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CIC Video

CIC Video (sometimes pronounced "kick video") was the licensed international distributor of Star Trek home video releases in foreign territories such as the UK, Germany, Australia and Japan in the 1980s and 1990s, predominantly on VHS.

Originally created as the home video division of Cinema International Corporation in 1973, CIC Video became a joint venture of of Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios in 1981, following the reorganization of CIC into United International Pictures. North American home market distribution of Star Trek on home video remained the purview of Paramount Home Entertainment.

CIC Video released episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, typically in a two-episode-per-tape format. It also released all the Star Trek films up to and including Star Trek: First Contact in "complete" boxed sets, as well as on individual tapes.

The company also produced themed box sets, including:

Shortly after the end of the Next Generation, a set of TV movies was released, for which all the two-part episodes of that series were edited together to produce feature-length episodes. The last in this set ("All Good Things...") featured the uncut version of the episode. While it had been previously released as a limited edition video, this was the first time it was on general release as the original (as part of the series) was the two-part syndication version, which had had some scenes removed (e.g. the meeting between Picard and the elderly Q in the future timeline).

The joint venture was dissolved in 1999 after Universal acquired the assets of PolyGram Films and their international distribution arm, with foreign Star Trek releases being taken over by Paramount Home Entertainment in December 1999; the new company maintained catalog number continuity across the titles. And it were they who released the last Star Trek VHS home videos, which included Star Trek: Enterprise's first season (albeit it in Europe and Australia only), Star Trek: Insurrection, as well as the very last Star Trek production to see a release on VHS, Star Trek Nemesis.

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