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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 - Parental Guidance Suggested BBFC - 15
Subtitles: English closed-captions
Year: 2285

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

US release

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 motion picture 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. Responsible for this new strategy was recently appointed head of Paramount Home Video, Mel Harris, who was convinced that a low-pricing strategy would greatly add to Paramount's profits, and it was Harris who selected the Star Trek title as proving ground, which incidentally, also applied for the Betamax counterpart tape. (The Encyclopedia of Television, Cable, and Video, 2012, p. 411, ISBN 1468465236)

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] Proving Harris right, the success of the Wrath of Khan pricing ultimately lead to VHS (and Betamax) prices dropping further and the market shifting towards retail, a format that became known as the sell-through market.

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

Release Catalogue Number Cover Certificate Release Date
Retail release 1180 Cover of TWOK 1982 US VHS release MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested November 1982
1986 "Special Collector's Series" edition 1180 Cover of TWOK 1986 US Special Collector's Series VHS release MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 11 October 1986
1991 Pan and scan rerelease 1180 Cover of TWOK 1991 US fullscreen VHS release MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 29 July 1991
1991 Widescreen release 1180 Cover of TWOK 1991 US widescreen VHS release MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 29 July 1991

Boxset releases

Set Catalogue Number Cover Certificate[1] Release Date
Star Trek: The Movies - 25th Anniversary Collectors Set 12593 Cover of the 25th Anniversary Collectors Set MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 29 July 1991
Star Trek - The Screen Voyages 15150 Cover of The Screen Voyages collection MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 26 May 1993
Star Trek: The Movie Collection 15169 Cover of The Movie Collection MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 26 May 1993
Star Trek: The Starfleet Collection 15171 Cover of The Starfleet Collection MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 15 November 1993
Star Trek: The Seven Screen Voyages[2] 15390
15407
Cover of The Seven Screen Voyages MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested 20 August 1996
The Ultimate Star Trek Movie Collection[2] 155644
156868
Cover of The Ultimate Star Trek Movie Collection MPAA - Parents Strongly Cautioned 19 October 1999

UK release

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

Release Catalogue Number Cover Certificate Release Date
Rental release VHA 2062 Cover of TWOK original release BBFC - Parental Guidance [3] October 1983
Original retail release BBFC - Parental Guidance 1987 [4]
Uncut retail release VHR 2062 Cover of TWOK rerelease BBFC - 15 1989
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2062 Cover of TWOK 1991 release BBFC - 15 1991
1998 rerelease[4] VHR 4861 Cover of TWOK 1998 release BBFC - 15 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[5][4] VHR 4869 Cover of TWOK 1998 widescreen release BBFC - 15 28 December 1998

Boxset releases

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

Footnotes

  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 pan and scan 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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