'Star Trek Into Darkness' Blu-Ray Punishes The Fans
Scott Mendelson, Contributor
How much does it cost to acquire the “complete” Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray and how much effort does it take to enjoy it? That would normally seem like an odd question, but Paramount’s inexplicable release strategy has left Trekkies and general blu-ray completists scratching their heads in confusion and frustration. You see, unlike most blu-ray releases, where the studio puts the respective bonus features either on the disc that every consumer can buy from every outlet, Paramount has done something… a little silly. They have spread out the available special features into several different retail outlets. So basically, if you want the “complete” American Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray, you have to buy it twice. Oh, and you can’t even enjoy some of those features on your television.
Star Trek is the kind of franchise for which the fans will crave the most complete versions of the newest incarnation and will still devour any and all supplements offered. What Paramount has inexplicably done here is basically punish the fans both for their love of Star Trek and the general consumers who still prefer the physical media that everyone tries to claims is dead. As a combined package, with nearly two hours of documentary footage, the full domestic trailer set, and a video-based commentary, the Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray is a relatively solid package. Coupled with a superb audio/visual presentation of the main feature, it is lacking only deleted scenes and/or various bells-and-whistles (like a gag reel) to round it out. It’s just a darn shame that Paramount has made it so difficult, both in terms of expense and convenience, for fans and general consumers to actually enjoy the package they have created for us.
Sorce: Forbes (thanks to ufgator1977 for the link)
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How the Battle Over ‘Star Trek’ Rights Killed J.J. Abrams’ Grand Ambitions
The franchise's licensing and merchandising rights are split between CBS and Paramount which created headaches for the multihyphenate's production company Bad Robot
A struggle over the U.S.S. Enterprise's past and future helped sour J.J. Abrams on the "Star Trek" franchise and may have contributed to his decision to take on the "Star Wars" universe.
Competing ambitions between Paramount, CBS and Abrams' production company Bad Robot over merchandising surrounding the first film in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise led the director to curtail plans to turn the series into a multi-platform experience that spanned television, digital entertainment and comic books, according to an individual with knowledge of the dispute.
"J.J. just threw up his hands," the individual told TheWrap. "The message was, 'Why set up all this when we'll just be competing against ourselves?' The studio wanted to please Bad Robot, but it was allowing CBS to say yay or nay when it came to what was happening with the 'Star Trek' products."
"Star Trek Into Darkness" arrives in U.S. multiplexes Thursday with tie-ins ranging from Bing to Hasbro. It is expected to gross more than $100 million at the domestic box office over the extended weekend.
Yet this marketing assault pales compared to the one that Abrams (above) and Bad Robot once envisioned for "Star Trek" and now plan to construct around the new "Star Wars" films.( Read more...Collapse )
Source: The Wrap (heads-up by angelbase)
This is very interesting. Beside the lousy marketing (which can be a matter or opinion... or maybe not), I was really surprised by the lack of merchandise. Two months ago I headed over to a local ToysRUs, they didn't have anything, so I actually had to google for it, only to read in some forum that there would be NO merchandise for Star Trek Into Darkness. Not only was I very, very surprised (I really wanted a John Harrison doll... for reasons), it also sort of rang of a future now announced. Thoughts? Did you look for STID merchadise?
In the months leading up to the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, we got a lot of "Is he or isn't he?" teases as to whether Benedict Cumberbatch's character would be Khan Noonian Singh. Screenwriter Roberto Orci reveals in a new interview that, even during the scripting phase, there was a lot of debate about whether J.J. Abram's second Trek movie would include Khan.
The good folks at the Mission Log Podcast recently interviewed Orci about the Star Trek Into Darkness villain, and the full interview will be online on September 16th. But 1701 News got a sneak listen to the interview and has shared a few of the details.
Orci talks about how he and the rest of the STID writing team had Khan in mind from the beginning, and even contemplated a Heart of Darkness-style story, with the crew of the Enterprise seeking out a Kurtzian Khan. It wasn't until after they tried to come up with non-Khan stories that they developed the idea of a man who had been manipulated by Starfleet and ended up becoming a terrorist. That man, they ultimately decided, was Khan.
But Orci makes this rather odd statement about the role of the Kirk-Khan relationship in the Star Trek universe:
"You can't do Batman without The Joker," he said. "We knew it would be tricky, and we knew it would lead to a vocal outcry by some fans. But, you know, you have to make tough decisions, when you do something like this."
Well, Khan is an iconic villain much like the Joker, but I would hardly describe a fellow who showed up twice in the span of 79 episodes and six films with the original Star Trek cast as the Joker to Kirk's Batman. (Although now I keep picturing William Shatner in a cape and cowl.) But this may help explain the overeagerness to wedge as many Wrath of Khan references into the film as possible.
We'll have to listen to the full interview next week, but in the meantime, head over to 1701 News for more on Khan and Orci's not-terribly-convincing defense of Alice Eve's underwear shot.
Lol They just got lazy when they couldn't think up of a good villian. Saying Khan was Kirk's "Joker" is like saying Uhura wasn't a POC & got in the series by accident.
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Filmmaker will continue with the franchise as a producer
Forty-seven years! Wow. An awful lot of the people alive today have never lived in a world that DOESN'T have Star Trek in it. Even people who've never seen the show say, "Beam me up, Scotty" or recognize Mr. Spock if they see him spoofed in another show.
I hope you'll watch your favorite episode of the original series today. And if you don't have a favorite episode -- or if you've somehow never seen the show -- then I recommend "The Devil in the Dark." (The link will take you to a video of the episode, so you can watch the whole thing online if you want; you don't need to buy a DVD or wait for it to be shown on TV.)
He engaged with fans in the TrekMovie comments section like he often does, but got pretty frustrated. He resorted telling one to fuck off, and the author of the article that there's a reason he (Orci) gets to write movies and he doesn't.
So what do people think? Has the power gone to his (their?) heads? Which is interesting, because I saw something a few days ago that said that said that in terms of screentime, they've only contributed just under half a percent to the entire franchise.
'Star Trek Into Darkness' writer: If you don't like it, pitch a better movie/
Tumblr screencaps of Orci's TrekMovie comments
I think I was the only person in the cinema who didn't have the film spoiled going in. I was like a flood coming out. And nice to know that we have a claim to Tom Hardy when he was known as 'Worst Star Trek Movie Villain Ever' before he became 'Most Respected British Actor Of His Generation'. XD The space battle at the end is pretty awesome too. But I'll make your ears bleed moaning about how set bound the whole thing feels. That Alaska Wedding Set at the start is... Gah, it's horribly cheap looking.
Anywho, hit the link to read the film review, and to enlarge the poster. It's a beauty!
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Previously on ontd_startrek:
Really cool artwork posters for films I to VI, XI and STID
'Star Trek: Generations' poster by Matt Ferguson
'Star Trek: First Contact' poster by Matt Ferguson
'Star Trek: Insurrection' poster by Matt Ferguson