Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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Pioneering director J.J. Abrams delivers an explosive action thriller that takes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
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 FrySee all Product Description
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The Zachary Quinto scene where he was tearing up was a little hard to stomach the first time I saw it in the theaters but seemed a more tolerable now that I have had a year to get used to it. Quinto and Pine just didn't seem that close and seemed at odds most of the time so tearing up was still too much especially when Nimoy only became emotional when under some alien influence. Quinto did lose Vulcan and his mother so maybe that is why.
Khan character has received criticism for not being as genuine as Ricardo Montalbon. I did see a little of him being portrayed in the more dramatic scenes by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Nice to see Nimoy again in this one. Curious that not even an honorable mention of Nimoy's name on the DVD jacket though. I did see his name clearly separated in the movie credits. Felt his description of how Khan was stopped in his time line was cut off and should have at least been available on the deleted scenes. Almost funny when he said Khan was stopped at great cost since Spock was the great cost. Obvious Segway to the Spock death scene in the movie Wrath of Khan. I thought it almost funny when Nimoy said "...at great cost..." because it seemed like the only way to defeat Khan was for one main character to die.Read more ›
But, I'm distressed by the crazy problems that have been introduced into the Star Trek universe in the last two movies.
High-warp multi-light year transporters, or worse, planet-to-planet? So... wars can now be fought by beaming nukes to other planets from deep space? It seems kind of short-sighted to introduce something that unbalanced into a well established universe.
But I digress.
The reason I think you should NOT buy this Star Trek: Into Darkness blu ray is the way the company is handling the Special Features.
Paramount has a LOT of special features available, but you won't find them here. Apparently someone thought it was a good idea to give out small numbers of Special Features to different retail outlets. Did they think people were going to buy 4+ different copies of the same movie? Of course not. Worst. Marketing. Decision. Ever.
To me, the whole POINT to buying movies on blu ray is the Special Features. But if you make it difficult to buy... then what? Less sales. Seems simple to me.
You can pretty much guarantee that there is going to be a "Special Edition" of this movie with ALL the special features on it.
Personally, I'm going to wait for that one. (...and you should too! Don't support this marketing tactic!)
If I still care about the movie at that point.
Since you've read this far, consider this:
Releasing a blu ray which is a great experience (lots of well-designed Special Features) will let people ENJOY it. They'll want more. And the next time you release a movie, they'll BUY the blu ray, no questions asked.
BUT, if you create a POOR blu ray experience, that cause people to write reviews such as this one, then they'll REMEMBER that.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This was an ok movie. Slightly entertaining, but certainly could have been better.Published 19 days ago by Sid Gould
Comme je m'attendais comme Star Trek toujours un plaisir a voir !!!Livraison rapide !!Published 1 month ago by Richard Giambattistini
Not a fan of JJ Trek, but I bought it for completeness sake with the TOS and TNG Blu-Ray packs.Published 1 month ago by Jon
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