Major “Star Trek” Blockbusters are here in 4K UHD Blu-ray with HDR

by on June 15, 2016

Stephan Jukic – June 15, 2016

Right in time for the 50th anniversary of the year in which the immensely successful and popular “Star Trek” franchise kicked off with its first episode, Paramount Studios has now released the two most recent movies in the franchise and is also releasing one of the most cherished of the older Star Trek movie titles, “The Wrath of Khan”, from 1982.

The two newer titles are of course “Star Trek: Into Darkness” from 2013 and the first of the rebooted 21st century titles, “Star Trek” from the 2009. The two modern franchise movies are coming out in 4K UHD Blu-ray disc format and will not only offer native 4K UHD resolution with full content remastering but will also include full high dynamic range formatting, as is the case for nearly all 4K Blu-ray releases to-date. The 1982 “Wrath of Khan” titles will emerge as an HD Blu-ray release. Thus, owners of a new 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player and 4K HDR TV can enjoy the two 21st century Star Trek films in their best ever format (better even than on the big screen according to some reviews of 4K Blu-ray) and can also take advantage of a chance to view a remastered HD version of “The Wrath of Khan” like they’ve never before seen it, upscaled to 4K on a TV with superb sharpness and dynamic range.


There will also be plenty of bonus material accompanying all three film titles with the 2009 “Star Trek” alone going on sale with more than 3 hours of behind-the-scenes and other special extra content being included in its 4K BD disc release. “Star Trek: Into Darkness” will come with an IMAX version of the movie and will also feature a further 2 hours of bonus content. One particularly neat special content feature for the 2013 Star Trek title, “Into Darkness” will be commentary from the original Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, discussing the legacy and role of the franchise in popular culture and science fiction. Nimoy, as many fans and non-fans of the Star Trek Franchise know by now, died in 2015 and had a cameo appearance as an alternate-universe Spock in both the 2009 and 2013 Star Trek films.


The 1982 “Wrath of Khan” original Star Trek 4K Blu-ray release is also loaded with extra material which consists of a director’s cut version, a theatrical cut, 2 hours of never-before-released bonus material and a 30 minute documentary about the production of this classic title from the long-running franchise.

We’d also like to note that the latest movie in the series, “Star Trek: Beyond” is hitting theaters on July 22 of 2016, just over a month from today and we can definitely expect a 4K HDR Blu-ray copy for that title later in the year, for those of you who already own a 4K Blu-ray disc player that is.

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