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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

A movie directed by Nicholas Meyer

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KHAN!!! "Star Trek II" Misses the Target on Blu-ray...

  • May 17, 2009
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I think everybody agrees that along with Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best of the now eleven Trek films.  However, it comes very short on the Blu-ray addition.  Unlike the rest of the films in this set, Khan is supposed to be fully restored in HD instead of remastered like the others, but what you get is a disc that looks like it belongs with your old DVD's.

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, we see Kirk going through what seems to be like a mid-life crisis.  However this becomes a secondary matter when his old nemesis, Khan, has escaped from his banishment on Ceti Alpha V and has to take the Enterprise to intercept him with a training crew aboard.  Having Khan be the best of the films, you would expect it to be treated as such when being remastered on Blu-ray, but from myself and from what I have been reading in other peoples reviews is that this is the worst of the restored films, comparing it to the Directors addition in the DVD set.  The picture is gritty and the sound is nowhere near up to par with how it sounded in The Motion Picture.  This doesn't make a whole lot of sense seeing as how all of these films have Dolby Digital 7.1 HD surround.  Sure, they did a good job taking away most of the scratches from the original films, but it still looks like DVD quality.  There are actually some scenes during the film that when they restored, it made some of the faces actually look blurry.

A few things save this "remastering" from being a disaster.  The first is that all of these discs are packed with some pretty cool special features and trivia.  Also, during the few scenes that truly do look restored, the film looks really good!  For the most part, the color also looks really good throughout the whole film which is a little redeeming.  Finally, this Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Blu-ray is saved by the fact that it is an awesome movie!  Not a whole lot can change that...

Obviously, The Wrath of Khan come in this seven disc Blu-ray set, so still watch it of you buy it, but don't look for it to be stunning.  Definitely check out the special features though.

Sound: 3

Video:  2

Story: 5

Overall: 4/5
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August 30, 2009
Here's an amusing story.  I'm not much of a Star Trek fan, but I did see this film and I liked it.  A lot.  I saw it a lot later than the big fanbase did.  

But anyway, my parents are debating about whether or not to get another dog, and if they do... what would his name be.  In my infinite wisdom (or nerdiness, you decide) I said, "You should name the dog Khan!  That way whenever he does something wrong you can scream: 'KHAN!'"  Sorry to say the dog's name won't be Khan.  But at least they got an amusing laugh out of it.
June 14, 2009
Does this movie have the original footage with Kirk's inspection and Scotty's nephew?
June 14, 2009
Yes it does
May 18, 2009
Nice review, I see you are becoming the resident blue-ray critic. :)  It'd be cool to hear some more thoughts on what you thought of the film.  Why do you think Khan is the best of the Star Trek films?  Keep up the good work! 
May 18, 2009
I don't necessarily think that Khan is the best film. I actually think that The Undiscovered Country is the best film :) I will talk about that more though when I get to that Blu-ray. :)
May 18, 2009
good to know, I look forward to a thorough review on the quality of the blue-ray release. :) Btw, I just watched The first Rocky on Blue-ray and while the film was awesome, the picture quality was not impressive.  Why do these studios not put real effort into remastering classic films???
May 17, 2009
thanks for reviewing this one. Great movie but I expected the Blu-Ray realease to be lackluster. It is expensive to remaster an old film but it can be done; Criterion has been pulling this shit off for years.
May 17, 2009
It's just funny because the Motion Picture looks stunning as do apparently the rest of the films. Oh well, who knows...
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Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
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review by . July 19, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Take a classic television series with a dedicated fanbase, insert one of its most popular villains and toss a major motion picture budget at it and what do you get: "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."     Perhaps the closest film in the "Star Trek" catalogue to the original televison series, "Khan" finds Kirk as the admiral in charge of assessing a green crew on routine training maneuvers. They happen to be aboard his old ship, the Enterprise, and the crew includes most of his …
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AlthoughStar Trek: The Motion Picturehad been a box-office hit, it was by no means a unanimous success withStar Trekfans, who responded much more favorably to the "classicTrek" scenario ofStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Inspired by the "Space Seed" episode of the original TV series, the film reunites newly promoted Admiral Kirk with his nemesis from the earlier episode--the genetically superior Khan (Ricardo Montalban)--who is now seeking revenge upon Kirk for having been imprisoned on a desolated planet. Their battle ensues over control of the Genesis device, a top-secret Starfleet project enabling entire planets to be transformed into life-supporting worlds, pioneered by the mother (Bibi Besch) of Kirk's estranged and now-adult son. While Mr. Spock mentors the young Vulcan Lt. Saavik (then-newcomer Kirstie Alley), Kirk must battle Khan to the bitter end, through a climactic starship chase and an unexpected crisis that will cost the life of Kirk's closest friend. This was the kind of character-basedTrekthat fans were waiting for, boosted by spectacular special effects, a great villain (thanks to Montalban's splendidly melodramatic performance), and a deft combination of humor, excitement, and wondrous imagination. Director Nicholas Meyer (who would play a substantial role in the success of futureTrekfeatures) handles the film as a combination ofMoby Dick, Shakespearean tragedy, World War II submarine thriller, and dazzling science fiction, ...
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Director: Nicholas Meyer
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 4 June 1982 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 113 min
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