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My take: Star Trek (2009)

HD Goofnut
12-30-2009, 12:48 PM
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Title: Star Trek (2009)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Three Disc Set
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: Several Languages
Run time: 127 minutes
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region Coding: Region Free
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Chris Pine as Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime
Eric Bana as Nero
Bruce Greenwood as Pike
Karl Urban as Bones
Zoe Saldana as Uhura
Simon Pegg as Scotty
John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin as Chekov
Ben Cross as Sarek
Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson
Directed by J.J. Abrams

My take: (the breakdown)

When I heard that this revamp of Star Trek was being released some two years ago I was extremely skeptical that it would hold up to some of the original films. I was surely proven wrong when I first saw this several months ago at my local theater. The story follows all of the main characters from the franchise: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, and Uhura as they attend Starfleet academy. When a Romulan madman named Nero shows up and destroys the planet Vulcan the Enterprise must hurry to stop him before he does the same to Earth. It's a race against time before the crippling of the Federation's HQ and of course only the Enterprise can do anything about it. Filled with everything that makes a great sequel I say that this is a must own.

For such a high profile title I was expecting an impeccable Blu-ray transfer and I definitely got it. Everything looks fantastic with this film. Colors are properly saturated and are extremely vivid. The blue, tan, and red uniforms of Starfleet are a treat to look at. Flesh tones are also rendered correctly. Grain is extremely minimal and never becomes noisy or inconsistent. The fine detail is some of the best I have seen on a Blu-ray release yet. Every pore, hair, and fabric of clothing is clearly visible as if you were there during the filming. Even the action scenes are incredibly clear as every torpedo, phaser, or starship is easily visible.

I was expecting that this film's 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track might be overpowering, but I was surprised to find that it wasn't. Dialogue is clear and concise from start to finish even during the intense sequences. Both front ands urrounds are used for the musical score, but it never becomes overbearing as it drowns out the movie like what happened with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (http://www.highdefforum.com/blu-ray-movie-reviews/102659-my-take-transformers-revenge-fallen.html). I also found the directionality to be well done as well. I heard discrete effects when I was supposed to in the surrounds and I heard louder effects when I was supposed to. Your sub will also get a definite workout, but only when it should, which is during the space battle scenes.

We get an absolutely loaded supplemental package with this Blu-ray release, which is spread across two discs. There are several hours of interesting making of features, a decent commentary from Abrams, some deleted scenes, and some trailers. All of the extra features are even presented in 1080. There is also a digital copy included on a third disc.

Movie: 8/10
VQ: 10/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 8/10
Final word: A Must Own

As always thanks for reading folks.

pappylap
12-30-2009, 01:43 PM
several points taken with the film I found disturbing
1. Spocks' mother was not killed as she appeared in several of the television episodes

2. Doctor McCoy and Scotty were both much too young in this version, Mccoy is at least 30 years Kirks elder.

3. Reflections in the camera lens drive me crazy and when they are not ommited I consider them a Directors error.....This Director made reflections, (or what appeared to be) a major theme of this film and constantly reminded me that I was watching a film instead of actually being on board of the USS Enterprise...

HD Goofnut
12-30-2009, 01:59 PM
several points taken with the film I found disturbing
1. Spocks' mother was not killed as she appeared in several of the television episodes

2. Doctor McCoy and Scotty were both much too young in this version, Mccoy is at least 30 years Kirks elder.

3. Reflections in the camera lens drive me crazy and when they are not ommited I consider them a Directors error.....This Director made reflections, (or what appeared to be) a major theme of this film and constantly reminded me that I was watching a film instead of actually being on board of the USS Enterprise...

Point one doesn't matter because the original timeline has been altered after this movie. You do have a point with the second point, but I didn't notice any camera reflections.

pappylap
12-30-2009, 02:20 PM
Perhaps "reflections" is a bad choice, it happens throughout the film in the bar and on board the starships, flashes and lines of color interfering with what is on screen.....I found it slightly annoying first viewing, drove me crazy the second time I watched it.....

BNCR
12-30-2009, 04:15 PM
Too many lens flares.......................I liked the Film, and the Blu-ray was first rate. I liked that J.J. Abrams changed the timeline allowing him to do anything he wants if he makes more Treks.

http://io9.com/5230278/jj-abrams-admits-star-trek-lens-flares-are-ridiculous

soupnazi
12-30-2009, 06:02 PM
The timeline factor was genius for this film. Otherwise it would be torn apart by trekkies.

pappylap
12-30-2009, 11:24 PM
deleted...oooops

MOD
01-01-2010, 05:21 PM
Just had the opportunity to view this movie I thought the PQ & AQ was excellent, nice review thx

HD Goofnut
01-01-2010, 06:02 PM
Just had the opportunity to view this movie I thought the PQ & AQ was excellent, nice review thx

You're welcome.:)

PFC5
01-02-2010, 03:24 AM
Even my wife liked this movie and that is saying something because she hates Star Trek. :lol:

Another good spot on review Goofnut. :thumbsup:

HD Goofnut
01-02-2010, 10:18 AM
Even my wife liked this movie and that is saying something because she hates Star Trek. :lol:

Another good spot on review Goofnut. :thumbsup:

Thanks PFC.:)

marcallo
03-27-2010, 10:05 PM
Bumping an old thread, but I like your reviews so it's worth it. I watched the movie tonight and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. As a person who likes action/sci-fi movies. As a Star Trek fan I wasn't that big a fan of it. The movie is great don't get me wrong. Lots of action, a good story line, etc. But it's not star trek. There's no developing story. There was hardly any tension between characters. Even the stuff with Kirk and Spock seemed sort of washed away.

If anyone has checked out Star Trek: Online they have a time-line called the road to 2409. This movie has been added to the Cannon of the star trek time-line. The events leading up to the movie have been incorporated in whatever star trek official bible there is. So the original time-line is NOT ruined by this movie. It's in its own neat little bubble.

Unfortunately I didn't get to watch the last 10 minutes because my disk was scratched or something. No matter, I'll end up buying it on sale to add to my collection. I just hope the next movie has slightly less action and more "trek".

/edit - The other way I know it's not really true Star Trek. My wife liked it... she HATES Star Trek. :D

HD Goofnut
03-27-2010, 10:26 PM
Bumping an old thread, but I like your reviews so it's worth it. I watched the movie tonight and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. As a person who likes action/sci-fi movies. As a Star Trek fan I wasn't that big a fan of it. The movie is great don't get me wrong. Lots of action, a good story line, etc. But it's not star trek. There's no developing story. There was hardly any tension between characters. Even the stuff with Kirk and Spock seemed sort of washed away.

If anyone has checked out Star Trek: Online they have a time-line called the road to 2409. This movie has been added to the Cannon of the star trek time-line. The events leading up to the movie have been incorporated in whatever star trek official bible there is. So the original time-line is NOT ruined by this movie. It's in its own neat little bubble.

Unfortunately I didn't get to watch the last 10 minutes because my disk was scratched or something. No matter, I'll end up buying it on sale to add to my collection. I just hope the next movie has slightly less action and more "trek".

/edit - The other way I know it's not really true Star Trek. My wife liked it... she HATES Star Trek. :D

I appreciate the kind words marcallo. I agree that it was definitely a different type of Star Trek, but I thought it worked quite well. Considering Cloverfield was awful in my opinion I regained some respect for Abrams after Star Trek.

NOLA56
03-29-2010, 06:23 AM
I tried watching this movie twice after the disc Netflix sent me wouldn't play completely through. They sent another disc, same problem. I looked closely at the disc and there were very small waves in the surface plastic. Looks like quality control is lacking @ Paramount. Any of ya'll have this problem?

HD Goofnut
03-29-2010, 07:03 AM
I tried watching this movie twice after the disc Netflix sent me wouldn't play completely through. They sent another disc, same problem. I looked closely at the disc and there were very small waves in the surface plastic. Looks like quality control is lacking @ Paramount. Any of ya'll have this problem?

Someone got me this for Christmas new and it played fine for me on my BH200.

OCgamer
03-29-2010, 08:18 AM
several points taken with the film I found disturbing
1. Spocks' mother was not killed as she appeared in several of the television episodes

2. Doctor McCoy and Scotty were both much too young in this version, Mccoy is at least 30 years Kirks elder.

3. Reflections in the camera lens drive me crazy and when they are not ommited I consider them a Directors error.....This Director made reflections, (or what appeared to be) a major theme of this film and constantly reminded me that I was watching a film instead of actually being on board of the USS Enterprise...

One thing to consisder with the official timeline of the original series its over! The presence of Nero has altered the future so the original series now has no relevence to the official timeline. Remember that old spock and new spock now know of each other. I would think knowing you will live to X years old you could completely change your life and take risks knowing you will not die at least till X. You also will know several things that will happen later in your life. Ah the paradox. I liked the movie thought the special effects were fantastic the gritty directions the story took were great. Still had some of the cheesy story characters like scotties sidekick thing which were not necessary. I also didnt like the budweiser product placement this also wasnt necessary. But hollywood couldnt resist its model for making movies. Overal a great movie as im a star trek fan I give it a B+. Worth owning.

marcallo
03-31-2010, 08:28 AM
There is no paradox, not really. The new Spock isn't the same Spock. He's a future Spock from a different timeline. It's some high end string theory to explain it, but if you were to shoot young Spock in the face, old Spock would watch it and still be alive. They have no real effect on each other. So young Spock can't assume he'll survive his actions. That would be ridiculous.

Also, my Bluray was bad as well. Probably a very large bad batch from Paramount. Lots of people having problems with this one.

HD Goofnut
03-31-2010, 08:32 AM
There is no paradox, not really. The new Spock isn't the same Spock. He's a future Spock from a different timeline. It's some high end string theory to explain it, but if you were to shoot young Spock in the face, old Spock would watch it and still be alive. They have no real effect on each other. So young Spock can't assume he'll survive his actions. That would be ridiculous.

Also, my Bluray was bad as well. Probably a very large bad batch from Paramount. Lots of people having problems with this one.

That is strange about the disc. I haven't read but maybe 2-3 different occurrences where people had issues with it.

marcallo
03-31-2010, 08:39 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjsgoXvnStY

Here, this will help you understand how it's possible... in theory. :D If you can't get through the whole thing you're not a real Geek/Nerd BTW. :D

TwoPlusTwo
06-08-2010, 09:13 PM
Seeing as how I teach University-level physics courses, most people are shocked to find out that I've never seen any Star Trek anything before. Nothing. No shows or movies or anything else.

Got this one rented and am gonna break my Star Trek cherry tomorrow by watching it...

Am I gonna understand anything that's going on whatsoever? :p

PFC5
06-08-2010, 09:42 PM
Actually this movie explains a few things that were never explained in the original series nor the movies. One that comes to mind is WHY Kirk calls McCoy "Bones".

TwoPlusTwo
06-08-2010, 09:45 PM
Actually this movie explains a few things that were never explained in the original series nor the movies. One that comes to mind is WHY Kirk calls McCoy "Bones".

I don't know who Kirk or McCoy are, and I don't know of any "Bones" reference. All I know is that the ships have FTL travel and there is an elf on the spaceship named Spock. :p

PFC5
06-08-2010, 09:52 PM
:roflmao:

TwoPlusTwo
06-09-2010, 09:13 PM
I surely missed a bunch of references, and a few things seemed mysterious, but I found that it was a good movie despite my total lack of Star Trek knowledge. It was an entertaining film. :)

Unfortunately it was pretty badly sabotaged by unforgivable lens glare almost constantly. :mad:

PFC5
06-10-2010, 06:06 AM
My wife never liked Star Trek but said she really liked this movie. Who knows? Maybe I can get her to watch more of them now. :lol:

cbcdesign
06-11-2010, 07:03 AM
several points taken with the film I found disturbing

2. Doctor McCoy and Scotty were both much too young in this version, Mccoy is at least 30 years Kirks elder.


The actors were 11 years apart in age so I would be surprised if McCoy was supposed to be 30 years Kirk's elder!

Alan

PFC5
06-11-2010, 01:20 PM
several points taken with the film I found disturbing
1. Spocks' mother was not killed as she appeared in several of the television episodes

2. Doctor McCoy and Scotty were both much too young in this version, Mccoy is at least 30 years Kirks elder.

3. Reflections in the camera lens drive me crazy and when they are not ommited I consider them a Directors error.....This Director made reflections, (or what appeared to be) a major theme of this film and constantly reminded me that I was watching a film instead of actually being on board of the USS Enterprise...

1. True. They did deviate here.

2. If you look at the TOS I do not think the age difference is that much. Maybe 5-10 at most. But over the years McCoy did seem to age more in appearance.

3. Directors do this stuff and Michael Bay is one of them that does it a lot also.

ZoSo
06-17-2010, 04:03 PM
Great review on the new Star Trek! I hope that it looks and sounds as good as you say it does. I need to re-watch this as I watched his the summer that it came out in a drive in theater with a bunch of talkers. I still enjoyed the movie though. Reading all these posts I now have lens flares in my head though...

HD Goofnut
06-17-2010, 05:51 PM
Great review on the new Star Trek! I hope that it looks and sounds as good as you say it does. I need to re-watch this as I watched his the summer that it came out in a drive in theater with a bunch of talkers. I still enjoyed the movie though. Reading all these posts I now have lens flares in my head though...

The lens flares are apparent, but they kind of fit since everything is sleek and shiny looking anyway.

PFC5
06-17-2010, 09:21 PM
Great review on the new Star Trek! I hope that it looks and sounds as good as you say it does. I need to re-watch this as I watched his the summer that it came out in a drive in theater with a bunch of talkers. I still enjoyed the movie though. Reading all these posts I now have lens flares in my head though...

The BD of this movie looks and sounds much better than ANY drive in could ever show it.

ZoSo
06-18-2010, 07:25 AM
The BD of this movie looks and sounds much better than ANY drive in could ever show it.

True but nothing compares to drive-in quality sound but I will give you picture quality. :D

PFC5
06-18-2010, 12:14 PM
Every drive in I have EVER been to has poorer SQ than any other source, even when they use radio frequencies and you use your own car speakers.

HD Goofnut
06-18-2010, 12:52 PM
You guys will get a kick out of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbJ-y6BWfUc

ZoSo
06-18-2010, 01:08 PM
Every drive in I have EVER been to has poorer SQ than any other source, even when they use radio frequencies and you use your own car speakers.

Poor sound quality, what are you smoking? Can't get better than a static radio or a clip on speaker! :banana:

It is definitely not the preferred way to watch a movie for sure but there is something to be said about everyone packing in a car and watching a movie together. Picture and sound quality are definitely off the table. I remember watching both Star Wars and the first Star Trek at the drive-in back in the day and as a kid it was the best!

HD Goofnut
06-18-2010, 01:10 PM
Poor sound quality, what are you smoking? Can't get better than a static radio or a clip on speaker! :banana:

It is definitely not the preferred way to watch a movie for sure but there is something to be said about everyone packing in a car and watching a movie together. Picture and sound quality are definitely off the table. I remember watching both Star Wars and the first Star Trek at the drive-in back in the day and as a kid it was the best!

Unless there are 20,000 mosquitoes outside and your windshield has nothing but bug splats and dirt on it.

unotis
06-18-2010, 01:18 PM
You guys will get a kick out of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbJ-y6BWfUc

That was great!

Very well done and actually funny also. :lol:

HD Goofnut
06-18-2010, 01:26 PM
That was great!

Very well done and actually funny also. :lol:

"Ohhhh, we are going to get so much crap for that.":lol:

ZoSo
06-18-2010, 01:29 PM
Unless there are 20,000 mosquitoes outside and your windshield has nothing but bug splats and dirt on it.

That only adds to the fun, throw in stale popcorn and flat soda and all is right in the world!

I will check that video out later, can't view it here @ work.

PFC5
06-18-2010, 09:27 PM
Poor sound quality, what are you smoking? Can't get better than a static radio or a clip on speaker! :banana:

It is definitely not the preferred way to watch a movie for sure but there is something to be said about everyone packing in a car and watching a movie together. Picture and sound quality are definitely off the table. I remember watching both Star Wars and the first Star Trek at the drive-in back in the day and as a kid it was the best!

:lol:

I figured you were joking but you left the ":D" out at the end so I wasn't sure if you had been to some magical Drive In that I have never heard of. :p

I remember as a kid getting in my pajamas and bringing the pillow with my siblings and going to the drive in as a kid. They had a playground for intermission that was a blast too. Good childhood times for sure.

PFC5
06-18-2010, 09:33 PM
You guys will get a kick out of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbJ-y6BWfUc

Hey they did mixed two movies together with Aliens vs Predators, so why not with them?

soupnazi
06-18-2010, 11:09 PM
Hey they did mixed two movies together with Aliens vs Predators, so why not with them?

Have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpQZhPeUjH0
and this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0gpuYWCHtw

There could be something big in the works ;)