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  • Old Vulcans never die. . .
    Leonard Nemoy's Star Trek directorial debut succeeds in two vital areas: A)It's extremely well-paced and B)There's quite a bit of good humor in it. The story takes place right after Khan's wrath and involves Kirk's starship-jacking of the Enterprise to go look for Spock's body to unite with his mind which in imprinted in McCoy's cranium. The problem is Spock's body landed on the newly created and recently doomed planet of Genesis. As luck would have it, a group of ambitious Klingons, led by Christopher Lloyd, want the information to make their own Genesis and go after the research vessel, which is inhabited by Kirk's son and the newly made-over Lt. Saavik, orbiting the planet for the information.

    This is just good ol' fashioned Star Trek minus great space battles of the last installment. Lloyd makes an admirable and funny adversary, surprisingly almost as good as Ricardo Montalban's Khan but not as memorable. That's probably how you could sum up all of 'The Search for Spock': almost as good as Khan, but not as memorable. ...more info
  • 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
  • Good movie
    I like this slightly less than Khan, but not to say I dislike the movie. Wrath of Khan in my opinion is the best Trek movie; this is just a continuation of Khan. It does have the semi-dubious distinction of being the only Trek movie to have me laughing out loud. Yes, the characters and storyline are very believable, but how can you not laugh at some of the lines coming out of McCoy's mouth. The behind the scenes footage is awesome as well. I've always been a Trekkie, but I am just now starting my movie collection. Thinking I'm gonna stop after the first 6 though. I've seen the others, but they aren't as "Star Trek" as these. Maybe it's because I'm not as big a fan of Next Generation. And I think to an extent the powers that be got a little greedy. They figured trekkies would flock to anything saying Star Trek. I just don't think the later movies are as well written as the earlier ones. But that is just my humble opinion. I know I should be sticking to the movie at hand, but you can't help but bring in the others when discussing Star Trek.
    So, awesome movie, but slightly less awesome than Wrath of Khan. A good movie worthy of the name "Star Trek"....more info
  • Another exciting chapter in the "Trek" saga
    Wrath of Khan took Paramount by surprise. The studio expected the production to fare much worse than the first film as sequels usually do less business than the first film in a series. While it grossed less than ST:TMP, it also cost less. The revamped Enterprise sets and redressing of the Enterprise for other ships, helped save cost making it more profitable. Much more important, the fans loved the film. That inspired Paramount head Michael Eisner to give Harve Bennett the green light for a sequel. Unfortunately, a major character died at the end of Trek II. Luckily, no one really dies in science fiction films.

    Search For Spock starts out with a fascinating premise; when Spock died at the conclusion of Wrath of Khan, he placed his "soul" into another character for safe keeping until Kirk could return his "soul" to Vulcan. Unfortunately, Dr. McCOy the keeper of Spock's essence, has become mentally unbalanced and confused by having Spock inhabit his mind at the same time.

    Sarek, Spock's father, goes to Kirk and makes him aware of what's happened. Kirk plagued by guilt feels he needs to collect Spock's body and his mind and return them to Vulcan for a proper Vulcan funeral. Unfortunately, Star Fleet disagrees and won't let Kirk go back to the Genesis planet where Spock's body resides. What's more, the Enterprise is being decommissioned and headed for the scrapheap. Without a vessel or means to get to Genesis (which has been declared off limits by Star Fleet until Kirk's son Dr. David Marcus can study the planet and prove its safe to inhabit), Kirk must do what he's always done best--disregard his orders.

    Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut is almost as strong as Wrath of Khan and highly entertaining. Nimoy's deft hand as a director allows him to get the best possible performance from his cast and tell a story he's quite familar with as well.

    The optical effects by ILM look stunning on this special edition DVD. Unlike Wrath of Khan, the movie is the same as the previous versions. The transfer, though, is sharp and the colors vivid. The anamorphic transfer (which translates to higher lines of resolution=better picture and clarity)is magnificient.

    Paramount has packed the second disc with a number of great featurettes including one on the optical effects/models, the terraforming concept and a tribute to actor Mark Lenard (Sarek). Additionally, there's the original trailers and publicity material and interviews included as well.

    The middle chapter of this fine trilogy looks great and is perfect entertainment for Trek fans....more info

  • Another success
    If you're hoping for extra footage, well forget it. What you do get is another excellent transfer, sound, and commentaries, although Leonard Nimoy should've brought a buddy to talk with. He's pretty boring to listen to.

    There are plently of extras to keep you from missing the extra footage the previous DVDs included.

    Well worth it....more info

  • over looked & under rated
    This film continues the storyline that began with "The Wrath of Khan" (which itself is a follow-up of the original series episode "Space Seed"). Whereas the previous film presents the notion of "the good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one" this film showcases the premise of "the good of the one outweighs the good of the many".

    Some pointed observations need to be made pertaining to this generally satisfactory film. The most glaring note for this film is the inexplicable omission of Doctor Carol Marcus. Where is she supposed to be / what role is she supposed to play while her son David is first assigned to the science vessel Grissom and then later murdered by the renegade(?) Klingon contingent led by Kruge? It is as if she in fact passed on before David reached adulthood and hence became a non-entity by the time all these events are taking place. The flipside of this point is the equally inexplicable inclusion of Lieutenant Savvik. Firstly, the switch from Kirsty Alley to Robin Curtis seemingly makes no more sense than, say, changing the actor playing Spock from Leonard Nimoy to someone else (though this was done in the case of Captain Christopher Pike in "The Cage" by Jeff Hunter and in "The Menagerie" by someone aside from Hunter). Moreover, the Savvik character just did not seem all that integral to the plotline of either this or next film (of course if Alley re-prised the role in both "Search" and "Voyage" then at least the continuity would have been preserved). As for Robin Curtis, she is a fine actor in her own right/terms, as amply demonstrated by her portrayal of a Vulcan separatist in ST:TNG "Gambit I and II" episodes. Nevertheless, since the Savvik character has already been established by Alley, not Curtis, in "Wrath of Khan", it seemed inapropriate for anyone other than Alley to be portraying her, if at all.

    On balance, this reviewer finds the film better than several Star Trek films, such as "The Wrath of Khan" with its egregious continuity discrepancy - Khan having met - and thus remembering - Chekov when in fact he never saw Chekov prior to the meeting at Ceti Alpha V in the film (Khan did not meet Sulu, either), or his reference to having been awakened in the year 1996! The main problem for this film seems to be a lack of clear and distinct identity. In short, this film in practical terms serves as a filler, a conduit between II and IIII, as perhaps intentionally symbolised by not having a main musical theme of its own (the film merely commandeers the one in "Wrath of Khan", something that is not true of "The Voyage Home").

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  • Trek Classic, definitely worth the $
    I bought this DVD for my father, who, at 76 years of age, is a new Trekker. He enjoyed it very much. What's to say bad about Star Trek? Great DVD at a great price....more info
  • The Golden Age of Star Trek
    Back in the 80's Star Trek really hit its stride having finally made it to the silver screen. The first film was a dark, dreary disappointment but the producers stuck with it and created a major hit with the second film, The Wrath of Khan. The next two films including the Search for Spock and The Voyage Home basically created a trilogy that in my opinion represents the apex of the entire Star Trek franchise. By adding humor into the mix and focusing on the interaction between the main characters particularly Kirk, Spock and McCoy the producers created a winning combination that will likely never be repeated. This formula worked extremely well peaking with The Voyage Home before collapsing in a smoldering heap with the moronic row row row your boat scene in The Final Frontier.

    The Search for Spock is the weakest entry in the trilogy but that doesn't mean it's weak. This was the first of two entries directed by Leonard Nimoy and they turned out to be two of the best of all the Star Trek films. Search for Spock has a more intimate feel to it with most of the action revolving around the conflict between Kirk and the Klingon Kruge. Nimoy's focus on more lighthearted action and the playful interaction of characters makes the film a real joy and contrasts well with the films darker second half.

    William Shatner is often mocked for his acting ability and this film really pushes him to the limit, in particular his reaction after the death of his son David. Shatner may be a ham but he's the kind of ham I love and to me he will always be the true Captain of the Enterprise. I also have to give special credit to Christopher Lloyd who was absolutely fantastic as Kruge. One unfortunate change was the replacement of Kirstie Alley with the forgettable Robin Curtis as Lt. Saavik.

    This film is clearly created for the fans, as it should be. If you haven't watched the old episodes or The Wrath of Khan you're unlikely to get much out of this film because it's filled with in-jokes and references to the prior film. The special effects are rather dated. In particular the starships have thick black lines around them that spoil the natural effect and the scenes on Genesis scream movies set. It's a movie with fantastic moments including the classic self destruction of the Enterprise and some lengthy stretches of slowness in particular the finale on Vulcan. I have a lot of fond memories of these three films and despite some flaws recommend them all wholeheartedly....more info
  • A very good Trek movie
    This is a very good movie and a little on the light hearted side which is ok, the story is very good and it was a very good way to bring Spock back. My only complaint about this movie are that Kirsty Alley was replaced by Robin Curtis. They should have paid Kirsty Alley the money she wanted because Robin Curtis was not very good at all. I'm sorry she was very bad and it is painful to look at her act when she is on the screen. Now on the other hand Christoper Lloyd is the best Klingon I have ever seen and plays the role very very well. This film is in no way near the best of the Star Trek films but it is a decent one and worth watching and having in your collection. There are some very memorible moments in this film like Uhura dealing with the young ensign in the transporter room, and Kirk's fight with the Klingon. Add this one to your collection it is enjoyable to watch from time to time....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
  • Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - Collectors Edition
    This is a great film with a great story, great special effects, great acting, great action and great human emotions. This film makes Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek directorial debut. He would then go on to direct Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home & offered the job of directing Star Trek: Generations.

    Nimoy dose a good job of showing us the charaters and how the death of Spock is affecting them all. He also adds some grit to the Klingons and shows them to be the most ruthless aliens in the galaxy. Christopher Lloyd does a superb job of playing Kirk's nemesis in this film.

    The Special Features are great and show in-depth footage on the making of the film, cast and crew interviews, and how the special effects were achieved. If you enjoyed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan you will also love this film.

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  • 20 Years of "The Search For Spock"
    "How many fingers am I holding up?"
    "Thats not very damn funny."
    - Kirk gives the Vulcan Salute to Dr. McCoy as they both escape a trip from The Federation Funny Farm, and look for a lost pointed ear friend in "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock"

    Its been 20 years to the day since the search began in this third and underated entry in the "Star Trek" saga. "The Search For Spock" is an adventurous (if corny) film that teaches a lesson in the loyalties, & importance of friendship, no matter the consequence.

    Picking up where "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan" left off, with the death & funeral of Captain Spock & the birth of the Genesis Planet, "The Search For Spock" begins with the crew of The Enterprise limping home after the battle wrath with Khan, only to find out that the Federation has decided to decommission the legendary starship & reassign most of its crew. Whats worse is the fact that Dr. "Bones" McCoy is having a sort of nervous breakdown, breaking in to Captain Spock's sealed quarters and giving Admiral Kirk an errie message from the grave.
    When Spock's father, Ambassador Saarik, arrives informing Kirk that Spock isn't dead, but, is in a state where mind & body are in seperate forms, its up to both, Kirk & Saarik to find who has Spock's marbles (McCoy has them) & where Spock's body rests (on The Genisis Planet). Once both are retrieved, and thru an ancient Vulcan ritual, only then can Spock become his old self again. With the arrival of the Kilngons, looking for the secret to Genesis, its a race against time as the planet becomes unstable and starts to deteriate at an alarmingly fast rate. The search isn't without sacrfice & Kirk loses the two things he holds dearest to him in order get his friend back.

    "Star Trek III" is one of those films thats pretty much written for fans of the series (if this film was your introduction to "Star Trek", I'm pretty positive your reaction was more of a "Huh!?" with a shrug of the shoulders). I hold this as the fifth best in the series tieing it with "Star Trek: Generations" ("II" & "First Contact" are the two best in the series).

    The Klingons finally get some much needed screen time in this film. Since they were the main nemesis in the television series, it was only a matter of time before they would show up (the Klingons make a cameo in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"). A year before he went "Back To The Future", Christopher Lloyd gives a great performance as Commander Kruge, the greedy, power hungry Klingon commander. Kruge is much better than the two Klingons in "Star Trek V". Those two reminded me of the Wonder Twins from the "Super Friends", for some reason. The Klingons in "Star Trek VI" came across as more regal and honorable than threatening and coldblooded, like Kruge is. As for Shatner and the rest of the cast, all are also great & age gracefully in their respective roles.
    James Horner's score to "III", like "II", is one of the better scores in the series (acutally, I think, its a lot of reused score material from the previous film, but, I just get so tired of hearing Jerry Goldsmith's opening theme from "The Motion Picture". Its been used in at least half of the the ten films, as well, as the opening theme to "The Next Generation" series). Leonard Nimoy directs his first of two "Trek" films ("III" is his directorial debut) and gets a lot out of his actors and does a good job overall.

    The 2 disc DVD edition to "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" is worth owning and is better than "Star Trek V" on any given Sunday. Join the Search....more info

  • "Your Name...Is Jim"
    During the three-series run of the Star Trek: The Original Series television show, First Officer Spock became one of the most intriguing characters on television. Despite a bit of initial misinterpretation about his character (some thought he was supposed to represent Satan because of his pointy ears!), viewers began to embrace the Vulcan's logical mind and ability to stay cool under pressure. Spock become the perfect antithesis to the emotionally-charged Captain Kirk.

    Of course, after almost two decades of being associated exclusively with the "Spock" character, actor Leonard Nimoy decided he wanted a break from the character to try to avoid being typecast, hence Spock's emotional death scene at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Nimoy's "I Am Not Spock" days ended quite quickly, however, when he realized that either the typecasting had already occurred, or he missed reprising his most famous character.

    As a result (and partially because the Star Trek writers had left an opening for Nimoy/Spock to return), the quest to re-integrate Spock into the Star Trek cannon comprises most of Star Trek II: The Search For Spock. Though the entire film is not as scriptually solid as the "Khan" effort (as Kirk's "family feud" with the Klingons is not fully resolved until later in the movie series), it makes up for it with the emotional punch of Spock's journey back to reality. The final scene, revolving around the tense and delicate Vulcan ritual that must be undertaken to revive Spock, will have emotional fans reaching for the tissue box. The final words will have you weeping (whether from joy or sadness I will not disclose).

    To conclude, the third installment in the Star Trek movie cannon is an emotional journey that, while perhaps lacking an air-tight script, is still a great movie due to the emotional struggle of favorite character Spock. If you just finished the "Khan" movie, you will receive the emotional "finale" of that storyline in this film. The ending will also leave you wondering how the U.S.S. Enterprise crew will ever be able to "seek out new life and new civilizations"....more info
  • The needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many
    There was a point in time where I really wished that this movie had not been made. The death of Spock at the end of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," was a high point in the history of the "Star Trek" universe. When Spock, separated by a thick piece of plastic shielding, tells Kirk for the last time "I have been and always shall be your friend," it is a devastating moment. Kirk and Spock are one of the great "odd" friendships of all time, in or out of the realm of science fiction (they are the Aubrey and Maturin of their future time and place). The "Star Trek" franchise was served by this 1984 film, since it spawned three more outings for the original cast and inspired a quartet of television spinoffs, but I am not sure if the characters benefited as well. I still think "Wrath of Khan" is far and away the best "Star Trek" film, with "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" coming in second. There are some nice moment with Spock on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," although there are more between Captain Picard and Sarek, Spock's father, and the death of James T. Kirk in "Star Trek: Generations" certainly pales compared to that of Spock.

    So making this third "Star Trek" film took something away the death of Spock, but even wishing it had never been made I still have to admit this film has its moment. The whole Vulcan "katra" bit is a deus ex machina pulled out of a hat and Spock's tube landing on the Genesis planet so that his body can be regenerated, growing at precisely the right rate so that when the download Spock's katra from McCoy's mind we are back to where we were at the end of the previous movie is just an absurd conjunction of circumstances. But at the heart of this film is the relationship between Kirk and Spock. William Shatner's performance in the key scenes, early on when he relives Spocks' death with Sarek and at the end when Spock is restored, have a weight that overcomes a lot of objections and which is clearly privileged by Harve Bennett's script and Leonard Nimoy's direction.

    That friendship has always been there and many of the high points of the original television series were where it was acknowledged, albeit almost always obliquely. At the end of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" it was made painfully explicit, and that powerful moment is revisited at the end of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," as Kirk stands there before his friend, having sacrificed his only son and the ship that has been his home for what seems like his entire life, because "The needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many." This flip of Spock's motivation for going into that chamber and sacrificing his life is not glib, because it speaks to a great human paradox. Namely that we believe both positions are true and that not only do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one but that the exact opposite is true. Each film in turn proves its thesis....more info

  • Fantastic !!
    As good a "The Wrath of Khan was, "The Search for Spock" is just a notch better.
    It shows Kirks true love for his best friend and shows he will go to the ends of the universe to save him.
    Really enjoyed having Mark Lenard as Sarek in a strong supporting role.
    The movies started going downhill from her ! ...more info
  • The big in-betweener
    You know, it's kinda suspicious how the Star Trek movies seem to follow a few of the patterns of the original `Star Wars' trilogy. After the success of the first `Star Wars' flick, Paramount decided to take advantage of the newfound promise of big-screen sci-fi, and launched the first Star Trek movie series a few years later. Then, following in the footsteps of `The Empire Strikes Back', the Trek-flick purveyors put out their own in-betweener, ST-III:TSFS. Like `Empire', ST-III had a somewhat open ending, which left its loyal Trekkie minions hanging for a few years, culminating in the resolution as presented in `The Voyage Home'. It's also interesting to note that the title of this little bit of `Trek-celluloid, directed by and featuring the man behind our fave half-Vulcan, is very similar to `In Search Of...', a then-recently-cancelled documentary TV series narrated by Mr. Nimoy himself. An innocent coincidence... or a subliminal plug? You be the judge!

    But, conspiracy theories aside, I thought this particular Trek outing was a pretty good showing for our gallant Enterprise crew. Aside from a few silly less-than-special FX here & there (especially the `falling cliff' during the Kruge/Kirk hand-to-hand scuffle), ST III has managed to buck the curse of the odd-numbered Trek sequels. Of course, that's not saying much... but at least it's sort of an accomplishment.

    Speakin' of accomplishments: I'm glad to see Paramount's finally come `round and giving the Star Trek movie line the Special-Edition-DVD-with-all-sorts-of-extras treatment... which is something I wish they'd done the first time `round. But hey, why put out the best stuff the first time `round when ya can soak the Trekkies with an inferior product first (AKA the initial DVD release), knowin' full well they'll also snap up the Special Edition platter in the future? Once again the ol' Dreaded DVD Double-Dip Ploy (read about this annoying phenomenon at www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/3CVFIEG84F2PF) rears its ugly head...

    On the upside, when compared to the picture & sound quality of the initial DVD release-- which was really good-- this "Special Collector's Edition" DVD outdistances it by a couple parsecs! Thanks to the superior sound clarity & separation, I can actually hear many subtle background bits ( for example, Starfleet officers being paged over the intercom at Spacedock) that I never picked up on before! And the picture quality is better than ever, with greater definition and clarity than what I saw in previous video releases. `Course, this superior picture has its drawbacks: you can actually see the shortcomings of the special effects technology of the time. The matte "shadows" surrounding the ships and the space Dock are more apparent. I guess superior visual resolution isn't all it's cracked up to be...

    The feature-length commentary track is split between director Leonard Nimoy, producer Harve Bennett, Robin "Saavik, Take 2" Curtis, and photography director Charles Correll. Nimoy's thoughts take up about half the track, and includes his memories on directing ST-III as well as his desire to show the audience "what makes the Klingons tick" as a race. He also brings up the various Vulcan rituals and practices he had a significant hand in establishing in the original series and the previous movies. Bennett spends much of his mic time discussing his work as a TV producer, and how he applied and adapted these skills to produce the Trek-flicks. Correll's stuff is technical in nature; he talks about certain shots and FX in the movie, and the labors he and his crew had to go through to pull them off correctly. Robin Curtis' comments pop up whenever Saavik enters frame; she discusses her "inheritance" of the role from Kirstie Alley, and the joy & headaches she experienced working with Nimoy and the old-school Trek cast.

    Disc Two is filled with various interviews, behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes, and the obligatory theatrical trailer. While the "Captain's Log" interview segment wasn't all that interesting overall, I did get a kick outta William Shatner talking about his efforts to keep the Genesis planet set from burning down when a fire broke out on a set next door (fortunately, he and his Turbo 2000 got out of the blaze unscathed). Another interesting segment features linguist Marc Okrand giving the viewer a lecture on how he created the preferred language of get-a-lifer fanboys everywhere, Klingonese! Okrand follows up his little "history" lesson by mapping out how he put the language together, from the sounds of the words on down to conjugation of tenses, and how Klingonese sentences are put together-- you know the placement of the subject & the predicate, and all that. If you've ever wondered who's to blame for the local community college adding a Klingon language class to its curriculum, look no further-- you've found him! Well, okay, he's not directly to blame, but-- well, I think you get the picture...

    But probably the most interesting extra bit is the doc that discusses the possibility of terraforming other worlds. Mars is used here as a potential place for humans to take their first crack at terraforming. While there was a smattering of scientific jargon that I had a slight bit of trouble wrapping my brain around-- most of the folks layin' out the possibility and painstaking logistics of a Martian makeover in this featurette are NASA scientists-- I found the notion of such an undertaking kinda interesting. Only thing is, we haven't even figured out how send a manned mission to Mars yet, let alone found out a doable way of making it more Earth-like. First things first, guys...

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  • Horribly underrated
    Dude, this film is a masterpiece. It comes in just slightly behind "Wrath of Khan" as the best Trek movie ever. Kirk and his former officers go renegade to save their friend, and the cost they end up paying is tremendous. After the under-manned Enterprise loses a battle against a Klingon Bird of Prey, the way Kirk snatches victory from the jaws of defeat is straight-up Kobayashi Maru. The musical score is the best of all the movies. Give this film some credit guys.

    "My God, Bones, what have I done?"

    "The same thing you always do, what you had to do ... turn death into a fighting chance to live."...more info

  • The Needs of the One Out Weigh the Needs of the Many!
    Spock is missing, and the rest of our crew must find him.

    Leonard Nimoy picks off where The Wrath of Khan left off. This also includes the new and improved Klingons, which we got a glimpse of during the Motion Picture. We get the second chance to see a Klingon female. And this film brings back classic material from TOS.

    Unintentionally, this film, with Wrath of Khan, became part of a trilogy of trek films with the next chapter; The Voyage Home . . ....more info
  • Splendid underrated sequel!
    After the death of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and his corpse is sent to Genesis where his coffin is to remain. Kirk (William Shatner) feels depressed about the lost of his best friend and the crew has repaired the enterprise after the battle with Khan. McCoy (DeForrest Kelly) has been acting strange lately as he channels both Spock's behavior and voice. Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) pays a visit as he knows that McCoy has Spock's soul and learns that Spock is alive on planet Genesis as they must go on that planet to find him. Kirk with his crew (James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols) and his son Dr. David Marcus (Merritt Butrick) and Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis) hop aboard the enterprise so they can find Spock on Genesis, but the Klingons with a leader named Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) have learned the secrets of Genesis as they want to steal it.

    Energetic and smart third installment of the popular cinematic Sci-fi franchise delivers some goods. Leonard Nimoy himself directed this motion picture as this is part a loose three part trilogy that started with part 2 and ended with part 4, sure it doesn't have the awe or greatness of "Wraith of Khan" but this is still an enjoyable and entertaining installment with good special effects and good acting. The storyline itself is complicated but good, this movie does have the rebirth of Spock after his demise in "Wraith of Khan" and it's still worth watching for fans.

    This 2-Disc DVD set contains excellent picture and sound with great extras like an audio commentary from Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett, Charles Correll and Robin Curtis. A tex commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda co-authors of The Star Trek Enchylopedia, trailer, a teaser to "Nemesis", Storyboards, photo gallery, Interviews and featurettes epsecially on how to speak Klingon....more info
  • A letdown from Khan, but far from bad...
    After the perfectly self-contained shot of Trek goodness that was Star Trek II, and before the more lighthearted pure fun of Star Trek IV, Star Trek III stumbled a bit, probably because it was Nimoy's first shot at directing a Trek movie. Although FAR from a bad movie, it had some real weaknesses:

    -The pacing was off. As noted before, sometimes it CRAWLS along. On the other hand, Nimoy also put together some sharp, effective scenes, foreshadowing the solid job he'd do in Star Trek IV. It is hardly the nearly unwatchable creep that Star Trek I was at times.
    -Although it looked good overall, the Genesis planet falling apart under the cast's feet just looked cheap. ILM did their usual good effects work in the space scenes, however.
    -The plot was kind of weak, insofar as the whole movie was a contrived way to bring Spock back to life after Nicholas Meyer killed him off to great dramatic effect in Star Trek II.

    In fairness, however, we have to consider the very real upsides to the movie:

    -Most of the effects hold up very well. In some respects, they look BETTER than modern CGI, I think because so much real artistic talent went into the model-making and other techniques used. This is a good looking movie, and the new DVD transfers and sound only make it even better in this respect.

    -The acting was actually quite good overall, and the cast was clearly having fun playing their characters. Star Trek is usually not considered an acting tour de force, but compared to the current Star Wars prequels, this cast should have barrels of Oscars.

    The Special Edition 2-DVD re-releases of the original Star Trek movies are also loaded with oodles of features that make them a great value, unlike the older DVD releases that were very bare-bones....more info

  • Kirk and Co. have the balls that no one else in ST ever had
    Another classic trek movie, this one taking place directly after the famous Spock death scene in Wrath of Khan. But Spock was just so hip and cool in his stiff, emotionless, Spock-ish(??) way that they had to bring him back. And Kirk and the boys do it in style.

    The story is basically this: Ambassador Sarek (Spock's father) comes up to Kirk and makes it known to him that his essence may be living within a crew member of the Enterprise. They discover it is McCoy (which is hilarious, considering Spock and McCoy's quirky friendship), which explains why many in StarFleet thought he had been driven insane, and locked him up for it. Kirk and the boys spring McCoy out of the cell, steal the Enterprise, and head into space on "personal matters."

    Even if this movie lacked in action, which is does not at all, it would have plenty in hilarious dialogue. There are many examples, such as when McCoy tries to hire a mercenary at a bar (very reminiscent of the Star Wars cantina, clientele et al). McCoy tells him, "Place I name, money I go." And the perterbed alien (eerily reminiscent of George C. Scott and Dr. Evil) fires back, "Place you name, money I name or else bargainnnnnnno." It hilarious the way he says it. Another funny part comes when Sulu jokingly prods a bored Federation security guard, "Keeping you busy?", the guard slowly, menacingly stands up from his chair, towering over the short Sulu and says, "Don't get smart, tiny." It isn't so much what they say that's funny, it's the body language and the intonations, brought out in full by first-rate directing by Leonard Nimoy.

    There are tons of great action scenes, and even a stabbing death which is implied, but not shown, making it action-packed but still accessible for the whole family. A memorable performance by Christopher LLloyd as a Klingon renegade is also within this fine film. It's not as good as The Undiscovered Country, but it stands firm not only as a great Trek movie, but just as a great movie overall....more info

  • An underrated Star Trek chapter.
    First, here's what I didn't like: Kirk's son dies, and the Enterprise is destroyed. I know they wanted gripping drama, but still, doing ether one of the two seemed a bit too much. The Enterprise has been home to it's crew (and, in a way, to the fans) since the first T.V. episode, and the death of Kirk's son, well...it's his _son_. Otherwise, why does everyone concider this one of the weaker episodes? SPOCK LIVES. His ressurection should have been enough to make any true fan stand up and cheer. There's also enough action to satisfy anyone. Kirk and crew (minus Spock) must face off against not only the dastardly Klingons, but also against their own superiors at Starfleet. This is also the first film where we see the Excellcior, my favorite Star Trek ship. Check this film out....more info
  • Fantastic !!
    As good a "The Wrath of Khan was, "The Search for Spock" is just a notch better.
    It shows Kirks true love for his best friend and shows he will go to the ends of the universe to save him.
    Really enjoyed having Mark Lenard as Sarek in a strong supporting role.
    The movies started going downhill from her ! ...more info
  • Vulcan Supreme
    Of the odd numbered Star Trek films,TSFS is the best.Not as great as the even numbered,but holds up better than Generations and V.
    Leonard Nimoy's direction is surprisingly well done,despite the hokey outcome of Spock's resurrection.The destruction of the Enterprise was both effective as well as heart-wrenching.even the supporting crew members(Scotty,Sulu,Uhura and Chekov),always ignored in the past,also have great moments.
    As a bridge between II and IV,it seems like a holding pattern so its best to watch this trilogy in one sitting.
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  • Adequate sequel doesn't live up to its predecessor
    "Star Trek: The Search for Spock" came in the middle of the golden era of Star Trek films (1979-86, when "Star Trek" ruled at the box office and got critical raves), and it's a fairly well made entry in the long series. Comparisons between it and its immediate predecessor "The Wrath of Khan" are inevitable- perhaps this is why many fans were disappointed with this entry, because it fails to live up to "The Wrath of Khan" and has many flaws. However, I have still allowed it into my DVD collection, and there's plenty here for a "Star Trek" fan to like.

    "The Search for Spock"'s biggest flaw is in its pacing. The first half hour of the film is very slow and not very interesting, as Kirk debates with others about Vulcan mythology and the current status of Spock's soul. Hard-core fans will undoubtedly love this stuff, but as a more casual fan I wasn't very excited with it. Likewise, the movie's final 20 minutes also are very slow and ponderous, with the final scene (I won't give it away) being the only highlight.

    This pacing problem is a shame, because the film's middle hour is almost on the same caliber as "The Wrath of Khan" was. There are many tense and involving scenes as the Enterprise flees from a hostile Starfleet and battles evil Klingons on the Genesis planet.

    Just like the last film, William Shatner's work as Kirk here is very good- he's effective at portraying Kirk's anguish over the loss of Spock, and then his resolve to save his friend no matter what. Leonard Nimoy's direction is pretty good considering that this was his first major film, and the "Star Trek" regulars show great ease with their roles here. Christopher Lloyd isn't as good as Richardo Montalban was, but is still effectively menacing as the Klingon Commander. Merritt Buttrick is improved as Kirk's son, and makes us care about his fate. Only Robin Curtis as Saavick is horribly miscast- she fails to make us care about her character at all.

    In conclusion, "The Search for Spock" is an adequate "Star Trek" adventure that will surely please fans, though casual sci-fi fans may not like it as much. I'd recommend it to anyone who's building a "Star Trek" collection....more info

  • The Worst Star Trek Movie!
    People are always complaining that Star Trek V The Final Frontier is the worst of the Star Trek movies and I know I'll probably be blasted for saying it but I think the worst is actually Star Trek III The Search For Spock. This movie has it's moments but it's mostly boring and was just not as good without Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and I think the character of Saavik was just not the same without Kirstie Alley playing her, Kirstie made the character so interesting in The Wrath of Khan but even though Robin Curtis is not a bad actress she was just kind of bland in the role of Saavik, just didn't have the oomph that Kirstie Alley had! I rate this 2 stars but would give it 2 1/2 stars if this web site allowed that, I wouldn't give it any more then 2 1/2 stars though!...more info
  • Search for Spock - he's ba-aack!
    Average followup to STII:Wrath of Khan. High points: Character development (every key character has something to do in this film), Leonard Nimoy. Low points: Comparatively weak storyline, a weak job by Christopher Lloyd (I guess I am just used to seeing him in the Back to the Future movies). Still worth having in your collection, though, if you like Star Trek....more info
  • Trek Classic, definitely worth the $
    I bought this DVD for my father, who, at 76 years of age, is a new Trekker. He enjoyed it very much. What's to say bad about Star Trek? Great DVD at a great price....more info
  • Spock Need Brain!
    The Good Things
    *Lots of good special effects and action . Includes some really big epic scenes, such as the Enterprise self-destructing, and planet Genesis exploding.
    *Filming style is good.
    *Storyline is not bad. Includes lots of dramatic scenes and some good funny comedy.
    *Characters are not bad. They aren't as great as the last film, but they have their moments.
    *Writing is not bad; lots of good lines.
    *Music is good (practically the same themes as in the last film).

    The Bad Things
    *Seems short, sweet, and simple.
    *Oh, did Kirk's son really have to die?

    Although this film seems shorter and weaker, it is essential viewing for the series. It boasts some of the biggest action scenes, and has some very dramatic parts. Not to mention, a lot of funny parts too. It's definately a lot of fun.

    The one-disc version had okay video and sound quality. The two-disc version has good quality, and contains a number of featurettes and trailers....more info
  • "I Love This Film"
    Now this is what I mean about character development, not just mindless action like "The Matrix Trilogy"(I mean "Reloaded" and "Revolutions"). This is the darkest "Star Trek" film, EVER. And if anyone is a huge geek, a nerd, and a fan of Spock, THAN YOU'LL LOVE THIS FILM. Watching these old classics gives me hope that oneday there will be a great "Star Trek" film again, someday. But for now I'll just watch the classics....more info
  • A must have for any trekie
    This movie is the exeption to the odd nnumber Startrek movie curse. If you see Startrek II The Wrath of Kahn, then you need to see this one to finish the entire storyline....more info
  • one for all, and all for one
    Leonard Nimoy spent most of his time behind the camera directing this film, and though I miss his presence as Spock, it's one of my favorite of the Star Trek series; it's more subdued and introspective than the others, and the overall theme is friendship, and risking one's life for a friend.
    The year is 8210, and the plot centers around "The Genesis Effect", an experimental device that can be placed on a "lifeless space body", like a dead moon, and make it flourish with life, but because one of the scientists used risky methods, "life" is happening at a fast clip.
    The evil Klingons of course, in their constant lust for power, want the "Genesis" secret, and Admiral Kirk must stop them.

    William Shatner is fabulous as Kirk; I've always found him to be a unique, immensely watchable actor, and all the original ensemble cast is wonderful: DeForest Kelley ~ McCoy, James Doohan ~ Scotty, George Takei ~ Sulu, Walter Koenig ~ Chekov, Nichele Nichols ~ Uhura. Added are Mark Lenard as Spock's father Sarek, Robin Curtis as Lt. Saavik, Merritt Butnick as Kirk's son David, and Christopher Lloyd as the Klingon Kruge. Dame Judith Anderson plays the Vulcan priestess TLar, in a scene that is high camp, and quite marvelous.
    There are some nifty special effects on the Planet Genesis, and some nice cinematography by Charles Correll, as well as an exceptionally lovely score by James Horner. Leonard Nimoy gave this film a moody, thoughtful atmosphere, and it works for me, and I find the ending quite touching, no matter how many times I see it.
    Total running time is 105 minutes....more info