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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (Blu-ray)

Death is not the end

Disc Specs

Starring William ShatnerLeonard NimoyDeforest KellyJames DoohanGeorge TakeiWalter KoenigNichelle Nichols Disc Cover
Directed By Leonard Nimoy Certificate PG
Audio Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Visuals 2.35:1 Widescreen
Running Time 105 mins
UK Release Date May 11, 2009
Genre Sci-fi
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Picking up directly after the events in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn, The Search For Spock sees the crewmembers of the Enterprise returning to port, only to discover that the ship is to be decommissioned. While stationed at port, Dr. McCoy begins acting strangely, and it transpires that he may in fact be carrying Spock’s living essence, which prompts Kirk to hijack his old ship and return to the planet where he thought he’d laid his friend to rest.

Agreeing to reprise the role of Spock in return for directing duties, The Search For Spock marks a competent if unspectacular directorial debut from Leonard Nimoy, though the script was never the strongest among the series, and for the most part, both the cast and plot simply go through the motions.

The effects are looking a tad dated, especially during some of the bigger special effects scenes, such as when the Enterprise returns back to the space port at the beginning of the film. Generally though, this Blu-ray spruces up the visuals considerably, involving a noticeable clean-up process where much of the dirt from previous prints has been digitally removed to impressive effect. Some interior scenes within the ship look remarkably clean and sharp, while the more action-orientated moments enjoy some effective surround sound treatment.

Numerous special features make their debut on this Blu-ray, including an audio commentary from Star Trek: The Next Generation writer/producer Ronald D. Moore, and Star Trek: Voyager and DS9 writer, Michael Taylor. While they have no direct connection with the film, they are clearly fans of the series, and provide an entertaining chat throughout.

Additional Blu-ray exclusive extras include three short featurettes (including the mock (and rather naff) Starfleet briefing which appears on each release), plus an interactive Library Computer feature and the BD-Live Star Trek I.Q test.

Overall Verdict: Not the strongest Star Trek entry, but the disc is a vast improvement on the previously released DVD.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary With Director/Actor Leonard Nimoy, Writer/Producer Harve Bennett, Director Of Photography Charles Correll And Actor Robin Curtis
Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer Ronald D. Moore And Producer/Writer Michael Taylor
‘Library Computer’ Interactive Feature
‘Captain’s Log’ Featurette
‘Terraforming And The Prime Directive’ Featurette
‘The Visual Effects Of Star Trek’ Featurette
‘Spock: The Early Years’ Featurette
‘Space Docks And Birds Of Prey’ Featurette
‘Speaking Klingon’ Featurette
‘Klingon And Vulcan Costumes’ Featurette
‘Star Trek And The Science Fiction Museum And Hall Of Fame’ Featurette
‘Mystery Behind The Vulcan Katra Transfer’ Featurette
Trailer
BD-Live

Reviewer: Lee Griffiths

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