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I told them they were going to have to spray for those things, now they’re everywhere…
So to promote season 2 of the original Star Trek on BluRay, Paramount is looking for pictures of people with their Tribbles. There’s no way this ends well… the best case scenario is that somebody’s going to grab a few hundred and do this:
If there was ever a video that summed up everything we cover at ComicMix– politics, Star Trek, probing questions, PC vs. Mac, and of course comics and geek culture– this video might be it. It’s John Hodgman’s headlining speech at the 2009 Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner.
IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the
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It is most logical for Paramount Home Video to be flooding the shelves with product capitalizing on the release of [[[Star Trek]]]. We’ve been treated to the various Best Of sets, the first season of the original series and now the first six feature films all making their Blu-ray debut. The first question is always, why should I upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray? In the case of the television, there was little doubt. Here, with the films, the answer is less clear cut.
The sextet of films featuring the original crew of the [[[U.S.S. Enterprise]]] was, at best, an uneven affair. It all began when Paramount floundered throughout the 1970s, unsure of how best to capitalize on the growing fan base for the canceled series. It made sense to launch a fourth television network with a revived Star Trek but when that was derailed, it took a while for them to figure out what to do next. George Lucas and [[[Star Wars]]] changed all that. Unfortunately, the corporate handwringing over the next two years meant we were presented with a turgid film that may have featured the cast but lacked the feel of Gene Roddenberry’s series.
The Motion Picture’s costumes were monochromatic bores, much like the performances wrought by director Robert Wise, and the crew were never really given much a chance to show that they still liked one another. Instead, we’re given some new faces to dilute the story and the conflict between the Enterprises new captain, Stephen Collins, and his predecessor, William Shatner, is never fully developed. Nor is the story about Spock and his search for something beyond pure logic. Instead, we’re left gazing at some kinda nice visuals as V’ger comes to menace Earth. It’s slow, ponderous and more than a bit of a mess. For $44 million, Paramount expected something more satisfying and profitable.
Turning the franchise back to the television division and asking for a fresh start with a quarter of the budget was perhaps the most inspired move. Veteran Harve Bennett was given the show to run and did so by combining with director Nicholas Meyer to give us the single best feature of them all. Why? Because it had everything from nifty one-liners from the crew, a philosophical debate over a truly important matter, a memorable villain and a good guest cast. Killing Spock to accommodate Nimoy also meant the status quo could change which was a good sign.
The next two films, though, suddenly turned the solid [[[Wrath of Khan]]] into the beginning of a trilogy that really doesn’t hang together. [[[The Search for Spock]]]was crafted to allow Leonard Nimoy back on board but did so without
giving us anything but the most stock of Klingon villains. The
philosophical and moral debates from the previous film are gone and
Kirk watches the son he just met die for no obvious reason. Robin
Curtis, replacing Kirstie Alley as Saavik, wasn’t given enough to show
she could be as interesting a character. Nimoy also made a nice debut
as a director although the film felt claustrophobic and shot entirely
on sets which didn’t help.
[[[The Voyage Home]]] wisely changed the tempo and look. Nimoy
grows as a director and the humor is all character-based which is
terrific. The fish out of water theme nicely works as does the
ecological message. A fine way to bring everyone home and reset the
Of course, Shatner has to be given a shot at directing but his
ham-fisted story development and desire to search for god without
really exploring how everyone views the deity is a notion that arrives
stillborn. Shoehorning Sybok into the Spock family tree doesn’t help
matters nor does the lackluster performances by the guest cast. And the
humor here is more slapstick than necessary and the supporting cast is
As a result, Meyer was brought back for what everyone acknowledged would be the final original cast film, [[[The Undiscovered Country]]].
Given an opportunity to go out with a bang, the story is strong but the
execution isn’t quite as sharp as it should be. Overall, it was a
pretty fine way to go out, leaving us wanting more.
Today, we get that in the case of the DVDs with hours upon hours of
extras. Most noteworthy among them is the extra disc with a roundtable
discussion between Shatner, Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and
moderator Whoopi Goldberg. Here’s a preview:
Each disc comes with its own set of extras, many of which are
already included on the DVD versions. New commentaries and featurettes
freshen each film’s experience. I can quibble that Blu-ray should have
allowed Paramount to include both the original Motion Picture
and the more-recently released director’s cut. The discs collect the
High-Def features plus the special two-disc DVD features, so all
together, you get 2.5 hours or so per film of goodies. New commentaries
are added with the previously released comments which could enhance
your enjoyment of the films, although little will improve [[[The Final Frontier]]]. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, from the new film, provide some fun commentary on [[[The Voyage Home]]].
Each disc has a link to BD Live with additional features such as quizzes.
Of the six films, only the best, The Wrath of Khan was given
a complete restoration. The rest look better merely because they’re
being watched on Blu-ray. All six, though, sound better than thanks to
Dolby TrueHD 7.1. Dialogue, sound effects and score all sound vastly
While not as good as the original series season one on Blu-ray, it’s
the best these films will look. While the Human Adventure may only be
beginning, the revamping and reworking of the films may well be a work
in progress so either get them now or wait until some undetermined
future date when remastered versions may arrive. The consensus seems to
be that the lack of a director’s cut or slightly modified edits of the
other films may well mean a new and improved set is in Paramount’s
This is the week where the Final Fate of many TV shows is dealt out – and there’s actually good news – in fact a LOT of it! Plus something green is singing and dancing on Broadway, and it isn’t Shreck and STAR TREK blasts forward for another big BO weekend.
Chris Hemsworth, a virtual unknown to American audiences, had just been approved to play the lead role in Thor
by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the film’s director Kenneth
Branagh. Hemsworth can currently be seen as “George Kirk” in J.J.
Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and also just snagged the lead in Red Dawn for United Artists last Thursday. (He’s currently filming Joss Whedon’s horror flick Cabin In The Woods
for UA, and I heard the studio was so hot on him that’s why it cast
Hemsworth in the action pic.) The 25-year-old hunk played “Kim Hyde” on
171 episodes of Home and Away, the successful Oz TV series where Heath Ledger started. Marvel Studios has scheduled Thor
for a May 20, 2011, release. The way Chris Hemsworth got the part of
Thor is one of those great Hollywood stories that happens only once in
a blue moon.
[ROAR Management partner William Ward] had
found Chris during one of the manager’s many scouting trips to
Australia. Ward brought him to Los Angeles and really put him out there
to casting directors and production executives. As for the major
agencies, I hear CAA passed on the meeting, Endeavor took it but passed
on repping him, and ICM was interested but dragged their feet. But
Ilene Feldman understood his appeal immediately.
had read for the part of Thor but wasn’t given a test because a casting
director had nixed him early on. I’m told Chris’ younger brother Liam
(who’s also a ROAR client) then tested for the role of Thor, but Marvel
Studios President Kevin Feige passed. Then, after a conversation with
Ward (“You’ve got to reconsider Chris, he’s your guy”), Feige decided
to let Chris read again. And once Marvel put him on tape, it was “Oh my
god”. Branagh came to town last week and saw the Chris test and made
the final casting decision today.
What a week for Chris since, on Thursday, UA picked him as the Red Dawn
lead. Brother Liam, who’s only been in Los Angeles for 3 weeks and
doesn’t even have an agent yet, just got cast the male lead in Last Song
opposite Miley Cyrus in the Disney film based on the Nicholas Sparks
novel. Both brothers live in William Ward’s guest house. Unreal!
I thought he was great as George Kirk in Star Trek— short scene, but very powerful.
The new Star Trek movie has been blowing people away, providing an introduction for new fans and an alternate time line that allows for even old fans to be surprised.
Every article and review has mentioned how time travel is being used to explain/justify this reboot, this new take on things where old rules are broken or, at least, revised. And yet, it is clear that the writers involved have an affection for what came before, making many references to the canon old school fans know and love.
Thus, we have put together this list of references and nods to other Trek stories. BE WARNED, SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW. If you have not yet seen the new Star Trek film, DO NOT continue reading so you can fully enjoy the story later for yourself.
And while, we’re on the subject of Star Trek, for anyone interested: Today, May 12 at the Paley Center in New York (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), I will be part of a panel that is meeting to discuss how different leaders in sci-fi drama compare to James T. Kirk. There will be a discussion with the audience and trivia questions as well, so feel free to attend. The panel begins at 6:30, but if you come at 5 pm, there will be a big-screen viewing of the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage” featuring Captain Pike and a younger Spock. More information can be found at this link.
The STAR TREK crew warps into the record books with a Big Box Office, but what do all these numbers mean anyway? We break them down for you plus Showing Soon on Facebook, it’s WATCHMEN. Then there’s GUITAR HERO the TV series and that man on the right – merely the most powerful man in America – no joke!