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"STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES" EPISODE "THE MENAGERIE" TO BE PRESENTED IN SPECIAL BIG SCREEN THEATRICAL EVENT
National CineMedia's FATHOM, CBS Home Entertainment and STARTREK.COM Present Digitally Remastered Episodes Along With Never-Before-Seen Footage and Behind-the- Scenes Featurette in Nearly 300 Select Movie Theatres Nationwide on November 13
Complete First Season of "Star Trek: The Original Series" Debuts in High-Definition on DVD One Week Later
Centennial, Colo. - Oct. 5, 2007 - "Star Trek" fans can now boldly go where no man has gone before to see two of the most famous episodes of the original television series - their local movie theatre. "Star Trek: The Original Series" is being beamed onto the big screen in a special one-night event in select movie theatres nationwide on Tuesday, Nov. 13th, featuring original Season 1 episodes "The Menagerie" Parts 1 and 2, digitally remastered in High-Definition and Cinema Surround Sound. Fans will also be greeted by an introduction from creator Gene Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, and given a behind-the-scenes look at how the episodes were digitally re-mastered from the original negatives - including the reinvention of the old TV show special effects using new CGI animation, and the orchestral re-recording of the show's theme music - in a new 30- minute in-theatre exclusive featurette.
"Star Trek: The Original Series" special in-theatre event will be presented by NCM FATHOM, CBS Home Entertainment and STARTREK.COM on Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 7:30 p.m. local time in nearly 300 participating AMC, Cinemark, Georgia Theatre Company and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres across the country. Tickets for this special one- time-only event are on-sale now for $12.50 at presenting theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of presenting theatre locations, please visit the website (theatres are subject to change).
Local theaters included :
*Brooklyn Center 20*
6420 CAMDEN AVENUE NORTH
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55430
2055 CLIFF ROAD
EAGAN, MN 55122
*Eden Prairie 18*
8251 FLYING CLOUD DRIVE
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344
more info at www.FathomEvents.com
Bonus features on the HD DVD side are as follows:
Priced at $217.99 USD
more info at http://store.startrek.com/product/show/29206
The dramatic futuristic city from "The Menagerie" was created at CBS Digital by matte artist Max Gabl under the direction of visual effects supervisor Niel Wray. Gabl based his work on the original 1966 painting, believed to have been designed by legendary matte artist Albert Whitlock and series art director Walter M. Jefferies.
The new matte painting has been enhanced with the addition of several people who have been digitally inserted into the background, bringing the city to life. Niel Wray is briefly visible as a tiny Starfleet officer on the starbase mall, along with visual effects coordinator Toni Pace. Also making cameo appearances are several other CBS Digital artists, plus producers Dave Rossi, Mike Okuda, and Denise Okuda. Even executive producer David LaFountaine managed to serve as a Federation administrator in one of the building's windows.
In "The Menagerie, Part II" Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) is thrust into a deceptively peaceful illusion of his planet Earth by the mysterious Talosians, who hope to make him fall in love with the beautiful Vina (Susan Oliver). The background of this scene, showing the futuristic city of Mojave, is an enhanced matte painting created for the 2006 remastered version of Star Trek. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned Earth in the 23rd century to be a world of peace and beauty, made possible by science. In Roddenberry's utopian vision, parts of the Mojave desert became glittering cities, surrounded by vast, green parklands. These idyllic parklands were the setting for Captain Pike's illusory picnic with Vina. Ironically, Star Trek rarely visited future Earth because it would have cost too much to show it on film. One tiny exception was this skyline in Pike's dream. In the original scene, filmed in 1964, the futuristic city of Mojave was represented by a subtle series of tiny cutout buildings, seen briefly in the distance behind Pike's picnic scene. The remastered version of Pike's picnic now uses digital matte paintings to represent Mojave. These paintings, executed by Swiss-trained matte artist Max Gabl of CBS Digital, have been seamlessly integrated into the background of this scene from the first pilot for Star Trek. Although Gabl's art is closely based on the original set designs, the newly-remastered scene is far more realistic than was possible four decades ago on a television budget.
When Kirk and the illusory Commodore Mendez travel in pursuit of the hijacked Enterprise, they take the shuttlecraft Picasso SB11-1201/1. The shuttle was seen in the original version of "The Menagerie," but never clearly. Now, with a designated name and registry, we can add this shuttle to the long list of Starfleet ships! The left picture shows the original shot, a re-use of the Galileo.
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