TOS Episode commentary

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by marsomthing, May 19, 2013.

  1. marsomthing

    marsomthing Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 3, 2013
    Glancing through the recent blu ray thread got me thinking about TOS commentary. Are there any DVDs/ blu ray that have decent commentary from actors,directors, etc? I have a rip off DVD set from Japan or something that I'm 99% sure doesn't have any.

    I think that would be really interesting for someone like me who loves watching it but still doesn't know a lot about what went in behind the scenes.
  2. Warped9

    Warped9 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 3, 2003
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    Two good books for behind-the-scenes materiel:

    The Making Of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield.
    Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert F. Solow & Robert H. Justman.
  3. Hober Mallow

    Hober Mallow Commodore Commodore

    David Gerrold did an interesting commentary track for "The Trouble with Tribbles" on the bluray season two set, but aside from that, no.
  4. marsomthing

    marsomthing Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 3, 2013
    I have the inside trek in the mail as we speak. So I'm really looking forward to it.

    I'm currently reading Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark.
  5. Botany Bay

    Botany Bay Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 23, 2004
    shores of Australia
    Good choice.

    Inside Star Trek is the closest thing to a definitive account, IMO. Loads of evidence in the form of memo's and interviews from a variety of those involved.

    There was a nice coffee table book called Star Trek 365, published a couple of years ago, which has lots of pictures and half page episode summaries - it was fun to read each entry after watching the episode.

    When I was a kid my one and only Trek book was the Star Trek Compendium- lots of facts and a short review of each episode, but god knows if you can get it these days.

    A few notches down the accuracy scale, you could check out the spate of TOS actor autobiographies in the early 90's, but I'm not sure if they are still in print either...
  6. LogicDeLuxe

    LogicDeLuxe Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Feb 4, 2013
  7. marsomthing

    marsomthing Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 3, 2013
    Thanks for the heads up, I have that alternate reality set upstairs...time to dust it off!

    I have been enjoying the ease of watching every series on netflix and havn't touched a dvd since they released them.