Following on his massively successful 2011 film The Captains, William Shatner recently featured in the 5-part documentary miniseries The Captains: Close Up which aired on the Epix premium cable channel. Each episode features an in-depth Shatnerian interview with one of the iconic actors behind the various Star Trek captains – Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine. The episodes also feature contributions from a number of other Star Trek cast and crew.

For those of you who were unable to catch it on Epix, the folks at eOne Entertainment are releasing the complete series of The Captains: Close Up on DVD this August 13th. At the moment we understand this title is just being released in the US, but we’ll be sure to let you know if international distribution becomes a reality. In the meantime, we’ve got the full product description from eOne:

The Captains Close Up is a five-episode miniseries, directed by and featuring William Shatner. Each episode focuses on one of the Captains of Star Trek: Sir Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks and of course, William Shatner, himself. Chris Pine, the newest Enterprise Captain, turns the tables to interview the original Captain of the Enterprise, William Shatner, and the two “Captain James T. Kirks” compare notes about love, life and family.

William Shatner speaks with each of the Captains of the Starship USS Enterprise for an up close interview of their life after Star Trek. Each half-hour is an intimate portrayal of these talented actors and includes interviews from the biggest names in the world of Star Trek including; Jonathan Frakes, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn, Rene Auberjonois, Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Robert Beltran, Ron Moore, Terry Farrell, Nana Visitor and Ira Steven Behr, to name a few.

The single-disc release is priced at $19.98 SRP right now. Running approximately 150 minutes long, this show is presented with anamorphic widescreen video, English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, and English subtitles. You can pre-order it right away from using the link below.

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  • DangerousDac

    I’d hate to be the guy who only posts here commenting on the cover art of Star Trek tie-in merchandise, but does Chris Pine’s head look awkwardly photoshopped on to anyone else? 😛

    • CaliburnCY

      LOL, yes.

    • That’s just what Chris Pine looks like, which is why he is perfect for the new Abrams Trek films, which also look awkwardly photoshopped (or, in the case of the script, cut-and-pasted).

  • archer9234

    Just give me both Shatner’s docs in a bluray set and I’m sold. It pisses me off when companies will put the extra work in making these things in HD. But never release them in HD.

    • SFSeries&Movies

      right U are!

  • I’m curious to know the difference between this and his original “The Captains” doc special.

    • trekcore

      This one has fully extended interviews, by all account making for a much better watch!

      • BeatleJWOL

        Do you need to have both, then, or will “Close Up” contain all the material from the original film?

        • trekcore

          Not sure yet, Beatle. I’m pretty sure “Close Up” will have everything, but I haven’t received the review copy yet. If I were to buy one it would be “Close Up” – it seems the longest version.

  • Platitude

    My problem with the Captains was that Shatner turned every interview around to himself, rather than the person he was interviewing. I’m not terribly interested in Shatner’s personal fears about death. Still it contained a lot of interesting tidbits.

    • trekcore

      From what I understand the miniseries has far more balance thanks to the increased time. Less Shatner ego, more of the actors…

  • pittrek

    So basically this is an extended version of “The Captains”, split in 30 minutes long episodes, correct ?

    • trekcore


      • pittrek