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Review: Star Trek Movie Blu-ray Set November 13, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Review,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Next Tuesday the new Star Trek movie comes out on home video in North America. You have a choice of single-disk DVD, 2-disk DVD or 3-disk Blu-ray. Today we review the Blu-ray version, and we also have an exclusive first look at the navigation screens and the Starfleet Vessel Simulator. 

 

REVIEW: Star Trek 2009 on Blu-ray

The movie

Back in April I reviewed the film, so you can read that for the full in-depth view, but after repeated viewings, and seeing the film in HD at home, I can say that Star Trek still works. I still feel that JJ Abrams, along with his cohorts Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and the rest of the team, delivered on their promise to re-invigorate a beloved franchise for a new era. And, although it may not stand up to the strictest nitpicking scrutiny, the alternative timeline approach cleverly threads the needle and allowed them to do a sequel, a prequel and a reboot all at the same time.


Kirk sees the E for the first time

And repeated viewings of the film allow you to appreciate it in new ways, and the option to freeze frame in HD gives you even more opportunities to analyze the film, in a way only a Trekkie can. Although the directing style of JJ Abrams is impressive, it is so fast-paced, that only now on home video can you truly stop and really take a look at some of the scenes. You never really got a good look at the bridge of the Kelvin, before they blew it up, or the fleet and orbiting space dock. Of course, home video viewing also gives you a chance to get even more frustrated with whatever bugs you, with each Trekkie having his own pet peeves, be it the ‘Bud-gineering’ or the amazing series of coincidences…and where exactly is Delta Vega?

Home video also gives you a chance to really listen to what is certainly the best sounding Star Trek movie ever. You can really feel the Trek love from Ben Burtt, and if he doesn’t win an Oscar, he was robbed. I also have found that Giacchino’s score has grown on me more over time. At first I wanted more of a Trek feel to the music, but now appreciate that the Trek stings were truly earned, and not until the whole crew is together do we get the full Alexander Courage treatment.


Kirk and Spock: A Bromance

Although the home video experience does lend itself to looking at the details, from Easter eggs, to analyzing the seamlessness of how the film blends the real with the computer generated effects, I find that I am still more drawn to the performances and the characters. Star Trek works because we care about the coming together of this family. Take away the gags, the effects, the spaceships and the tribbles, and what you have is a classic romance, or ‘bromance’ of Kirk and Spock meeting in conflict, and fighting through until they bond into that relationship which they are destined to form. Zachary Quinto, and especially Chris Pine, carry the movie in a way that seemed impossible when it was first proposed.

On top of that, the rest of the cast delivers time after time with crowd-pleasing moments like Sulu’s sword, and Karl Urban’s flawless irascible McCoy. But repeated viewings lets you truly appreciate the performance of Zoe Saldana, who is truly the soul of the film. Not only is she a lynch-pin between Kirk and Spock, but she is also the compass by which we can judge the arc Kirk is on, from her dismissive reaction to him during the Kobayashi Maru, to her questioning of if he knows what he is doing after he takes command, to finally calling him ‘captain’ (and meaning it) in the closing moments.


Saldana: the soul of ‘Star Trek’

JJ Abrams Star Trek is a fun space adventure, that remains true to the optimistic standard that Gene Roddenberry set over 40 years ago. In the end, although I would still rank it behind Wrath of Khan and it certainly is not a perfect film, the new Star Trek is a triumph and a very worthy addition to the franchise.

The transfer

This year Paramount has released the previous ten Star Trek feature films on Blu-ray, with decidedly mixed results. However, there are no issues whatsoever with this film, which looks (and sounds) amazing. The 1080p transfer seems flawless. From the subtle hues of the Narada, to the colorful TOS inspired uniforms, to the blinding lens flares, you will not miss any detail, and will possibly see more than you did at the theaters. This is certainly one of those titles that makes you glad you got a Blu-ray player. And the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio truly enhances the experience, where you can really feel like you are on the bridge with sounds coming from all around.


The new crew looks great in HD

Navigation

The Star Trek disks uses a navigational style borrowed from the bridge of the USS Enterprise itself, which is also the background for the disks. It is simple and easy to understand, and enjoyably nerdy.


Exclusive shot of Blu-ray Disk 1 Navigation

The branching tree structure of the Bonus features disk is very easy to use, and allows you to directly watch the extra Blu-ray ‘branching pods’ or set it so you can select them while watching the main featurettes.



Exclusive
shots of Blu-ray Disk 2 Navigation

Special Features

The Blu-ray set also comes with an impressive set of special features. The movie disk has a commentary track and on disk-two there are ten featurettes (each in HD), plus deleted scenes and more.

Commentary
The commentary track has the full ‘Supreme Court’ of producer/director JJ Abrams, producer Damon Lindelof, executive producer Bryan Burk and co-writers/exec. producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The group has a fun chemistry and it gives you a great insight into their tight-knit collaboration. Although there is a bit too much of the usual talk about how "great" or "amazing" everyone on screen is, the track has a lot of tidbits on the development of the film, especially the post-production and editing decisions. The group are also good at pointing out many of the little Easter eggs, like the Tribble in Scotty’s lab, or the various cameos of friends and family. One of the more interesting bits is listening to the team talk about their influences for various scenes from other films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Star Wars and even Galaxy Quest. And for someone who likes to talk about how he wasn’t really a Star Trek fan before making this film, Abrams surprises with comments about paying homages to specific scenes from The Original Series and Star Trek The Motion Picture. Regular readers of TrekMovie.com will appreciate Bob Orci’s more Trekkie comments and his (and Lindelof’s) various discussions of
parallel universes and time travel. And make sure you listen until the end credits to hear JJ Abrams talk about meeting and working with Majel Barrett Roddenberry, shortly before she passed.

Deleted scenes
The set comes with nine deleted scenes, all of which have optional commentary from the same team as the movie. Most of the scenes come from the earlier part of the movie and flesh out backstories for Kirk, Spock and Nero. However, after watching them, I have to agree with the decisions to not include them in the film. For example, the scene of Spock’s birth is nice, but opening the film with the attack on the Kelvin was much more powerful. The rest fall into the ‘less is more’ category, to the seemingly pointless (like the Kirk apologizing to the green girl scene). Make sure you listen to the commentary track, which includes some interesting tidbits.


Exclusive shot of Blu-ray Disk 2 Navigation: Deleted Scenes list

Featurettes
The bulk of disk two are the series of featurettes, which really give you an up close and personal look at the making of Star Trek. Although the movie was notoriously secretive during production, the featurettes really lift the veil on every element of the making of the film (including how they kept the secrets). Abrams had his team of documentarians all over the place, showing you much more than the usual talking-head fest.

The To Boldly Go featurette focuses on the Supreme Court and gives a lot of insight into the decisions they made in finding a way to re-invigorate Star Trek, however if you have been diligent in reading all the interviews, there isn’t a lot new, except for all the great shots from behind-the-scenes. The Casting featurette really gives you a fly on the wall view of what may be the most challenging aspect of this film, including seeing a lot of the early screen tests, and a surprising amount of footage and discussion about The Original Series. The New Vision featurette has a lot of great footage from pre-production, through production and post-production, where you learn a lot about some of the unsung heroes of Star Trek, like First AD Tommy Gormley. You also learn quite a bit about the making of the film, including Abrams strange technique of literally shaking the film magazine of the cameras during certain scenes to enhance the action.

There are six more featurettes that focus on specific elements of the production: Starships, Aliens, Planets, Props & Costumes, Sound (Ben Burtt), and Score. These will likely be the most enjoyed by a lot of Trekkies who really like to get into detail. What comes across from all of them, is that this project was very much a labor of love from top to bottom, with a lot of reverence for the source material.  The best of the bunch are the Planets feature (which has a lot of behind the scenes shots from locations), and the visit with Ben Burtt. The Props & Costumes section was a bit dry, and I felt the Score featurette was too short for such an important part of the film.

The last featurette is Gene Roddenberry’s Vision and this was a delight. In addition to the film makers talking about what they did to try and fit their film with Roddenberry’s ideals, there is a lot of great commentary from Star Trek vets like designers Mike and Denise Okuda, Star Trek II director Nick Meyer, Enterprise show-runner Manny Coto, and former Star Trek honcho Rick Berman. The set also has a hilarious gag reel, which gives the sense that it was a lot of fun on the Star Trek set. You also get some trailers, which are still fun to relive, even after you have seen the move.

One of the cooler features, which really shows off the capabilities of Blu-ray, is the Starfleet Vessel Simulator. This interactive feature lets you explore both the Narada and the USS Enterprise, allowing you to zoom into various areas of each ship, with detailed information and animations. You can even fire the weapons and go to warp. As noted in the review, the film goes by so fast you never get a real good look at these ships in detail, so these features are a lot of fun for the detail oriented. Below we have an exclusive first look at the Vessel Simulator.





Exclusive
shots Starfleet Vessel Simulator: Narada




Exclusive
shot Starfleet Vessel Simulator: Enterprise

Summary

Bottom line is that if you have a Blu-ray, this is a must-buy. And if you haven’t upgraded to Blu-ray yet, this set (along with all the other Star Trek movies and TOS Seasons released on Blu-ray this year) should be enough for any Trekkie to make the plunge, especially if you already have a HD TV. The Star Trek movie on Blu-ray set is one you will find yourself coming back to again and again over the years. Plus the additional digital copy lets you keep the movie close-by on your iPod or computer.

Now the only question is, do you get the regular Blu-ray set, or one of the special exclusives like the cool badges or Enterprise model.

 

USA Pre-orders
You can pre-order the regular and exclusive Amazon and Best Buy editions below.

Title Blu-ray DVD
Star Trek 2009 3-disk set

3-disk set w/ replica

3-disk set w/ badges


Best Buy gift set
(list price $39.99)
2-disk

1-disk

 

Comments

1. THIS GUY - November 13, 2009

sweet

2. Ensign RedShirt - November 13, 2009

Great review, Anthony!

Got mine preordered for next week.

3. Enterprise - November 13, 2009

It’s ARK! ARK!!!! ;) Can’t wait to pick up my set!

4. Lousy_Canadian - November 13, 2009

Thanks, Anthony! Very in-depth and reading this makes me even more excited to pick it up at midnight next Monday! :D :D :D

5. MC1 Doug - November 13, 2009

“Back in April I reviewed the film, so you can read that for the full in-depth view, but after repeated viewings, and seeing the film in HD at home, I can say that it still Star Trek works.”

[…can say that it still Star Trek works…]

huh? clean up?

6. Luuk1983 - November 13, 2009

I can confirm everything in this review. Got my copy of the blu-ray a week ago here in the Netherlands. Impressive sound and picture quality and very nice extra features

7. MC1 Doug - November 13, 2009

uh… nice review, Anthony! I cannot wait till Tuesday!

Still haven’t heard if buying a blu-ray player is a good idea with a 14-year old TV…

anyone? anyone? Bueller?

8. Sebi - November 13, 2009

I’ve upgraded to BluRay just for this movie.

It’s exciting!!

9. Brett Campbell - November 13, 2009

3 – Anthony is correct that it is a story arc, not ark. An ark is the boat Noah built.

10. Brett Campbell - November 13, 2009

3 – Oops, I didn’t see the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” reference until after I wrote the above post. I thought you were referring to the story arc.

Sorry. You are right. As the kids say, “my bad.”

11. Toonloon - November 13, 2009

Mine was despatched yesterday from Amazon.co.uk. I get a free “Countdown” comic with it. :D

12. Toonloon - November 13, 2009

MC1 Doug – I think it would be largely pointless. You can enjoy the new way that menus operate and the interactive features, as well as all the benefits the extra storage space a BD-50 affords, but you wont see any upgrade in the picture quality as a 14yr old TV almost certainly will only be standard definition.

13. Carden - November 13, 2009

All of the cut scenes should have been included in the final film. J.J. Abrams made a bad call removing the Rura Penthe scenes. He said that the test audiences were confused by those scenes in particular. I am at a loss as to what was so confusing about the inclusion of the Klingons in the film. I am stunned that yet another recognisable actor (Victor Garber) was in the film (making it nearly 20) and not only was it not announced but cut out. It was absolutely shocking to leave such a huge plot hole regarding where the villains were for 25 years. It makes them look lazy and stupid on top of the fact that they were superficial. Nero and Ayel would have had more depth at least as well. The scenes with the Kirk family and Spock’s birth should have been included as well.

14. John Rambo - November 13, 2009

Four stunningly beautiful and talented actresses were wasted in ST09 and should have had more screentime. Jennifer Morrison only appeared at the beginning and we don’t find out what happened to her, Rachel Nichols was only in it for three minutes and we don’t find out what happened to her, Winona Ryder was in it for nearly ten minutes and was needlessly killed off and Diora Baird was nowhere to be found (except in a brief cut scene).

15. Sean Dignam - November 13, 2009

The Enterprise and the Narada barely fought each other in the film. The climactic battle between the Enterprise and the Scimitar was better.

16. Reigert - November 13, 2009

James Kirk should have had at least one love interest or more just like James Bond which should be done in the sequel. Rachel Nichols as a human would have been perfect in the first film.

17. Lazerov - November 13, 2009

The Jerry Goldsmith theme music from the Star Trek Insurrection end credits should have been used at the end. Even Russell Watson’s ‘Where My Heart Will Take Me’ (the album version which is one of the greatest, most inspirational and underrated songs of all time) should have been included in the film. The Original Series theme music and new theme music in the movie was unnecessary. The soundtrack was disappointing overall. ‘Labour of Love’ was the best part of it.

18. Tilman - November 13, 2009

James Kirk loses nearly every fight. He should have been a hardcore badass like Christian Bale in Batman Begins and particularly in The Dark Knight, Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Matt Damon in the Bourne trilogy and Liam Neeson in Taken. He should have won the fights against the Starfleet officers, Spock and Nero. The fight between Kirk and Nero was pointless and anticlimactic. A wasted opportunity for an amazing and action-packed fight which would have made Kirk’s triumph at the end all the more emotional and uplifting. He didn’t seem to care about avenging his father. He should have gone after Nero after shooting Ayel. The fight between Jean–Luc Picard and Shinzon at the climax of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) was more satisfying and even the William Riker and Reman Viceroy showdown.

19. Ashford - November 13, 2009

I was just listening to the soundtrack for Insurrection and Children’s Story and End Credits were beautiful. I didn’t appreciate the soundtrack until now. Shame about the soundtrack for ST09.

20. Loskene - November 13, 2009

13-19

You sure do like repeating yourself, don’t you

21. Check the Circuit! - November 13, 2009

All you “arm chair quarterbacks” crack me up. What are your qualifications for your unequivocal pronouncements on what should have been? Make any movies lately or write a motion picture score?

Well until you do, I’m afraid you’re just going to have to sit back and enjoy the movie that’s delivered to you. Nothing wrong with respectful constructive critisism but your childish rants are laughable.

C’mon…we’re Star Trek fans! Didn’t you take away anything about diversity, respect and open mindedness from all those years of viewing?

And at the end of the day, stellar critical and box office success seems to suggest that JJ and team knew what they were doing…Russell Watson suggestions not withstanding.

22. Captain James T. Kirk - November 13, 2009

Can’t wait on the 16th midnight on november won my first ps3 fat 20gb and got a slim WOOO i’m ready for this to come out

23. Darkwing - November 13, 2009

I loved the soundtrack, best of the year hands down. Though the other trek soundtracks are very good, they were also kind of….the same old star trek sound. This new soundtrack was grand and epic and fits the film well

(And 21, No, no feature films, but shorts yes)

24. james rye - November 13, 2009

#18.

you’re just wrong.

25. Pat Gleeson - November 13, 2009

The 2 disc DVD and 3 Disc Digital Copy Blu-Ray set have been released in Ireland today (13th). An expensive week with this, the Season 2 TOS Blu-Ray AND the Next Generation Blu Ray set all out today. :-)

26. trekmaster - November 13, 2009

The warp nacelles are still too fat.

27. Joey Miletto - November 13, 2009

20/21/24

Hey, guys, I think you gotta address these criticisms directly, otherwise it looks kinda like you’re missing the point and avoiding trying to prove these fellas wrong.

“Kirk: What does God need with a starship? I’m asking a question.
“God”: Who is this creature?
Kirk: Who am I? Don’t you know? Aren’t you God?

Spock: You have not answered his question. What does God need with a starship?”

28. Allen Williams - November 13, 2009

it would have been nice to have had a couple of HD shots from the actual movie to hold me over until next week. I don’t know if anyone noticed but those shots from the actual movie were SD.

29. JimJ - November 13, 2009

#17-When you suggest including that gawd-awful “theme” from Enterprise, you totally BOMB any credibility you might have. I loved the last season of Enterprise, but that song just wasn’t Star Trek. This movie’s music WAS, IS, AND WILL BE!

30. Michael - November 13, 2009

RUN to the Target website where they’ve FINALLY listed their Exclusive BD offering for $34.99. Thick pkging w/ slightly different cover art. Kirk superimposed on ST text and a 1/2 of the Enterprise’s saucer sect. with a folded look. This HAS to be the model that houses the discs inside. I preordered it last night!

31. Lazerov - November 13, 2009

29. JimJ – November 13, 2009

My friend, listen to the album version of this amazing song (it’s the REAL version of it and not an edited for television version) and talk to me then.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Trek-Enterprise-TV-Soundtrack/dp/B0000658PQ

It’s Track 1 and sung wonderfully by the great singer Russell Watson. This franchise is lucky to have had this as one of its theme songs. I don’t think most people ever heard this version and it’s too bad because they would have appreciated it. But no, all everybody did was hear the lousy made for tv version and whine about it. I REST MY CASE.

32. Lazerov - November 13, 2009

Actually, this link is better.

http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Dennis-McCarthy/dp/B0000658PQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1258120868&sr=1-1

This part of the song is not in the tv version and it is epic when you listen to it –

I’ve known the wind so cold, I’ve seen the darkest days.
But now the winds I feel, are only winds of change.
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain.
But I’ll be fine …

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart.
I’m going where my heart will take me.

33. Hat Rick - November 13, 2009

The simulator and blueprints on the DVD seem like the next best thing to actually being on the ship. :-)

All praises to the gods of Blu-ray technology! ;-)

34. Ralph F - November 13, 2009

“Even Russell Watson’s ‘Where My Heart Will Take Me’ (the album version which is one of the greatest, most inspirational and underrated songs of all time) should have been included in the film.”

Nope. Bottom of the rung when it comes to Trek themes. Just my 2¢.

I was actually pretty disappointed with Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack for STAR TREK, which is odd because I’m a huge fan of his. Listen to his genre work, especially on projects like CLOVERFIELD (the end credits theme, ROAR!, is a gorgeous homage to the giant monster movie genre) and SPEED RACER (just about every recognizable cue from the old cartoon has been woven in with newer themes). THE INCREDIBLES is a stupendous mash-up of 60’s spy and adventure styles (think JOHNNY QUEST meets James Bond).

I expected a lot from STAR TREK’s score, so maybe that’s why I was ultimately disappointed. The two final tracks — “To Boldly Go” and “End Credits” — are the album’s salvation, but I should have been hearing cues throughout the film, IMO.

35. Newman - November 13, 2009

Aw man you guys aren’t talking about that cheezy Celine Dion song from Enterprise are you???

36. Cmdr_Spock - November 13, 2009

Ooooh, I so want the Blu-Ray edition but will have to settle for the standard DVD Target “Enterprise Model” edition (I’m a sucker for cool promo-packaging). Don’t have a Blu-Ray player yet. :-(

37. cbspock - November 13, 2009

I liked the soundtrack for the new movie. I just wish they included more tracks on the CD. Enterprising Young Men was a highlight, but where was the music from drill platform fight?

I can’t wait to get the Bluray next week. I am interested in the Ben Burtt sound design featurette. The one he did for WALL-E was really interesting.

38. Jim Nightshade - November 13, 2009

Actually I think its good to get a blu ray player like a ps3 even if you only have an older tv-there are still standard cables to use audio video-I just got a ps3 and it plays the games and bluray dvds fine-some smaller writing will be harder to see but i think most of the features should work also-but-sinceni dont have the dvd yet i cant say fir shure-Anyone try the vessel simulater using standard 480 def to see if it works and looks ok? Since the bluray has more features i am hoping i can see most of these even tho they wont be hi-def until i save n git a hdtv-

39. T'Cal - November 13, 2009

If I buy the 3-disc BD set, is there a standard DVD version included?? I know there’s the digital version but I have a DVD player in my vehicle aand would like to be able to view it on there too. Thanks!

40. The Brit - November 13, 2009

‘Labour of Love’ was the best part of the soundtrack. I feel the way about George Kirk’s death that everybody does about James T. Kirk’s death in Generations. It was very sad to watch but he should have not been killed off. It was a waste of a great character who won’t be seen again. Chris Hemsworth should have had a larger role with some flashback scenes with Jennifer Morrison and the Kirk family.

41. T'Cal - November 13, 2009

Ralph F – “Even Russell Watson’s ‘Where My Heart Will Take Me’ (the album version which is one of the greatest, most inspirational and underrated songs of all time) should have been included in the film.

Nope. Bottom of the rung when it comes to Trek themes. Just my 2¢.”

I always liked that song, especially the instrumental version that was played only at the end of Broken Bow. Even better, and one of my top 3 favorite Trek songs is Archer’s Theme, which is played at the end of all the other episodes.

42. Jack Weston - November 13, 2009

Yo guys, tell me somethin’ they said there would be Tribbles in the movie. I don’t remember seein’ em. I heard that they were in Simon Pegg’s first scene, not that 99 per cent of audiences noticed. I tell ya somethin, I’d rather see em in the next one than Khan!

43. Mr. Delicious - November 13, 2009

Looking forward to seeing it again on BD. And I hope I never hear the term “Bromance” again.

44. The Nutty Professor - November 13, 2009

Hey guys, do any of you think Lady GaGa will have a cameo in the sequel? With her futuristic music and style, she’d fit right in!

45. Queenan - November 13, 2009

44. The Nutty Professor – November 13, 2009

If Lady GaGa is in the next one and not Shatner, I’m boycotting!

46. Lore - November 13, 2009

#18 Perhaps Chris Pine can make up for it when he stars in the reboot of TJ Hooker, out running cars on foot, beating up 12 guys single handedly. You completely miss the charactor development of the James T Kirk who grew up without his father. This is the guy who picks a bar fight with four guys and loses (who wouldn’t lose against four aside from Bruce Lee). If you’ll recall TOS Kirk couldn’t beat up Mr. Spock either. Don’t even get this thread started on the short comings of Nemesis, it isn’t even in the same league as Star Trek 09.

47. cbspock - November 13, 2009

I think this film did a great job of “rebooting” the series, while leaving the characters pretty much intact, as well as giving the actors and writers some new places to go with them. Star Trek has not been this much fun and exicting in a long time. Trek in the TNG era got all caught up on itself and drowned in treknobabble, instead of focusing on character and story.

48. Tilman - November 13, 2009

46. Lore – November 13, 2009

Finally someone has addresses my criticism, took long enough!
So you didn’t find the the fight between Kirk and Nero towards the end, pointless and anticlimactic. It’d seemed strange that Kirk forgot what Nero took from him. He should have gone to the bridge like Picard did when he went after Shinzon and after shooting the remaining Romulan henchmen (also like Picard) have said ‘Yo, Nero! I didn’t hear no bell… ” Alright not really, but he should have fought him again and won. And hell, even Riker got his revenge on the Reman Viceroy for a lot less.

Please also comment on the intriguing points in posts 13-17, no one seems to want to address them directly either, rather than just ignoring them or saying that they’re wrong.

49. Trekluver - November 13, 2009

I mentioned this on another post but this movie’s so great that my local video store, no not blockbuster, allready had 4 copies of Star Trek on Blu-Ray and 1 on DVD! They must be gearing up early of course Idont blame them…

50. Bill Lutz - November 13, 2009

…looks like a poor man’s Star Wars…

51. Ricky - November 13, 2009

46. Lore – November 13, 2009

Yo, Nero! I didn’t hear no bell… ”

LOL

52. cbspock - November 13, 2009

The only problem I had with the film was the 25 year time gap. Story wise it wasn’t handled well. If they weren’t going to show anything, they should have filled in what happened to the Narada with some dialog.

The other nitpicky stuff. Vulcan/Delta Vega. believe they are far apart and that it was just story exposition in the mild meld that Spock could see Vulcan being destroyed. The point was, he was stuck in the middle of nowhere and could not help save his homeworld.

The transwarp beaming to Enterprise from Delta Vega. That was a little too over the top. If they had the shuttle try to catch up to Enterprise, and then they beam over from a great distance, okay maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me as much.

Overall I think this film was great, and it made Trek fun again.

The TNG films for the most part were weak 2 part episodes.

53. Andy - November 13, 2009

17

You’re mistaken. The new score brought back the essence of the original soundtrack of the original series. The heavy use of trumpets and percussion and the all around “bombastic” feel is exactly what TOS had in it’s music and that’s what the new score embodied beautifully. It was adventurous and fun!

48

Kirk stumbled upon Nero by accident. He wasn’t looking for him he was looking for Pike. You can clearly see that on Kirks face when he spots Nero and whips his Phaser over in a “holy crap it’s you!” look. Nero’s battle wasn’t with Kirk, it ultimately was with Spock. And that showdown was justified when he and Spock go head to head at the end in their respective ships. To have Kirk come on board (with Pike) would of slowed down the climax of the whole thing. (How would he rescue Pike and go after Nero at the same time). It would be a jumble of confrontations.

When Nero and Kirk banter at each other from the bridge at the end where he offers Nero a truce but Nero declines. That could of been considered their final showdown.

54. Luke Sutton ("The Tenth Doctor") - November 13, 2009

It’ll be the two-disk DVD for me.

All the Blu-Ray stuff will be on YouTube within a week. I’ll live without it in my hands.

55. Will_H - November 13, 2009

Sorry, but Uhura the “soul” of the movie? Wish I could agree but I can’t. To me she was entirely over rated. Dont get me wrong, she did a good job, but it seemed nothing like the TOS Uhura. She doesn’t work the same way that McCoy did back in the day. Maybe the writers were just worried about having 3 white men at the center of things again, but when you do a remake of something that was made that long ago there are certain outdated things that come with it. Not only that, but I think Urban’s McCoy was the best performance in the movie, though I may be the only one who thinks that. I for sure think Uhura needs a bigger part than she had in TOS, but not replacing McCoy in the trinity.

56. Trekenstein - November 13, 2009

#53. “17 You’re mistaken. The new score brought back the essence of the original soundtrack of the original series. The heavy use of trumpets and percussion and the all around “bombastic” feel is exactly what TOS had in it’s music and that’s what the new score embodied beautifully.”

Ah, the air of absolute superiority. Art is in the eye of the beholder. There is no “mistaken” when it comes to it. In the end Star Trek ’09 was the sum of its parts – not all of them perfect by any means – and the measure of imperfection is clearly different for everyone. The net result was a very entertaining and successful film.

Don’t be deluded for one minute that what you have to say about the music is in any way more correct than anyone else. Just because you happen to like a 1960’s TV music score in a $150 million blockbuster feature film, doesn’t mean that any one else has to, or that it was the right way to go. Like any decision, it was a choice which can never appease everyone.

I have read numerous posts from those who say Star Trek finally attained the status of a real feature film because of it’s superior budget and execution, despite the obvious success of films like TWOK in its time. I would agree on some levels, but disagree with respect to music. Star Trek always had first rate cinematic film scores, with some exceptions, even if it did not deserve them visually. The music almost always perfectly captured the feeling and spirit of Star Trek in a cinematic way. In my estimation, this movie fell short in that area. Disappointing yes. Deleterious? No.

But that is my opinion and I’m not going to tell anybody else that they are wrong.

57. Will_H - November 13, 2009

#56…

gotta agree with you, music is just a form of art and therefor subjective. I’ve read tons of different opinions of the score of the film. Some thought it made the film, some thought it was sub par to the other Trek scores. To me its right in the middle, if that. For me, it doesn’t get better than Goldsmith’s score to First Contact, but others will say that Horner’s for TWOK is top, even some will say this movie’s was. I guess since the whole movie, though, is a form of art, any overall judgment on it is subjective. We can point out its continuity and cannon flaws, but beyond that its all a matter of opinion. I would support a new composer for the next film, though. I know that Jerry Goldsmith’s son does a bit of composing and he helped with First Contact, so maybe getting him on board would be a possibility, even if a small one. But if they keep who they have its not the end of the world, id much rather that than they use Khan as a villain.

58. Clinton - November 13, 2009

I got mine on pre-order a while a go, by way of clicking through the links on this page. Hint. Hint. ;-)

59. I am not Herbert - November 13, 2009

GREAT review Anthony! =D

The Starfleet Vessel Simulator looks pretty cool! =)

…I doubt that I’ll be buying this, BUT it’s been at the top of my Netflix queue for a while now…

…hope I like it better on repeat viewings… ;-)

60. Lazerov - November 13, 2009

56. Trekenstein – November 13, 2009

Thank you for that. You are the only person who has some decency here and not taken a shot at me on this board today for my views.

61. Matt Wright - November 13, 2009

Great job Tony :)

62. Lee Christmas - November 13, 2009

16. Reigert – November 13, 2009
James Kirk should have had at least one love interest or more just like James Bond which should be done in the sequel. Rachel Nichols as a human would have been perfect in the first film.

It makes sense since they have always called him ‘the intergalactic ladies man’.

14. John Rambo – November 13, 2009
Four stunningly beautiful and talented actresses were wasted in ST09 and should have had more screentime. Jennifer Morrison only appeared at the beginning and we don’t find out what happened to her, Rachel Nichols was only in it for three minutes and we don’t find out what happened to her, Winona Ryder was in it for nearly ten minutes and was needlessly killed off and Diora Baird was nowhere to be found (except in a brief cut scene).

You’re right, we didn’t see enough of them.

63. Bong Thao - November 13, 2009

15. Sean Dignam – November 13, 2009
The Enterprise and the Narada barely fought each other in the film. The climactic battle between the Enterprise and the Scimitar was better.

Don’t worry, they’ll get it right in the sequel.

64. Jonathan - November 13, 2009

Can’t wait to receive this…pre-ordered it 2 months back!

Anthony,

Great review…but l have a question:

Is there any BD-Live exclusive content (available via a DVD/Internet connection)? If so, did you have a chance to check it out?

There are some fun short extra interviews and the Red Shirt Logs available via BD-Live on the Trek TOS season sets…anything similar here? :)

Jon

65. Capt. Luna - November 13, 2009

What about the normal dvd? What features will be included in it?

66. Eli - November 13, 2009

I’m getting the ship model set from Target for the DVD. Don’t have the funds or equipment to warrant Blu-Ray.

For most of those who still have criticisms about the movie (besides the redesign of the ship of course) just wait for the sequel. I see hopefully Giacchino coming back and having an even stronger score even though I have grown to love his score for ST(09) and feel it perfectly appropriate. I’m sure the writers will find some way to work in or allude to more of Kirk’s womanizing, as well as a better foil and conflict to face, and I have faith that they will even put money into building a proper engineering set.

67. MvRojo - November 13, 2009

#39 . No

68. Capitán Pablo - November 13, 2009

Capt Luna!
Here in Chile, the normal DVD arrives to blockbuster, and the features included are just:

– Gag reel
– Director’s commentaries

69. Bilar - November 13, 2009

Nice stretch marks on Zoe Saldana’s breasts……

70. Dom - November 13, 2009

Play.com put my copy of the movie in the post yesterday, so with luck it’ll arrive tomorrow.

Star Trek was a big impetus in me taking on Blu-ray. I wanted TOS season one because the picture quality of the DVDs released a few years ago in those awful plastic cases was rubbish, so figured there was no point in simply buying the DVDs when there was a better quality format available, I’ve got the movie on its way and my parents have ordered season two on Blu for my Christmas present.

It’s been a great Trek year for me. Star Trek was my first and greatest love as a sci-fi show: I adored it from childhood. Indeed, my Dad would tell me bedtime stories about Captain Kirk and his spaceship when I was the age of something like two and I later discovered he’d got the stories from that night’s Star Trek.

I was alienated (excuse the pun) by the ‘TNG etc’ spin-offs (not being mean about them, but they weren’t for me!) and and was away from Trek for years, yet by December 31, I’ll have two thirds of TOS in high definition and a new movie, resurrecting Kirk, Spock and McCoy in their prime (sorry, another pun there!)

Thanks for the review, Anthony: while the set was an inevitable must-buy for me (mine’s in a ‘limited edition’ tin) the reviews and specs have only increased the sense of anticipation for me.

I’ll be keeping an anxious eye on the the letterbox in the morning (assuming I don’t drink a load of beers tonight and oversleep, waking up with a stonking hangover in the morning!) ;)

71. Torcflaed - November 13, 2009

#36 Ooooh, I so want the Blu-Ray edition but will have to settle for the standard DVD Target “Enterprise Model” edition (I’m a sucker for cool promo-packaging). Don’t have a Blu-Ray player yet. :-(

sorry guy, I just ordered the enterprise model adition, it is a 3disk bluray and I cannot find a enterprise model edition that is standard DVD

for thsoe of you interested it is on a temporary discound for only $24.99

72. Jeyl - November 13, 2009

I don’t know Anthony. If there’s one thing I learned from your commentary on First Contact is that you look at Star Trek as someone who understands the mythology and characters behind it, while Trek09 producer Damon Lindelof sees elements as a sales pitch.

Take the scene where Picard and Lily argue over how to handle the Borg. You approach on how Dr. Crusher should have been the one to confront Picard on this scenario was totally right on the money. She’s a character who has been through thick with Picard and for her to be brushed aside instead of putting her experience with Picard to good use, Damon Lindelof chimes in saying that Lily represents the audience. Ok. I can see how having a character who doesn’t know things about Star Trek gives new audiences a means to see Star Trek in a different perspective, but in the end, that’s all Lily really is. Just a character who has more screen time and development than the regular cast of characters that the Next Generation has ‘built’ around and is restricted to this movie alone and will never be seen nor mentioned again.

I mean, Damon labeled Scotty as a comic relief character. I never really thought of him as that. His Scottish accent was cute and his positive nature on a lot of things always drew a laugh and a smile to my face, but I never dubbed him ‘comic relief’. He was way more three dimensional than that, especially compared to this movie. I cannot see Simon Pegg’s Scotty taking command of the Enterprise and doing serious actions the way Doohan did in “A Taste of Armageddon”.

And since the original Star Trek was a product of it’s time, I’m very disappointed that a lot of what changed in Star Trek over these past 40 years was lost in this endeavor. Strictly speaking, the role of the Female characters. They are put on the sides while the men do the all the work, and if they’re lucky, they contribute one detail to some other guy’s revalation and that’s it. You may say that Uhura is the soul of the movie, but what does she do? She’s still the lady in the background who’s sole purpose is answering phone calls. I just love how the writers think that by giving Uhura knowledge on the Romulan language will automatically make her a much more important character than in TOS. But does she put that knowledge to use? No. The writers gave her a trait, built up on it and never used it. That’s like writing a character who invented and built the airplane the other characters assign him the job to fold paper airplanes. Anyone can do it, but since he built airplanes in the first place, he should do it. And if that movie played out the way it did here for Uhura, he doesn’t even do that! Why did they even bother giving her the communication’s position if the writers aren’t going to give her anything useful with it? The real kicker is that there are no less than two instances AFTER she’s acquired the coms post where a communications officer is needed, but the assignment isn’t given to her. Contact Starfleet? No, let someone off screen do it. Hail the Narada? Let Chekov do it. He does everything.
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..
..
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At least Hoshi from Enterprise translated alien languages to help the story, including the ROMULAN LANGUAGE!

Why do I keep making such a big deal out of this? Because Uhura is now the ONLY FEMALE CHARACTER Star Trek currently has. And what’s worse is that she’ll probably remain the only one for many years to come. Quite a step back from how the roles for women in Star Trek evolved.

73. Finding Nimoy - November 13, 2009

Thanks! I’m really glad that someone finally said it!

And no, I’m not being a smartass!

21. Check the Circuit! – November 13, 2009

All you “arm chair quarterbacks” crack me up. What are your qualifications for your unequivocal pronouncements on what should have been? Make any movies lately or write a motion picture score?

Well until you do, I’m afraid you’re just going to have to sit back and enjoy the movie that’s delivered to you. Nothing wrong with respectful constructive critisism but your childish rants are laughable.

C’mon…we’re Star Trek fans! Didn’t you take away anything about diversity, respect and open mindedness from all those years of viewing?

And at the end of the day, stellar critical and box office success seems to suggest that JJ and team knew what they were doing…Russell Watson suggestions not withstanding.

74. =A= - November 13, 2009

i can grab it on monday night at 11:59pm lol…

75. Anthony Thompson - November 13, 2009

The model is SOLD OUT! Thankfully, I ordered mine weeks ago! : D

76. LordCheeseCakeBreath - November 13, 2009

No matter what…the new E has a strange feel to it. Something awkward. From certain angels it rocks but thats about it. It would have been cook if they took the same design as the refit E but had it retain the feel of the original. It’s really unbalanced. I really want to like it but I don’t. Still all and all a great movie. Im hoping for a more timeless movie next time. Less “trendy” with constant shaky camera work and lens flares.

77. EvilSean - November 13, 2009

Just watched ST on DVD. Much better at home with 45″ and 5.1. Great action movie, but beginning to question it as Star Trek. ST XII better be much more though provoking.

78. Andy - November 13, 2009

56 and 57

You’re right I chose poor words there at the beginning. I was not intending to sound superior in any way but yes, it came off that way.

79. Bren - November 13, 2009

Now THIS is how to combat piracy. The added value of a physical copy is the presentation and extras. This bluray seems to trade on it’s plethora of extra content that extends and enhances the film.

Anyone can download a copy of the film illegally, but you can’t download the satisfaction on that disc.

80. Torcflaed - November 13, 2009

recent studies have shown that peaple who download movies and music for the net tend to spend more money on music and movies then the average person.
while I downloaded no less then three copes on the new trek trying to find a good one, I still have my copy of the three disk DVD preordered. :)

81. Michael - November 13, 2009

I think I’ve been PUNKED by Target! I ordered what I thought was the Lim. ED. Entepirse model w/ saucer sect. that opnes to hold your bluray discs.
I paid 34.99 yesterday. Today the price is 24.99! And it only says Only Ar Target Special Ed. I have NO idea what I’m getting! I called target online and asked..they had no clue! Call center in India…they gave me the ph# for Paramount Home Video to call and ask them! OMG!

82. JimJ - November 13, 2009

#31 & 32-Nope, sorry, no dice! I bought that CD right when it first came out because I liked the theme they had attached to Archer…along with the other music from the episode itself. But that GAWDAWFUL theme? Lord no. The version you mention is even worse, because it is longer. Sorry, Patch Adams!

83. dharmaworkman - November 13, 2009

I am VERY interested in the bluray feature “Gene Roddenberry’s Vision.” But unfortunately that is only on bluray. Would anyone be willing to post a summary of what Berman, Coto and the Okuda’s say. Having some past exec’s review of the new movie would be very interesting. I’m upset that it is not on the 2-disk version.

84. Enterprise - November 13, 2009

83. It sounds like one of those fluff pieces where they talk about the usual back stories we’ve all heard many times before on other DVDs.

85. Dan - November 13, 2009

I can’t get myself to buy this unless I can find it under 15 dollars on Blu-Ray. The film has to many flaws for me to buy it.

86. Nostalgic G - November 13, 2009

Best Buy is planning on having Star Trek on Blu-Ray for 7.99 on black Friday.

Check it out: http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridaySales/Store/BestBuy/Category/All/Rebates/yes/EarlyBirds/yes/Online//Sort/cat/C/yes/Page/3

87. Daniel - November 14, 2009

Ben Burtt winning the Oscar? Agree that it should be a no brainer.

I never really saw Uhura as the soul of this movie. She wasn’t given much to do and we had no back story on her to help us get to know her. At least McCoy got to speak about his ex-wife in that great scene in the shuttle.

I’m all for Uhura becoming a bigger part of the story, but not at the expense of McCoy. There’s room for all of them if the script is right.

I’ve got really high hopes for the next movie and suspect we will not be let down.

88. Dunsel Report - November 14, 2009

The Nero prison scene was a wise cut because it made the Narada mysterious, a ghost ship we haven’t seen for years.

89. Son of a Maui Portagee - November 14, 2009

Mr. Pascale, is there any indication on the discs that you got for review which production run they were? For example, one would assume they were pressed in Mexico for North America?

90. Scotty - November 14, 2009

Shame Jerry Goldsmith never got this much treatment on his music scores … and his scores were 10 BILLION times better than the crap that was on this movie. Still .. that aside I’m looking forward to the BluRay discs of this movie.

91. cinemadeus - November 14, 2009

For me the deleted scenes seem not to be the only footage that was cut out of the final movie. I believe that Mr. Abrams is hiding some stuff.

Smells like Extended Version. Right. Before. STAR TREK XII.

92. captain_neill - November 14, 2009

My blu ray came today, two days ahead of release. woo hoo

I am looking forward to watching this tonight

Watched the deleted Klingon scenes and was wondering why is Rura Penthe not an ice planet like it was in Undiscovered Country and the Enterprise episode Judgement? It looked more industrial.

Alternate universe I guess

93. Adam C - November 14, 2009

Got the 3-disk blu-ray today.

Just finished watching the feature. (my 5-6th time) 1st time on blu-ray. in full 1080p dolby true hd on my sony 40″, onkyo 805.

Definitely amazing.

Now to watch the bonus bits – Thanks – (though I’ll still stand by my that car chase scene was a little ott) and also my favourite TOS movie is still Undiscovered Country, my favourite TNG is still First Contact.

Dont ever lose what made TREK great.

94. richpit - November 14, 2009

I’m going to buy a cheap blu-ray player just for this movie. I never cared before about upgrading blu-ray and I doubt I will care too much about it after. I just want to be able to get all the ‘bonus’ features….and the Best Buy badges!

95. Trelane's Mirror - November 14, 2009

#50: agree. completely.

But despite all appearances to the contrary, this ISN’T Star Wars, and Trek fans actually have some regard for canon. Has anybody noticed that the intro slide for the silly Narada ubership in the above screencaps references the events from the Countdown comic (built warbird-sized, modified to ridiculous size and power after Romulus blows up, etc.)? But we’ve been told -definitively-that the comic is NON-CANON. But now the same information is repeated in the movie extras. I need a ruling here — what is the canonicity of dvd extras??

96. JMDooley - November 14, 2009

I special ordered the Star Trek 3 disc Blu-Ray Set with Badges fron Best Buy last Sunday for my Birthday!! 11-17. I can’t wait to get my present along with the Art of the Movie Book.

97. Mark Cooper - November 14, 2009

OMG 3 disc Blu-ray arrived today, 2 days early..
What a ride.
I’d forgotten how good the movie was, and I’m a 40 something who watched TOS sat in a chair every Sunday afternoon with 2 friends when we were about 6 or 7 years of age.
The disc quality is excellent, both audio and visual, and I even had a lump in my throat when the birth scene played out. Damn that music…
Cant wait for the next one.

98. JMDooley - November 14, 2009

Sorry for the Exrta Post.
I’ll be running mine on a Sony XBR 52″, Sony BDP-S1 Blu-Ray, Rotel Pre/Pro 5.1 Surround Sound System!!!! Its going to be great. The book was special ordered through WaldenBooks & it will be a great addition to the Movie and all the extras.

99. Michael - November 14, 2009

Target updated their site and product description. Though I paid 34.99, and the next day the price dropped to 24.99, My item shipped this morning!

“Only at Target, receive the Starship Enterprise packaging. Inside is a model that assembles to become the starship enterprise!”

I guess I guessed correct and ordered the right item…so my 3 disc Bluray and model of ship that holds the discs in the saucer sect. is on the way!

Now I don’t need to locate a store locally Tues and make the drive after work.

Not sure if I still want to do the midnight sale/giveaway @ Blockbuster on Monday. Maybe score a standard dvd copy to play on my other regular dvd/HD players.

100. captain hamster - November 14, 2009

why cant there be a kelvin tour??

No offenc but i find that ship much more interesting than te new enterprise (even though thats the best constitution class so far)

please not the one that was one the intel site but a much more in depth version TY

101. RK - November 14, 2009

What about the actual size of the Big E?
Can anybody owning the Blu Ray Set inform us about that delicious aspect?

102. GK Warren - November 14, 2009

29. JimJ – November 13, 2009
34. Ralph F – November 13, 2009
35. Newman – November 13, 2009
53. Andy – November 13, 2009
82. JimJ – November 13, 2009

Guys, I respect your opinions but this song means a lot to me. It helped me through some of the darkest times in my life when I didn’t know where to go in my life. This song was already one of my favourites but then one day, my girlfriend told me to go where my heart will take me and I have been doing well since then. The song is not about astronomy, that’s not the thing that I or anybody else responds to. It’s about going beyond your dreams even when it feels like the whole world is against you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2oO558MPUk

FYI – 2:25 – 2:58 really is epic.

Finally, the song on the below link really should have been used when the end credits began in ST09 as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOcaeFyyYMM

103. Daniel - November 14, 2009

This was one of the movies that I was most looking forward to and I told hundreds of people to see it. When I went with about 30 friends to see it and I heard the original series theme music at the end credits, I was cringing. So yeah, I wouldn’t had minded if Goldsmith’s theme music or even the enterprise theme music were used.

104. BP - November 14, 2009

… they should have …. they should have … they should have …
shut up

thank you

105. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie - November 14, 2009

My region 2 two disk set arrived this morning.
I have to say I’m disappointed by the length of the docs. 15 mins or so each?!? Shame. Have SKY-HD in 3 rooms so can’t afford to buy bluray plus replace my entire Trek collection just yet so may have to get other bits via “web downloads” and watch on my pc.

Surely some of the extras could have been downscaled?!?

Happy to watch the film again tho. :-)

106. The Real Slim Shady - November 14, 2009

“103. BP – November 14, 2009
… they should have …. they should have … they should have …
shut up

thank you”

Hi J.J.! Can I please have your autograph?

107. AJ - November 14, 2009

101

I’ve heard the opinion expressed many times that the opening theme of ENT may be one of the top reasons the show tanked.

After superlative original orchestral work on opening themes by Dennis McCarthy and Jerry Goldsmith, they re-hashed a crusty pop ballad?

I can’t stand pop/rock ballads a la Jim Steinman and Michael Bolton. I like my hard rock. I like my orchestral music, including mainstream soundtracks. They might as well have used Laverne and Shirley’s “We’re Gonna Make It” instead of what they dredged up for ENT. Just as inspirational for Archer and the gang.

In the case of your inspiration, that cannot be taken away from you, and that song’s message just ‘clicked’ with what was happening in your life at the time. It’s happened to me, too. But you, and most, would probably hate Motorhead’s “Live to Win.”

I just ended up associating that song with Archer, who was a tired drip of a Captain in the end, IMHO.

108. captain_neill - November 14, 2009

just rewatched Star Trek XI and I really loved it, want to see it again.

Its not canon per se (Ie being in an alternate universe) but the film is so great. Its great fun. It is still not my favourite Trek, still prefer TWOK, FC and TUC.

I would say its been my fav film of 2009.

109. Hat Rick - November 14, 2009

107, you think Archer was a tired drip of a captain? Hmm, I dunno. I think he evolved to become something of a cynic — world-weary in a limited sense, perhaps.

But no drip, methinks!

110. Hat Rick - November 14, 2009

BTW, I love the ENT theme.

Trek is about diversity, and for that reason alone, not all of its scores have to be orchestral, or anything else at all, in particular.

Like many others, I find it to be quite inspirational.

111. nuSpock - November 14, 2009

#9–or an ark associated with an Orb Of The Prophets from ST:DS9 ;)

However the DVD menu and Vessel Simulator rocks…

and #7…I would venture to say that no, BluRay would not be a good bet for a 14 year old TV…no fret however, as most PCs and PC laptops have built-in BluRays in them…so just get a new computer to save money, but if you can afford it, the real way to watch the BluRay would be on a 45″-60″ wall-hanging Plasma TV with a Bose Surround System :)

112. MC1 Doug - November 14, 2009

#111: thanks… right now being unemployed, a new TV is not in the cards… stars or whatever…

my laptop also is not blu-ray…. strike two, dammit!

:-)

113. Darren - November 15, 2009

Watched the Blu last night (on standard def TV at the moment…boo!) and it was great to see the film again. Still think the “inflatable hands” was a step too far with the humour though.

114. Chris H - November 15, 2009

Sooooo glad I finally upgraded to a 42″ HD TV and Blu Ray last month……….. my Trek Blu Ray should be coming through my slot tomorrow!

115. JimJ - November 15, 2009

#102-I respect that it means something to you in your own real life, however, it does NOT work as a theme song for Star Trek of any type, in my opinion. “The Inner Light” theme worked well for Picard and the situation he was in during that famous TNG episode, but it also would not work as a “theme song” for Star Trek, IMO.

116. Ian - November 15, 2009

I scored a really nice Panasonic DMP-BD60K on Amazon earlier today for only $129.99. It’ll be here Wednesday! I can’t wait to check this out in full 1080p on my Samsung 40″ HDTV!

117. gingerly - November 16, 2009

I love how now in 2009, that we’ve moved beyond the open racist practices of the 60’s (an environment, that Uhura’s character thrived in despite those open attitudes) that now people are bitching and complaining that she’s moved beyond “her place”.

…Lovely. :)

118. Alice - November 16, 2009

Dear Anthony,

I love you and I want to have your tiny trekkie babies.

I’ve seen wayyy too many people bash Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Uhura, so your reference to her being the “soul” of the film made me shiny happy.

Thank you. Can’t wait for the DVD!

:D

Love,
The Mother of Your Future Children

119. Anthony Pascale - November 16, 2009

Alice

i am blushing

120. Den - November 17, 2009

Well the DVD is ready for the UK market and its getting good reviews in the papers, my play.com order is in place. I enjoyed the movie, saw it twice, thought all the characters were great. Glad to see a woc given the romance role, that is a real improvement from how they were portrayed 40 years ago, that would never have happened on American tv in the 60’s. In TOS Uhura role was groundbreaking but still racially limited that Ms Nichols wanted to leave – MLK persuaded here to stay. So I agree with the reveiwer, thru Uhura we see how Kirk grows by her changing attitude to him. Sure there are plots hole – (only 10,000 Vulcans left? What about the offworlders and Vulcan colonies, probably more likely a few million still around) but its a great action packed, scifi movie, number 2 on the best ST films.

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