STAR TREK 50th An­niver­sary TV & Movie Coll

Fi­nal Fron­tier – Blu-ray boxset

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

RE­LEASED OUT NOW! 1966-1991 | 12 | BLU-RAY

CRE­ATOR GENE ROD­DEN­BERRY CAST WIL­LIAM SHAT­NER, LEONARD NIMOY, DEFOREST KELLEY, JAMES DOOHAN

Three cheers, ev­ery­one: Kirk and co just marked their half­cen­tury! But Para­mount don’t just want you to raise your glasses – they want you to open your wal­lets.

Fea­tur­ing all the Shat­ner-crew episodes and films, across 30 Blu-ray discs the 50th An­niver­sary TV And Movie Col­lec­tion pro­vides sev­eral in­cen­tives to dou­ble (or triple) dip. Firstly: the HD de­but of the 1973-74 An­i­mated Se­ries, now re­mas­tered. No re­view discs, so we can’t com­ment on pic­ture qual­ity, but the show it­self, though crudely made, is un­fairly over­looked. It fea­tures fan-pleas­ing re­turns for char­ac­ters like Harry Mudd, and the medium al­lows for out­landish fun like this­tle-headed plant peo­ple and gi­ant slugs.

Se­condly: the Wrath Of Khan Direc­tor’s Cut – only re­cently re­leased on Blu. Re­in­stat­ing a few trims, it’s ar­guably inessen­tial, but a nice thing to have. Thirdly…

Ex­tras Doc­u­men­tary “The Jour­ney To The Sil­ver Screen” (146 min­utes) is an ab­sorb­ing, in-depth look at films I-VI. There’s much in­put from writer/direc­tor Ni­cholas Meyer, who’s can­did and droll. And a lot of space is made for fan ex­perts to dis­cuss vari­ant drafts and pitches that never came to fruition. Even hard­core Trekkers should learn some­thing.

Old ex­tras are also car­ried over, plus you get six movie “mini­posters” by artist Juan Or­tiz. Only own this lot on DVD? Buy it! Own just a few on Blu? Wishlist for Crimbo, maybe? Ian Ber­ri­man

Buy the box set from Ama­zon and you get one more lit­tle bonus: a 50th an­niver­sary Starfleet in­signia pin badge.

Sev­eral in­cen­tives to dou­ble (or triple) dip

Three men who Si­mon Pegg likes.

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