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STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Director’s Cut

Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 116 minutes (DC)/ 113 minutes (TC), audio commentaries, featurettes, text commentary, storyboards, theatrical trailer

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono DD, Portuguese Mono DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

 

STUDIO: Paramount Pictures

RELEASE DATE:  6-7-2016

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN is one of the best STAR TREK movies ever and one of my favorites.   I have watched this movie over and over since it has been released.   You have Captain Kirk facing the impossible situation while he is also getting older as he says traveling the stars is for the young (as he wants to command the Enterprise again and be out there again).   He is put at odds when the Enterprise (with a mostly new untested crew) has to go investigate why Space Station Regula isn’t responding.   Kirk finds himself up against Khan (Ricardo Montalban) again whom Kirk stranded fifteen years ago on a planet.  Khan wants revenge against Khan and he also wants the power of Genesis which Doctor Carol Marcus (an old flame of Kirk’s) has created as a way to super terraform worlds. This STAR TREK movie is one of the better character driven movies of the series along with providing a couple of great spaceship battles as director Nicholas Meyer imagined STAR TREK as Captain Horatio Hornblower in space.   The beginning of the movie ties in with the sacrifice made in the climax.   STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN begins a trilogy (which continues with THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK and THE VOYAGE HOME).  The score from James Horner is one of the best STAR TREK scores ever along with the new Starfleet uniforms which imagines the crew as naval officers (but creator Gene Roddenberry objected to the more military look of STAR TREK as he imagined Starfleet more as the Coast Guard instead of a navy).   If you want to know how good STAR TREK can be as a movie series, you should really check out THE WRATH OF KHAN if you have only been exposed to STAR TREK through the action driven reboot series.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE GENESIS EFFECT: ENGINEERING THE WRATH OF KHAN (HD)- a new retrospective documentary on the making of THE WRATH OF KHAN

 

FAREWELL: A TRIBUTE TO RICARDO MONTALBAN (HD)- director Nicholas Meyer remembers working with the actor on THE WRATH OF KHAN

 

JAMES HORNER: COMPOSING GENESIS (HD)- James Horner talks about the iconic Star Trek score

 

COLLECTING STAR TREK’S MOVIE RELICS (HD)- meet a super Star Trek fan as he talks about collecting various things from the Star Trek movies

STARFLEET ACADEMY: THE MYSTERY BEHIND CETI ALPHA VI (HD)

 

Theatrical trailer in high definition

 

The old DVD extras are carried over which include:

PRODUCTION:

CAPTAIN’S LOG- The old making-of featurette

DESIGING KHAN- the production and costume design of the movie

WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE: THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN- a look at the visual effects

 

Original interviews with DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Ricardo Montalban

 

A NOVEL APPROACH- interviews with the writers of a few Star Trek novels (with prime focus on the Khan novels)

 

Storyboards for various sequences including a main title concept that wasn’t used

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN is one of the best STAR TREK movies ever and the new extras wonderfully compliment the extras produced for the DVD special edition.  I hope Paramount does new transfer of the other STAR TREK films soon (but word has it they may have already done a new transfer for STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY) and release them to blu-ray again with the Director’s Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (which has only been released to DVD).

 

This review is 8-9-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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