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CIC Video (sometimes pronounced "kick video") was the licensed distributor of Star Trek VHS releases in the UK and Australia in the 1980s and 1990s.

Originally created as the home video division of Cinema International Corporation in 1973, CIC Video became a joint venture of the home video divisions of Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios in 1981, following the reorganisation of CIC into United International Pictures.

CIC Video released episodes of The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, typically in a two-episode-per-tape format. It also released all the Star Trek motion pictures up to and including Star Trek: Insurrection in "complete" boxed sets, as well as on individual tapes.

The company also produced themed boxsets, including:

Shortly after the end of the Next Generation, a set of TV movies was released, for which all the two-part episodes of that series were edited together to produce feature-length episodes. The last in this set ("All Good Things...") featured the uncut version of the episode. While it had been previously released as a limited edition video, this was the first time it was on general release as the original (as part of the series) was the two-part syndication version, which had had some scenes removed (e.g. the meeting between Picard and the elderly Q in the future timeline).

The joint venture was dissolved in 1999, with Star Trek releases being taken over by Paramount Home Entertainment in December 1999; the new company maintaining catalog number continuity across the titles.

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