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VHS release
Series: Star Trek films
Run time: 113 minutes
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Release date: November 1982
UK release date: 1987
Rating(s): MPAA PG BBFC 15
Subtitles: English closed-captions
Year: 2285
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UK cover

UK cover

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the VHS release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

US release Edit

Wrath of Khan 1983 VHS advert

Advert celebrating the sales of the 1982 release.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was first made available for sale in November 1982.

With commercial VHS sales still largely based on the rental market, limiting the ability of movie companies to gain revenue, Paramount elected to take a risk with Wrath of Khan. In September 1982, it announced that it would be selling the release for just $39.95, when other studios were still pricing retail editions at $79.95. [1] Doing so was a gamble, because the release needed to sell triple the volume to earn the same amount of profit for the studio.

Aiming for a total of 60,000 copies sold to meet that goal, over 80,000 copies had been shipped ahead of release date, [2] and ultimately, 120,000 were sold. [3] The success of the Wrath of Khan pricing ultimately lead to VHS prices dropping further and the market shifting towards retail.

In 1986, The Wrath of Khan was re-released with the two other existing Star Trek films as part of the "Special Collector's Series", marking Paramount's 75th anniversary with a collection of twenty films at $19.95. (Starlog #113, p.68)

The film was re-released, along with the other films, in 1991 as part of the 25th anniversary; a widescreen edition was made available at the same time.

Individual releases Edit

Release Catalogue Number Cover Certificate Release Date
Retail release 1180 The Wrath of Khan 1982 US VHS cover MPAA PG November 1982
1986 "Special Collector's Series" edition 1180 The Wrath of Khan 1986 US Special Collector's Series VHS cover MPAA PG 11 October 1986
1991 fullscreen rerelease 1180 The Wrath of Khan 1991 US fullscreen VHS cover MPAA PG 29 July 1991
1991 widescreen release 1180 The Wrath of Khan 1991 US widescreen VHS cover MPAA PG 29 July 1991

Boxset releases Edit

Set Catalogue Number Cover Certificate[1] Release Date
Star Trek: The Movies - 25th Anniversary Collectors Set 12593 25th Anniversary Movies US VHS MPAA PG 29 July 1991
Star Trek: The Movie Collection 15169 Star Trek The Movie Collection VHS MPAA PG 26 May 1993
Star Trek: The Starfleet Collection 15171 Star Trek The Starfleet Collection VHS MPAA PG 15 November 1993
Star Trek: The Seven Screen Voyages[2] 15390
15407
Star Trek The Seven Screen Voyages VHS MPAA PG 20 August 1996
The Ultimate Star Trek Movie Collection[2] 155644
156868
The Ultimate Star Trek Movie Collection VHS WS MPAA PG-13 19 October 1999

UK release Edit

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has been released on VHS in the UK several times, both individually and as part of boxed sets, since 1983. The film was released by CIC Video until 1998, and by Paramount Home Entertainment thereafter.

The original release of the film was of the version released in UK cinemas, with a number of cuts made. It was not until 1989 that the full-length, uncut version was made available, rated 15. All future releases would be of the full-length version.

Individual releases Edit

Release Catalogue Number Cover Certificate Release Date
Rental release VHA 2062 Wrath of Khan original UK VHS cover BBFC PG [3] October 1983
Original retail release BBFC PG 1987 [4]
Uncut retail release VHR 2062 Wrath of Khan rerelease UK VHS cover BBFC 15 1989
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2062 Wrath of Khan 1991 UK VHS cover BBFC 15 1991
1998 rerelease[4] VHR 4861 The Wrath of Khan 1998 UK VHS cover BBFC 15 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[5][4] VHR 4869 The Wrath of Khan 1998 UK VHS widescreen cover BBFC 15 28 December 1998

Boxset releases Edit

Set Catalogue Number Cover Certificate[1] Release Date
Star Trek: The Movies - 25th Anniversary Collectors Set VHR 2592 25th Anniversary Movies rear BBFC 15 17 February 1992
Star Trek - The Screen Voyages VHR 2817 Screen Voyages cover BBFC 15 23 November 1993
Star Trek - 30th Anniversary Movies Box Set VHR 4152 30th Anniversary Movies BBFC 15 6 November 1995
Star Trek - The Movies[5][6] VHR 4554 Star Trek The Movies UK VHS boxset BBFC 15 20 October 1997
Star Trek - Movie Collection[5][6] VHR 4896 Movie Collection boxset BBFC 15 1 November 1999

Footnotes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 In the case of sets, the certificate is over the set as a whole (unless stated otherwise).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Released in widescreen and fullscreen editions.
  3. Originally released without a certificate, as it predated entry into force of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Includes a trailer for Star Trek: Insurrection.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Presented in a widescreen ratio of 2.35:1.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Featured on the same tape as Star Trek: The Motion Picture.


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