Lately there have been multiple movie directors talking about the advantages of film over digital when it comes to film making. Abrams has used film on projects from Star Trek to Super 8, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently it seemed as if film was headed the way of the Dodo.
Last 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.
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I became a fan of his after getting into Alias during the middle of the 3rd season, and then getting caught up on DVD. I haven’t seen all of his work, but I remain a big fan of Lost, which has one of the most misunderstood final episodes of any show in recent memory. I also hadn’t seen any Star Trek, before he was involved as director of the most recent two films. I’m a big fan of his film Super 8, which is a love letter to the films that I grew up with, like E.T. and The Goonies.
I’m planning on taking my time with this site, filling out each section with the information you’re interested in, while also reporting on some of the news about the projects he’s involved in, with none of the spoilers.
I’ve got a personal spoiler-free policy when it comes to J.J. Abrams’ projects, and that translates to this site as well. If you want the spoilers, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
If you’re interested in contributing to this website, feel free to get in touch with me, and tell me why. Give me some examples of your work as well as what you’re hoping to gain from the experience. It’s not something you’ll be paid for, but hopefully it’ll be something that you find beneficial to you.
I’m going to get started on this site in earnest about a week or so from now, but thought it would be prudent to get things started.