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Star Trek Season Two  1967 - 68'

Star Trek is a science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that aired from September 8, 1966 through September 2, 1969. Though the title of the original program was simply Star Trek, it has acquired the retronym Star Trek: The Original Series (sometimes shortened to ST:TOS or TOS), in order to distinguish the series from the sequels which followed (all of which comprise the Star Trek universe or franchise). Set in the 23rd century, Star Trek follows the adventures of the starship Enterprise and its crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), his First Officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and his Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). William Shatner's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose: "Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."

When Star Trek debuted on NBC in 1966, it was not an immediate hit; ratings were low and advertising revenue was lackluster. Even prior to the end of the first season of Star Trek, there were already calls in the network for the cancellation of the series due to its low Nielsen ratings. Bay area Creature Feature host John Stanley in his memoir I Was a TV Horror Host relates how Desilu head Lucille Ball at that time "single-handedly kept Star Trek from being dumped from the NBC-TV lineup." During the show's second season, the threat of cancellation loomed. The show's devoted fanbase conducted an unprecedented letter-writing campaign, petitioning NBC to keep the show on the air. Its fans succeeded in gaining a third season; however, NBC subsequently moved the show to the Friday Night Death Slot at 10 PM. Roddenberry resigned as line producer of Star Trek before the start of the final season to protest the changed timeslot, and was replaced by Fred Freiberger. NBC then substantially reduced Star Trek's budget which brought about a marked decline in the quality of many third season episodes.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

Promo

Theatrical Release: Season 2, Episode 1: Amok Time - Original Air Date: September 15th, 1967

Reviews       DVD Reviews

Comparison: 

CBS Paramount - Region 1- NTSC vs. CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) CBS Paramount - Region 1- NTSC LEFT

2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

DVD Box Cover

Distribution

CBS Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 50.26 X 24 - total 21 hours 50.26 X 24 - total 21 hours 50.26 X 24 - total 21 hours
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.46 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Avr. Disc Size:  44,854,206,483 bytes

Avr. Episode: 8,259,194,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 13.29 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Original

Bitrate: CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Bitrate: CBS Paramount Blu-ray

Audio English - Dolby Digital 5.1 (remix) English - Dolby Digital 5.1 (remix), DUBs: Spanish or French mono DTS-HD Master Audio English 4468 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4468 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, none French, Spanish, , none English, French, Portuguese Spanish, , none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
CBS Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• 6 retrospective featurettes

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2004
Custom case

Chapters 8 per episode

Release Information:
Studio: CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• To Boldly Go… Season Two (19 minutes) a
• Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy (12 minute)
• Kirk, Spock and Bones: Star Trek’s Great Trio (7 minute)
• Designing the Final Frontier (22 minutes)
• Star Trek’s Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols (13 minutes)
• Writer’s Notebook: DC Fontana (7 minutes).
• Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 2 (12 minutes)
• Star Trek’s Favorite Moments (16 minute)
• Star Trek: The Animated Series - episode More Tribbles, More Trials.
• Deep Space Nine episode #503.
“Trials”
• ”Trials and Tribble-Ations”: Uniting Two Legends (17 minutes)
• ”Trials and Tribble-ations”: An Historic Endeavor (16 minutes)
• Every episode has original preview trailers

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2008
Custom case

Release Information:
Studio: CBS Paramount

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Avr. Disc Size:  44,854,206,483 bytes

Avr. Episode: 8,259,194,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 13.29 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

 

Edition Details:

Disc 1:
Amok Time
Who Mourns for Adonais?
The Changeling
Mirror, Mirror
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 2 (HD)
Starfleet Access episode - Amok Time
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
Writing Spock

Disc 2:
The Apple
The Doomsday Machine
Catspaw
I, Mudd
Metamorphosis
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
Creating Chekov

Disc 3:
Journal to Babel
Friday's Child
The Deadly Years
Obsession
Wolf in the Fold
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
Listening to the Actors

Disc 4:
The Trouble With Tribbles
Special Feature: Brand New Audio Commentary by David Gerrold
Special Features:
The Trouble With Tribbles preview trailer
More Tribbles, More Troubles Episode From Star Trek®: The Animated Series (HD)
Audio Commentary by David Gerrold
Trials And Tribble-ations From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® (HD)
Trials And Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends
Trials And Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor
Star Trek®: The Original Series On Blu-ray
Starfleet Access episode - The Trouble With Tribbles
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled
Content To Go™ exclusively via Mobile Blu™
Spock's Mother

Disc 5:
The Gamesters Of Triskelion
A Piece Of The Action
The Immunity Syndrome
A Private Little War
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
"To Boldly Go..." Season Two
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled

Disc 6:
Return To Tomorrow
Patterns Of Force
By Any Other Name
The Omega Glory
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
Designing the Final Frontier
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled

Disc 7:
The Ultimate Computer
Bread And Circuses
Assignment: Earth
Special Features:
Preview trailers for each episode
Star Trek®'s Favorite Moments
Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana
Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy
Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek®'s Great Trio
Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols
Enhanced Visual Effects Credits
BD Live and Mobile Blu™ enabled


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 22nd, 2009
Custom Blu-ray case

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Blu-ray - September 2009: Firstly, this is some observations I've made about the Second Season set so far. Being a full 7, dual-layered, Blu-rays discs, it seems too much to cover totally in one review. I could have posted 100's more captures to indicate differences but this webpage is stacked as it stands.

Just like The First Season on Blu-ray  (And the 'remastered DVDs - see below) the 'enhanced effects' surface very rarely in each episode usually notable in the way space, planets, the Enterprise, photon torpedoes and sometimes the way the opening titles are depicted (it never effects people!). Paramount once again have NOT limited their Star Trek (TOS)
Blu-ray package with only the 'enhanced' effects (as the DVD and HD-DVD sets were). Purists didn't like the tinkering one bit - despite how minor it is - and the production offers, like the audio, two options described as - "Enhanced Effects" or "Original Effects" (see first sample below). Personally, as I stated with the HD-DVD version of Season One - I don't mind the new CGI bits and pieces that much, but giving the option is definitely the way to go - thanks Paramount. When 'enhanced' effects are shown my Momitsu flashes an 'Angle On' notification on the screen briefly to identify that the particular scene has the alternations (being a solid fan I'd certainly know regardless). It's not much anyhow and I don't know how other players will react but I find this a bit annoying. The allocation of episodes to discs mimic the remastered DVD set.

Advertised as "the best sound format possible", the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio at 4468 kbps is an extremely strong mix with excellent range and depth. There are many examples of separations with resounding bass and decent high-dend - it's quite impressive. Phasers, door closings and the quite rumble of the Enterprise engines all sound quite 'modern' and professional now. A two channel mono track is left for the purists and you can easily distinguish the differences in bass response and the higher end. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The set is 'region free' - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide. I verified this with my Momitsu - BDP -899.

Extras are extensive - stretching even beyond the featurettes, preview trailers for each episode and 'Animated Series' episode (More Tribbles, More Trials). Disc 4 is solely covering the 'Tribbles' but while this wasn't one of may favorites I have grown to appreciqat it. Fans have more than enough to indulge in and there is BD-LIVE and Mobile Blu functionality.

Season Two includes the classics Amok Time, Mirror, Mirror, The Doomsday Machine, Wolf in the Fold, The Gamesters of Triskelion, Bread and Circuses, and Assignment: Earth. I also admit to a fairly high level of anticipation to watching them again in 1080P especially with the 'new and improved' visual effects showing their HD development. Bastardized? Maybe - but this reviewer enjoyed rehashing the adventures with Roddenberry's wonderfully positive concept of the future leading the premise of each episode. Some fans can't get enough. Trekkies will want to indulge - especially if they were as keen as I was on The First Season on Blu-ray. I've found no flaws in this Season 2 package and it appears to be as competent as the first set in high-definition.  

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ON THE DVDs: I received a fair number of requests to identify the differences between the original Paramount package of Star Trek - The Original Season Two and the new remastered one. Unfortunately, it is a far too daunting task to categorically state all that exist. I've plucked away at it since I received my new set but I came to the conclusion that I may never finish - so my stated my cop-out. This comparison will help give a general idea.

Hopefully the below captures will give you an idea as to some of the differences.  It is essentially the episode openings (and titles) and space and planet orbiting scenes although there has been a general enhancement from those originally offered as two episodes on single-layered DVD. Purists may consider it blasphemy while others judge them as excellent upgrades. I was intrigued simply as one who enjoyed the original series and any minor (or major) visual alternations became a highly amusing curiosity. The new transfers have less noise and are generally more vibrant - sometimes the colors appearing less realistic. Certainly the older issues were fairly dull in comparison. I wouldn't say detail is extravagantly improved (in some instances lessened) but the original had substantial hairs, dirt, speckles and other worn markers that are obviously removed in this new remastered package.

Audio-wise the older release actually had a 5.1 remix but the remastered is quite a bit more satisfying being that much cleaner and crisper - plus an occasional new effect (if my memory serves correctly). Unfortunately where the older offered optional English subtitles - the newer has only options for French or Spanish.

Extras easily go to the newer release with some of the featurettes duplicated from the 2004 package. I liked the short Nichelle Nichols bit as well as the D.C. Fontana one and Designing the Final Frontier segment. Inclusion of an animated episode (More Tribbles, More Trials) and a Deep Space Nine one is actually unnecessary and smacks of filler. Unfortunately we lose the text commentaries for “Amok Time” and “The Trouble With Tribbles” found on the first package which many fans enjoyed.

 

I was never a Tribbles fan but admit to really loving some of the episodes of the original Star Trek - I actually hope this makes it to Blu-ray one day - such is my geek-dom. 

Gary Tooze

 


Remastered and Blu-ray sets:

Disc 1: Season 2, Episode 1: Amok Time, Original Air Date: 15 September 1967
             Season 2, Episode 2: Who Mourns for Adonais?, Original Air Date: 22 September 1967
Disc 2: Season 2, Episode 3: The Changeling, Original Air Date: 29 September 1967
             Season 2, Episode 4: Mirror, Mirror, Original Air Date: 6 October 1967
             Season 2, Episode 5: The Apple, Original Air Date: 13 October 1967
             Season 2, Episode 6: The Doomsday Machine, Original Air Date: 20 October 1967
Disc 3: Season 2, Episode 7: Catspaw, Original Air Date: 27 October 1967
             Season 2, Episode 8: I, Mudd, Original Air Date: 3 November 1967
             Season 2, Episode 9: Metamorphosis, Original Air Date: 10 November 1967
             Season 2, Episode 10: Journey to Babel, Original Air Date: 17 November 1967
Disc 4: Season 2, Episode 11: Friday's Child, Original Air Date: 1 December 1967
             Season 2, Episode 12: The Deadly Years, Original Air Date: 8 December 1967
             Season 2, Episode 13: Obsession, Season 2, Original Air Date: 15 December 1967
             Season 2, Episode 14: Wolf in the Fold, Original Air Date: 22 December 1967
Disc 5: Season 2, Episode 15: The Trouble with Tribbles, Original Air Date: 29 December 1967
Disc 6: Season 2, Episode 16: The Gamesters of Triskelion, Original Air Date: 5 January 1968
             Season 2, Episode 17: A Piece of the Action, Original Air Date: 12 January 1968
             Season 2, Episode 18: The Immunity Syndrome, Original Air Date: 19 January 1968
             Season 2, Episode 19: A Private Little War, Original Air Date: 2 February 1968
Disc 7: Season 2, Episode 20: Return to Tomorrow, Original Air Date: 9 February 1968
             Season 2, Episode 21: Patterns of Force, Original Air Date: 16 February 1968
             Season 2, Episode 22: By Any Other Name, Original Air Date: 23 February 1968
             Season 2, Episode 23: The Omega Glory, Original Air Date: 1 March 1968

Disc 8: Season 2, Episode 24: The Ultimate Computer, Original Air Date: 8 March 1968
             Season 2, Episode 25: Bread and Circuses, Original Air Date: 15 March 1968
             Season 2, Episode 26: Assignment: Earth, Original Air Date: 29 March 1968

Sample DVD Menus

(CBS Paramount - Region 1- NTSC LEFT vs. CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC RIGHT)
 

 

Blu-ray menu sample

 


Subtitle Sample (Remastered - RIGHT - has only French or Spanish sub options)

NOTE: the Blu-ray has optional English, French, Portuguese and Spanish subs

 

 


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Screen Captures

 

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2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) CBS Paramount (enhanced) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Who Mourns For Adonis?

 

 


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2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Amok Time

 


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3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) CBS Paramount (enhanced) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) CBS Paramount (enhanced) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

The opening of 'Who Mourns For Adonis?'

 


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Mirror, Mirror

 


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The Deadly Years

 

 

 


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2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) CBS Paramount (enhanced) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Wolf in the Fold

 

 


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2) CBS Paramount (Remastered) - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) CBS Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Wolf in the Fold

 

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 


DVD Box Cover

Distribution

CBS Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount

Region FREE - Blu-ray



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