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VHS release
Series: Star Trek documentaries and specials
No. of tapes: 1
Run time: 48 minutes (NTSC)
46 minutes (PAL)
Director: Donald R. Beck
Release date: 3 November 1998
13 November 1998 (UK)
1999 (Netherlands)
Rating(s): Not Rated CHVRS - General Audience BBFC - 15 NICAM - Mogelijk schadelijk tot 12 jaar (Watch out with children under 12)
Language: English
Subtitles: Dutch
Reference: ISBN 0792152638
ASIN 0792152638
ASIN B00004CX9W (UK box set)
2199946 (Dutch box set)

Inside Star Trek - The Real Story was the north-American Paramount Home Video VHS release of the documentary Inside Star Trek - The Real Story, itself based on the reference book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman.

In the UK, the VHS was released by CIC Video two weeks after the American one, albeit packaged as a part of the larger four-tape Star Trek - Greatest Battles box set collection, where it was included as a special feature on the Volume One tape, alongside the episodes "Balance of Terror" and "The Doomsday Machine". The set was also released by CIC the next year in the Netherlands and in Germany the year thereafter. But while the German version lacked the documentary, it was included on the Dutch one, featuring the original English-language audio track with Dutch subtitles, though the summary was translated on the back of its slipcase.

Only released in the USA , the UK, and the Netherlands, no other home video format releases, besides the 1999 Japanese LaserDisc counterpart release, are known to exist. Remarkably, the US VHS tape was endowed with an ISBN, something that was usually reserved for print publications only.


From the VHS back cover,
Who directed the pilot for the original Star Trek® series? Where was it filmed? Who really built the Enterprise? You may own The Star Trek Encyclopedia, and you may have seen every episode, but you still don't have all the answers! For the first time, the men and women who worked behind the scenes on the most popular science fiction television series ever created invite you to go boldly where no fan has gone before. In-depth interviews will introduce you to the writers, directors, producers, technicians and artists who breathed life into the original Star Trek series. You'll discover their greatest joys, their deepest sorrows and everything else you ever wanted to know about the greatest show in the galaxy. There are no actors and no special effects. Just the truth.

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