The J.J. Abrams bold reboot of the Star Trek film franchise in 2009 continues to pay dividends with director Justin Lin’s third installment in new series, Star Trek Beyond.
The summer box office sweepstakes brought in a solid $157.6 million in ticket sales, and word arrived from Paramount Home Media this week that Nov. 1 will mark the arrival of a stand-alone DVD edition, a pair of Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (with and without a 3D viewing option — the premium is nine bucks) and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack . The ARR works out to a relatively quick-to-market 102 days.
Chris Pine as Captain James Tiberius Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock once again lead the new timeline crew of the USS Enterprise for this third installment, which saw Abrams turning over the directorial reins to Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6 — and three others in the series — Annapolis, Better Luck Tomorrow), and sadly Leonard Nimoy (as the connection to the previous timeline) and Anton Yelchin (as the new Pavel Chekov) left us prior to the film’s theatrical debut.
A new villain, Krall (Idris Elba — Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim, Prometheus), with a killer weapon that quickly dispatches the Enterprise (a spectacular film sequence) — and an even more deadly weapon waiting to be unleashed — plus the arrival of a new exotic alien character, Jaylah (played by Sofia Boutella — who stars in next summer’s The Mummy along side Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe), mark the storyline in Star Trek Beyond.
The film’s storyline feels like something of a throwback episode of one of the Star Trek television series episodes, with various cast members being isolated and having to survive in a hostile environment before reteaming to defeat Krall — of course against seemingly impossible odds. Which is, only fitting, since Star Trek Beyond marks the 50th anniversary of the original television series, which launched just after Labor Day in 1966.
All of the bonus goodies are reserved for the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release SKUs. These include deleted scenes, a gag reel and nine production featurettes — “Beyond the Darkness,” “Enterprise Takedown,” “Divided and Conquered,” “A Warped Sense of Revenge,” “Trekking in the Desert,” “Exploring Strange New Worlds,” “New Life, New Civilizations” “To Live Long and Prosper” and “For Leonard and Anton.”