Picture from Star Trek: Boldly Coming to Home Video in 2016
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Image ©Paramount Pictures

Star Trek: Boldly Coming to Home Video in 2016

As Star Trek fans prepare for Star Trek Beyond (opening in theaters on July 22, 2016), the home video market offers a re-release of the first two movies in the rebooted franchise. But this is not just your average second chance to own a copy of the popular films. This time around the packages boast copies in 4K Ultra HD.

Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) -- releasing June 14, 2016 -- will be sold separately, and each 4K Ultra HD package also includes a copy of the movie in Blu-ray and Digital HD. This is good, because if you don’t yet own a 4K player, you can still view the movie. And you can tell your significant other that you are just preparing for the next format. (Once you have enough movies in 4K, you will then have plenty of leverage for talking that special someone into letting you invest in the new player – or at least this is how my husband argues for new technology!)

Also vying for Star Trek enthusiast’s dollars is the re-release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982), in a Director’s Cut. (Releasing on Blu-ray, June 7, 2016.) Arguably the best of the former Star Trek series, this movie features Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the rest of the crew facing off against a super human (played by Ricardo Montalban) – and is an important piece of Star Trek history to know if you really want to get the most out of the new, alternative universe stories. But be forewarned: Even though this is the extended version the director didn’t get to show in theaters, the run time on this edition is only 3 minutes longer than the last. (That is 116 minutes as opposed to 113.)

Still, those how follow the Star Trek saga will certainly be excited about these new offerings. And it is likely little coincidence that they are releasing just in time for Father’s Day, too.

Other movies that we have reviewed in this franchise include Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: First Contact.

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: Insurrection

Something must be really wrong if the faithful Data feels a need to rebel.

Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact

Sometimes you need to break the rules to keep the universe intact.

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

The rebooted Star Trek crew embark on a third mission.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

A shadow falls across the universe when a powerful enemy arrises.

Star Trek

Star Trek

A change in the time continuum allows for a new story line for Kirk and Spock (now played by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto).

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

An old enemy comes back to haunt the newly appointed Admiral James T. Kirk.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis

One's worst enemy is usually one's self.