The Star Trek DVD is out tomorrow, loaded up with goodies like William Shatner's deleted scenes and lots of in-depth interviews. Here's everything we learned about Star Trek from the DVD, plus the latest clips.
How To Paint Rachel Nichols Green, Watching A Director In Love With His Lens Flair Almost Makes Up For The Blinding Shots, And Leonard Nimoy Is A Class Act: A Behind The Scenes Feature
If you don't watch anything else, watch this. It's an amazing insight into how they made the movie, from J.J. acting like a fanboy over his lens-flare technique, to Leonard Nimoy getting choked up on his final day of filming.
Simon Pegg's Accent Was Kept In Check By The Scottish Police
Nero Is Really Just Misunderstood
Quinto Was Urged By Fans To Audition For The Role of Spock
The Klingons Were Kids
As we mentioned recently, in some of the long shots involving Klingons, they were replaced by child actors wearing replica Klingon guard costumes — and filmed at an angle that made their corridor sets look even larger and more impressive than they otherwise would have.
Filming The Drill Platform Looked Even Cooler Than In The Movie
Even Spock Can Lose His Cool
Quinto Helped Bring In Pine For Kirk
Victor Garber Is A Klingon
According to our old reporting, it seems like a scene merely meant to show some cool Klingons costume updates and tell us what the heck Nero was up to for all those missing years, as well as clue the audience into the passage of the 25 years before we get to see grown-up Kirk. But it does have Nero's most quotable line from the trailer: "The wait is over."
The Star Trek DVD and Blu-Ray is out tomorrow. And our final say on which is the superior purchase? Definitely the Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray version of Star Trek is leaps and bounds ahead of the DVD, packed with a tremendous amount of proprietary extras - essentially, it's the big brother of the two, with over three hours more footage.
The three-disc Blu-Ray version also includes a Starfleet Vessel Simulator which allows you to interactively explore the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan vessel Narada, with 360˚ views and awesome close-ups. For example, on both ships, you can actually fire their on-board weapons, getting a chance to see and hear them. Inside the Enterprise, you can take a brief tour of the bridge — although it does look to be the same views we got on Paramount's Star Trek page before the film, the detail on the Blu-Ray is simply outstanding enough to warrant another look.
The release itself could quite possibly be one of the best recent examples of this newfangled Blu-Ray technology becoming more than just a "better picture" DVD, as we've seen with so many releases before. And with its double digit additional "branching pods," this Blu-Ray is the only option for people who actually care about watching all the special features available - you know, true fans.
Here's is the Vessel Simulator we mentioned:
Additional reporting and writing by Caitlin Petrakovitz.