Paramount, CBS Celebrating 55th Anniversary of ‘Star Trek’ With New Blu-ray, 4K Releases

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the “Star Trek” franchise, Paramount Home Entertainment Sept. 7 will release a new Blu-ray Steelbook collection of the original series, as well as a boxed set of the first four “Trek” movies on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.

The first episode of the original “Star Trek” series aired Sept. 8, 1966. The sci-fi adventure chronicled the adventures of the starship Enterprise in the 23rd Century and starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy.

CBS Home Entertainment is re-releasing the remastered Blu-ray editions of the show’s three seasons (1966-69) in collectible Steelbook packaging. The 20-disc Star Trek: The Original Series — The Complete Series set also includes nine hours of cast and crew interviews, commentaries, documentaries and archival materials.

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Meanwhile, Paramount is releasing the new Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection boxed set containing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Newly remastered from original elements, each film is presented with Dolby Vision and HDR 10. The set also comes with a digital copy of each film, and a regular Blu-ray copy of each film with hours of previously released bonus content.

Each of the original four “Star Trek” films will also be available individually on Blu-ray.

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original “Star Trek” series, including Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. When an unidentified alien intruder threatens Earth, Kirk returns to duty in command of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise. This is the original theatrical cut and features Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic overture.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan includes both the original theatrical and director’s cuts. In the film, on routine training maneuvers, Admiral Kirk seems resigned that this may be the last space mission of his career. But an adversary from the past has returned with a vengeance. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalbán) — brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth — has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen the top-secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk.

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk’s defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock is dead and McCoy is inexplicably being driven insane. Then a surprise visit by Spock’s father provides a startling revelation: McCoy is harboring Spock’s living essence. Kirk attempts to steal the U.S.S. Enterprise and defy Starfleet’s Genesis planet quarantine to search for his friend, but the Klingons are planning a deadly rendezvous.

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when a mysterious alien power threatens the atmosphere of Earth in the 23rd century, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco to save mankind. Exploring this strange new world, they encounter punk rock, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything in the far reaches of the galaxy.

To mark the 35th anniversary of Star Trek IV, Fathom Events will bring the film to select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 22, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local screening times. This special 35th anniversary screening will also include the featurette “Three Picture Saga,” which traces the unofficial “Star Trek Trilogy” storyline that begins in Star Trek II, continues in Star Trek III and concludes in Star Trek IV. A list of participating cinemas and tickets are available at www.fathomevents.com.

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In addition, Paramount and the Paramount+ streaming service have announced that a full restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition is underway.

To meet its release date in December 1979, the filmmakers behind Star Trek: The Motion Picture were famously behind schedule in completing post-production work, preventing director Robert Wise from fine-tuning the final cut. Later, a television version added scenes back in, but some containing unfinished visual effects.

In 2001, Wise was given the chance to re-edit the film and replace several visual effects shots for a DVD director’s edition, but the final master was completed in standard-definition.

Thus, the restored version of the director’s edition will be prepared in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The restoration will be overseen by producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman, all of whom worked previously with Wise, who died in 2005.

The restoration is expected to take six to eight months and is expected to launch in 2022 with an exclusive window on Paramount+.

‘Dolittle’ Coming to Digital March 24, Disc — Including 4K — April 7

Dolittle will arrive on digital March 24 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand April 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Robert Downey Jr. plays Dr. Dolittle, a man who can talk to animals. The cast also includes the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, John Cena and Tom Holland, among others.

After losing his wife, Dolittle he locks himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his animal friends — including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani) and the polar bear Yoshi (Cena); and a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson).

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The film earned $161.7 million at the global box office.

The 4K disc includes HDR+.

Bonus features include:

  • “Talk to the Animals,” a peek at the fun the cast had giving each of the animals their unique voice;
  • “Robert Downey Jr. & Harry: Mentor and Mentee,” about the unique bond the two actors formed on-set, and how Downey took the film’s young co-star under his wing;
  • “Becoming the Good Doctor,” about how Downey transformed into the iconic Dolittle;
  • “Antonio Banderas: Pirate King,” in which Banderas discusses what attracted him to the project, his experiences working with Downey and what he brought to the role of King Rassouli;
  • “The Wicked Dr. Mudfly,” about the nefarious villain Dr. Blair Müdfly with Michael Sheen diving into his character’s motivations for being Dolittle’s foil; and
  • “A Most Unusual House,” about the unique rooms and modifications that allow Dolittle to house anyone or anything, big or small.

 

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HDR10+ Licensing, Logo Certification Program Begins

HDR10+ Technologies LLC June 20 announced the start of the new licensing and logo certification program for HDR10+ technology.

HDR10+ is the royalty-free, open standard dynamic metadata platform for High Dynamic Range (HDR), which optimizes picture quality for 4K Ultra HD displays and improves the viewing experience for all audiences.

The new HDR10+ technology optimizes picture quality for 4K Ultra HD displays by using dynamic tone mapping to reflect frame to frame or scene to scene variations in brightness, color saturation, and contrast. The resulting enhanced viewing experience can now be easily provided on a wide range of displays bringing the viewing experience much closer to the original creative intent for the content.

The HDR10+ license and logo certification is available to interested companies that meet HDR10+ technical and testing specifications. The HDR10+ certification program qualifies the compliance based on different device categories and their technical performance to ensure that HDR10+ compliant products meet high standards for picture quality.

An on-pack HDR10+ logo signifies a product’s certification. The royalty-free adoption of HDR10+ for content production, distribution and consumption currently has more than 40 supporting companies.

“The new HDR10+ licensing and certification program represents a technological step forward for next generation displays,” said Danny Kaye, EVP of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Managing Director of the Fox Innovation Lab. “HDR10+ improves the viewing experience for all audiences by delivering higher picture quality to a wider range of affordable TVs and devices.”

The HDR10+ platform was also designed to allow for future development and innovation in order to deliver a more powerful technology in the years to come.

LG Launches Compact CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in U.S.

LG Electronics has launched its LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in the United States, “allowing any room in the house to turn into a movie theater,” according to a press release from the company.

The projector will be available at select U.S. retailers starting this week at a suggested retail price of $2,999.99.

“The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector is a true game changer in the projector market,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA, in a statement. “Portability and versatility combined with 4K technology delivers the ultimate large-screen home cinema experience in a compact size. This projector will lead the way in changing how consumers view 4K content in any room at home.”

“LG’s engineers and designers took on the challenge of downsizing the LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector without sacrificing image quality,” according to the release. “The result is a premium device half the size of most competing 4K projectors while remaining price competitive.”

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector earned the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award for “its bright, detailed 4K picture quality and sleek, compact design delivering the ultimate home cinema experience,” LG noted. The company also noted its inclusion in the latest edition of Red Dot’s Best of the Best Product Design Award.

“With more high-quality video content and formats available to consumers, demand is accordingly rising for a device with the versatility to display streaming content as easily as Blu-ray,” the release noted.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser projector can create a 150-inch screen at 2,500 lumens, making it LG’s brightest projector, according to LG. It also supports HDR 10 content.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser’s portable size and upright design are made possible thanks to its mirrorless I-shaped engine, which allows the projection of high-quality images whether the device is on the floor, mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling, according to the release. The projector also features a carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector serves as a lens cover to protect the projector from dust when stored. On the audio side, the projector includes two 7W + 7W stereo speakers for sound “without the need for external speakers or a soundbar,” according to LG.

LG’s embedded webOS smart platform allows viewers access to online streaming services offering 4K content, according to the company. Standard connectivity options also include ports for USB, Ethernet and HDMI, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse.

LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector