Physical media is on a downward slope to oblivion because streaming is good enough for nearly everyone. I'm not lamenting this, I'm just noting it because I love collecting some kinds of physical media (games, films, music) and when I write about it I'm always thinking about how this pastime is for Dinosaurs and folks that love wasting money. Or at least that's what I think sometimes even though I love it. People say you can't take anything with you when you die and pass into the next whatever life but some cultures believed you could. I imagine it's possible to stack up a pile of Blu-ray and Limited Run Games and take them with you to Valhalla or wherever. Or at least I want to try it out and I'll let you know how it goes.

In keeping in the spirit of adding to the limitless collection of physical trash no one cares about I submit something I found incredibly exciting, all the original Star Trek Films are in 4K with more special features than a tribble in heat.

Now you can get each film separately and some of those films come in incredible packaging but the whole 4K collection of the original run films seems the hottest to me.

"All six original STAR TREK big-screen adventures come to 4K UHD in one must-have collection. Starring the original series cast, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan, all have been remastered with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision for optimum picture quality from their original film elements. This new collection includes STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE—THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION, in addition to the original theatrical cut, as well as the Director’s Cut of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. Packed with hours of special features, it is an essential STAR TREK collection for fans and beyond!"

Yesterday I watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition and really enjoyed it. Was surprised how well the new sound popped in Dolby.

"Watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture Directors Cut. Still a great film and lovely to see a few extra minutes here and there. Flows better and ultimately it’s still a slower film. Love the starfield music intro. More films should do that. ❤️"

https://twitter.com/jdodson/status/1562479766447349761 (Quoting my own Tweets, so shameless)

The 15-disc collection packs in the following:

· NEW! Star Trek: The Motion Picture —The Director’s Edition (4K + Blu-Ray)
· NEW! Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition Bonus Content (BR)
· Star Trek: The Motion Picture Theatrical Cut (4K + BR)
· Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Theatrical & Directors Cut (4K + BR)
· Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (4K + BR)
· Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (4K + BR)
· NEW! Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (4K + BR)
· NEW! Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Theatrical & Directors Cut (4K + BR)

I've never seen Khan or The Undiscovered Country Directors cuts before and I'm excited to check those out the most. The only film version not included is the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Special Longer Edition that is included if you buy the special Motion Picture 4K individually. Yeah, yeah, I get why, but ... *sigh* you know put it all on the collection. Regardless this 4K all in one pack is incredibly dense and seems to be the version to get.

In a world were everyone is trying to do a threaded universe of films Star Trek did a great job knitting the storylines of Wrath of Khan through Search for Spock and landing on The Voyage Home. Things cap off with The Undiscovered Country and that ending may well be my favorite in the series. I'm not sure watching the films in ultra hd makes them better but with all the included extras this collection seems to be something worth exploring.

https://blog.trekcore.com/2022/07/star-trek-original-films-motion-picture-directors-edition-4k-releases/

AzureAzule   Super Member wrote on 08/24/2022 at 06:36pm

When you get to Valhalla, will you tell Mighty Thor I love her, please? LOL I won't be anywhere though.

I understand your physical media desire. I love digital access, but how long are we going to have access to that content? Steam leaving would cut me off from LOTS of money I've spent on games. Epic Games leaving would cut me off of the free games I've gotten, some of which I already own on Steam, so they could be a bit of a backup.

Also, I kind of hate buying a Blu-Ray, for instance, because once I watch a movie, I don't usually want to again until years later. I don't even want the Jurassic World: Dominion Blu-Ray. Yes I love everything JP/JW, but I don't want another Blu-Ray that's going to collect dust for years, like the JP/JW collection I have (all-in-one).

One great thing about physical media, though, is it gives you something to pass on to your kids (if you have any). I've decided EVERYTHING I own goes to my son when I die. He's my only and only intended, so no competition. If my mom is still alive, though, everything I got from my grandmother's when she died will go to her instead (like my grandfather's ring and old radio).

I love streaming, though. It gives me quick and easy access. Then I sit at my PC and watch it, this is my comfort zone. I only turned on my TV recently because I needed it to help me troubleshoot "no signal" from my new GPU. I got that TV between 2006-2009. It's a 50' plasma. I don't use it anymore, just glad I had it for troubleshooting when I needed it (and it helped!). I guess that also can be evidence for me being a PC snob. LOL

Wow, Star Trek in 4K! I can't do 4K, but I can do half and I strongly believe that extra resolution makes the picture really crisp and gorgeous! I don't have a special audio system, I don't notice it's quality unless I'm in the movie theater. The first high-res HDR movie I watched was Ghostbusters: Afterlife and I was so impressed with how gorgeous it was! I got to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that way, too (after I saw it in theater).

I binged all of ST years ago. I'm all caught up, too, except for Lower Deck (not sure I'm interested). I think that's all I've missed out on. I love all of it! TNG was what got me into it.

Thanks for sharing this! That makes me want to watch those movies again! (I love V-ger!)

jaelte wrote on 08/24/2022 at 07:10pm

Ah, I see you purchased one of them new-fangled "Blue Ray" devices. I've never owned one. I'm still holding on to these old DVDs. And probably VHS or two if I look hard enough. ;-)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2022 at 07:52pm

🤣

I’ve got Star Trek on VHS and DVD. I used to ditch old formats when I upgraded. Now I just keep all the old stuff.

Help. I have a problem. 😅

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2022 at 07:53pm

“ Also, I kind of hate buying a Blu-Ray, for instance, because once I watch a movie, I don't usually want to again until years later.”

I buy on a few criteria. What stuff do I always want to watch or play no matter what (I mean, as long as I have electricity). What stuff will I watch again? Ok if it’s years in the future. (This one is less a thing, but partly a thing) what stuff might I lend to a friend?

AzureAzule   Super Member wrote on 08/24/2022 at 08:54pm

>I buy on a few criteria. What stuff do I always want to watch or play no matter what (I mean, as long as I have electricity). What stuff will I watch again? Ok if it’s years in the future. (This one is less a thing, but partly a thing) what stuff might I lend to a friend?

I think that's a good way of thinking about it, Jon.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/25/2022 at 04:55pm

Yeah I buy based on “will I want to watch this multiple times” and especially “do I want to see the special features” because those rarely come to streaming services.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/25/2022 at 04:56pm

And this is a collection I think I’ll get. I have the blu ray set but that’s nowhere near enough pixels 😂

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