Short Circuits: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' on video, more

  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 3:09 PM
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Zachary Quinto, benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine in "Star Trek Into Darkness"

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A stellar adventure

Bright, bold, playful and ingenious, action impresario J.J. Abrams’ prequel to the classic 1960s TV show (and subsequent film series) “Star Trek” possesses equal amounts of respect and cheek.

The nervy reboot can be summed up as a triumph of casting. From the moment Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana showed up in Abrams’ “Star Trek” four years ago, it was clear he had found the right actors to portray Capt. James Kirk, Spock and Uhura in their years as Starfleet rookies. The ensemble of superb young actors inhabit their characters with uncanny ease.

In “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the Enterprise crew is back — including ship doctor “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), chief engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho). But the casting coup is Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis. “Star Trek Into Darkness” derives its ballast, and most of its menacing pleasure, from Cumberbatch, who takes tantalizing ownership of a role with near-limitless future prospects for evil mayhem.

The Blu-ray (Paramount, $40-$55; also DVD, $30) contains featurettes, including an inspiring look at the partnership between the film’s crew and a veterans organization.

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Colin Covert says: The second entry in the revived franchise is a note-perfect blend of escapist fun and thought-provoking commentary, ensemble drama, comic relief, daredevil action and senses-shattering spectacle.

 

Also out Tuesday

Movies: “Chasing Ice,” “Frankenstein’s Army,” “Love Is All You Need,” “Parade’s End,” “Peeples,” “We Steal Secrets.”

TV: “Army Wives” (Season 7), “The Big Bang Theory” (Season 6), “Blue Bloods” (Season 3), “Castle” (Season 5), “Chicago Fire” (Season 1), “Homeland “(Season 2), “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (Season 1), “Phil Spector,” “Supernatural” (Season 8).

 

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