Disc One of this two-disc Special Collector's Edition includes audio commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer and producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and actress Robin Curtis. There is also a text commentary by co-authors of the "Star Trek Encyclopedia" Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda. Disc Two begins with the 26-minute featurette "Terraforming And The Prime Detective" and the 26-minute making-of featurette "Captain
This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD appears to be virtually the same as the previously released DVD (reviewed in Issue 39). The picture on this new dual-layer version appears to be slightly smoother, with less pixelization than is noticed on the previous single-layer version. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed on occasion, and dirt and artifacts are revealed from the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack is the same as that with the previously issued DVD. The soundtrack offers an impressive remastering effort that refines the spatiality and deep bass presence of the matrix Dolby Surround PCM audio on the previous LaserDisc. The fidelity certainly is dated, but background noise is nonetheless minimal. The multidimensional soundfield produced by sound effects is rather impressive, with a wide stereophonic image, and ample surround activity, sometimes engaging the split surrounds. Dialogue sounds fairly natural, and integration with the visuals is remarkable. The music is of a dated recording, but nonetheless prominently fills the listening space. Deep bass is truly impressive, with a deep, clean rumbling presence throughout and occasional moments of intense low frequency activity with .1 LFE enhancement. (Perry Sun)
In addition to Widescreen Review, I subscribe to several audio/video publications, such as Sound And Vision, Stereophile, Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, Audio Video Interiors, and peruse through the myriad of British audio video publications when I go to Borders, Barnes & Nobles, or Tower Records. I must acknowledge that Widescreen Review is one of the better ones because it is more like a trade publication than a magazine full of advertisements. Moreover, Widescreen Review was one of the first publications to delve into DVI and more importantly, HMDI, which I deem important because it can make a lot of the current products out there obsolete. Put simply, Widescreen Review is The New York Times of audio/video publication. In other words, if you want real news, you read The New York Times. To stay on top of what’s happening in the audio/video industry, you read Widescreen Review. Enough said.