As we move through the weeks of summer we can expect to see at least one blockbuster announcement each week for the post-Labor Day release period. $100 million-plus box office monsters on the march from their multiplex venues to home entertainment (and beyond).
This week’s heavyweight comes knocking courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution … and that would be director J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, which has been given a Sept. 10 release date.
The ARR works out to 116 days and ticket sales this summer for this second installment in the Star Trek reboot currently stand at an impressive $223.1 million in the domestic market.
Paramount has a three-SKU product offering planned. There will be a stand-alone DVD edition and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs — one with a 3D presentation of the movie and one without (both feature UltraViolet).
The gamble of reinventing the original Star Trek series, with Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), by introducing an alternate timeline is now beginning to payoff. With fans knowing the “passion play” of the original Star Trek adventures (even if they were from the 1960s) it was all but impossible to get all that creative with a narrative that was already pre-set. But with the alternate timeline introduced by Nero, the time-bending Romulan from the 2009 reboot, that problem is neatly tucked away.
Indeed, after this installment Abrams — and those who follow — will be able to crank out three or four sequels that can boldly go where Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Star Trek crew have never been before. It’s just a question of how long Pine and Quinto want to play the roles. Fans have accepted them … just look at the numbers!
What was also nice about Star Trek Into Darkness is that Abrams — with a screenplay that featured input from Roberto Orci (Mission: Impossible III, the Alias television series) and Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys and Aliens, Transformers), who collaborated on the Star Trek reboot, plus Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, the Lost television series) — was able to work the legendary superhuman Khan (aka: Khan Noonien Singh as portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original TV series and in the 1982 feature film release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) into the new timeline.
Although quite different in appearance and mannerism, the new Khan (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) was still a nice touch for what is clearly a transition film. With the new characters firmly established, future screenwriters will have free reign to add, subtract (crew members) and prepare new challenges for the crew of the Enterprise.
As to bonus goodies, all seven production featurettes are exclusive to the Blu-ray SKUs. These are: “Creating the Red Planet,” “Attack on Starfleet,” “The Klingon Home World,” “The Enemy of My Enemy,” “Ship to Ship,” “Brawl by the Bay” and “Continuing the Mission.”
In other release news this week from Paramount Home Media Distribution, scheduling for TV-on-DVD product offerings has now moved into the month of October.
Oct. 1 will see the four-disc debut of the Ashley Rickards’ teen angst comedy series, Awkward: Seasons 1 & 2. Also on the same first Tuesday in October release date look for the six disc launch of the revamped Beauty and the Beast: The First Season (all 22 episodes) starring Jay Ryan as Vincent and Kristin Kreuk as Catherine.
The following week, Oct. 8, Paramount has the five-disc DVD release of 90210: The Complete Fifth Season planned.
On the kidvid front, Oct. 1 marks the arrival of double-disc/12-adventure DVD release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown.
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