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Star Trek: The Compendium (XI & Into Darkness) [Blu-ray]
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1. Those who saw "Into Darkness" in IMAX theaters may remember that for certain scenes the aspect ratio of the film shifted from the typical 2.40:1 to the taller 1.78:1, creating a larger and more immersive image. Unfortunately, the original blu-ray release of Into Darkness did not include the IMAX footage... But this one does, meaning for those scenes it will fill your entire TV (instead of the usual black bars on the top and bottom).
2. This set also includes an Enhanced Commentary for "Into Darkness" that was previously exclusive to iTunes. Basically you play the movie, but all sorts of content appears on the screen while you watch and the director/crew will come on at various points to talk about the film (it's similar to the WB 'maximum movie mode' feature that is on discs like Watchmen and Terminator Salvation).
3. The bonus disc for "Into Darkness" has some new deleted scenes and additional bonus material that was not previously available.
Below is a complete listing of all the content in this four-disc set:
Disc 1 - Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek in high definition
- commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci
Disc 2 - Star Trek (2009)
- To Boldly Go -- Taking on the world's most beloved science fiction franchise was no small mission. Director J.J.Read more ›
To be clear, I do not mind studios releasing deluxe versions of a movie. It's great for fans of movies to have deluxe options. But I don't like the studio telling us that certain features are exclusive and then going back on that promise. Nor do I appreciate the studio not telling us that a version with the deleted scenes would be coming. For comparison, Peter Jackson has been very up front in telling fans that extended versions of the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies would be released and WHEN they would be released.
I think it's important that movie consumers take a stand and tell Paramount that consumers will not stand for such practices. The best way to do that is to refuse to buy this set. If studios want us to buy blu-rays and not just stream movies, then treat us as premium customers rather than gullible suckers.
UPDATE: There is a bit of good news. Apparently Paramount will offer a rebate for customers who had previously bought an earlier blu-ray version of STID. This is some consolation and makes the double-dip less problematic. Nevertheless, I think it is still important for consumers to send the right message.
It will be nice to finally have the complete set of features. STID is a VERY good movie and a personal favorite of this Trek fan. Can't wait to see what I missed!
The new Star Trek movies have their fans and their detractors, but they are good entertainment (with "Into Darkness" being the weaker entrant, being too illogical).
This set is aimed mostly at the Star Trek completist fan, and offers both movies as well as two additional discs full of extras. If the behind the scenes stuff floats your boat, this is the most cost-effective way to get it.
The weakest part of the set is the digibook packaging. I'm not a fan, primarily because without the slipcase, the spine tends to go crooked (and this is sometimes greatly helped by the shrink wrapping). Also the plastic trays for the discs are made of very hard plastic, so hard, in fact, that it is difficult to get the discs out and the discs flex alarmingly.
In conclusion, if you do not own the movies from before, or are a completist, this is the set for you. And if you hunted down all the various iterations of "Into darkness" when it first came out to get all the featurettes, I understand your frustration at Paramount's apparent fleecing of loyal fans.
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Wow ... the expanded commentary for the second movie is excellent ... that is how all commentaries should be!Published 6 days ago by Len Lindsay
Strictly talking about the Bluray quality and not about packaging: Star Trek (The First Movie), well the Bluray is decent, has a little signs of grains but it's acceptable since... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kalyan Kiran Das
Picture Quality: 5/5 (IMAX scenes)
Picture Quality: 4.5/5 (35mm scenes)
Sound Quality: 5/5
The most complete of these films, picked this up at Costco the other day on sale for like 15 dollars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Action&Music
The discs that should've been released in the first place. Fortunately I never bought the old ones.Published 1 month ago by C. D.
Two awesome films and the clarity in the Blu-rays astounding. I love the IMAX scenes that were added back in for Into Darkness.Published 1 month ago by S. Hornak