A bold second season for Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise.
Perhaps not quite as good overall as season
one but the best episodes are rightly regarded
as classic (anyone for Tribbles?). Unfortunately, once again
the experience is badly marred by transfers that crawl with
dust, dirt, hairs and scratches. There is hardly a single
frame to be found without a defect of some type and to make
matters worse, random fluctuations in brightness, combined
with some very noticeable colour shifts and some very obvious
film grain, further spoil the viewing experience.
this was a collection of forgotten Latvian cinema classics
from the 1930s you could perhaps understand why there wasn't
a budget for restoration, but this is Star Trek - a
guaranteed banker - so why are we being subjected, yet again,
to such third rate material? Perhaps it's because Paramount
doesn't care? After all, it'll sell whatever the state of
the episodes, but we would have hoped that someone, somewhere
might have tried. Sadly, no one did and the resulting box
set is once again nowhere near what it could have been.
real proof of how little care Paramount took with this release
can been seen when watching The Trouble With Tribbles.
The episode was cleaned up for insertion into DS9 [Trials
And Tribulations] and as anyone who saw the finished results
will testify the join was seamless. But did that nice clean
print make it to DVD? No. In fact, the episode as presented
in the box set is amongst the grubbiest. The classic shot
of Kirk emerging from under the Tribbles is simply raked with
dust and emulsion damage.
Frankly, aside from some nice animated menus, there appears
to have been little thought put into this release. You'll
buy it, of course, if you're a devotee, but that's not the
point. As a fan of one of the most popular TV shows of all
time you'd have expected a little more care and attention
to have been paid to its presentation.
This is a stinker: complain to Paramount.
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