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 "Star Trek Into Darkness" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

After running afoul of his mission directives again and again, Captain Kirk finds himself relieved of his command. At the same time rogue agent John Harrison is blowing up the Starfleet Archives in London. After the attack on the archives, Harrison attempts to ambush the starship commanders and kills Admiral Christopher Pike in the process.

After Harrison escapes to the Klingon home of Kronos, Captain Kirk regains control of the Enterprise in order to seek him out and extract revenge for the killing of Admiral Pike.

Specifications

  • Paramound
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hrs 12 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I’ve seen most of the Star Trek films, but I’m not a diehard Trekkie or anything. When I saw the reboot of Star Trek in 2009 I found it to be a well done, more serious take on the original story. Now with a second film that draws inspiration from the prior films I am a large fan of what JJ Abrams is doing with this franchise.

It manages to remain true to the original series and movies but without being confined by them. The acting, aside from the slightly hammy Admiral Marcus, is very good overall. Effects and visuals are fantastic and the story is great. Highly recommended.

Technical

Star Trek has been a reference disc since it was released and Into Darkness will remain the same. Visuals are picture perfect with no banding or other issues to be seen. The opening scene has wonderful red and yellow hues that really stand out. Skin tones are nice and clear, though when the director wants a bit of a red push in a bar scene it is there. The picture is so sharp you can even slightly make out Spock’s real eyebrows hidden under makeup in a couple of scenes. Fantastic.

The audio is just as good. Fully immersive with powerful bass and incredibly clear. It has everything you want in an action film soundtrack.

Extras

The different versions of Star Trek at different retailers have different special features. Mine contained a few featurettes and DVD and Digital copies of the film. Getting all the features will require you to buy many, many copies of the film for some reason.