (prebook June 24) will release Star Trek: The Original Series — Season Two Remastered as an eight-DVD set at $99.99. All 26 episodes have been remastered for high-definition and upgraded with new visual effects.

Paramount released the first season this past November in the HD DVD/DVD combo format. According to reports, the remastering effort was funded in part by HD DVD backer Toshiba. With the demise of the HD DVD format, there was some question as to whether the releases would continue.

The answer is an emphatic yes, albeit only in DVD form for now.

“Feeding the fans' enthusiasm for the series, we are releasing the second season now so fans won't have to wait to complete their collection,” said a spokesperson for CBS Home Entertainment.

Extras include new footage from “Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest”; a season overview; the featurette “Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio”; a profile of Nichelle Nicols, who played Lt. Uhura; a look at Leonard Nimoy's life after “Star Trek”; and a “Writer's Notebook” with D.C. Fontana. Of particular note, the fifth disc is devoted exclusively to the fan-favorite episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” and includes not only the original-series episode, but a sequel from the “Star Trek” animated series, a special tribute episode from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and two featurettes about the making of the “DS9” episode.

Plans for an eventual Blu-ray release were not announced.

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