- Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch
- Directors: J.J. Abrams
- Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Dubbed: French
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Sept. 10 2013
- Run Time: 132 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 392 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00CW7YOB0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,945 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray 3D + 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 Fry
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The other, equally entertaining feature is the behind-the-scenes clips that show how some things were done during the making of the film.
I was a bit disappointed by the lack of a version with commentary from the Director but that's okay.
They include a URL from which you can legally download a digital copy of the film. That's handy for viewing it from a device like a tablet or other computer that doesn't have an optical drive.
I've taken Amazon.ca up on a few of their offers to provide BD/DVD movies as soon as they are released to disk. I'll use that service again because they do get the products to me within days of the release ...and they don't price gouge, which they so could.
Had no issues playing the 3D version (and the extras from the regular blu-ray) on my Philips UHD (region 1 / A) player bought in Canada.
Looks & sounds great.
I could not redeem the digital copy in Canada. (may try when I go on vacation to the UK)
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.
McCoy tests Khans blood in this one but not at all in the other time line....hummmm? I won't try and spoil the movie here but seemed almost improbable that this was never explored in the other time line.
Interesting link to how Kirk met Carol Markus, the mother of Kirk's son David in Wrath of Khan. Admiral Markus was such a control freak yet never mentioned in the Star Trek universe before so a little out in left field but interesting.
Scotty seemed more like his old self in this one. I'm still confused by his little buddy "get down from there". Comic relief I suppose.
I enjoyed this on Blu-ray more than in the theaters. The 3D version is only available till 09/10/2015 .
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