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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?"
"Miri"
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"
"Arena"
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"
"Metamorphosis"
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"
"Obsession"
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
Germany
UK
01 The Pilots TOS Star Trek - The Pilots
"The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
April 1996 PLTGB-34561
PLTES-34071
US 01 The Captains Collection LD Star Trek - The Captains Collection
"Obsession"
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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