On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set

(C) 2022 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

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As I mentioned yesterday, Paramount Home Media Distribution (Paramount Global’s division for Blu-ray and DVDs) will release all six Star Trek movies with the cast of the original 1966-1969 TV series, starting with 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture and concluding with 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in a 15-disc set that will include 4K and 2K Blu-ray discs, as well as a code for digital copies – which I can only access through Vudu. (I would have preferred Movies Anywhere, but Paramount is not a ”partner” studio of that site.)

Here is the relevant part of Paramount Home Media Distribution’s announcement (which tends to highlight the pricey Limited Edition Collector’s set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition), per Blu-ray.com:

Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection

This comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Blu-ray with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition also includes Dolby Atmos). Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are making their 4K Blu-ray debuts. The set also includes access to hours of new and legacy bonus content. Below is a breakdown of disc contents:

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray
  • Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray – Includes Director’s Cut
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – 4K Blu-ray & Blu-ray – Includes Director’s Cut

I thought long and hard before heading to Amazon and pre-ordering the box set; at $125.99, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection is not the priciest compilation of movies I’ve ever bought – that prize goes to the Best Buy-exclusive Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, of which I have two sets and cost me roughly $500 in total. It’s also not the set with the most discs – the Skywalker Sagaboasts 27 discs, and if Buena Vista Home Entertainment had included DVDs in the mix, that would have been a 36-disc set.

Last year’s 4-movie set was just a placeholder, if you will, for this year’s 6-movie set. Image Credit: (C) 2021 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

Last year I bought Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection set, which offered only the first four films and did not include the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture because the restoration team working on that version was still working on it in 2021. It did have the theatrical version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and even though that’s not my favorite film in the series, I wanted to see how it looked in 4K Ultra-High Definition. The set also includes two versions of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (which is my favorite in the series), so that’s why I decided to get that compilation even though I knew a bigger, more expensive set was in the works.

While I wish Paramount had held off on releasing the 4-film set last fall and just waited till The Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country were upgraded to 4K this year, I suppose the studio wanted to (a) have something to sell for Star Trek’s Emerald Anniversary, and (b) to test the waters with a four-film set before investing in making a 6-movie one. With the growing popularity of streaming services and a decline in physical media sales, Paramount wanted to see if there were still enough fans who wanted a physical release. It might seem like a shady tactic to get people to “double-dip,” but it makes sense from a business perspective.

You can get individual titles of each Star Trek film, too, if that floats your starship. (C) 2022 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

Would I have been better off – financially and shelf-space-wise – just getting the Director’s Edition, Star Trek V, and Star Trek VI as individual releases? The option for that exists, too, but I decided to get the box set. Whether that was a wise decision, I have no idea. I just felt it was the best decision as far as storage/display considerations go.

The new 4K/2K Blu-ray sets will go to warp speed on Tuesday, September 6, just in time for the 56th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series.  

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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