I have been a Star Trek fan since I was six years old, which was quite a long time ago, so when I first got word that Paramount Studios was launching a re-boot of the franchise, I was both excited and nervous. Was this new Star Trek going to be faithful to the Trek of my youth or was it going to sell out the franchise with a Michael Bay visual effects assault on the senses?

When I went to the theater in May, I was tentative. I wanted to love the movie, I was born to like Star Trek, and I wanted this film to re-ignite my passion for the franchise. But would I love it? The lights went down, and I was palpably nervous. But within about five minutes, my fears were calmed and I knew I was in good hands.

Star Trek was fantastic. Immediately, I began to imagine the possibilities for the sequel. For within days there was word that Paramount was so pleased with J.J. Abrams new Trek, that they had commissioned at least one and possibly two more feature films to be placed on the fast track. I was delighted.

Then my sites became set on the Star Trek DVD. I devoured all the news about the features and commentaries to be included in the release. Suddenly, I was like a teenage Trekkie again. I became so excited about the the DVD release that I set a google alert to my inbox to update me with any news on when the Star Trek DVD would be released and what features it would contain.

Within a few weeks, I had my answers. Paramount was releasing Star Trek on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 17, 2009. And it would be replete with features. Among the features that will be included on the release are:

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  • Deleted scenes including scenes of Nero imprisoned by Klingons on the penal asteroid Rura Pente.
  • A audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams - who I have to say does the most delightfully detailed audio commentaries I have heard this side of Quentin Tarantino.
  • A featurette on the development of the production design focusing on how the creative team updated the look of the original 1960's bridge to reflect changes in technology.
  • An explanation on how the debate about whether or not to include William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk in the feature.
And there are other elements that will be included as well, including a holographic image which can be decoded online with the chance to win prizes.

Obviously, as a long time fan, I am most excited by these latest Star Trek developments. There is a DVD on the way in November, and more feature films in the works. It is a grand time to be a Trekkie.