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STAR TREK
(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Edition DVD, and 3-Disc Edition Blu-ray)
There’s a reason why this film found success beyond its limited Trekkie fan base: it’s not a Star Trek film. Admitted by J.J. Abrams himself, this reboot of the series is more Star Wars than Trek, and that’s a large part of its appeal. Capturing the rewarding essence and simplicity of the hero’s journey much in the same way that Star Wars did, Abrams injects this re-envisioning of the series with a non-stop energy that’s nothing short of addicting, and makes it easy to overlook some of the shortcomings of the story. Diehard Trek fans will likely be disappointed by the tremendous departure in tone, pace, and overall style, as well as the complete disregard for any thematic significance, but in fairness, the most recent Star Trek efforts have been depressingly bad, and this was really the kick start the franchise needed to make it relevant again. While it may not be the Star Trek movie some fans were hoping for, it does manage to maintain the mythology and characters that have been established during the series, and it does so in a way that makes them fresh, exciting, and even funny. Also backed by breathtaking visuals, thrilling action sequences, and a pitch-perfect cast, this is easily one of the most fun popcorn flicks to be released in years.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Commentary by director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk, deleted scenes, four featurettes (“To Boldly Go”, “Casting”, “Aliens”, “Score”), a gag reel, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes on the Starships, Gene Roddenberry’s Vision, Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek, and a Starfleet Vessel Simulator.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $12.77
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $23.99 $19.95
Amazon – $19.99

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