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Blu-ray Review: Star Trek Beyond 3D

November 2, 2016

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

star-trek-beyond-3d-blu-rayThe third entry into the rebooted franchise, Star Trek Beyond finds Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of crew of the Enterprise stranded on an alien planet after their ship is ambushed by the villainous Krall (Idris Elba), leading them to team up with rebel warrior Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) for help.

With Fast and Furious director Justin Lin taking over the series from J.J. Abrams, who left to helm Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Trek Beyond is more concerned with delivering whiz-bang action sequences than story, and lacks the more thought out plotting of its predecessors.

But this more breezy approach works fine for what it sets out to do, and the film delivers a glossy and fairly entertaining ride that is elevated by solid interplay between the cast, and a screenplay co-written by Simon Pegg that works in some fun bits of humour.  Although admittedly not the most memorable entry into the franchise, Star Trek Beyond is still a decent blockbuster, and the Blu-ray’s 3D presentation is solid enough to warrant recommendation.

The Blu-ray includes two brief deleted scenes and a gag reel, as well as featurettes Beyond the Darkness, Enterprise Takedown, Divided and Conquered, A Warped Sense of Revenge, Trekking in the Desert, Exploring New Worlds, New Life, New Civilizations and To Live Long and Prosper, which explores the legacy of the series over the past fifty years.  There’s also the short piece For Leonard and Anton, which pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, who passed away before the film was released.

Star Trek Beyond is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release.  It’s 122 minutes and rated PG.

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