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Star Trek

Released

Latest Home Video

Nov 17, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

126

Cast

Chris Pine

Zachary Quinto

Simon Pegg

J.J. Abrams

Studio

2009 Paramount

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Still shot from the movie: Star Trek.

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Overall B+
ViolenceC-
SexB-
LanguageC+
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time126

Making the Grades

The Star Trek universe has been silent over the past few years, leaving diehard fans with little to do but collect past movies and television episodes on Blu-ray discs. However, with the unveiling of this film, which fills in the backstory of the heroes from the original series, there is potential for a bold new injection of story ideas and discoveries in this perpetual franchise.

Romulans are the big problem on this voyage, thanks to a rogue spacecraft that has adapted some high tech equipment into a weapon of revenge. But on Earth, isolated on the Iowa plains, a young and rebellious James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) could care less about space politics— that is until Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) discovers the scrappy and drunken youth in the middle of a bar fight with Federation cadets. Aware of his father’s stellar Starfleet service, Pike convinces Kirk to join the ranks.

Meanwhile, many light-years away, a young Spock (Zachary Quinto) faces humiliation on his planet due to his mixed Vulcan-Human ancestry. Feeling he will forever be considered inferior compared to his purely logical colleagues, he too embarks on a journey to Starfleet Academy. There he will ultimately begin a tenuous relationship with Kirk and many other characters familiar to movie audiences worldwide.

These rookie officers find themselves pressed into service when the Romulan issue becomes critical. Although the bad guys play the catalyst of the plot and provide reason for the many impressive action sequences, the core of the story really revolves around Kirk and Spock. For those who have wondered how these two divergent personalities—one driven by logic, the other by gut reaction—ever managed to learn to work together, this movie will answer that question, and many more.

The performers playing these characters (all of whom were developed before the cast of this movie ever walked the Earth) literally have a hard act to follow. Thankfully, they deliver very credible representations of the people we (speaking for those of us who Stardate back a little longer) know so well. The well-written screenplay gives them great material to work with too. Visually amazing, with a great sense of the depth and scale of space, this production may become one of the best-loved cinematic treks.

There is also a good chance parents will find this new Trek suitable for teen viewers. Not wallowing entirely in darkness, like so many action flicks, this space adventure offers positive messages about overcoming differences and building a team. For families, violence will likely be the greatest concern, with portrayals similar in intensity to previous Trek movies like First Contact. Depictions of hand-to-hand combat with bloodied injuries are frequent (including an impaling), along with death and destruction involving futuristic weapons. Sexually is limited to some innuendo and a brief scene between a semi-clothed man and woman who are interrupted before things get too serious. And the script includes intermittent profanities, which are limited to mild expletives and a few terms of deity.

Catering to longtime enthusiasts with ample inside humor (watch for iconic lines interwoven with the dialogue), while attracting newcomers with a well-paced story and visual effects, exploring Star Trek’s origins is certain to open this final frontier to a whole new generation.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Star Trek.

What events in the life of James T. Kirk contributed to his decisions as a young man? How did Spock’s childhood affect his personality? What adjustments do the characters need to make in their lives before they can successfully work together? Do you think people actually change, or do they simply learn to control their emotions and reactions?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence. Coarse Language.
AB PG Violence.
MB PG Violence. Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Violence.
QC G Not recommend for young children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Star Trek...

Release Date: 17 November 2009

Star Trek on DVD is in an anamorphic presentation (enhanced for widescreen TVs), with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Bonus materials include:

- Commentary: by JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci

- Featurette: A New Vision

- Bloopers: Gag Reel

Star Trek: 2-Disc DVD Special Edition, with Digital Copy is in an anamorphic presentation (enhanced for widescreen TVs), with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Included on this two-disc set are:

- Commentary: by JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci

- Bloopers: Gag Reel

- Featurettes: A New Vision, To Boldly Go, Aliens, Score and Casting.

Additional Scenes: Spock Birth, Klingons Take Over Narada, Young Kirk, Johnny and Uncle Frank, Amanda and Sarek Argue After Spock Fights, Prison Interrogation and Breakout, Sarek Gets Amanda, Dorm Room and Kobayashi Maru (original version), Kirk Apologizes to the Green Girl and Sarek Sees Spock.

- DVD Rom: STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for XBOX 360, PC and Playstation.

- Digital copy of the movie.

Star Trek: Blu-Ray 3-Disc Special Edition, with Digital Copy offers the movie in 1080p HD resolution, with audio tracks in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (English). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Extra features include:

- Commentary: by JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci

- Bloopers: Gag Reel

- Featurettes: A New Vision, To Boldly Go, Aliens, Score and Casting.

Additional Scenes: Spock Birth, Klingons Take Over Narada, Young Kirk, Johnny and Uncle Frank, Amanda and Sarek Argue After Spock Fights, Prison Interrogation and Breakout, Sarek Gets Amanda, Dorm Room and Kobayashi Maru (original version), Kirk Apologizes to the Green Girl and Sarek Sees Spock.

- DVD Rom: STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for XBOX 360.

- DVD Rom: Weblink to the STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for PC and Playstation.

- BD Exclusive: Starships, Planets, Props and Costumes, Gene Roddenberry’s Vision, Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek and Starfleet Vessel Simulator.

- BD-Live: NASA News

- Digital copy of the movie.

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