In our previous article, we previewed the raft of new bonus features which will be included on the first season release of Star Trek: Enterprise on Blu-Ray.

Today we can bring you the cover art for Season 1 and confirm that the release date for the United States & Canada has been set at March 26, 2013 (as always, we should point out cover art and release date are subject to change). Interestingly, the cover art is completely different from the three choices fans were asked to vote on back in November (see below for an explanation from CBS). Be sure to let us know what you think about it in the comments section!

Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the title is referred to as “Star Trek: Enterprise Season One” in the cover-art. As we’re all aware, the show was titled simply “Enterprise” during the first two seasons. We’re told that CBS will be referring to the show as “Star Trek: Enterprise” for all merchandising and branding, however the title card of “Enterprise” will remain unchanged on the finished Blu-Rays.

CBS have also released a special video preview of the 3-part documentary “To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise” which will be one of the main attractions on the Season 1 set. The clip is posted over at Yahoo TV and features Enterprise Executive Producer Brannon Braga and star Scott Bakula discussing the origins of the Captain Archer character.

Unfortunately the video at Yahoo TV is only playable in the U.S., hopefully CBS will address this problem as soon as possible. [EDIT: We now have the clip available internationally in 720p HD]

As we mentioned, Enterprise‘s first season documentary will be broken down into three parts. The first part, “Countdown” explores the challenges of creating a Trek prequel series (and includes interviews with Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Herman Zimmerman, Michael and Denise Okuda, etc). “Part Two: Boarding the NX-01” chronicles the casting process and keys in on the production of the “Broken Bow” pilot (with Scott Bakula, director James Conway, Trinneer and Keating among the interviewees). “Part Three: First Flight” examines the rest of season one and offers interviews with production and post-production personnel. Also included in The Complete First Season are previously released special features, among them outtakes, deleted scenes and Archival Mission Logs.

Talking to, CBS Home Entertainment Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Ross explained that he didn’t feel any of the proposed covers that fans were asked to vote on in November really “nailed it” for him:

I didn’t feel that any of the three proposed covers really nailed it and represented that, so we listened to the fans and changed course. We dug deeper and found an old UPN promo poster utilized during the launch campaign for the series which introduces the cast in a strong, heroic pose in their EVA suits as the pioneers of space exploration in the Star Trek universe. It harkens back to that sense of discovery, heroism and exploration that served as the basis for the Star Trek concept. The image conveys the same spirit of adventure as The Right Stuff and other iconic stories of pioneers exploring a new frontier. We felt there was no better way to show who those characters really were and their significant role in the Trek mythos. That art became the basis for the new Blu-ray cover design. And for those lovers of the ship, we’re going to feature it on the back cover. We also read that many fans thought images representative of key scenes/episodes from the respective seasons should be used, and we are going to include such images on the backs as well.

One last piece of news… according to the article containing comments from Ken Ross, Star Trek: Enterprise Season One on Blu-Ray is set to retail at $130, the same price point as the Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Rays. This seems rather excessive (even after the obligatory discounts applied at stores such as Amazon) given that the series has not had to undergo the remastering necessary for TNG.

We’re told that a press release for the set is imminent as well as further previews of the new bonus material produced by Roger Lay Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett. We’ll bring you news of the full press release and pre-order availability as soon as we get it, so be sure to stay tuned to TrekCore!

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  • archer923

    So what was the point of the Facebook cover art poll… This wasn’t even one of the options. Just really happy I can toss those really bad plastic POS DVD boxes out. CBS/Paramount. NEVER do that type of packaging again.

  • DS9fan

    Anything that will help DS9 get HD treatment…

    • Ashley Williams

      They already said DS9 is happening. Its unofficial, but they said based on the sales of TNG season 1 alone, that it would be happening. Unfortunately it won’t happen until 2015 at the earliest and most likely 2016. That means Voyager won’t happen until 2019 at the earliest unfortunately. (I want all 28 seasons on blu-ray)

      • DS9fan

        I had not heard that, good news. Sooner would be better, but I’m happy to wait if it means a better product, they must avoid problems such as the TNG S1 audio issues.

  • I quite like the cover artwork, It has a majestic feel about it. I will definitely be buying the Blu-ray sets, they say that “physical media” is dying out, but in my opinion nothing beats being able to look at a quality box set and hold it in your hands and then proudly displaying it on your shelf, with all your other Star Trek Blu-rays.

    • Mike Jones

      Agreed, I’ll take the physical product over a digital download every time.

  • Pablo

    personally love the new cover art. i hope its the same cover art in europe!

  • Quinn

    I’ve always liked that photo ever since it first came out in 2001. I’m surprised they never really used it for anything, but it seems like the Blu ray set is the perfect use for it.

    • archer923

      It was mainly used as a TV guide ad promo picture. Right before the pilot aired. That was the only place I can recall it being used.

  • archer923

    I love how the new cover art was picked because it features the cast. Except they forgot Phlox & Reed. Gotta love the MSRP price. I paid $118 for the S1 DVD… Regretted that move. I know it’s not gonna be that price. But no season show should be above $60-70.

    Can you please get a confirm weather the Text Commentary in Vox Sola/Shadows of P’Jem will be saved, or junked like all the other season/movie BR releases.

    • Ashley Williams

      I only bought season 1 on DVD to “force” UPN to keep it on the air. Didn’t work though. I couldn’t afford it at the time, but I made it happen anyway. If blu-ray didn’t exist I would already have all 4 seasons by now.

  • Stefan

    $130 is waaay to much. And for picard’s sake, open the video to non-US viewers!!

    • trekcore

      I’m not sure if that was CBS or Yahoo… but we’re working to get it resolved! At the moment it’s exclusive to Yahoo, but we’ll post it as soon as we’re able!

      • Stefan

        Thanks! I just want to say I subscribed to TrekCore’s RSS a few months ago, and I’m very satisfied with the quality of the things you guys post. Excellent work!

    • Ashley Williams

      I doubt it will actually retail at $130. We’ve been through this twice with TNG’s blu-ray sets. In both cases it was “too high” and in both cases it sold around $50-$60 which was “acceptable” to most people.

    • Don’t worry, it’ll be available for much less from the big online retailers. This is Enterprise after all.

  • JJ-R

    Wow, that is some disappointing cover art, especially since the three in the Facebook poll were all pretty strong as they were. Yes it’s a legit publicity photo, but it doesn’t feel representative of the show at all (it also looks awkwardly Photoshopped, due to certain head angles). The brown is terribly dull, and why is there a colon after ‘season’? (Hopefully the final version can remove that at least). I’m so thankful CBS is bringing this to Blu-ray, but this is an ill-considered public face for a worthy project.

    • JJ-R

      Ken Ross explains the design choice and that the cover incorporates comments about all three from the Facebook poll because there was no clear winner –

      • archer923

        Even though he said #2 had the most likes. Contradictory much Ken Ross…

    • Mat Rowe

      I hear you on the awkward photoshop. I whipped this up in about 25 minutes in shop. If a random at home can do it CBS can too. Looks way better.

  • Mike Jones

    The packaging on the DVD is immeasurably better, this is no doubt the standard case with a slipcover just like the Next Generation blu rays. The box art itself is pretty poor too, there’s not much going on. All 3 Facebook options were better. That promo cast picture looked bad back in 2001 and its no better today.

    • archer923

      You mean that horrible plastic box that took 3 steps to even reach the discs. No.

      • Mike Jones

        That’s the one. I really like the DVD packaging for all the TV series released in the UK (Voyager being my favourite) they where certainly original if a pain in the arse to open.

  • scarecroe

    This cover is so much better than the poll options. Can’t wait for this!

  • Muzer

    $120??? That’s insane, I thought it was a typo when I first read it. I didn’t realise you Americans had to pay so much (actually Amazon says $130 was the RRP for TNG remastered… WTF???) – at least for once it’s not us Brits being shafted with higher prices.

  • I don’t like the cover. Seems kind of misleading to me, they didn’t wear those EV suits that often. Are they trying to evoke “The Right Stuff”? The NX-01 crew certainly wasn’t the right stuff, lol.

  • Muzer

    (I posted before and it doesn’t seem to have appeared – fortunately the post had an error in it so hopefully it won’t suddenly appear now)

    $130??? That’s insane, I thought it was a typo when I first read it. I didn’t realise you Americans had TNG remastered so expensive… at least it’s not us Brits getting shafted with higher prices this time.

    • Ashley Williams

      If TNG is any indication I would expect this in the $50-$60 range. It too was priced way too high originally. The price dropped big time before it actually showed up.

  • Tony Todd’s Tears

    The heads look photoshoped onto the bodies

  • Justin Olson

    I would pay $129.99… for the entire series.

  • chris freeman

    The cover looks like that famous shot from “Armageddon.”

  • Neill Stringer

    I really dig this cover. Looking forward to this on Blu Ray as well as TNG

  • Neill Stringer

    Do you know if the UK release be the same week as the US?

  • Bjoernar Dohm

    I like the heroic feel about the cover art. What I dislike is that it doesn’t show Phlox or Reed.