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Old May 21 2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

I was wondering if anyone can give me a complete rundown of any Special Features on the Remastered TOS DVD sets. Are there any new audio commentaries, or text commentaries? Anything good?
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Old May 21 2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

Anyone? I want to place my order for these soon, and the special features play a big role in my purchasing decisions when I'm basically doing a double dip.
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Old May 21 2009, 05:48 AM   #3
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

You mean Standard Def or Blu-Ray?

Although I think they're both the same.

There's heaps of goodies on the sets, although I'll admit I've never seen any of them.

And haven't bought the original release, so can't really comment.

...not much help am I...?
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Old May 21 2009, 06:34 AM   #4
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

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You mean Standard Def or Blu-Ray?

Although I think they're both the same.

There's heaps of goodies on the sets, although I'll admit I've never seen any of them.

And haven't bought the original release, so can't really comment.

...not much help am I...?
DVD, not Blu-Ray.

And no, you're not much help. LOL! That's okay though.
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Old May 21 2009, 07:30 AM   #5
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

I can offer some feedback on the special features, but I haven't watched all of them. I wasn't interested in the stuff about special effects, how the show applies to 'the real world', Star Trek fandom, collectibles, etc., so I skipped those. I'd rather just hear the actors' reflections on their characters and the show as a whole, so I mostly stuck to the special features that featured interviews with them. These include "Reflections on Spock" (which is just Leonard Nimoy talking) and "Star Trek's Great Trio" (about the relationship between Spock, Bones, and Kirk), which has comments from Shatner and Nimoy. There's also a featurette focusing specifically on Uhura as Star Trek's "original diva", but I haven't watched it.

There are some very nice interviews with Shatner, Nimoy, and George Takei talking about their characters as individuals, and they also talk about their feelings and memories about certain episodes in the "Season Overview" for each season. This includes some very amusing anecdotes, like the way Shatner teased Nimoy about his mind meld with the Horta in "The Devil in the Dark".

There's also "Trek's Favorite Moments", which is a fun featurette interviewing cast and crew from other Star Trek series (i.e. Tim Russ) about how they got into Star Trek when they were younger before they became part of the franchise and episodes/characters they liked. The only thing I didn't like about the interviews is that Shatner's a little hard to understand sometimes because his voice is too deep. I don't know if that's just the result of aging (he always sounds like he has a cold!), but otherwise all the interviews were fascinating and entertaining to watch. I also enjoyed the interview with original series writer D.C. Fontanta, who talks about the writing process and history of the show a little bit.

If you're a DS9 fan and don't have the seasons of that show, there's a really cool treat for you - the complete episode of "Trials and Tribble-Ations" and the featurettes about it from the DS9 DVDs. To continue the set's tribble love, they also threw on the animated episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles" with commentary by its writer, David Gerrold. These were some of my favourite special features as a big fan of both the original tribbles episode and these two "spin-offs".
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Old May 21 2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

Those sound like some good features. But there aren't any new commentaries, text or audio, just the ones that were on the original DVD release?

I guess the commentary on the TAS episode by David Gerrold is new, as I don't think there was a commentary for that episode on the TAS DVDs. So that's a bonus, i guess.

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Old May 21 2009, 06:10 PM   #7
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

You really should wait for blu-ray or PS3. The DVD's don't look nearly as good as the blu-rays. Plus you get your choice of episodes featuring original FX or new FX -- both in high-definition.
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Old May 21 2009, 06:18 PM   #8
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I would, but I believe Blu-ray is for suckers.
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Old May 22 2009, 09:18 PM   #9
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I would, but I believe Blu-ray is for suckers.
I hear ya'. I still haven't bought a CD player. No way I'm giving up my wax cylinder collection.
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Re: Star Trek Remastered Seasons 1-3 Special Features (DVD)??

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Those sound like some good features. But there aren't any new commentaries, text or audio, just the ones that were on the original DVD release?

I guess the commentary on the TAS episode by David Gerrold is new, as I don't think there was a commentary for that episode on the TAS DVDs. So that's a bonus, i guess.

thanks for the reply.
No, it also has an audio commentary on the TAS DVDs.
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Old May 23 2009, 09:27 PM   #11
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Those sound like some good features. But there aren't any new commentaries, text or audio, just the ones that were on the original DVD release?

I guess the commentary on the TAS episode by David Gerrold is new, as I don't think there was a commentary for that episode on the TAS DVDs. So that's a bonus, i guess.

thanks for the reply.
No, it also has an audio commentary on the TAS DVDs.
Hmmm, how did I miss that? Weird.
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Hmmm, how did I miss that? Weird.
The TAS episode brochure in the set didn't have asterisks signifying which eps had commentaries:
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