(written from a Production point of view)
|The Original Series • The Animated Series • Star Trek films • The Next Generation|
The first releases of the series on Betamax in the US took place in 1980. Paramount Home Video issued five volumes with two episodes each under the "Television Classics" banner. A further one-off release took place in 1982 under the Paramount Gateway Video label of the episode "Space Seed" coinciding with the theatrical release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
A complete release of the series would eventually follow starting from 1985. Paramount issued episodes in batches (or Groups as they called them) every few months in broadcast order (though the tapes were numbered in production order). Each tape contained a single episode and each Group had around 10 episodes each. Both parts of "The Menagerie" were issued on a single tape. These releases concluded in 1988 with the release of Groups 7 and 8 which contained the remaining episodes.
"The Cage" was released twice. The first had the black & white scenes from Gene Roddenberry's copy of the original episode and was released in November 1986. Following the discovery of the missing color scenes a "All-Color Collector's Edition" was released in 1989.
|Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3|
Box sets and other collections
|54||No image yet.||September 1987||60040-43|
|69||No image yet.||April 1988||60040-71|
|80||No image yet.||
Box sets and other collectionsEdit
|Star Trek - Television Classics Volume 1||No image yet.||1980|
|Star Trek - Television Classics Volume 2||No image yet.||1980|
|Star Trek - Television Classics Volume 3||No image yet.||1980|
|Star Trek - Television Classics Volume 4||1980|
|Star Trek - Television Classics Volume 5||No image yet.||1980|
|Star Trek: Space Seed||No image yet.||July 1982||60040|
|Star Trek - The Collector's Edition||
A few Betamax tapes were issued in the UK by CIC Video and other labels in the early 1980s. All of these releases used packaging identical to the VHS releases with sometimes only a sticker being placed on the cover and spine to tell them apart.
|Release||Cover||Episodes||Certificate||Release Date||Catalogue Number|
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Trouble with Tribbles
|N/A||May 1982||VCF 1/081|
|N/A||June 1982||VCF 1/080|
Dagger of the Mind
|N/A||June 1982||VCF 1/082|
Trouble with Tribbles
|PG||April 1983||VHL 2057|
|PG||December 1983||VHL 2075|
|PG||October 1984||VHR 2084|
- ↑ "Special Home Video Version" - Due to copyright issues the original recording of the music "Goodnight, Sweetheart" was replaced.
- ↑ This release is slightly edited to present the episode in one part, rather than two parts. The credits at the end of the episode and the closing credits are removed from Part I and the opening teaser recounting the events from Part I and the regular opening sequence are removed, instead doing a quick fade-out and cut into the first act of Part II.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 This release also included a trailer for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Originally released without a certificate, predating the Video Recordings Act 1984.