Star Trek III: The Search for Spock [DVD]
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Admiral Kirk's defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is dead and McCoy is inexplicably being driven insane. Then a surprise visit from Sarek, Spock's father, provides a startling revelation: McCoy is harbo ring Spock's living essence. With one friend alive and one not, but both in pain, Kirk (William Shatner) attempts to help his friend s by stealing the U.S.S. Enterprise and defying Starfleet's Genesis planet quarantine. But the Klingons have also learned of Genesis and race to meet Kirk in a deadly rendezvous.
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
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
However, seen at this distance after many years, I have to admit it's not all I believed it to be at the time. For all its cheapness, The Wrath of Khan had thundered out of the screen like a genuine epic sci-fi MOVIE (even though, taken a shot at a time, it's pretty televisual - particularly compared to the modern day Trek reboots, which are entirely based around cinematic spectacle). Nick Meyer was an experienced movie director, who seemed to implicitly understand how to do Star Trek on the big screen while still retaining many of the elements that had made the original 60's TV show so appealing.
However, TSFS marked the directorial debut of Leonard Nimoy (at least his directorial movie debut), and I'm afraid his background in mainly directing episodes of various TV series led to him to make what is, in essence, an extended TV episode. The preponderance of head-and-shoulder shots, the sedate editing and most noticeably of all the acting - all smack of early eighties American television. Given that the script was written by producer Harve Bennett, a TV veteran of many years standing, it's perhaps unsurprising that this comes across like a television movie.
The acting also lacks that vital sense of big-screen believability and charisma that any great film needs.Read more ›
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It was always going to be difficult to follow Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, however this naturally progresses the story to its inevitable conclusion. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mr D Bunce
It's the emotional feeling that the Enterprise gets destroyed near the end of the film.Published 4 months ago by Miss W J McDermott
its a good film probably not the best but if you loved st2 you have to see this onePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer