Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Paramount Pictures

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Sequel to the 2009 Academy Award-winning spin-off of the classic 1960s sci-fi adventure series. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called back to Earth after a devastating force from within their organization leaves the planet in chaos and Starfleet in pieces. Determined to settle the score, Kirk embarks on a manhunt with the rest of his crew including Spock, Scotty, and Chekov to find the party responsible before their whole world is laid to waste.

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Everything I said good about the 4K transfer on the 2009 Star Trek movie applies to the 4K goodness of the 2013 sequel, Into Darkness. Before I start on the movie I want to once again state that if you are into getting yourself a big 4K TV (the bigger the better) and you are looking for a movie to really highlight what that system can do, then Star Trek: Into Darkness is a movie that will make you be a bit impressed by what you see coming through your TV back at you. Of course, while it looks good, how is it? That seems to be a bit more of a mixed bag depending on who you ask. I think one thing at least remains and that is the fun of the characters. These characters are at least a lot of fun to see, even if the plot might leave a little to be desired in spots. Some seem to love it, others seem to hate it, but I for one don’t mind as much seeing our dear Captain Kirk go to war with the Klingons. Which, of course, is something that if he has to do he will do in this film. The galaxy is in danger, things have to be done, and we at least see that our fun-loving captain can do more besides get women, he’ll do what he has to with his crew to ensure that doesn’t happen. Of course, some people don’t care much for the CGI, this time, around, but even I didn’t mind that and I tend to be picky about such things, but not here. Being honest and upfront now, I found this one to be just as enjoyable a popcorn movie as the last one was.

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We might have a bit of a lack of tension here and there in this movie, but I think the modernized Star Trek isn’t a dull watch regardless. Not counting The Next Generation series (which I grew up with), I’d probably still take these movies over the original series, but will still confess that they lack that mood and atmosphere that such things as the old Star Trek 2 had. The movie is full of eye candy on the looks and effects department but it still isn’t afraid to take a moment to give us a good laugh here and there. I appreciate those things even if it seems a good number of reviewers online don’t agree with me in those regards. If you like the 2009 movie, then I think you’ll like this. It comes across as about even in my eyes but I fail to see what more most could want and some of the complaints seem a bit picky because these movies alway seemed to complicate things but none seem to be able to go full on Summer movie like these newer films have. If you can let your brain be turned off a bit (a good thing to do with these movies) then you can fully enjoy what a movie like this has to offer. Things look good, things blow up, people fight, and we see all sorts of aliens and cool space things. That sounds like a good time in front of the TV to me. I admit this isn’t a perfect movie, but I don’t think it is a bad one overall either.

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Extras

*The 4K Disc Does Not Have Any Extras, but you can find these below on the Blu-ray Discs Included*

Blu-ray Disc 1
– Enhanced Commentary
– The Mission Continues
Blu-ray Disc 2
Featurettes
– The Voyage Begins…Again
– Creating the Red Planet
– Introducing the Villain
– Rebuilding the Enterprise
– National Ignition Facility Home of the Core
– Attack on Starfleet
– Aliens Encountered
– The Klingon Home World
– The Enemy of My Enemy
– Vengeance is Coming
– Ship to Ship
– Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock
– Down with the Ship
– Kirk and Spock
– Brawl By the Bay
– Fitting the Future
– Property of Starfleet
– Unlocking the Cut
– Visual Affection
– The Sound of Music (And FX)
– Feature title
– Safety First
– Continuing the Mission
– Gag Reel
– Deleted Scenes
– Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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