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Star Trek #03 the Search Fo

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Leonard Nimoy    DVD
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You didn't think Mr. Spock was really dead, did you? When Spock's casket landed on the surface of the Genesis planet at the end of Star Trek II, we had already been told that Genesis had the power to bring "life from lifelessness." So it's no surprise that this energetic but somewhat hokey sequel gives Spock a new lease on life, beginning with his rebirth and rapid growth as the Genesis planet literally shakes itself apart in a series of tumultuous geological spasms. As Kirk is getting to know his estranged son (Merritt Butrick), he must also do battle with the fiendish Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who is determined to seize the power of Genesis from the Federation. Meanwhile, the regenerated Spock returns to his home planet, and Star Trek III gains considerable interest by exploring the ceremonial (and, of course, highly logical) traditions of Vulcan society. The movie's a minor disappointment compared to Star Trek II, but it's a--well, logical--sequel that successfully restores Spock (and first-time film director Leonard Nimoy) to the phenomenal Trek franchise...as if he were ever really gone. With Kirk's willful destruction of the U.S.S. Enterprise and Robin Curtis replacing the departing Kirstie Alley as Vulcan Lt. Saavik, this was clearly a transitional film in the series, clearing the way for the highly popular Star Trek IV. --Jeff Shannon

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock follows the same winning formula of the first two Star Trek special-edition DVD releases, although it has no extra footage as The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan did. The first disc presents the film with an audio commentary track, the bulk of it handled (appropriately) by director Leonard Nimoy. He doesn't do it in character as Spock, but rather chortles and gushes about his cast and crew, especially William Shatner. Other contributors include Robin Curtis, who explains how Nimoy and writer Harve Bennett made it easy for her to take over Kirstie Alley's role as Saavik. There's also a subtitled commentary track full of trivia and details by Michael Okuda, joined this time by wife Denise. If you want, you can listen to the audio commentary while reading the subtitled commentary. The second disc offers the basic "Captain's Log" documentary (2002, 26 min.) plus substantial documentaries about models, creatures, and Klingon and Vulcan languages and costumes. Last, in "Terraforming and the Prime Directive," scientists discuss how a Genesis-like project could lead to humans colonizing Mars. --David Horiuchi

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Another classic trek movie, this one taking place directly after the famous Spock death scene in Wrath of Khan. But Spock was just so hip and cool in his stiff, emotionless, Spock-ish(??) way that they had to bring him back. And Kirk and the boys do it in style.
The story is basically this: Ambassador Sarek (Spock's father) comes up to Kirk and makes it known to him that his essence may be living within a crew member of the Enterprise. They discover it is McCoy (which is hilarious, considering Spock and McCoy's quirky friendship), which explains why many in StarFleet thought he had been driven insane, and locked him up for it. Kirk and the boys spring McCoy out of the cell, steal the Enterprise, and head into space on "personal matters."
Even if this movie lacked in action, which is does not at all, it would have plenty in hilarious dialogue. There are many examples, such as when McCoy tries to hire a mercenary at a bar (very reminiscent of the Star Wars cantina, clientele et al). McCoy tells him, "Place I name, money I go." And the perterbed alien (eerily reminiscent of George C. Scott and Dr. Evil) fires back, "Place you name, money I name or else bargainnnnnnno." It hilarious the way he says it. Another funny part comes when Sulu jokingly prods a bored Federation security guard, "Keeping you busy?", the guard slowly, menacingly stands up from his chair, towering over the short Sulu and says, "Don't get smart, tiny." It isn't so much what they say that's funny, it's the body language and the intonations, brought out in full by first-rate directing by Leonard Nimoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spock Returns in Third Trek Film June 11 2003
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After the success of Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, it soon became apparent that the Trek franchise could continue, with or without Spock. Despite rumors to the contrary, Leonard Nimoy had never stipulated in his contract for Star Trek II that Spock be killed off. According to Nimoy (as revealed in a "the making of" featurette), the actor really did think that the second film would be the finale of the Star Trek movies, so why not have Spock go out in a blaze of glory?
However, even before production ended on The Wrath of Khan, Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett decided that "there were always possibilities" for the future, both for the franchise and Spock.
Thus it came to pass that Star Trek III: The Search for Spock had its, pun intended, genesis. With a subtle scene here and a more upbeat ending there, several plot strands were left unresolved....what did Spock mean when he gave Dr. McCoy a mind meld with the word "Remember?" Why was he left on the Genesis Planet? Those two scenes, coupled with Nimoy reciting "Space: The Final Frontier" at the end of the second movie practically screamed "Sequel Ahead!"
As it happened, Star Trek III would also mark Nimoy's feature-film directorial debut. Although he was given a modest budget - which does, unfortunately, become obvious in many scenes - Nimoy fared fairly well his first time out as a director.
As in the movie that follows (The Voyage Home), Bennett and Nimoy give us a mix of adventure, suspense and even moments of comedy in the continuation of a three-movie story arc.
The setup is simple. After the events depicted in Star Trek II, the USS Enterprise has been ordered back to Earth. Spock is dead, the Enterprise's trainee crew has been reassigned, and Starfleet has quarantined the Genesis planet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beats the odd-number rule Dec 18 2002
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The oft-quoted rule that has even-numbered Trek movies beating odd-number movies was never that convincing - and this flick proves it wrong.
Picking up at the moment where "Wrath of Khan" left off, "Search" has Spock's coffin soft landing on the Genesis planet. Dr. Marcus and Saavik return to their to investigate that world's development. Meanwhile, the badly damaged Enterprise returns to Earth where Captain Kirk learns the ship is to be scrapped. On the way there, they spot Excelsior, a new breed of starships intended to make Enterprise obsolete. When Dr. McCoy begins showing signs that he was "mind-melded" with Spock - thinking he actually is Spock - he tries to get a ship back to the Genesis planet where Spock's body was left (in a scene that sends up the cantina scene from the first Star Wars flick and has McCoy up against an alien who bears a resemblance to the Vorvon from "Buck Rogers"). Kirk, informed by the vulcan Sarek that both McCoy and Spock's body must be returned to Vulcan, tries to get to Genesis himself. Unfortunately, Starfleet has quarantined Genesis, and isn't about to lift it for Kirk and his Vucan ghost stories. Meanwhile, Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), a rogue Klingon warlord with his own ship and crew, penetrates federation space greedy for the secrets of Genesis.
Though this flick seems a bit abbreviated - a filler between "Khan" and "Voyage Home" it's still a lot of fun. The script has our heroes working outside starfleet regulations and having loads of fun with each other. Prime examples: Scott explains how he saboutaged the Excelsior to McCoy, dropping that ship's isolinear chips into McCoy's palm like spare change ("From one Doctor to another, when youve learnt how to clean the pipes, you know how to stop the drain").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
It's a classic, all my favorite actors and a good story. It's got the original feel to it(1968 TO 1970 TV SERIES), nothing complicated and fun to watch.
Published on May 4 2012 by pom358
5.0 out of 5 stars the power of family
star trek 3 was the crew going back to genesis to retrieve their dead friend spock. this movie showed their loyalty to spock and their determanation to not let any one stop them. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2011 by THOMAS B. MCCABE
4.0 out of 5 stars better than number two (3.5/5)
this Star trek installment is better than the previous one.i liked the story more.i thought it was interesting and well written. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was pretty good.
I'm not a Kirstie Alley fan, but I thought that 'Search for Spock' was a decent follow up to 'Wrath of Khan' (Which had me in tears the first time I watched it - I was eleven). Read more
Published on July 6 2003 by Helena Troi
4.0 out of 5 stars Find Spock NOW!!!! ....as kirk commanded
This is one of my favorite trek movies as it center around the search for Spock who died to save the enterprise and it's crew. Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by LILyte Review
3.0 out of 5 stars "I...HAVE HAD ENOUGH...OF YOU!"
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock picks up were the previous Trek film left off: Kirk discovers that he must retrieve the remains of Mr. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2002 by Art Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty, Honor, Sacrifice.
Though lacking the philosophical depth of The Motion Picture, and the heart-pounding action of The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ultimately succeeds because... Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2002 by Hank Drake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a relly good movie and it is a good buy. But to get this movie you have to watch "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
Published on Nov. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Search For Spock ...Finds 5 Stars!!
The teary & emotional ending of the classic SSII - THE WRATH OF KHAN (so classic that the film is mentioned in an episode of SEINFELD... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation
Star Trek III The Search for Spock is a wonderful, middle movie to the more or less trilogy of II, III and IV. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002 by K. Wyatt
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