By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
If you are a huge Deep Space Nine Fan like me, trying to find a local theatre playing this documentary about this show is difficult. Not every town will offer it. Thankfully, Shout! Factory is releasing this product to home video so those who are looking for that love letter from outer space can get it. In what I believe made this series work is that directors Ira Steven Behr (showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains) were on board for all seven seasons. Their vision never waned!
They are two of the many names who look back at What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It’s a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present, and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise, What We Left Behind will be available August 6, 2019 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital, as well as a Shout! Factory exclusive two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray.
From the Press Release:
Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as newly remastered HD footage from the television series, What We Left Behind also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.
Check out the trailer for the film here:
Both the Blu-ray and the DVD of What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine comes loaded with nearly ninety minutes of bonus features, including over a dozen deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, a discussion of the HD restoration process with the producers, and more! The Special Edition Blu-ray also includes the featurette A Musical Reunion with Composers Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner, as well as a 50-minute roundtable discussion with directors Ira Steven Behr, David Zappone, and the film’s producers that provides audiences with a comprehensive look at the making of the film, the show’s fans and the series’ ongoing appeal to Trekkers of all ages.
What We Left Behind Standard Edition Bonus Features
- An Intro from Ira
- A Brief History of Deep Space Nine featurette
- What We Left Out – Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes at the Variety photoshoot featurette
- HD Remaster Discussion with the filmmakers
- More from the Fans featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
What We Left Behind Two-Disc Special Edition Bonus Features the above-mentioned items plus a second disc with:
- A Roundtable Look at The Making of the Documentary, a 50-minute discussion with co-director and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr, co-director David Zappone, producer Kai de Mello-Folsom, producer/editor Joseph Kornbrodt and producer/editor Luke Snailham
- A Musical Reunion with Composers Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner