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STAR TREK MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY SD
Prepare to embark on an epic three-part adventure starring the legendary crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they sacrifice their lives, ship, and freedom to save the universe from imminent destruction. Spanning across three motion pictures, the Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy is the ultimate story of heroism, duty and friendship that will thrill old and new fans alike. The films have been digitally remastered and The Wrath of Khan has been fully restored in high definition with brilliant picture quality and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME
OVER 90 MINUTES OF ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES
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Also for anyone interested - Star Trek 3 has a special feature where its just an interview of "Teenage Spock" where he brags about still going to conventions and meeting the fans - then brags about "doing pon farr" on set in the most awkwardly graphic way possible. Then he brags about doing "pon farr" with fans at conventions and caps it off with quote: "we don't always wait 7 years" ... its pure cringy gold that more people need to know about.
But seriously this is a great trilogy.
Trek II looks and sounds phenomenal, with an even richer color pallette and deeper audio than I even remember experiencing in cinemas.
As others have adeptly pointed out, Trek III and IV have been "de-grained" using digital noise reduction (DNR) to get rid of their film grain and then "edge-enhanced" to artificially restore a sense of detail. This results in a picture that looks smooth and yet artificially fringey. III and IV could look better, but they ARE high-def and have definitely looked worse (I remember them in the old laserdisc days in pan and scan before letterboxing!).
Still, the passion and entertainment value of III and IV is so rich that it shines through, and the visuals, while not quite as true to the cinema experience as they could be, still look nice. At the current 2013 apparently clearout price, perhaps to make room for more properly restored versions of III and IV, I had to splurge. At this price, I'll enjoy these movies until Paramount does a proper restoration of III and IV, and I'll wait for the price to drop again and splurge again; no big deal.
I thought the movies were highly entertaining, yet completely different from the modern movies. The originals have good action, and a lot of humor. The acting was great along with great special effects.
Quality is about as 'good' as can be expected from a 20+ year old movie filmed on film and in the days where special effects meant things you did without complex computer graphics, so you'll see all the obvious signs of handmade effects.
Not a FULL restoration as applied to other classic films, so you still get things like background flickering (eg. ~12:30 into Khan) as Chekov turns from the bridge window to talk to the captain, or background brightness level changing (eg. ~1:05:50 into Khan). The usual tons of film grain which varies from little (bright, well-lit scenes) to lots (darker scenes). Since it's a Science Fiction film set far into the future, the film grain really doesn't add anything and IMO ought to be processed out. The 7.1 audio really isn't anything - pretty much sounds to the ears like a stereo track all the way through. (Star off since the box toots "Digitally Remastered with Brilliant Picture and Sound Quality", but obviously the remastering could be better.)
Colors are nice, sufficient detail is present to warrant the BluRay version, so worth the purchase.