Star Trek

Star Trek Beyond

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2016

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Star Trek Beyond
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Star Trek BeyondThe third time’s the charm. After a lackluster first film and a clusterfuck of a sequel, the rebooted franchise finally gets it right with Star Trek Beyond. No longer awkwardly straddling the original and new continuities, the latest Star Trek film offers a wholly original story and the first really good movie in the Star Trek franchise in 20 years.

Opening with a humorous scene of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) struggling with a delicate diplomatic mission which plants the first seed of the story, Star Trek Beyond really gets going when Kirk and the Enterprise are tricked into a rescue mission that leaves the Enterprise in pieces and most of its crew prisoners of a warmonger known as Krall (Idris Elba) who is after an ancient weapon which could change the balance of power in the galaxy.

While not offering much of the bigger themes of the original series’ best episodes, director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) does deliver one hell of an action film (which looks even more impressive in IMAX 3D) that is still driven by the core relationships of its characters. For those of us dissatisfied with the recent additions to the franchise, this is the movie we’ve been waiting for.

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  • Title: Star Trek Beyond
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This new trailer gives us a look at the upcoming Star Trek sequel in which the Enterprise will get destroyed (again) and the crew will be forced to fend for themselves planetside. Chris PineZachary QuintoZoe SaldanaKarl UrbanSimon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin all return. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also star. Under new director Justin Lin this looks like it could be an improvement over the last movie, but then again this also reminds me strong of the final two forgettable Next Generation movies (which I can’t be bothered to remember which is which). Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22nd.

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  • Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture 50th Anniversary Collection
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture CollectionMuch like Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 50th Anniversary Collection, the Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture 50th Anniversary Collection is a basic re-issue of the 2009 Blu-ray release collecting all four Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films in a single collection. As with the other release, it’s a bit of a mixed bag with some, but certainly not all, of the extras available in the movies’ individual home video releases.

The highlight of the collection is Star Trek: First Contact (the second, and by far the best, of the Next Gen movies). Also included are the problematic Star Trek: Generations (which struggles to unite the original and Next Generation franchises), the disappointing Star Trek: Nemesis (which wastes the Romulans only big screen appearance), and the almost completely forgettable Star Trek: Insurrection.

[Paramount, $35.98]

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  • Title: Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 50th Anniversary Collection
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Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture CollectionStar Trek: The Original Motion Picture 50th Anniversary Collection is a basic repackaging of the 2009 release which collected the original six Star Trek movies together in a single set on Blu-ray. As with most collections of this type, some of the basic extras with each movie are included but not as many as you will find each individual release. It’s likely you already own the movies you want from this set, but if not the $50 price for all six movies isn’t too shabby (and currently you can actually find the set heavily discounted at about 60% of that price online).

The real trouble here is you are only getting three good movies for this price (Wrath of Khan, Voyage Home, and Undiscovered Country), two rather mediocre ones (Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Search for Spock), and one even die-hard Star Trek fans don’t like talking about (Final Frontier).

[Paramount, $49.99]

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Coming Soon – Star Trek Beyond

by Alan Rapp on December 23, 2015

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Star Trek Beyond
  • IMDb: link

This first trailer gives us a look at the upcoming Star Trek sequel in which the Enterprise will apparently get destroyed (again) and the crew will be forced to fend for themselves planetside. Chris PineZachary QuintoZoe SaldanaKarl UrbanSimon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin all return. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also star. Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22nd.

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