First Four “Star Trek” Films Make 4K Debuts

This September marks the 55th anniversary of the first Star Trek episode. It aired for only three seasons, but spawned countless future series, toys, books, games and of course, movies. While the first film was considered a critical and commercial disappointment, the next three films received much better reception. Paramount has remastered these first four pics and will release them in a special collection this fall, in both 4K UHD and Blu-ray.

Of course, there are a few things this set is missing. For one, the maligned fifth and beloved sixth entries aren't included, with no announcement of a future release date. And while The Wrath of Khan features both the theatrical and director's cuts, the first film only has the theatrical. (The director's cut is considered by many to be an improvement, though with some less-than-stellar special effects.) Still, each disc comes packed with special features, though only the first film features any new content.

And for intense fans, the original series will be available on Blu-ray in collectible Steelbook packaging. Fathom Events will also show The Voyage Home in theaters on August 19 and 22.

Both box sets will be released on September 7.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.