|Posted: 09 January 2017 at 3:02am | IP Logged | 8
You were right the first time, Brian. Not at all belated.
Cracked the Blu-Ray open, tonight, and watched all of the featurettes. In total, their three-hour runtime add up to the very best of the 50th anniversary STAR TREK documentaries we've gotten, over the past year. In-depth, interesting, and slickly-produced. The clips from the cutting room floor are interwoven throughout all of the talking head interviews, although the last of the featurettes is devoted just to more of the footage. And, fortunately, there are no anachronistic uses of CGI material from the Remastered episodes within the featurettes. It's all very historically-accurate.
All in all, this release features an immensely-enjoyable and very well-produced set of mini-documentaries. There's some stunning unused/alternate footage in there, too--like an alternate take of Matt Decker's "There was--but not any more!" speech, Khan reaffirming his hold over McGivers as he prepares to take over the Enterprise, McCoy kissing Yeoman Barrows, etc. There are also snippets of the tag scene from "Who Mourns For Adonais?" (where Palamas is revealed to be pregnant), among other off-discussed bits we've heard and speculated about, over the years. Raw effects elements, bloopers, and camera tests, too.
I also about fell out of my seat at all of the gorgeous, HD bluescreen shots of the Enterprise model (as well as the Botany Bay, shuttlecraft, and station K-7) as it was being filmed on the effects stage. They even recomposited some of these shots against a starfield for effect, and the results are jaw-dropping--the way the ship was always intended to look onscreen, but never quite did, due to the limits of 1960s optical compositing. Absolutely glorious.
I haven't even gotten to the episodes which are presented on the discs, yet, which will be worth another look for the music-only and audio commentary tracks. Aside from that, they should be the same as presented in the season-set Blu-Rays, including the option to watch the Remastered versions, as well as the originals.
At first glance, this release might seem like a bit of a letdown--there's not as much unused footage as one might think, and the bulk of this release is talking heads and a reissuing of episodes (the ones most relevant to the footage shown in the featurettes) most fans already own on disc. But, for a hardcore fan, this is pretty much a must-buy. And a wonderful--if belated--50th anniversary (and birthday!) gift.