Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

The first Star Trek: The Original Series episodes released on LaserDisc, "The Menagerie, Parts I & II", were part of the set Television Classics: Volume 1 in 1984, which harkened back to the collection name the first five Original Series VHS/Betamax tapes had been released under, back in 1980 and which had included the "Menagerie" double-bill. The disc was double sided, with one episode on each side, unlike the previous tape versions which had been edited into one feature length episode.

When the TOS episodes began releasing the next year, these two episodes were not re-released, with the exception of its inclusion as part of the Japanese Star Trek - Log 1 laserdisc set. "The Cage" was released twice, once as a color/B&W copy and later, 1991, in full color. This brought the total number of discs up to 42 for the US release. Actually, the regular release also precipitated the complete first-time release of the entire series on VHS/Betamax as well – albeit in the one episode per tape format – , as these were released in simultaneous conjuncture with the discs, sharing similarly designed cover art. As a result, the LaserDiscs were released in groups of five, whereas the video tapes were released in groups of ten. [1] When Pioneer started to release the LaserDiscs in 1984, they were priced at US$29.98, which was incredibly low when one considered that the in quality inferior video tapes, concurrently released, were still priced at around US$40. [2]

Releases Edit

Box sets and other collections
Country Disc Cover Episodes Release Date Reference
US 01 TOS LD 01 "The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
1 October 1984 LV60041
US 02 TOS LD 02 "The Man Trap"
"Charlie X"
April 1985 LV60040-81
US 03 TOS LD 03 "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Naked Time"
April 1985 LV60040-82
US 04 TOS LD 04 "The Enemy Within"
"Mudd's Women"
April 1985 LV60040-83
US 05 TOS LD 05 "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
April 1985 LV60040-84
US 06 TOS LD 06 "Dagger of the Mind"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
April 1985 LV60040-85
US 07 TOS LD 07 "The Conscience of the King"
"Balance of Terror"
July 1985 LV60040-86
US 08 TOS LD 08 "Shore Leave"
"The Galileo Seven"
July 1985 LV60040-87
US 09 TOS LD 09 "The Squire of Gothos"
July 1985 LV60040-88
US 10 TOS LD 10 "Tomorrow is Yesterday"
"Court Martial"
July 1985 LV60040-89
US 11 TOS LD 11 "The Return of the Archons"
"Space Seed"
July 1985 LV60040-90
US 12 TOS LD 12 "A Taste of Armageddon"
"This Side of Paradise"
January 1986 LV60040-91
US 13 TOS LD 13 "The Devil in the Dark"
"Errand of Mercy"
January 1986 LV60040-92
US 14 TOS LD 14 "The Alternative Factor"
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
January 1986 LV60040-93
US 15 TOS LD 15 "Operation -- Annihilate!"
"Amok Time"
January 1986 LV60040-94
US 16 TOS LD 16 "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
"The Changeling"
January 1986 LV60040-95
US 17 TOS LD 17 "Mirror, Mirror"
"The Apple"
8 May 1986 LV60040-96
US 18 TOS LD 18 "Catspaw"
"The Doomsday Machine"
8 May 1986 LV60040-97
US 19 TOS LD 19 "I, Mudd"
8 May 1986 LV60040-98
US 20 TOS LD 20 "Journey to Babel"
"Friday's Child"
8 May 1986 LV60040-99*
US 21 TOS LD 21 "The Deadly Years"
8 May 1986 LV60040-100
US 22 TOS LD 22 "Wolf in the Fold"
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
11 October 1986 LV60040-101
US 23 TOS LD 23 "The Gamesters of Triskelion"
"A Piece of the Action"
11 October 1986 LV60040-102
US 24 TOS LD 24 "The Immunity Syndrome"
"A Private Little War"
11 October 1986 LV60040-103
US 25 TOS LD 25 "Return to Tomorrow"
"Patterns of Force"
11 October 1986 LV60040-104
US 26 TOS LD 26 "By Any Other Name"
"The Omega Glory"
11 October 1986 LV60040-105
US 27 TOS The Cage LD "The Cage"
Color/B&W Version
1986 LV60040-106
US 28 TOS LD 28 "The Ultimate Computer"
"Bread and Circuses"
10 November 1987 LV60040-107
US 29 TOS LD 29 "Assignment: Earth"
"Spock's Brain"
10 November 1987 LV60040-108
US 30 TOS LD 30 "The Enterprise Incident"
"The Paradise Syndrome"
10 November 1987 LV60040-109
US 31 TOS LD 31 "And the Children Shall Lead"
"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
10 November 1987 LV60040-110
US 32 TOS LD 32 "Spectre of the Gun"
"Day of the Dove"
10 November 1987 LV60040-111
US 33 TOS LD 33 "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
"The Tholian Web"
18 December 1987 LV60040-112
US 34 TOS LD 34 "Plato's Stepchildren"
"Wink of an Eye"
18 December 1987 LV60040-113
US 35 TOS LD 35 "The Empath"
"Elaan of Troyius"
16 January 1989 LV60040-114
US 36 TOS LD 36 "Whom Gods Destroy"
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
22 December 1988 LV60040-115
US 37 TOS LD 37 "The Mark of Gideon"
"That Which Survives"
10 June 1989 LV60040-116
US 38 TOS LD 38 "The Lights of Zetar"
"Requiem for Methuselah"
10 June 1989 LV60040-117
US 39 TOS LD 39 "The Way to Eden"
"The Cloud Minders"
20 April 1989 LV60040-118
US 40 TOS LD 40 "The Savage Curtain"
"All Our Yesterdays"
10 June 1989 LV60040-119
US 41 TOS LD 41 "Turnabout Intruder" 27 May 1989 LV60040-120
US 42 TOS The Cage all color LD "The Cage"
All-Color Collector's Edition
11 October 1991 LV60040-99*
Box sets
Japan 01 TOS Log 1 LD Star Trek - Log 1
TOS Season 1
10 November 1992 PILF-1615
Japan 02 TOS Log 2 LD Star Trek - Log 2
TOS Season 2
25 March 1993 PILF-1581
Japan 03 TOS Log 3 LD Star Trek - Log 3
TOS Season 3
12 December 1993 PILF-1711
TOS episodes in other collections
01 The Pilots TOS Star Trek - The Pilots
"The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
April 1996 PLTGB-34561
US 01 The Captains Collection LD Star Trek - The Captains Collection
10 September 1996 LV15340-3
UK 02 DS9 Triple Tribble Troubles LD Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Triple Tribble Troubles
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
11 August 1997 PLTEB-36231

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