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Star Trek: The Original Series “Origins” Blu-ray review September 10, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Review,Star Trek Into Darkness,TOS Remastered , comments closed

To coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray, CBS is offering up a new “best of” TOS Blu-ray disc release. This includes various “prime universe” episodes that are related to the characters or aliens seen in Into Darkness in some way. It naturally includes “Space Seed” for the introduction of Khan and “The Cage” for a look at Pike as captain, and more. There is a little bit of new content on this disc, there are new video introductions recorded by Rod Roddenberry.

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TNG Season 5 Blu-ray set and single-disc version of Unification [UPDATED] September 9, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG Remastered , comments closed

While we expected Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 to be the next up on the Blu-ray slate, we weren’t sure if CBS would do a single-disc release this time, since the Season 5/6 cliffhanger of “Time’s Arrow” is hardly a fan favorite. The most logical choice, that many had been speculating, is the two-part 25th anniversary celebration, “Unification”, featuring the return of original Trek legend Leonard Nimoy and his character Spock. We don’t have full details yet, but there is new partial information about both releases. Both are expected to be available on November 19th for the US and Canada.

UPDATE Sept. 9 – CBS has posted a video trailer for Unification

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Happy 47th Star Trek! September 8, 2013

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Trek Franchise , comments closed

It was on September 8th 1966 that Star Trek debuted on NBC in the U.S.A.
The episode chosen to be broadcast first was actually the fifth produced – “The Man Trap“.

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Also, as commenters have pointed out, happy 40th anniversary to Star Trek: The Animated Series, serendipitously, it too debuted on September 8th in 1973

So fire up Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Star Trek.com, or your DVD or Blu-ray copy of TOS and celebrate!

Star Trek Into Darkness – Blu-ray review September 6, 2013

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

After much pre-release hoopla, we have our review copy of the Blu-ray of J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Read on for our review of the Blu-ray release.
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EDITORIAL: Star Trek is broken – Here are ideas on how to fix it September 1, 2013

by Joseph Dickerson , Filed under: Editorial , comments closed

At last month’s official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, I had the privilege to speak about “Treknology”. The experience was great – I was thrilled at the response of my fellow fans to my presentation. What struck me was the response from Jordan Hoffman’s “One Trek Mind” panel on the best Star Trek movie. The feedback from fans was pretty unanimous – the best film was Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and the worst… was Star Trek Into Darkness.

Fans were more kind when a similar vote took place at the Seattle Star Trek Convention a few days later, where STID ranked 6th, but even then the fans were very vocal and very critical of the film. The sometimes-rabid criticism, much of which was echoed by some film critics and online commentators, gave me pause… and as I reflected on this reaction I came to a conclusion.

Star Trek is broken.
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STID tidbits – Alternate Klingon Makeup ideas, STID in Motion Pictures! webcomic, Blu-ray retailer exclusives info, and more August 29, 2013

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

Creature creator Neville Page has posted new design work from Into Darkness with alternate Klingon looks. Web comic Motion Pictures! has been exploring STID over the last number of weeks, concluding this week. Forbes says Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the worst marketed movies of the summer. We also have a list of which retailers will have exclusives with their Into Darkness Blu-ray copies.

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Into Darkness Blu-ray where are all the bonus features? [UPDATE 2] August 28, 2013

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

When the details of the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray discs were released last month, there was a big fan outcry wondering what happened to a fully loaded version with extras, like we got with Star Trek (2009)? The DVD version fared even worse, being a totally barebones release. Friend of TrekMovie, Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits, has that answer. It turns out that a plethora of bonus features do exist… it’s just that Paramount doesn’t want them all in one place. They are being used for retailer and digital download vendor exclusives.

UPDATED 9/2/2013 with even more details thanks to TrekCore’s diligence.

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Into Darkness Blu-ray bonus feature clip, production art & contest, and Honest Trailers take on STID August 22, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , comments closed

With the physical disc release of Star Trek Into Darkness only a few weeks away (September 10th in the US) and the digital download version available now, Paramount has sent out a clip of the “making of” feature included on the Blu-ray editions of the movie. Paramount has also shared exclusive production art from production designer Scott Chambliss with comingsoon.net and Yahoo! Movies. The art has a code you can enter to win a trip to the performance of the music from Into Darkness live in London. Also, the guys at Screen Junkies have released their Honest Trailers edit of the Into Darkness trailer.

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Trek news catch-up – RIP Ansara, Breaking Bad does Trek, new in depth TOS book series August 20, 2013

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Trek Franchise , comments closed

As some may be aware, TrekMovie staffers were mostly out of touch for a couple of weeks recently. Here is a round up of Trek news bits. We mourn the passing of Dahar Master Kang (AKA Michael Ansara), Breaking Bad references Trek in a drug haze, and a new book about the making of TOS debuted. Read on for more.

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Star Trek Las Vegas: Deep Space Nine 20th Anniversary Reunion August 17, 2013

by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fandom , comments closed

It took two separate panels to accommodate the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 20th Anniversary Reunion at Creation Entertainment’s Las Vegas convention August 11. Creation assembled a nearly complete cast of 16 DS9 main cast members for the commemorative event. And in between panels, when writer-producer Ira Steven Behr walked on stage with the cast, the scene brought hundreds of camera flashes in Rio Resort and Casino’s main theater. You don’t have to be a die-hard DS9 fan to appreciate these increasingly rare convention reunion moments. Fans, actors — even sideline observers can’t help but get a little choked up. Who knows when, where or if an ensemble like this will be on the same stage together again?

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Star Trek: Enterprise – Season 2 Blu-ray review August 15, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT,Review , comments closed

Conventional Trekker wisdom says that Enterprise didn’t get good until Season 3, but as I looked over Season 2′s episodes I was a little bit surprised to see how many episodes I looked forward to revisiting. There are some very good episodes nestled throughout Season 2, though the less said about “Precious Cargo”, the better. As Scott Bakula says in the cast reunion feature on the set, about half-way through season 2 things changed for the better. I’m inclined to agree. Read on for the full review of Enterprise Season 2 on Blu-ray!

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Terry Farrell Helps Vegas Fans Recapture World Record for Most Star Trek Costumes August 13, 2013

by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fandom , comments closed

Amid chants of  “USA! USA!” and with a surprise entrance by Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space 9), Star Trek Las Vegas fans Saturday night recaptured the Guinness World Record for most Star Trek costumes in one location for the USA. They did it with plenty of time and a few Trekkies left to spare.

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JJ Trek 3 possible director and writers August 6, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Rumor,ST: Into Darkness Sequel , comments closed

With Star Trek Into Darkness almost on home video, what’s happening with the third Star Trek theatrical release from the new “JJ ‘verse” timeline is foremost on Trek fans minds. There are multiples sources that say Paramount has a contender for the director’s seat, while J.J. Abrams will produce.

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Star Trek:The Next Generation Season 4 Blu-ray review August 1, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Review,TNG Remastered , comments closed

Season 4 is the start of the well oiled machine that we knew as TNG, coming off the success of Season 3 and the attention of using the cliffhanger format for “The Best of Both Worlds”, Season 4 is the first season to have all of the production staff that would be there through the series end. Season 4 contains a lot of fan favorites such as Family, Brothers, Data’s Day, The Wounded, The Drumhead, Qpid, and Redemption. Read on to see how the season looks remastered and details of the new bonus features.

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TrekMovie Guide to Star Trek Las Vegas Con 2013: Tips and Tricks for the Best Con Experience July 31, 2013

by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions , comments closed

Star Trek Las Vegas is coming up fast! Do you remember your first Star Trek Convention? If you were like me (a convention newbie in 2011), for your first convention you wanted just three things: to see everything, do everything and know everything. In an attempt to be the most prepared as possible for my first convention, I searched the Internet for any advice or tips I could find for Trek convention-goers. Some of you may remember asking the same questions: Do I need to wear a Starfleet uniform? Do I need to dress up as a Klingon? Do I need to learn the Klingon language? Do I need to eat gagh, drink blood wine and participate in mating rituals? (Okay, maybe not the last one.) Well, this blog post is NOT an attempt to answer those questions, but I can offer a few tips to those who are new to the convention. And these tips may be useful to those of you who are ‘con veterans’ but are new to next week’s event, which runs August 8-11.
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Star Trek:The Next Generation “Redemption” Blu-ray review July 30, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Review,TNG Remastered , comments closed

Along with the boxed set of Season 4, the single disc release of the two-part cliffhanger ”Redemption” is also available starting today in the US. Like The Best of Both Worlds that was released with Season 3, both parts have been edited together to make one 90-minute TV movie.

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Star Trek: The Original Series “Origins” Blu-ray information July 19, 2013

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,Star Trek Into Darkness,TOS,TOS Remastered , comments closed

To coincide with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray, CBS and Paramount have teamed up to offer a new “best of” TOS Blu-ray disc release available the same day as the Blu-ray release of Star Trek Into Darkness, September 10. This includes various “prime universe” episodes that are related to the characters or themes of Into Darkness in some way. It naturally includes “Space Seed” for the introduction of Khan and “The Cage” for a look at Pike as captain, and more. There is a little bit of new content on this disc, there are new video introductions recorded by Rod Roddenberry. Plus an announcement of new TOS DVD packaging.

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Star Trek Into Darkness home video release details [UPDATED]

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

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

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Costumed Trekkies to Attempt New World Record at the Official Las Vegas Con this August July 15, 2013

by Nancy Garrett , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fandom , comments closed

Thousands of Star Trek fans will be convening in Las Vegas in August again, to listen to celebrity panels, bid on memorabilia, attend planetary science discussions, stand in lines for autographs and photo ops, and debate the merits of the latest Star Trek motion picture. And again this year, they will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most people dressed in Star Trek costumes at one location. Hit the jump to learn more about the record attempt and its history.
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Star Trek, after Darkness: What is next for the franchise? July 11, 2013

by Joseph Dickerson , Filed under: Editorial,Star Trek Into Darkness , comments closed

As readers of this site know, Star Trek Into Darkness opened domestically and internationally late Spring and has earned over $443 million dollars. This is a success for Paramount, albeit a modest one. It’s not a flop, by any measure… but it’s not a home run, either. It’s a solid double or triple, but Paramount (like all studios do with summer blockbusters) was swinging for the fences. So, what’s next? Well, to quote Donald Rumsfeld, there are some “known knowns” and “known unknowns.” Let’s cover what we know, and spend some time theorizing what comes next.
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