|Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
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- You know what this is.
III isn't my personal favorite Star Trek, but obviously it is a must have for any Trek Fan. Finally they come out with the special editions. Dvd quality and extras are good but not great. Best there is though and certainly worth the price....more info
- Worthy follow up to Khan
Trek fans everywhere were stunned by the death of Spock in "The Wrath of Khan", where at the end of the film his coffin is shot from the Enterprise to the newly forming planet Genesis.
The Enterprise limps back to Earth for decomissioning with her crew nursing the wounds from their prior campaign and still dealing with the grief of their loss. Before long, McCoy is going out of his mind (courtesy of a Spock mind-meld), and after a conversation with Sarek, Kirk realizes his error in leaving his departed friend behind. Before you can say "violation of starfleet regulations", Kirk and his loyal crew have stolen the Enterprise and are racing back to Genesis in search of their departed crewman. Add to the mix Christopher Lloyd as a Klingon captain out to steal the Genesis weapon, and you've got the makings of a solid Trek movie, and definitely the strongest of the 'odd' numbered films. (always hailed as the worst)
Also of note is that this is also Leonard Nimoy's first effort at directing a movie, and he really does a pretty good job considering he was on a tight budget. The effects weren't the best, but the acting is pretty decent, and it's a worthy effort to fill in the plot gaps between ST's II and IV.... after all, you can't have Star Trek without Spock, and they rewrote him into the series in as non-cheesy a manner as possible....more info
- The Rejuvenation of Spock.
Leonard Nimoy directs.
**This film will change to normal color and size during the funeral scene**
When we left Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition), Khan was destroyed and Spock died because of the radiation he endured. His body was sent to Alpha 5, which is now Genesis.
All of the Enterprise crew returns and also Grace Lee Whitney, Mark Lenard as "Sarek" and Merritt Butrick as "David".
The Enterprise is in deep mourning over the death of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) especially Kirk (William Shatner). Security has warned Kirk the security seal on Spock's living quarters door has been broken. As Kirk inspects the darkness, he hears a familar voice. He finds McCoy (DeForest kelley) in a different state of mind. Admiral Morrow (Robert Hooks) had told Scotty (James Doohan) he will be tranferred to another ship. There will be no re-fitting of the Enterprise. It is 20 years old. Meanwhile, Klingon Krudge (Christopher Lloyd) has just seen the videotape of the Genesis project. Starship USS Grissom which contains David marcus (Merritt Butrick) and Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis), have discovered a reading that Spocks's photon tube, his coffin, is registering as a lifeforce. Admiral Sarek (Mark Lenard) is furious with Kirk for not sending Spock's body back to Vulcan. However, Sarek decides to mindmeld with Kirk. They discover that Spock had mindmelded with McCoy before his death.
Spoiler: As David and Saavik explore Gensis, they find Spock's coffin empty with only his robe. No body. After some more exploring, they hear a cry. It is a naked Vulcan child (Carl Steven). It is Spock! As Spock's living body is accelerated and the sun sets on Genesis, Spock is now 13 years old (Vadia Potenza). As Spock goes through puberty, "pon farr", the burning of his Vulcan blood, Genesis is also changing rapidly close to its own destruction. Later that evening, as a storm is brewing, Spock has become 17 (Stephen Manley).
The Klingons capture Saavik, David and Spock (Joe W. Davis) who is now 25. He is growing painfully fast. Saavik gets the opportunity to tell Kirk, via communicator, that Spock is alive.
Can the Enterprise get to Genesis soon to retrieve Spock, Saavik and David, or will the Klingons and Genesis kill them?
Also in the cast: Phil Morris, James B. Sikking, Phillip Richard Allen, Mario Marcelino, Scott McGinnis, Miguel Ferrer, John Larroquette, Allan Miller, Conroy Gedeon.
Dame Judith Anderson makes a very special appearance as the Vulcan High Priestess.
The Tribbles also make a cameo appearance.
DVD includes option to hear audio commentary with Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett,Robin Curtis. The text commentary will display interesting tid-bits of onformation about a scene in the subtitle box. You can not play subtitles and text commentary at the same time.
Disc 2 contains Special Features.
The Next voyage: Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986).
Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989).
Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Star Trek: Generations (1994).
The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94) took over the movie franchise.
Star trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The original Star trek cast (1966-69) was explored again in:
STAR TREK (2009)
Update: In the next STAR TREK (2011), J.J. Abrams mentioned they could have the character of "Khan" and William Shatner return.
- Spock Lives Long & Prosper!!!
After Spock dies from radiation and dropped on the Genesis planet, he is slowly reborn! Kirk and the crew are forced to go rogue, and steal the Enterprise in order to go save him. They must deal with greedy Klingons who want to control Genesis. This isn't one of the best sequels, but it's pretty good! If you are a Trekkie, you'll love STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK!!!...more info
- In Search Of...Spock
I have to admit that Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut left me a bit impressed. Especially when he handled the stealing of the 'Enterprise' scene in a very exciting, capable, and funny way. However, as soon as Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and company embarks on a voyage towards the Genesis planet to look for Spock's body, the movie starts losing its pace. Although, there is a moment of excitement when our heroes confront a Klingon Bird Of Prey, concluding with the destruction of the 'Enterprise' -a moment that I consider the saddest after Spock's death at the end of "Star Trek II-The Wrath Of Khan".
"Star Trek III-The Search For Spock" is a fine film, as well as an OK debut of Nimoy as a director, but I think this movie should have needed a bit more energy. But then, this collector's edition has a very interesting number of documentaries -the one about the visual effects is my favorite -that makes this movie a nice pick to any DVD collection....more info
- Nice, but unnecessary
When Spock died, at the end of Star Trek II, did anyone REALLY expect him to stay that way? Probably not - although the movie was intended to be his swan song. Think about it - Kirstie Alley was added as the Vulcan Lt. Saavik ( to fill the missing Vulcan need), and Kirk's son David Marcus, a scientist, was introduced to take over Spock's science role (and it makes sense - you really would need two people, if not more, to take the place of such a major character like Spock. I liken it to the late Eighties, when Lindsay Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac and was replaced by two guitarists. Notice you haven't seen any calls for that version of the Mac to reunite and tour. Replacing Spock would probably have gone over about as well.) This all happened because Nimoy was pretty unhappy with the whole Star Trek - The Motion Picture experience. He was lured back so that he could finally put his character to rest with a spectacular death scene. Only. . .he had a great time making the movie. A few shots were added to "keep the door open", as it were, just in case a deal was finalized. And sure enough, it was - with Nimoy agreeing to come back if he could direct the next movie. And here you have . . . Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (TSFS).
How I feel about TSFS depends on how I choose to interpret it. If I look at it as simply a Star Trek movie, it's well done, features some good character interaction, and some genuinely poignant moments. If you choose to interpret it in the light of the superior ST II, which made a lot of changes, then it begins to seem like TSFS is intentionally trying to remove any of the weight created in Star Trek II. Although I won't go into all the changes for the sake of not revealing spoilers, here's one: in ST II, Spock sacrificed himself to save the ship and the crew. He gave his life so that others might live. All religious overtones aside, what good is that sacrifice, and the subsequent mourning (basically, what good is the last 20 minutes of ST II) if it's a well-known fact that Vulcans can just transfer their consciousness to someone else's body? Since Spock knew that, why didn't he ever tell anyone? It's just frustrating the more you look at it, and while retrieving Spock makes for a nice movie, and it does shed more light on Kirk's dedication to his friend, it's all so unneccessary. And the changes made to the David Marcus and Lt. Saavik characters are uneffective, also.
But, as a movie featuring our favorite Star Trek characters, this works pretty well. Leonard Nimoy knew the material and handles it like a pro. The characters all act believably and show a tremendous love and dedication to their friend. The darker tone suits the movie nicely, and this is probably William Shatner's last understated Kirk performance. But it just feels like the whole movie is a gigantic formality to get the whole crew back together....more info
- "The Search for Spock" Could Have Been Better
Hoping to cash in yet again on the heels of the hugely successful second "Star Trek" film, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn" (1982), Paramount Pictures produced a third film for the franchise entitled "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock". This third film took on a new dimension by being directed by the actor who had played the character of Spock for over 10 years, Leonard Nimoy. This was not Nimoy's first time in the director's chair as he had previously directed two episodes for two different TV series, but it was his first directorship of a big-screen motion picture. Joining Gene Roddenberry again for writing was Harve Bennett, who had helped to write "The Wrath of Kahn", as well as Leonard Nimoy, whose writing was not credited.
Though Spock's character was killed at the conclusion of "The Wrath of Kahn", the door remained open for his potential return since his body was left on the Genesis planet, which was a living planet created out of lifelessness. Still mourning Spock's death was the U.S.S. Enterprise crew: Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Commander Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott (James Doohan), Commader Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), Commander Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Commander Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). Kirk is visited by Spock's father, Vulcan Ambassador Sarek (Mark Lenard), who inquires about Spock's soul. After a mind meld that confirms that Kirk doesn't have Spock's soul, the two review the events just prior to Spock's death and realize that Dr. McCoy has Spock's soul. Sarek explains Dr. McCoy must be brought to Mount Seleyah on Vulcan along with Spock's body in order for both to have peace. Placing his friends above everything else, Kirk and the other primary Enterprise officers decide to steal the Enterprise to return to the Genesis planet, which Starfleet Command has made a forbidden destination. Having been heavily damaged in the battle with Kahn in the previous film, the Enterprise was decommissioned, but Scotty manages to secretly prepare the ship for departure. Meanwhile, the Genesis planet is under study by Kirk's son, Dr. David Marcus (Merrick Butrick), and Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis); but a determined Klingon captain, Captain Kruge (Christopher Lloyd, known more being the 'Doc' in the "Back to the Future" films), wants to obtain the Genesis technology for the Klingon Empire. The development of the Genesis technology by David Marcus and his mother, Dr. Carol Marcus (Bibi Besch), was a feature in the previous film "The Wrath of Kahn", but Bibi Besch did not appear in this third film. Also, Lt. Saavik, whose character was introduced in "The Wrath of Kahn", was played originally by Kirstie Alley (best known for her character of Rebecca Howe in the long-running TV series "Cheers").
The most memorable scenes in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" include Sarek's visit with Kirk, McCoy's occasional Vulcan behaviors, McCoy's conversation with an alien (Allan Miller) in a bar, Lt. Uhura's conversation with 'Mr. Adventure' (Scott McGinnis), the Enterprise leaving space dock, David's fight with a Klingon (David Cadiente), the abandonment of the Enterprise, the end of Kirk's fight with Kruge, and Mount Seleyah with T'Lar (Judith Anderson). With Leonard Nimoy absent during most of the film, much of the action depended primarily upon William Shatner, who is not the greatest actor. The best acting in the film came from James Doohan, DeForest Kelley and Mark Lenard. Sadly, the sets used for the Genesis planet were not very realistic and much of the action that takes place on its surface was not particularly memorable. The unexpected Vulcan boy who ages rapidly was played by four different actors: Carl Steven, Vadia Potenza, Stephen Manley and Joe W. Davis.
Overall, my rating of for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" is only 3 out of 5 stars because of the lackluster acting during much of the action scenes, poor set design, and anticlimactic ending. The film does have some good points and is worth watching, but could have been much better in my opinion. I don't necessarily recommend purchase of the film on DVD, but it does fill in the gap between "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", which are two of the franchises best films that were ever made....more info
- I thought this was pretty good.
I'm not a Kirstie Alley fan, but I thought that 'Search for Spock' was a decent follow up to 'Wrath of Khan' (Which had me in tears the first time I watched it - I was eleven). A few of the parts were sort of slow (like when the planet is breaking up), but overall I thought that 'Search for Spock' was an acceptable film, if only to find out what exactly happened to Spock after 'Wrath of Khan'. Worth a rent....more info
- Spock In the Director's Chair
Leonard Nimoy at the helm creates great and memorable interaction between the original cast, but the action scenes are a bit weak.
I just watched this film for the first time and found it to be a very enjoyable adventure and continuation from the outstanding Wrath of Khan with even greater bits of comedy and comraderie amongst the cast.
Unfortunately the fight scenes are very rushed and important deaths are just glossed over with little or no attentioned paid to them. Christopher Lloyd as the villain is serviceable but his motives are not always clear throughout the film.
Overall this was a satisfying film from a non-trekker perspective and I'm curious to see what happens to the now disintegrated enterprise....more info
- Live Long and Prosper Spock!!
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Is not one of my favorite Star Trek feature films, but it is worth the buy in my opinion for the Special Features alone. It must be said that most Star Trek fans already own this DVD. Someone who is not a Star Trek fan or has never seen Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn would be lost, then again; these films are so deeply engrained into our culture that if you did get lost by this film you must have been living under a rock for many years! lol!...more info
- Part II of the Star Trek Trilogy
Contrary to popular opinion, The Search for Spock is just as good as The Wrath of Khan. Like TWOK, The Search for Spock has an awesome villain. The villain, Klingon Commander Kruge, is played by Christopher Lloyd. With a villain played by Lloyd, you can't go wrong. In my opinion, Christopher Lloyd played the best Klingon. No other actor comes close to surpassing Lloyd's portrayal of a Klingon.
The Genesis Device plot saved Star Trek. In this movie, the Genesis Device was the perfect way to bring Spock from the dead. The writers were very lucky to have it turn out this way. As a result, the resurrection of Spock is very believable. To steal a quote from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, "Genesis was perfectly named-- the creation of life, not death".
This movie works because it shows how much the crew risked to save Spock. They disobeyed Starfleet by stealing the Enterprise and returning to the Genesis planet. The movie clearly shows that the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many....more info
- Genesis Trilogy: Part Deux
Most intelligent movie critics like the even numbered Star Trek movies (II, IV, VI) because they believe the the odd numbered ones (I, III, V) are inferior. But buying "The Search for Spock" is worth the money. Now I am not defending this odd numbered movie because I am a trekkie--I have a real job and do not live with my parents.
This movie is as good as "Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan," and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," because the plot is really interesting, and the characters are just as well developed as Star Trek II. For example, enter Christopher Lloyd, playing the villian Kirk must face in this adventure. Commanding all "1.21 gigowatts" of his bird of prey, Lloyd portrays a merciless Klingon who kills his girlfriend, a starship crew, and a defensless scientist. He is out to get the secret of the Genesis doomsday weapon (it is not the "flux compasator").
One can tell how much more money Paramount invested in this sequal to "Khan." The special effects are stunning because more ships are featured, and an enormous, mushroom-shaped space station is where the Enterprise docks above Earth. Although Nicholas Meyers (Trek II, IV, VI) did not participate in making this movie, Leonard Nimoy's directing debut is very successful.
What enhances the drama and emotion is the superior music score by James Horner. His "Khan" soundrack has lots of catchy theme songs, and he continues with the consistent music of the Genesis adventures in "The Search for Spock." Horner is the John Williams of the Star Trek movies (yes, Jerry Goldsmith is probably more award winning, but I believe Horner packs more memorable tunes per movie that he conducts in the Trek saga).
This two disc edition has Nimoy's director's commentary and also a hilarious interview with William Shatner, who sarcastically gloats how he "saved the day" when Paramount studios caught fire. Michael Okuda's text commentary is very entertaining for the fans. The second disc interviews the guy who actually perfected the Klingon language. (Can you believe that an actual linguist created this crazy language! Can you believe he translated the Bible into Klingon!)
After adding "The Search for Spock" and "The Wrath of Khan" to your DVD collection, you can enjoy investing in the third installment of the Genesis Trilogy:
"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
To watch an adventurous conclusion for the original cast, please get:
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! For another great Star Trek trilogy in the 10 move saga, watch:
"Star Trek: First Contact" (a.k.a. 'Picard and Data vs. the Borg')
"Star Trek: Insurrection" (a.k.a 'Picard and Data vs. Aliens with Wrinkle Problems')
"Star Trek: Nemesis" (a.k.a. 'Attack of the Picard and Data Clones')
WORDS OF ENTERTAINMENT CAUTION!
Don't bother with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (a.k.a. 'The Search for God.') and "Star Trek Generations," either. They all rank as a made-for-TV movie
--Live long and Prosper! ...more info
- Good-bye, Enterprise
At least the freshly refitted but fictional USS Enterprise meets a noble end in combat. In the real Navy, the mighty USS Independence, CVA-62, was recently sent to the Mothball Fleet despite its multi-million dollar Service Life Extension Project overhaul here in Philadelphia.
And you've got to admit, watching the Big E burn through the atmosphere is still thrilling, especially on a modern big-screen TV....more info
- Nice to see a good Star Trek Transfer
After being mildly disapointed with ST:II Wrath of Khan's transfer, (the quality of the picture, in a nutshell, for those of you that don't know...) I was happy to see Star Trek Finally get a good DVD treatment. Sure, Wrath of Khan was a much better movie, but the picture quality lacked at times, and the additional scenes sometimes didn't quite match up. While ST:III has no extra scenes added, I quite enjoyed the overall viewing experiance of this one, and hope the Special Edition films that I hope will follow continue to improve the quality of the transfer. The extras on the second disc are mostly so-so, nothing that really impressed me too much, but are nice none the less....more info
- Maybe Not As Good as TWOK, But Still Great
While maybe not as good as the Wrath of Khan, this story offers a great conclusion to this two part story. The only let down of this film is that Leonard Nimoy as Spock isn't seen until the very end of the film, which may discourage some fans that they didn't get enough of the Spock they know. But, the story makes up for any loss of the film and the age progression of Spock actually makes the story even more intersting.
This film also marks the debut of Leonard Nimoy directing a Star Trek movie, and he is makes a great director. The most bizarre thing about this movie is that it features Christopher Lloyd as a Klingon. As funny as it may seem and even appear when watching for the first time, he actually made a pretty intersting and convincing Klingon and enemy. There is a lot of drama that takes place in this movie as well as another known character is tragically killed. Overall, another great installment in the Trek movie franchise....more info
- #III The Center of the Star Trek Universe! Here's PROOF! :)
Gather 'round! I'm going to make a believer out of you and convince you that this is the BEST ST Movie ever made! This is the second movie of what I like to call the "Star Trek trilogy". ST II, III, IV are all one long contiuous movie. However, this one stands out, while it is not original because it is continuing from ST II, it does present a lot of new and creative ideas that have been recycled for other Trek movies!
This movie introduces us to the modern day Klingon! Without THIS MOVIE the Klingons would not be the same. The Klingon language, while not invented in this movie, is expanded upon brilliantly! The "new" Klingon and language was introduced in ST-The Motion Picture. If you own this DVD then you already know how they came up with the new look for the Klingons and the language! Just one of the many great featurettes on this DVD!
Without THIS MOVIE we would not have the coolest ship in all of Star Trek, the Klingon Bird of Prey! No question, the Bird of Prey is awesome!
Without THIS MOVIE we would not have the cloaking device! Engenious! The cloaking device sets up the entire plot of ST VI. With out THIS MOVIE there is no plot for ST VI as we know it!
As a lot of you may know, there is an actual Klingon camp that people can go to and dress up like Klingons and learn to speak the language and learn the Klingon ways! Without THIS MOVIE you have no Klingon Camps!
Christopher Loyd is absolutely magnificent as Kruge! I love his performance! He even outdoes Khan as a bad guy! No question! Yes, Khan is a great bad guy for Kirk to handle but they never even share one scene in the movie. Kruge not only outwits Kirk but he also, albeit inadvertently, kills Kirks son. Then he keeps coming at Kirk even while the Genesis planet is blowing up all around them! Can't see Khan doing that!
Again we see yet another thing THIS MOVIE brings to later movies. Without THIS MOVIE the Klingon empire would'nt be obsessed with Kirk. In Star Trek V the Klingons want to catch him for murdering Kruge and stealing the Bird of Prey and the Klingon obsession with Kirk carries over in Star Trek VI. Note: Right after this movie Christopher Loyd went to work on a little movie called Back to the Future!
Without THIS MOVIE you have no Excelsior. Again, another pivotal thing in Star Trek VI.
THIS MOVIE was one of the first to tinker with DNA. You had to be there, but in between Star Trek II and III one had to wonder and debate how are they going to bring Spock back? The guy is dead. It not only makes sense, how they bring him back, but it is the most ingenious idea of the ENTIRE ST movie franchise. It also dips into an essence ingredient of Science Fiction and that is Terra Forming. Genetically altering an environment. I saw this movie in a packed, sold out, theater and when Saavik discovers there is "life" coming from Spocks tube/casket...you could here a collective gasp from the audience. Again, you had to be there. It's completely believable in the Star Trek realm.
THIS MOVIE has the single greatest on-screen moment of ANY ST movie and that is when Kirks son, David, is murdered. Shatner is brilliant. NO OTHER ST Captain could EVER pull off such a moment. Can anyone see Picard or Janeway in a moment like that? Nope. Can you imagine Picard trying to deal with Kruge? He would want to talk his ear off rather than fight him! That brings me to the last greatest moment of this film...
Kruge has clearly KO'd Kirk. But what does Kirk do? He blows up the Enterprise! Fantastic! The shot of the Enterprise blowing up is incredible! Here is this iconic ship, a ship that in Star Trek-The Motion Picture they took great care to show you all of the detail and splendor of this new and improved Enterprise, and in ST III it is just obliterated! Awesome!
McCoy delivers the second greatest line of any ST movie and he describes Kirk to a T when they beam down to Genesis and watch fireball that was the Enterprise streak across the sky. Kirk says "My God, Bones, what have I done?" and McCoy says "What you always do...turn death into a fighting chance to live." So without THIS MOVIE the Enterprise would never have been destroyed! How many times does TNG rip that off?
THIS FILM was Nimoys first Directing job and he does a brilliant job! This DVD features tons of great stuff! Namely, the directors commentary from Nimoy. The only drawback, to Nimoys commentary, is he kind of comes off like an old grandpa telling you the same story you've heard him tell about 100 times. Example: between the featurettes and the directors commentary Leonard tells us no less than FOUR TIMES the story of how Michael Eisner was not going to let him direct the film because of a supposed claus in Nimoys contract that he would only come back if can direct the film.
Shatner, on the other hand, is great in the featurettes as he tells of how he put out a fire on the set and how he doesn't "trust" Nimoy. Funny stuff, you'll have to buy the DVD to see what I mean.
So, if you're not convinced that this is the greatest ST film ever, then you need to look at my review again and see all of the history this movie has created! Enjoy the show!...more info
- ...spock of life...
o.k...assuming you have seen 'star trek two:wrath of khan', then you have to see this film, which is basically, part two of that movie...
but, taking it on face value, i thought the plotline and structure was excellent, with christopher lloyd as the klingon high-commander (and, if you pay attention, one of his henchmen aboard his ship is played by none other than John Laroquette from 'night court')..."impressive"
yes, 'wrath of khan' was very good (although the casting of kirk's son was unforgivable, and unwatchable...)
and yes, '#4:the voyage home' was alot of fun (but it doesn't really hold up as much today as it did then...)
but this one has some of the finest 'trek' moments on screen, including the destruction of the enterprise, and robin curtis filling in for the also terrific kirstie alley...
and besides '#6: the undiscovered country' (which, by all counts was THE definitive 'trek' movie, bar none, don't even think about questioning that one), this movie ranks number two in my book for the original generation...
live long and...oh you know......more info
- Glad to Finally Find This...
We were so happy to find this movie. It was the only one we didn't have in the set. It came to us in perfect shape...case and tape. It runs wonderfully, also. Thanks....more info
- The Search Is On...
When the superb sequel "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" ended with Spock dying and his casket being sent down to the newly made 'Genesis Planet' many fans wondered is this the end for the beloved Vulcan or was the final moment showing the casket on the planet merely a teaser of things to come. Well, as it turns out it was merely a teaser for things to come, but that wasn't known for a little while after the movie was released which proved to be a brilliant marketing strategy by Paramount, keeping the resurrection of Spock under wraps until the third film was essentially finished and the trailer was released. So once the trailer was released fans could hardly wait to see the next installment in this blossoming franchise, in hopes that their perished hero would rise from the dead to rejoin Captain Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew. And believe me the wait was definitely worth it, as this latest movie did an excellent job of building on top of what was started in the second film.
"Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock" begins essentially where its predecessor left off. The Genesis Planet has been created, Spock is thought to be dead, and the crew of the Enterprise is attempting to limp back to space dock so that the Enterprise can either be repaired or decommissioned. Before the Enterprise leaves the Genesis Planet they allow David, the estranged son of Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and the Vulcan Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis) to remain on the planet to study the new life that has been created. After reaching space dock the Enterprise receives word from Lt. Saavik that a life form has been found on the planet and it is that of a Vulcan boy, and coincedentally enough, Spock's casket is now empty prompting the crew to wonder has their friend somehow been resurrected by the Genesis effect. However, getting back to the planet may prove more difficult than Kirk imagined, his close friend Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelly) appears to be suffering from having Spock's soul transported into him before Spock died, Starfleet is forbidding Kirk to return to the planet, and to make matters even worse the Klingons have discovered the planet and are attempting to plunder it for themselves. With Dr. McCoy losing his mind and his son and Lt. Saavik and possibly Spock in mortal danger from the Klingons, Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise must choose whether to defy Starfleet and return to the Genesis Planet or lose their friends and loved ones forever.
"Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock" as I stated earlier did an excellent job of continuing the story started in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan", also this movie is the only 'Star Trek' film that doesn't really work as a standalone movie, all of the others are basically self-contained. The story was full of deeply emotional moments, involving Kirk and his sadness over losing Spock, and his concern over Dr. McCoy. Though the story was fairly dramatic, the writers still managed to infuse some humor into the proceeding without it seeming to be forced or a cheap ploy to get people's attention. The acting was all very well done, and this is thanks in no small part to the fact that most of the actors were very familiar with their characters at this point, and the fact that Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock) also directed the film, and showed a great eye for achieving cinematic gold. This movie does an excellent job of tying off the loose ends left over from "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" and allowing the movies to branch out further from the TV series and become an entity of their own, which they clearly became with the outstanding "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home" which would also be directed by Leonard Nimoy.
Overall, this film coupled with the previous sequel provides Star Trek fans with so much sci-fi goodness that they can almost completely erase the atrocity that was "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" from their minds. "Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock" is a very solid entry into this franchise, but be warned you should view "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" before watching this movie so that you can fully appreciate what's going on in the storyline.
"Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock" is rated PG for violence and brief language....more info
- Great movie and directorial debut for Nimoy
Contrary to the "odd" opinion of odd numbered ST movies falling short. STIII in my opinion hardly does, in fact it reaches heights not seen in most of the ST movies following. ST1 doesn't do too bad either. The story focuses on Kirk and how he does all to at first search and save some aspect of his friend, Spock. We get to see aspects of Kirk's career, a new starship which may make the Enterprise's family way of life obsolete. We first see the first take of the barbarous facets on the Klignons who continue to bark and growl incessantly through the TNG and the other ST series and movies. STIII really wasn't meant to be the middle part of the trilogy. Younger fans did not live through the times when the movies came out with each movie rumored to be last. This was still when any Star Trek movie coming out was a phenomenon. Only because of Star Wars and Lucas boasting of 9 "episodes" did Paramount had to compete with 20th Fox sequel sci-fi. The scenes are portrayed poetically and while Nimoy was a first time director he was an amateur photographer even before the original series (see autobiography "I am not Spock" circa 1967) and you could tell his visions come through in some breathtaking vistas especially the return to Vulcan. Arriving at spacedock with James Horner's great variation score of ST:II is one the best ST scenes seen in any Star Trek. Spacedock was probably reconfigured from the Mother ship in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" by the special effects company ILM. Great adventure, stunning pathos, even more bittersweet goodbyes are experienced before the ending which does not let down unlike many other sci-fi movies. Even a reference at the very end harkening back to the ending words of ST 1. STIII tooks risks , made changes, and had no reset button which was expected of the tv trailer's words "The LAST voyage of the Starship Enterprise". ...more info
- It's Only "Logical"
If you've seen Star Trek II then you know, as Spock would say, "Logical" for a sequel to follow. This one ties up the loose ends and answers any questions or speculations one had at the end of The Wrath of Khan. Leonard Nimoy behind the camera this time, we follow a skeleton crew on the Enterpise in search of the friend who sacrificed his life to save theirs. Information concerning the Genesis project has fallen into the wrong hands; Klingons. Christopher Lloyd is excellent in the role of the Klingon commander. A battle ensues, and as usual, Kirk resorts to unconventional matters to save the day.
A beautiful score by James Horner enhances my viewing pleasure.
The special features included with the DVD provide a lot of insight into the Star Trek world. A must have if you are a Trekker. ...more info
- Spock Returns in Third Trek Film
After the success of Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, it soon became apparent that the Trek franchise could continue, with or without Spock. Despite rumors to the contrary, Leonard Nimoy had never stipulated in his contract for Star Trek II that Spock be killed off. According to Nimoy (as revealed in a "the making of" featurette), the actor really did think that the second film would be the finale of the Star Trek movies, so why not have Spock go out in a blaze of glory?
However, even before production ended on The Wrath of Khan, Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett decided that "there were always possibilities" for the future, both for the franchise and Spock.
Thus it came to pass that Star Trek III: The Search for Spock had its, pun intended, genesis. With a subtle scene here and a more upbeat ending there, several plot strands were left unresolved....what did Spock mean when he gave Dr. McCoy a mind meld with the word "Remember?" Why was he left on the Genesis Planet? Those two scenes, coupled with Nimoy reciting "Space: The Final Frontier" at the end of the second movie practically screamed "Sequel Ahead!"
As it happened, Star Trek III would also mark Nimoy's feature-film directorial debut. Although he was given a modest budget - which does, unfortunately, become obvious in many scenes - Nimoy fared fairly well his first time out as a director.
As in the movie that follows (The Voyage Home), Bennett and Nimoy give us a mix of adventure, suspense and even moments of comedy in the continuation of a three-movie story arc.
The setup is simple. After the events depicted in Star Trek II, the USS Enterprise has been ordered back to Earth. Spock is dead, the Enterprise's trainee crew has been reassigned, and Starfleet has quarantined the Genesis planet. Only a science vessel, USS Grissom, has been assigned to survey the forbidden world.
Little does the Federation know, however, that the Klingons have found out about the Genesis device. Fearing that the Federation has plans to destroy the Klingon Empire, Commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) is determined to obtain its secrets.
At the same time, upon his return to Earth Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) discovers that Spock has somehow placed his "katra" in Dr. McCoy's (the late DeForest Kelley) body. Kirk is urged by Sarek, Spock's father (the late Mark Lenard) to retrieve Spock's remains from the Genesis planet. After that, Kirk is to go to Vulcan with McCoy and Spock's body, where both of his friends will "find peace."
When Kirk requests permission to take the soon-to-be retired Enterprise back to Genesis to retrieve Spock's body, Starfleet Command refuses, saying that the science ship (where Lt. Saavik and Kirk's son David Marcus are now serving) is the only ship allowed by the Federation to investigate. As usual, Kirk takes matters into his own hands and, assembling most of his bridge crew, steals the Enterprise and warps off to Genesis, setting up a sequence of events that Kirk will find to be more costly than he bargained for.
The Collector's Edition DVD set, unlike the previous two Director's Editions, has no added scenes or director's cut version. The theatrical version of the film (with a running time shy of two hours) is featured here with director's audio commentary by Nimoy and text commentary by Michael Okuda. The movie will delight some Trek fans, satisfy most fans, and disappoint others. (This being an odd-numbered film, it seems to prove the theory that even numbered Treks are great, while odd-numbered ones are either just okay or just plain bad!) The extra features disc includes the usual mix of "making of" documentaries, interviews, and the theatrical trailer (which, unfortunately, gave away a crucial plot device)....more info
- Scene on Vulcan worth 2x the Price of Admission...
Not too shabby. This outing gets better with time. The amazing scene on Vulcan where Spock gets his "brains" back from Dr. McCoy is worth two times the price of admission. I get goosebumps. ...more info
- Good movie
This film is an excellent direct-sequel to The Wrath of Khan. While not quite as good, it's still worthwhile....more info
- Most excellent.
It's really hard to follow something like Wrath Of Khan, but this is how you do it....more info
- Nothing too great, but nothing too bad.
I really don't know what to make of this third installment of the Star Trek movie series. I don't think its all that great, but I don't think its terrible either. I guess I just left somewhere in the middle. To me, the whole plot is a bit shaky. I understand, they had to bring Spock back in some way, and I suppose any way they chose to done it, it would have taken some stretch of imagination to accept it. But hey, this is science fiction, I suppose about anything is possible at this point. I've seen enough original Star Trek episodes to know that!! But I don't know, I just didn't find myself too interested overall. The reason, is like I said, the overall plot and another reason I suppose, is infact, Spock is barely in the movie, which understandable, but nonetheless, disspointing. I didn't care too much for the re-occuring Lt. Saavik character (not played by Kristy Alley this time), apparently trying to fill Spock's spot for this film to some degree. In summary, this film is just kinda "forgettable" to me. Its nothing that bad, but nothing real good. ...more info
- A nice bridge between Wrath of Khan & The Voyage Home
Taking place after the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock finds Admiral Kirk and co. stealing the Enterprise to go to the unstable planet of Genesis to rescue a reborn and rapidly growing Spock. Leonard Nimoy directed this third feature film outing in the Star Trek series, and it shows that this is a series in transition, up to and including Kirk's willful destruction of the Enterprise, and an interesting look at Vulcan rituals. The Search for Spock isn't the best film in the series, but it isn't the worst either (Star Trek V Anyone?), and it serves as a nice bridge between the best films in the series: Wrath of Khan and the hugely sucessful The Voyage Home. The Special Edition DVD is worth noting as well, and is lightyears beyond Paramount's original DVD version of the film which had no extras at all. The commentary from Nimoy and co. is intriguing, and the short on creating the Klingon language is a must watch for Trekkies....more info
- Strong continuation that adds refreshment
The third Star Trek film basically continues where the second left off. Spock is dead. The Genesis planet is already under study by Kirk's son David and Lt. Saavik, who are studying from the science vessel USS Grissom. The Enterprise, is an empty house. The children (young cadets) are all gone, and the absence of Spock left an open wound. The events from the Wrath of Khan continue in this film, yet there is enough newness brought into the mix as well. Overall, this Star Trek film is easily overlooked, but is one of the finer installments of the franchise.
The story is about finding Spock, which is no easy task. As a Vulcan, we learn that his katra (his very soul) has been exchanged into Dr. McCoy's, and remains alive in him. Spock's body has been found on the Genesis planet, in the form of a kid. Apparently, the Genesis effects gave Spock's dead body a new life, yet aging quickly with the planet around him. The goal, is for Kirk and crew to recover Spock and bring him to Vulcan, where he can finally regain the life he once had. To do so, is the real excitement of the film. The Enterprise is being decomissioned in spacedock. Kirk's only means of getting to Genesis is stealing the ship, with the help McCoy, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov. They break almost every law in the book to do so. And to make matters worse, they are confronted by Klingons who want the Genesis secrets for themselves.
Though this film did not receive as strong as an impact as The Wrath of Khan, this is a solid follow-up. The story remains ineresting and complex. The action is a little weaker this time, yet still lots of fun. The Klingons and the Enterprise engage in battle, and Kirk sacrifices the ship in a self-destructed explosion of effects that look great today. The Klingon villain - Kruge - played by Christopher Lloyd is memorable. And the scene where Kirk and crew steal the Enterprise is great suspense.
If you are not a Trek fan yet interested in this film, i suggest you at least watch The Wrath of Khan first. Although it is not necessaryto enjoy this film, it will explain why Spock is dead and how he ended up on the Genesis planet, even though there is a small scene of those events shown at the beginning of this film. This is a great Star Trek film that should not be overlooked.
Acting - 4
Action - 4
Characters - 4
Story - 4
Overall - 4
- Star Trek III: The Search for ... hey, didn't he die last time?
It's rare to be able to literally bring your big characters back from the dead. Just as it's rare to truly revive a series that is considered to have "run its course." But just like the first Star Trek movie brought back a series that many looked on fondly, but without expectations, this movie brings back a character that was sacrificed in one of the most heart tugging scenes in all 500+ hours of Star Trek. Unfortunately, this time out has a few pacing problems.
This is Nimoy's motion picture directorial debut, and he performs solidly enough, though there are a few moments here and there where it simply feels like there's something ... missing. It's hard to describe.
That's not to say it isn't worth a watch. If you plan on seeing Star Treks II and IV, this is a must see. But there are also some scenes that are just superbly done. The scene breaking McCoy out of the security cell has classic Trek charm. And the scene where the Klingons kill one of the hostages and Kirk reacts is absolutely excellent. He stumbles and completely misses his chair. We see the captain -- this man we have seen beat astronomical odds with a bluff, who has faced the destruction of Earth or the forceful invasion from another galaxy without even a twitch in his jaw -- we see this great captain completely exposed and despondent.
This is an excellent addition to the Star Trek mythology and a truly great DVD release....more info
- The adventure continues
Star Trek II made such an impact in fans it was probably a good call to make a sequel. It wasn't very good but there is still a lot of Star Trek fun in it. The Klingons have evolved in makeup and language, we say goodbye to the most famous starship of all time and the bridge crew relationships get stronger, but it is generally boring. The visual effects are not that good and the plot is very week. The story gets a lot better when you know what happens in Star Trek IV.
Anyway, it is still Star Trek (unlike Nemesis)....more info
- 4 stars from Trekkie
I'd like to give this one 3.5 stars. It just wasn't spectacular. I graded up for one simple reason. This movie brings SPOCK back from the dead. And frankly it's believable, within the fictional (science fictional that is) parameters of Star Trek. Any student of Gene Roddenberry believes that the events of Star Trek Three COULD possibly happen, given a set of necessary circumstances.
As to the content of this boxed set or whatever you call it, I find it somewhat lacking. I would have liked to have seen more "making of..." with deleted scenes, outtakes and what not. It just seems as though this package suffers from imagination. The movie doesn't suffer, but the overall package does. The movie is well-acted. There are problems, but ehhh... I can live with most of them. ...more info
- Star Trek 3
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock continues the story about the Genesis devise and Spock's rise from the dead. After hearing from Spock's father that Dr. Mcoy can save Spock's life, Kirk steals the Enterprise with the help of his crew against his Admiral orders and sets out to save his friend. This is where the real adventure begins when the Klingon's hear about Kirk's plans and rush to intercept Kirk and find the secret behind the Genesis device. Christopher Lloyd did exceptionally well playing the Klingon Kruge and the battle between Kirk and Kruge around the end of the film is worth the price of admission. Even though Kirk is forced to destroy the Enterprise and his son is killed by the Klingons, he is able to rescue Spock and Saavik. This Star Trek entry was good but not as good as the next sequal in the real Trek trilogy (Star Trek 2-4) The new Special Edition DVD is great and includes some interesting bonus material. So if you have'nt yet pick this up and add it to your Star Trek collection now....more info