Paramount Home Media Distribution, on September 9, will release Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray set that includes Star Trek (2009), the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, previously released bonus features and also additional, never-before-seen material. StarTrek.com has details about the collection and an exclusive First Look at "Wet Suit," a clip from the new material.
Discs 1 and 2 are devoted to Star Trek (2009) and include a high-definition version of the film, commentaries by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci, as well as a variety of extras exploring casting, starships, aliens, planets, the score, Gene Roddenberry's vision and more. Fans can also enjoy deleted scenes with optional commentary, a Starfleet vessel simulator, a gag reel and trailers.
Discs 3 and 4 put the focus on Star Trek Into Darkness, with Disc 3 featuring the IMAX/high-definition edition of STID as well as enhanced commentary. Disc 4 is filled with nearly 20 featurettes, including The Enemy of My Enemy (which looks at keeping the villain's identity a secret), Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock (which examines Leonard Nimoy's cameo), The Sound and Music (conversations with composer Michael Giacchino and sound designer Ben Burtt) and Safety First (which revisits an amusing prank pulled on members of the cast). Then there are trailers and deleted scenes. Among the brand-new material is a gag reel, and two new featurettes: Fitting the Future (about the costumes) and Property of Starfleet (sourcing and tracking the film's many props).
Star Trek: The Compendium will be available on September 9. It will sell for the suggested retail price of $39.99.
And so it began. Twenty years ago, on September 1, 1994, media outlets around the United States received a six-page-long press release – via fax; remember those?! -- that announced the casting for Star Trek: Voyager, which would debut on the new “United/Paramount network” in January 1995. The release touted that “Academy Award-Nominated Actress Genevieve Bujold Makes Television Debut as First-Ever Female Captain of ‘Star Trek,’” and it offered a synopsis of the plot, noting that the show “chronicles the adventures of the Starship USS Voyager which finds itself in a distant part of the galaxy along with a former enemy, the Maquis. Together, they must find their way back to Federation space."
The release then provided a breakdown of the cast and their credits, as well as their respective Voyager roles. Bujold, for example, was to play Capt. Elizabeth Janeway, while Tim Russ had a role in the “upcoming Star Trek: Generations.” Roxann Dawson was originally billed as Roxann Biggs-Dawson, while Robert Picardo was listed as playing Doc Zimmerman. Kes was described as “the delicate, beautiful young lover of Neelix.”
The public relations firm of Bender, Goldman & Helper handled the publicity for Voyager, as it had for The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Some media outlets received the initial Voyager release by snail mail, while others received it, as noted, via fax.
Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional dips into the Star Trek Archive.
The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Klingon Vor’Cha class, USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and Klingon Bird-of-Prey will all take flight this month as Star Trek Metal Earth 3D metal model kits from Fascinations. Each Star Trek kit consists of two four-inch square sheets of stainless steel. Assembly is easy: just pop out the pieces from the sheet and connect using tabs and holes. No glue is required and the models can be assembled without tools, although tweezers or needle-nose pliers are a great help to bend the tabs and save modelers from sore fingers. The sizes of the finished 3D models range from about 3.5” to 4.5” inches.
Bird of Prey
Each model will be sold separately and will cost $12.95. Visit www.Fascinations.com to purchase.
She was the second Federation ship to proudly bear the name U.S.S Enterprise. She was nearly identical, externally, to the U.S.S. Enterprise refit. She was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A, commissioned in 2286 at the San Francisco Fleet Yards. The ship was called into action – with James T. Kirk in command following his demotion from admiral to captain -- while still undergoing repairs following a less-than-successful shakedown cruise and was soon after commandeered by Sybok, a Vulcan zealot. Sybok led the ship to Sha Ka Ree, a planet beyond the Great Barrier that was supposedly home to God. Kirk and crew eventually regained control of the Enterprise-A with help from an unlikely ally, Klingon Ambassador Kordd.
By the 2290s, the Enterprise-A had been outfitted to join a handful of other Starfleet ships in investigating gaseous planetary anomalies. Then, in 2293, the ship was poised to be retired – along with most of her crew – when Kirk and company were ordered to escort Klingon Chancellor Gorkon to Earth for the earliest stages of the Khitomer Accords negotiations. The negotiations were nearly derailed by a conspiracy between Romulan, Klingon and Starfleet figures, among them Lt. Valeris of the Enterprise, that left Gorkon dead and Kirk and McCoy framed for his death and imprisoned. However, Spock defied orders, leading the Enterprise on a mission to save Kirk and McCoy.
Later, once Valeris and the conspiracy plot had been exposed, Klingon General Chang and his Bird-of-Prey still stood between the Enterprise and reaching the Khitomer Conference in time to prevent the assassination of Gorkon’s daughter, and newly installed Chancellor, Azetbur. The Bird-of-Prey, which could fire while cloaked, attacked the Enterprise and then also the Excelsior, which was under the command of Captain Sulu. Thinking on their feet, the Enterprise crew rejiggered the new equipment that had been installed for investigating gaseous planetary anomalies and used it to locate the cloaked Bird-of-Prey. The Enterprise and Excelsior destroyed the Bird-of-Prey and raced to Khitomer, where they successfully thwarted the assassination attempt. Starfleet Command then recalled the Enterprise-A so it could be finally be decommissioned, but Kirk couldn’t resist taking the ship out for one last mission.
StarTrek.com's look at the USS Enterprise-A continues our ongoing celebration of the Ships of the Line, which will carry on from now until the end of the year. The latest in the bestselling Ships of the Line calendar series is available now; visit www.Amazon.com to purchase the 2015 Ships of the Line calendar. And if you're an artist or designer, be sure to enter the Ships of the Line Design Contest, under way now, for a chance to have your art featured in the 2016 Ships of the Line calendar. Click HERE to enter.
The answer, overwhelmingly, is... Jean-Luc Picard. And the latest StarTrek.com poll question was Which Star Trek Captain was best under pressure? More than 28,000 fans voted, choosing from Jonathan Archer, Kathryn Janeway, James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard and Benjamin Sisko. Here are the results:
Jean-Luc Picard (48%)
Kathryn Janeway (22%)
James T. Kirk (16%)
Benjamin Sisko (9%)
Jonathan Archer (4%)
So, how did YOUR choice fare?
Last week, former Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman tweeted a photo of a script cover page that read Star Trek: The Next Generation -- "The Movie," which credited the story to Berman and Maurice Hurley and the screenplay to Hurley. Berman captioned the tweet as follows: "Never seen, never produced 'first' TNG movie. Story by me and Hurley, screenplay by Hurley. Wasn't half bad."
Several fans tweeted Berman asking for additional details, imploring him to share the whole thing publicly or to at least "Give us the pitch. 140 characters or less." Berman let the mystery hang in the air. StarTrek.com reached out to Berman to ask what prompted him to tweet that photo now and to try to pry from him a couple of plot details.
"What prompted me was that I found the story of one version and the script of the other in a box," Berman wrote back. "The studio wanted two scripts written. They and I chose the one to be produced (which, of course, was Star Trek Generations). No elements of it (the unused script) went into any film we made."
Fair enough. But how about some small tease of the unused storyline? "Nothing about the plot...," he added. "Sorry."