It will be an all-things Star Trek happening during the month of June as Paramount Home Media joins the 4K Ultra HD party with its first two selections, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. These will be 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Packs and the street date will be on June 14.
Of the major “Hollywood” studios, only Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment remain on the 4K Ultra HD sidelines. Paramount joins Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century-Fox and Sony Pictures in supporting this newly launched format.
Already opportunities have been missed, most notably Disney’s failure use the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a touchstone for their entry into the 4K Ultra HD market. And even those studios that have jumped in have been a little slow on pushing the promotional buttons (this could be the result of, at this point, of a consumer base to support product releases in any meaningful manner).
As to bonus goodies, director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reimaging of the Enterprise crew, Star Trek, comes with a commentary option — he is joined by producers Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci — plus there are deleted scenes, a gag reel and nine production featurettes. These are: “To Boldly Go,” “Casting,” “A New Vision,” “Starships,” “Aliens,” “Planets,” “Props and Costumes,” “Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek,” “Gene Roddenberry’s Vision,” “Score” and “Starfleet Vessel Simulator.”
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams’ 2013 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, also features a commentary, over a dozen featurettes, including “Creating the Red Planet,” “The Voyage Begins … Again” and “The Klingon Home World,” deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Not done yet!
June 7 will see a massive 41-disc Blu-ray presentation of Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Original Series and the following week, June 14, Paramount will be releasing 20-disc Blu-ray collection of Star Trek: The Complete Original Series.