2013 has been TrekCore’s biggest year so far, with some of the best stories, interviews, and videos we’ve ever produced. We’re thankful for all of our readers who have been sharing and commenting along the way, but we know there are a lot of newcomers who have joined us over the last few months — and we want to catch you up on some of our favorites from this year!
We’re starting off with a look back at the huge amount of high-definition Trek released in 2013, from the crazy Into Darkness Blu-ray fiasco to interviews with the masterminds behind the brilliant Next Generation and Enterprise bonus features!
Whether you loved or loathed the film, it’s hard to deny that the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray was probably the most mishandled home media release of the franchise. It took our team the better part of a week to dig into every corner of the messy Into Darkness Blu-ray, working not only to track down what features were produced for the set, but also to decipher where people could find it all!
With six features on the retail release, twelve features spread across in-store exclusives (and international borders), and an audio commentary relegated to the iTunes digital release, we congratulate those of you who were able to find copies of every feature for your collection — but we still don’t get why Paramount made it so difficult for the rest of us.
This year continued the impressive roll out of The Next Generation to Blu-ray, with three complete seasons and three standalone features hitting stores throughout 2013 — and we published six in-depth reviews to go with each home media release.
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But we started off the year with a massive seven-part interview with TNG Blu-ray VAM producer Robert Meyer Burnett, covering everything from the archival research that goes into the newly-produced bonus features, to arranging the massive cast, crew, and production team reunions, to the future of the Trek Blu-ray releases.
Interview: Blu-ray VAM Producer Robert Meyer Burnett
We also dug deep into the Enterprise Season One Blu-ray release, where we shared our amazement at the raw candor expressed by the production team and writing staff — but we also expressed our frustration and disappointment at the resurgence of the dreaded retailer-exclusive bonus features which restricted a special look at “Shuttlepod One” to Best Buy’s low-rent streaming service.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to put together a review for Season Two due to some of our other major projects this year, but look for our Season Three Blu-ray review in January!
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We ended 2012 with the somewhat surprising news that all four seasons of Enterprise would be released on Blu-ray starting in 2013 — and in February, we spoke with Enterprise VAM producer Roger Lay, Jr., in a highly-detailed five-part interview covering everything from setting up the impressive “In Conversation” special with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga to the previously-unused behind-the-scenes specials produced during the series’ run.
Interview: Blu-ray VAM Producer Roger Lay, Jr.
Check back with us tomorrow as we recap our favorite Trek production articles of the year, with our best stories and insights from the people who helped bring the Trek television shows to life!