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Star Trek Into Darkness - Limited Edition Steelbook (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] [Region Free]

Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , J.J. Abrams    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,242 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana
  • Directors: J.J. Abrams
  • Format: Letterboxed
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Castilian, Italian, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: Castilian, Italian, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0K3E72

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A good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level of Star Trek obsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of the Enterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day of Star Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognised the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and in Star Trek Into Darkness he has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap into Star Trek lore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original" Star Trek universe in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century; Into Darkness also plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilisations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarisation, a concept that is anathema to the crew of the Enterprise and her ongoing mission.

The new cast is again inventively reunited, each of them further investing their characters with traits that reveal novel acting choices while staying true to the caricatures that are ingrained in our popular culture. The interplay between Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock is deeper, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura is a solid third in their relationship. John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy) all have standout roles in the overall ensemble mystique as well as the plot-heavy machinations of this incarnation's narrative. Fortunately, the burdens of the story are well served by some important additions to the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean aura, ferociously imperious gaze, and graceful athleticism make him a formidable villain as the mysterious Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison has initiated a campaign of terror on Earth before leading the Enterprise to even greater dangers in the enemy territory of Klingon-controlled space. That his background may make dedicated Trekkies/Trekkers gasp is just one acknowledgment of the substantial and ingrained legacy Star Trek has borne. There are many references, nods and winks to those with deep reverence for the folklore (some of them perhaps a little too close to being inside-baseball), though the fantastical and continually exciting story stands as an expertly crafted tale for complete neophytes. Another new face is Peter Weller--iconically famous in sci-fi-dom as RoboCop--here playing a steely, authoritative Starfleet bigwig who may also be following a hidden agenda. Not only is he running a covert operation, he's also at the helm of a fearsome secret starship that looms over the Enterprise like a shark poised to devour its prey.

Which brings us to the awesome CGI effects driving the dazzling visual style of Into Darkness and the endlessly fascinating cosmos it makes real. The wow factor extends from the opening set piece on an alien world of primitive humanoids, garish vegetation, and a roiling volcano to the finale of destruction in a future San Francisco that is elegantly outfitted with gleaming-spired skyscrapers and all manner of flying vehicles. (London also gets a breathtaking 23rd-century makeover). With a coolness that glistens in every immaculately composed shot, the movie never forgets that humanism and creativity make the myriad design details and hyper-technology pop out as much more than eye candy. The biggest achievement of Star Trek Into Darkness is that it hews to the highest standard of a highly celebrated tradition. Though Kirk and co. may bend it a little, the Prime Directive remains unbroken. --Ted Fry

Product Description

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. 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.

Pioneering director J.J. Abrams delivers the explosive action thriller Star Trek Into Darkness, following on from the international box office success of Star Trek in 2009. Featuring a stellar cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Noel Clarke and Peter Weller.

Special Features:
  • Creating the Red Planet
  • Attack on Starfleet
  • The Klingon Home World
  • The Enemy of My Enemy
  • Ship to Ship
  • Brawl by the Bay


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phasers to Stun 17 May 2013
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I'm far from a hard-core Trekkie and only went to see this on a whim one rainy Tuesday. Glad I did though to be honest as this was one fabulous piece of cinema that had it all - an engaging story, fantastic CGI and a planet load of humour for good measure. The casting of Cumberbatch as the villain of the piece was inspired and he owned the screen every time he appeared (which was quite often). Who would have thought Sherlock Holmes could kick so much interplanetary ass?

Whilst I quite enjoyed the 2009 version, this one built on it in spades with some great (perhaps a little too much) Kirk/Spock "logical" banter and amazing set pieces (this is one film where its worth the extra two quid for 3D) such as a starship crashing into a futuristic London where St Pauls is dwarfed by the impressive monoliths around it. For viewers like me "of a certain age" to whom Star Trek means Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the foxy Uhura etc (none of that Next Generation rubbish) this was a roller coaster ride that was rarely dull but did not take itself to seriously either. The energetic Scottie and cantankerous Bones were also fantastic though Mr Chekov needs work IMO. The balance between action, humour and a fairly dark plot was perfect and made this an excellent and enjoyable film, definitely the best I've seen this year so far.
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152 of 172 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Special features Stupidity 1 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Love the film so that's why it's gets a three stars but how the special features have been released is a joke.
On the disk you get 35mins of extras all in HD
Creating the Red Planet
Attack on Starfleet
The Klingon Home World
The Enemy of My Enemy
Ship to Ship
Brawl by the Bay
.................
Sainsburys will have an exclusive bonuse disk with another 35mins of extras
The Voyage Begins... Again
Rebuilding the Enterprise
Vengeance is Coming
Me. Spock and Mr. Spock
Kirk and Spock
Visual Affection
..........
Tesco Blinkbox Online service gets 20mins extras which I think are
Down With the Ship
NIF: Home of the Core
Safety First
Unlocking the Cut
The Sound of Music and FX
Aliens Encountered
( [...] )
................
iTunes gets the audio commentary
Plus this version is the full IMAX scenes (ie no black bars in certain shots)
(which if you have the blu ray you can actually claim for free with the digital copy code, just claim it on itunes)
............
This is all a bad joke. But then there more if you want the special case like a metal one or one that comes with a ship then you can only get that from Play.com and even at 50 it still dosent come with the special features. So annoying as a fan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 30 Dec 2013
By Emily
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wonderful sequel to a wonderful fim. Great to see Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto back, especially with Benedict Cumberbatch as well. Terrific actors at their best.
Solid plot with plenty of action and the odd laugh thrown in as well. Absolutely loved it!
Very fast delivery, fair price, would recommend to anyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have the "3D" Blu-ray version, and I'll not comment on the film other than to say that it is pretty much as one might expect from the Amazon blurb and the surrounding hype; superb graphics and effects on both the "2D" and the "3D" versions, but lumbered with a plot shot through with the usual clichéd Hollywood holes.

The prime characters are surprisingly good replicas of the original Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones translated to JJ Abrams' alternative Star Trek universe, and given that major change I suspended any critical mental acuity, carefully forgot forty years of previous Star Trek memories, and simply enjoyed the film.

However, as expected, the "3D" disc refuses to co-operate with my Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray player and "3D" Smart TV, despite several other older "3D" films I have being quite happy to play their discs and leave the TV to do the work of putting it into "3D". Star Trek "3D" just sits in a loop showing an error message. I borrowed a friend's one year older BD-E6100 and this played the "3D" disc just fine, so it was not a problem with the disc, merely the software on the disc being overly fussy about how it should be played back. (See the Addendum below for more on the "3D".)

Fortunately the second ("2D") disc in the Blu-ray set plays perfectly well as normal HD with the full surround sound, and all the listed extras for this specific edition from Az are available. (Why offer different extras on different editions from different vendors? Other reviews have been very helpful in giving us the lists of other extras on other editions.)

Extras on the Blu-ray discs sold by Az in Sept 2013. (35mins).
. Creating the Red Planet
. Attack on Starfleet
. The Klingon Home World
. The Enemy of My Enemy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS DVD 22 Jun 2014
By Sean
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I thought that the first film was good until I watched this. This is a far better film than the first reboot. The set pieces are stunning with all of the main characters having a great time and looking/sounding/acting exactly like the original cast/crew.
The villain Khan (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is very good, although not a fan of his, he played the role very well.
A couple of emotional scenes that captured the mood/spirit of the original series so well. The latter of these between Spock and Kirk is wonderfully played and very moving, albeit a carbon copy of Wrath of Khan in reverse, it is definitely the standout scene of a terrific movie.
I look forward to the next instalment, more of the same please, Mr Abrams.
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