The Movie: 7.5/10
It’s Star Trek. End of review:) Nah, I’m not that kind of fan of the whole Star Trek universe. I have some objectivity. For instance, I could do without any and all of the new telling of the Kirk, Spock, Enterprise story….yep, true. I HATED the first one for one stupid reason, LENS FLAIR! Enough said about that. I was totally neutral on the second one and Kahn didn’t shock or amaze me enough to fall in love with it. Now, we are up to Beyond and I have to say, they are bringing me around. I enjoyed it more than the others for sure, and since I don’t usually like to compare, but it just seems natural in this situation, I will say this one could stand on its own, no previous origin story and no follows are needed.
We get to meet some new characters, a wild young female with crazy designs on her face, and how can kick some serious ass. I like that about the Star Trek universe, you can meet anyone, anything, anytime, any place, and it makes sense. Well, if you are a fan you can make sense of it. I mean, humanoid type creatures all over the galaxy and who have somehow found something that teaches them the English language, or that they have technology compatible with ours, they are all leaps, but I’m willing to take them all.
The crew is fine, no complaints from me. The story goes from an innocent little mission to a huge “save the galaxy” adventure, which I appreciate. That’s the heart of the 5 year mission to explore space, so they got that right. The bad guy just wants chaos and disorder, no Star Fleet, no military, no governments, and for me that’s a good idea to dig around in for an existence where we are the only beings on the only planet that has life. Let’s face it, when we do meet anyone from any other place in the galaxy they are not going to be like us, which is the best part of what makes these movies so much fun.
I love everything that started in Gene Roddenberry’s mind, so I”m probably not the best person to write Star Trek reviews. I will always find something I like, if there are no lens flares that is! What they did this time though, it felt like a real grab at my heart-strings, ripping at the core of what makes our trek through space so amazing….they destroy the ENTERPRISE..noooooo. I actually had a tear in my eye, my guts felt all churned up, and all the Trek characters and adventures I have ever been on from Enterprise, to the original series, to the animation, and the early movies, not to mention The Next Generation, it all flooded through my mind and I was hooked from that moment through any kind of twists and turns or resolutions that would bring me back to some space station where they can fix it, rebuild it, whatever…just give me back my Enterprise! Any movie that can do that kind of emotional blackmail for a vehicle is good for me:)
Overall, I’m in. I want to watch it again, and then go watch all of Star Trek from episode one through the end of Voyager, and then keep my fingers crossed that the new TV show will carry on the tradition.
- Deleted Scenes (1 Minute) – Two deleted scenes featuring Kirk & Scotty.
- Beyond The Darkness (10 Minutes) – Justin Lin loves Star Trek and you can tell from his enthusiasm in this featurette.
- Enterprise Takedown (5 Minutes) – A look at the CGI trickery it took to make this scene.
- Divided & Conquered (8 Minutes) – A look at the main characters in the movie and how they are split into little groups.
- A Warped Sense Of Revenge (5 Minutes) – A look at the films Villain, would be a little bit spoilery if I mentioned who it is.
- Trekking In The Desert (3 Minutes) – A look at how the cast and crew took over Dubai for a few months shooting.
- Exploring Strange New Worlds (6 Minutes) – Tom Sanders who is in charge of production shows how he brought the movie to life.
- New Life, New Civilizations (8 Minutes) – A look at the design of the 50 or so new alien races made for the film.
- To Live Long & Prosper (8 Minutes) – A montage of the 50 years of Star Trek, will bring a tear to a real Trekkie’s eye.
- For Leonard & Anton (5 Minutes) – Remembering the actors who died during the films post production.
- Gag Reel (5 Minutes) – A very funny gag reel, I am not usually a fan but this one is funny.
- 4k, Blu-ray, UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
I so want a Star Trek official poster, but this image just really doesn’t do anything for me. It’s cool, but it’s not STAR TREKY enough! That’s all I can say about it.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Star Trek Beyond comes to UHD using a 2160P/HDR enhanced transfer that is actually an upscale of the 2k filmed elements. It’s a very subtle upgrade over the 1080P Blu-ray which also comes bundled in this set. The main differences I see are textures on uniforms and the obvious inclusion of HDR which makes the image look crisp and colorful.
The Dolby Atmos track is exciting and a treat for all viewers of this movie. There are lots of surround effects going on throughout the film but the downing of the enterprise is the set piece on the disc. The scene where Sabotage by the Beastie Boys is used really comes across powerful using the LFE channel to great effect.
Overall Score 7.5/10