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#1 of 99 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 06 2009 - 06:39 AM

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*Just Announced*


NEVER BEFORE RELEASED ALTERNATE VERSION OF
STAR TREK PILOT TO DEBUT ON BLU-RAY




Unearthed After 40 Years, The Episode Anchors Bonus Features Of
STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON THREE Blu-Ray Release
On Sale December 15


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 6, 2009) - An unaired alternative version of the original STAR TREK pilot, found after 40 years, will be available to the public for sale for the first time ever as part of the STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON THREE Blu-ray disc collection. 

The newly discovered version of the original pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," includes an alternative monologue by William Shatner, as well as different theme music and closing credits. It is presented in three parts with 1970s-style act breaks and was obtained from Magic Picture Home Entertainment GmbH.  The Blu-ray set will be released on December 15 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Featuring all 24 episodes of the legendary third season, the six-disc set is presented in pristine 7.1 DTS-HD Master audio and superior picture quality offering the best possible home viewing experience. The BD-Live enabled discs also offer seamless branching allowing fans to toggle between watching these classic episodes as they were originally broadcast, or the newly remastered versions with enhanced special effects and sound for the best of both worlds. Also, every disc is Mobile BluTM enabled.  Once downloaded, Mobile BluTM allows fans to turn their iPhones and iPod Touchs into Blu-ray player remote controls and download content for on-the-go entertainment. 

In addition to the alternate version of the show's original pilot and interaction via BD-Live, the set includes new featurettes from Star Trek-themed panels at ComicCon International 2009 including "The Anthropology of Star Trek" and "The World of Rod Roddenberry," plus a 20-minute piece hosted by David Gerrold, the writer behind the classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles."      

Premiering in 1966, STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES aired for three seasons and launched a worldwide phenomenon for numerous television series and feature films that continues today.  The series starred one of the most pivotal casts in television history including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig. 

STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON THREE BLU-RAY will be available for the suggested retail price of $118.99 US and $136.99 CAN. The set is presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Original 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono sound.  The DVD is not rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada.  The total running time is 22 Hrs., 31 Min.  The breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:                                  
Spock's Brain
The Enterprise Incident
The Paradise Syndrome
And the Children Shall Lead
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
Disc Two:          
Spectre of the Gun
Day of the Dove
For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
The Tholian Web
Plato's Stepchildren
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
Disc Three:                                  
Wink of an Eye
The Empath
Elaan of Troyius
Whom Gods Destroy
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
Disc Four:          
The Mark of Gideon
That Which Survives
The Lights of Zetar
Requiem for Methuselah
The Way to Eden
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
Disc Five:

The Cloud Minders
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays
Turnabout Intruder
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig
Chief Engineer's Log
Memoir From Mr. Sulu
Captain's Log: Bob Justman
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
Disc Six:          
The Cage
The Cage (Extended Version)
Special Features:
Where No Man Has Gone Before (The Unaired Alternate Version of the Pilot)
David Gerrold Hosts "2009 Convention Coverage"
"The Anthropology of Star Trek" Comic-Con Panel 2009
"The World of Rod Roddenberry" Comic-Con 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
BD Live enabled, Mobile-Blu™ enabled
 
 
Star Trek: The Original Series Season 3 Blu-Ray
Street Date: December 15, 2009
Pricing: $118.99 US/ $136.99 CAN
Catalog #: 074354
Runtime: 22 Hrs., 31 Min.
U.S. Rating: NR
Canadian Rating: G



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#2 of 99 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted November 06 2009 - 06:50 AM

Where No Man Has Gone Before is NOT the original Star Trek pilot.  The original pilot is The Cage.  Where No Man Has Gone Before is the second pilot, made after NBC had originally rejected The Cage.


#3 of 99 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted November 06 2009 - 12:17 PM

I think the press release means the original version of Where No Man Has Gone Before. This version on this disc has an alternate beginning with Shatner doing a voice over monologue. He uses some arcane descriptions, such as rockets instead of warp drive. And the guest stars and stars billing is different. It's a really huge deal that we can finally have an official version of this pilot on a home video product! And a really nice surprise!


#4 of 99 OFFLINE   Simon Massey

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Posted November 06 2009 - 01:35 PM

this being the last set of the original anyone have any idea of paramounts plans for Next Gen, DS9 and Voy on bluray?
Have these done enough to convince them to redo the effects to high def standard ?


#5 of 99 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted November 06 2009 - 07:42 PM

By the way, the preorder price has dropped again at Amazon as it is now $52.99

I don't know how long this price will stick or whether Amazon will adjust the price for those that preorder it.  They should according to their policy, but who's to say if this price increases today and they do nothing.





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#6 of 99 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted November 06 2009 - 11:19 PM

I just checked my preorder and it's adjusted down to $52.99

Death before Streaming!


#7 of 99 OFFLINE   Mark_TB

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Posted November 07 2009 - 02:03 AM



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I just checked my preorder and it's adjusted down to $52.99
 
Same here.

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#8 of 99 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted November 07 2009 - 10:46 AM

 Let's see when Best Buy matches the price!

#9 of 99 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted November 10 2009 - 12:42 PM

 Ordered from Amazon. Great price. 

I noticed that The Cage is extended. Is this a different version than was previously released on DVD? Before the Remastered version.. 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059753/alternateversions

Just some trims added back then?? 

I'm working on season 2. Really enjoying Season 2. Looking forward to season 3. I'm very glad they are including the alternate version of Where No Man Has Gone Before!!! 


#10 of 99 OFFLINE   Daniel Bakken

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Posted November 10 2009 - 07:08 PM

My sense is that the "extended" Cage is just the fully color version, and the other the color/B&W version. Why this version with B&W sections from Gene Roddenberry's personal copy continue to be released is beyond me since the full color version is fine. It is NOT colorized as many people think, it is the original color footage from the NBC print spliced into sections of the original footage that were used in the 2 part Menagerie.


#11 of 99 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted November 10 2009 - 07:53 PM

The extended version of "The Cage" is exactly what you're thinking, Daniel.  It's the full color version.

I've seen the footage from the alternate version of the second pilot, but it will be nice to see a high definition copy.

It's a shame that more episodes did not receive the "Starfleet Access" attention.  Even in the diminished third season, there were still some episodes of note, including "Enterprise Incident", "Tholian Web", and a personal favorite of mine, "That Which Survives".   These episodes don't hold up nearly as well as the early 2nd season and 1st season ones do, and the drop in budget and quality becomes clearer with time, but there is still a charm to the original series that wins me over.

#12 of 99 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted November 11 2009 - 12:09 AM

So, it includes two versions of The Cage and an alternate version of Where No Man...?

These Trek BDs have been top-notch. Looking forward to season 3, which contains some great episodes, like The Enterprise Incident, All Our Yesterdays, Day of the Dove, and Let This Be Your Last Battlefield.


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Posted November 11 2009 - 02:20 AM



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I've seen the footage from the alternate version of the second pilot, but it will be nice to see a high definition copy.

 
The press release doesn't clearly state that the alternate version will be in HD.  I'm thinking we'll probably get an upconvert like we did w/ the DS9 episode on the Season 2 set.  I hope I'm wrong.

Doug


#14 of 99 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted November 11 2009 - 09:08 AM

Doug, you're probably right about that.  I'll hope for it until we see the actual release.  To be honest, an upconvert would be just as well for me, since the other footage is likely in a lot worse condition than what we're used to seeing.

#15 of 99 OFFLINE   Daniel Bakken

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Posted November 11 2009 - 04:58 PM

I bought a copy of the alternate WNMHGB on VHS at a convention ~20 years ago. It didn't look like it was transferred in the mid '60's to me. I wonder why they say they just recently found it?


#16 of 99 OFFLINE   Fritz Nilsen

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Posted November 12 2009 - 03:35 AM


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The newly discovered version of the original pilot...... was obtained from Magic Picture Home Entertainment GmbH.

Presumably, this means a FILM print was obtained. The bootleg of this episode has been around for years, yes, but a FILM print would really be a find. ...and from Germany, no less!



#17 of 99 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted November 12 2009 - 10:51 AM

 It was a film print that was found.

Here's the press release:

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A New Beginning Forty Years In The Making

"WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE"

Unaired Alternate STAR TREK Pilot Found 
And Digitally Restored For Blu-ray Release


"But now a new task. A probe out into where no man has gone before."
- Original opening monologue from Captain James T. Kirk



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 12, 2009) – "When we first discovered the original film print existed, we jumped at the chance to give STAR TREK fans the opportunity to add this never aired pilot to their collections," said Ken Ross, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Home Entertainment. "It will be a real treat for fans to see and hear how it all could have begun."

Origins
A film collector in Germany acquired the unique print several years ago and recently brought it to the attention of CBS Home Entertainment and its distributor Paramount Home Entertainment. The physical 35mm film print was transferred to HD video by Magic Picture Home Entertainment GmbH before it was transported to the United States this past September.

Restoration
As the next step, the Digital Restoration Department at CBS spent hours carefully color-correcting the video and carrying out a frame-by-frame dirt removal process in an effort to provide fans with the best picture quality possible.

The Pilot
Presented in three parts with 1970s-style act breaks, the alternative pilot offers an entirely different version of Captain James T. Kirk’s opening monologue, music that contrasts from the famous opening theme and an extended action sequence.

After the first pilot, "The Cage," was turned down by NBC for being "too cerebral," 
NBC commissioned an unprecedented second pilot and selected "Where No Man Has Gone Before" as it captured the sense of adventure and action that the network visualized for the series. Significantly, it was also the first episode featuring Captain James T. Kirk, a move that would set the precedent for the series and its counterparts. This version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was completed in 1965 and features archived footage that was not included in the pilot episode ultimately broadcasted. Never-before-aired, this newly recovered version is believed to be what was originally screened for NBC, and the basis for their decision to broadcast STAR TREK®.

This original version of the seminal series’ pilot episode is the centerpiece of the 
STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON THREE Blu-ray release, available December 15 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $118.99 US and $136.99 CAN.




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Posted November 12 2009 - 11:14 AM

This version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is sounding a lot more interesting now.

I could even put up with eps like "The Way to Eden" and "And The Children Shall Lead" in order to see it.

Because, well, I reach.

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Posted November 12 2009 - 04:44 PM

Here's someone's reconstruction of the alternate bits in the pilot



The cut around the five minute mark shows up in The Man Trap (up until Gary Mitchell enters) as part of a collage of the crew reacting to Kirk declaring an alert.


#20 of 99 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted November 12 2009 - 04:56 PM

 The discovery of this 35mm print is a pretty astonishing find and quite a gift.