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STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 28, 2009 by  



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“For the ‘Star Trek’ fans who enjoyed the ‘Star Trek’ trilogy which focused on Kirk & Spock comes the release of the Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray.  These three classic films are regarded as the top films among the six ‘Star Trek’ films.  So, if you are not needing the other three films which also have been released on a Blu-ray in a full Motion Picture Collection, th ‘STAR TREK-MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY’ is a collection worth owning as these films feature the films in 7.1 Dolby TrueHD sound, 1080p High Definition video and three discs loaded with special features!”

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TITLE: STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY

DURATION: 5 hrs. and 36 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English SDH Subtitled , English Subtitled , French Dubbed & Subtitled , Portuguese Subtitled , Spanish Dubbed & Subtitled

RATED: PG

COMPANY: Paramount Home Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2009

STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN

Directed by Nicholas Meyer

Story by Harve Bennett, Jack B. Sowards, Samuel A. Peeples

Screenplay by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas Meyer

Executive Producer: Harve Bennett

Associated Producer: William F. Phillips

Produced by Robert Salin

Director of Photography: Gayne Rescher

Music by James Horner

Edited by William Paul Dornisch

Casting by Mary V. Buck

Production Design by Joseph R. Jennings

Art Direction by Michael Minor

Set Decoration by Charles Graffeo

Costume Design by Robert Fletcher

STAR TREK III: SEARCH FOR SPOCK

Directed by Leonard Nimoy

Screenplay by Harve Bennett

Executive Producer: Gary Nardino

Associated Producer: Ralph Winter

Produced by Harve Bennett

Director of Photography: Charles Correll

Music by James Horner

Edited by Robert F. Shugrue

Art Direction by John E. Chilberg II

Set Decoration by Tom Pedigo

Costume Design by Robert Fletcher

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

Directed by Leonard Nimoy

Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer

Executive Producer: Ralph Winter

Associated Producer: Brooke Breton and Kirk R. Thatcher

Produced by Harve Bennett

Director of Photography: Donald Peterman

Music by Leonard Rosenman

Edited by Robert F. Shugrue

Art Direction by Joe Aubel, Nilo Rodis-Jamero, Peter Landsdown Smith

Set Decoration by John M. Dwyer

Costume Design by Robert Fletcher

Casting by Amanda Mackey Johnspn

Production Design by Jack T. Collis, Peter Landsdown Smith

Starring:

William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

James Doohan as Scotty

Walter Koenig as Mr. Checkov

George Takei as Mr. Sulu

Nichelle Nichols as Cmdr. Uhura

Majel Barrett as Dr. Christine Chapel

Grace Lee Whitney as Commander Janice Rand

Bibi Besch as Dr. Carol Marcus

Merritt Butrick as Dr. David Marcus

Kirstie Alley and Robin Curtis as Lt. Saavik

Ricardo Montalban as Khan

Jeff McBride as Khan’s Crewman

Ike Eisenmann as Midshipman Peter Preston

Christopher Lloyd as Cmdr. Kruge

Stephen Liska as Torg

John Larroquette as Maltz

Catherine Hicks as Dr. Gillian Taylor

Mark Lenard as Ambassador Sarek

Brock Peters as Admiral Cartwright

John Schuck as Klingon Ambassador

Robert Ellenstein as Federal Council President

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

Feeling that the future holds nothing close to what the past once did, Admiral James T. Kirk begins to believe that galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young.  Yet on routine inspection of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Kirk’s Starfleet career enters a new chapter as a result of his most vengeful nemesis: Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically enhanced conqueror from late 20th-century Earth.  Escaping his forgotten prison, Khan sets his sights on both capturing Project Genesis, a device of god-like power, and the utter destruction of Kirk.

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK

In the wake of Spock’s ultimate act of sacrifice, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise returns to Earth from the newly formed Genesis planet.  Upon arrival, the crew learns that life back home will not be easier:  Scotty gets reassigned, Dr. “Bones” McCoy appears to be going insane, and the Enterprise is to be decommissioned.  It is only when Kirk is confronted by Spock’s father that he learns his old friend may have another chance at life if the crew can survive the Klingon interference and return to the Genesis planet.

STAR TREK IV:  THE VOYAGE HOME

Branded as fugitives by the very Federation they swore to protect, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise dutifully returns to Earth to face charges for crimes committed in the course of rescuing a resurrected Spock.  But en route, it is learned that the Earth is being ravaged by a strange alien probe demanding a response from a life form that no longer exists.  Commandeering a captured Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk and his crew bend time and space to save Earth and rediscover the meaning of friendship.

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In May 2009, with the release of a new “Star Trek” film in theaters, long time fans of the “Star Trek: The Original Series” will be treated with a magnificent Blu-ray release of the first season of the TV series, a full collection of the first six movies on Blu-ray and for those who are particular towards the Kirk/Spock trilogy films (the second through fourth films), Paramount has also released “STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY”.

Included in “STAR TREK: MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY” are:

The most highly regarded “STAR TREK” film featuring the characters of the original series is  “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN”.  The film was released in 1982 and would reprise the character of Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) who appeared in the “Star Trek” TV episode “Space Seed”.

Having escaped from his prison where he has been exiled for 15 years, the genetically-engineered tyrant wants to acquire “Genesis”, a terraforming device known to bring back life.  Harboring a long hatred towards Kirk for the death of his wife,    Because of the buzz surrounding the film of Spock’s death, the film was a box office success making over $97 million worldwide.

Of course, after the failure in the box office of the first film, Gene Roddenberry was removed from the film some of the major talent did not want to come back to do another film.   But because of the significance of the storyline, everyone including Leonard Nimoy signed on  (Nimoy thought this was the final film where Spock would go out in the blaze of glory).

Along with the significance of the story, the film was among the first films to extensively use computer graphics and was a highlight for the company Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).  The film is also the first for composer James Horner, now known for composing music for films such as “Braveheart”, “Apollo 13”, “Enemy at the Gates” and many other big budget films.

The third film “STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” (the second film of the Kirk & Spock arc) comes after the very successful second film “THE WRATH OF KHAN”.  This time around, the only way that Leonard Nimoy would return for this film is if he was given the opportunity to direct.

The film which came out in theaters in 1984 had a lot of hype because it was a film that would feature the return of Spock, a film directed by Leonard Nimoy and an action film that pits the crew of the Enterprise against the Klingons.  The film made over $76 million in the US alone.

The film features the decommissioning of the Enterprise after their battle with Khan.  Lieutenant Saavik (this time played by Robin Curtis) and David Marcus (Admiral Kirk’s son) return to Genesis after discovering an unidentified lifeform.  The two discover that Spock has been resurrected by the Genesis device.  While the two are with Spock who has a child-like mind, the Klingon Kruge starts to have interest in the Genesis and wants to use the planet as a weapon.

Meanwhile, Dr. McCoy is stating to exhibit strange behavior and Spock’s father Sarek tells Kirk that Spock has transferred his katra onto McCoy and that his body and katra must be laid to rest in the Planet Vulcan immediately or else the consciousness of Spock will overwhelm the doctor and kill him.

Admiral Kirk and the crew managed to find a way to get the Enterprise (essentially becoming renegades and disobeying orders from the Federation) and make their return back to Genesis to find Spock but at the same time, Kruge and the Klingons are on their way to the planet.  What will happen to David, Saavik or the young Spock if Kruge and the Klingons get to the planet first?

The fourth film “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME” continues  three months after where the third film had left off and is the final film in the Kirk & Spock storyline arc.   Leonard Nimoy would return to direct the fourth “Star Trek” film and the film would be nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Cinematography”, “Best Effects”, “Best Music” and “Best Sound”.

The film would also was an extreme commercial success surpassing the second film’s box office record by bringing in over $133 million in worldwide box office receipts and cost $25 million to make.  The movie was well-accepted by Star Trek and non-Star Trek fans and would focus less on the special effects and more of the interaction between the crew members, especially Kirk and Spock.

Because of the events that transpired in the third film, the crew of the Enterprise are now in trouble and must face trial and punishment for destroying Federation property.  The crew are using a Klingon Bird of Prey which they nicknamed “HMS Bounty” to return back to Earth.

A big cylindrical object is heading to the Planet Earth and a noise has disrupted systems all over the planet but also causing a disruption in weather and evaporating the water around the oceans.

But after receiving a distress call from the Federation to not go back to the Planet Earth, Spock learns that this communication from the cylindrical object is actually the sound of humpback whales and is awaiting communication back from the whales on Earth.  But because the humpback whales have been long extinct from Earth, in order to stop the destruction of Earth, the crew must go back in time and retrieve humpback whales  from 1986 and bring them back to the present in order to save the planet.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

Of the three films featured in this trilogy box set, “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN” is the only film to receive digital remastering to 1080p High Definition form the original negative.  According to the director, the film’s negative was in terrible shape and that is why it underwent through extensive restoration.  The film which is 27-years-old, looks very good on Blu-ray.  As expected, there would be noticeable grain but details are much more evident and much sharper than the DVD and LD release.  A good showcase of clarity and detail that definitely is notable with this film on high definition.  Of the three films featured, “THE WRATH OF KHAN” has the best picture quality.

The third film “STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” gets its 1080p High Definition treatment (aspect ratio of 2:35:1) via a remaster from the 2000 transfer.  The film looks like there was Digital Noise Reduction used as picture quality seems a bit static and detail is not as evident as the second film.  This can lead to debate by some who feel they don’t like seeing grain on their films but grain is part of film and thus, the picture quality is not as vibrant as “THE WRATH OF KHAN”.

For “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”, there appears to be some DNR implemented and there is a bit of a softness as colors seem a bit muted at times.  Outdoor shots, especially sunlight shots in San Francisco is where you will see the vibrancy of colors in the film.  Overall, I actually expected this film to actually look the least bit vibrant in terms of picture quality but overall, on Blu-ray, the film actually seems quite nice and better than expected.

As for audio, all three films are presented in Dolby TrueHD 7.1.   “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN” is a film that although has action scenes, the film showcases clear dialogue and James Horner’s music is used effectively to create a mood.  I didn’t recall much use of low frequencies through my subwoofer but I did notice the panning from various special effects through my side two channels, use of the warp for the rear surround channels.  Audio is good but during the final scenes with Khan, I was expecting more utilization of audio.  But overall, audio quality was satisfactory.

The audio for “STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” actually uses the audio much more effectively than the second film.  Good use of sound coming from the fronts and rears and better usage of low frequencies with the Romulan ship.

As for the audio quality of “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”, also presented with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack and dialogue is clear as well as the 80’s music.  This is one film that doesn’t really utilize special effects but overall dialogue is clear, especially the schlocky 80’s music, the thunder storm and the whale sounds do come alive on the soundtrack.  Again, not much lower frequency usage from the subwoofer, minimal usage from the rear surrounds.  If anything, the film is front channel and your center/side channel usage is where you will notice the audio.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Each of the three discs included with “STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY” are loaded with special features that were included on the previous DVD release of each film but also includes a few Blu-ray exclusives.  Included are:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Commentary by Director Nicholas Meyer – The first audio commentary featuring Nicholas Meyer.  Meyer is an intellect and with each scene he discusses, he will discuss certain classic storylines and how a certain scene in the film would come to play because of his instincts from reading those books.  Especially the book the “Adventure of Captain Horatio Hornblower” and how that came to use Kirk as a basis for the film because he was not familiar with science fiction.
  • Commentary by Director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto – Commentary by Manny Coto (co-executive producer of “24” and executive producer of “Enterprise” and self-professed “ST: TOS” fan) and Director Nicholas Meyer.  It’s interesting to note that when Meyer took this project to direct, he had never watched “Star Trek” before.  So, this commentary is actually quite exciting to her Meyer discuss his work on the film, especially certain nuances that some hardcore fans have had with the film and most of all the ending and compromises that had to be made.
  • Library Computer – Exclusive to Blu-ray, fans can watch the film with menus that a viewer can use their remote and click on and will show information on characters, objects, music, planets and more.
  • Production Log – Featuring a compilation of several featurettes.  Included are:

Captain’s Log – (27:18) Featured in standard definition. Interviews of how “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN” came to be from cast and crew.  How Leonard Nimoy was convinced to come back, how a wife (or ex-wife) and a son was introduced to Kirk’s life and the crew brought on to help create this film.

Designing Khan – (23:54) A featurette in standard definition about the design of the film.  Because of the popularity of “Star Wars”, the debates that went on behind in terms of the design process of “STAR TREK”.  From clothing to the design of the ship.  How Director Nicholas Meyer had a navy in mind, so the film would have a more Navy-like look but keeping in the “STAR TREK” theme.

Original Interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig and Ricardo Montalban – (10:56) Original interviews from the early 80’s with Shatner, Nimoy, Koenig and Montalban.

Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Visual Effects of Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan – (18:14) The film was among the first films at its time to exclusively use digital effects and how Industry Light of Magic (ILM) came to work on the film.  How special effects were created at the time, use of pyrotechnics, shooting models on blue screen.  Interviews with the crew who worked on the film and how they had to do what they can in the amount of time they were given.

James Horner: Composing Genesis – (9:25)  A featurette presented in High Definition and featuring an interview with James Horner and his first musical score for a film.

  • The Star Trek Universe – The following featurettes cover the “Star Trek Universe”.  Included are:

Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics – (11:05) A featurette presented in High Definition.  How Paramount had so many items in their many warehouses and put several thousand of the items and set pieces for auction.  Featuring a presentation of items by Alec Peters (C.E.O of PropWorks) who shows his favorite props in his collection that were used on many of the “Star Trek” films.

A Novel Approach – (28:55) A featurette featured in standard definition starring Greg Cox and Julia Ecklar about the “Star Trek” novels.

Starfleet Academy Scisec Brief 002: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI – (3:08) Presented in High Definition, a brief with a Federation officer discussing the mystery of Ceti Alpha VI.  This is the planet where Khan and others were exiled.

Storyboards – Using your remote, you can view the following storyboards:

– Main Title Concept, Kobayashi Maru, Ceti Alpha V, Regula I, Chekov and Terrell Find Khan, Admiral’s Inspection, Khan’s Revenge, Kirk Strikes Back, Finding the Genesis Cave, The Mutura Nebula, Sneak Attack, Genesis, Honored Dead

  • A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban – (4:44) A featurette presented in High Definition in honor of Ricardo Montalban who passed away in Jan. 2009.  Featuring  Writer/Director Nicholas Meyer and his admiration of the works of actor Ricardo Montalban.  Also, discussing memories of working with Montalban on “STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN”.
  • Star Trek I.Q. – A Blu-ray BD-Live exclusive game.
  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:20) The original theatrical trailer for the film with all its grain, dust and glory.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

  • Commentary by Director Leonard Nimoy, Writer/Producer Harve Bennett, Director of Photography Charles Correll and Robin Curtis – The commentary with many people from the staff off the third film.  How Nimoy wanted it to be life and death, operatic and everything to rise to a large canvas.   Really good tidbits to learn from the director’s commentary but all recorded at separate times.   How Leonard Nimoy didn’t want his name in the opening credits and only wanted it seen at the end.
  • Commentary by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor -Writers from the later Star Trek television series “The Next Generation”, “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager” doing commentary on their feelings of the third film.  As “Star Trek” fans, the two discuss their life as fans lining up to watch the film and interesting tid-bits such as Moore bringing an audio recorder to record the audio from the film so he could listen to it later.
  • Library Computer – Exclusive to Blu-ray, fans can watch the film with menus that a viewer can use their remote and click on and will show information on characters, objects, music, planets and more.
  • Production – Featurettes about “STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” which include the following:

CAPTAIN’S LOG – (26:13) Interviews with the cast and crew.  With the success of the second film, Head of Paramount Michael Eisner told Harve Bennett to write the third film after the success of the three day opening.  If Leonard Nimoy was to come back for a third film, Nimoy said he wanted to direct the third film.  A lot of behind-the-scene discussion on the making of the film.  And how the producer and head of Paramount were in support but then against Nimoy directing the film but how Nimoy and Eisner made the deal.

TERRAFORMING AND THE PRIME DIRECTIVE – (25:53) Interviews with David Brin (author) about terraforming.  How “Star Trek” showed the process of changing the environment and how the environment changes us.  If we are good people with high moral values, we would be allowed to have so much power to create whole environments.

INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF STAR TREK – (13:51) Discussion from the ILM team of creating visual effects in the good ol’ days.  Showing visual effects from various Star Trek films.  Behind the scenes of ILM and interviews with staff.  How certain things were difficult to make back then. A very informative featurette.

SPOCK: THE EARLY YEARS – (6:22) Interview with those who played the Spocks in the third film.  Interview with Stephen Manley who played the 17-year old Spock.

  • THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE – Featurettes in relation to the “Star Trek Universe”.  Included are:

Space Docks and the Bird of Prey– (27:49) A featurette in standard definition. Because there was more money in the budget for this film, ILM introduced more ships, a space dock, the Bird of Prey and more.  Utilizing the models and showing how vast the universe is and its scale.

Speaking Klingon – (21:04) A featurette in standard definition with the interview with the  person who created the Klingon dialog in the “Star Trek” films.  So, the studio hired a linguist who could create the Vulcan language in the second film and then the Klingon language for the third film.  How he came up with the words to match the mouth movements.

Klingon and Vulcan Costumes – (12:16) Interviews with the Mandy Shpock who, along with her partner make the jewelery, insignia and costumes for the “Star Trek” films.  Interviews with Robert Fletcher (Costume Designer) and the various designs made for the third film.

Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame – (16:50) A featurette in HD of the Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.  Hosted by the pop culture writer of the Seattle Times and Harve Bennett, the producer and writer of  “Star Trek” films.  A look inside the museum in Seattle.

Star Fleet Academy Scisec Brief 003: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer – (2:41) A brief of the Vulcan Katra transfer ritual.

  • Photo Gallery – Using your remote, you can view photo galleries taken in production and stills from the movie.
  • Storyboards – You can view the storyboards using your remote.  The storyboards featured are: Main Titles, The Klingons Attack, Entering Spacedock, Search for Life, Finding Spock, The Destruction of the Grissom, Stealing the Enterprise, Self Destruct, Kirk Fights Kruge, The Katra Ritual
  • Theatrical Trailer – (1:11) The original theatrical trailer in HD
  • Star Trek IQ – An IQ game featured on BD-Live

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

  • Commentary by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner – Commentary by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner.  The two commentary are not real time and are edited to feature their commentary in separate sections of the film.  The two talk about how fun it was working on this film and how lighthearted the film was.  Discussion of time travel and working with the cast again.
  • Commentary by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman – Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who are writers and executive producers on the new “Star Trek” film (2009) give their fan perspective of the film.  Both who are big fans of the film talk about how difficult it was to come up with a new story after two emotionally intense films and the message the film had to give to the viewer.  And how it resonated well with audiences because of the movie’s humor.
  • Library Computer – Exclusive to Blu-ray, fans can watch the film with menus that a viewer can use their remote and click on and will show information on characters, objects, music, planets and more.
  • Production – The following five featurettes are featured under production:

Future’s Past: A Look Back – (27:28) Featuring interviews with the cast and crew and the fun everyone had on working in the film.

On Location – (7:26) A featurette presented in standard definition featuring the crew  shooting at major locations in San Francisco with the main cast in their Starfleet outfits walking throughout the city.  Tidbits on how a woman in the film when Chekov was looking for nuclear vessels was not an extra but a person who was walking to work and didn’t know that a film was being shot and answering Chekov’s question about Alameda.  Also, shooting on a military vessel with actual soldiers.

Dailies Construction – (4:11) side by side comparison of cameras shooting a scene when the crew were walking in San Francisco.  Presented in standard definition.

Below-the-Line : Sound Design – (11:45) Interview with Mark Mangini (Sound Effects Editor) and creating the sounds for the film.  How Leonard Nimoy wanted to use a lot of sound and where musical score doesn’t create the mood but fabricated sounds.  Presented in standard definition.

Pavel Chekov’s Screen Moments – (6:09) Walter Koenig discussing about his onscreen moments for “Star Trek IV”.  How happy he was to have his own theme and his own action scenes.  A featurette presented in HD.

  • The Star Trek Universe – The following seven featurettes are featured under “The Star Trek Universe”.

Time Travel: The Art of the Possible – (11:15) – Scientists talk about time travel and discussion about black holes and quantum tunneling.  Featured in standard definition.

The Language of the Whales – (5:44) A featurette featured in standard definition.  Featuring the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and how the location became popular after the filming of “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”.  Discussion on various types of whales in the ocean.

A Vulcan Primer – (7:50) A featurette in standard definition with Margaret Wander Bonnano (author) as she talks about Vulcans and how they are different from humans.

Kirk’s Women – (8:19) Interviews with Catherine Hicks and other actresses from the television series about their character and their romances with Captain Kirk.

Star Trek: Three Picture Saga – (10:11) A featurette in high definition and interviews with various producers and writers who worked on the trilogy. How Harve Bennett was not planning for a trilogy but to make a good “Star Trek” film and working on the new scripts for the next film while working on the current film.  Also, discrepancies discussed by Walter Koenig talking about how he knew that Chekov wasn’t in the first season of the TV series and how Khan would says he remembered Chekov (despite the two characters never seeing each other from the original TV series) and Walter keeping his mouth mum because it was such a juicy part.  A very informative featurette.

Star Trek for a Cause – (5:38) A featurette in High Definition featuring Karen Sack of Greenpeace and the ecology message of “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”.  A featurette about the tragedies of whaling.

Starfleet Academy Scisec Brief 004: The Whale Probe – (3:34) A Starfleet Academy Scisec brief about the probe and the encounter with the Federation.  Featured in High Definition.

  • Visual Effects – The following two featurettes are featured under “Visual Effects”:

From Outer Space to the Ocean – (14:43) Featured in standard definition, featuring classic interviews with Leonard Nimoy and working with talented visual effects people about recreating the humpback whales and more.

The Bird of Prey – (2:48) Leonard Nimoy talks about his plans when giving details to Industrial Light and Magic about the creation of the Klingon ship, the Bird of Prey and also shots of the blueprints of how the Bird of Prey was created.

  • Original Interviews – The following interviews with William Shatner – (14:33) Interview with William Shatner on the set of “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”, Leonard Nimoy – (15:40) Interview with Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelley (13:02) – Interview with Deforest Kelly.  Interesting interviews from the set.
  • Tributes – The following two featurettes are included:

– Roddenberry Scrapbook – (8:15) Gene Roddenberry’s son Eugene shares some personal memories of his father about the creation of “Star Trek” and how “Star Trek: The Next Generation” came about.  Giving us a perspective of Gene Roddenberry the father and the “Great Bird of the Galaxy”.

– Featured Artist: Mark Lenard – (12:44) The daughters of actor Mark Lenard talk about their father who played Spock’s father Sarek and his emotional scene from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

  • Production Gallery – (3:55) The shooting of  a photo with cast and crew all together.  And photos from the making of the film in a music montage.
  • Storyboards – Using your remote, you can view the many storyboards such as: Encounter with the Saratoga, The Probe Approaches Earth, Time Warp, Mind Meld, The Whaling Ship, Return to the 23rd Century, Communication and NCC-1701-A.
  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:22) – The original theatrical trailer in HD.
  • Star Trek IQ – An IQ game featured on BD-Live.

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These three “STAR TREK” films are indeed classics.  I can easily remember watching these films back then and I can tell you that watching “STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN” continues to make me laugh but watching the ending continues to make me cry.  It was a powerful film and watching it digitally remastered is just awesome!

“STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” (and like other of the odd numbered films), I had a few reservations watching it back then.  Now, I realize that Spock can’t be dead permanently, he’s to important to the crew of this Enterprise and needless to say, it was no surprise for me to see the return of Spock.  And with the final scene in the second film and the storyline of “Genesis”, it was expected.

What was not expected was the time travel storyline of “STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME”.  Of course, we have seen our favorite “Star Trek: The Original Series” crew go back in time for the classic “Star Trek” episode, “THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER” but this was an interesting concept of bringing the crew members to 1986.  So, clothing and music of the time is highlighted.  Still, the film had a lot of humorous moments and an adventure so far out and not anticipated, that I actually enjoyed it a lot.

These three films together on Blu-ray and featured in High Definition and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD is indeed a collection that is worth it.  That is if you were particular towards these three films.  Personally, the whole collection of the six films on Blu-ray is worth owning but I can understand that for many fans, these three films may be enough for their collection and all they need.  So, if that’s the case, this trilogy is highly recommended!

Now will we see another “STAR TREK” film release on Blu-ray with the same digital remastering as “THE WRATH OF KHAN”?  Maybe… Quite possibly.  I guess we may not know for now.   But at this current time, these are the first releases of these films on High Definition on Blu-ray.  Featuring way better picture quality and audio quality over the DVD releases, they are also loaded with so many special features and for this trilogy alone, you can find the trilogy for a great price.

I can nitpick of how I wished all the films received the digital remastering as the second film or how I wish there was less DNR used in the picture quality but I’m sure everyone will have their qualms about the release or each film.  But the truth is that I enjoyed every “Star Trek” film that has been released in their own way.  These three films alone are just classics that are worth having in your Blu-ray collection (and I feel the other three are as well).

For now, this trilogy (and also the film collection on Blu-ray) are enjoyable and loaded with hours of special footage to keep one busy.  If you enjoy these three films (and not interested in the other three films) focusing on Kirk and Spock but also watching more adventures of the crew of the Enterprise from that classic series we loved watching then or through syndication, then “STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY” is definitely worth the purchase!






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