Dec 4th 2013 By George Wales
Yesterday we reported that J.J. Abrams had suggested that the reveal of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness had been a mistake, with the director suggesting they should have come clean about Khan from the get-go.
However, Cumberbatch himself has moved to defend the tactic, making the point that for those who hadn’t been following the film’s every development on the internet, the reveal had the desired effect.
“What a dickhead,” chuckled Cumberbatch when informed of Abrams’ comments by IGN. “The amount of times we had to lie for him… the amount of times I had to talk about it not being my character!
“No, I love him,” continues the star, “but I don’t know if it was a bad or a good thing… the intention was to have a reveal in the audience that was going to be thrilling. That worked to an extent.
“Not everybody knew what they were in for when they went into the theatre… for those people it was a good thing… There was a verbal and physical reaction to it [in theatres I saw it in], so it kind of works.”
It all seems like a bit of a storm in a teacup to us, and while there’s an argument that it was a twist for the sake of a twist, we were just happy to see Khan back in business. Put us down as Team Cumberbatch on this one…
Dec 3rd 2013 By George Wales
J.J. Abrams has been discussing Star Trek Into Darkness, and has revealed that in retrospect, he would rather have been up front about the identity of his villain (spoilers ahead).
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch’s “John Harrison” was revealed to be none other than classic villain, Khan, a development that Abrams would rather have made clear from the get go…
“The truth is, I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, ‘This is who it is,’” says Abrams. “It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimatise and accept that’s what the thing was.
“It was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you’ve really got to know what Star Trek is about to see this movie. That would have been limiting.
“I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.”
Meanwhile, Abrams was also asked about Joe Cornish as a potential director for the third film, a notion he seems genuinely excited by.
“My guess is that’s up in the air,” says Abrams. “I adore him and love him and can’t wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be Star Trek. Whatever it is, he’s brilliant. Attack the Block was one of my favourite movies of the year when it came out.” We shall see…
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'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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