I was a big fan of the 2009 Star Trek reboot that director J.J. Abrams helmed with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that breathed new life into a franchise that had seemed to reach its limit. Now with Paramount Pictures entering the 4K UHD game, what better film to start with than this new classic with the Star Trek 4K Blu-ray. Featuring even better visuals and audio with a cool set of extras, fans and those looking for something fun to watch in 4K will want to warp in on this disc.
After losing his parents at a young age, James Kirk (Chris Pine) had grown into a trouble making daredevil that has reached a crossroad in his life. An old friend of the family, Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) suggests he enroll in the Starfleet Academy and finally make something of his life. It’s not long before he meets his future friends, Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), the lovely communications officer Uhura (Zoë Saldana), and the logical Vulcan named Spock (Zachary Quinto) as they make their way through the academy and onto the best starship in the fleet, the U.S.S. Enterprise. Throw in the villainous Nero (Eric Bana) and even an appearance by the original Spock played by Leonard Nimoy, and the stage is set for an awesome adventure.
I haven’t seen this film since it was released on Blu-ray some years back, so it was well worth watching it again in 4K. Needless to say, the visuals and audio are perfection, as the Ultra High Definition (or UHD) picks up every tiny detail of the movie as though you’re looking through a window watching the cast on set. This also serves to make the special effects look even better than ever, and thanks to the improved audio, they sound better as well. While it can be pretty expensive to get into the 4K market at the moment, I can definitely see (and hear) this becoming the new norm as time goes by and it becomes more affordable to experience movies and eventually more TV shows this way. This is something any entertainment buff will want, as once you’ve seen something in 4K, it’s hard to go back to anything else, even great looking 1080p HD.
There’s also some special features included on a separate standard Blu-ray disc, but the 4K disc does include audio commentary with director J.J. Abrams, producers Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof, and writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The extras on the other disc feature things such as behind the scenes featurettes on making the costumes, assembling the cast, and such. There’s also some other fun extras like deleted scenes and my personal favorite, the gag reel that shows a lot of funny things that happened on the set between takes.
Those who have a 4K setup and are looking for something to watch can’t go wrong with the Star Trek 4K Blu-ray. This new classic looks and sounds even more amazing this time around and includes a healthy amount of extras that is sure to warp any who watch to the awesome universe that is 4K.