Star Trek: Into Darkness Now On BLU-RAY + DVD

Star Trek: Into Darkness was officially released on Blu-ray / DVD on September 10, 2013. Put to the test, we have a review from a big fan of the movie and genre (the husband) and someone who is not at all familiar with the movie (the wife).

Written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, the film follows the crew of the Enterprise as a shocking act of terror on Earth sends them on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

Star Trek Into Darkness features an outstanding ensemble cast including John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller and Anton Yelchin.

She Said

I was introduced to Star Trek by way of necessity when I got married to a self-professed geek. Star Trek is something that I’ve always heard of and known about, but never really got into. So from the perspective of a loving family member who supports her husband’s Star Trek obsession, here is what I thought of the movie.

What ‘she’ liked (Some Spoiler Alerts):

  • The music. It built up moments of suspense and the theme music was a perfect anthem for the starship Enterprise. 
  • The acting. Spock: Whenever I see Zachary Quinto, I always think of Sylar from Heroes – but he did a fantastic job of breaking that association for me. Sulu: John Cho was pretty awesome. I think he’s a great actor and he showed his stuff in this film. Uhura: Zoe Saldana played a wonderful Uhura and I felt she did a great job of covering the funny, passionate, scared, and courageous elements of her character. James Kirk: Chris Pine has those cute boy-next-door good looks and plays a convincing young Captain Kirk. Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Bones (Karl Urban) of course provided an excellent humourous side to the film.
  • New twists and turns in the plot kept cropping up so I definitely paid attention. I did not multi-task while watching this movie on DVD, which I often try to do with other movies. It held my attention and kept me engaged the whole time.
  • Fun lines. One of my favourite was: “Sometimes I want to rip the… bangs off his head”.
  • The appearance of the old Spock. Pretty cool to see old Spock talking to new Spock!
  • The losing-best-friend-on-the-battlefield scene. Even though this kind of scene is really stereotypical, I did feel that Zachary and Chris did a good job of it. I have to admit that I cried. Mostly, I think, because it’s the first time you really see Spock unable to control his emotions.
  • I really thought that the ideas of friendship and loyalty were refreshingly strong in the film.

What ‘she’ could do without:

  • It was a little melodramatic. An exampe is during the scene where James Kirk is negotiating with Khan and says “Let them live!” referring to his crew. Just a tad much. 
  • There were so many climaxes – maybe a few too many. Every time something was resolved and I breathed a sigh of relief, I started tensing up because a new problem came up. 
  • Each climax was based around some life-or-death situation. SO MANY of them. Seriously, everyone almost died at some point or another. Spock, Uhura, Kirk (numerous times), Bones & Carol Marcus, Scotty, the entire crew of the Enterprise, Khan, etc.
  • Because Kirk almost dies so many times, I felt like I was listening to a lot of sounds of him panting and physically exerting himself. I suppose if you’re in all those situations, you wouldn’t really be able to help it. So I’m not saying Chris Pine did a bad job of Kirk. I just found it a bit annoying.

Overall: She really quite enjoyed it.

He Said

Star_Trek_Into_DarknessI liked Star Trek before it was cool. I watched all of it. ALL of it. So, my review is definitely from a Trekkie’s perspective. Here’s what I thought of the movie (again *SPOILER ALERT*).

 What ‘he’ liked:
  • It’s an overall enjoyable movie – it has a good pace, there are great battles, and amazing visuals. 
  • The relationships and personal moments. Spock and Uhura’s relationship, Spock and Kirk’s “bromance”, the epic battle between Spock and Khan fueled by revenge.
  • Alice Eve in her underwear. What can I say? I’m a guy.

What ‘he’ could do without:

  • Simon Pegg’s Scotty – I feel the character was somewhat disconnected between being a super genius, chief engineer, theoretical physicist, and booze hound.
  • Carol Marcus – did she really fit into the movie? How do you connect the microbiologist to the weapons specialist science officer? There are some definite issues with continuity here.
  • The noble intent to mirror Wrath of Khan started getting overly predictable. As he says, “Whatever the original Kirk said, new Spock would repeat.” Hardcore fans might have a problem with this.
  • The Leonard Nimoy cameo felt out of place. The first movie already showed the old Spock stating that he would not interfere with the new timeline. Are we going to keep seeing cameos of old Spock, handholding new Spock through every difficult situation?

Overall: Being a fan of the show and the genre, he enjoyed the movie.
Special features on Blu-ray/DVD Combo include:

  • Red Planet
  • Conference Room
  • Kronos
  • Villians
  • Ship to Ship
  • Climax
  • Mission Continues

 Star Trek Into Darkness is now available where DVD and Blu-rays are sold across Canada and is rated PG-13.

Have you seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think?

Disclosure: This DVD was provided for free to facilitate this review. The opinions are solely those of the author (and her husband) and were not influenced by any outside factors.

Judith

About Judith

Judith is a mother to an angelic little girl, wife to a visual artist, sister to a breast cancer survivor, designer/ musician/ writer, and self-proclaimed ecoholic. Her blog juicygreenmom.ca offers tips on living green on a sensible budget, in Edmonton and online.
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  • Debbie W September 13, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Funny, I just finished watching it. I love Star Trek. The only corny part was when Spock said “KHANNNNNNNNNNNN!!!”

    • Judith Judith September 17, 2013, 10:46 pm

      Debbie – that moment definitely fell under “a tad melodramatic”!!
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    • Yannick Faucher September 24, 2013, 9:17 pm

      This is actually a tribute to the famous scene in the original movie! :)
      (Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, 1982)

  • Andrew P September 13, 2013, 10:59 pm

    I’ve seen this in the theatre and thought it was awesome. Can’t wait to watch it again!

  • Jasen H September 13, 2013, 11:02 pm

    I’ve seen it already and thought it was fantastic!

  • Andrea Amy September 14, 2013, 12:25 am

    No I haven’t seen it yet, but I want to. Love Star Trek.

  • Marla September 14, 2013, 5:54 am

    Havent seen it yet

  • SueSueper September 14, 2013, 5:56 am

    I have not seen this movie! My son would LOVE it!

  • Andrea B. September 14, 2013, 7:02 am

    I haven’t seen this yet, but my hubby has and he is a big Star Trek fanatic so this will be for him.

  • Anne Taylor September 14, 2013, 10:10 am

    I haven’t seen this one yet, but I believe I’ve seen everyone of the Star Trek movies dating back to whenever they started making them lol

    thanks

  • maria September 14, 2013, 11:12 am

    Haven’t seen this yet but want to!

  • Jonnie September 14, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie yet and it’s not my type of movie, but my husband and oldest son are very eager to see it.
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  • Dreena September 14, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I have not seen the movie. My husband and son are very much into Star Trek and have seen the film. I’d like to own a copy of “Into The Darkness”.

    Thanks.

  • Tanis September 14, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I haven’t seen this, but hubby saw it in the theatre and liked it!

  • tennille September 14, 2013, 5:22 pm

    I so want to watch this! Hubby and I can both agree on these movies
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  • Andrea Williams September 14, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Seen this, loved it, want to watch again!

  • Cheryl (@loucheryl) September 15, 2013, 3:13 am

    I haven’t seen the movie but LOVE Star Trek!

  • angela m September 15, 2013, 5:10 pm

    No I have not seen it yet, but I am looking foward to it
    thanks

  • Andrea Williams September 15, 2013, 8:22 pm

    I like pretty much anything by J.J. Abrams. This was great!

  • Angela Mitchell September 16, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Great review! I haven’t seen this one yet. I really liked the first one though so I am looking forward to seeing it.

  • Darwin Chau September 16, 2013, 9:48 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie yet, but i’m interested in it now after reading the review.

  • lori butler September 17, 2013, 9:15 am

    my hubby has seen it and LOVED it, I have NOT seen it as of yet

  • Katie September 19, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I haven’t seen it, but I really want to!
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  • Florence C September 20, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Love to win to watch with the family. Thank you

  • Caryn s September 20, 2013, 9:34 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but would like too!

  • andie September 21, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Haven’t seen it yet – hope to though.

  • silvia September 23, 2013, 11:49 am

    I am not familiar at all with start trek so would be nice to see what it’s all about.

  • Brooke Berry September 23, 2013, 11:24 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, but my brother who is a trekkie tells me its one that I would like as well. SO, yes I would LOVE to watch it!
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  • tina p September 24, 2013, 10:04 am

    Have not seen this yet. The hubby and kids would love to though! Thanks!

  • Tara Jensen September 24, 2013, 12:16 pm

    YES I saw it and it was amazing!!!

  • Yannick Faucher September 24, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Yes i’ve seen it and it’s pretty good! I thought it was as good as the first one.

  • Haylie Langwald September 24, 2013, 9:29 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet but am looking forward to it, I really enjoyed the last one.

  • roberto780 September 25, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Loved this movie..it isn’t “the old Star Trek” but it can’t be. Why bother trying to make something exactly the same. It appeals to a new generation, is definitely more of an action movie, but that can be a good thing. What they did, they did well!

  • Carolyn September 25, 2013, 3:08 pm

    loved it – saw it at an advanced screening – had so much fun – would see it again, and again :)

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