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Opening the 'Star Trek' Vault

1 Sep, 2016 By: John Latchem

To honor the 50th Anniversary of “Star Trek,” Paramount and CBS Dec. 13 will release Star Trek: The Original Series — The Roddenberry Vault, a Blu-ray set containing 12 fan-favorite episodes of the 1966-69 show with behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, outtakes and more, plus new interviews with the cast and production personnel, and reflections from pop culture personalities influenced by the show.

According to details revealed at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, the Blu-ray collection will include the episodes “The Corbomite Maneuver,” “Arena,” “Space Seed,” “This Side of Paradise,” “The Devil in the Dark,” “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “Operation: Annihilate!,” “Metamorphosis,” “Who Mourns for Adonais?,” “Mirror, Mirror,” “The Trouble With Tribbles” and "Return to Tomorrow.” Many of the episodes will include isolate music tracks and some feature new commentaries by the writers and "Trek" experts.

New special feature documentaries include “Inside the Roddenberry Vault,” A multi-part glimpse at classic episodes from new angles and perspectives; “Star Trek: Revisiting A Classic,” a look at the origins of the show and life on the set during production; and “Strange New Worlds: Visualizing The Fantastic,” an inside look at the series’ designers and visual effects artists.

During the production of the original “Star Trek,” pieces of episodic footage were left on the cutting room floor, then stored away in film cans for decades by the Gene Roddenberry Estate. The newly-produced special feature documentaries incorporate “vault” materials such as alternate takes, omitted dialogue, outtakes and original visual FX elements, plus all-new interviews with cast and production personnel, including new insights from William Shatner, writers Dorothy "D.C." Fontana, David Gerrold and John D.F. Black, director Ralph Senensky, casting director Joseph D'Agosta, visual effects artist Richard Edlund and more. Also featured is a look at the series’ influence through interviews with fans such as “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady, “The Simpsons” writer-producer David Mirkin, “Family Guy” writer-producer
David A. Goodman, NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and more.

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