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Woolworths' (empty) gift box with Irish releases

Star Trek: Enterprise has since its launch in 2001 been released on VHS by Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE, which had recently replaced CIC Video as the international home video format distributor) in a few countries outside north-America, where no VHS releases of the series are known, it instead being directly released on the then-new DVD home video format in that market.

Only the first season of Enterprise was released on VHS due to the dwindling demand for the video tape format and the rise of the DVD format. PHE chose to focus exclusively on DVD releases from 2003 onward, with the sole exception of Star Trek Nemesis.

For the European Star Trek fans, this constituted a rare occasion where it were they who for once found themselves on the receiving end of what Trekdom itself had coined the "double-dipping" phenomenon for those fans who had bought the VHS releases, having to pay for it again if they wanted the far superior DVD version, issued only three years afterwards; usually it were American fans who habitually kept falling prey to "double-dipping", not only in the VHS-era, but in the early stages of the DVD-era as well. "Double-dipping" became an issue again for all fans when the even more superior Blu-ray versions were released in 2013-2014.

UK releases

Enterprise was released in the UK in a two-episode-per-tape format by PHE in 2002. This was the only season of Enterprise released on VHS in the UK.

A special season one collector's box was given away free with Volume 1.1 by retailer Woolworths in the UK (and Ireland via Ulster). The box concerned an empty open-ended cardboard slipcase which fitted all the season one tapes as individually released.

Dates in italics are approximations based on release frequency, where no exact date is available. UK products are normally released on a Monday.
Volume/Set Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate[1] Release Date
1.1 VHR 5325 Cover of ENT 1.1.
"Broken Bow"
PG 1 April 2002
1.2 VHR 5326 Cover of ENT 1.2.
"Fight or Flight"
"Strange New World"
PG 6 May 2002
1.3 VHR 5327 Cover of ENT 1.3.
"Unexpected"
"Terra Nova"
PG 10 June 2002
1.4 VHR 5328 Cover of ENT 1.4.
"The Andorian Incident"
"Breaking the Ice"
PG 24 June 2002
1.5 VHR 5329 Cover of ENT 1.5.
"Civilization"
"Fortunate Son"
U 1 July 2002
1.6 VHR 5330 Cover of ENT 1.6.
"Cold Front"
"Silent Enemy"
U 22 July 2002
1.7 VHR 5331 Cover of ENT 1.7.
"Dear Doctor"
"Sleeping Dogs"
U 5 August 2002
1.8 VHR 5332 Cover of ENT 1.8.
"Shadows of P'Jem"
"Shuttlepod One"
PG 19 August 2002
1.9 VHR 5333 Cover of ENT 1.9.
"Fusion"
"Rogue Planet"
PG 2 September 2002
1.10 VHR 5334 Cover of ENT 1.10.
"Acquisition"
"Oasis"
PG 23 September 2002
1.11 VHR 5335 Cover of ENT 1.11.
"Detained"
"Vox Sola"
PG 7 October 2002
1.12 VHR 5336 Cover of ENT 1.12.
"Fallen Hero"
"Desert Crossing"
PG 21 October 2002
1.13 VHR 5352 Cover of ENT 1.13.
"Two Days and Two Nights"
"Shockwave"
PG 18 November 2002
Other releases featuring ENT episodes
Enterprise Collectors Edition[2] VHR 5359 Cover of ENT 1.1-1.3 collection.
"Broken Bow"
"Fight or Flight"
"Strange New World"
"Unexpected"
"Terra Nova"
PG 19 August 2002

Other European releases

The UK PHE-releases served as the basis for the other European 2002 releases. Five such known releases concerned the Irish and the, language text imprint adapted, subtitled Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish versions, as well as the in German dubbed version, all released in a similar fashion as the UK version. None of the four foreign-language versions had ratings stated on their (back)covers, but the Irish, Dutch, German and Norwegian versions did sport Paramount Pictures' 90th anniversary logo, contrary to the UK and Swedish releases.

Additionally, both Germany and the Netherlands/Flanders saw "retailer exclusive" box sets released, the former through Amazon.de and the latter through the now defunct Free Record Shop retail chain store. The German exclusive was marketed in two half-season ("Staffel" 1 & 2) cardboard slipcases – a common practice in Germany where home video (exclusive) releases of television series are concerned, including the other Star Trek series. Unlike Germany however, the Dutch exclusive came as a limited complete season one boxed release instead, packaged in the same cardboard slipcase as gifted by Woolworths in the UK with only minor text imprint differences, pertaining to the Dutch release information, including the rating and anniversary logo.

In all cases, each individual tape came within their own standard plastic snapcase, like it had with the UK release.

Box set

Volume/Set Catalogue Number Cover Episodes Certificate[1] Release Date
The First Season (Dutch) EAN 8714865096789 Cover of "The Cage" All Colour Edition
"Broken Bow"
through
"Shockwave"
12 2002

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 In the case of sets, the certificate is over the set as a whole (unless stated otherwise).
  2. A special "trial pack" containing volumes 1.1-1.3.

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