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Special features are all split up between vendor exclusive,
This review is from: Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)The official Blu-ray has seven mini-featurettes. If this seems like it is a half-assed release, it's because Paramount has divvied up all the other features, including the commentary tracks with the cast and director J.J. Abrams, and several additional featurettes. The list of missing content on the U.S. wide-release Blu-ray (which is what is being sold on Amazon) includes 5 more featurettes (The Journey Continues... Again, Rebuilding the Enterprise, Full of Wrath, Kirk & Spock and Visual Preferences), plus the commentary with J.J. Abrams and the crew and a theatrical trailer. The featurettes and trailer are likely what's on the Bonus Discs at Target and Best Buy and the CinemaNow downloads (Best Buy U.S. appears to have its content via CinemaNow download while the same content is on a Bonus Disc in Canada), and the commentary is obviously with iTunes. All this means, if you buy the "normal version" here on Amazon, you're getting less than half the special features created for the home video release, and if you want all of them you're going to need to purchase at least three separate versions. Shame on you, Paramount. I loved the movie when I saw it, but this review is specifically about this product and its release practices.
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Initial post: Sep 3, 2013 4:28:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2013 8:50:35 PM PDT
B. Albert says:
It's actually even worse than that. The five featurettes you mentioned are just the ones on the Target release. The ones from Best Buy are completely different. So there are actually 10 featurettes altogether, approximately an hour's worth of material, missing from the general release, plus the iTunes-exclusive commentary you mentioned.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2013 8:11:08 AM PDT
I'm one of those who usually do not go through all this extra material. So, for me it's not important, but I understand that for many people it is.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2013 3:52:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2013 6:19:45 PM PDT
S. R. says:
This is just a greedy ploy by Paramount that I hope other companies do not follow. Part of the satisfaction of owning the blu-ray/DVD are the extra features that aren't available by simply streaming. Even worse, by piecemealing the bonus content, retailers can pretty much charge whatever they wish since each retailer has exclusive content not available elsewhere. There has been a gradual trend toward retailer exclusives for a while now, but I've never seen the bonus features spread out like this! Usually, it's retailer exclusive packaging or additional token items like cards, toys, prints, etc. I canceled my Amazon.com order of this blu-ray since they're only offering the standard bonus features, which is only 40 extra minutes of promotional featurettes. I'll probably get mine at Target for the 70 mins of extras, even though they're currently charging $5 more than Amazon. It's absolutely ridiculous, though, that the only way to get the director's commentary is by paying full price for a download from iTunes!
****UPDATE**** I've decided to forgo purchasing any version of this release. While I liked the movie, the real selling point for wanting to purchase the blu-ray were the bonus features (of which there were plenty on the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film). But given how Paramount has split up the features, no matter which version one buys, we are are getting shortchanged! The fact is, there are several other current and upcoming blu-ray releases that I could purchase instead where I would get more bang for my buck.
Posted on Sep 8, 2013 8:52:35 PM PDT
Kirk Nelson says:
I was looking forward to getting this on Tuesday now I won't be buying it...anywhere.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 6:53:30 AM PDT
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Jeffrey Handshaw says:
I believe the additional 70 minutes that Target offers includes the 40 minutes on the general release version, so there's only about 30 minutes of additional/unique material...
There was over 100 minutes produced (and the commentary), the "general release" has 40, Target has that 40 + 30 of the remaining minutes, while Best Buy has that 40 + the other 30 minutes. I don't know if the deleted scenes (that J.J.Abrams talked about, and showed a scene from during his Jimmy Kimmel interview) are anywhere in all of this mess.
Paramount has NO respect for it's fans...
I also cancelled my order on Amazon and will NOT be purchasing this DVD (unless they virtually give it away).
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 2:28:46 PM PDT
Completely agree...so dissappointed how Paramount have chopped everything up with different extras everywhere you go (with the iTunes commentary being most devious of all) Shocking treatment of the Bluray / DVD buying public.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 2:35:37 PM PDT
Completely agree...really hope this isnt a trend other studios follow....shocked by Paramount....
Posted on Sep 9, 2013 11:09:48 PM PDT
J. Nichols says:
Since it comes with a digital copy, redeem the iTunes one, this will give you the Audio Commentary. Although you will have to watch it on a computer.
Posted on Sep 9, 2013 11:21:16 PM PDT
The Hot King Jr says:
I can deal with alot but forget buying this until they wakeup and fix it. If this sells well still then it will get worse. I bet this is a test to see how it goes to bad they tarnished there name for this but they deserve it.
Posted on Sep 9, 2013 11:54:24 PM PDT
Saphyre Rose says:
What truly surprises me is the fact that any of you are surprised by Paramount behavior.
But what upsets me is when people give out 1 star ratings over something other than the product they are reviewing. These reviews seem less about the movie and more of the fact that Paramount has continued its 36 year habit (dating back to Desilu) of greedily using Star Trek fans as a reliable income stream. Dangle a piece of that greed in front of corporate retailers, promising them millions in revenue from die hard fans (who will buy all versions of the movie), if they manufacture their own version of the movie with different cover art or special features and they will snap it up.
I expect the behavior from Paramount. Nothing they do has surprised me since they tried to pass off Star Trek: Enterprise as a real Star Trek show.
What bugs me is the retailers.