With Paramount entering the 4K UHD market, it only made sense to kick it off with some of their heavy hitter titles. Starting with the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, they’ve also released its sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness on 4K Blu-ray. Just like the first film, this one comes to life like never before thanks to the superb visuals and audio coupled with some nice special features that 4K viewers will want to warp to again and again.
Set not long after the events of the previous film, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is relieved of command of the Enterprise following a recent adventure that broke quite a few rules and regulations that Starfleet takes very seriously. Pike (Bruce Greenwood) who is now an admiral is set to replace him with Kirk serving as his first officer, leading to a reassignment for Spock (Zachary Quinto) to another starship. Just when things look like they couldn’t get any worse for our heroes, a lone figure attacks and destroys a Federation archive, severely crippling Starfleet. They learn the person responsible is a man named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus (Peter Weller) gives the order to hunt him down at all costs. This proves to be difficult as Harrison isn’t who or what they think he is, leading to a manhunt that will make or break the crew.
As he did with the first movie, J.J. Abrams hits all the marks in this sequel. Things are a little bit slower this time around, but it’s still a thrilling experience for fans of the franchise. This is especially evident in this 4K UHD release, which will make those who have seen it feel like they’re seeing it again for the first time. The super sharp details in both the visuals and audio are nothing short of perfection, making this well worth the tad expensive fee you’ll spend getting into the world of 4K. As with the Star Trek 4K release, there’s commentary on the film disc with the rest of the special features on a standard Blu-ray disc. Here you’ll find plenty of extras such as in depth, behind the scenes featurettes, a hilarious gag reel, some interesting deleted scenes and more.
Those with a 4K setup will want to add the Star Trek: Into Darkness 4K Blu-ray to their collection. A fun movie made even better with larger than life visuals and audio that place you right in the middle of the film, and there’s plenty of special features thrown in that will have any viewer ready to sign up for Starfleet.