It’s already been transferred to high-definition, so why not release “Star Trek: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray, right?
CBS agrees, and will do just that for Christmas, marking the first time the 22 episodes will be available in such an HD format.
The series, which ran between 1973 and 1974, will join films like “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” on Blu-ray as well as both the 2009 “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Of course, for those films, being on Blue-ray is not new. However, The Digital Bits points out that this will be the first time these films are offered in what is known as 4K resolution — which is about four times larger than what has become the standard 1080 resolution of high-definition.
“The Wrath of Khan,” according to the site, will include both a theatrical cut, and an extended cut from director Nicholas Meyer. Paramount could even go as far as producing a 4K Ultra HD version, but that would depend on demand for such a release.
The bad news? Paramount has no plans to remaster any of the other Trek films at this time. While there could be new Blu-ray releases of those films, they will not be in the new 4K format.
Also not scheduled for remastering are “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” While CBS has worked on the original “Star Trek” as well as “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it still has not found enough of a market to justify the expense of creating a remastered version of those series, which consist of nearly 350 episodes.
“The Animated Series” was a joint production between Filmation and Paramount Television in the early 1970s, and featured the voice work of most of the Star Trek series stars. Filmation closed in 1989.
Episodes for that series were written by people like David Gerrold, D.C. Fontana, Larry Niven, and even Walter Koenig.
The Blu-rays are expected to be released later this year.