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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [DVD]

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Nicholas Meyer    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ricardo Montalban, Walter Koenig
  • Directors: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producers: Harve Bennett
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001S3GDYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Nicholas Meyer's concept for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was to make it "Captain Horatio Hornblower in space". Equipped with a budget a fraction the size of that accorded the first movie, and bolstered by James Horner's swashbuckling score, Meyer accordingly delivered the most exciting of all the Trek big-screen outings, referencing both CS Forester's Hornblower and classic submarine dramas, as well as adding some literary flourishes and ground-breaking CGI work for good measure (the Genesis device sequence is a computer-animation landmark).

Resurrected from the "Space Seed" episode of the TV series, Ricardo Montalban's Khan is the hammiest, most passionately alive Trek villain, infused with Captain Ahab's self-destructive single-mindedness and quoting Moby Dick and Shakespeare in his furious pursuit of Kirk. Given permission to be melodramatic, William Shatner has never been stronger, or made Kirk seem more vulnerable. And even after seeing all the later movies, no self-respecting Trekker can sit through Spock's ultimate illogical sacrifice with a dry eye.

Unlike the major revisions made to The Motion Picture, this new Director's Edition of Wrath of Khan is only a very slightly extended version of the original, with some fairly minor additions--most notably scenes that establish Midshipman Peter Preston as Scotty's nephew, thereby explaining Scotty's grief at the young man's death. Some other scenes--such as Kirk and Spock discussing the Genesis Device--have also been expanded.

On the DVD: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is now presented in a lovely 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen print with Dolby 5.1 sound. The first disc has an audio commentary from Nicholas Meyer, plus another fascinating all-you-ever-needed-to-know text commentary from Trek expert Michael Okuda (he did the same for The Motion Picture's DVD release). The second disc has a series of informative documentaries, the most substantial being a lengthy retrospective "Captain's Log", featuring contributions from Producer Harve Bennett, Meyer, Shatner, Nimoy and Montalban. Other featurettes focus on the production design ("Designing Khan"), "Visual Effects", and the writers of Star Trek novel spin-offs about Khan and the Kobayashi Maru ("The Star Trek Universe"). It's a shame that James Horner's major contribution goes unnoticed though. To round things off there are some promotional interviews from 1982, storyboards and the original trailer. --Mark Walker

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William Shatner Star Trek 2 - The Wrath Of Khan


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait forever and it's still not finished... 26 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I love this film. It stands out as one of the best ST movies, well paced, well acted and with some beautiful special effects. The Wrath of Khan, however, pales next to my annoyance at the poor quality of this DVD, which seems to have taken forever to be released.
The picture quality is hardly better than VHS in places, whilst the sound is often decidedly ropey. Why do Star Trek fans have to tolerate such poor releases of their favourite films? Don't even ask about extra features - one trailer does not go a long way towards justifying the extra cost of buying the movie in DVD format.
I should be giving this film five stars - as a movie it deserves them - but the DVD transfer is so poor that it has to be three.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what we were expecting? 13 Aug 2002
Format:DVD
The Wrath of Khan is the favorite Trek film of many fans (myself included) and after the wonderful job that was done on the directors edition of The Motion Picture, I was looking forward to the ultimate Trek Directors Edition. Well........
It's not quite there. The DVD is packaged in the same way and The Motion Picture and has the same kind of layout. Thought and attention has gone into the animated menus, with diferent animation being offered on each of the two disks.
The fist disk contains the feature and as before offers an audio commentary by Nick Meyer (Director) and text commentary again provided by Michael Okuda. As it is just Nick Meyer on the audio, there is something lacking from the commentary. On the Motion Picture we had input from four angles (Director, Actor, Special Effects...), but here we have a single point of view from someone who is not the most exciting of speakers.
On the second disk there are some great documentarys with new content shot just for this release in addition to the original interviews from 1982 when the film was first shown. Also here are the storyboard archives we have come to expect, but missing is one of the features that was so good about the Directors Edition of The Motion Picture. There are no comparisons between the original release and this edition. There are not even any deleted scenes.
And this is where the problem lies. The Motion Picture was always seen as a flawed masterpiece, and the Directors Edition gave Bob Wise the chance to go back and do what he didn't have time to complete before. With Wrath of Khan, it was already a fine movie. There have been no special effects touch ups, no added CGI just the insertion of a few additional lines of dialogue here and there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC STAR TREK MOVIE 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Wrath of Kahn has always been my favourite Star Trek movie, a good plot, the best acting seen from the cast, and some very good special effects.
Yes it had a low budget compared to the motion picure and so they reused some fx shots. But the battle sequence and the best beam out effect ever seen, help you forget this.
Unfortunatley the DVD transfer is not the best out of the Trek films, but still superior than Vhs. It would be great to see this movie remastered and re-edited as it does seem like it was rushed through the editing process. But The Wrath of Khan is still entertaining and this twenty year old movie still beats the ... TNG Movies.(except maybe First Contact)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best blu ray transfer 16 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Great film, but the picture and sound quality aren't anything special. A bit surprising really as all the other movies in the series have a much better blu ray transfer. So if your buying these films individually, you'd be better of getting the directors cut on DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't beleive in the no win scenario! 25 Jan 2012
By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Opening with a marvellous and wholly unexpected Kobayashi Maru situation (no spoilers) we are introduced to our characters, some well known and some not.

The Wrath of Khan is the second film in a series that has now reached 11. Many loyal fans still regard this as the best one to date. Unlike The Motion Picture, the first film, Khan does not need to reintroduce characters, and can get straight to the point of telling a rousing tale of revenge, courage and terrible loss. This it does without time to get your second breath.

Director Nicholas Meyer made some significant changes to the style and overall look of the Star Trek universe, but not so much as to alienate loyal ticket buying fans. As a result the film looks the same, we're still in Star Trek land, but at the same time it looks fresh and new. The new military like costumes look great and became the benchmark costume for the next 9 films. Deciding that Khan needed to be a straightforward action adventure, was a decision that saved the franchise, another Motion Picture I believe would have killed off any chances of a third film. Deciding to give viewers plenty of action in a thought provoking script that acknowledges the crews expanding waistlines, gives the film an added quality often missing from "science fiction" films.

With a fraction of the production budget of the first film, the director wisely spent some time getting the story right and then doing the best he could with the resources he had to hand. The result is a very satisfying 112 minutes of fabulous science fiction entertainment with an intelligent script and cutting edge special effects. Watch out for the Genesis effect video sequence, this full minute sequence is one of the first uses of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)in a major motion picture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy
Published 2 days ago by Robert dalby
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the old Star Trek films
Best of the old Star Trek films - OK so there wasn't much competition but this is just what you wanted it to be.
Just like a more polished episode of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Paul Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I've never seen "the wrath of khan" before, [In fact I've barely seen any of the original series] and, being a Trekkie, I thought I should. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary pulham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Best of the star trek films in my opinion much better than the terrible excuses for star trek that have come out recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edward Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Arguably the best film in the star trek series, that blows the socks off of JJ Abrams version,
Into Darkness was a pale and pointless imitation of this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars 'GHOSTS FROM THE PAST'
The Second of the 'Star Trek' movies, further adventures of the crew of the
S.S. Enterprise.
'Captain Terrell' accompanied by 'Chekov' of the Federation Star-Ship... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not worse than that Jim its 2009 Blu-ray
Why are there so many reviews from 2001 about a product that wasn't released till 9 years later? The said movie is from 2009 blu-ray and picture is spot on,perfect,can't fault... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharrel Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek Film Ever, "KHANNNNNNN!!!"
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Region 2 ,Running time 112 minutes Directors Edition, 2 disc set.

Extras, Trailers, Commentary, Documentary.

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Published 4 months ago by Timelord007
1.0 out of 5 stars most overrated overlong overhyped movie ever laughable
I can't believe this movie is so laughable laughable action dummed down kiddie friendly singing no story into darkness so much better this is not star trek done to death plot that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by steven james nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Kahhhhhhhhhhhn!
A must for star trek fans. Although a little slow to get started, the film is very entertaining, with good turns from Shatner, Kirstie Alley and Ricardo Montalbán. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bluepencilreview
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