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Star Trek 3 - The Search For Spock [VHS]

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  • Actors: William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei
  • Directors: Leonard Nimoy
  • Producers: Harve Bennett
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK2J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kirk (William Shatner) disregards Starfleet orders and steals the Enterprise to venture out on a mission to find the body of Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who was killed at the end of 'Star Trek 2'. The crew, including Bones (De Forrest Kelley), who appears to have absorbed part of Spock's essence, are impeded by marauding Klingons.

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The name says it all--Star Trek III: The Search for Spock--so you didn't think Mr. Spock was really dead, did you? When Spock's casket landed on the surface of the Genesis planet at the end of Star Trek II, we had already been told that Genesis had the power to bring "life from lifelessness". So it's no surprise that this energetic but somewhat hokey sequel gives Spock a new lease of life, beginning with his rebirth and rapid growth as the Genesis planet literally shakes itself apart in a series of tumultuous geological spasms. As Kirk is getting to know his estranged son (Merritt Butrick), he must also do battle with the fiendish Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who is determined to seize the power of Genesis from the Federation. Meanwhile, the regenerated Spock returns to his home planet, and Star Trek III gains considerable interest by exploring the ceremonial (and, of course, highly logical) traditions of Vulcan society. The movie's a minor disappointment compared to Star Trek II, but it's a--well, logical--sequel that successfully restores Spock (and first-time film director Leonard Nimoy) to the phenomenal Trek franchise ... as if he were ever really gone. With Kirk's wilful destruction of the USS Enterprise and Robin Curtis replacing the departing Kirstie Alley as Vulcan Lt Saavik, this was clearly a transitional film in the series, clearing the way for the highly popular Star Trek IV. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stilts on 29 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
A gem of a movie that's often discounted as it is one of Star Trek's "odd numbered" movies, popularly believed to all be poor. Star Trek 3 suffers unfairly under this: through directoral flair it succeeds as a film in it's own right while still serving as an excellent sequel to Star Trek 2, and maintains the same high standard that film set. The cast all shine in their own moments (especially Sulu), and William Shatner is at his best - performing as well as he did in Star Trek 2 but with a meatier part. Spock may have died at the end of the last film, but here Kirk is forced to risk everything, and looses much. Perhaps Leonard Nimoy observed how Nick Meyer managed to pull so convincing a performance from Shatner in the previous film, because he's certainly never as good after Star Trek 3.
This DVD is a great improvement over previous releases - two dics gives you extras that are always informative and for the most part truly interesting. The directors commentary gives Leonard Nimoy the chance to speak with his directors hat on for a change instead of as an actor, and gives good insight into what it's like for an actor to direct for the first time - it makes me want to buy "Three men and a baby" purely to see how his experiences develop.
All else that can be said is that the sound and picture quality are excellent throughout (especially considering how old this movie is), as are the discs animated menus. Oh, and hunt out for the easter egg - it contains probably the best documentary on this two-disc set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 29 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Often derided as one of the poorer Trek films due to its chance place in the broad "odd-numbered film curse," Star Trek III is one of my very favourites. It continues successfully in the vein of "Wrath of Khan".
The character interaction is at its very best, with the possibility of bringing Spock back to life causing Kirk, McCoy, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov and Scotty to steal the Enterprise and effectively end their Starfleet careers in the ultimate gesture of friendship: the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many. Even the action element of the movie is up there with the more acclaimed Star Trek II; Klingon Commander Kruge is a great bad guy and it's a testament to the actor that after a few minutes I've almost forgotten he was in Back to the Future.
The only flaw with the DVD is that, aside from the commentary and special features, there's little to entice those who already own the much cheaper Star Trek III DVD; although colours are striking and the picture is sharp, it doesn't seem as 'clean' as the re-released Star Trek II, and there are no deleted scenes inserted like in the previous two movies. In terms of the film however, it's a funny ("how can you be deaf with ears like that?") and exciting journey that expanded the Star Trek universe visually for the first time, even if Shatner is still wearing a wig.
The special features are extensive and interesting, for the most part. Klingon language creator and teacher Marc Okrand gives insight into how the language was developed for this film, and altered according to the great Christopher Lloyd's pronunciations, while Industrial Light and Magic effects crew explain how they developed the designs for the U.S.S. Excelsior, Spacedock and Klingon Bird-of-Prey - all of which would be used again and again in the Next Generation.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
MOVIE: Possibly my favourite of these films. Basically a simple story about loyalty and sacrifice, but all the best stories - and films - boil down to such a simple concept, and unlike almost ever science fiction movie made since Star Wars the story is never overshadowed by the visuals. Indeed, part of my fondness for this film is its low-budget look; it has a greater resemblance to the classic series than any of the other films. First-time director Leonard Nimoy gives all directors of science-fiction films an important lesson with the 'stealing the Enterprise' scene - that tension and excitement can be generated far more effectively by having things move painfully s-l-o-w-l-y than by filling the screen with action and explosions. Are you listening, George-?
THE DVD: Isn't it nice when these things are done properly? The clutch of documentaries is entertaining and informative, especially Shatner's contribution... his interviews are becoming the highlight of these discs - is really a egomaniac or is he just teasing us-? There is a lot of duplication of material between the documentaries and the commentary - more careful editing would have been good - otherwise the commentary is excellent - a generous amount of it is Nimoy's own recollections. The text commentary (which takes the form of subtitles) is padded out with a lot of nerdy trivia but also full of intriguing stuff- especially when it points out the little tricks and economy measures in the set design and special effects - also there is one tragically ironic reference to the space shuttle Columbia, evidently recorded shortly before its sad end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Leary on 20 Nov 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Rightly placed half-way through the classic crew's saga (to match its middling reputation), Star Trek III nevertheless proves to be a stirring if slightly self important adventure. Leonard Nimoy makes a strong directorial debut though, and extracts some pretty good performances from his cast, particularly Kirk's legendary falling over / Klingon cursing / blubbing like a girl scene - surely a highlight of the series (and say what you want about Shatner's acting, the guy certainly has a strong and likeable screen presence). Nimoy also encourages a little more liberty to be taken with the humour, such as Scottie's chucklesome "up yer shaft" quip, surprisingly out of place the first time you hear it, but on reflection is totally in keeping with the character (Nimoy, of course, continues to explore humour even more successfully in the saga's next instalment, The Voyage Home). Budget restraints meant recycling a lot of the sets, costumes and materials from Star Trek II, which are well used, although we do see the guys for the first time out on the town in some pretty camp 23rd century "casual wear" (Chekov appears to feel most comfortable off duty in a pink babygro, while Kirk plumps for the Liberace look. The less said about Sulu's cape the better). Effects still look good though, the CGI in particular is high quality for the time, although the Genesis planet set does have the air of a TV production. Matte work though is barely adequate in some places (check out the simple painted backdrop behind the actors as the conclusion is played out on Vulcan).

Image quality on Blu-ray is very high, with vivid colours, excellent detail and fine grain. Sound is also excellent, punchy with clear dialogue. The mix also goes all the way up to 7.
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