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Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)

Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , J.J. Abrams    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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A good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level of Star Trek obsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of the Enterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day of Star Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognized the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and in Star Trek Into Darkness he has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap into Star Trek lore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original" Star Trek universe in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century; Into Darkness also plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilizations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarization, a concept that is anathema to the crew of the Enterprise and her ongoing mission. The new cast is again inventively reunited, each of them further investing their characters with traits that reveal novel acting choices while staying true to the caricatures that are ingrained in our popular culture. The interplay between Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock is deeper, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura is a solid third in their relationship. John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy) all have standout roles in the overall ensemble mystique as well as the plot-heavy machinations of this incarnation's narrative. Fortunately, the burdens of the story are well served by some important additions to the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean aura, ferociously imperious gaze, and graceful athleticism make him a formidable villain as the mysterious Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison has initiated a campaign of terror on Earth before leading the Enterprise to even greater dangers in the enemy territory of Klingon-controlled space. That his background may make dedicated Trekkies/Trekkers gasp is just one acknowledgment of the substantial and ingrained legacy Star Trek has borne. There are many references, nods and winks to those with deep reverence for the folklore (some of them perhaps a little too close to being inside-baseball), though the fantastical and continually exciting story stands as an expertly crafted tale for complete neophytes. Another new face is Peter Weller--iconically famous in sci-fi-dom as RoboCop--here playing a steely, authoritative Starfleet bigwig who may also be following a hidden agenda. Not only is he running a covert operation, he's also at the helm of a fearsome secret starship that looms over the Enterprise like a shark poised to devour its prey. Which brings us to the awesome CGI effects driving the dazzling visual style of Into Darkness and the endlessly fascinating cosmos it makes real. The wow factor extends from the opening set piece on an alien world of primitive humanoids, garish vegetation, and a roiling volcano to the finale of destruction in a future San Francisco that is elegantly outfitted with gleaming-spired skyscrapers and all manner of flying vehicles. (London also gets a breathtaking 23rd-century makeover). With a coolness that glistens in every immaculately composed shot, the movie never forgets that humanism and creativity make the myriad design details and hyper-technology pop out as much more than eye candy. The biggest achievement of Star Trek Into Darkness is that it hews to the highest standard of a highly celebrated tradition. Though Kirk and co. may bend it a little, the Prime Directive remains unbroken. --Ted Fry

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
VIDEO (2D):

Star Trek Into Darkness flies onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The transfer is simply flawless and pristine in every frame. All the images are crisp and sharp in details, which are precise and beautifully textured, down the finest little crackle of alien flesh "paint," fray in their yellow sashes, or the more perfectly defined lines of Kirk's and McCoy's disguising robes. Every last fabric detail on the Starfleet uniform tops, each facial line and strand of hair, and every console readout and design touch appear flawlessly presented. The brilliantly coloured gold, red, and blue Starfleet shirts stand apart nicely from the bright white backgrounds and never lose even a sliver of vibrancy. Black levels are superb - particularly in the depths of space - and flesh tones are natural. The final resultant video that completely fills up my 12 foot wide screen is simply spectacular and perfect. (5/5)

AUDIO:

From the opening notes of Michael Giacchino's now-familiar Star Trek reboot theme, it's clear that Star Trek Into Darkness' Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack means business, and that business is sonic perfection. The track presents every element - from the broadest action effect and largest musical score piece to the most nuanced sound effect and ambient support detail - with striking clarity. The track is big, rich, and perfectly defined from the top of the highs to the deepest of the lows. The soundtrack is aggressive and potent without going overboard. Balance is key; never once does bass overwhelm the track, but never does it shy away from delivering the sort of pounding, naturally punishing presentation various scenes demand. There's excellent heft to phaser fire and the digital splattering percussion of hits to flesh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You have to laugh - or cry Aug. 10 2014
By Leiah
Format:Blu-ray
Ok. 2.5, but only for the action scenes. This movie is so terrible, it is funny.Did the writers not WATCH Star Trek at all??? Let’s see – The Pike thing? Uh, nah. Never happened. The fact that everyone is the same age? Uh, nope. Plot holes? Well, let’s just say fishnet hose have fewer! The cast did it’s best, but DANG . . . let’s just say that when you have garbage to work with, well, it must have been excruciating for the actors to try to turn fecal material into filet mignon.

Let’s see. The scene with the warp core was TOTALLY stolen from Spock’s big scene in “The Wrath of Kahn.” As in, TOTALLY COPIED! WTF???? And Spock with a girlfriend – and who that girlfriend WAS? ROFLMAO

What did I like? Zoe Saldana. Gorgeous as always. Special effects. I was in the mood for ‘blow em up’ so that worked for me. The computerized settings were beautifully done. I laughed until I nearly wet myself over the Klingons – you will see what I mean if you watch this. Face jewelry – “Oh, stop! My sides are aching!!!”

My website has a Video Preview courtesy of DailyMotion.com which is the "official" preview. But my favorite preview, is courtesy of Screen Junkies.

And now (drumroll please) check out the Youtube video, courtesy of Screen Junkies my honest to goodness ABSOLUTE FAVORITE movie Youtube site! The Screen Junkies trailer is courtesy of, and wholly owned by, Screen Junkies and is also on my soireadthisbooktoday (don't forget to add the dot com) review.

Pfft. Don't waste your money. Netflix has it for FREE!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you would ever want from a Star Trek movie May 25 2013
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I'm old enough to remember the original Star Trek series, and I have a deep affection for it despite its obvious flaws. I was ready to despise this latest reboot when Star Trek was released in 2009, but some terrific choices were made and I left the theater grinning. I was delighted with the casting choices four years ago, and how this new version of Star Trek gave enough nods to the original without going over the top.

So, I have been anticipating the release of Star Trek Into Darkness ever since the credits rolled on the last entry. I was not disappointed.

What do you want from a Star Trek movie? The world has changed over the past 45 years, and action is an essential element of any science fiction movie. Special effects rule, and the budget can be enormous for proven franchises that simply can't fail at the box office. There is certainly no lack of action in this movie, and it doesn't waste any time in surfacing. Kirk and some of the crew are shown fleeing the inhabitants of a primitive planet, after trying to prevent a volcano from destroying it. The fast cuts look like something out of a Bourne movie, and provide the first adrenaline rush. There are no shortage of similar moments over the remaining two hours.

While I loved Star Trek (2009), it was pretty light on story. It served as a vehicle to introduce the new crew, and did so splendidly, but the actual story wasn't particularly memorable. That's not to say that it wasn't tremendously enjoyable. What Into Darkness does is develop on that strong foundation. We learn more about the characters, and what binds them together, but this time we're also given a story with more depth.

The story is built around the hunt for John Harrison, who is a man that seems out to destroy the Federation. Who is he?
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