Star Trek: Origins – New “Best of TOS” Blu-ray Details

To coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray, Paramount Home Entertainment is planning a special "Best Of" release for Star Trek The Original Series. The single disc release ties together some of the key identifying themes from the iconic series and is titled Star Trek Origins, scheduled for a release date of September 10, 2013.

Amazon.com have a full description of the contents of the set which we've listed below

Here are the Origin episodes of the most significant characters from Star Trek: The Original Series introduced by Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry:

The Cage: the pilot that started it all and introduced Captain Pike and Spock.
Where No Man Has Gone Before: the first time Captain Kirk is seen at the helm of the Enterprise.
Space Seed: the debut of super villain, Khan.
Errand of Mercy: the crew's first encounter with the barbaric Klingons.
Trouble with Tribbles: the arrival of the cute, but catastrophic creatures.

Now own and witness the first appearances of these captivating characters that graced the final frontier!

TOS 1x22: "Space Seed" TOS 1x26: "Errand of Mercy"

The mention of special episode introductions by Gene Roddenberry's son Rod Roddenberry will certainly be a bonus for many fans. As for episode selection, the choices represent a very nice introduction to many of the franchise's major elements (especially the Klingons and the topical Khan). However, with the absence of such classics as "Balance of Terror" (first appearance of the Romulans) and "Mirror, Mirror" (first appearance of the mirror universe) it would appear that the release leaves the door wide open for a sequel at some stage.

Star Trek Origins has a release date of September 10 and you can pre-order it for $24.99 right now over at Amazon.com using the link below.

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  • Josh Metcalfe

    I can understand having The Cage, but The Menagerie is a better episode as it tells the story of The Cage and you get great character development on Spock.

    • http://www.mawazi.com Mawazi

      Unfortunately, “The Menagerie” is a two-parter, so they would have to drop both “The Cage” and one of the other episodes.

  • Zeffy

    Space Seed is rather dull, and completely unremarkable aside from the fact that it happens to introduce us to a villain who would later be significant (although a completely different character than in STID, so rather pointless on that front). City on the Edge of Forever, Amok Time or Mirror, Mirror should have been on instead. Even Arena, Balance of Terror, Journey to Babel or The Doomsday Machine would have been more “classic” choices. Presumably if this does well, we’ll see some of those on a follow-up.

  • burtyb73

    a good choice of episodes, prominently emphasising characters, races, creatures etc that featured in the jj movies. i find it interesting that they have gone for the ‘hero’ cover, rather than something kitschy and 60s retro. i have to question whether or not this set would have functioned better as a star trek primer if it had been bundled into a limited edition box set with into darkness.

  • Chris

    I think this is a disappointing release, in that it seems incomplete. “Balance of Terror” would have introduced the Romulans, while “Amok Time” or “Journey to Babel” would have been a first look at the Vulcans or Sarak respectively. I think the Star Trek Fan Collective DVDs suffered from the same problem of omitting significant episodes, though to be fair the episodes included on those sets were the result of voting by fans. I agree with burtyb73 that this Blu-ray seems like something that should come with Into Darkness as part of a special or limited edition package.

  • Frequent Guest

    Is it really all that difficult for Paramount to give us new transfers (True 1080p versions!) of the movies!?

  • boe

    I don’t like the CGI special effects
    version at all.
    It would be cool if CBS would clean up
    the TOS special effects or even recompose them the way they do to
    TNG.

    • Simon

      The Blu-ray has seamless branching with the original effects in place of the CG if you prefer. They’re hideously grainy & noisy.

      I believe that the elements for those shots no longer exist, no a TNG style recomp is impossible.

    • http://www.mawazi.com Mawazi

      I agree, boe. I think the CBS Digital crew should have stuck with keeping everything the same, just re-mastered for the higher resolution format. It’s a slippery slope when you start tweaking the original compositions. The new visual FX shots (space scenes) should have been made to look exactly the same as the original compositions, just at HD resolution.

    • pittrek

      Exactly. I have seen the new CGI effects and while they are pretty impressive, they still look like CGI effects. Now, after God knows how many years am I watching the version with the original effects and they definitely don’t look as bad as I remembered them. And they fit the live action footage perfectly. Unfortunately they didn’t even try to clean them up for the blurays :-(

  • Colin

    I have the complete three seasons on blu-ray already. I am happy for the most part with the remastering. There are times when I moan and groan when the Enterprise looks like a plastic toy in space. However, I am able to overlook this for I have loved this series since I first saw it as a child.

    Now, as for this new product, why should I put money into this? I can’t think of a reason. I think this is an attempt to cash on the most recent film, and to form connections between things seen in that episode and in the film. And, I don’t think it helps the film. Some of the episodes, like “The Trouble with Tribbles”, I feel are better written than the most recent film.

  • Moeskido

    Looks like another one of those gift items for the Trek fan who’s too polite to tell you he already has everything.

  • pittrek

    Wow, what a cash-in release. Do you want to make some more money on Star Trek in HD ? Then release the director cuts of the movies dammit

    • archer9234

      Yeah, I’d want that too. But Paramount controls that. CBS doesn’t.

  • StalwartUK

    Looks like this is also getting released in other countries. There’s a listing for it on Amazon.co.uk with a release date of September 2: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DPL32S8

  • http://www.scream-movie.net/ Charles Petrosky

    Overpriced IMO. If they had included some new bonus features (or maybe even some of the existing stuff) I might be willing to spend $25 but as it is I don’t think this release is worth more than $10. A decent stocking stuffer for someone introduced to Trek through JJ’s movies perhaps, or good for classic Trek fans on a budget, but at $25 it’s not a good value.

  • Jon Witchell

    I wonder if for “The Cage”, we’ll finally get the full b/w Roddenberry print audio, with Malachi Throne’s original voice as The Keeper, and thus the original, non-Menagerie cues and pauses? One can hope…