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Star Trek Into Darkness home video release details [UPDATED] July 19, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

The dates for the U.S. home video release of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness have been announced. It comes earlier than expected. Paramount is also trying something other studios have been toying with in the last year or so by offering an earlier release date of August 20, 2013 for the digital download version, compared to the physical disc releases that come a few weeks later on September 10 , 2013.

UPDATE: Official cover art has been released

Entertainment Weekly reports that Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and On Demand on September 10, 2013. A digital download of the film (i.e. iTunes) will be available three weeks earlier, on August 20, 2013.

“I’m thrilled with how everything looks and sounds,” Abrams said in a statement. “We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red [Epic cameras] and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I’ve seen on DVD or Blu-ray before.”

Those special features include making-of shorts about creating the Red Planet and the Klingon home world of Kronos, as well as a sit-down with stars Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch — and a segment called “The Enemy of My Enemy,” which explores “how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.”

Entertainment Weekly

Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive clip from the behind the scenes feature “Brawl by the Bay”.

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Paramount Home Video’s full press release is below:



Global Hit Debuts Three Weeks Early on Digital August 20th

HOLLYWOOD , Calif. , July 10, 2013 /CNW/ – Lauded by critics as “a sleek, thrilling epic” ( Owen Gleiberman , Entertainment Weekly), “a clever, exhilarating action adventure” ( Claudia Puig , USA Today) and “stratospherically entertaining” ( Peter Travers , Rolling Stone), director J.J. Abrams’ phenomenal global sensation STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Fans can be the first to own the film on Digital when it arrives three weeks early on August 20 th. Boasting “spectacular visual effects” ( Steven Rea , Philadelphia Inquirer) and “one of the best villains in recent memory” ( Joe Neumaier , New York Daily News) STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS delighted audiences around the world, earning a coveted A CinemaScore.


“I’m excited for viewers at home to check out Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray and DVD,” said J.J. Abrams . “They did a great job and I’m thrilled with how everything looks and sounds. We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I’ve seen on DVD or Blu-ray before.” Abrams added “I hope fans enjoy seeing the process that went into making the movie and the truly amazing work of our most spectacular cast and crew.”

The STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray/DVD and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo packs with UltraViolet™ are bursting with behind-the-scenes material detailing how the filmmakers delivered a rousing epic filled with both spectacle and soul. For the first time, the special features included in the combo packs were produced entirely by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and captured in spectacular high quality on Red Epic cameras for a uniquely intimate perspective of the filmmakers’ process.

Written by Roberto Orci , Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof , the film follows the crew of the Enterprise as a shocking act of terror on Earth sends them on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS features an outstanding ensemble cast including John Cho , Benedict Cumberbatch , Alice Eve , Bruce Greenwood , Simon Pegg , Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , Zoe Saldana , Karl Urban , Peter Weller and Anton Yelchin .

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack The STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.


The combo pack includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as the following:




STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack The STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray 3D combo pack includes all of the above, as well as the film in high definition and 3D on a disc presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.



STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Single-Disc DVD The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

The Blu-ray releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.


1. Mike C. - July 10, 2013

Wife would kill me if I bought the phaser set.

2. Basement Blogger - July 10, 2013

I’m looking forward to seeing Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu Ray. I hope J.J. Abrams does more in the Star Trek universe. Maybe he can participate in round table discussion about Star Trek as it reaches its fiftieth anniversary. Or maybe help launch a new TV series. One can dream.

3. Philip - July 10, 2013

No deleted scenes? lol what the crap eh..

4. Red Dead Ryan - July 10, 2013

What is the total time length of all the special features? A couple of hours? I hope they are more than 2-10 minutes in length.

But yeah, I am so totally getting the Blu Ray when it comes out.

5. Matt Wright - July 10, 2013

I was hoping for deleted scenes too. I guess this is just an excuse for Paramount to turn around and double-dip us with an expanded bonus features version next year :-/

6. Craiger - July 10, 2013

I wonder if they will do a BluRay combo pack of ST 2009 and STID? Or wait and get the BluRay Trilogy pack?

7. Phil - July 10, 2013

Silly question – why is this considered ‘earlier then expected’? Had not seen any earlier announced release dates, though I’ll admit I’ve not really been looking for them…

8. Red Dead Ryan - July 10, 2013


The original planned release date (for the physical formats) was at the end of September, three weeks later than the confirmed release date for the Blu Ray/dvd.

9. Aix - July 10, 2013

“The Enemy of my Enemy” sounds intriguing.
No gag reel? I want Pegg’s Neutron Cream prank in there!

10. CaptainDonovin - July 10, 2013

@ Mike

Not only would my wife kill me for getting the bluray w/ the phaser, I think she would USE the thing to take me out.

11. Craiger - July 10, 2013

Interesting how now all DVD and BluRay’s are the same day as VOD. Used to be you had to wait a few months until movies were on VOD. I wonder if soon theather’s might even become obsolete?

12. Matt Wright - July 10, 2013

Studios have been doing day and date VOD releases for a couple of years now, some studio and titles even longer. People have been preferring to use VOD over renting a disc for many years now, one of the big reasons why Blockbuster went under, etc.

13. Matt Wright - July 10, 2013

More on the idea of the cineplex changing, getting smaller, and movie ticket prices going up and watching more movies at home:

14. Craiger - July 10, 2013

Matt weren’t all title not day and date until now because VOD couldn’t have all the movies that released on Tuesday and still have the previous ones because of channel and storage issues? Now I think they increased the storage to get rid of the day and date delays.

Also SomeRedBox still rents DVD/BluRay. I like VOD for convenience. VOD is $4.50 more than VOD. However I think VOD is the future.

15. Craiger - July 10, 2013

Sorry shouldn’t have added the some Redbox, all Redbox kiosks rent DVD/Bluray.

16. JohnRambo - July 10, 2013

@1. Mike C

get some balls dude…..

17. Jeyl - July 10, 2013

No commentary track? Sounds like JJ and his team are running out of interest.

18. Matt Wright - July 10, 2013

@ Craiger – it depends on your cable company, but for example Comcast dramatically increased their VOD infrastructure to start housing entire seasons of popular TV shows and offer day-and-date for popular movies back in 2010 and continue to build out VOD servers with newer software platforms behind the scenes. They called it Project Infinity.

19. Son of Captain Garth - July 10, 2013

@#17 More like the fans.

20. Capt. Crash - July 10, 2013

I have been talking about this with my friends, family and wife for about a decade now… the fact that VOD and streaming technology is becoming more and more available…the fact is that many (or a lot) of people cannot go to theaters for whatever reason; whether it is time, family obligations, disabilities, personal preference, etc.

For me, I stopped going to see movies in the theaters 10 + years ago…in fact SW Ep.3 was my last true movie adventure. Well, I take that back…I took my daughter to see ToyStory 3 in the theater – I wanted her to experience a theater movie once in her life…but for my wife and I, it is just too expensive, loud, crowded, more or less disguisting (seats, floor), people smell…It literally cost us $45 for 2 adults and 1 child (with popcorn and drink) to see Toy Story 3.

The way I figure it, just 1/2 of the cost of that experience I can own the BluRay/DVD combo pack and watch it indefinately.

However, I totally foresee the whole cimena/movie theaters going away. I would rather VOD a movie like Star Trek ID on the week it comes out on VOD….watch it on my LG 52″ LCD 1080i tv, in the comfort of my own home…where I can pause it so I can take a leak or go get a drink (or both)…watch it at 10am or 10pm…or 3am (or when the hell I want to).

I would be willing to pay $15-20 to rent a new movie release (theatrically) and be able to watch at home…

21. Dr. Cheis - July 10, 2013

@1. Mike C
Not if you grab the phaser first she won’t.

22. Mike C. - July 10, 2013

@16. JohnRambo

23. Bester - July 10, 2013

Looks like Paramount want quick recoup of their money, a very early release considering the 2009 Star Trek didnt come out til late oct (US) and not til Nov (UK) for me

24. kev - July 10, 2013

even here the John Rambo SR of youtube Phrase of would you like some balls surfaces lol

25. kev - July 10, 2013

also any word of a model of the overhauled ship in the features somewhere?

26. Danielle - July 10, 2013

GAG REEL??? That was the best part of the last DVD!

Also: deleted scenes. I know Alice Eve spoke of some specifically. I’m curious to see what else there is.

27. sean - July 10, 2013

I guess everyone is different, but I would certainly not want Theaters to go away in favor of home viewings. It simply doesn’t compare to seeing something on the big screen with a packed house of strangers gasping, laughing and cheering together. Going to the movies is very much about sharing the experience for me.

28. Blue Thunder - July 10, 2013

I’ll be purchasing my copy of the film on September 10th. I’m looking forward to viewing it again.

29. Charles Trotter - July 10, 2013

No deleted scenes? No surprise, really. One of my issues with the movie is that it felt overlong. It seemed to me like they left very little on the cutting room floor, and it definitely could have used some trimming. As I’ve said before, they removed too much from the first movie and too little from this one.

Sucks that there is no gag reel, though. I was actually hoping for a longer gag reel this time around, preferably one without Abrams’ “boom-boxing.” In fact, I was hoping for many more special features in general; if these really are all the special features that’s going to be on the Blu-ray, I’ll be disappointed.

I’ll definitely be grabbing the Blu-ray — eventually. I didn’t love STID so I don’t feel the need to go out and grab as soon as it comes out like I did with Trek ’09. The apparent lack of a gag reel, deleted scenes and special features in general doesn’t help.

30. Charles Trotter - July 10, 2013

23. Bester

“Looks like Paramount want quick recoup of their money, a very early release considering the 2009 Star Trek didnt come out til late oct (US) and not til Nov (UK) for me”

Believe it or not, they’ve already recouped their money. Of course, they’ll still have to cough up distribution costs over the next year or so, so maybe they’re trying to get a head start on that.

31. Charles Trotter - July 10, 2013

To clarify my comment in post #30, Paramount has already earned back every cent they’ve put into STID… so far. They still have to pay distribution and marketing costs, which is done in quarterly or yearly installments. I don’t believe they’ve earned enough from the movie’s box office gross to cover those costs, but I could be wrong. Considering the early DVD/Blu-ray release, I don’t think I am.

32. Sebastian S. - July 10, 2013

Normally the release of a new ST movie on DVD or bluray (or digital download now) is like Christmas to my geeky heart. But I’m tempted to just get the digital download on this one; or maybe wait till the blu ray comes down in price (after a few months of release).

I liked STID as a popcorn IMAX 3D thing (both of which won’t happen for me at home on my 42″ TV). But once the ‘shock & awe’ of the initial 3D IMAX viewing wore off, the glaring story issues and the patchwork writing became much more acute and bothersome. My wife and I both cringed (almost audibly) at the cut-and-paste “Wrath of Khan” switcheroo death scene (that was just cheap emotion milked from a superior movie). And the the big Khan ‘reveal’ thing was just stupid (despite a wonderful performance from Benedict Cumberbatch; he did a typically brilliant job even with the material he had)….

After the spot on perfect job Bad Robot did with ST09, STID felt like sloppy seconds to me. I’ll probably buy STID because I’m a ST completist and I’m almost Pavlov-conditioned to buy almost anything labeled Star Trek. Sad (and pathetic) but true… ;-(

33. C Zenko - July 10, 2013

I already own The Wrath of Khan DVD.

34. Ahmed - July 10, 2013

How come there are no deleted scenes ? Didn’t Abrams shows one such scene, “The Evil Shower” on a late talk show program ?

And Matt, thanks a lot for updating the site, it is good to see new articles.

35. Jack - July 10, 2013

I think the sort-of-secret-keeping provided a lot more suspense and twists than the actual story did.

36. Li'l Shat - July 10, 2013

The Abrams style of secret keeping parallels mystery religion. In both, you invest a lot for an implied payoff that will make it all worthwhile. Once you receive that payoff and realize how meager it is, you’ve already invested so much emotionally that you’ve got to pretend that it satisfied you.

37. Paramunted Studios - July 10, 2013

“We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red [Epic cameras] and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I’ve seen on DVD or Blu-ray before.”

So basically, some guy fiddling with the depth-of-field as though he just bought his first Canon DSLR – set to a trendy soundtrack and a bunch of guys mumbling “JJ has a vision, he’s taking it to the next level, I think people are gonna be blown away big time”.

38. Commenting Policy Needs Revising - July 10, 2013

Honestly, they must have an utter mewling quim moderating the comment section here. I made one speculative remark about the slightest possibility that maybe the Behind The Scenes stuff would have some active sycophantry action (for which there is ample precedent on, I dunno, EVERY DVD ever sold) and it gets deleted. Honestly, typhus couldn’t take you quickly enough. Tread on a Lego piece, Il Duce.

39. MJ (The Original). - July 10, 2013

This is complete bullcrap that I can’t get my Blu-ray until weeks after the teenagers and twentysomes get their precious downloads.

Here we go again. I get F’d by the studio by the geting the release here in the U.S. weeks after everywhere else, and now I get F’d by the studio in getting my Blu-ray weeks after everyone else.

I’m really tempted to completely cancel my Blu-ray order and not even get this one.

40. MJ (The Original). - July 10, 2013

@27 “I guess everyone is different, but I would certainly not want Theaters to go away in favor of home viewings.”

In general, I agree. But I see a major exception. If I could have paid $100 to get STID in my home in parallel with the international release dates weeks ahead of the late late U.S. release date, I would have gone for that.

41. MJ (The Original). - July 10, 2013

@12 “People have been preferring to use VOD over renting a disc for many years now, one of the big reasons why Blockbuster went under, etc”

If you like ultra-compression algorithm “fake HD” with limited fake 5.1 audio, go for it.

I’ll take my real 1080p real HD video and uncompressed DTS Master Audio any day over that fake stuff.

You pay for what you get.

42. Red Dead Ryan - July 10, 2013


“Here we go again. I get F’d by the studio by the geting the release here in the U.S. weeks after everywhere else, and now I get F’d by the studio in getting my Blu-ray weeks after everyone else.”

Yeah, I agree. I’m not sure what the big deal is with digital downloading, and don’t understand why its available three weeks ahead of the Blu Ray version. I’m not sure why some people don’t want a physical copy on hand just in case the digital copy gets deleted, or doesn’t download properly.

43. MJ (The Original). - July 10, 2013

“Playback of 1080p content is extremely processor-intensive unless you use hardware acceleration such as VDPAU. Many users download 1080p content from the internet that has been transcoded and downsampled to very low bitrates. True HD-DVD and Blu-ray rips average between two and four times higher bitrates. These files are therefore substantially more difficult to play. The advantage to this method is that the quality is vastly superior when viewing an untranscoded rip.”

44. AJ - July 10, 2013


MJ (The Original)

You make it seem as if Paramount’s entire release schedule for STID in both theaters and on home video is geared toward messing up the Trekkish part of your personal life.

If you indeed own such a super home video system, and would be the only member of the club paying $100 to see the film at home 3-4 days before the US theatrical release, you should have bought yourself a ticket to Europe and caught it there first. You haven’t truly experienced ‘Star Trek’ until you’ve heard it in its original German.

In the end, you are frustrated because you KNOW you’ll download it AND buy the Blu-Ray. It’s irresistable.

45. MJ (The Original). - July 10, 2013

@42. Yea, you are right. But I don’t have to like it. :-))

46. Tomh, Esq. - July 11, 2013

Too bad we can’t purchase the Blu Ray on Aug 20th and get access to the digital copy until the actual disc come out three weeks later…

47. Jake2K - July 11, 2013

So Happy Its release date is earlier than expected!! Cant wait for the 3D Copy!!! This was such a Good Movie!!

48. Jim Nightshade - July 11, 2013

it sounds like they are so desperate for more money to make up for the underperforming at box office they literally havent had time to, or they dont care to spend the time to bother to put together deleted scenes n gag reels n commentaries…,.too bad loved the last movies outakes…would be interesting n illuminating to hear supreme courts opinions n feelings over fan reactions to the movie especially the khantroversies…sigh…jjs too busy to oversee this n they probably feel us fans will buy it anyway…it takes months to put together features n commentaries why do i fear jj aint bothering any moe….thanx starwars… others mentioned if they get around to it in a year they will make us buy it again for the new features we should have now..maybe we should all wait for the rest of the features before buyin it…also anyone with 3d tvs would luv to hear how good the 3d is at home n if there is a good yet inexpensive 3d tv out there..and would a playstation 3 or 4 work for the 3d bluray player?

49. Trekee - July 11, 2013

It’s actually quite cynical.

Since the digital download is the useless, unpopular Ultraviolet copy, there’s no point waiting for the blu ray if you want an iTunes copy for taking around with you.

So because it’s a fairly popular film anyway, chances are a lot of people will buy or rent iTunes first, then get the blu ray for the special features, better picture and sound and/or the 3D.

I’m pretty resigned to buying it at least twice.

50. Jim Nightshade - July 11, 2013

Also here they are selling us stid again already when they havent even announced a sequel yet….scares me to think jjs leaving plus underperforming might equal trek dying yet again….and the lack of any enthusiastic comments or hints from anyone from jj to bob orci to paramount i fear doesnt bode well for us fans….sigh

i saw it three times with friends n relatives…i saw the first one 7 or 8 times….multiply that by most fans theres some of the missing money there….

51. Ciarán - July 11, 2013

Wonder when it’s being released in the UK. Even so, I’ve already preordered my copy from the USA anyway. Lol.

52. Darren85 - July 11, 2013

No deleted scenes or gag reel? :( Looks like the special features pale in comparison to the first film and they are rushing this one out.

53. NCC-73515 - July 11, 2013

Are these intl release dates or US only?
And will there be no DVD with any bonus material?

54. GermanTrekker - July 11, 2013

Deleted scenes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

55. jed - July 11, 2013

Did anyone notice that JJ began most of the promo work he did with STID
by saying he was not a star trek fan and that he found it difficult to relate to the characters, although he would eventually go on to say that he had grown to like trek, this seems like a very negative way of promoting your film. It is just a shame that he clearly does prefer Wars to Trek as ironically he is very capable of bring out the best aspects of trek even if some are recycled from older trek and even wars to some degree.

56. Ciarán - July 11, 2013

Yeah I’m very disappointed at the lack of deleted scenes and a gag reel. I thought those aspects of the first movie’s release were fantastic. Clearly Paramount/Bad Robot just wanna give info about the movie rather than any fun aspects. I REALLY wanted to see deleted scenes!

57. Damian - July 11, 2013

Looking forward to adding to my Star Trek collection. I thought this was a great Star Trek film (though like any good Trekkie, I had a few nitpicks–Khan, magic blood and so forth).

The only thing, and maybe I’m just missing something, is that I didn’t get the same public excitement about this film. When Star Trek (2009) came out, there was a lot of buzz before, during and after the film, it seemed like for months after. This film, there was a great deal of excitement during it’s initial release, but none before or after. In fact, it seemed like within 2 to 3 weeks, it was already forgotten. Maybe it’s different depending on where you live, but where I’m at, the excitement fizzled quickly.

I do agree with MJ’s opinion that Abrams and co. seemed so focused on the foreign market that they almost seemed to take the US market for granted. There was not a lot going on before the films release in the US, and their ultra secretive methods may have backfired somewhat. Look, every Star Trek film has had its secrets, but they lte little tidbits out to generate excitement. You knew, for example, the Romulans would be involved in Nemesis. You knew the Borg would be in First Contact, you knew Khan would be in TWOK, etc.

Again, maybe I’m misreading something, but it seems no one outside Trekkie world is talking about STID now.

58. Sebastian S. - July 11, 2013

# 57 Damien

“Again, maybe I’m misreading something, but it seems no one outside Trekkie world is talking about STID now.”

I agree.
My guess is that, as my wife and I noticed, once the initial ‘shock & awe’ effect of the initial viewing wore off, most everybody kind of sobered up a bit and realized it was a very disappointing movie (especially compared to the eminently re-watchable ST09).

59. Weerd1 - July 11, 2013

Despite what date Tuesday falls on, they should have made a special release for September 8th instead of the 10th.

60. AJ - July 11, 2013


“Again, maybe I’m misreading something, but it seems no one outside Trekkie world is talking about STID now.”

No. Everyone is talking about the flame-out of “Lone Ranger” and watching “Pacific Rim” walk the plank.

No one is talking about Star Wars, either.

61. mr. thomas - July 11, 2013

In denmark it will be a month af the US , 10/10 :-)

62. SoonerDave - July 11, 2013

Getting this one out the door so quickly with some fairly conspicuous omissions (no deleted scenes, gag reel, etc) tells me (and I may be completely wrong) that BR in general and Abrams in particular wants to be over and done with Trek. I think the whole rights split issue with CBS over how Abrams wanted to reimagine the entire franchise soured Abrams on further efforts. Obviously that’s a detail we’ll never know, but all this combined with the fact that we’ve not heard anything about another sequel tells me that Trek is just going to twist in the wind….again….alas.

63. Yanks - July 11, 2013

I want the phasors!!!


64. Punkspocker - July 11, 2013

What! No “Shower of Evil” scene?! C’mon! Feed the fangirls!

65. crazydaystrom - July 11, 2013

Unlike with ST’09, I’ll wait to purchase the disc when the price drops. I should be able to check it out from the library soon enough. But I WILL get the Blu-Ray (most likely) as I am a fan. Star Trek has been up and down for so many years and still it lives. I’ve seen it all, Trek-wise, since ’66. It will survive Bad Robot (Bad robot! You’ve been a baaad robot! *swats On nose with rolled up newspaper!*)

66. USSEXETER - July 11, 2013

STID is still playing in my city, and the release date is just two months away.

67. Themanle1 - July 11, 2013

Just checked the best buy website and they are having a blu-ray with a bonus disk. Might be worth taking a look at what’s on that disk. The gag reel and deleted scenes might be there.

68. Philip - July 11, 2013

Pretty inexcusable that they’re releasing this with really only some behind the scenes stuff.. Had to wait for 4 freaking years for this movie and now the home video release is going to be a watered down piece of crap??


69. Lester B. - July 11, 2013

Anyone know if Target is doing another “Limited Edition” release with the DVD or Blu-Ray discs stored inside the saucer section USS Enterprise or the USS Vengeance?

70. MC1 Doug - July 11, 2013

ST-09 was imminently rewatchable?

Who knew?

I mean, it was okay, but I imminently prefer STiD.

71. Eric Holloway - July 11, 2013

If you want the deleted scenes for Star Trek Into Darkness you’ll have to break out or buy (if you don’t already own it) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

72. Robman007 - July 11, 2013

62. SoonerDave – July 11, 2013

That very well could be. I doubt that it has anything to do with this DVD release’s features. That’s Paramount/CBS right there..probably trying to save some money because they did not make as much as they thought. It takes quite a few bucks to put together features…

I don’t think Trek will twist about in the wind. I do think it will be a while before a sequel is announced. Paramount will take time trying to find a creative crew. I’m pretty sure they will want something for the 50th anniversary, but you won’t hear any news for at least another year to year and a half tops.

I bet that Bad Robot will be MIA from this, unless they produce it based on a contract. Abrams will be producer but nothing more..maybe. The douchebaggery by CBS has all but killed the franchise again, hence why I wish someone would buy the whole franchise away from CBS Paramount. Mismanaged from top to bottom.

73. Classy M - July 11, 2013

A series of comic books from IDW on the origin of Khan:

74. C Zenko - July 11, 2013

I really do think we are seeing the end of the Star Trek legacy. I was so annoyed watching The Wrath of Khan re-write. He re-booted the universe so he could put stuff in a blender and call it a new idea. I did not care too much for the 2009, seemed like a lesser version of what I have grown up with. I had hope the next film would get it on track. I really liked the beginning of the movie with the volcano people. I really do not care if they make a third film. Thanks to the re-boot, it is unlikely we will see it on tv again. In my opinion, tv was when Star Trek was in it’s element. Yeah there were some bad stories, but the idea was to explore what humans could be. Now, it has been dumbed down so everyone can go see it and won’t have to think too much. I think people used to want to challenge their mind, now people want to avoid it as much as they can. Reality tv is taking over, and what we see is the worst of man kind. Start Trek used to show us what we could be.

75. Robman007 - July 11, 2013

@ 73…mark my words..they will have a Khan getting some sort of surgery to disguise his looks in those comics..

@74…I wouldn’t say the reboot has killed the franchise. CBS killed the franchise the minute they decided to get into a pissing contest with Bad Robot over royalties and merchandise. This alternate reality was hosed the minute CBS didn’t wanna turn it into a multi-platform franchise. IF they would have played ball, we would have TV shows, spin off films (cumberpatch in a Khan series? Could have been…), Toys, books, games, models…instead CBS, who wants nothing to do with Trek except to exploit TOS for money, has run the franchise to the ground. Only so much a film series can do, especially when you have to base your films around 7 characters…

In hindsight..this reboot should have started on TV and evolved to film.

76. Robman007 - July 11, 2013

The merchandise sucks. No getting around that. CBS licenses dumb shirts, dumb bobbleheads, stupid lunchboxes, crappy overly priced starships from Diamond select (they couldn’t even get the ship markings right on the Enterprise B for crying out loud and the quality stinks) and stupidly over priced “replicas” from QMx ($10,000 for the Enterprise damn thank you. I built my own replica Enterprise-A for a fraction of the cost with Lights and a pearlescent paint job)…

CBS is the badguy here…need to sell. Get the franchise into better hands.

77. PEB - July 11, 2013

With all of the complaining that’s been unfairly tagged to ALL prime universe Trek fans, why should we expect so many extra features. As a guy who is deeply invested in films and the making of them, I was really hoping for commentary track, more behind the scenes, deleted scenes and gags. I was hoping for another ‘the art of’ book too. I think with JJ taking over Star Wars, his interest in providing alot of in-depth info on the new universe has dwindled and with the very vocal minority Paramount isn’t exactly bombarding us with alt-universe stuff. …bummer

78. CJS - July 11, 2013

I’ll probably wait until it hits the $5 bargain bin in Walmart.

79. boborci - July 11, 2013

hmm… perhaps I could do post a youtube commentary where you turn on the movie and I start talking?

80. Robman007 - July 11, 2013


81. Danpaine - July 11, 2013

58. Sebastian S. – July 11, 2013
# 57 Damien

“Again, maybe I’m misreading something, but it seems no one outside Trekkie world is talking about STID now.”

I agree.
My guess is that, as my wife and I noticed, once the initial ‘shock & awe’ effect of the initial viewing wore off, most everybody kind of sobered up a bit and realized it was a very disappointing movie (especially compared to the eminently re-watchable ST09).


Absolutely agree. Not only has the buzz worn off, but the hangover is even forgotten.

However, Amazon just confirmed my shipping date. Hey, if I bought Insurrection, I’m buying this…..

82. Jack - July 11, 2013

And in unrelated breaking STID news:

The head Nibirian drives a 2001 Cavalier.

83. Matt Wright - July 11, 2013

@boborci – that would be awesome, if you get the time to do it be sure to let us know and we’ll do an article on it!

84. Matt Wright - July 11, 2013

@ 41 and 42 — Oh I hear ya guys. I’m getting my pristine Blu-ray copy, none of this overcompressed video and lossy audio stuff for me. The larger the screen you watch content on, the more obvious the compromises that are made to make downloadable/streaming versions of content. And as pointed out, I own it in perpetuity, no possibility it will be revoked, the service hosting it will go down, etc.

85. Barney Fife - July 11, 2013

Bring it!!! I can’t wait to watch the 3D version on my plasma HDTV. STID was a great addition to the franchise.

86. Barney Fife - July 11, 2013

Bob Orci:
Have you heard of RiffTrax? You could do your commentary on a MP3 file or YouTube…that’s basically how the Riff folks do it.
Also, do you have anything to share with us….even a hint….regarding Star Trek 2016?

87. Basement Blogger - July 11, 2013

I wouldn’t read anything bad in the early release of Star Trek Into Darkness on home video. Matt Wright pointed out on the STID open thread that Skyfall was also released early. And that movie made over a billion bucks overseas. It’s a profit analysis thing. The suits have calculated that it is more profitable to release earlier, kind of like releasing a 2D movie in 3D. And by the way, director Mendes returns to James Bond and so does our John Logan. (Star Trek: Nemesis)

On deleted scenes, Skyfall did not have deleted scenes. Some deleted scenes need to be cut. Others I would argue need to be in the movie. How about Ripley finding out that her daughter died during her voyage home in Aliens? (1986) The Hobbit had no deleted scenes BUT there is an extended cut coming out this year. ( I think.) Does the Hobbit really need to be longer? But I digress. I’ve made the argument that Abrams’ Star Trek could always use some time to breathe. Maybe an extended Star Trek Into Darkness could have that reflective time.

88. Marja - July 11, 2013

So wait, if we don’t own a Blu-Ray DVD player we don’t get doodly-squat???? I am SO BUMMED … I don’t think my computer plays Blu-Ray and I don’t own a separate player. Everything is catered to the upper middle class now :(

I hope they will include: Giacchino making of the score; DELETED SCENES; BLOOPERS, and a commentary, even if it’s just 15-30 minutes at the end.

27, Sean, I love going to the movies and sharing the audience experience too, but I’m glad I don’t have to pay for bringing kids …

57, Damian, “There was a lot of buzz before ST09 came out” Yes, partly because there were standee lobby cards in theatres months in advance. I was so stoked! I have commented voluminously elsewhere on STiD Marketing Gone Wrong, Let Us Count the Ways, so won’t do that here.

64, Punkspocker, I would prefer a Spock shower scene ;)

87, Bernie Blogger, I agree SO HARD about “room to breathe” – Orci and Kurtzman write GREAT dialogue, I wish we got to see and hear more of it.

Personally, comparing the two movies, I found Nero as a villain WAYYY less compelling than the regrettably named Khan. I didn’t like the score as much as I do STiD’s. But I did very much enjoy the young Spock sequence [and music] and the Spock/Uhura interactions, the latter of which was only too briefly done in this film :( And I loved kick-ass Captain Pike too. I hate that they killed him off in STiD. Hate it, I say.

89. Disinvited - July 11, 2013

#87. Basement Blogger – July 11, 2013

Interesting ideas there. Kind of make sense not to release discs with deleted scenes if these studios are planing to double or maybe even triple dip with extended releases later on.

Although, I’m not sure extend cuts have to be the only approach. When JJ was gushing about the Paramount mandated 3-D conversion of his STID, they could have done a lot to ramp up interest in it by applying the same process to 2009’s entry and rereleasing it on 3-D home video, for example.

90. Ryan Allen Carrillo - July 11, 2013

88. Marja – July 11, 2013
So wait, if we don’t own a Blu-Ray DVD player we don’t get doodly-squat???? I am SO BUMMED … I don’t think my computer plays Blu-Ray and I don’t own a separate player. Everything is catered to the upper middle class now :(

*Blu Ray Players are now $30.00. Pretty sure that is not catered to the upper middle class.

91. THX-1138 - July 11, 2013

I have to say that for the first time ever I’m not too terribly interested in getting this set. I’ll buy it eventually, but normally I buy the DVD or Bluray the day it comes out and eagerly watch it. This time not so much.

So there will be no commentary, deleted scenes, or gag reel? Am I reading that right? What a waste.

92. TonyD - July 11, 2013

I’ll be picking this up day one even though I was moderately disappointed with the movie (the TWOK ending was just laughable) primarily because I am curious how the 3D will look on my TV (63″ 3D plasma). What I’d really like is for the 3D version to have the imax sequences in full screen (ala the Dark Knight BluRay) though I seriously doubt Paramount Home Video has the imagination or ambition to do that.

93. Jim Nightshade - July 11, 2013

haha bob orci… the commentary for only please…..

94. Alfredo Ruanova - July 11, 2013

Just a question about the movie…. does anybody know if the klingon spoken in the movie is the mark okrand versión, or a new one? It sounded OK bye me, but I didn’t see Mark’s name in the credits… just curious about that…

95. Marja - July 12, 2013

90, R Carillo, Okay, I should have said the “middle class.” Some folks say $30 like it’s nothing. It’s been my weekly food budget.

Can a person hook up a blu-ray to a computer?

“Oh there you go, bringin’ class into it again” … Monty Python & the Holy Grail

96. Curious Cadet - July 12, 2013

@75. Robman007,
“mark my words..they will have a Khan getting some sort of surgery to disguise his looks in those comics..”

Seriously doubt it. They are going to treat Khan’s appearance like Eye-gore’s hump in Young Frankenstein. Most likely they will do their best to never speak of it again.

Orci has emphatically stated his appearance does not matter. Moreover, changing his ethnicity to disguise the fact he’s a 300 year old genetic superman is ridiculous. His facial features yes, but his race? Ridiculous. And then they have to explain the accent … if they start pulling at that thread to reconcile with canon, then the whole conceit unravels rather badly.

Anything’s possible, but if they pursue that path, they will heap insult onto injury and rekindle is debate all over again, because then it will be official canon.

97. Curious Cadet - July 12, 2013

They’re already going to have a serious problem trying to reconcile the Eugenics wars with Space Seed and the actual 1990s, and making it official canon in the process. Dealing with Khan’s appearance is just pouring gasoline on the fire.

98. Matt Wright - July 12, 2013

@ 95 — You’d buy a Blu-ray drive for your PC and use Blu-ray playback software like Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra. It’s just like playing a DVD on a PC, you just need the right optical drive and playing software.

99. Trekboi - July 12, 2013

I Really think releasing the VOD weeks before the DVD when the film still has international releases opening in late August is a disasterous idea
So many impatient or impulsive people will just download it instead of buying the dvd combo’s

As for the lack of special features, I don’t know about America but we had to wait years in Australia to get all the special features for thr first Movie
They will do a 2 disc edition later.

100. john - July 12, 2013

first time i won’t be buyiny a star trek film. You could have cut 5 mins of spocks’s annoying dialogue, he went on and on and …..

101. NuFan - July 12, 2013

Nobody cares about official canon.

102. Marja - July 12, 2013

98, Thanks Matt, I hope the BluRay drive is inexpensive. I may be able to save up for it in the next few months :) … I appreciate the info.

103. kietero - July 12, 2013

OF COURSE! Figures about the date… the day it’s available for digital download it’ll JUST be getting to theaters here in Japan. I hate this kind of marketing, when foreign countries get first screening rights before it even opens in the States… and then it’s already out on DVD when it comes out here in theaters. Total dislike!

104. Elias Javalis - July 12, 2013

Decreased budget could be proven..! I dont know, Star Trek Into Darkness had some spectacular Set pieces! 170 mil sounds good.. I would hardly call 450 mil a moderate success, its a very good cume.!!

105. Elias Javalis - July 13, 2013

Oups! Sorry Anthony, I was commenting to the other post!

106. Leenyr - July 13, 2013

I’ll be in Cape May at basic training, but this is definitely what I’m asking for as my graduation/birthday present!!! so stoked!

107. Destructive - July 13, 2013

Will the Aspect Ratio of the film open up for the IMAX scenes?

108. Charles Trotter - July 14, 2013

Marja – July 11, 2013

STID will be released on DVD as well as Blu-ray; you can find the plain ol’ DVD on Amazon. Also, the Blu-ray package comes with the DVD.

109. Charles Trotter - July 14, 2013

91. THX

“I have to say that for the first time ever I’m not too terribly interested in getting this set. I’ll buy it eventually, but normally I buy the DVD or Bluray the day it comes out and eagerly watch it. This time not so much. So there will be no commentary, deleted scenes, or gag reel? Am I reading that right? What a waste.”

I feel the same way. I won’t be getting it when it first comes out; I’m just not driven to do so. If there were commentaries, deleted scenes, a gag reel, etc., I would probably ask a family member for it for Christmas or my birthday. Without those special features, though, I’ll just sit back and wait for the price to drop on Amazon and grab it when it gets to around $10.

110. Charles Trotter - July 14, 2013

I’m surprised no one’s picked up on why they chose Sept. 10 to release the film on home video.

It’s the day before Sept. 11.

111. loghaD - July 14, 2013

@94. Alfredo Ruanova:
It is, indeed, Okrandian Klingon. In fact, there’s info suggesting that Marc Okrand wrote the Klingon dialogue, even though he’s not listed in the credits; I believe he wrote them, but another person coached Saldana.

He has also praised Saldana’s pronunciation:

Okrand did apparently coach some of the Klingon voice actors, however:

JJ also got Marc Okrand to write Klingon dialgoue for the since deleted scenes in Star Trek XI. I find this to be an impressive show of dedication to authenticity; most Star Trek productions just make up some gibberish.

112. Bucky - July 14, 2013

Ultraviolet copy is ultra-awful, I just rip the similarly somewhat useless DVD to my iPod instead, there’s my digital copy which I paid for, darn it!

113. Michael - July 14, 2013

I think the extras on the BD are very early and preliminary. I doubt that only the ones listed @ the moment is all there will be entirely. This would make no sense not to have audio commentaries, deleted or extended scenes, etc. Especially after the GLUT the studio put on the first film’s release on BD! Paramount has just not finalized it’s contents yet. If they actually did release this w/o more it would be a HUGE step back to just what is offered on a standard single disc dvd. I doubt Paramount has dropped he ball that bad!

114. Charles Trotter - July 14, 2013

112. Michael

“I think the extras on the BD are very early and preliminary. I doubt that only the ones listed @ the moment is all there will be entirely.”

That’s entirely possible. It did seem weird for there to not be at least *one* commentary track. Here’s hoping you’re right.

75. Robman007

“mark my words..they will have a Khan getting some sort of surgery to disguise his looks in those comics..”

That would be the lazy way to go. An even lazier way would be to not explain it at all and just have him look like Cumberbatch from the get-go. Hopefully the comics will show that the change in his appearance came about from genetic modifications made by Admiral Marcus.

115. DaveK69 - July 15, 2013

116. Xplodin_Nacelle - July 15, 2013

Does anyone know if the regular DVD has any extras at all? The wife took the Blu-Ray Player in the divorce – “All she left me with, was my Bones”.

117. Curious Cadet - July 15, 2013

@114. Charles Trotter,
“Hopefully the comics will show that the change in his appearance came about from genetic modifications made by Admiral Marcus.”

You do know Orci’s stated reason for not making Khan dark-skinned, right?

The comics are no different from the film as far as Orci’s rationale for changing Khan’s appearance.

Orci made Khan a terrorist, guilty of “mass genocide”. If these comics go back and show us a Montalban/Khan ruling 1/4 of the Earth’s population from the Middle East through Asia, going into stasis for 300 years and then becoming Marcus’ lap dog after being genetically changed to appear to look like Cumberbatch, then he will be doing exactly what he said he didn’t want to do by casting Cumberbatch in the first place.

While it’s not impossible, if they depict Khan’s appearance change at the hands of Marcus, Orci will be violating his own ethics here, since Khan will be a stereotyped Middle-Eastern looking terrorist, but now with a white-washed veneer. Changing his appearance doesn’t change who he was. And since Orci is involved in creating the backstory for Khan, and he will be responsible for how Khan is perceived, nothing has changed from his objections for the movie, merely because its a comic book for primarily hard-core fans. It’s still canon.

I all but gurantee they won’t touch his appearance in these comics.

118. Adam Bomb 1701 - July 16, 2013

VOD is now the same day as DVD/Blu-Ray. Redbox and Netflix won’t have the movie available for 30 days past that. Me, I’ll wait, and have the girlfriend get it for me as a birthday or Christmas gift. If it’s a brutal winter up where she lives, that may mean I won’t get it until next spring.
The price of discs seems to drop when the movie hits the pay-cable channels; that’s usually nine months to a year after the theatrical release.
And, this release continues the trend of putting all the special features on the Blu-Ray; the DVD release looks pretty barren. The 2009 “Star Trek” got a great two-disc DVD set with a lot of extras; that’s not happening here. That is particularly unfair to those who haven’t upgraded to or can’t afford Blu-Ray.

119. Craiger - July 17, 2013

With Paramount not doing extras on another DVD/BluRay with STID, it almost sounds like Paramount doesn’t really like STID.

120. Keachick - rose pinenut - July 17, 2013

Oh dear – It seems that my little rant about technology and waste p***ed someone off. Never mind that it might have hit on a little speck of truth…oh well, it seems that me expressing my frustration about various matters like consumerism, disposability and waste upset someone to the point where they have banned me from posting…oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…:(

On another matter, I am disappointed that we are not getting any kind of gag reel – surely, someone’s (phone) camera must have been working when Cumberbatch was seen with “neutron cream” on his face while being in a serious discussion with JJ Abrams etc. or was this story made up after all the filming etc was done and it never actually happened? I wonder…

I guess not showing deleted scenes avoid all the confusion over what is deemed canon and what is not. Instead of actually making a statement about the possible relevance of any particular scene to the overall director’s cut, we are simply not given anything…Wow – the *generosity* afforded to fans, like me, is overwhelming.

Read my sarcasm. I am not happy. I am depressed.

Paramount et al – You need to be and do better.

121. Lurker - July 19, 2013

For anyone still reading – the official cover art has now been released. It differs depending on the disc format. and other sites confirm.

122. Jakell - July 19, 2013

Not getting this one. I tried, I mean REALLY tried to enjoy this new Trek, but I don’t even recognize this as being part of anything I loved of the original. Everything is war and death and terrorists. Nothing of exploring different planets and can we get some aliens please? We had a klingon for about 2 mins and one Vulcan who can’t act like one without his girlfriend nagging at him. GTFO.
And this new threesome with Kirk and Spock and Uhura? No thanks, there isn’t 1/4 of the heart in this trio as there was with Kirk Spock and Bones. I feel bad for Urban, and Deforest Kelly too in a way. his character deserved more than what they’ve given him. I know the reasons why the felt the need to change it up, but you don’t mess with something as classic as that triumvirate. Just no. At least they let her have a few scenes to show she can do more than worry about Spock. Her speaking Klingon was one of the few highlights if the film. The woman is xenolinguistic expert, about time they let her show it.
Kirk is still a horndog who makes fun of Spock being Vulcan and calling names? Sulu and Chekov were the only ones I really enjoyed in the film, but they were almost entirely ignored. Scotty wasn’t bad either. Bones is comic relief apparently, with stupid metaphors that Kirk eventually has to tell him to stop.
You get a beautiful, brilliant new woman on the enterprise who is a freaking doctor, but wait, hold on, you can’t have a woman in these films unless they are in their underwear at some point. There ya go. Also Don’t worry about Chapel, Kirk banged her and she ran away across the universe to get away. Not like he even remembers her anyways.
And Khan? It’s cool to just make him white? Super. You had one more role that could have gone to a minority and you let it go. But yea an Asian and one black woman is plenty right? Damn. The acting is top notch, but not enough to make up for the mess that this franchise has become.
Yea I’ll probably be ripped apart for saying all this, but I had to get it off my chest. I had so much hope for these films and even though I didn’t really like the 09 film, I thought I would give it another chance with STID. I am incredibly let down. I still love Star Trek and all the characters, but I can’t take these reboot films anymore. For now on its strictly TOS and TNG for me.

123. David A. - July 19, 2013

Blame JJ and Bad Robot, Keachick. Not Paramount.
Its JJ that most likely voted yay or nay on special features suppliments not the studio.

124. David A. - July 19, 2013

If JJ wanted the deleted scenes on their or for their to be a commentary it would be on there.

Some directors as they “MATURE” in the industry prefer the film to speak for itsself and think that to many or certain types of special features take away from the film.

Mr Mystery Box JJ strikes me as one of those types like Spielberg is.

125. Dennis C - July 19, 2013


Tuesday is when new titles are released on DVD and Blu-ray. September 10th is a Tuesday. That’s pretty much the long and short of it.

126. Dennis C - July 19, 2013


Someone is ALWAYS talking about Star Wars. Even when there’s nothing new Star Wars is always there. Much broader appeal than Star Trek.

127. Nony - July 19, 2013

I like the UK cover with Bones and Scotty on it. I’m not buying the movie, but I’m happy that they’re there, and I hope Karl and Simon are pleased as well…I always found it ironic that the two proud Trekkies of the cast were the ones who weren’t able to get copies of their first Star Trek movie with their own characters on the cover, because as far as I know there weren’t any.

128. Khan was Framed! - July 19, 2013

As long as the Digital Copy isn’t through Ultraviolet, I’ll be buying a copy on Sept. 10th.

This movie won me over despite my distaste for the first film. A huge improvement in literally every way.

But keeping Khan a secret was a colossal marketing blunder; naming him in the title like “Rise of Khan” would have drawn a larger, mulit-generational crowd to the theatres.

Hopefully, now that word is out, people like my parents will buy it on home video.

Seriously. Huge mistake.

129. Bob Tompkins - July 19, 2013

The windows for post theatrical release are getting shorter and shorter.
I don’t think theaters will ever go out of style; people like the social experience of going to a theater with others.
The cost of making movies will eventually decrease as fewer and fewer people will be required to do the effects shots as software and computers become more and more powerful.
3D is obviously an intermediary step toward what moviemakers will actually want to do. The next step from 3D will be probably be holographic movies, which will come about long after I am gone.
In 100 years who knows? ‘Movies at will’ that are created simply by the viewer’s imagination with some assistance by AI delivered directly to all of the senses?
I’d suppose that would be an ultimate goal, allowing the viewer to be James Bond or Mr. Spock or themselves interacting with great fictional characters.
One thing for sure, the movie business is not going to be static; new methods of delivery and format are going to pop up from time to time as technology advances.

130. Adam C - July 20, 2013

Whats up with Into Darkness cover art (and pacific rim’s) letting the film down. It looks bad.

131. pilotfred - July 20, 2013

i am hoping for a third and finely film and then a TV program set in the so called prime timeline,maybe if the storyline lends it have the third film set it up, like prime spock goes back to his timeline, you can still set the program in any time you want to,use prime spock to set the story up ,OK i am an enterprise fan maybe have a time travel kind of start to the new show have spock make a mistake in the 22nd and then get the future timeline to correct that mistake

132. Pg - July 20, 2013

Here’s a Season 3 Blu ray/Next Gen review in case anyone is still on the fence of purchasing it..

133. Echostation3T8 - July 20, 2013

Come on?! Why did the artist replace the ‘NCC-1701′ on the hull with “USS Enterprise’? Sloppy.

134. Travis - July 20, 2013

So hard to decide but you know what… F*** it! Im going to get the 3D/Blu-ray box set because i love the cover of the Enterprise falling towards earth and im going to get the Walmart pack that has nothing but KHAN cover art that is a Bluray/DVD combo pack that also includes a Hotwheels model of the USS Vengenace! SWEET!!!!

135. Mikey1091 - July 20, 2013

Seriously? You’re only showing us HALF of the DVD only cover-art? Come on now, give us DVD guys some love! Some of us do prefer DVD over bluray (yes, I know, a small minority), and I’m one of them. I’d like to see more than half the cover-art for the DVD only box. If I HAD a bluray player (assuming I had the money to get one for my computer, along with a monitor that can handle 1080p, which my current one cant even do 720p, being that I’m unemployed) then I’d surely go for the bluray, but since I don’t have the money to get a 1080 p monitor and a bluray player for my PC, plus the fact I’m already trying to save up for an ssd to replace my aging quickly OS drive (that and my parents refuse to get a bluray player or have one in this house) I’m stuck with DVD.

136. Mikey1091 - July 20, 2013

I stand corrected, I saw the DVD section. Only there was no coverart at all. Oh well, there’s always customaniacs.

137. ST: That's One Giant Leep for Mankind - July 20, 2013

Happy 40th Birthday to Bob Orci
(you lucky son of a gun :^)

“Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
B Lee

138. ME!! - July 20, 2013

Hey, let’s put Uhura on the cover despite the fact she doesn’t have as much to do in the film as McCoy, not to mention the fact it was always Kirk, Spock & McCoy originally…

I’m SICK and TIRED of political correctness gone MAD. You want more female/minority main characters in films? Fine!! No problem whatsoever!! I’m all for it!! Get the right actor for the job and I’m there! But for the love of God…LEAVE THE EXISTING PROPERTIES ALONE. That may sound like nitpicking, but that’s your opinion. I like my Trek the way it was. I love seeing new adventures with the classic characters and have no problem with the alternate universe concept…it’s quite fun (could be more fun if they got better writers who didn’t attempt to justify lazy writing and have a cow every time someone pointed out a plot hole), but I’d like the characters to act more like themselves rather than whiny, gripey sissies (McCoy, Sulu & Scotty excluded…they at least act like themselves!).

139. govna - July 20, 2013

Any information about RETAILER EXCLUSIVES? Last time around many retailers offered different packages. I bought the Target Exclusive, which had a small plastic model on the new Enterprise. The two disc set fits in the saucer section. Anything like that coming this time?

140. Michael Hall - July 20, 2013

“This movie won me over despite my distaste for the first film. A huge improvement in literally every way.”

Amen to that. I’ve been pretty bemused by comments here that compare STID unfavorably to its “perfect” predecessor, but then I’ve always thought it preferable to aim high and fall short than to go for mediocrity and hit the target dead-on. And yes, INTO DARKNESS falls considerably short, mainly due to sharing Trek 2009’s barely glossed-over plot holes, bad science, and a perverse willingness to throw logic and even common sense out the airlock for the sake of cheap thrills. Nevertheless, it’s willingness to actually be about something, not to mention its far-superior handling of the Trek characters (and a much better-motivated villain) for my money put this film light years beyond Trek 2009. It’s still not great Trek, but the Viacom shareholders will be pleased to know that it’s a DVD purchase I’m at least considering.

141. Optimistic Doodle - July 20, 2013

OMG, deleted scenes have been… DELETED! ;-)

142. Jonboc - July 20, 2013

#139. “Any information about RETAILER EXCLUSIVES?”

Amazon,of course, has the phaser bundle and I think it’s Walmart that is bundling a Vengence model with the movie….not sure if the discs fit in the saucer section or not.

143. drumvan - July 20, 2013


good catch. that is really sloppy. doesn’t anybody that knows anything proof these things? good grief.

144. ruue - July 20, 2013

All covers look shit imo!

Where is the theatrical cover with the enterprise falling towards earth?
Especially the Blu Ray Dvd Combo Pack cover looks amatuerish

Any word on special packages for Europe???

145. ruue - July 20, 2013

All covers look shit imo!

Where is the theatrical cover with the enterprise falling towards earth?
Especially the Blu Ray Dvd Combo Pack cover looks amatuerish

Any word on special packages for Europe???

146. Chain of Command - July 20, 2013




147. Mark - July 20, 2013

Oh Christ…what a stupid cover. Kirk, Spock, NOT BONES and white Khan. I’m terrified to see what mess they make with the third film, if I even bother to see it..

148. Admiral Stedman - July 21, 2013

@ 33 – Aye Sir!

149. MelyBelle44 - July 21, 2013

You people complaining about Uhura being on the cover instead of McCoy reeeeaaaallly need to get a life. Really.

K/S/M are not the main trio in this timeline. Deal with it.

It cracks me up that your main complaint is that the characters and triumvirate in this timeline is not the exact same as the Prime timeline. Do you not understand the point of an ALTERNATE reality? The whole point of an alternate reality is to be DIFFERENT.

George Kirk is dead.

Amanda Grayson is dead.

Vulcan is gone.

And the biggest issue you guys take with this new timeline is that Uhura is on the DVD cover instead of Bones.


150. Michael Hall - July 21, 2013

“K/S/M are not the main trio in this timeline. Deal with it.”

And some of your fellow fans aren’t particularly happy about it. Deal with that.

151. Marshall - July 21, 2013

Dude, agree 100%. I get why they want to be PC and all, and while I don’t hate the “new” trio and don’t mind Uhura being a more prominent character, it bores me. Really. Like I know I’m supposed to be amused by Kirk gossiping with Uhura about her boyfriend and care about all of their romance woes and Uhura nagging but it’s just annoying. Like i wait it out until we can get back to the interesting part of the movie. As someone else said, it doesn’t have near the emotional impact or weight as the original real trio. Ok Spock and Uhura are banging and she wants feelings out of him, I’d rather see Bones and Spock argue over logic and morals any day.

JJ and the writers obviously aren’t gonna give the people what they want (more Bones) and if he thinks his trio works, so be it. I won’t stop watching Trek, but I will never see Kirk, Spock and Uhura as a big three. And that’s fine. Kirk Spock and Bones are already iconic in a way that won’t be erased, no matter how much they want Kirk Spock Uhura to be it. Because JJ wants to mess around and switch it up won’t change anything. Don’t let it get to you, these films and this Universe won’t be remembered the way TOS was. TOS was groundbreaking, these films are just moneymakers.

And @150
Exactly lol. Some people seem to love the new emo Spock and lovesick Uhura. Cool. Enjoy. Ill just try to pretend that mess never happened. We always have reruns of the good times when Spock could be a Vulcan without being chastised for it and Gene Roddenberry’s trio had meaning.

152. Li'l Shat - July 21, 2013

I saw STID twice in theaters but the second viewing was just to kill time while waiting to check into a hotel room… and when I realized it was almost check in time, I got up and left before the movie was over.

I don’t like what’s been done to Star Trek by this team of hacks. I especially don’t like the new Enterprise, it looks clumsy and tacky where the original looks elegant and sleek (it’s the best of all the Enterprise designs in my opinion).

It seems like every time they try to improve upon the original Trek, they mess it up. I guess lightning only strikes once.

And if the Big Three includes Kirk and Spock, it would also include Bones. In any universe. These three would always naturally gravitate to each other.

153. Bob Tompkins - July 22, 2013

No deleted scenes, no gag reel, the VAM looks weak, STID continues to disappoint through every release window.

154. Chain of Command - July 22, 2013


I can understand your argument. Personally, I think the shift is kind of weird but it doesn’t impact my life LOL.

That said: I think the shift everyone feels has happened was done because of the chemistry of the actors. Let’s face it, the new actors are not the original actors and, as a result, all the character dynamics and interactions are different because the personalities and attitudes of the actors towards each other are different. The original series, (despite what some of the original supporting actors may have thought), was NEVER an ensemble show. There were three main characters and four supporting characters. The new film series is more of an ensemble piece so the shift in character interactions and dynamics makes a little more sense.

@ 152
Yeah, the Enterprise does look weird. At some angles it looks fine, but it looks like the back end is trying to squeeze through a door. It is what it is.

Take it for what it is: A new take on a classic idea.

155. Charles Trotter - July 22, 2013

According to Badass Digest, the next STAR TREK film may be scripted by THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

The report also says, however, that Orci and Kurtzman are still attached to the project as writers. I guess they’ll be polishing Miller and Stentz’s script or maybe just concocting the original story.

In addition, the report mentions a rumor that J.J. Abrams is “on the verge dropping out of STAR WARS.” Hmmm….

Naturally, treat all of this as rumor until confirmed by the actual people involved.

156. MC1 Doug - July 22, 2013

I do NOT like this cover one little bit! Where the hell is Dr. McCoy?

157. MC1 Doug - July 22, 2013

I hate complaining. It’s one of the things that bothers me so much on this site… all the bitching, whining, complaining and then they don’t put Dr. McCoy on the cover.

I am sorry, but I want the KSM triad front and center, pretty please.

Bob, I liked STiD much more than ST09, but c’mon, please quit taking us fans for granted. I am still smarting over the Enterprise being a submarine. I didn’t like the lapse of logic in your first film and even less in this one.

158. DesiluTrek - July 23, 2013

That big intentional “U.S.S. ENTERPRISE” on the saucer for the 3D cover certainly reflects the studio’s current approach to Star Trek. They felt the ship needed to be “dumbed down” for average non-fans who they believe wouldn’t get “NCC-1701″, and if the fans are bugged by the change, screw ’em, we’re going to take them for granted and assume they’ll come along anyway.

159. Captain Dunsel - July 23, 2013

Speaking as a completist, I’ve already pre-ordered the DVD version to go along with all the other DVDs I’ve purchased over the years. Paramount’s disdain for optical discs (Blu, too) is readily apparent with this online digital-download advance release, so I don’t really feel compelled to give them any more cash than is really necessary. (I also think the movie was somewhat weak and derivative, as was its predecessor, so no great incentive to fork over the extra dollars for the dual-format version.)

Heck, Paramount is amongst the worst stewards of their back catalog, recently licensing out over 600 titles to Warner Bros., who still seem to understand that collectors are more than just a niche market and that film is not just an ephemeral download-and-discard commodity.

Studios don’t want you to own physical media anymore. They have less control over it once it is out of their hands. The ultimate business model will finally be pay-as-you-go for EVERYTHING. Circuit City tried this with DIVX as the intermediary data disc storage and who were the first to sign on? DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and (you guessed it) Paramount Pictures. The public rejected DIVX then but I think they’ve been so conditioned to digital download that the companies might succeed this time around…

It all comes down to Digital Rights Management by media conglomerates.

160. schizon's lover - July 24, 2013

My favorite part of the movie was when Spock stupidly yelled “Khan!” even though him shouting Khan made no sense! Shouldn’t he have yelled “Marcus!” since the admiral was the one who sabotaged the ship?

161. Dean-O - July 24, 2013

The Blu-Ray 3D combo pack cover art is nice except for the huge “U.S.S. ENTERPRISE” lettering on the saucer top that’s rendered outrageously huge to the point the registry numbers got pushed off the image. Oops!

Otherwise a cool cover illo.

162. DJT - July 24, 2013

I’ll write the next movie!! Me me me me! pick me!

Oh and TPTB, thanks for making the effort to change the cover art. Somebody was listening! But I think the Genie is already out of the bottle. The original art work looked good. But sent the wrong message.

These new covers are a wash. The “destruction” one, is the antithesis of Star Trek and tries to hard to be TDK. The Enterprise one is okay, but displays a lack of faith in the general audience in regards to the ships registry (NCC-1701) being overridden by the ships name (USS ENTERPRISE).

163. DJT - July 24, 2013

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

Fool me again? I don’t think so.

164. Li'l Shat - July 25, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness:

Kirk violates the Prime Directive. He loses his command for ten minutes, then gets it back. This teaches him consequences.

Khan is transformed into a skinny white British man.

Leonard Nimoy appears in an utterly useless cameo that completely undermines his “passing of the torch” appearance in ’09 Trek.

Scotty does some impossible things–like flying into a secret hangar and boarding a secret experimental new ship–without question or consequence.

Khan has magic blood that resurrects both tribbles and humans. Keep that on tap!

Not much made sense, but this was cleverly hidden by Wow! OMG special effects that mostly involved the overuse of CGI.

JJ Abrams directed and Damon Lindelof was involved with the writing of the screenplay.

Fool me once, shame on you…

165. Yanks - July 25, 2013

hmmm, if I have a “1080i” TV, will the Blue Ray DVD show on my TV?

166. Philip - July 25, 2013

Does anyone know why this particular effects shot/scene from Wrath of Khan was cut? photo w the link-

That’s bothered me for a long time. It was such a cool looking shot from the film we never saw. Was it b4 they got to Regula 1 maybe??

167. Disinvited - July 25, 2013

#165. Yanks – July 25, 2013

First, a Blu-ray disc is not a DVD. So if you are asking will it play on your DVD player, then no, as it has nothing to do with your TV being 1080i.

Now if you get a Blu-ray player are you asking will it play on your 1080i TV, then that answer is it’s possible. However, whether the player delivers the maximum 1080i image to your TV depends on how you hook it up. If you use component video (requires three rca jacks for the video) or HDMI, you should be fine. However, you should be aware that HDMI uses a copy protection scheme and if your set is too old to support it the player won’t deliver any better than a DVD quality image to your set.

I’ve noticed quite a few players now tie the component video to HDMI copy protection, i.e. if no hdmi connection that acknowledges copy protection then they don’t allow component to deliver better then dvd either.

Best option is to make sure where you get the Blu player lets you return the unit if you are not happy after an audition period.

But the basic answer as to your “Will it it show?” question is even in the worst case it will “show” something viewable.

168. General Chang and da gang - July 26, 2013

Does anyone know if there will be director commentary on the new DVD release? I really enjoyed hearing the play by play by Abrams and company on the 2009 Trek DVD.
I didn’t see it listed above…any insight?

169. Yanks - July 26, 2013

@ 167. Disinvited – July 25, 2013

Thanks for all the info…

The question popped in my head because I had 1080p selected as a dowload option on Direct TV and that enabled movies to download in the highest quality available. So I got a couple movies downloaded in 1080p and they did not play. Frustrating as hell to figure out why :-)

I have a BLU-RAY player hooked up with an HDMI cable so I guess we’ll see.

I’m assuming that “Feature film in high definition” means an additional DVD. I hope so.

170. Disinvited - July 26, 2013

#168. Yanks – July 26, 2013

There’s any number of reasons why HD downloaded content won’t play but if it plays on your computer but you can’t get your computer to play it on the TV it might be the copy protection. I assume you connected the computer to the TV using an HDMI connection?

171. r - July 26, 2013

Here’s a new article over on talking about Into Darkness and Insurrection’s allegory aspects..

172. Disinvited - July 27, 2013

#166. Philip – July 25, 2013

Well, going by what the Special FX supervisor said on THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF STAR TREK II:THE WRATH OF KHAN in THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION disc 2, the FX people just followed the storyboards. I went through those as they are supplied on the same disc and could not find any that approximated your Lobby Card.

My guess is that since promotional materials are often put out far in advance of completion of the movie proper, that the FX weren’t done when the lobby cards were being produced so marketing just decided to jazz the photo up by hiring some artist to draw in some dramatic phaser “shots”. Much in the same way trailers don’t use music from the movie being promoted and some even use scenes from other movies that is in a studios “stock” library.

However, if you ever manage to dig up a storyboard for that then you’d be onto something and your lobby card would probably be worth something more than it already is.

173. Disinvited - July 27, 2013

#166. Philip – July 25, 2013

If you know anyone at the University of Texas, Austin:

Several auction sites claim:

17.1 Star Trek II Exhibit D storyboards, circa 1982

That Exhibit D storyboards were sent to ILM

Still no clue as to whether any of the artwork in those sets deal with the subject of your quest.

174. WillH85 - July 28, 2013

Still hate how they’ve replace Bones with Uhura in the trinity. Sorry, just doesn’t work for me. Still can’t wait for the bluray, though.

175. Michael - July 28, 2013

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Target’s 3 disc excusive only avail. online! Bonus disc has 70 minutes of footage, of which 30 min. is exclusive to this release. $29.99 and alt. cover art.

176. Yanks - July 30, 2013

@ 170. Disinvited – July 26, 2013
#168. Yanks – July 26, 2013

There’s any number of reasons why HD downloaded content won’t play but if it plays on your computer but you can’t get your computer to play it on the TV it might be the copy protection. I assume you connected the computer to the TV using an HDMI connection?

Just speaking to dowloading movies in 1080p format (DIRECT TV) and not being able to view them on my TV because the highest format my TV displays in 1080i.

Not referring to watching it on my computer. It has a BLU RAY player, so viewing STID on my PC should be an issue.

177. Disinvited - July 30, 2013

#176. Yanks – July 30, 2013

I asked about using HDMI because it is a negotiated connection and should automatically convert to the max that your TV can handle

178. Yanks - July 30, 2013

@ 177. Disinvited – July 30, 2013
#176. Yanks – July 30, 2013

I asked about using HDMI because it is a negotiated connection and should automatically convert to the max that your TV can handle

Ah, now I think I got it. Thanks!

“shouldn’t” in post 176 BTW,,,

179. Chris Pike - July 31, 2013

Li’l Shat

Spot on all your posts – my sentiments exactly, I have lost interest in Trek thanks to the new lot for the first time in 40 odd years…..

180. Forrest Leeson - July 31, 2013

“Khan has magic blood that resurrects both tribbles and humans.”

This of course is just foreshadowing for the next film, KLINGONS VS TRIBBLES.

“They won’t die! They won’t die!!! In the name of Kahless! This is it! Game over!!!!!!”
“Silence, Khudzon, or I shall slay you myself!”

181. Li'l Shat - July 31, 2013

In the next movie, a probe will arrive at Earth and threaten all life in an attempt to communicate with an extinct species of dolphin.

Uhura will figure this out given her communication skills, and will recommend that they travel back in time and try using Khan’s magic blood on a still-living mating pair of dolphins–because McCoy figures out that Khan’s blood not only revives dead things, but prevents them from ever being killed again.

See the ingenious twists on the old timeline? It’s dolphins, not whales, Uhura figures it out, not Spock, and they don’t have to bring a mating pair into the future–just inject them with Khan’s magic blood.

I swear, this is right up these writers’ alley (I hope they’re not taking notes and attempting to steal my idea).

182. Disinvited - August 3, 2013

Sometimes, to see where you are going, it’s good to know where you’ve been. From, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, June of 1982, STAR TREK STRIKES AGAIN by Dale Pollock:,3017410

“According to Paramount President Michael Eisner, there even may be a future movie [after TSFS] about the fate of Khan

he hopes to initiate future STAR TREK movies at regular 18-month intervals”

Article also mentions TMP making money for studio, TMP sets left unusable by souveniring, “radio play” approach to TWOK script, and unspoken TV fallback in filming TWOK.

183. Curious Cadet - August 5, 2013

@182 Disinvited,

Interesting article and find.

Eisner’s comment seems to suggest Khan would have a Spock-like Genesis resurrection. Considering he would have been blown into atoms, I’m thinking the pitch must have been that Khan’s fate would have him become some kind of god-like being like Gary Mitchell. Otherwise, how would he have gotten off of the Genesis planet? Of course there’s always a smuggler ship we didnt see that could have plucked Khan off the planet before the Grissom got there.

Of course why the Grissom didn’t have an armed escort ship while studying a restricted planet is perplexing at best.

184. Disinvited - August 5, 2013

#183. Curious Cadet – August 5, 2013

Blown to bits? Or rather, “reconfigured in favor of its own matrix”? Also David introduced that banned stuff with all kinds of unexpected results, who knows?

But maybe Khan just beamed himself aboard Enterprise and hid like Kirk’s pal in COURT MARTIAL?

185. ironhyde - August 6, 2013

How and Why they kept the villain a secret… THAT i have to see. Pretty much the most offensive, insulting, act of promotional dim-wittery I’ve ever seen. Hope they have a better answer than “I hate when something is spoiled. I like everything in a mystery box” :|

186. falcon - August 6, 2013

Yeah, this one I probably won’t be buying. If someone wants to get it for me as a Christmas or birthday present, that’s up to them.

As far as Khan and the comics, here’s my take: He is, in reality, an Englishman named John Harrison who committed multiple atrocities during the Eugenics Wars in the name of Khan Noonien Singh, and who took on Khan’s identity when the strongman was “mysteriously” assassinated prior to the launch of the Botany Bay.

That’s all the backstory you need.

187. seangh - August 7, 2013

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