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Paramount Releasing Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray with All Features

Star Trek The CompendiumLast September, I wrote an open letter to Paramount about their release strategy for Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray. As the months went on, I knew that it didn’t really go anywhere. However, it seems that all of the discussion around the internet has finally paid off, for the most part.

The original release for the film was September 10, 2013. The only good edition of the film will release pretty much a year later, on September 9, 2014. That we’ve had to wait an entire year is a crock, but it’s happening. If someone from Paramount wants to send me a review copy of the set, I wouldn’t complain. I did, afterall, waste money pre-ordering the original version, without realizing there wouldn’t be any features on it.

According to The Digital Bits, those of us that purchased the original version should be getting a discount on the upcoming set, which will also include the superior special edition of Star Trek (2009). They also mentioned that Paramount had invited them up to their studio to talk about the original release, and learn what went wrong. There are a lot of new people working in that department, and they made an awful lot of mistakes. They’re finally mostly making good on this (though not making it individually available is a small step in the wrong direction). They have other releases that need this treatment, I am sure, and I’m still waiting for Warner Brothers to fix the same problem with Man of Steel. Ironically, it looks like it’s the same team that made the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray. Sigh.

Order Star Trek: The Compendium [Blu-ray] from Amazon!

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Abrams willing to compromise on Star Wars secrecy

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....While talking to the Daily Telegraph, J.J. Abrams spoke about the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII.  I love the idea of going into the next new Star Wars movies completely blind, but I also can’t wait to learn more about the sorts of characters and settings that the stories will revolve around.  Knowing a little bit about who the characters are, and what they’re going to be like isn’t the same as knowing what’s going to happen, afterall.

“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”

And this point about all of the spoilers that are out there, thanks in large part to the internet: “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”

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Before the release of last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams tried to keep secret the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch – something he now regrets. “We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he says.

Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”

Abrams uses Movies and TV to spread Social Good

J.J. Abrams - Mashable Social GoodJ.J. Abrams spoke at Mashable’s Social Good Summit via Skype on Monday, revealing that there is more to his movies and television shows than just keeping you on the edge of your seat.  While this is something that we’ve always known, we didn’t really know about the social good that came along.

“If we have a story we want to tell and can also make a change — that’s great,” Abrams said. “Five U.N. specialists spent time with our writers, and they really helped deepen our story lines and make the challenges even bigger: How do you prevent disease? What is life really like in a refugee camp? The whole notion of warlords is gonna be an issue in the series this year.”

Abrams’ team also met with people that are currently, or have, lived without electricity. “People with real-life experiences helped enormously to give the series a grounding in reality.”

Abrams also created a spin-off of his production company Bad Robot, to help with the social good effort.  It’s called Good Robot.

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Damon Lindelof Apologizes for Alice Eve’s Underwear Scene in Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriter Damon Lindelof has apologized for the scene, which was extremely gratuitous and unnecessary.

He said, “I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress.  We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies.  Do not want to make light of something that some construe as misogynistic.  What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future.”

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J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flares in Star Trek Into Darkness (CraveOnline Video)

There were times in Star Trek Into Darkness that the lens flares just seemed to be all over the screen.  In a way, I kind of hope that the new Star Wars films that Abrams directs have Lightsaber lens flares.  But I digress… in a new video from Crave Online, they interviewed Abrams and he gives an update on a potential new Star Trek TV series for CBS, as well as makes an apology for his use of lens flares.  He’s got a great, laid back, sense of humor about it, and is so self-aware about it, it’s refreshing to have a film-maker that is able to laugh at himself.

Dear Paramount, Where are my Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Features?

Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray CoverDear Paramount,

As you can probably tell, I’m a pretty big fan of J.J. Abrams’ films.  In fact, the only two Star Trek films I’ve ever seen are his.  I thought his Star Trek was terrific, and Star Trek Into Darkness was even better.

I saw it multiple times at the cinema, and pre-ordered it that same week from Amazon.

I expected a Blu-ray set that would be at least as good as the one made for the first film.  That came out this week, and I have watched the film, but found it odd that there is no features disc.  So I did some looking around online, and found a huge amount of controversy regarding the disc.

Apparently you felt it would be great to send Target their own selection of features, Wal-mart their own, Best Buy their own, Ace Hardware their own, and Subway their own.  Plus, you made the commentary track available as an iTunes exclusive (where’s the love for Android)?

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I’m frustrated by this.  Had I known this was going to happen, I would have held off on buying the Blu-ray at all, until you release the Blu-ray disc with the bonus features disc.  I held off on buying Transformers: Dark of the Moon for just that reason, and wound up with a 3D blu-ray that I cannot, and will never, be able to use – but I got all of the features that I wanted.  And believe me, as a huge fan of Transformers, that was very very difficult.

I know that I don’t have the biggest following, yet, but I have built fan sites that have reached thousands, and I can do it with this site as well.  In fact, I’ve built fan sites that have reached 7.7 million on Facebook.  I can tell people not to purchase things, and for whatever reason, and people seem to listen.  I can also tell people to purchase things, and they will do the same.

I am asking that you release a special edition of the film that is actually a special edition.  That actually has all of the features that I want, and that others want.  I am asking because I’m a fan.  I’m asking because I want to exchange my Blu-ray for the full edition.  And I know that you’re a reasonable company, and will allow for an exchange of Blu-ray sets (I mean, how many people will take you up on that offer)?

What’s it going to be, Paramount?

Fans didn’t understand Star Trek Into Darkness title

Star Trek Into DarknessThe title of the second J.J. Abrams Star Trek films, Star Trek Into Darkness seemed to confuse most who heard it – at least initially.  When I first heard it, I wondered if it were just a rumor or a temporary title.  It just didn’t seem to be “cool” enough.  Plus it used the actual title as part of a sentence that seemed descriptive.  It’s just just a star trek, but rather a trek into darkness.  My thoughts turned out to be right on the money, as darkness is what we got with the sequel.  It upped the ante and brought all of the characters to the next level.

Abrams recalled:  It’s odd. But my favorite thing about it was the first week it was out there, the fans were going, ‘Star Trek Into What? I don’t understand it. It’s stupid.’

He added to Total Film magazine: “It definitely feels like the title’s appropriate. This is a story about these characters being challenged and tested and taken to a place that’s about sacrifice and life and death …”

Producer Damon Lindelof added:  “If the first movie was about meeting and introductions, this movie is about becoming a family.  The title of the movie is not just about the mission that the Enterprise is going on but what happens when you get to know each other a little better and the hurdles you must jump over in order to truly become family.”