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As entertainment this reimagining of Star Trek delivers great action, and great surprises. It's quite exciting to see the familiar characters being reintroduced and played by new actors.

One hopes that Abrams who brought us Lost and Alias, and wrote space epic Armageddon would take the treasure that is Star trek, and boldly go where no one has gone before. By that I do mean not going where he has gone with Lost, which had me totally confused, with myriad time travel plot lines, who the good and bad guys areguy, but going somewhere fresh, new and exciting.

JJ Abrams has done a great job first time at bat with this franchise. The actors playing the lead roles Pine as Kirk, Quinto as Spock, and Urban as McCoy all do incredible jobs. The Spock character is by far the best developed, and when you see the movie you will understand why.

Part of what I loved about this movie was the paradox. For instance, Time Travel. It was fun picking apart the logic afterwards.

Romulan villain Nero travels back in time, to avenge the destruction of his planet Romulus, destroyed by a supernova (exploding star).

The very fact that Nero can travel back in time, means that he can save his planet, which at the time of this Star Trek still exists, yet he does not.

Nero waits 25 years for Spock to emerge from the time space continuum, which in Spock time is only 5 minutes. How long would you wait for someone to turn up? If you're like me, not that long.

Nero attacks Star fleet before Kirk is born. If he can travel through time, then why does he wait until Kirk is all grown up before launching his next attack?

I was surprised by the Romulan ship, all these walkways high in the air with no safety handrails. Someone could fall off. They have time travel, can destroy planets, have red matter, but no safety rails.

Kobayashi Maru Simulation

In order to pass this test and become a star fleet captain, you must fail the test. Nobody has ever passed the test. Yet there are star fleet captains. Kirk has failed the test twice, before becoming the first person to beat the test. How many times must one be allowed to take the test and fail, before one is deemed to pass the test?

When he beats the test designed by Spock, he is put on trial for cheating. Spock designed the simulation to test the fear response, so how can someone who has no emotions be the arbiter of someone else's emotions.

Using that standard Spock is unqualified to be a starship commander, yet Spock is a commander. Wouldn't Spock have to pass his own test, and therefore with his advance knowledge would he not achieve the same result as Kirk who he accuses of cheating by cheating? I enjoyed how screwed up this whole thing was.

The movie felt a little off in two places, one was the Uhura storyline, so vaguely told as to be semi apologetic. The other I felt was capturing Kirk, portrayed here as a hedonistic thrill seeker. It's unlikely that anyone in a captain role would take the risks he takes. That's what crew members are for.

It has to be said that I have seen the movie more than once, as there was so much action, it was difficult to take it all in in one go.

I think it is superb entertainment. I think if you love the previous series and movies, you will also love this refreshing take. I hope this was helpful.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 26, 2010
Starfleet is made aware of a strange electrical storm, which turns out to be more than a storm. Oops it's a trap and George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) acting captain for 12 minutes, must sacrifice himself to save his crew. On this day was born James Tiberius Kirk. Kirk who leads a rambunctious childhood must find and fulfill his destiny.

He will unite with other characters with which Trekkies can relate. For people new to the genre the story itself sustainable and does not require any previous knowledge of the story or the characters.

This is a great addition to the Star Trek tradition. They left no stone unturned all the major characters and the Gene Roddenberry feel is included. The CGI did not overwhelm the basic story. Parts my look like a power plant in Long Beach. Moreover, do we get Budweiser name recognition?

There will always be people that will ether not watch this presentation or dis the story as growing up with the original TV or movies have no intention of rewriting the story in their minds. That is too bad that they will miss out. However, I understand, as I cannot stand to watch anything past the first three Starwars presentation. However is suggest you give this presentation, a chance as you may find that it has all the same energy philosophy and dialog that made the original.

I've only seen the Blu-Ray version so I cannot compare versions however, the DVD was proud of itself being Blu-Ray and we have to sit through several minutes of coming attractions. The extras include the obligatory commentary by J. J. Abrams, Brian Burke, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci. There is also a BD-live option.

All the other extras can fill a review in themselves. Most of the added material is duplicated in other presentations but it is interesting to look at the shooting locations.

aka "Star Trek: The Future Begins" - Malaysia (English title)
aka "Star Trek Zero" - USA (working title)
aka "Star Trek: The IMAX Experience" - USA (IMAX version)
aka "Star Trek (IMAX DMR version)" - Hong Kong (English title) (IMAX version)
aka "Star Trek XI" - USA (working title)
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on December 13, 2013
Of course you all realize that, when all of the actors portraying our favorite crew will age into the original series character's age, they will not at all look the same. They already don't. So when your sons - or grandsons, as none of us are getting any younger - asks the embarassing question: 'Dad, why do these same persons with the same names and at the same age look entirely different from one another?' You will have to fumble an answer like: 'Well, son, a totally senile pointed-ear character chose to travel back in time and create a different timeline in which, for starters, planets Vulcan and Romulus have been annihilated.' That's right, folks, everything from the first timeline, of which you bought all the DVDs, has been irrevocably eradicated. (Of course now you have to consider giving away all of those now-obsolete DVDs to some carefree young nephew in the hope of turning him into a young first-timeline trekkie... good luck!) Furthermore, it clearly appears that in that second timeline, time itself moves at an incredibly accelerated rate. We could easily call it the dynamite timeline. It is a much more thunderous universe in which exploding events ceaselessly cascade into one another. No time for idle recollection here, folks. And not too much depth either. Not a hint of resemblance whatsoever with the very first movie, 'Star Trek The Motionless Picture' of the old, verging on ancient, timeline. Look out for a new, exciting, faster-than-a-commercial Star Trek movie every two years.
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on May 25, 2013
The characters are introduced one by one in an interesting way, when they are young, as usual in that kind of sci-fi movie. The story is great, the pictures are nice and 2 hours flow smoothly. The actors are good and they get intense at times, making me a bit anxious, feeling the stress. I will probably watch it again with my son. Time well spent on this rather cold rainy day. Not a big fan of Star Trek, I did enjoy this one.
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on April 20, 2010
I bought the DVD from Amazon and was delighted to see it being seen by my daughter and her friends a number of times. It makes a valuable addition to my collection.

Reviewers before me have done such a massive job on reviewing this movie in a historical context that I can't possibly add anything value adding enough. I am going to say just two things in its favour.

Firstly, at the cost of repetition, the effects are great. Growing up watching re-runs of original Star Trek series in the mid-80s,The Next Generation series in the 90s, and all the Star Trek movies, I was aware that special effects are not the hallmark of Star Trek movies. I became a fan of Voyager series just because of the special effects. I knew that effects had to be big this time. The movie did not disappoint me at all.

Secondly and more importantly, if the Franchise was aiming at attracting a whole new generation of Star Trek fans then it has been totally successful. When I went to see the movie in an IMAX theatre in Mississauga with my two teenaged children, I observed thousands of kids, teenagers, and young adults standing in queues to watch the movie. It certainly felt good. Furthermore, all these youngsters had a very good opinion about the story, the effects, and especially the cast. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg are actors that the youngsters can relate to. These actors are heart-throbs of the younger folks.

I personally know of some youngsters who watched the movie as many as 5 times on big screen alone. I am proud to say that we have new torch bearers for the Star Trek movies and new generation of Trekkies. It is for this reason alone I am assigning this product a 5 star.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 17, 2014
STAR TREK [2009] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] The Future Begins! Action Movie of the Year! Spectacular Action!

The future begins in J.J. Abrams 'high-octane hit' 'STAR TREK' that has taken audience by storm. When the Romulan Nero comes from the future to take revenge on the Federation, rivals Kirk and Spock must work together to stop him from destroying everything they know. On an 'exhilarating' journey filled with 'spectacular action,' comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits of the U.S.S. Enterprise will voyage through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. 'Even if you've never seen 'Star Trek' before, this movie is for you!'

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2009 BAFTA® Awards: Nominated: Best Sound for Anna Behlmer, Ben Burtt, Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelso and Mark Stoeckinger. Nominated: Best Special Visual Effects for Burt Dalton, Russell Earl, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh. 2010 Grammy Awards: Nominated: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for Michael Giacchino. 2010 Hugo Awards: Nominated: Best Dramatic Presentation in Long Form for J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. 2010 MTV Movie Awards: Nominated: Best Breakthrough Performance for Chris Pine. Nominated: Biggest Badass Star for Chris Pine. 2010 Academy Awards®: Won: Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow. Nominated: Best Sound Editing for Alan Rankin and Mark Stoeckinger. Nominated: Best Sound for Anna Behlmer, Peter J. Devlin and Andy Nelson. Nominated: Best Visual Effects for Burt Dalton, Russell Earl, Roger Guyett and Paul Kavanagh.

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoë Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Faran Tahir, Clifton Collins Jr., Tony Elias, Sean Gerace, Randy Pausch, Tim Griffin, Freda Foh Shen, Kasia Kowalczyk, Jason Brooks, Sonita Henry, Tavarus Conley, Jeff Castle, Billy Brown, Jimmy Bennett (Young James T. Kirk), Greg Grunberg, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Zoe Chernov, Max Chernov, Jacob Kogan (Young Spock), Lorenzo James Henrie, Colby Paul, Cody Klop, Akiva Goldsman, Anna Katarina, Tyler Perry, Ben Binswagner, Jonny Rees, Scottie Thompson and Majel Barrett (Starfleet Computer voice)

Director: J.J. Abrams

Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, David Baronoff, David Witz, J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Chernov and Roberto Orci

Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Gene Roddenberry (original television series "Star Trek")

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Cinematography: Dan Mindel

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English: 5.1 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio Description, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish

Running Time: 127 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: Rebooting old film franchises, especially sci-fi films is all the rage in Hollywood these days. When a once-popular film series starts to lose its lustre and outlive its usefulness, the time may come to hit the Reset button and start over fresh. This strategy worked wonders for both Batman and James Bond. Superman really could have benefited from the same, but unfortunately the non-reboot quasi-sequel we got instead disappointed on many levels. Still stinging from that one, the studio behind it is currently discussing the reboot option for its next attempt.

But when is a reboot not really a reboot? Is it possible for a movie to be a linear sequel, a prequel, and also a reboot all at the same time? That's the conundrum posed by the newly-revamped 'STAR TREK.' The title alone boldly declares its intentions. This isn't 'STAR TREK XI'. It's just 'STAR TREK' full stop. Start over. Reboot. And yet, it's also not. Can a film have it both ways? In this case, amazingly, yes.

Truth be told, it took a lot of cajoling on Paramount Pictures part to even contemplate the prospect of rebooting its venerable 'STAR TREK' franchise. Undeniably, 'Trek' was on pretty shaky ground in recent years. The last sci-fi film, 'NEMESIS,' was its first outright box office bomb. And the most recent TV series, 'Enterprise', was cancelled due to poor ratings. Nevertheless, 'STAR TREK' still boasts an enormous and famously ill-tempered fan base that doesn't take easily to change or to disruptions in the series' labyrinthine canon, and starting over. Could any film manage the near-impossible task of appeasing old fans while attracting new ones? That was the challenge laid out for director J.J. Abrams and his writers. The solution they came up with is really quite ingenious.

Plans for a prequel film that would revisit younger versions of the "Original Crew" characters James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and others during their Starfleet Academy days had been in discussions at least as far back as 1990. For various reasons, the project was scrapped. For their reboot, J.J. Abrams and company decided to revive that concept, but also cleverly tied it to the original continuity via the convenient excuse of time travel. In the new story, a villainous Romulan named Nero [Eric Bana] from the 'Next Generation' era has travelled back in time to the early 23rd Century and set in motion a chain of events that will change history and directly affect the life of young James T. Kirk. Thus, all of the events of the 'Star Trek' that fans have followed for four decades still happened, while this new sci-fi film creates an alternate, parallel timeline. "Whatever our lives might have been, if the time continuum was disrupted, our destinies have changed," Spock explains. This avoids the pitfalls of a typical prequel, in which the fates of all the characters are already set in stone. Anything can happen in this new timeline. The entire history of 'Star Trek' has just shot off in another direction.

The opening scene sets the tone. From out of nowhere, the Federation Starship U.S.S. Kelvin is set upon and attacked by a gigantic Romulan vessel of superior technology. The ship's captain is taken prisoner and executed, leaving First Officer George Kirk in command. Meanwhile, George Kirk's pregnant wife is in the throes of labour on a lower deck. This culminates in a huge battle simultaneous with the birth of their son James. The scene is epic in scope, operatic in emotions, and immediately declares the sci-fi film's agenda to wilfully break with 'STAR TREK' tradition, because it is utterly fantastic. From that point, the film jumps ahead to show the rebellious James T. Kirk's youth in Iowa and enlistment in Starfleet Academy, where he meets important characters such as McCoy, Spock, and Uhura. Eventually, he winds up on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise right as Nero returns to launch the second phase of his diabolical plan. Naturally, out of all of Starfleet, only our crew of fresh-faced cadets will have what it takes to oppose this threat.

In a project like this, casting is critical. If the audience can't believe that these young actors are portraying the iconic characters they've known and loved for decades, the entire film will fall apart. It's in this regard that J.J. Abrams takes his biggest risk and scores his greatest coup and I don't know where the director found Chris Pine, but it was a really smart decision and Chris Pine makes a conscious decision to avoid any overt William Shatner impressions, which would almost certainly come across as terribly corny. And yet, without at all seeming like William Shatner, he very much embodies all the characteristics of James T. Kirk and his charisma and his cockiness, his smug self-satisfaction and his irresistible magnetism, his hot-headed temper and brilliant tactical mind. If Chris Pine's performance had at all missed the mark, he could have derailed the movie. Somehow, it just works. When I first heard that Karl Urban, the tough-guy villain from 'The Chronicles of Riddick' and 'The Bourne Supremacy,' had been cast as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, I couldn't imagine how he'd pull it off and I'm glad to say that I was completely mistaken and Karl Urban absolutely nails the character's acerbic wit and homespun charm. He couldn't possibly be better.

This new 'Star Trek' is almost all about the action. It is mostly well-plotted and has excellent character development, but lacks the philosophical depth of the best 'STAR TREK' outings. The film does the seemingly impossible and it makes 'STAR TREK' a great deal of fun and relevant again in the 21st Century. Paramount Pictures big gamble paid off. The sci-fi film was a huge box office hit and the biggest in the STAR TREK franchise's history. Unlike some of 2009's other big money-makers, it scored widespread praise from both critics and audiences. And of course the sequel 'STAR TREK: Into Darkness' in 3-D which has now been released and will be reviewing this also. Let's just hope that the franchise series can keep up the momentum for many years to come.

Blu-ray Video Quality ' As if there had been any reason to doubt, 'STAR TREK' looks totally brilliant on Blu-ray. Personally, I think it looks better than several other recent high-profile releases. Some viewers may take issue with the director's overuse of lens flares shining directly into the camera, but there's little denying that the 1080p transfer captures all of his stylistic affectations just as he'd want them. Likewise, a number of close-ups on the Enterprise Bridge were shot with wide-angle lenses and appear slightly stretched. That's not a transfer flaw. It was evident in cinemas as well. For the most part, the 2.40:1 image is very sharp and detailed. Many close-ups are amazingly vibrant. However, in certain parts of the movie, especially during the first half, shots with visual effects seem slightly less detailed than those without. This probably has to do with the resolution at which they were rendered and composited. It's never a dramatic drop-off, but is somewhat noticeable on a large screen. That problem works itself out as the film goes along. By the last hour, just about everything looks virtually flawless. The picture has vivid colours and great contrast throughout. The black of space is suitably inky, yet shadow detail is well defined. A little bit of film grain is apparent and appears unprocessed. 'Star Trek' is a good-looking movie that will make terrific home theatre eye candy, even on large projection screens. Please Note: Playback Region B/2: This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Learn more about Blu-ray region specifications.

Blu-ray Audio Quality ' I've been watching a lot of high-octane action and sci-fi pictures lately, the type of sci-fi films where loudness is valued as the most important aspect of sound design, and deafening cacophonies are used to bludgeon the audiences' senses. I'd seen 'STAR TREK' in the cinema and knew it to be another action-packed sci-fi film. Firing it up via my home theatre set-up, I set my expectations and my Pioneer A/V Receiver's volume accordingly. Listening in the home environment, what struck me the most about this soundtrack is just how well balanced it is. The mix certainly has plenty of dynamic range, but never does the dialogue sound suppressed in comparison to overly-loud music or sound effects. All of the levels are appropriate, not obnoxious. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack features bold and brassy music that swells up very nicely. Directional effects and bass rumble are smoothly integrated. Sound effects like the 'phasers' are crisply recorded. Listen closely, and you'll also hear plenty of classic 'STAR TREK' noises and effects subtly integrated into the soundscape. The action scenes build up to tremendous power. The surround channels buzz with excitement, and the subwoofer gets a workout as well. This is just a brilliant soundtrack all round.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary: Commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelot and Robert Orci: Director J.J. Abrams, producers Bryan Burk & Damon Lindelof, and writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and all recorded together and have a great rapport in this fast-paced, information-packed commentary. Among the topics discussed is the script development of the 'STAR TREK' film and the continuity, last-minute editorial changes, and tailoring the sci-fi film to appeal to women. This is a consistently interesting and a very engaging audio commentary track.

Special Feature: BD-Live Feature: NASA News: With this feature, viewers may access an RSS news feed from the NASA web site.

Finally, this brilliant 'STAR TREK' reboot accomplishes the nearly-impossible task of resetting the dial on a widely-beloved franchise that was clearly past its prime, while both respecting old fans and inviting new ones. If not a perfect film by any means, it's a tremendous amount of fun. The Blu-ray excels in every area, from video and audio, but sadly with this Region B/2 Blu-ray the supplements are far too sparse, compared to the Region A/1 Blu-ray disc 'STAR TREK.' But despite this, it is still a fantastic Blu-ray disc and I have viewed it several times and I still get excited watching it, as there is so much going on, you miss stuff and it has now gone pride of place in my 'START TREK' Blu-ray Collection. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller ' Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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There was some agonizing over the move to replace the seemingly irreplaceable original cast of the iconic series. This vanished when people recognized just what a fun and imaginative movie J.J. Abrams had created. It was clear from the beginning that this was a happening story where all the actors were going to dive into their characters and have some fun. Even the dastardly Romulans are kind of cool. The big challenge was how respectful they needed to be to the original series and where to monkey with the premise. Abrams strikes the balance beautifully; remember above all this movie is fun. I think Chris Pine makes a good Kirk, Zoe Saldana an amazing Uhura. Karl Urban and Simon Pegg are great comic relief but casting both Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy in the same movie is a stroke of brilliance. Nimoy made the original series and Quinto is a worthy heir. Having them both in the film is priceless.
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on November 27, 2010
I have been a die hard fan of Star Trek since I watched the first epsiode of ST:TNG. After that I started scouring the channels to find the original series. After that I was glued to DS9 and Voyager (say what you will about them). Most of that devotion was due to the constantly evolving universe that is Star Trek. Any Trekkie will tell you that you get very involved in the history. You know the key events in the histories of the different races. You know who did what and when and what the outcome was. All of that and more has created the Star Trek universe that for the past 44 years has mesmorized countless fans.

Then along comes J.J. Abrams. He takes all of that 44 years of history and basically erases it in one fell swoop. He uses a time travel story to restart the universe. TIME TRAVEL!!! A story device that has been used in ST too many times to count. The only difference is that in every other use of it, the "timeline" is preserved. Not in this movie. The timeline is drastically altered and their is no mention of a fix or a way to get it back to the status quo. As a fan, to watch all of the episodes and previous movies basically go up in smoke drove me mad. How could he do this? How could Paramount allow this? Is there a petition somewhere that I can sign to fix this? The worst part of all...?

This was a really good movie! It had an engaging story that was reminiscent of ST:TOS with more action and less technical talk. It had a good cast that was true to the spirt of the original cast. Obviously the special effects were top notch. It even had a dose of Spock for us that needed it.

Am I upset that this movie has radically changed the Star Trek universe in ways that we cannot yet determine? Yes. Do I recognise that the ST franchise was in danger of becoming stale and needed a change to be relevant to futures audiences. Yes.

I'm saddened that "my" Star Trek may be gone but happy to see it continue in ways that will be equally exciting, and hopefully, lasting.
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on May 17, 2014
I saw "Into Darkness" before seeing the original and couldn't help but be ridiculously entertained. I figured I should see where it all began so I paid a visit to Amazon, and snagged this one. Well, there's something about the way the movie pays homage to the camp and absurdity of the original series (which I love) while still being a solid movie in its own right that I find pretty incredible. The cast is fun and thoughtfully put together. They all seem to work so well off of one another and the chemistry feels genuine. Chris Pine is adorable as a Kirk just cocky enough to be charming and not arrogant, and Zachary Quinto pretty much nails the essence of Spock while making him more multi dimensional and relateable. Definitely worth checking out, Trekkie or not!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 4, 2011
This movie is a gem, especially for those of us who watched the original Star Trek series when we were children. The casting is truly right on, especially for McCoy, Scottie, Chekhov and Spock. Kirk, Uhura and Sulu are also true to their roles though I sometimes felt Kirk was a bit too caulky, even for Kirk, but still, all the characters were portrayed in ways which made sense and endeared the audience to their personalites.

It is a must see for Star Trek lovers because it puts a lot of things in perspective for the audience by showing how our original heroes became the way they were in the original series. There are a few odd twists to the plot that does not fit history but it does not distract too much from the epic that is Star Trek.
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