After the failure of the HD-DVD format, Star Trek has finally entered the world of HD on the Blu-Ray format.
Note on the picture size, Star Trek was shot on 4:3 in the 60s and Paramount have used the original filming negatives to get best picture conversion quality, doing this process in 16:9 would cut almost a quarter of the picture you would see, so they have quite rightly stuck with 4:3. So you can be assured there is nothing wrong with your TV or player. The picture is supposed to be like that, if you have a TV & player like mine, it will auto adjust for best picture quality & size. You'll see that the optimal picture will run in 16:9 mode, but will look slightly bigger than 4:3. Watching in actual 4:3 mode makes the picture look "squashed".
A nice option is being able to view/listen the episodes in either their very original effects from the 60s or their new enhanced effects. This lets fans have their cake and eat it too. You can even switch from the new/old effects as you're watching, however with the other effects option being treated as another "angle" for you to view, you'll find your player pops up with a new angle notification every time a special effect comes up. I found this quite an annoyance and had to turn off my on-screen messages on my player to get rid of it. Check your player's display setup if something similar happens to you.
On the new effects themselves, at first I really didn't like the outer space shots of planets & the Enterprise, I thought looked pretty fake & very CG looking. Other shots such as simple things like stars going by on a window/display screen were great and integrate seamlessly. Other shots such as vibrant lighted buildings put into the background on populated planets I thought was a nice touch and they look great as well. Nice touches like that make it that little more believable, especially for this show when trying to keep it cheap was the priority over making it look good. It will take you a bit to get use to the new look Enterprise and planets but I've nothing but praise for the other enhanced effect shots.
Special features that were on the DVD version are also on this version as well, difference from the DVD is that these features are spread throughout all 8 discs and not on 1 "features" disc. Also included is a nice documentary on the changes made in getting Star Trek to enter the HD world and the "Enterprise Inspection Tour" is also available.
Overall a very good buy at £50, packed with a lot of special features every Star Trek fan will enjoy. I look forward to seeing the rest of the shows on HD.
There's nothing else left for me to say apart from:
Ahead Warp Factor 2!