It is the 23rd century and the USS Enterprise is on a routine
mission, one which Kirk seems convinced will be his last.
Everything is going smoothly until Kahn, a mutant renegade
from 20th century earth returns to avenge his previous treatment
by Kirk and his crew...
is arguably the finest Trek movie to have been made
and still stands the test of time it takes the viewer on the
whole range of emotions from laughter to the films climatic
tear jerking scenes.
that the movie has been reviewed it's time to look at the
features on this director's edition 2 disc set. When I originally
reviewed the recent single disc set I was appalled that Paramount
had not released any extras, while insisting on charging £19.99.
So, you'd expect some pretty impressive features for your
£24 wouldn't you?
you are going to be disappointed. The documentaries are very
poor and the material would certainly have been available
when Paramount originally released this as a single disc -
in fact the extras would also have fitted on the same disc
as the movie, so a second disc seems a little redundant.
start with we have a documentary which features interviews
Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Ricardo Montalban.
These interviews were all recorded at the time of the movie's
original cinematic release - so don't expect to learn anything
new and the interviewers are sycophantic. Mind you Nimoy's
tasteless suit did make me chuckle - but it's not worth paying
£24 to see.
up is a featurette that looks at the design of the movie's
ships, costumes and locations, but again there is nothing
here that is that interesting - although we do find out how
the Reliant was designed - it was a simple mistake, apparently.
is another feature which has Shatner moaning (not sure whether
he was joking) that Nimoy and Harve Bennett (co-writer) had
kept the fact that Spock would not necessarily be killed off
up there is the biggest waste of space - a plug for Pocket
Books' Star Trek series of books which has writers
Greg Cox and Julia Ecklar talking about (in a nut shell) how
the continuity in their books means diddly squat. Now I have
read some of Cox's work and find him to be a fantastic writer,
but he really comes across as a boring geek. Ecklar comes
across slightly better, but only just. Not sure whether the
producers of this piece was extracting the urine out of Cox,
but they certainly tried to make him look like a geek, especially
towards the end, and they succeeded.
final documentary looks at the visual effects in the movie
but starts with Shatner stuttering a line from the movie (not
an hilarious outtake, but a piece of bad editing). And we
get to hear the Reliant's creation story again.
is a great movie, but if you bought it the first time round
there is no way you should even consider buying this. Poor
extras make this a very unnecessary purchase.
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