2016 is the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s creation of Star Trek. While that milestone will certainly be met with a lot of rebranded merchandise from rights holders CBS and Paramount Pictures, it’s also cause for celebration among Star Trek fans. Not only will they get to see a new feature film this July in the form of Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond–with a new TV series to follow in early 2017–but if a new report is to be believed, they’ll also be enjoying some old classics in a new format.
As The Digital Bits reports (via TrekNews), Star Trek: The Animated Series will be getting a Blu-ray release in time for the holiday season this year. Though the series was previously released on DVD in 2006 with commentary tracks, text commentary, a “making of” documentary, a storyboard gallery and a history of the series, it’s not clear as of this writing whether or not the Blu-ray will include updated bonus material. Regardless, fans of the 22-episode, two-season series that ran from 1973 to 1974 on NBC will be able to pick up the series on a Blu-ray format later this year. But that’s not all!
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will be undergoing a 4K remastering for Blu-ray release this year as well. Director Nicholas Meyer is involved in the release, which will also include an Extended Cut along with the Theatrical Cut of the film. (There might also be a 4K Ultra HD release of The Wrath of Khan this year, but that’s not quite as clear yet.) Additionally, both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness will be getting a re-release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this summer. Star Trek Beyond is likely to be released in that format later this year, just in time for the holiday season.
Keep your eyes peeled for more updated re-releases, special bonus features, and remastered editions throughout the year as Star Trek and its legions of fans continue to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. And be sure to check out our recent Star Trek-related coverage at the links below:
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