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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what we were expecting?
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...
Published on 13 Aug 2002 by JJWorrall

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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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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what we were expecting?, 13 Aug 2002
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best blu ray transfer, 16 Jun 2013
This review is from: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [Blu-ray] [1982] (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
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Mr. G. Robinson "garyrobinson15" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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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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This review is from: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [Blu-ray] [1982] (Blu-ray)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'GHOSTS FROM THE PAST', 27 April 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [Blu-ray] [1982] (Blu-ray)
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 'S.S.
Reliant' are on a reconnaissance mission on 'Alpha' '5' they come across
a module that appears to still be in use, 'Chekov' notices a item with the
name of a long since forgotten craft, the 'S.S. Botany Bay' he immediately
recognises the significance, and with 'Captain Terrell' try's to leave the
module as fast as they could, however the occupants were now outside the
module.
'Chekov' recognises 'Khan' instantly, 'Khan Noonien Singh' a enemy of earth
had with his crew been sentenced to exist on the planet years earlier with no
escape route, left there in fact by 'Captain James T Kirk'
'Khan' has always wanted revenge for his long imprisonment, now he has
a ship, he also learns of the 'Creative' powers of 'Project Genesis'
He now controls both 'Chekov' and 'Terrell' and intends to use them to obtain
the 'Genesis Module' and lure 'Kirk' to exact his revenge.
'Chekov' contacts 'Carol' and 'David Marcus' (Mother and Son) who had lead
the invention of the 'Genesis Poject' telling them he'd had orders from 'Kirk'
to deploy the device.
'Obviously' when told 'Admiral Kirk' and his crew are on the way to confront
the old nemesis.
After a battle between the two ships 'Kirk' 'Bones' and 'Vulcan' Lieutenant Saavik'
seemingly become trapped along with 'Carol' 'David' and 'Chekov' on a desolate
planet, 'Spock' has apparently been told to leave the scene on 'Enterprise' now
'Khan' believes he has done to his old enemy what had been done to him years
before, he also has the 'Genesis' device (only 'Kirk' doesn't play by the rules)
Another exciting 'Out of this World Adventure' which see's our heroes pit their
wits against the vengeful 'Khan'
'Captain James Kirk' has to seemingly face life without his 'Colleague and Friend 'Spock'
after an act of self sacrifice to save both crew and ship.
The HD upgrade is of good quality for this 1982 Space adventure.
Special Features -
* Commentary by Director 'Nicholas Meyer' and 'Manny Coto'
* 'James Horner'- Comparing 'Genesis' HD
* Collecting Star-Trek movie relics HD
* Starfleet Academy - The mystery behind 'Ceti Alpha V1' HD
* Blu-ray Exclusives -
* Library Computer Star-Trek IQ
* Plus over 2 hours of previously released content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek Film Ever, "KHANNNNNNN!!!", 25 Mar 2014
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Dvd Review.

Region 2 ,Running time 112 minutes Directors Edition, 2 disc set.

Extras, Trailers, Commentary, Documentary.

Trivia.
1)The setting of this movie is set 15 yrs after the tv episode Space Seed & this film was made 15 yrs after the actual episode aired in 1967, Star Trek II was released in 1982 .
2)Leonard Nimoy had no interest in playing Spock due to issues with Paramount at the times & had to be coaxed to return, Spock was originally meant to die in the movie early on but Leonard Nimoy actually found himself enjoying the atmosphere on set making this film & his enthusiasm for the part returned so the script was altered to keep Spock character in throughout the movie.
3)The scene were Spock places his Vulcan hand on Doctor McCoy telling him to "Remember" was improvised by actor Leonard Nimoy, Did he know something the cast didn't?
4)Originally this was going to be called The Undiscovered Country but was changed to Wrath Of Khan, The Undiscovered Country was used as a under title for Star Trek VI.
5)Ricardo Montalban played Khan in the tv episode Space Seed, His other movies include Escape & Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes & tv series Fantasy Island playing Mr Rourke.
6)First Star Trek Film to earn a 15 certificate in the UK.
7)First time the Directors Edition been released it contains 5 minutes of additional & extended scenes.
8)Kirk & Khan never actually meet in this movie only interact by communication via the viewer screen.
9)There is a major gaffe to the plot in this film, Khan recalls remembering Chekov in the series 1 episode Space Seed yet Chekov didn't appear in Star Trek until series 2 & wasn't in the Space Seed episode so how would Khan know of him when at that time he hadn't been assigned to the USS Enterprise?

Synopsis.
In the 23rd Century Admiral Kirk is feeling old & secretly misses the adventures of being a Starfleet Captain so when he assigned to the USS Enterprise for two weeks to assist a cadet crew in there training doesn't make him feel any younger.

Yet this is anything but a training mission as the Enterprise comes under attack from the USS Reliant that has been hijacked by Kirk's old enemy Khan who has taken control of the minds of Chekov & Terrell when they'd beamed down to investigate a strange lifeform reading coming from the planet's surface.

Khan wants two things the Project Genesis device which has the power to create or destroy life & the death of Admiral Kirk.

The USS Enterprise commanded by Admiral Kirk goes into battle against Khan's superior intellect & his race of genetic supermen, & must find a way to defeat his old nemesis & save his friends.

Timelord Thoughts.
I love the original tv series & movies of Star Trek & to me the series ended with Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country.

This is my favourite Star Trek movie as it delivers a great plot, A superb game of cat & mouse against Kirk & Khan, Excellent Space battles & a emotional farewell to a most loved Star Trek character.

William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley deliver great performances as Kirk, Spock & McCoy who go up against a formidable nemesis in Khan played superbly by Ricardo Montalban.

The special effects delivered spectacle for there time, The direction by Nicholas Meyer is superbly shot & edited giving the film a great pace, Plus a great iconic music score by James Horner.

For the first time this extended director's edition is seen in the UK & enhances the film somewhat as we discover the crewman who died is actually Scotty's nephew & there are little extended scenes throughout the movie that enhance the character drama.

The extras include a great documentary featuring actor's William Shatner (On tongue & cheek form calling Leonard Nimoy the Messiah of Paramount), Leonard Nimoy, Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett & many interviews with the production crew.

There also archive material of the movie featuring interviews with Shatner, Nimoy & Kelley from 1982 & the dvd also includes production notes & trailers that round things off.

This is the best dvd version to own with it's additional scenes & extras make this a great 2 disc dvd version to own & a essential purchase for Star Trek fan's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kahhhhhhhhhhhn!, 2 Mar 2014
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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. A weakness is the lack of a meeting between Kirk and Khan but sadly this was a scheduling issue.
Its not worse buying for the extras as there is a forgettable commentary track and some brief, unmemorable features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do believe this has been rated in the top 10 of "best sequels!"., 20 Feb 2014
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This is by far the best of the Star Trek movies,I saw it as a 16year old in 1982 at the cinema,and Ricardo Montabalm although he never comes face to face with Kirk,is one of the finest villains in cinema history in this.He is nasty and out for revenge.What makes this is its a kind of a follow on from an episode of the original series where kirk defeats Khan and maroons him on a planet.Quite by accident 15 years later Commander Chekov makes the mistake of beaming down to the wrong planet where Khan is waiting,From then on the persuit of Kirk commences with Chekov under Khans influence aided by little creatures placed in his ears.You get to meet Kirks son in this one and its the one where SPOCK dies?????or not????...enjoy the best SEQUEL ever!!!
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