The first volume of Paramount's Star Trek DVD series represented a major jump in quality from the laserdisc releases that it began supplanting. The laserdiscs had been based on analog video transfers that dated from the mid-'80s -- by the mid-'90s, Japanese audiences were enjoying VHS tapes made from digitally remastered editions of the episodes, which looked significantly better than the U.S. laserdiscs, but those versions weren't ever issued here. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was the second pilot for the series, and the one that succeeded in selling it to NBC, although the network preferred that a more conventional mystery/manhunt, "The Man Trap, be the first episode shown. A lot of care was taken with this episode in the transfer -- a few small flaws in the original film elements show up, but there's minimal evidence of any digital artifacting. The restoration job makes this particular program, with the regular cast members looking amazingly young, all the more startling. The color is a slight bit unsteady for a few frames here and there, but viewing this disc is like watching the show for the first time -- the clarity is such that one can see, through the smoke and explosion effects that are supposed to be ripping through the bridge, that the yeoman played by Andrea Dromm is smiling; the tiniest shift in musculature of William Shatner's face is visible in the close-ups; the grain in the film on the freeze-frame close-up of Gary Lockwood's glowing eyes at the end of the first segment never looked more vivid; and among the minor disadvantages growing out of that clarity is the terrible doubling of the two stars in the fight scene, in which neither stuntman looks like the actor for whom he's substituting. "The Corbomite Maneuver" was the first regular season episode shot, and it looks somewhat better than its companion episode, though also a little more bland in its coloration on the bridge, in keeping with the redesign of the set (and the altered costumes) for the actual series. It's still superior to any of the prior editions of the episode, and so clean that the grain is evident in the heavily processed shots of the Starship Enterprise in motion. The disc is otherwise well laid out, with a menu that pops up automatically on start-up, offering access to either episode, though one programming flaw is that the pre-credit and credit sequences of each show are lumped in the same opening chapter as the first quarter of the show that follows; in later discs, the pre-credit and opening credits get their own index point, allowing viewers to skip the credits. Previews for each episode are attached and accessible by the main menu.