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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC STAR TREK MOVIE
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...
Published on 4 Jan 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait forever and it's still not finished...
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...
Published on 26 Dec 2001


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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait forever and it's still not finished..., 26 Dec 2001
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC STAR TREK MOVIE, 4 Jan 2002
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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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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what we were expecting?, 13 Aug 2002
This review is from: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] (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. In all, the movie is about 8 mins longer than the original that was released on DVD last year.
Make no mistake, the film is still a fine movie, but you cant help but feel that it is a missed opportunity. There are a number of scenes that have been added that help explain a few things (such as Scottys emotional response to a particular engineer that is killed, we now discover it was a family member), yet there are scenes that are conspicuous by their abscence. The main one is the scene where Spock reveals that Saavik (Kirsty Alley) is Half Vulcan/Half Romulan explaining some of her emotional outbursts. The scene exists (and is even available on the internet) yet it was not included here.
The Wrath of Khan is a fine film, and the added features (5 hours in total) make it an essential purchase, but if you are expecting the kind of makeover that The Motion Picture received you will be disapointed. Think of this as an extended version and you will be quite happy with a slighly more rounded movie that is still the best trek film to date.
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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
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
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This review is from: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] (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. So successful was it that it was used again in Star Trek 3.

As you would expect the screen performances from all concerned are very good, but extra praise must be given to William Shatner who gives his best performance, by some margin, in any of the seven Star Trek films he made. The always excellent Ricardo Montalban gives a powefull and almost Shakespearean performance as the bitter and possibly mad Khan, whose single minded pursuit of Kirk destroys his ability to use his intellect sensibly, and eventually to his downfall.

Paving the way nicely for Star Trek 3, the ending is a little neat and tidy and feels like an afterthought, but is beautifully done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with the transfer, 5 Nov 2009
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Md Stewart "mikey s" (sunderland uk) - See all my reviews
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To all those who gave this disc a poor rating ,I agree with one of the other reveiwers .
Get yourself a desent set up & you will see how good this tranfer is ,watched it last night & it is very good much better than the video & the Dvd though I still find some of the acting some of the best over acting ever what a joy !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trek film No.2 - The fan favourite, 21 May 2009
This review is from: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Usually regarded as the best Star trek movie by fans, it's an assessment that's hard to disagree with. Everything that was wrong about The Motion Picture has been corrected with this sequel. It never drags for a second, the chemistry between the regulars is spot on (probably the best it's ever been actually) the dialogue, acting, direction, special effects and sets are wonderful, the new costumes for the crew are a vast improvement on the horrendous outfits they had in the first film, and it has the best musical score of any of the Trek films. Bringing back the character of Khan from the TV series episode 'Space Seed' was a masterstroke and Ricardo Montalban gives a magnificent performance virtually stealing the whole film. The movie is really exciting, edge- of- the- seat stuff and to top it all it has the trump card of killing off Spock right at the end in a superbly emotional scene that brings a lump to the throat no matter how many times you see it. The only critisicm I could possibly make is the rather niggling continuity error of Khan remembering Checkov who wasn't actually in the original episode that featured Khan, but I'm sure some fan/author has probably come up with a reason for that in one of the millions of Star Trek novels written (I'm not that an obsessive Star Trek fan, thankfully). Overall, Star Trek II is by far the best film in the series, and a magnificently made and exciting space action, science fiction film in it's own right. This DVD edition contains a few additional scenes plus some excellent bonus features, and the picture quality is superb, making this the best version of the film to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KHAAAAAAAAAAANN!!, 15 Jan 2009
This review is from: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Old Skool Trek fans have always considered this to be the finest Trek film...and I'm very inclined to agree. While The Motion Picture was fine for what it was, it didn't quite engage fans or the public at large. And so an injection of new creative talent was drafted, in the form of Nick Myer and Harve Bennett. The result is a very fresh film, which still holds up remarkably well almost 3 decades on.

Where Star Trek II excels is that is really brings the characters to life: it makes them very human and very vulnerable and therefore immediately makes the film a lot more accessible and revelant. Star Trek II is a meditation on life, death and the twilight in between. It explores dealing with aging, making peace with the past (or not, in Khaan's case) and dealing with consequences. So, like TMP it deals with themes, but it does so not at the expense of a gripping and involving story, filled with incident and action.

The basic premise revolves around a game of cat-and-mouse between Kirk and Khaan, the latter brilliantly brought to life by Ricardo Montalban, who truly seems born to play the part of the sophisticated, ruthless "super-man". It's brilliantly structured, well-directed and genuinely visceral. To the film's credit, it doesn't just ruminate or TALK about its theme of life and death - it actually SHOWS it, in powerful detail...in the form, of course, of Spock's heroic death. Never have the stakes seemed quite as high as they have here, and never have our heroes had to pay such a shocking price for victory. From the action-packed climax to the devastatingly moving finale, this is an emotional powerhouse and one that still works even though you know with hindsight that Spock will be alive by the end of the next film.

It's a tremendous film on just about every level - action-packed, tense, emotional and gripping, with a notably brilliant score by James Horner. Just buy it, watch it, treasure it! Though there were other very good Trek films, I don't think any of them quite hit this level of brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable...., 3 Sep 2006
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Definetly the best Trek Movie made with Nick Meyer at the helm, this film has too many highlights to mention, from the sweeping musical score to the pseudo sub-marine battle in the Mutara Nebula. Khan as an adversary, even out-hams William Shatner who, by the way - gives one of his best performances ever, as an aging hero, battling against irrelevence and then fighting for his and his crews lives. Again, Leonard Nimoy puts in a stellar performance as we see Kirk and Spocks somewhat deflated relationship, post Kolinhar (STTMP) rekindled. The battle scenes are entirely 4 dimensional - keeping the audience right on the edge of their seats as seconds tick by in sweat drenched hours, as they realise again and again, (shock, horror) that the good guys might actually lose! Shatner's reaction to his characters son David is worthy of note, expressing his desperation to grab hold of new found treasure, but fear of rejection. His over-riding confidence as he flips open his communicator to confirm with Spock repairs are complete whilst trapped inside a planet having earlier , believably, hammed it up with Khan as he realises he is marooned - is just perfect. But of course, the pinnacle has to be the Spock death scene and funeral scene. Shatner twice goes into the situations with the restraint of leadership and loneliness of command holding him back, and twice nearly, just nearly, convincingly breaks down. Whether you know the characters or not, as Scotty would say, 'brings a tear ti yir eye, it dis...'

Kirsty Alley's Saavik is (and I say this knowing it will be unpopular) less convincing. I suspect this was her cinematic break, but she play's the character without love or enthusiasm and quite honestly bears more resembance to a munchkin than a Vulcan - Sorry, STTSFS' Robin Curtis? was just better by scores. It was pleasing to see most of the supporting cast given some featuring scenes - particularly in the simulator at the first scenes. Bibi Besch also turned in a commendable performance and gave good account of herself as Kirk's old love. What to say? Great story, great acting, great score, great special effects...Compulsory viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Trek, 22 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
This second Star Trek film is a vast improvement on the original movie and is widely considered to be one of the best Star Trek films ever made. The film sees the return of the eugenic tyrant Khan Noonien Singh who first appeared in the Original Series episode `Space Seed'. Having been driven mad by his exile too an abandoned planet Khan and his followers are rediscovered by the USS Reliant who are scouting uninhabited planets for an experiment terraforming process. Seizing the ship, Khan sets a trap for Kirk and the Enterprise so that he can finally get revenge after so many years of exile.

Although, out of the original crew films, I prefer `The Undiscovered Country', I would agree that this film is one of the best of the Star Wars series. The writing and direction are good and manage to make the film entertaining, exciting and emotional in equal measure. Although the main cast are as proficient as they usually are in their roles, the star of the film has to be Khan, brilliantly played by Ricardo Montalban who makes the character one of the greatest Star Trek villains of all time. `The Wrath of Khan is definitely on of the must haves of the Star Trek franchise.
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