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Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: The Original Series (Steelbook Collection)

October 26, 2021

By John Corrado

This week, Paramount is releasing all three seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series on Blu-ray, in a limited edition Steelbook collection. The release coincides with this year’s 55th anniversary of when the show first aired on NBC in 1966.

The hefty box set includes all 79 episodes of the series that originally ran from 1966 to 1969. Each of the three seasons come in their own Steelbook case, with the discs stacked on top of each other on either side.

The trio of Steelbooks are housed in a (slightly flimsy) white cardboard outer box, with dividers inside that keep the cases from rubbing up against each other and also make them a bit easier to take out of the box.

The coinciding yellow, blue and red artwork of the three cases compliments the minimalist cover art on the outer box, and gives the set good spine appeal. While those who already own the entire series on Blu-ray might not feel the need to upgrade for the packaging alone, this Steelbook collection serves as quite an attractive set for fans and physical media collectors alike. It’s got a nice weight to it, and makes a good display item as well.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The 20-disc set includes a number of legacy bonus features on each of the three seasons. The third season set also includes an extra disc that holds both the original and 1988 extended version of the unaired pilot episode The Cage.

Season 1 (7 discs):

  • Preview Trailers (Select Episodes)
  • Starfleet Access Episodes (Select Episodes)
  • Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into the 21st Century (HD)
  • Reflections On Spock
  • Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
  • “To Boldly Go…” Season One
  • The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
  • Interactive Enterprise Inspection (HD)
  • Sci-Fi Visionaries
  • Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories (HD)
  • Kiss ‘N’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century

Season 2 (7 discs):

  • Preview Trailers (Select Episodes)
  • Starfleet Access Episodes (Select Episodes)
  • Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories – Part 2 (HD)
  • The Trouble With Tribbles with Audio Commentary by David Gerrold
  • More Tribbles, More Troubles (Star Trek: The Animated Series-Episode #1) (HD)
  • Trials and Tribble-ations (Star Trek: Deep Space 9-Episode #503) (HD)
  • Star Trek: TOS on Blu-ray
  • “To Boldly Go…” Season Two
  • Designing the Final Frontier
  • Star Trek’s Favourite Moments
  • Writer’s Notebook: D.C. Fontana
  • Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy
  • Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek’s Great Trio
  • Star Trek’s Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols
  • Enhanced Visual Effects Credits

Season 3 (6 discs):

  • Preview Trailers (Select Episodes)
  • Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig
  • Chief Engineer’s Log
  • Memoir From Mr. Sulu
  • Captain’s Log: Bob Justman
  • “Where No Man Has Gone Before:” The Restored, Unaired Pilot Episode
  • David Gerrold Hosts “2009 Convention Coverage”
  • “The Anthropology of Star Trek” Comic-Con Panel 2009
  • Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories – Part 3
  • “To Boldly Go…” Season Three
  • Collectible Trek
  • Star Trek’s Impact

Star Trek: The Original Series (Steelbook Edition) is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s approximately 68 hours, 41 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: October 26th, 2021

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