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For the first time, you can now watch every star trek movie in 4k hdr, 13 star trek movies are available in 4k, dolby vision, and dolby atmos..

Samuel Axon - Apr 10, 2023 8:06 pm UTC

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For the first time, you can now buy or rent every single Star Trek movie in the latest 4K and HDR standards. That includes all six movies based on the original series cast, all four featuring The Next Generation 's cast, and the more recent J.J. Abrams films.

On April 4, Paramount released an UltraHD Blu-ray set that included Star Trek: Generations , Star Trek: First Contact , Star Trek: Insurrection , and Star Trek: Nemesis along with several special features. The set marks the first time these films have been available in a 4K and HDR home video release. Alongside the Blu-rays, the films also became available on on-demand storefronts like Apple's TV app.

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So as of this week, all 13 theatrically released Star Trek films are finally available in 4K and HDR. The latest releases also support the Dolby Atmos audio standard in addition to Dolby Vision HDR.

That said, large swaths of the classic Trek TV series aren't even available in HD, much less in 4K or HDR. All three seasons of  The Original Series and all seven of  The Next Generation got Blu-ray and digital HD releases in recent years, as well as Enterprise and The Animated Series , and all the new Paramount+ shows are in HD. But Deep Space Nine and Voyager  are still only available in standard definition.

A documentary about  Deep Space Nine released a couple of years ago featured small segments upscaled to HD to show what might be possible and there have been fan projects to do the same with AI, too. However, there hasn't been much movement on an official full series upscaling project.

Update : A previous version of this article failed to properly distinguish between the non-AI and AI techniques used in prior attempts to remaster portions Deep Space Nine . It was corrected in an update.

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The comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Ultra HD

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The Director’s Edition of The Motion Picture is getting a limited-edition collector’s set release, which you can pre-order here . This edition includes that movie’s theatrical cut and the “first-ever widescreen presentation of the Special Longer Version of  Star Trek: The Motion Picture , originally created for broadcast television in 1983,” according to the press release, as well as deluxe packaging with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.

Check out a full list of features below.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD

Ultra HD Disc bonus features

  • Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman — NEW!
  • Audio Commentary by Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins​
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda​

Blu-ray Disc ™  bonus features

  • Preparing the Future  – How the remastering began
  • A Wise Choice  – The storied history of Robert Wise
  • Refitting the Enterprise  – How the Enterprise design shaped future federation starships
  • Sounding Off  – Exploring new dimensions of sound in Dolby Atmos
  • V’ger  – The conception and restoration of an iconic alien antagonist
  • Return to Tomorrow  – Reaching an already high bar with new CGI effects
  • A Grand Theme  – Behind the iconic, influential music score that shaped the franchise’s future
  • The Grand Vision  – The legacy and evolving reputation of this classic movie
  • Deleted Scenes— NEW!
  • Effects Tests— NEW!
  • Costume Tests— NEW!
  • Computer Display Graphics— NEW!
  • Additional legacy bonus content

The 15-disc 4K UHD Collection

Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut — The Complete Adventure 4K Ultra HD

This Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes all of the above, plus an additional 4K Ultra HD disc containing:

  • The Theatrical Cut
  • The first-ever widescreen presentation of the Special Longer Version of  Star Trek: The Motion Picture , originally created for broadcast television in 1983 

The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.

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 Ultra HD 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 Ultra HD debuts.  The set also includes access to Digital copies of each of the six films, as well as hours of new and legacy bonus content.  Below is a breakdown of disc contents:

  • Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut 

The Original Motion Picture Collection , as well as the single-film releases, will be available on September 6, 2022 . Stay tuned to TrekNews.net for reviews of these items as they become available.

Check out the official packaging art below.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Stay tuned to TrekNews.net for all the news on Star Trek merchandise releases, along with the latest details on Star Trek: Discovery , Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , Star Trek: Picard , Star Trek: Lower Decks , Star Trek: Prodigy , and more.

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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan, and isn't ashamed to admit that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek: Nemesis are his favorite Star Trek movies. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @khady93 .

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July 6, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Anyone know if iTunes will auto-upgrade digital copies of each to 4K if they were previously purchased? Only asking because I think that that’s typically what they do, correct?

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July 7, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Soooo… what if I’m interested in all six UHD releases, but want the extra TMP Theatrical/Longer Cut disc? I have to forego the set and buy them all individually?

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July 13, 2022 at 1:06 pm

You could but the individuals for II thru VI, and the Complete Adventure set. Then you’d have it all content-wise in 4K.

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Fully Restored Director's Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

The original six big-screen adventures also arrive on 4K Ultra HD September 6 in time for Star Trek Day.

The case for the Star Trek: The Motion Pictures Director's Edition 4K Ultra HD set.

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Set a course for the final frontier as the newly restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition arrives September 6, 2022 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ with a bonus Blu-ray Disc™ filled with new and legacy special features from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will also be released in a Limited-Edition Collector’s Set entitled “The Complete Adventure,” which includes the new Director’s Edition, the theatrical cut, and a special longer cut all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. In addition, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection will arrive on September 6 with all six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew on 4K Ultra HD.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition Remastered Trailer

Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award® nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. The film successfully launched the Star Trek franchise beyond the original television series, despite having been rushed to theaters with incomplete special effects and forced editing choices.

In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects. His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now.  Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with post-production supervisor Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR) and a new powerful and immersive Dolby Atmos® soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of visual effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.

The Enterprise prepares to leave space dock in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

“ The Director’s Edition on 4k Ultra HD delivers an experience that is far more intimate, engaging, and powerful thanks to the hard work of everyone involved,” said Fein.  “In building The Complete Adventure, we appreciated that many people who were first introduced to the film through the full frame release of the ‘Special Longer Version’ have missed it.  I’m excited that it will now be available for the first time in widescreen 4k Ultra HD. After so many years, it’s deeply rewarding to finally deliver Robert Wise’s definitive Director’s Edition for fans to enjoy at home.”

Following is an overview of the new product offerings:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition

The newly restored, definitive version of the first big-screen adventure is presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos®.  Also includes access to a Digital copy of the film and the following new and legacy bonus content:

Ultra HD Disc bonus features:

  • Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman—NEW!
  • Audio Commentary by Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins?
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda?

Blu-ray Disc™ bonus features:

  • The Human Adventure —An all-new 8-part documentary detailing how the Director’s Edition came to life—NEW!
  • Preparing the Future – How the remastering began
  • A Wise Choice – The storied history of Robert Wise
  • Refitting the Enterprise – How the Enterprise design shaped future federation starships
  • Sounding Off – Exploring new dimensions of sound in Dolby Atmos
  • V’ger - The conception and restoration of an iconic alien antagonist
  • Return to Tomorrow – Reaching an already high bar with new CGI effects
  • A Grand Theme – Behind the iconic, influential music score that shaped the franchise’s future
  • The Grand Vision – The legacy and evolving reputation of this classic movie
  • Deleted Scenes — NEW!
  • Effects Tests — NEW!
  • Costume Tests — NEW!
  • Computer Display Graphics — NEW!
  • Additional legacy bonus content

Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition—The Complete Adventure 4K Ultra HD

Kirk holds Spock's hand in sickbay, as McCoy watches from behind him.

This Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes all of the above, plus an additional 4K Ultra HD disc containing:

  • The Theatrical Cut
  • The first-ever widescreen presentation of the Special Longer Version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture , originally created for broadcast television in 1983

The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.

Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection

The 4K Ultra HD cover for Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition

This comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Ultra HD 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 Ultra HD debuts.  The set also includes access to Digital copies of each of the six films, as well as hours of new and legacy bonus content.  Below is a breakdown of disc contents:

  • Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Ultra HD & Blu-ray

The cover for the 4K Ultra HD edition of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

All six of the feature films listed above will also be available individually on 4K Ultra HD or Blu-ray.

In addition, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will return to select theaters on September 4th, 5th and 8th. Tickets for this special engagement presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Paramount Pictures can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Star Trek: The Complete Adventure box set.

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All Four 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Movies Coming to 4K UHD for the First Time

The 'Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection' featuring 'Insurrection,' 'Nemesis' & more, will arrive just in time for First Contact day.

Love for Star Trek: The Next Generation has seen a resurgence in recent weeks as fans have finally gotten their first look at the long-awaited TNG crew reunion with the Season 3 premiere of Star Trek: Picard . Just days before the release of the second episode, Paramount has announced a stunning new collection featuring all four of the Next Generation movies that followed the beloved series' seven-season run. The new set—dubbed the Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection —will feature Generations , First Contact , Insurrection , and Nemesis in 4K UHD for the first time.

The set will feature fully remastered Blu-rays, as well as all legacy bonus content from each of the four films including commentaries from stars like Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis , as well as screenplay writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore , deleted scenes, and various behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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Along with Frakes and Sirtis as Riker and Troi, the Next Gen films feature the full ensemble cast of the popular Trek series, including Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher, LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Michael Dorn as Worf, and Brent Spiner as Data. Whoopi Goldberg also appears as Guinan. The movies also feature guest appearances from big stars like Tom Hardy ( Venom ), James Cromwell ( Succession ), Alfre Woodard ( The Gray Man ), Donna Murphy ( The Gilded Age ), F. Murray Abraham ( Mythic Quest ), and more.

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Boldly Go on Some of Star Trek 's Most Memorable Adventures

The four Star Trek: The Next Generation movies continue the stories of the crew of the Enterprise-D with each film serving as an extended episode-style adventure with our favorite space heroes. Generations sees Picard collide with the legendary Captain Kirk ( William Shatner ), when a spacial anomaly bends their timelines together the two must work together to save the universe. Fan-favorite First Contact takes the TNG crew back in time to before the people of Earth were introduced to the Vulcans. When The Borg travel to the past to take over humanity before they can invent warp technology, Picard and his friends must blend in to make sure that the timeline plays out as it's meant to—and stop the Borg from destroying all of humanity.

Insurrection is a fun romp that reinvigorates Picard and his crew as they get involved in a civil war of sorts, trying to protect a peaceful planet tucked into a nebula which causes the whole crew to feel as if they're 15 years younger. The final film, Nemesis , sees Picard drawn into a Romulan conflict with a familiar face—his own. 25 years after the events of Nemesis , Star Trek: Picard Season 3 sees Jean-Luc on a mission to rescue his dear friend Beverly Crusher. Along the way, we're set to catch up with the entire TNG ensemble for one last adventure.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection will be available on April 4, just in time for First Contact day on April 5. Check out the artwork for the new collection down below, and keep scrolling to see all of the bonus content included with each TNG film.

Star Trek: Generations Bonus Content

  • Commentary by director David Carson and Manny Coto
  • Commentary by Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Library Computer
  • Uniting Two Legends
  • Stellar Cartography: Creating the Illusion
  • Strange New Worlds: The Valley of Fire
  • Scoring Trek
  • Inside ILM: Models & Miniatures
  • Crashing the Enterprise
  • Main Title Sequence
  • The Nexus Ribbon
  • Saucer Crash Sequence
  • A Tribute to Matt Jeffries
  • The Enterprise Lineage
  • Captain Picard’s Family Album
  • Creating 24th Century Weapons
  • Next Generation Designer Flashback Andrew Probert
  • Stellar Cartography on Earth
  • Brent Spiner - Data and Beyond Part 1
  • Trek Roundtable: Generations
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 007: Trilithium
  • Deleted Scenes

Star Trek: First Contact Bonus Content

  • Commentary by director and actor Jonathan Frakes
  • Commentary by screenplay writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore
  • Commentary by Damon Lindelof and Anthony Pascale
  • Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Making First Contact
  • The Art of First Contact
  • The Missile Silo
  • The Deflector Dish
  • From “A” to “E”
  • Borg Queen Assembly
  • Escape Pod Launch
  • Borg Queen’s Demise
  • Jerry Goldsmith: A Tribute
  • The Legacy of Zefram Cochrane
  • First Contact: The Possibilities
  • Industrial Light & Magic - The Next Generation
  • Greetings from the International Space Station
  • SpaceShipOne’s Historic Flight
  • Brent Spiner - Data and Beyond Part 2
  • Trek Roundtable: First Contact
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 008: Temporal Vortex
  • Unimatrix One
  • Design Matrix

Star Trek: Insurrection Bonus Content

  • Commentary by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis
  • It Takes a Village
  • Location, Location, Location
  • The Art of Insurrection
  • Anatomy of a Stunt
  • Making Star Trek: Insurrection
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Review: ‘Star Trek V’ And ‘Star Trek VI’ On 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Beautifully Upgrade The Final TOS Movies

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| September 6, 2022 | By: Matt Wright 51 comments so far

Just ahead of Star Trek Day 2022, Paramount Home Entertainment has released the newly remastered 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country . The release of these two films finishes the work of bringing all six of the TOS era movies into 4K UHD. The films are available individually and in a new Star Trek I-VI boxed set.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition is also out today on 4K UHD Blu-ray, and will be covered in a separate review.

With the individual movie releases, you get a 2-disc case that contains the Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the movie, and a standard HD Blu-ray disc version. The Blu-ray discs feature the same newly restored versions of the film, just in 1080p. These new versions of the 1080p Blu-ray movies are also sold separately for those who haven’t made the leap to 4K/HDR.

NOTE: This review focuses on the 2022 Star Trek V and Star Trek VI releases. For the first four original series films, please see my review of the first boxed set Paramount released for Star Trek Day 2021.

Star Trek V

The Final Frontier is a bit of an odd duck. The success of The Voyage Home meant the studio felt the need to include more overt humor, and because Leonard Nimoy had directed one of the movies, the “favored nations” clause in Nimoy’s and Shatner’s contracts meant that Bill Shatner got a turn too. Star Trek V can be a very good-looking film at times, Shatner does a fine job directing, and the cinematography by Andrew Laszlo is very good. The plot itself at least tries to yield some interesting ideas about faith, with a dash of commentary on our quick-fix society. Ultimately, the film is let down by pretty awful special effects and misplaced humor. That said, the troika of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy have some lovely intimate moments around the campfire, and there’s some compelling insight into the characters around Sybok’s revealing of their pain, so The Final Frontier is worth a place in your collection for these moments, if nothing else.

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Kirk and McCoy question Spock about Sybok.

Star Trek VI

After the mixed results of The Final Frontier , the future of the TOS film franchise was uncertain. With the 25th anniversary (1991) fast approaching, a plan was eventually hatched to make one last movie with the original crew as a proper send off. Star Trek II director (and Star Trek IV co-writer) Nicholas Meyer was brought back. While there were some obvious budgetary limitations, The Undiscovered Country managed to pull off a film similar to what Khan had done a decade earlier, which was to make a compelling film on (mostly) existing sets and in a short time. Also back was ILM for the visual effects, fixing a major mistake made with the production of Star Trek V . The plot smartly used the idea of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent dissolution of the USSR as inspiration for starting the process for peace with the Klingons. At the time, I remember eating this all up as viewer. I do wonder about the need for this (contemporary—now historical) context for younger fans when they watch this movie, and if it carries as much weight without it. Regardless, when everything is done and the cast is literally signing off on the screen, it’s hard not to get a bit teary eyed, knowing this was an exciting and generally satisfying send-off for our beloved crew.

For this new Ultra HD release, both the Theatrical Version (109:56) and the slightly-longer Director’s Cut (113:21) are included. For whatever reason, the standard Blu-ray edition only includes the Theatrical Version.

The Director’s Cut isn’t really required viewing. It restores a few interesting little scenes, and also reinserts the “Scooby Doo” ending first seen on the home video version of TUC in the ’90s, where the Klingon assassin is exposed as Colonel West (René Auberjonois).

Both the Director’s and Theatrical versions are now framed at 2.39:1. Director Nicholas Meyer has confirmed to Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits that 2.39:1 is his preferred framing for the film.

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The TOS crew heads off into the sunset.

Video Quality

Just like the previous four films, these new 4K scans of the films look significantly better than the old 2009 HD versions. They look like films again, far less processed than the previous releases, and that alone makes the set worth getting. The wider color gamut of Ultra HD allows for richer colors; for example, the “monster maroon” uniforms are a shade of rich deep red. The films also benefit from a restrained HDR grade that helps retain details in the brighter scenes.

Nitty-gritty details: Without a doubt, the films look much better than they ever have on home video. The previous versions of the films which were released back in 2009 and then repackaged ever since had a number of shortcomings. They were overly processed, which meant the natural look of film was often scrubbed out. The biggest symptom of this over-processing is that faces looked waxy or leathery: The Undiscovered Country was probably the worst offender. These new versions of the films may at first appear “soft,” but that’s not correct; what this new scan of the movies did was restore a natural filmic look to the movies (film grain), and finer details are more visible now.

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A closer look. Click to enlarge.

NOTE: The screenshots included in this article are from the standard Blu-ray 1080p release. The 4k HDR versions look even better. Staring at still frames of a motion picture isn’t exactly how a film is intended to be watched, so take these as a general demonstration of the changes.

For The Final Frontier, the biggest correction is fixing how “hot” the 2009 version was. The contrast was pumped up way too far. This blew out details in bright scenes, most egregiously in the scene with “god” which effectively made the face in the energy column un-viewable.

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2009 Blu-ray

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2022 Blu-ray (from 4K scan)

Audio Quality

The audio mixes are the same excellent lossless 7.1 Dolby TrueHD mixes previously released with the Blu-rays. I will say I’m slightly disappointed Paramount didn’t remix the movies in Dolby Atmos, but that isn’t a deal-killer by any means. The mixes are great and sound really good on a modern surround system.

Special Features

As this release is all about bringing the movies into UHD there are no new special features, but each film carries over pretty much all of the special features from the 2009 versions of the movies, which in turn carried over most of the DVD features from before. I recommend you check out  our review from 2009 for more .

As is common practice, the Ultra HD Blu-ray discs have minimal special features to allow maximum space for the 4K video. So the majority of the extras are found on the standard Blu-ray discs.

Full list of features:

UHD Blu-ray disc features:

  • Audio Commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner
  • Audio Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman

Blu-ray disc features:

  • Library Computer (HD)
  • Harve Bennett’s Pitch to Sales Team (SD – 1:42)
  • The Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary (SD – 28:55)
  • Makeup Tests (SD – 9:50)
  • Pre-Visualization Models (SD – 1:41)
  • Rockman in the Raw (SD – 5:37)
  • Star Trek V Press Conference (SD – 13:42)
  • Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute (SD – 19:09)
  • Original Interview: William Shatner (SD – 14:37)
  • Cosmic Thoughts (SD – 13:05)
  • That Klingon Couple (SD – 13:05)
  • A Green Future? (SD – 9:24)
  • Star Trek Honors NASA (HD – 9:57)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan (SD – 3:07)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III (HD – 3:02)
  • Mount Rushmore (SD – :18)
  • Insults (SD – 2:03)
  • Behold Paradise (SD – :52)
  • Spock’s Pain (SD – 1:02)
  • Production Gallery (SD – 4:04)
  • The Face of God
  • Theatrical Trailer 1 (HD – 2:42)
  • Theatrical Trailer 2 (HD – 1:34)
  • Vacation Is Over (SD – :32)
  • Renegade (SD – :32)
  • Challenge of Rebellion (SD – :31)
  • Brothers (SD – :32)
  • Beyond (SD – :32)
  • Adventure (SD – :16)
  • Warp Speed Now (SD – :17)
  • The Gag Reel (SD – 1:08)
  • Audio Commentary by Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Audio Commentary by Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda (Director’s Cut Only)
  • The Perils of Peacemaking (SD – 26:30)
  • It Started with a Story (SD – 9:46)
  • Prejudice (SD – 5:02)
  • Director Nicholas Meyer (SD – 5:57)
  • Shakespeare & General Chang (SD – 5:53)
  • Bring It to Life (SD – 23:26)
  • Farewell & Goodbye (SD – 7:04)
  • Conversations with Nicholas Meyer (SD – 9:33)
  • Klingons: Conjuring the Legend (SD – 20:43)
  • Federation Operatives (SD – 4:53)
  • Penny’s Toy Box (SD – 6:06)
  • Together Again (SD – 4:56)
  • Tom Morga: Alien Stuntman (HD – 4:57)
  • To Be or Not to Be: Klingons and Shakespeare (HD – 23:04)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 006: Praxis (HD – 2:38)
  • DeForest Kelley: A Tribute (SD – 13:19)
  • William Shatner (SD – 5:05)
  • Leonard Nimoy (SD – 6:26)
  • DeForest Kelley (SD – 5:00)
  • James Doohan (SD – 5:33)
  • Nichelle Nichols (SD – 5:39)
  • George Takei (SD – 5:28)
  • Walter Koenig (SD – 5:28)
  • Iman (SD – 5:04)
  • Production Gallery (SD – 3:24)
  • Rura Penthe
  • Leaving Spacedock (Omitted)
  • Teaser Trailer (HD – 1:28)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:23)
  • 1991 Convention Presentation by Nicholas Meyer (SD – 4:43)

What’s missing

The only bonus feature that would have been great to see is the multi-part documentary by Roger Lay Jr. (who did the excellent documentaries on the TNG-R and ENT Blu-ray sets) commissioned for the 50th anniversary boxed set in 2016.

It’s understandable why this feature isn’t on the TUC disc; the other parts weren’t included in the other 4K discs either. This was a separate documentary commissioned for the 50th anniversary set, but it would be nice to get them into a new set at some point.

Final thoughts

The TOS movies have never looked better. Are they perfect? No. But it’s pretty darn close. As fans who enjoy these films and want to have them in the best possible format, this is a must buy. Fans need to vote with their wallets. Remember, there’s more at stake here than just these movies. If we want the TNG movies available on disc (which we assume would be released next September), the studio needs proof that there’s a demand for it.

If people don’t buy these on disc, it also sends the message that streaming-only is okay. Streaming rights come and go, and vary by region, so the only surefire way to collect these movies in 4K to keep as your own is on disc. And at least for the US version of these films, it comes with a code for a digital copy of the movie, so you can have your handy digital version while also showing your support for the disc format.

Available today

Star Trek V and Star Trek VI were released today, September 6 in the USA on 4K Ultra HD. Each is available on Amazon for $19.99 ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ) and ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ). You can also pick up Blu-ray editions of both for $14.99.

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Also out today

Today Paramount also released Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition in 4K Ultra HD. Look for a review of that later this week, but you can pick it up at Amazon for $25.96 . The standard Blu-ray edition is selling for 17.99.

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And for The Motion Picture: Director’s Edition they also released “The Complete Adventure” (limited edition) boxed set. This includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray of Theatrical + Special Longer Version and an Ultra HD Blu-ray of the Director’s Edition plus the Blu-ray of bonus features, and various collectible swag.

Amazon has already sold out of this version which has a MSRP of $107.99. There does seem to be limited stock at Best Buy , so check both vendors.

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You can also pick up new individual releases of the other TOS era movies priced at 19.99 for UHD Blu-ray or 14.99 for standard Blu-ray ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  , Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ).

And all six original series movies are available in 4K UHD in a new Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection box set. It includes the theatrical cut of The Motion Picture with UHD and standard Blu-ray discs for each film along with digital download codes. The new TOS movies set is available at Amazon for $107.99

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Packaging for six-movie collection

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I just received TMP special edition which was $85 so I am not sure if I want to double-dip (for TMP included again) for the full set here? I may wait 6 months so that I can get this for $60.

Great review — it’s so good to hear that they did not half-ass this.

The Director’s Cut isn’t really required viewing. It restores a few interesting little scenes, and also reinserts the “Scooby Doo” ending first seen on the home video version of TUC in the ’90s, where the Klingon assassin is exposed as Colonel West (René Auberjonois).

I never thought of it as a Scooby Doo ending. You made me laugh. Made my day better. Great analysis! I will be picking up the golden 6 on 4K for sure.

Where have you been? People have called it a Scooby Doo ending forever.

I’ve never heard that term used to describe that cut of TUC before either.

…neither have I.

It was a fairly common (often used in a slightly derogatory way) term for the home video edition in the ’90s which is where those scenes were first included.

You can still find people using it, like this podcast episode title https://standardorbit.libsyn.com/-247-the-scooby-doo-ending

He’d have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddlesome geriatrics!

I saw that ending on my old videotape version. I thought it was dumb.

In fact, having Col. West brief the president of the federation on the rescue plan for Kirk and McCoy in front of the Romulan ambassador in that version was a weird mess up by Nicholas Meyer. I’m glad those scenes were eliminated from the theatrical cut.

There was one scene though, with Spock, Scotty, and Valeris where they were visually counting the torpedoes in the Enterprise’s torpedo bay that was eliminated on my blu ray that was on the VCR version. I do miss that scene. Yes, it’s probably extraneous but its another nice scene with Nimoy and Doohan who aren’t here anymore. : (

ST VI is a great film. I wish Paramount had given Meyer and Nimoy more money though. This last film with the original cast deserved it. I always disliked seeing the very obvious use of the TNG sets in ST V and VI, even though a large chunk of those sets, i.e. engineering, some of the corridors, sickbay, and the transporter room, were originally built for Star Trek the Motion Picture for the movie Enterprise. They even used the TNG briefing room as the dining room of the Enterprise-A despite the fact that model of the movie Enterprise had no windows of that shape at all. And then, of course, two movies later when First Contact comes around, the Enterprise A gets a bunch of all-new sets.

It just underlined how parsimonious Paramount Pictures was with regard to the TOS films.

As for these new blu rays, I don’t have a 4K TV or player at the moment and I already have blu rays of all the films and the DVD of the TMP director’s edition. For you 4K folks out there, what do you think? Is it worth it?

Thanks for the review!

I was very bored one weekend last year, so I started playing around with iMovie and made a fan edit of Final Frontier, cutting it down to about an hour so it was more like an episode of an 80s TOS revival series that never was. The plot is what it is, but it’s quite a bit more watchable with the goofy jokes removed, that’s for sure. No bonk-bonk on the head for Scotty in my cut!

The Scotty head bonk was the funniest gag in all of Trek feature films! Yes, it’s kinda slapsticky but it works.

Not really. It’s awkwardly staged, even as slapstick, to the extent that it makes Scotty look stupid. James Dothan hated it.

Awkward indeed. Besides that, what does it add to the narrative? To lead us to another weird ‘romantic’ moment between him and Uhura that goes nowhere? I cut that out, too.

And if you cut out those two things, the next time you see Scotty after the jailbreak, if I remember right, he’s working on the transporter — exactly where you want Scotty. So yes, the goofy things aren’t missed.

It added nothing but a laugh. Nothing wrong with breaking the tension. And it took Scotty out of the equation because had had he not been caught things would have been easier for Kirk, Spock & McCoy.

The gags in TFF were some of the best of the film series, quite honestly. Please do not take this as me thinking TFF was a great film. It wasn’t. But there were some good things in it. The humor was one of the things it got right and removing them would just make the sub par film worse.

Yep, it’s a knee-slapper alright. Worthy of Hee-Haw.

Certainly better than anything in TVH. I’d suggest editing that one but even without the lame gags there is still the entire crew coming across as dumb as the Galaxy Quest aliens and the lame plot.

Now it’s out: ST V is their first attempt at Lower Decks! They were 3 decades ahead of their time!

On the contrary. Every time I see the scene it evokes a laugh to this day. It was perfectly executed.

What made Scotty look stupid was talking to the computer in TVH. In fact, a lot of things in that movie not only made Scotty but everyone look stupid.

Confirming my ‘blue-haired lawyer theory’ about the internet. Doesn’t matter what topic it is, someone will come out of the woodwork to defend it.

Didn’t you yourself confirm that already?

Uh sure, why not.

Regarding VIs end of Cold War theme, perhaps they should give Meyer Trek XIV to reflect current events (with the Kelvin Klingons, and elements of Yesterdays Enterprise?).

Of course, this is just the beginning. no one knows how far things will go..

He really is an excellent writer with very good instincts as a director, he performed so well under enormous pressure and constraints. Star Trek owes him so very much. I’ve no idea if having bountiful resources would ruin his special sauce, but I’d love to see what happens.

I think Meyer’s inherent cynicism, which he came by honestly (the guy said in a mid-80s interview he didn’t think we’d survive to get out of the 20th century, and this was BEFORE he wrote that laugh line in TVH), would make it almost impossibly hard to do an entertaining story that reflects the current turmoil. I mean he chose to make TREK seriously retrograde in TUC (not just Kirk’s pride and Spock’s prejudice, but all the stuff that made TSFS’s political paranoia seem validated, which seemed just SO retroretro), and I found that pretty abhorent, and to make a Federation that would be run by something like what we just had creeping through the Oval would be going bridges too far in the wrong direction for Trek, or so I think.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition includes “The New Frontier: Resurrecting Star Trek” and “Maiden Voyage: Making Star Trek: The Motion Picture” from the 50th Anniversary set and The Wrath of Khan contains “The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan”. “The Dream is Alive: The Continuing Mission: and “End of an Era: Charting the Undiscovered Country” from the 50th Anniversary set are not included in any 4K release.

You’re correct, unbeknownst to me, Paramount revised the standalone TWOK disc to include the 50th documentary. It was not included in the 2021 version that was part of the I-IV set. Also note this review is does not cover the new TMP:DE disc.

I just spun up The Wrath of Khan Blu-ray disc from the 2021 4K set. “The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan” is there. Same as it was on the 2016 release, as you noted in the review of that release.

I somehow had it in my head it was missing from that disc. I have no idea why. Thanks for correcting me.

Really disappointing that they don’t have dolby atmos!!! There are much “smaller”, insignificant and older films out there that receive a dolby atmos upmix. I REALLY hope they will upmix the TNG movies in dolby atmos – I’m the biggest tng fan but if paramount is not willing to give me the best possible product (sound in this case) for my felt 50iest time buying these films, I will not buy them (again).

These discs are wonderful upgrades to the frankly atrocious blu-rays. They’ve been a long time coming. Let’s hope the TNG films are coming next year.

Was going to order the TMP remnaster until I saw it was included in the Box set. I ordered the Box set yesterday. A bit disappointed to hear the extended cut of TUC is missing from the BD. I don’t think it was all that necessary, however. And I do still have the original DVD that was that cut.

The documentary mentioned would have been good to include. I don’t think I’ve seen it. I’ve seen so very many, however I just wonder if it has anything in it that hasn’t been seen before? If anyone has any thoughts or could tell me about that doc I’d appreciate it.

I ordered TMP Directors Edition The Complete Adventure from Amazon UK since the disks are region free and the UK set comes with the new DE on a separate Bluray Disk instead of the digital download like in North America. That drove me bonkers when I saw it was a digital download in North America.

Yep, the UK edition is the better version if you want to have everything on standard Blu-ray too.

Just be sure you have a region free player if you are in N America. Which I am seriously considering.

You may not be aware, but UHD Blu-ray has no region code. They finally did away with that stupid idea. And according to all reports, the standard Blu-rays included in the UK set come set to “all regions”, so it’s not an issue. Amazon UK’s listing even states “Regions A,B,C”. You wouldn’t see folks in North America widely recommending the UK set without caveats if it had specific region coding.

I’ve seen vastly superior fan-made CGI replacements for the dreadful STV FX on YouTube. If Paramount had wanted to do an upgrade on the cheap, it wouldn’t have been difficult.

Seems like such a missed opportunity to do this for The Final Frontier, Generations and even Insurrection. Work with the director to identify shots that could be augmented or swapped out with improved VFX they couldn’t do back then and then spend a small amount with any of the VFX houses working on Trek to give some added value when asking fans to buy these films again for the umpteenth time.

I’ve seen those videos too. Some are really impressive. Get on that, Paramount!

I’m still of the opinion that you could fix most of V’s effects by simply using different stock elements from previous films, then recomping them with other backgrounds (there aren’t THAT many shots where you see whether the -A is there or not.)

And just about anything would have been better than the toe-painting-looking and backlit-cottonball center of galaxy — I have always said you could take the vger cloud stuff and mess up the color while skip printing and get a very suitable center-of-galaxy that had scope and looked pretty.

The only things any of these sets are missing are the animated menus that came with the old DVD sets. Those were awesome and its a shame they werent reproduced for any of the later releases. At least all of the bonus content is included though from those same DVD sets!

As wonderful as the sixth film is (and it’s my favorite in the canon) the fifth film is 180 degrees the opposite. I tried to rewatch that abomination last week and gave up less than an hour into it. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I’m a first gen, all in ST fanatic and watching ST-V is about as painful to me as someone beating my hand with a hammer.

Great review and I’m glad we finally have confirmation that these new remasters are also on the standard Blu-ray Discs too. I hate the 2009 transfers so replacing them entirely with the box set is the obvious choice for those who can afford it.

My one gripe is that here in Australia, as is now sadly the norm, we are only getting the single UHD individual releases for each film. No remastered BDs, no bonus discs and certainly no box sets. So, I will be importing my box set from the UK which, while it solves my personal collector’s issue, doesn’t help the cause here in AU. If everyone does what I’m doing then Paramount will assume that Aussies only want to stream. There may not be as many physical media collectors here as in the rest of the world but if they released the same UHD/BD box set here in Australia I reckon they’d find there would be a reasonable number who would buy it. Perhaps a limited release? Stamp a ‘1 of 500’ sticker on it. They’d sell then!

Anyway, rant over. I am so happy these films are finally available dressed in their best. I am very excited to see the four Next Gen films in the future as the photography in those is uniformly gorgeous and well deserving of a first class UHD release. I just hope those films get a 7.1 upgrade…or better!

Maybe Nemesis will finally get re-released as a very extended edition with 45 additional minutes how it was supposed to be from the start?

Too bad they didn’t use that opportunity to fix the bad and unfinished fx of ST V (and Sybok’s messy and inconsistent hair cut ;) )

are these new 4k versions also the ones that are now available on Paramount +?

P+ updated TMP-TVH last year, but sadly they still have not updated TFF or TUC to use the new versions.

Star Trek V in 4k is ready for download on iTunes, but VI is only in HD. When do we get the 4k Version of it, are there any news?

Another question I have…is anyone else having trouble playing their digital copy of the Director’s Cut of Star Trek VI on AppleTV 4K? All I get is sound, no video. It plays fine on my reg HD AppleTV…

My old SD Version of Star Trek VI DCut works fine here on the latest Apple TV 4k, but its not the version that you can buy today in the Apple Store. Did you test it on an iPhone or Macbook?

yeah, works fine on my Macbook. I haven’t tried on my iphone yet. I was talking with 8 different support members from Apple last night, and no one could figure out the issue.

I would try to reset the Apple TV, but you have tried this, I am sure…

Try it again, Part VI is now back in 4k in the iTunes Store in Germany, maybe this version has the DC of the film in the correct version.

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review – Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection

April 7, 2023 by Brad Cook

Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection

Directed by David Carson, Jonathan Frakes, and Stuart Baird. Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm McDowell, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, F. Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy, Anthony Zerbe, and Tom Hardy.

The four films in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series have gotten their big 4K Ultra HD debut, with beautifully remastered image quality that was also used for the Blu-ray platters included here. You also get codes for digital copies as well as tons of bonus features that were ported over from the 2004 DVD and 2009 Blu-ray editions. This one is a must-have for fans, and it arrives just in time for the anniversary (or pre-anniversary) of first contact.

I’ll confess I never got into later iterations of Star Trek the same way I enjoyed reruns of the original series when I was a kid in the 70s. I still land on the side of Star Wars in that age-old “Which franchise is better?” debate (I find such debates a waste of time, honestly), but five of the first six Trek movies will always occupy a special place in my heart next to all the other genre films I loved during my formative years.

That said, I still find Star Trek: The Next Generation enjoyable. I’ve always appreciated the follow-up series’ approach to remaking the crew of the new Enterprise, leaving behind the trio that dominated the original cast in favor of an ensemble approach. Just like I don’t have much use for Star Wars vs. Star Trek debates, I don’t care much for Kirk vs. Picard arguments; each of them is an interesting, fully developed character in his own right.

When the Next Generation movies began to appear, I went along for the ride, although it felt like they petered out, rather than conclude on a rousing finish like the original cast’s films did. That was a bummer, but perhaps it was for the best: It paved the way for the reboot trilogy, and now Trek thrives as a group of streaming series. In today’s modern media world, perhaps Trek (and Star Wars , to be honest) is best enjoyed as an episodic series.

If you’re a fan of the Next Generation movies, however, you’ll want to get yourself a copy of this new four-movie collection that presents the post- Star Trek VI films with spectacular 4K visual quality. The remastered films are also found on accompanying Blu-ray discs, along with a heaping helping of bonus content ported over from previous editions. If this is the end of the line for Trek movies on physical media, it’s a fine way to go out. And as with previous Star Trek films on 4K UltraHD, codes for digital copies are included too.

Star Trek Generations (1994)

Meant to pass the baton from the original cast to the new one (although without half the former), Generations is a bumpy opening to the next phase in the movie series, much like Star Trek: The Motion Picture was when it kicked off the film franchise. However, unlike ST: TMP , which has aged pretty well, Generations remained a “meh” experience when I revisited it.

I hope I’m not spoiling anything for anyone when I note that while the film opens with Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov, only Kirk ends up meeting Picard and helping him save the day in the end, thanks to an interstellar ribbon that traps him in a kind of stasis for nearly one hundred years. Kirk’s death (again, this isn’t a spoiler, right?) during act three is a bit of an anti-climactic moment given the way it happens, but the ending sets up the potential for more entries in the series.

The bonus features include a pair of audio commentaries, a text commentary by Denise and Michael Okuda, a bunch of featurettes, several deleted scenes, and more. As with the other movies in this set, none of the extras are new, having been ported over from the 2004 DVD and 2009 Blu-ray editions, but it’s nice to have them all in one place. And they’re so exhaustive that I’m not sure what else Paramount could have included here.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★★ / Movie: ★★★

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

This one is my favorite of the four films in this set. Time travel stories are always a blast, especially the Trek ones, and this tale is unique in that the crew of the Enterprise-E travels to our future, the year 2063. That’s the year humans launched a spacecraft that first achieved warp speed, garnering the attention of some passing aliens (thus “first contact”) and setting the stage for our journey into space.

The date of first contact is actually April 4, which, unsurprisingly, informed the release date of this set. (It’s also my dad’s birthday, so I have to give a shout-out in his memory; he died in March of last year.)

The Borg also factor into this story. They’ve gone back in time to assimilate the Earth, since humans couldn’t defend themselves against such an onslaught in the past (not sure why they didn’t just do that during The Next Generation ’s run on TV), leading our heroes to chase them. James Cromwell turns in a great scenery-chewing performance as Zefram Cochrane, the pilot and ship builder responsible for such a momentous historical event. Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t quite live up to the image that the Enterprise-E crew has of him.

First Contact also has a nice big batch of extras, including three commentary tracks, the Okudas’ obligatory text track, tons of featurettes, and deconstructions of three scenes.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★★★ / Movie: ★★★★

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Unfortunately, the Next Generation film series started going into a tailspin here. Insurrection feels like it should have been a two-part TV episode, complete with all-CGI effects that don’t hold up well today. Rather than go big and bold, the powers that be decided to go small and old.

In this outing, Picard and his crew must intervene in the lives of the peaceful Ba’ku people, who have eschewed all modern technology, after Data seems to malfunction while conducting an undercover assignment to observe them. It turns out that a Federation Admiral is in cahoots with the Son’a people, who want the Ba’ku’s secret for longevity for themselves.

I’ll confess that I don’t remember if I ever saw this film, so it seemed new to me when I watched it. Maybe it was so bland that it slid out of my brain shortly after I originally saw it. That’s not to say that it’s a bad movie — it’s a decent one, but there really isn’t much that elevates the story to “This should be a big-budget film” status.

The bonus features include a commentary track, the Okudas’ text commentary, deleted scenes, and a bunch of featurettes.

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

The last film until the 2009 reboot, Nemesis is a more interesting outing than its predecessor. The story involves a human named Shinzon who lives among the Remans, a slave race of the Romulan Empire. Shinzon leads a revolt that culminates with him taking control of the empire, and he seeks to confront Picard, from whom he was originally cloned.

That’s quite a setup, of course, and the story does delve into a “nature vs. nurture” theme as Picard tries to convince Shinzon that he could choose a different path, but the whole thing just feels a bit blah. Like Insurrection , it’s not a bad film, and it actually has a story worthy of the big screen, but I’ve never found it very engaging. Next Generation fans may beg to differ with this one, as well as the other three movies in this set, to which I say, “To each their own.”

The extras include no less than three commentary tracks, the Okudas’ text commentary, and a bunch of featurettes. As with the other films in this set, it’s nice to have all the previous extras in one place.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★★★ / Movie: ★★★

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The new 15-disc collection includes all of the following:

  • 4K Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray Disc
  • Bonus Features Blu-ray Disc
  • 4K Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut
  • Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut
  • Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut only

Standalone 4K / Blu-ray combo pack releases of Star Trek II, II, IV, V,  and  VI also arrived this week:

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There will certainly be debates over “correct” color timing and lighting levels between the 2009 and the 2021/2022 editions of the original Star Trek films : each film does seem to have an issue with somewhat brighter-than-expected lighting levels, especially in space scenes, which seems to be a side effect from creating the remastered Blu-rays from 4K HDR sources.

A NOTE ON SCREENCAPS: At present, it is rather difficult to produce representative screencaps from 4K discs and maintain the full HDR color presentation for online publication. The remastered Blu-rays, which are based upon the 4K presentations, are what we can produce and share for this review.

We’ve watched the 4K discs on a proper HDR television display, and can say that those of you who will primarily watch the films on 4K discs on 4K HDR-capable displays (or on streaming services which present the full 4K HDR presentation) will probably not notice much of an issue on that front — but “downgrading” the new scans to 1080p for the standard Blu-ray discs have left some scenes feel a bit over-brightened, losing some of the shadowy moods one remembers from countless viewings over the decades.

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That said — the primary problem with those first Blu-ray editions are the tragically-overused Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) and edge-enhancement (or “sharpening”) techniques used when bring the movies to HD for the first time.

For the 2009 editions, all six films were put through DNR processing to “scrub out” the natural film grain that was part of the original presentation, and then each were artificially sharpened to restore the detail lost because of the DNR pass — resulting in a strange mix of heavily-shadowed, chiseled faces, waxy skin features erasing the actors’ natural complexions, and elimination of much of the costumes’ and sets’ surface detailing.

Probably the most impacted by the DNR/sharpening effect was Star Trek VI , which in some scenes left the cast looking like clay sculptures brought to life — such as the below shot from Spock’s briefing at the beginning of the film — but the other films are impacted as well in varying degrees, as we’ve illustrated from  The Motion Picture.

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In the new 2022 editions, because the films have been rescanned from the original picture, those 2009-era modifications are not even part of the discussion anymore — restoring the look of each picture to something much closer to the original theatrical presentation.

While some have commented that the 2022 versions seem to be “blurry,” well, that’s because the slightly soft nature of each film were shot that way in the original production!

Because the heavily DNR’d/over-sharpened 2009 editions have been the default way fans have seen these movies for the last 13 years, on both Blu-ray and streaming services, many have little-to-no experience with the films’ original presentation — seen on LaserDisc, VHS, and DVD up until 2009.

Take this close-up of George Takei from  Star Trek VI for example: compared to the original HD master used in the 1999 DVD, the new remastered version is a nice upgrade in color and clarity, while still keeping his face looking appropriately detailed.

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…but as soon as the false-detailed 2009 image is added into the mix, it’s clearly an overcorrection which makes Takei’s face look pitted, adding ten years to his age!

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The theatrical presentation of  Star Trek: The Motion Picture   features a lovely balance of lighting, color, and texture adjustments (again, without the DNR seen in the 2009 edition) which gives the film more depth — while at the same time toning down strange color casts like the purple lighting seen when McCoy is beamed up to the Enterprise for the first time.

Here are a collection of comparison screencaps between the 2009 Blu-ray and remastered presentations:

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Unfortunately, if you are looking to pick up the theatrical cut of The Motion Picture on 4K disc, it’s only available in the multi-film box set — though a standalone Blu-ray of the film is available.

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For  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , the picture quality is identical to the remastered Blu-ray released in 2016, and all bonus features from that first release have been included — and both the theatrical cut and Nick Meyer’s director’s cut of the film are included on 4K and Blu-ray discs using seamless branching.

Here are some 2009 vs. 2016 comparison screencaps we first presented at that time, which include a few comparisons to the original DVD picture illustrating color adjustments.

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The remastered editions of Star Trek II are available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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The new look for  Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is full of welcome color corrections, which in some cases rewinds the clock all the way back to the original theatrical presentation. While the Blu-ray disc version still has a few overly-bright issues from the HDR-to-HD down-conversion, overall this film has never looked better, especially when viewed on a full 4K display.

From the start, the title sequence through sky above Genesis has been restored to the original picture width from the theatrical presentation — for some reason, the 2009 Blu-rays pillar-boxed the opening credits, adding black bars to the side of the screens and compressing the picture to fit. The text and framing have now been restored to the original look.

(All screencaps labeled “1984” are from a scan of a 35mm Star Trek III  theatrical print.)

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Fine details in the Enterprise’s helm console can be made out in the 2021 remaster, including the label on Sulu’s panel which reads THRUSTER IGNITION — while the overall teal-tinted cast has been corrected (blacks and greys are black and grey; skin coloration is must more natural-looking).

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Also notable are changes to the  Enterprise bridge set during the final conflict with Kruge; the dark, moody scenes were color-shifted red in for the 2009 Blu-ray release, and have been corrected back to the original blue tones for the modern restoration.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek III is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  fares nicely in the remastered presentation, as the popular “one with the whales” gets its missing film grain restored and thankfully loses the  2009-era slight blue-green cast from its color timing — evident in shots like the Yellow Pages advertisement and the opening debate in the Federation Council chambers.

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Outdoor location shots now also look much more like the natural lighting under which they were filmed; Gillian Taylor’s drive-by now reflects the cloudy, overcast San Francisco weather visible in the sky above the actors, rather than the oversaturated coloring seen in the 2009 edition.

In sunny scenes, like Kirk and Spock’s visit to the Cetacean Institute, white fabric like Spock’s robe now carry a warmer tone reflecting the sunlight above the location, rather than a colder blue tone scene in the previous release.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek IV is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier also gets a nice new presentation, with a correction to many blown-out highlights and the restoration of more natural-looking colors in a number of scenes — most notably during the Yosemite camping sequences and during the encounter with the Sha Ka Ree “god” near the end of the film.

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While some of the blue tones still remain during Sybok’s final moments, the contrast has been dialed back down to near-original levels, allowing viewers to actually see what’s going on during the climactic encounter at the center of the galaxy.

Below, we’ve compared the HD master used for the 1999 DVD release with the 2009 and 2022 Blu-ray editions — the soft blue tones reflecting the Sha Ka Ree “god” remain, but the overall lighting levels have been reduced for a less-blinding experience.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek V is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country   arrives with two versions of the film on 4K: the original theatrical cut, which was also available in the previous 2009 Blu-ray (and what most people have seen on streaming services to date), and the longer director’s cut last released in the 2004 Special Collector’s Edition  DVD.

(Both cuts of the film are presented in the same 2.39:1 aspect ratio, which is Nick Meyer’s preferred choice; previously the director’s cut was released in a taller 2.00:1 ratio.)

As stated above, this film suffered the most impact from the 2009-era noise-reduction/artificial-sharpening process, and as such benefits the most from the new scan for 2022’s remastered presentation. Gone are the craggy facial features and overly-dark shadowing caused by those filtering tools, and restored are natural skin and costume textures scrubbed away in 2009.

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Magentas are dialed way back, most notably seen in the Rura Penthe surface scenes and during the Excelsior’s encounter with the Praxis shockwave. In addition, red colors in this Blu-ray edition of the film — notably in the Starfleet uniforms and Klingon ship environments — do seem to be pushed a bit too far into the orange spectrum, this again may be due to the HDR down-conversion to the 1080p Blu-ray presentation.

(Unfortunately it’s not easy to get representative screencaps from 4K discs and maintain the full HDR color presentation for online publication, but after having watched the film on a proper 4K HDR display, the orange ‘push’ was not noticeable during that viewing.)

This film also seems to be impacted the most by the HDR-to-HD lighting issue, as many scenes in Star Trek VI (on both 4K disc and Blu-ray) appear to be brighter than even the original 1999 DVD picture. The comparison between the three versions illustrates the thankful return to non-DNR’d picture quality in 2022, yet is still brighter than even the ’99 edition.

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In what is perhaps the biggest misstep of the entire package, the director’s cut of  Star Trek VI — which features Rene Auberjonois as Colonel West , West’s reveal as the assassin at the end of the film, and a few other cuts and edits throughout — is only available on the 4K disc, and  not included on the remastered Blu-ray disc.

Unlike the  Star Trek II director’s cut, these are not just a few trimmed scenes — there are multiple shot changes, different audio cues, and video overlays (the derided flashbacks during the Valeris mind-meld sequence) which require more space on the Blu-ray disc than that storage medium is capable of holding.

Even with seamless branching, both cuts of Star Trek VI won’t fit on a single standard Blu-ray disc, but they will both fit on the large BD-100 disc used for the 4K presentation.

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The real solution, of course, would be to have included a second Blu-ray disc to hold the director’s cut in the packaging — but it seems Paramount chose not to do so, perhaps because of the extra cost.

It is still part of the iTunes streaming release ‘bonus features’ however, so if you’ve purchased the film there (or redeemed the included digital code), you’ll be able to watch the Star Trek VI director’s cut in high definition on that service — as well as on Vudu where it is listed as a separate entry from the theatrical edition.

Here are a collection of comparison screencaps between the 2009 Blu-ray and remastered presentation of the Star Trek VI theatrical cut:

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The two remastered editions of of Star Trek VI is available in the 6-film box set or as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release. The theatrical cut is also available as a standalone Blu-ray. 

A few minor quibbles aside, the new  Star Trek — The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection is the best way to revisit the big-screen adventures of Captain Kirk and his crew — and these new editions of each film are taking over the old 2009-era presentations on streaming services to bring them to the forefront of viewing options.

Illustrated below from iTunes ( picture by @StarTrekVHS on Twitter ), the remastered editions of each  Star Trek film are identified by the rainbow-colored artwork on many streaming services like Vudu (though not on Paramount+, naturally).

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While there’s been no formal announcement, the four films starring the  Next Generation cast are expected to get the 4K upgrade next; if things follow the last two years, we should hopefully see them get their own 4K UHD Blu-ray box set by September 2023.

Our coverage of the new  Star Trek home media releases will continue later this week, as we dive into the new  Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition 4K edition, and break down all the different versions of the first Star Trek film now available on disc.

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
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  • Trek Movies

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Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection   beams the original crew of the starship Enterprise to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in an 8-disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray + digital collection. This set marks the beginning of the franchise's cinematic affair coupled with the three-film arc representing the so-called "Genesis Trilogy." Each transfer was sourced from new 4K restorations with Dolby Vision HDR, and depending on the film, marked notable improvements over previous home video releases. Perhaps these films' 4K debut would have been better received if they were released individually, but taken as a whole this is an impressive set featuring some of Trek's best moments with the original cast and crew of the Enterprise. The overall package is  Recommended . 

Read our full reviews for:

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Motion Picture  - When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it. The Wrath of Khan - It is the 23rd century. The Federation Starship U.S.S. Enterprise™ is on routine training maneuvers and Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) - brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth - has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation Starship and sets out in pursuit of the Enterprise, determined to let nothing stand in the way of his mission: kill Admiral Kirk... even if it means universal Armageddon. The Search for Spock - Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body. The Voyage Home - It's the 23rd century, and a mysterious alien power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In a frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything they've ever encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy. A thrilling, action-packed Star Trek adventure!

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture  [Review Excerpt] "Rather than follow in the footsteps of action-fantasy  Star Wars , Wise and his team conceived of a more traditional or "true" science fiction tale. Once we arrive at the surprise twist about V'Ger, it becomes clear that the plot is grappling with challenging philosophical themes about the concept of God, the purpose of existence and the difficulty of defining those observations outside of our cognitive experiences. One of my favorite aspects of Wise's film is the entity V'Ger while in a robotic replica of Ilia wrestling with understanding "carbon lifeforms" as living creatures, as opposed to being an infestation and measuring life according to the entity's own likeness. Granted, the ride getting there is arguably drawn out, and the production is not without its flaws. But for me, the journey is well earned and rewarding, and the feature-length debut of the crew of the USS Enterprise ultimately feels like a smart, elevated episode of the original television series." 4/5 

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan   [Review Excerpt] "At the center of Khan's revenge against William Shatner's Starfleet Admiral James T. Kirk is the terraforming initiative called Project Genesis and a powerful device that could be weaponized. The plot doesn't carry the same weighty, pressing subject matter of its predecessor, but the sequel's ideas about mortality, rebirth and the cycle of life and death are no less heady and substantial. From Khan grieving the death of his wife to the literal birth of a new planet, the theme is prevalent throughout, impacting characters in various ways, even in Kirk grappling with the end of his tenure as Captain of the Enterprise and reconciling with his estranged son. With Meyer all the while aptly focusing on the camaraderie of Kirk, McCoy and Spock, the story skillfully builds to that emotionally memorable climax that has become a piece of cinematic history. And revisiting the film after countless viewings, the impact of that ending has not waned in the least."  4.5/5  

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock [Review Excerpt] "For me, this has always felt like a blatant cheat on the part of the filmmakers, a complete dodge from genuinely grappling with the aftermath of Khan in a follow-up that's reputed to be about dealing with a major blow to the spirit of the crew. Naturally, we can't really have a Star Trek movie without Spock, and I completely understand the need for this. But this is essentially the equivalent of Kirk avoiding the "no-win scenario" of the Kobayashi Maru, and it seems like a missed opportunity for something truly great. Yet, in spite of my grumblings with Harve Bennett's plot, I admit enjoying Leonard Nimoy's film directorial debut. It's a fun third entry where Nimoy proves himself a skilled and talented helmer, navigating the action and drama with a great sense of adventure. At the same time, he gives fans a memorable and ruthless adversary in Christopher Lloyd's Kruge. The second entry in the so-called "Genesis Arc" storyline is somewhat of a letdown after two excellent installments, but all things considered, it's a competent Trek movie."   3.5/5   

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  [Review Excerpt]  "My love for this fourth installment, however, is due to deeply personal reasons, from a major part of my life that makes me forgive the film's shortcomings. When it was made available on home video the following year after its theatrical run, I had only been in the U.S. for maybe three or four years. And although I was already familiar with and a fan of the  Star Trek series , Nimoy and Harve Bennett's fish-out-of-water story about time-traveling to present-day America oddly made a more lasting impression than the other movies or the show. I instantly related to Spock trying to make sense of the cultural norms and language, and I laughed at Chekov's pronunciation of vessel. Every time I sit down to watch the movie, I still find myself giggling at the silly humor while reminiscing on my childhood. For a young teen picked on for being an immigrant, movies and shows like  Star Trek  were my escapist solace, and the fourth entry, in particular, was one I could relate with the most at the time.  The Voyage Home  remains a fun and personally loved installment."    3.5/5

Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray Paramount Home Entertainment brings the  Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection  to 4K Ultra HD as an eight-disc combo pack including a flyer with Digital Copy codes for each movie. Said code unlocks 4K UHD digital copies on services like iTunes and Vudu with Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. They are not Movies Anywhere compatible. The first four dual-layered UHD66 discs are housed inside a slightly thicker black, eco-elite case with two center spindles. Meanwhile, the remaining four Region Free Blu-ray copies are packaged inside a separate thicker-than-normal blue, eco-elite case with two center spindles. The two packages come with a glossy, side-sliding slipcover. Each 4K disc loads to a static image main menu with music from the film's soundtrack playing. Nearly all bonus features for each film is found on the accompanying 1080p Blu-ray disc. 

Video Review

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture "The forty-plus-year-old movie also looks fresher and in better shape thanks to Dolby Vision HDR, which brings a welcomed improvement in contrast and brightness balance. The scenes in space display snappy, sparkling stars in the distance, engulfed in inky black emptiness, and specular highlights provide for tightly crisp whites in the lights and a realistic sheen along metallic surfaces. Shadow details could be a tad stronger, especially in the many poorly-lit interiors, but visibility in the darkest corners remains comparatively better than the HD version. Richard H. Kline's cinematography has a distinctively muted, restrained palette, favoring more browns and tans with a mix of various shades of blue, which counters the movie's campy origins. Nevertheless, those secondary hues appear fuller with good saturation levels and more variation while primaries, especially those aforementioned blues, are bolder and more animated, making for an otherwise attractive watch on 4K UHD." (Dolby Vision HDR Video Rating: 78/100)  

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan "Awash in a very fine layer of natural gain, the Dolby Vision HDR presentation also furnishes the forty-year-old film with a cleaner, livelier contrast balance and brighter whites throughout. It may not look it, at first, considering the filmmaker's deliberately dark, toned-down creative intentions, but the contrast is an improvement. And mixed with the richer, truer black levels and the strong shadow details, the 2.35:1 image comes with an attractive cinematic appeal and appreciable dimensionality, particularly in those scenes with Khan aboard the starship Reliant. Likewise, the cinematography of Gayne Rescher favors a more earthy, natural palette, bathing the visuals in richly-saturated browns, animated ginger-amber tones and deep rust-orange marigolds. Primaries are nonetheless accurately rendered and bolder than its HD SDR counterparts, such as the ruby-burgundy reds of the uniforms and vibrant, electrifying cobalt blues in the starship's computer consoles." (Dolby Vision HDR Video Rating: 82/100) 

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock   "Unlike the previous two entries, cinematographer Charles Correll took a more colorful, vibrant approach to the second sequel, and his efforts really shine on UHD. The Dolby Vision HDR presentation displays a richly saturated palette, from the bold crimson red lighting and the deeper shade of burgundy in the uniforms to the electrifying blues and lively greens of the foliage and the Klingon ship. Moreover, the other earthy hues, oranges, and yellows are more animated and spirited, making the movie somewhat reminiscent of the original television series. Contrast and brightness balance also enjoy a welcomed boost, showering the action with brilliant, radiant whites and inky, velvety blacks with excellent shadow detail. The improved specular highlights add a crisp, tight sparkle to the stars, the lighting along the exterior of ships, and a realistic sheen to the various metallic objects."  (Dolby Vision HDR Video Rating: 84/100)  

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  "The Genesis storyline comes to a close on Ultra HD with what appears to be the result of another true remaster of the original camera negatives although a few notable issues remain worth mentioning. For the most part, the HEVC H.265 encode shows a welcomed uptick in overall definition and clarity, from the discrete sharp details of the Klingon ship and the streets of San Francisco to the fine stitching in the costumes and the individual leaves of trees. In Dolby Vision HDR, the most striking gain comes from the improved contrast and brightness balance, bathing the 2.35:1 image with bright, vivid whites and true, inky blacks that allow for better visibility within the shadows and the darkest, poorly lit corners of the Klingon vessel. Specular highlights supply the visuals with a crisp, dynamic sparkle along metallic surfaces and a more brilliant but narrower glow in the hottest areas to reveal more of the finer details...All things considered, despite its less-than-satisfying distractions, the overall transfer is strong and marked upgrade over its HD SDR counterparts. Awash in a very fine layer of grain, the encode has a nice film-like quality fans will appreciate." (Dolby Vision HDR Video Rating: 74/100)

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture  "As far as I can tell, this Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack appears to be identical to the one enjoyed on the Blu-ray. Remaining faithful to the original sound design, the lossless mix is mostly a front-heavy presentation, displaying excellent acoustical details and clean separation in the mid-range, even during the loudest segments. Dialogue is intelligible and precise at all times, and an impressively robust low-end adds some appreciable weight and presence to the visuals. Although the surrounds are mostly reserved for Jerry Goldsmith's score, a few atmospherics move into the sides with satisfying effectiveness. When applying the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, the music and ambient effects effortlessly bleed and flow into the top heights to nicely enhance the soundfield."   4/5  

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan "Faithful to the original stereo design, the front-heavy presentation displays good channel balance with plenty of good background activity, especially during the action sequences to generate a relatively wide, broad soundstage. However, the mid-range isn't particularly dynamic or extensive, feeling more uniform and somewhat limited in the upper ranges, yet it maintains clarity and definition decently well in James Horner's score and during the loudest segments. The same can be said of the dialogue, but the conversations remain intelligible nonetheless. The low-end adds a bit of weight to the visuals but doesn't make much of an impression overall. There's little activity in the surrounds, mostly reserved for some mild bleeding and a few random ambient effects. The receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality does well in expanding some of these atmospherics into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. All in all, it's an enjoyable lossless mix that does great to complement the on-screen visuals." 4/ 5 

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock "Once again, the second sequel lands on UHD with an identical Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack that's relatively faithful to the original stereo design. However, the front-heavy presentation is arguably stronger than its predecessors, displaying excellent balance and good fidelity with background activity that moves convincingly between the channels and into the off-screen space. The mid-range may not be particularly dynamic or extensive, but it maintains clean definition and appreciable distinction in James Horner's score and during the loudest segments, generating a broad, spacious soundstage during action sequences. While vocals are clear and precise, a hefty low-end provides some weight and presence to the on-screen visuals. There's little activity in the surrounds, mostly reserved for some mild bleeding and a few random ambient effects. The receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality does well in expanding some of these atmospherics into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. All in all, it's an enjoyable lossless mix that fairs better than the previous two entries."  4/5  

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  "The time-traveling adventure arrives to home theaters with an identical Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack and is arguably the strongest of the lot. Almost immediately, the soundstage feels broad and welcoming as Leonard Rosenman's score fills the room with clean distinction and an extensive, room-penetrating mid-range. Background activity convincingly moves between the three front channels, generating a broad sense of space, and several atmospherics display excellent directionality, nicely extending the soundfield. When applying the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, those same effects appreciably bleed into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. Dialogue is precise and very well-prioritized over the loudest segments, and a surprisingly robust, weighty low-end provides a palpable presence to the on-screen visuals, making for an outstanding listen and a really great lossless mix."   4/5

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Ultra HD Disc

  • NEW Isolated Score  in legacy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman

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  • NEW Isolated Score  in legacy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode
  • Production: The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture  (HD, 11 min)
  • The  Star Trek  Universe  (HD)
  • Special Star Trek Reunion  (10 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 001: The Mystery Behind V’Ger  (4 min)
  • Deleted Scenes  (SD, 8 min)
  • Storyboards   (HD)
  • Trailers  (HD, SD, 8 min): a teaser is joined by the theatrical preview and seven TV spots. Star 

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Audio Commentary  featuring Nicholas Meyer
  • Audio Commentary  (Theatrical Cut Only) featuring Nicholas Meyer & Manny Coto
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Nicholas Meyer
  • Audio Commentary  (Theatrical Cut Only) featuring Nicholas Meyer & Manny Coto
  • Text Commentary  (Director’s Cut Only) featuring Michael and Denise Okuda 
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode  (Theatrical Cut)
  • The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan  (HD, 28 min)
  • Production  (SD, HD)
  • Captain’s Log  (27 min)
  • Designing Khan  (24 min)
  • Interviews  (11 min) with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and Ricardo Montalbán
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Visual Effects of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  (18 min)
  • James Horner: Composing Genesis  (10 min)
  • The Star Trek Universe  (HD, SD)
  • Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics  (11 min)
  • A Novel Approach  (29 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 002: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI  (3 min)
  • Farewell: A Tribute to Ricardo Montalbán  (HD, 5 min)
  • Storyboards  (HD)
  • Trailer  (HD)

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock 

  • Audio Commentary  featuring Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett, Charles Correll, & Robin Curtis
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Ronald D. Moore & Michael Taylor
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode 
  • Production  (HD, SD)
  • EASTER EGG! Ken Ralston on Models and Creature Effects  (7 min)
  • Captain’s Log  (26 min)
  • Terraforming and the Prime Directive  (26 min)
  • Industry Light & Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Trek  (14 min)
  • Spock: The Early Years  (6 min)
  • Space Docks and Birds-of-Prey  (28 min)
  • Speaking Klingon  (21 min)
  • Klingon and Vulcan Costumes  (12 min)
  • Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame  (17 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 003: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer  (3 min)
  • Photo Galleries  (HD) contains two sets of BTS photos and publicity stills

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 

  • Audio Commentary  featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
  • Future’s Past: A Look Back  (28 min)
  • On Location  (7 min)
  • Dailies Deconstruction  (4 min)
  • Below-the-Line: Sound Design  (12 min)
  • Pavel Chekov’s Screen Moments  (6 min)
  • Time Travel: The Art of the Possible  (11 min)
  • The Language of Whales  (6 min)
  • A Vulcan Primer  (8 min)
  • Kirk’s Women  (8 min)
  • Star Trek: The Three-Picture Saga  (10 min)
  • Star Trek for a Cause  (6 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 004: The Whale Probe  (4 min)
  • Visual Effects Featurettes  (SD)
  • From Outer Space to the Ocean  (15 min)
  • The Bird-of-Prey  (3 min)
  • Original Cast Interviews  (SD)
  • William Shatner  (15 min)
  • Leonard Nimoy  (16)
  • DeForest Kelley  (13 min)
  • Special Tributes  (SD)
  • Roddenberry Scrapbook  (8 min)
  • Featured Artist: Mark Lenard  (13 min)
  • Production Gallery  (SD)
  • Storyboards Galleries  (HD)
  • Theatrical Trailer  (HD)

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Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection   marks Paramount's welcome return to the franchise on home video. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the premiere of the original series on television. This collection marks the beginning of their cinematic adventures through the fan-favorite "Genesis Trilogy." While it would have been nice to see all six of the original cast and crew films on 4K at the same time, Paramount isn't done with Trek. In 2022, after a nearly year-long restoration effort, the Director's Cut of  Star Trek The Motion Picture   will be released in theaters, on disc, and on Paramount+. It's understood the remaining Original Crew films along with  The Next Generation   cast films will be following on the format shortly. But for now, fans eager to upgrade over the previous waxy DNR tragedies of the previous releases will be happy to hear that these films look terrific on 4K with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. True, some fair better than others but the overall package is impressive offering the same excellent legacy lossless audio mixes with a terrific collection of bonus features. If you can't wait for single releases, buy with confidence, the overall package is  Recommended.

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  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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  • Release date ‏ : ‎ September 7, 2021
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner
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