In what will likely be more than what a typical Blu-ray player can handle, both CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures are planning major releases this summer, not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, but also to start the buildup for “Star Trek: Beyond” in July.
CBS will kick it all off first on June 7 when it releases “megapacks” of both “Star Trek: The Original Series” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on Blu-ray.
Both box sets, which hit store shelves on June 7, are complete series. The original Star trek is 79 episodes on 20 discs in high-definition, marking the first time the series has been available in what CBS calls “new, shelf-friendly packaging.” This is the series that started it all with William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and Deforest Kelley as Dr. Leonard McCoy.
The box set also includes hours of bonus material, which CBS did not elaborate on in a release.
That same day, all 178 episodes of “The Next Generation” will be available either 41 Blu-ray discs or 48 DVDs. The spinoff series ran from 1987 to 1994 featuring Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on the USS Enterprise-D, some 80 years after Kirk’s original adventures.
Although CBS describes the megapacks as “affordable,” it didn’t release any pricing.
Just a week later, Paramount Home Media Distribution will make its mark on the summer DVD buying season with the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” in ultra-high definition. In fact, Paramount is kicking off its entry into 4K resolution — which is about four times larger than what has become the standard 1080 resolution of high-definition — with the Star Trek films, on Blu-ray.
Both films have been digitally remastered with 4K UHD transfers, Paramount said, and will feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks. For those not familiar with Atmos, it was developed by the sound company in 2012 and first used for the Pixar film “Brave.” In the home theater market, Atmos “delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room,” Paramount said, “including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.”
Viewers hoping to get the Atmos experience would have to have an Atmos system installed in their home theater, Paramount said.
Each film will be offered on three discs, with a bonus Blu-ray disc that will have three hours of behind-the-scenes content. It also will include an Imax version of “Into Darkness,” as well as two hours of special features.
Both film sets will retail at $48.
Although not officially announced with these DVD sets, past reports have said Paramount and CBS plan more digitally remastered Blu-rays in the future, including for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek: The Animated Series.”