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THE ORIGINAL SERIES
"Space...The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before..."
For the first time ever, Star Trek: The Original Series is boldly going where no Complete Season has gone before - DVD. Presented in innovative collectors packaging, and now enjoying a cult status all over the world, Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 1 DVD contains over 20 hours of episodes, featurettes and exclusive interviews. The superb extra footage includes newly created interviews with the cast and executive producers, 'A day in the life of...' diaries and fascinating stories from the actors as they recall on-set events and how the series was initially made; all created exclusively for Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 1 DVD.
First aired in America in 1966, Star Trek was groundbreaking in its use of special effects and plot lines. Following the exploits of Captain James T. Kirk, played by the eponymous WILLIAM SHATNER and his crew of around 430 on board the Starship Enterprise, they battled aliens, megalomaniacal computers, time paradoxes, psychotic murderers and even Genghis Khan! However, contrary to popular belief, Captain Kirk never uttered the line "Beam me up, Scotty". The series gripped a nation offering everything for the science fiction enthusiast and cult follower alike and has since spawned the largest number of spin-off productions, including ten feature film movies and the numerous TV series, as well as adding new phrases into the language.
"To boldly go where no man has gone before" was the captain's mantra and each episode does just that. Delivering an array of fantastic creatures and characters, superb plots, and genuine often extremely humorous interactions between the crew of the Enterprise, the series follows Kirk and his crew as they explore the boundaries of deep space.
Season One highlights include, 'Where no Man has Gone Before' in which Capt. Kirk is forced to do battle with his close friend lieutenant Mitchell, who threatens to take over the galaxy, 'The Conscience of the King' where Kirk suspects the head of a theatre troupe to be a notorious mass murderer on the run and the two-part 'The Menagerie', in which Spock faces a court marshal after hijacking the Enterprise in a bid to return a dying former Starfleet captain to a forbidden planet. Also look out for a young Joan Collins in "The City on the Edge of Forever". All in all, Star Trek: the Original Series is the jewel in the franchise's crown and as Spock always reminded us - "live long and prosper..."
Sound: 5.1 Surround
Picture: Full Frame
Preview trailers for each episode
Text commentary for the episodes "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "The Menagerie Part 1 and Part II" and "The Conscience of the King"
Trailers for Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, and Star Trek: Voyager
The special features disc contains the following extras:
"The Birth of a Timeless Legacy"- this is the definitive telling of how it all began
"Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner"
"To Boldly Go... Season One"
"Reflections on Spock"
Includes extras not on generic US release:
"Kiss 'n' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century"
"Trekker Connections" game
In 2000, Star Trek was listed in the Guiness Book of Records as having the largest number of spin-off productions, including the feature film series and the numerous TV series
Ground breaking programming
Before the Original Series there hadn't been any hour long TV Sci-Fi episodes/programmes that featured ongoing characters. Although Star Trek only lasted 3 seasons, it is now broadcast almost continuously over 120 stations in the US and in over 100 different countries
Dr McCoy's handheld 'medical scanners' were actually modified salt and pepper shakers. Another medical device, seen in the episode 'Court Martial' is obviously a hand-held microphone.
Contrary to popular belief, Captain Kirk never said 'Beam me up, Scotty'
The Original Series was nominated for Emmy awards in both 1967 and 1968
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) directed the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby
Leonard Nimoy has released several albums. His best known track is his 1959 homage to a hobbit, The ballad of Bilbo Baggins
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, once revealed that she considered leaving the show in 1967. She was advised to stay by none other than Martin Luther King, who felt that she was a great role model for black people on a prime time TV show
The kiss between Nichols and William Shatner in the episode 'Plato's Stepchildren', is said to be the first interracial kiss on US TV, but it essentially takes place off-screen, because of the networks concerns about upsetting viewers in the Southern States
Nichelle Nichols has recorded dozens of her own albums
A 1993 study found that kids in the USA learn more about science from Star Trek than from any other source
Such is the impact of the series on American culture that a model of the Starship Enterprise has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution of American History
'Are you out of your Vulcan mind?'
'I'm not a magician, Spock: Just an old country doctor'
'He's dead, Jim'
'Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a moon shuttle conductor'
'Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer'
'Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a psychiatrist'
'Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not an escalator'
'Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not an engineer'
'Beam me up, Mr.Scott'
'Spock, the women on your planet are logical. No other planet in the galaxy can make that claim'.
'There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere'.
'Live long and prosper'
'Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected. Interesting shall suffice here'
(In his book 'Star Trek memories')
'An astounding tale that's unsurpassed in the history of entertainment'.