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Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Leonard Nimoy  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig
  • Directors: Leonard Nimoy
  • Writers: Harve Bennett, Gene Roddenberry
  • Producers: Gary Nardino, Harve Bennett, Ralph Winter
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RE7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek III - The Search for Spock" on IMDb

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated meditation on the nature of friendship April 3, 2000
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Format:DVD
Don't be fooled by some of the negative reviews here. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a thoughtful meditation on the nature of friendship. I admire its careful attention to developing a classical story arc in which Kirk is driven by concern for his friends (Spock and McCoy) and by outer events (a feckless Federation bureaucracy) to steal the Enterprise and outwit and outrun enemies on all sides. Indeed, the film's first act is a gem: a model of balanced writing in its build-up to Kirk's inexorable conclusion that he must steal the Enterprise to save his friends. Among the priceless scenes in that first half-hour: A visit by Spock's father to Kirk's San Francisco pad in which, during a "mind meld" between them, successive shots end with a quiet, touching close-up of Kirk's eye as he relives Spock's "death" in the previous film; Scottie's hilarious asides toward a pompous captain played deftly by character actor James Sikking; and Kirk being told by a superior officer that under no conditions can he undertake a mission to save his friends as the camera tracks in on him, staring off in the middle distance, his inevitable insubordination written on his face. Good stuff. Even better is the focus (singularly among the Star Trek movies, which usually concern the Enterprise crew saving the Earth or the universe) on Kirk's mission to save his friends and the sacrifices he makes in the process. I can tell you (if you haven't seen the film) that these sacrifices are significant, in once case touchingly sad and in another spectacular. Read more ›
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Star trek III is widely considered to be an infinitely inferior sequel to The Wrath of Khan, yet is in fact a more complex film and has a much more difficult task set in front of it. Although not perfect, it is an engaging story filled with a number of excellent reversals and has some of Shatner's best acting.

Montalban is the absolute driving force in Star Trek II and much of that film relies on this fact. Christopher Lloyd does a fine job as a merciless Klingon, yet it is up to Shatner to carry this film. And he does an great job. His stealing of the Enterprise gives Kirk back the initiative in the entire series, and is one of the all-time great moments for the original cast. Why this sequence, and so many others, is not given more credit is beyond me. One gripe: As usual, Kirk gets a LOT of screen time, cut-aways shots etc. at the expense of the other cast members.

Mired in some necessary exposition, The Search for Spock effectively navigates its way through Klingons, Vulcans, the tragic genesis project, Starfleet regulations... no easy task. The finale is lovingly presented, and tests the depths of not only the crews's emotions but that of the audience and fans. Nimoy did a fine job with this film, and it led the way to the unprecedented Star Trek IV.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty, Honor, Sacrifice. November 21, 2002
Format:DVD
Though lacking the philosophical depth of The Motion Picture, and the heart-pounding action of The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ultimately succeeds because it's primarily a character driven story, which recalls the best episodes of the original series. Spock's resurrection is handled convincingly--no magical regeneration with a shiny blue animated line here. In all aspects, Leonard Nimoy does a fine job in his directorial debut--he can clearly handle a camera and brings forth strong performances from his actors. Robin Curtis more than holds her own in the role of Lt. Saavik, originally portrayed by Kirstie Alley. The consistently underrated William Shatner shines here, giving a performance which is by turns somber and impassioned. DeForest Kelley also deserves praise as the Spock-possessed McCoy.
Most of the special effects have held up well over the years, and the few that haven't are not overly distracting. Star Trek has never been beholden to special effects, but has generally relied upon character development and story--and this emphasis has served it well over the years.
The picture is identical to the first DVD issue, which improved on both the VHS and Laser Disc issues--the colors are more vibrant and crisper. The sound also has more impact than the earlier versions.
This is one of the few films where the theatrical cut WAS the director's cut, so there are no added scenes here. The commentary by Nimoy and the rest is interesting and informative, as is Michael Okuda's text commentary. The cast interviews, as always, are entertaining, although I would have liked to have heard more of what REALLY happened during the infamous 1983 fire at Paramount studios. Less entertaining are the featurettes on terraforming, the Klingon language, and the visual effects, which contain almost no behind the scenes footage.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation September 2, 2002
Format:DVD
Star Trek III The Search for Spock is a wonderful, middle movie to the more or less trilogy of II, III and IV. I was a little disappointed that Kirstie Allie couldn't pick up where she left off in the role of Saavik. Robin Curtis does do a very good job though. Christopher Lloyds Klingon Commander is absolutely Klingon through and through. All of the original cast members are true to their characters. Overall, Star Trek III is not the best of the original six, but it's most certainly not the worst either. A wonderful story that, like all the rest, I've watched more times than I can remember.
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Published 24 days ago by Baron1
4.0 out of 5 stars A good odd-numbered STAR TREK. No, seriously!
At the end of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, one of the series' most beloved characters, the vulcan Spock, made a tragic sacrifice to save the Enterprise which cost him his life. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jonathon Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found it
This was the only movie missing from my collection of Trek movies. So glad I found it. Arrived before expected date!
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly L. Wilhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Spock is living long and prospering
Hey, it's Star Trek! It's Kirk and Spock! If you're a Treker and you don't have this, shame on you.
Published 1 month ago by Mark G. Werthmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
the box had some worn spots but that was suspectected
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy F. Conner
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but underperforming Trek film
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Published 1 month ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Search for Spock
I love the video quality of the movie. Good choice in the trilogy from Star Trek 2 to Star Trek 4 by Harve Bennet and Lenard Nimoy.
Published 1 month ago by Mark A. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the Star Trek with William Shatner and the rest ...
I love the Star Trek with William Shatner and the rest of the gang. I think the Search for Spock is one of their best movies.
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