Hundreds Of Behind-The-Scenes Hours Coming For 'Star Trek'

Gene RoddenberryToday is a glorious day if you're a diehard "Star Trek" fan. Note that I'm not referring to the new movie from director J.J. Abrams, but rather the thousands of hours of tape committed to various TV series' and films. Variety reports that "Trek" franchise owner Roddenberry Productions -- named for series creator Gene Roddenberry -- will release a DVD set (no word on Blu-ray) containing more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage.

The content will include interviews, on-set videos and the like culled from the past two decades of "Trek." Note that fans of "The Original Series" and nothing else are in for a disappointment; all of those unseen hours of footage start during "The Next Generation" days and proceed forward from there through "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and "Enterprise." Gene's son Eugene will serve as the host for all of the content, though there are no specific details about what fans can expect to see.

The lack of a Blu-ray mention is puzzling, though the Variety piece does state that the set will "showcase the archived material in high-def." Since DVDs lie at the top end of standard def fidelity, the statement suggests that a Blu-ray release may not be out of the picture. There's little else to say about the set at this point; a distributor has yet to be nailed down and no official release date was mentioned.

"Trek" fans: what are your hopes and dreams for this massive collection of content? What is 500+ hours of behind-the-scenes material worth to you? Would you want to see a Blu-ray release, even if none of the material was technically shot with HD cameras?