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Star Trek Season Three  1968 - 69'

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

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Comparison: 

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

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Distribution

CBS Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 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

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

Bitrate: Original

Bitrate: CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Audio English - Dolby Digital 5.1 (remix) English - Dolby Digital 5.1 (remix), DUBs: Spanish or French mono
Subtitles English, none French, Spanish, , none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
CBS Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

ē 6 retrospective featurettes

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2004
Custom case

Chapters 8 per episode

Release Information:
Studio: CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Billy Blackburnís Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 3 (9 minutes)

• To Boldly GoÖ Season Three (22 minutes)
• Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig (7 minute)
• A Star Trek Collector's dream Come True (10 minute)
• Chief Engineer's Log (6 minutes)
• Memoir from Mr. Sulu (8 minutes)
• Star Trekís Impact (9 minute)
• Collectable Trek
• Captain's Log: Bob Justman (14 minutes)
• Every episode has original preview trailers

DVD Release Date:
November 18th, 2008
Custom case

Comments As with the remastered Season two (compared HERE) there are far too many differences between the original Paramount package of Star Trek - The Original Season Three and the new remastered one. 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 and they are a shade darker. Certainly the older issues were fairly dull in comparison. I wouldn't say detail is extravagantly improved (in some instances actually lessened - see Spectre of the Gun capture below) 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. What many fans were keen on was the 'Extended version' of The Cage found on the bonus disc (#7.) Unfortunately it is interlaced transferred with visible combing (see below.) All other episodes are progressive - quite a screw-up. The extended version has about 7.5 minutes more including flashbacks to black and white scenes during the episode and a Roddenberry comment at the end. 

 

I enjoyed a few of these Season three episodes - Spock's Brain, Spectre of the Gun, Day of the Dove, The Tholian Web, Whom Gods Destroy, The Way to Eden, The Cloud Minders and The Savage Curtain. I again admit to a fairly high level of anticipation to watching them again in their 'remastered' state with the 'new and improved' visual effects. It was kind of like viewing them for the first time. bastardized? Maybe - but this reviewer enjoyed rehashing the adventures with Roddenberry's wonderfully positive concept of the future leading the premise of each episode. Negatives? I hate the packaging (same as previous with no labels on the discs,) lack of English subtitles (how hard could this have been?) and the mess-up with The Cage extended transfer is a real sign of sloppiness.  I still hope these make it to Blu-ray one day with clearly labeled discs holding an entire season's worth of episodes. 

Gary Tooze

 


Remastered set:

Disc 1: Season 3, Episode 1: Spock's Brain, Original Air Dateó20 September 1968
             Season 3, Episode 2: The Enterprise Incident, Original Air Dateó27 September 1968
             Season 3, Episode 3: The Paradise Syndrome, Original Air Dateó4 October 1968
             Season 3, Episode 4: And the Children Shall Lead, Original Air Dateó11 October 1968
Disc 2: Season 3, Episode 5: Is There in Truth No Beauty?, Original Air Dateó18 October 1968
             Season 3, Episode 6: Spectre of the Gun, Original Air Dateó25 October 1968
             Season 3, Episode 7: Day of the Dove, Original Air Dateó1 November 1968
             Season 3, Episode 8: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky, Original Air Dateó8 November 1968
Disc 3: Season 3, Episode 9: The Tholian Web, Original Air Dateó15 November 1968
             Season 3, Episode 10: Plato's Stepchildren, Original Air Dateó22 November 1968
             Season 3, Episode 11: Wink of an Eye, Original Air Dateó29 November 1968
             Season 3, Episode 12: The Empath, Original Air Dateó6 December 1968
Disc 4: Season 3, Episode 13: Elaan of Troyius, Original Air Dateó20 December 1968
             Season 3, Episode 14: Whom Gods Destroy, Original Air Dateó3 January 1969
             Season 3, Episode 15: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, Original Air Dateó10 January 1969
             Season 3, Episode 16: The Mark of Gideon, Original Air Dateó17 January 1969
Disc 5: Season 3, Episode 17: That Which Survives, Original Air Dateó24 January 1969
             Season 3, Episode 18: The Lights of Zetar, Original Air Dateó31 January 1969
             Season 3, Episode 19: Requiem for Methuselah, Original Air Dateó14 February 1969
             Season 3, Episode 20: The Way to Eden, Original Air Dateó21 February 1969
Disc 6: Season 3, Episode 21: The Cloud Minders, Original Air Dateó28 February 1969
             Season 3, Episode 22: The Savage Curtain, Original Air Dateó7 March 1969
             Season 3, Episode 23: All Our Yesterdays, Original Air Dateó14 March 1969
             Season 3, Episode 24: Turnabout Intruder, Original Air Dateó3 June 1969

Disc 7: The Cage (1:03:26)

             The Cage  Extended version (1:10:54)

 

Sample DVD Menus

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

 

 


Screen Captures

 

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The Tholian Web

 

 


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The Empath

 

 

 


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Spectre of the Gun

 

 


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(CBS Paramount (Remastered) 'The Cage' - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. CBS Paramount (Remastered) - 'The Cage - extended version) Region 1 - NTSC BOTTOM)

NOTE: the extended version of The Cage on the remastered is interlaced (see 'combing')...

 

The Cage

 

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Distribution

CBS Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

CBS Paramount (Remastered)

Region 1 - NTSC



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