|John M. Lucas||Director|
The second volume of the updated, remastered Star Trek original series is part of what is already a mis-matched set. The first season, released while HD-DVD was still being marketed, was issued as a set of HD-DVD/DVD hybrid discs, the two formats represented on opposite sides of each platter. HD-DVD disappeared in the interim, apparently just before the manufacturing phase of this set was reached, but after it had been designed - thus, the platters here are designed as double-sided discs, and look like double-sided discs, but without the HD encoded side, so they are single-sided platters (you'd think someone at Paramount would have thought to simply put the original versions of the episodes on the empty sides... ) The episodes themselves, as one would expect, look sensational. Some shots look downright 3-D, even on an ordinary monitor. The full-screen image (1.33-ro-1) is so crisp and bright that it is like seeing many of them for the first time, even for this reviewer, who saw these all on their original network broadcasts (and many times since), and not even because of the new digital effects. Yes, the CGI-generated images of the Enterprise in space, or the more realistic planet-scapes, as well as the larger-than-life apparitions (such as in The Doomsday Machine and Obsession go a long way to making those episodes work better than ever; but when the image is sharp enough to reveal skin textures in medium shots, and color comes through as it was originally seen on the set and meant to be lit, one finds it makes world of difference in terms of what we're seeing, and in achieving that willing-suspension-of-disbelief that is essential to most science fiction. And the producers of these CGI-enhanced editions deserve credit -- on this particular season of the series, which includes an episode (The Immunity Syndrome) that won an award for its visual effects, they had to walk a finer line between enhancing the original episodes and obliterating some of their original appeal, than was required for the first season or the third season of the series. Otherwise, one has to say that the programming, apart from some clever menu graphics on each platter, is remarkably close to the 2004-vintage set containing the original, non-CGI-enhanced versions of these episodes. The chaptering is the same, and almost all of the special features from that earlier set, except for the text commentary tracks, has been included here. This includes "Billy Blackburn's Home Movies," comprised of behind-the-scenes home movies by the production crew member, made during the production of the series; and the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode More Trouble, More Tribbles, which uses this season's The Trouble With Tribbles episode as its jumping-off point, with author David Gerrold's commentary track; and the Trials and Tribble-ations episode from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which, similarly, used the episode from this season of the original series as the focus of its action. The producers have also thrown in the Deep Space Nine DVD set bonus featurettes "Uniting Two Legends" and "An Historic Endeavor," which delve into the creation of that episode. We also get previews for the episodes. The menu is the same design as the previous set. As on the Season One set in this same DVD series, in lieu of a booklet the labeling and annotation appears on individual plastic cards. And that brings us to the matter of the packaging -- as with the 2003-2004 Star Trek repackagings, someone in the production and art departments in Paramount's video division is too clever by half, for either their own good or the good of the consumer; this is the second round of Star Trek reissues that are packaged in a format that is so awkward and unwieldy as to drive away potential purchasers, and someone in an executive position should pull the plug on such notions -- this reviewer's copy of this set plays fine, but there are little pieces of plastic in the idiotic packaging of this set that are broken off, and were broken off in transit before opening, and it's all totally unnecessary, as should be the requirement for an extra set of hands to maneuver this set to simply pull out or replace a disc.
|Sound:||[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]|
Closed Caption; Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 2; More Tribbles, More Troubles: Episode from Star Trek: the Animated Series; Trials and Tribble-ations: episode from: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
|William Shatner||Captain James T. Kirk,Actor|
|Leonard Nimoy||Lt. Cmdr. Spock|
|Majel Barrett||Christine Chapel,Nurse Christine Chapel|
|Roger C. Carmel||Actor|
|DeForest Kelley||Lt. Cmdr. Leonard H. 'Bones' McCoy, M.D.|
|James Doohan||Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott|
|George Takei||Lt. Hikaru Sulu|
|Nichelle Nichols||Lt. Nyota Uhura|
|Walter Koenig||Ensign Pavel Chekov|
|Grace Lee Whitney||Yeoman Janice Rand|
|John M. Lucas||Director|
This really is a "must have" for your Star Trek collection. There's no "Trek" like original Trek and all the improvements in no way detract from what the shows were originally.
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I have to say I was dissapointed in this. Although the actual character scenes look good, with digitized clean up, the exteriors did not. The enterprise looks good, but in trying to integrate it into old scenes , it looks more amateurish than the original format. This is particurlarly true in the doomsday machine episode. A minor irritation was that set did not have all of the descriptor cards included, it had a replicated #2.
I bought this as a gift for my Father for Father's Day since he is a huge Old School Trek fan, anyway he said that he loved it so much he had already watched the whole Season twice already. The Documentaries were very informative especially the one where Leonard Nimoy talked about how the, "I AM NOT SPOCK", book almost cost him getting to direct the Third Star Trek film beacuse there was so much negative feedback from the book which caused the then time head of Paramount pictures to decline to let him direct Star Trek III because he was under the impression that Nimoy hated being Spock, which wasn't the case. The new special effects shots are awesome and even the old footage seems to be cleaned up a bit. Season 2 does have my two favorite episdoes on it: "THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE", wait till you see the new effects shots in that it will blow you away and,"A PIECE OF THE ACTION", which I thought was really funny. In conclusion I would reccommend Star Trek Season 2 the Remastered Edition to anyone who has a hard core Star Trek fan in their family, or to someone who just enjoys watching the old Star Trek episodes. In my case both apply.