Star Trek (Blu-ray) Nov 17 -- Freakin' amazing!

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Star Trek (Blu-ray) Nov 17 -- Freakin' amazing!

Postby Michael Stailey » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:00 pm

Got a chance to sample the STAR TREK (Blu-ray) today during a Paramount press event in Santa Monica. This release could easily be the biggest hit of the home entertainment holiday season. There is not one single standard def element to the set, and half of the bonus materials will not be available on DVD.

We were able to watch two deleted scenes which have the Klingons -- yes I said Klingons -- capturing the Narada and interrogating Nero's crew on Rura Penthe. Helmeted (revealing the familiar post-TOS cranial ridgeline) and draped in long, high collared leather coats, they seemed reminiscent of a Nazi SS squad. Sure, it's a tease to their true appearance, but very effective nonetheless.

I don't usually get worked up for releases, but this one had us all feeling like eight year olds with the new Christmas toy catalog.

Here are the specs:

Blu-ray
The STAR TREK three-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Special features are as follows:
Disc 1:
• Commentary—By director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk.
• NASA News— This BD-Live feature gives viewers access to the latest NASA news about real space exploration. Learn about new mission developments and check out featured imagery from around the universe.

Disc 2:
• To Boldly Go—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
• The Shatner Conundrum
• Red Shirt Guy
• The Green Girl
• Trekker Alert!
• Casting—See description above.
• A New Vision—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
• Savage Pressure
• Starships—Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss were careful to pay tribute to the design of the original Enterprise, but they also wanted to make it futuristic and cool for a modern audience. This chapter focuses on the unique stories behind the creation of the film’s starships.
o Branching Pods:
• Warp Explained
• Paint Job
• Bridge Construction Accelerated
• The Captain’s Chair
• Button Acting 101
• Shuttle Shuffle
• Narada Construction Accelerated
• Aliens—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
• The Alien Paradox
• Big-Eyed Girl
• Big Bro Quinto
• Klingons
• Drakoulias Anatomy 101
• Planets— From the frozen landscape of Delta Vega to the desert plains of Vulcan, Scott Chambliss and the art department had a number of radically different planets to create. Abrams’ desire to shoot on real locations whenever possible led the production team to a number of strange and surprising locations.
o Branching Pods:
• Extra Business
• Confidentiality
• Props and Costumes— Property master Russell Bobbitt had the unique challenge of designing props that were both true to the original series and pertinent to today’s technology. Likewise, costume designer Michael Kaplan talks about how he designed costumes that paid homage to what came before yet were relevant and timeless.
o Branching Pods:
• Klingon Wardrobe
• Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek— When famed sound designer Ben Burtt was hired to create sounds for the first Star Wars film, he took his inspiration from the original “Star Trek” series. Burtt jumped at the opportunity to pay tribute to the sounds that sparked his career with the sounds he created for the new Star Trek.
• Score—See description above.
• Gene Roddenberry’s Vision— J.J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy, previous Star Trek writers and producers, and scientific consultant Carolyn Porco describe and commend the optimistic and enduring vision of Gene Roddenberry.
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary—See details above.
• Starfleet Vessel Simulator—Explore extensive data on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan ship, the Narada. Submerse yourself in breathtaking 360° views and close-ups and review detailed tech information.
• Gag Reel—See description above.

Disc 3:
• Digital Copy
• STAR TREK® D-A-C Free Trial Game for XBOX 360®
• Weblink to the STAR TREK® D-A-C Free Trial Game for PC
• Weblink to the STAR TREK® D-A-C Free Trial Game for PlayStation® Network
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