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Star Trek Into Darkness (Bilingual)
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 19 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 58.97 Grams
- Director : J.J. Abrams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : Sept. 10 2013
- Actors : Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch
- Dubbed: : French
- Studio : Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00A7ZH9LG
- Country of origin : Canada
- Writers : Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,918 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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 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 .
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.
All in all though I'd buy the next Trek movie.
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Overall, not best pleased, so approach with caution if you’re particular about what item you’re actually wanting to receive.
The new vision of Star Trek has a tough job to do, many younger viewers may not have seen the originals, so it needs to introduce the characters, the Star Trek universe and also tell a good story in 2 hour slots. That is a big ask. When we consider the original crew had 3 seasons on TV and 6 stand alone movies to grow and develop.
And then there is the habit of modern American film makers making the assumption that the majority of cinema goers are dribbling morons! That is why more blockbuster films today are dumbed down and don't take into account that some people do still like an intelligent story as well as amazing special effects. Hollywood seem to put these things in 2 separate boxes!
Ok lets get down to the actual story! Star Trek Into Darkness borrows much from 'The Wrath of Khan' (the 2nd movie of the original series). The wrong thing to do is compare the two. The Wrath of Khan will always be the superior film, it already had a back story (Kirk met Khan in an original series episode, and the film is about Khan seeking revenge after what Kirk did to him and his crew in the episode). In the new film, Khan has not met Kirk before, so he is seeking revenge against someone else, so it doesn't really have the same impact.
We need to remember that the new films take place in an alternate reality, so you can't say things like, "But that didn't happen before, so how can this be happening?" etc. Forget everything you know!
I'm not going to talk about the story much as I don't want to spoil it for people, so...
I mentioned plot holes at the start. There are many! I won't talk about the ones that give away story points but here are a few.
1. At the start of the film, we see that the crew have hidden the Enterprise under water to hide it from the primitive natives of the planet they are observing. Wouldn't they have seen the ship enter the water in the first place?? Wouldn't the best place hide it have been in orbit?! I think the makers just did it cos it looked cool!
2. Khan beams himself from Earth to the planet Kronos using a mobile transporter! I'm sorry, but even with Khan's intelligence this seems ridiculous!
3. When in orbit of Kronos, Kirk contacts Scotty using his communicator while Scotty is sitting in a bar on Earth! Again, this in ridiculous!
I'll stop there as I am probably revealing just how much of a geek I am!
I'll end by saying, I do like the new vision of Star Trek, but I do hope we see more intelligent writing and we see some more depth to the characters, just like the original crew had. The new Spock is a bit too emotional for my liking, and I can't warm to Simon Pegg's Scotty! He just seems to be the films comic relief!
If you have seen star trek films before and are expecting this to be bad think again, this is a brilliant film! If your looking for a in depth review forget it go to a film review site,BUT if your looking for a honest opinion from someone whos actually watched it (and who is an actual star trek fan so has seen them all ) believe me you will like this if your a star trek fan or not.If your a fan, its one of the best ( i am counting the previous one as the best but this is close! ). If your not a fan, it has action,excellent special effects,brilliant story line,twists and turns,love,heartbreak,mystery, something for everyone,but it all makes the movie flow smoothly...Star Trek films are no longer a joke infact they beat most of the stuff thats out there now! Watch it and see!
- there is no Audio commentary from JJ - so you won't get any sequel spoilers as it was the case with the "Star Trek" movie audio commentary (he mentioned "Botany Bay" in the audio commentary, right at the end credits, which was a big spoiler for what's coming next)
- the DVD disk itself looks cheap, it doesn't have the usual grey paint that most of the Star Trek collections have on their DVDs (for collectors this may be a big deal).
The Special Features are:
"The enemy of my enemy" - 7 minutes - about the character portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch
"Ship to ship" - 6 minutes - about the ship to ship sequence creation process.
Some people report other special features, and additions, so it really depends on how lucky you are with the supplier of the DVD. Different suppliers have different versions, so waiting for a more "stable" and complete release is advisable. But, if you cannot wait, and you just care about the movie only, get this one, regardless.