For the first time, you can now buy or rent every single Star Trek movie in the latest 4K and HDR standards. That includes all six movies based on the original series cast, all four featuring The Next Generation‘s cast, and the more recent J.J. Abrams films.
On April 4, Paramount released an UltraHD Blu-ray set that included Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis along with several special features. The set marks the first time these films have been available in a 4K and HDR home video release. Alongside the Blu-rays, the films also became available on on-demand storefronts like Apple’s TV app.
Last year, the original series films (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, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) received the same treatment. The reboot films (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond) have long been available in modern formats.
So as of this week, all 13 theatrically released Star Trek films are finally available in 4K and HDR. The latest releases also support the Dolby Atmos audio standard in addition to Dolby Vision HDR.
That said, large swaths of the classic Trek TV series aren’t even available in HD, much less in 4K or HDR. All three seasons of The Original Series and all seven of The Next Generation got Blu-ray and digital HD releases in recent years, as well as Enterprise and The Animated Series, and all the new Paramount+ shows are in HD. But Deep Space Nine and Voyager are still only available in standard definition.
A documentary about Deep Space Nine released a couple of years ago featured small segments upscaled with AI to HD to show what might be possible (that would be the only practical way to do it, people who worked on the series have claimed, because the numerous special effects from those series were not mastered in higher fidelity), and there have been fan projects to that effect, too. However, there hasn’t been much movement on an official full series upscaling project.