With the renaissance of high definition remastering currently underway throughout the Star Trek franchise, TrekCore can exclusively reveal that plans are afoot at CBS for a high definition Blu-Ray release of Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Speaking exclusively to TrekCore.com in our extensive 7-part interview on TNG Remastered, Robert Meyer Burnettconfirmed that CBS is formulating plans to bring Star Trek's oft-forgotten Animated Series to Blu-Ray:
There are plans afoot to bring The Animated Series to Blu-ray
Just to tease even more, Robert mentioned that he's already started brainstorming ideas for the release (presumably with Trek VAM partner Roger Lay Jr.), and revealed:
I have an idea that would be crazy to pull off, but if we could it would be really interesting
Given the amazing quality of VAM we've had so far with The Next Generation and (soon to be released) Enterprise, we'll be very excited to learn what crazy ideas are on the table!
Star Trek: The Animated Series was released on DVD back in 2006 at which point we believe it was given a fresh HD transfer. This should make porting the show over to Blu-Ray a far simpler prospect for CBS if an HD remaster already exists. The show aired originally between 1973 and 1974 and a total of 22 episodes were broadcast.
What do you think about plans for a Blu-Ray release of The Animated Series? What special features would you like to see? And just what could this 'crazy idea' of Rob Burnett's be? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: Robert has been in touch with TrekCore and asked us to clarify that his comments on an Animated Series Blu-Ray release were just his opinion and assumptions. He has no first hand knowledge that CBS plans to release the series, he just hopes it to be the case one day.
TrekCore will of course keep you up-to-date with all the developments of Star Trek: The Animated Series's transition to blu-ray, so make sure you check back regularly for all the latest news!