Trekkies amongst the readership here may remember that the original Star Trek was released on DVD some years ago in a 40-volume package that included two episodes per disc. Averaging $18 per disc, this was a costly proposition. Even on eBay, this particular release of the series is costly and can, if bought by-the-unit, bankrupt someone's disposable income for a long time.
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The industry noted that these DVD's did not move all that well, and I would presume a letter-writing campaign must have occured regarding this poor strategy. The original Star Trek is now being released again on DVD, in the style of packaging which has been successful now for other Star Trek series, and many other television shows as well.
The original Trek is being released in a three-part series of collectible DVD's boxed sets. The first was just released, comprised of the first season (1966-67), also containing several interesting documentaries with interviews and possessing an excellent menu system. A virtual USS Enterprise bridge, with all selections built into the helm and navigation console, makes this DVD set a treat to watch. All eight DVD's use this system, and there is an average of four episodes per DVD. Like the original DVD set, it also contains the 'our story next week' preview shorts, but the first DVD release can't begin to compare in any way to this one.
Priced at $90-100 at most outlets, I got mine on eBay for $20 less. The series is coming out on three dates; we just passed the first one at this writing (September 26 2004), and the second and third seasons will be released in bimonthly intervals. The packaging is hard plastic and themed attractively after the uniforms from the original series. My series 1 set has a gold 'capsule' container with Kirk's command insignia, and the DVD's follow this theme with pictures of principal actors. The second release is blue/science/Spock-and-McCoy-themed, and the third release is engineering/communications/Scotty-and-Uhura-themed. I like it.
I find it a worthy purchase, and even at full retail it's more than worth it, especially if you're a diehard fan. Once the full series is finally rereleased, it will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the original DVD proposition, and it's simply much better done.
I give it five stars out of five.