Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

The Star Trek films have been released on VHS in the UK several times, both individually and as part of boxed sets. Typically, with each new film release, a boxset was produced to collect the entire run. The films were released by CIC Video up until the 1998 rereleases, and by Paramount Home Entertainment thereafter.

Release dates for some releases are not known. Dates in italics are approximations where no exact date is available.

Individual releases

Film Release Catalogue Number Cover Certificate Release Date
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Rental release VHA 2011 Cover of TMP original release. U[1] May 1981
Original retail release VHR 2011 Cover of TMP rerelease. U 1987
Special Collectors Edition[2] VHR 2533 Cover of TMP Special Collectors Edition release. U 1989
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2011 Cover of TMP 1991 release. U 1991
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4860 Cover of TMP 1998 release. U 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[4][3] VHR 4868 Cover of TMP 1998 widescreen release. U 28 December 1998
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Rental release[5] VHA 2062 Cover of TWOK original release. PG[1] October 1983
Uncut retail release[6] VHR 2062 Cover of TWOK rerelease. 15 1989
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2062 Cover of TWOK 1991 release. 15 1991
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4861 Cover of TWOK 1998 release. 15 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[4][3] VHR 4869 Cover of TWOK 1998 widescreen release. 15 28 December 1998
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Rental release VHW 2118 Cover of TSFS original release. PG[1] March 1985
Original retail release VHR 2118 Cover of TSFS rerelease. PG 1989
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2118 Cover of TSFS 1991 release. PG 1991
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4862 Cover of TSFS 1998 release. PG 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[4][3] VHR 4870 Cover of TSFS 1998 widescreen release. PG 28 December 1998
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Rental release VHB 2224 Cover of TVH rental release. PG 1987
Original retail release VHR 2224 Cover of TVH retail release. PG unknown
25th Anniversary rerelease VHR 2224 Cover of TVH 1991 release. PG 1991
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4863 Cover of TVH 1998 release. PG 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[4][3] VHR 4871 Cover of TVH 1998 widescreen release. PG 28 December 1998
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Rental release VHB 2374 Cover of TFF rental release. PG 4 May 1990
Original retail release VHR 2374 Cover of TFF original release. PG 1991
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4864 Cover of TFF 1998 release. PG 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen release[4][3] VHR 4872 Cover of TFF 1998 widescreen release. PG 28 December 1998
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country[7] Rental release VHB 2558 Cover of TUC rental release. PG December 1992
Original retail release VHR 2760 Cover of TUC retail release. PG 17 May 1993
Original widescreen release[8] VHR 2759 Cover of TUC original widescreen release. PG 17 May 1993
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4865 Cover of TUC 1998 release. PG 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen rerelease[8][3] VHR 4873 Cover of TUC 1998 widescreen release. PG 28 December 1998
Star Trek Generations Rental release VHB 2996 Cover of GEN rental release. PG 11 August 1995
Original release VHR 2996 Cover of GEN original release. PG 27 December 1995
Special Collector's Edition[9]
Widescreen release[4]
VHR 4300 Cover of GEN Collectors Edition.
Contents of GEN Collectors Edition.
PG 22 January 1996
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4866 Cover of GEN 1998 release. PG 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen rerelease[4][3] VHR 4874 Cover of GEN 1998 widescreen release. PG 28 December 1998
Star Trek: First Contact Rental release VHB 4431 Cover of FC rental release. 12 September 1997
Original release VHR 4431 Cover of FC original release. 12 20 April 1998
Original widescreen release[4] VHR 4511 Cover of FC original widescreen release. 12 20 April 1998
Special Collectors Edition[10] VHR 4431 Cover of FC Collectors Edition. 12 20 April 1998
Special Collectors Edition[10]
Widescreen release[4]
VHR 4511 Cover of FC Collectors Widescreen Edition. 12 20 April 1998
1998 rerelease[3] VHR 4867 Cover of FC 1998 release. 12 28 December 1998
1998 widescreen rerelease[4][3] VHR 4875 Cover of FC 1998 widescreen release. 12 28 December 1998
Star Trek: Insurrection Rental release VHB 4827 Cover of INS rental release. PG 1999
Fullscreen release VHR 4827[11] Cover of INS original release. PG 27 December 1999
Widescreen release[4] VHR 4828[12] Cover of INS widescreen release. PG 27 December 1999
Star Trek Nemesis Rental release VHB 5378 Cover of NEM rental release. 12 11 August 2003
Retail release VHR 5378 Cover of NEM original release. 12 11 August 2003[13]

Boxsets

Set Catalogue Number Cover Contents Certificate[14] Release Date
Star Trek: The Movies - 25th Anniversary Collectors Set VHR 2592 Rear boxart of 25th Anniversary collection.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special[15]
15 1991
Star Trek - The Screen Voyages VHR 2817 Cover of The Screen Voyages collection.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan[16]
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock[17]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home[17]
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
15 23 November 1993
Star Trek - 30th Anniversary Movies Box Set VHR 4152 Cover of 30th Anniversary collection.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek Generations
15 6 November 1995
Star Trek - The Movies[18] VHR 4554 The Movies boxset.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture[16]
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan[16]
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock[17]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home[17]
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier[17]
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country[17][8]
Star Trek Generations[17]
Star Trek: First Contact[19]
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond[20]
15 20 October 1997
Star Trek - Movie Collection[21] VHR 4896 Movie Collection boxset.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
15 1 November 1999
Star Trek: First Contact/Star Trek: Insurrection Front cover of the First Contact & Insurrection double bill.
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
12 30 October 2000

Special releases

Two special video releases were produced for the UK premieres of Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. Obtained via token collection from The Sun, these videos gave an insight into the new films.

Set Catalogue Number Cover Contents Certificate Release Date
Your Guide To ... Star Trek Generations[22] 71512 Cover of Your Guide to Generations. A 20-minute documentary about the film. U 1994
Jonathan Ross' Essential Guide To Star Trek: First Contact VFB 12646 Cover of the Essential Guide to First Contact. A 25-minute documentary about the new film. Also contains the theatrical trailer for the film. Presented by Jonathan Ross. PG 1996

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Originally released without a certificate, predating the Video Recordings Act 1984.
  2. Featuring the extended cut of the film.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 All of the 1998 rereleases include a trailer for Star Trek: Insurrection.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Presented in a widescreen ratio of 2.35:1.
  5. This release features the version of the film as released in UK cinemas, with some material edited out.
  6. This version features the full version of the film, hence the rating increase.
  7. All releases contain scenes omitted from the theatrical print.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Presented in a widescreen ratio of 2:1.
  9. Included a 'Making Of' documentary, theatrical trailer, 16-page booklet and collector postcards.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Included an interview with Alice Krige, a 3D lenticular postcard and limited edition packaging, showing Picard as Locutus, and Data as he appeared at the end of the film.
  11. A Collectors Edition box was also produced, with no additional content, catalogue number VHR 4827FC.
  12. A Collectors Edition box was also produced, with no additional content, catalogue number VHR 4828FC.
  13. This was the final Star Trek VHS released in the UK.
  14. In the case of sets, the certificate is over the set as a whole (unless stated otherwise).
  15. Video was packaged separately.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Individual video rated 15.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 Individual video rated PG.
  18. Films I-VI were placed two per tape, with 30 Years and Beyond, Generations, and First Contact on individual tapes. Films presented in a widescreen ratio of 2.35:1.
  19. Individual video rated 12.
  20. This tape also included the theatrical trailers of all eight films.
  21. Films I-VIII placed two per tape, with Insurrection on an individual tape.
  22. The video also came with a fold-out booklet.


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