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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Widescreen Collection)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Nicholas Meyer    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Although Star Trek: The Motion Picture had been a box-office hit, it was by no means a unanimous success with Star Trek fans, who responded much more favorably to the "classic Trek" scenario of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Inspired by the "Space Seed" episode of the original TV series, the film reunites newly promoted Admiral Kirk with his nemesis from the earlier episode--the genetically superior Khan (Ricardo Montalban)--who is now seeking revenge upon Kirk for having been imprisoned on a desolated planet. Their battle ensues over control of the Genesis device, a top-secret Starfleet project enabling entire planets to be transformed into life-supporting worlds, pioneered by the mother (Bibi Besch) of Kirk's estranged and now-adult son. While Mr. Spock mentors the young Vulcan Lt. Saavik (then-newcomer Kirstie Alley), Kirk must battle Khan to the bitter end, through a climactic starship chase and an unexpected crisis that will cost the life of Kirk's closest friend. This was the kind of character-based Trek that fans were waiting for, boosted by spectacular special effects, a great villain (thanks to Montalban's splendidly melodramatic performance), and a deft combination of humor, excitement, and wondrous imagination. Director Nicholas Meyer (who would play a substantial role in the success of future Trek features) handles the film as a combination of Moby Dick, Shakespearean tragedy, World War II submarine thriller, and dazzling science fiction, setting the successful tone for the Trek films that followed. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

On the DVD commentary track, Nicholas Meyer discusses his directing philosophy, how he scrimped to stay under budget (Wrath of Khan was the cheapest Star Trek film), and his nautical approach to Trek, but he doesn't dissect all the various bits of footage (only a few minutes total, with the most substantial change explaining Midshipman 1st Class Peter Preston's connection to Commander Scott) that went into the director's cut DVD. For those kinds of technical details and trivia, switch on the subtitled commentary track by Michael Okuda (who cowrote The Star Trek Encyclopedia and did the same honors on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture DVD). Disc 2 offers substantial featurettes on how the story developed and how the costumes, ships, and sets were designed, highlighted by new interviews of Meyer, producer-writer Harve Bennett, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Ricardo Montalban. There are also 8 minutes of 1982 interviews, 13 storyboard archives, and a feature that might seem like a 27-minute commercial for Star Trek books, but is actually an interesting and lighthearted look at how novelists create the back story for such topics as the Kobayashi Maru test and the Eugenics Wars, which feature prominently in Khan. --David Horiuchi

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Wrath of Khan' A Magnificent Masterpiece Oct. 5 2002
Though THE MOTION PICTURE began the Trek movie endeavors, it was STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN that really brought out the best for Trek fans everywhere. With magnificent battles, thrilling special effects, and the superb acting of Ricardo Montablan, THE WRATH OF KHAN is a thrill-ride from start to finish. I also liked seeing Kirstey Alley as Lt. Saavik, and she does a surprisingly nice job as the curious and charming Saavik. And Berritt Mutrick does a splendid job as the son of Kirk.
THE WRATH OF KHAN deals with the story of Khan's return, and his plans to snag his hands on the Genesis Project for his own deadly plans, and when he hijacks the USS Reliant and its crew, Kirk and the crew must stop him before it's too late. The battle scenes, especially in the Motara Nebula, are brilliant, and well done. You'll find yourself satisfied after you watch this movie, and left with a feeling that it got more than just it's job done for all the Trek fans.
THE WRATH OF KHAN also concludes with the "temporary" death of Spock, who gave his marbles to McCoy so that it would be possible to revive him in the next movie, THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK. Exhilirating, fast-paced, and with great savvy intelligence, this is one Trek you'll want to watch again and again! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the ages July 17 2004
Back when "The Wrath of Khan" first hit the theaters, I remember thinking that Khan now ranks with the best movie bad guys of all time. I think Ricardo Montalban may have turned out the best performance of his career by bringing complexity, passion, pathos, and humanity all at once to the role of Khan. I'll never be able to read Moby Dick the same way ever again - "He tasks me, and I shall have him... I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom, and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!" Sure, I'm an avowed lifelong trek fan, but I don't think I'm exagggerating this by much.
On a more objective note, the movie works very well at multiple levels...
The soundtrack itself is exceptional and, at the time, somewhat ground-breaking for the movie industry. This is evidenced by the fact that subsequent soundtracks in the sci-fi genre seem to have borrowed from Horner's original score. I think it was a shame that "Khan" was not nominated for an Oscar in the original score category.
The visual effects, which were state of the art at the time, still hold up over twenty years later. It serves as a good example and reminder that movies used to have good special effects even in the pre-computer era.
The acting was also superior. I already mentioned that Montalban may have given the performance of his life as "Khan", but I don't think it ends there. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley also recaptured the feel of the cameraderie from the original series. I am aware that Shatner is often criticized for being overly-dramatic, but my opinion is that this may also rank among the top two or three performance of Shatner's career as well (including the TV show).
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you see just one Star Trek movie..... June 29 2004
By Larry
MAKE IT THIS ONE. This is it...the movie that defined that reinvented Star Trek in the 80's and paved the way back to television for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Why you'll like it:
Shatner and Nimoy: No matter how you slice it, there is a chemistry between these two people (both off and on screen) that makes you want to watch them together.
Ricardo Montalban: The man "chews scenery". Khan is one of the great villians.
GREAT special effects: all cutting edge effect done by Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic. It was done sooo well - like they were going out of there way to apologize for the visual trainwreck that was Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
And - if you don't like Star Trek - it's still pretty good fun.
I won't spoil the ending - but keep the tissues handy. No one can keep a dry eye when you hear bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace".
I also really enjoyed watching this film with the director's commentary. I actually got a whole new perspective on the film from the first time I saw it (more than 20 years ago).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold June 4 2004
"I have been & always shall be your friend. Live long & prosper."
"Of my friend..., I can only say this. Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels. His was the most- .... human.
- Captain Spock says goodbye to his close friend while Admiral Kirk honors the fallen in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".
After 22 summers (to the day) "Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan" is still the movie that "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" wanted to be and after ten films in the "Star Trek" saga, "II" is still the film that all other "Trek" films are measured up to (for me personally, this one is tied for first with "Star Trek: First Contact").
Admiral Kirk and the crew of The Enterprise face an old enemy (Khan Noonian Singh) from the television series (see the episode entitled "Space Seed").
Simplistic plot, but, what makes the film work so well is:
1. - The crew act there age & try not to be the young crew they tried to be in "The Motion Picture".
2. - Admiral Kirk has a mid-life crisis as his past catches up with him in the form of the son he hardly knows.

3. - Khan seeks revenge for the death of his wife (the Enterprise historian from the T.V. episode). Wouldn't you?
4. - Aside from the senior staff, The Enterprise crew is made of cadets, giving the film an extra element of danger(the plotpoint w/ Scotty's cadet nephew is one of the extended scenes in the film).
5. - The senior staff, unlike in the T.V. series, is expendable (Scotty gets a bout of radation poisining, Checkov becomes Khan's hostage, and Spock, ..., well you know. I won't give that away for the 2 people who haven't watched the film).
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3.0 out of 5 stars i think it's a better than number one
i think this movie is a bit better than the first one.it starts off better,with some action right off the bat. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk's Little Training Cruises Inc.
"The Wrath of Khan" was the second of the Star Trek movies and focuses on the crew of the original television series. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film for trekkies everywhere
If you haven't heard this quote, "The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few or the one". Then, you should check this film out. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2004 by Tara Handford
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither the best nor the worst of Trek.
When I was young 'un (back when I was about 8 or so), The Wrath of Khan was actually my least favorite Star Trek film to date. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive Star Trek experience!
"Star Trek" has legions of fans, spawned numerous television incarnations, and inspired ten feature length movies. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Patrick L. Randall
1.0 out of 5 stars cool movie!!!
this movie was really cool, i liked how they CGed in new effects for the special editions and made the wampa more scary. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by C. Torp
4.0 out of 5 stars "He tasks me...and I shall have him!"
Of the original Star Trek films this one shines the brightest. Part one was a disappointment filled with good ideas, Part three was fairly unremarkable, Part four was the most... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by D. Knouse
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM HELL'S HEART I STAB AT THEE...
While most of the Trek films have met with varying degrees of success, THIS one is easily the best, and arguably the most successful of the bunch, being culled from one of the most... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by C. Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Average Extras
I can remember being slightly disappointed when the first Star Trek movie came out in the theatre, thinking it lacked the television series' "the Enterprise takes a hit and... Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Robert C. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars ...... I SPIT MY LAST BREATH AT THEE
Truly there is no other movie in the star trek series that is better than Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan. Read more
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