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Lost Footage From Original 'Star Trek' Revealed

Blu-ray also will feature 12 classic episodes

Gene Roddenberry didn't like to throw things away. That might have meant a full closet in his bedroom, but it has become a treasure trove of material for Star Trek fans ... especially in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise he created.

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have joined with Roddenberry Entertainment to announce a new Blu-ray set coming later this year called "Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault."

The Blu-ray will contain bits and pieces of episodic footage that was left on the cutting room floor, and then stored away in film cans for decades by the Roddenberry estate, according to a release. Researchers have spent years sifting through the footage, looking for what could be the best inside look into the original "Star Trek" that has ever existed.

The package comes not only with the alternate takes, deleted scenes and omitted dialogue, but also 12 episodes many of the clips relate to. That includes "The Corbomite Maneuver," "Arena," "Devil in the Dark," "City on the Edge of Forever" and "Mirror, Mirror."

Also included on the Blu-ray are interviews with various people involved in the original "Star Trek," including William Shatner, D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. It also will have discussions with some modern Star Trek fans like Bill Nye and NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi.

No price for the Blu-ray nor a specific release date was shared. Details of the Blu-ray set were first revealed this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con.

Roddenberry Entertainment is a former owner of 1701News, spinning off the site to Nexus Media Group in March.

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for 1701News, Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus, and a co-founder of 1701News. He lives in Tampa, Fla.Email author